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Yesterday we took part in the protest against PIPA and SOPA, two highly flawed bills heading through congress at this time. Here are a few things I figured out.

  • It is surprisingly difficult to take down my websites without going nuclear, and I failed in completely taking them offline for 24 hours.  While I was not able to shut down direct access to all internal content like I wanted, I was able to redirect the homepages of our 10 websites to my personal PSA against PIPA and SOPA.  While trying to finish my protest our internet went out completely (thank you Comcast) so I shut down and decided to protest further by staying offline myself for 24 hours to see what a useless internet would be like.  And it kind of sucked.
  • Just after noon I broke an essential tool used in my OMMP caregiving for some very sick patients, a tool that needs to be replaced immediately.  I turned towards my computer to search and order what I needed and quickly realized that the useful internet was gone for today.  It forced me to rethink how I would source this tool locally or get by without it, which is all well and good but I need this problem solved now, so for this specialty item I decided to wait for the blackout to end and then order exactly what I need online, from a useful internet.
  • At one point I wondered about the weather and instead of looking at weather.com like I normally would, I stood up and went to the door to look outside and figure it out.  That worked really well.
  • Not much else was learned, but I did get a lot of things done that wouldn’t have happened otherwise.
  • Contact your representatives now to protest PIPA and SOPA.

If you want to know more about these issues and how you can help, check this out from the eff

 

 

I recently found my PHISHBILL from Halloween 1998 when I made a Thompsonesque  assault on Las Vegas with a cadre of narcowarriors from the mountains of Colorado.  I remember being a lone figure, painted blue in a Tyvek bio hazard suit, grooving my way through the casinos and then through the Thomas & Mack Center for the show.  Security was on to me.. even amongst the freaks I was freaking people out.  I survived that trip into the Zone but I am still not so sure about that trip to Vegas…  Oh Vegas.

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Laura and I both have pieces hanging in the Portland Love Show at Gallery Homeland this February.  You should check it out and buy our art.  My piece is titled LOVE 2007 and is a photograph of a mixed media piece I produced.  Here is the image I reproduced as an 8×11 Archival Mat Print for the show.

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From the Love Show website:  “The Love Show is back!  Launch Pad teams up with Jason Brown and Chris Haberman (Po’Boy Gallery, Peoples Gallery) and Gallery Homeland to present this years show at the Historic Ford Building.”  Over 300 Artists signed up so there should be a diverse collection of Love interpretations.  See you at the opening :-)

OPENING PARTY
Saturday, February 12th, 2011
7pm-12am     Free! All-Ages!!

Gallery Homeland
2505 Southeast 11th Ave
Portland, OR 97202

 

Tonight was the opening of Facing Fear at Launch Pad Gallery.  This is an open-call show featuring work by over 100 Artists… Artists making work about facing fear in one way or another…  Laura and I both have pieces hanging in this show and yes, they are fantastic and they are for sale.  You should buy them.  My piece dealt with some of my time based fears and is called Temporal Kitty.  It is the 3 panel wall piece you can see below.  All in all the art is really impressive and should be seen in its entirety.  The show lasts for the month of November and then, I am afraid, it will be gone.

Launch Pad Gallery – 534 SE Oak Street, Portland, OR 97214 – 971.227.0072
NEW HOURS: Wednesday-Saturday 12 – 4pm, & by appt.



 

Our old friend Goat from Burning Man flew in from Austin with his girlfriend Dina.  They wanted to check out Portland for a couple of days so we hooked up with them to give some pointers.  Lady Gaga was playing in town and our friend Solovox was playing at the official afterparty.  With an off chance of seeing and photographing Gaga, we all headed out to Refuge for a couple of hours.  The party was off the hook but alas, no Gaga.

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