Friday, August 8, 2008

A little Perspective

Sometime a picture is all you need to get your point across.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Black Kids On Letterman


The Blacks Kids made their "network debut" on Letterman last night. The show itself was one of the weakest shows I've seen from Letterman. That is until Dave held up the new Black Kids album (that's right. I said album. Meaning on vinyl) Partie Traumatic.

Biggie Tee over at The Urban Core did a live blog last night during letterman. Being all supercool and all down with the hipsters that he is. Biggie was able to get this email from Owen Holmes (Black Kids bassist) prior to the shows performance.

"Just finished soundcheck. Starting on the sour mash. Paul Shaffer
looks old as dirt. All the stage furniture is fucking dingy.
Thermostat is on 48 degrees.

Thanks for the bloggage — Sears gift certificate is in the mail
."


Wasn't it just a few short months ago these guy (and gals) were playing under the tin roof of the Burrito Gallery?

It would normally be easy to feel jealous or resentful for the Blacks Kids meteoric rise. But that is not the case with anyone who has met these kids. They without a doubt are the most down to earth and humble group you will meet. They have worked hard for a long time to get where they have. And I wish nothing but the best for the group. And I will also bet anyone, that no matter how much success the Black Kids attain. They (unlike others) will never turn their back on Jacksonville.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Community, Community, Community Festival this Sunday



It's Memorial Day Monday so some of you should be off. Please come out and support your city, your community.

When: Sunday May 25, noon till 2am. 14 hours.

Where: The Pearl and the parking lot (so bike or carpool if possible)

What: A benefit show to raise money for The Springfield Community Food Garden located on north end of The Pearl's property, to collect cans and non perishable food item for Ultimate Picnic, a organization that feeds anyone that wants to eat. So come hungry for free food. There will be a bazaar/ tents/ booths set up in the parking lot for games, awareness, and workshops. There will also be tours of the community garden. Twelve bands will be playing inside The Pearl. The Pearl staff will be working serving with various drink specials.

Who: The people throwing the event are Jaxscene, Springfield Community Garden and Ultimate Picnic, with special thanks to The Pearl. The bands are Manatella, Tuffy, Wudun, Fruit Machine, Buffalo Tears, Heavy Flow, Tough Junkie, Lazerstar, Airport Factory, Helios Eye, Sharing Needles With Jesus, and America Del Sur.

Donate: Feeling charitable if you want to donate more to The Springfield Community Garden they need old or unneeded garden tools like rakes or shovels, trash cans, extra wood for building, nails, hammers, seeds and garden plants. Please don't buy anything new, the garden believes in being organic and reusing old unwanted items. I know Ultimate Picnic needs old plates, utensils, and cups. Your unwanted can goods and nonperishable food items. Once again nothing new.

Community, Community, Community, set list (second draft might change)
4:00pm wudun
4:50pm tuffy
5:40pm sharing needles with jesus
6:30pm helios eye
7:20pm airport factory
8:10pm manatella
9:00pm america del sur
9:50pm fruit machine
10:40pm buffalo tears
11:30pm heavy flow
12:20am tough junkie
1:10am lazerstar

Cost:$5 is the entry to get inside The Pearl to see the bands, all proceeds go to the community garden. You can also pay with can goods or non perishable food items. $1 off for every item. Bringing food items is encouraged. Bring extra if you feel charitable. The outside event is free.

Reposted from the fine folks over at JaxScene

The Secret to Long and Health Life

It turns out that that if you want to live a long heath life you only need do is follow the simple steps in this video. Or she could just have popcorn kernel stuck.

$100,000 Reward For Proof God Exists



Want to make some quick bucks? All you got to do is prove what no one has been able to do.

Prove that God:
created the world
created life
is sentient and intelligent
communicates with mankind
authored rules for mankind to live by
communicated consequences if mankind does not live by those rules

There may be a few other tidbits of information you'll need to collect you huge reward. You can find all need to know here.

Rocky Goes To Hollywood

Here's a great viral from a series of videos made to promote Levi's Jeans. It tells the story of Rocky, an orangutan struggling in life, trying to pursue a movie career in Hollywood. The video is absolutely wonderful.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Blu - Street Art Taken to a "Whole Nother Leval."

This past weekend San Marco Theater held midnight showings of the movie Bomb It. This is not a review of the movie. I'll just leave it with stating that I enjoy it.

Graffiti and/or Street Art are different things to different people. For me, I can live without the tagging. Great, you can smooch your lettering together in such a way that they are near impossible to read. Nice job. You got mad skills. If it was 1979.

If what you're doing isn't enhancing the environment it is in. Can it really be considered art? The graffiti movement for the most part has figured this out and thankfully evolved over years. It has moved way past the simple tagging of one's name on the side of a building and into a full fledged art movement.

Today I came across this video of Graffiti/street artist Blu's incredible work called Muto. Painted on the streets of Buenos Aires and Baden, this video animation made of the drawings painted on the walls of the two cities. It took months to paint, film and edit. Once again Street art taken to whole new level.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Tom Waits - Pehdtsckjmba

For what will most likely is a first for Jacksonville. On June 1st we will finally have a leg up on the big cites like New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. We will for one night actually have art, music and culture rolled up in one very well worn pork pie hat. We will have Tom Waits in concert. That's right June 1st at the Moran Theater we (jacksonville) for at least one night, kick ass. Nana, nana, nu, nu.


I very seldom get excited about any musician or group in concert. But I don't consider Tom Waits a mere musician. He is a true artist in every since of the word. A lyrical poet that paints a vivid canvas with his music and prose in such a way that it forces you to reach out and touch it. Or be touched by it.

Tom's press conference about the tour is something else.


If you are not sure or don't know who Tom Waits is. One word. Google. You'll find plenty of his music online along with him and his videos on YouTube. I've gone ahead and saved you little time by providing one my favorites below.

If I forgot to mention it. Tom Waits is playing at:

Moran Theatre
Tuesday, July 1, 2008 @ 9:00 PM
Jacksonville, US

And for just a little taste of Tom and staying true to this blog. I give you Chocolate Jesus.

A Buttery Surprise

I know have totally neglected you fellow blasphemers of late. My most humble apologies. Duty has been requiring all of my attention on other matters of J-ville goodness.

Every once in while, while just performing your daily routine you are handed a little karmic surprise. A gift that shakes you out of your routine and wakes you out of that trance one falls into when going about the mundane. This was mine.




As I gazed down in into this wonderful little surprise. My mind automatically began flipping through a mental rolodex of all those joyous occasions that is collected though life and one would associate with such an image. As memory after memory clicked by in a rapid 90's MTV, Nike commercial montage kinda way. It was with a broad smile and a warm heart that my minds eye pulled the file card of the little red headed girl and 48 hours of total lust and debauchery. Today's going to be good day. Thanks to a buttery surprise and my dear friend red.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

You Know You're a Floridian If...

Socks are only for bowling.

You never use an umbrella because you know the rain will be over in five minutes.

A good parking place has nothing to do with distance from the store, but everything to do with shade.

Your winter coat is made of denim.

You can tell the difference between fire ant bites and mosquito bites.

You’re younger than thirty but some of your friends are over 65.

Anything under 70 degrees is chilly.

You’ve driven through Yeehaw Junction.

You know that no other grocery store can compare to Publix.

Every other house in your neighborhood had blue roofs in 2004-2005.

You know that anything under a Category 3 just isn’t worth waking up for.

You dread love bug season.

You are on a first name basis with the Hurricane list. They aren’t Hurricane Charley or Hurricane Frances. You know them as Andrew, Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne.

You know what a snowbird is and when they’ll leave.

You think a six-foot alligator is actually pretty average.

‘Down South’ means Key West ..

Flip-flops are everyday wear. Shoes are for business meetings and church, but you HAVE worn flip flops to church before.

You have a drawer full of bathing suits, and one sweatshirt.

You get annoyed at the tourists who feed seagulls.

A mountain is any hill 100 feet above sea level.

You know the four seasons really are: hurricane season, love bug season, tourist season and summer.

You’ve hosted a hurricane party.

You can pronounce Okeechobee, Kissimmee , Withlacoochee and Micanopy.

You understand why it’s better to have a friend with a boat, than have a boat yourself.

You were 25 when you first met someone who couldn’t swim.

You’ve worn shorts and used the A/C on Christmas and New Years.

You recognize Miami-Dade as ‘Northern Cuba .

Friday, April 18, 2008

Chamblin's Downtown Opens!!!


While your out enjoying Earthday at the Jax Landing this Saturday. Stop by and check out the new Chamblin's Location Downtown.








Chamblin opens new book store downtown
By David Bauerlein, The Times-Union

Big box stores make money by selling in volume.

Chamblin Books does it by selling volumes - books, that is - in volume.

Already the biggest used-book dealer in Northeast Florida, Chamblin has opened a second store in downtown Jacksonville. Owner Ron Chamblin calls it a "soft opening" because he's still stocking shelves in the two-story building at 215 N. Laura St., half a block from Hemming Plaza.
Chamblin's expansion will test both the overall book market and downtown's retail scene.

Borders, a worldwide chain with a mega-store on Jacksonville's Southside, announced last month it will be studying financial options including a sale of the company. On the used-book front, three Jacksonville-area stores have closed in the past year - The Old Book Shop in St. Nicholas, All Booked Up in Arlington and Backwater Books in Orange Park.

Chamblin said he's using the same business model at his downtown store, called Chamblin Uptown, that as he uses at Chamblin BookMine off Roosevelt Boulevard in Ortega. Both stores are loaded with books, rivaling the number at a Barnes & Noble or Books-A-Million. Chamblin BookMine generates about $1.4 million a year in sales.

"It looks to me like there's so much competition out there and so many opportunities to buy books, so really, the advantage we have is we have so much square footage," Chamblin said. "If you have the square footage, that allows you to have the variety. That's where the draw is."
Another similarity between Chamblin BookMine and Chamblin Uptown is Chamblin owns the buildings where each store is located. Chamblin said by being the owner, he doesn't have to worry a landlord will boost leasing rates and put a financial squeeze on the bottom line.

Chamblin's new store will boost Laura Street's retail activity between Hemming Plaza and The Jacksonville Landing, said Terry Lorince, executive director of Downtown Vision, an organization representing downtown property-owners.

She said Chamblin is already well-known so the store should bring people into downtown with the bookstore as their destination. She said Chamblin Uptown will attract customers, too, from people visiting the nearby main library and Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, plus downtown workers on their lunch breaks.

Chamblin said he considered a suburban location closer to the Southside and The Beaches where many of his existing customers live.

That spot would have given Chamblin better geographic balance with stores on both sides of Jacksonville. But he said he thinks downtown is on an upswing and the atmosphere appealed to him.

"I just think it's more fun down here, getting in on the growth," he said. "It's more interesting to me and more challenging to me."

The current hours of Chamblin Uptown are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Chamblin said he expects to expand the hours after the store is fully stocked and its cafe is up and running.

Monday, April 7, 2008

The Outer Box



With all the pissing, moaning and general insanity going on over at JaxCAL. It was only a matter of time before things started imploding. As a result Brian Grey has started a new blog for the art scene in Jacksonville and surrounding areas.

Brian's description of The Outer Box:
"The idea of The Outer Box is to show the world the awesome work of us southern artists. I am focusing on Jacksonville Florida artists first and foremost. Our town has a lot of local talent and The Outer Box will be here to show the world and the community who we are. This blog is here to display the work of those who think outside the box. I will be displaying interviews with both local Jacksonville artists and folks from outside Jacksonville as well. If you have an upcoming show please feel free to send me the info and I will gladly post it up for you. Browse through the site. Ill have information on local art galleries, gallery shows, and upcoming group shows here in Jacksonville. I want this to be a central location on the web where the outsider artist,urban art, graffiti, tagging, bombing, and illustrative artist can share there work with the public and inform/educate the masses about what we do."

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Lawyer Hans G. Tanzler III is one of two appointees to the St. Johns River Water Management District's governing board.

I don't know about you. To me something about these current appointees to the St. Johns Water Management District stinks.
The article from from the Times-Union is short and to the point. But if you read it a little closer it speaks volumes.

"Jacksonville lawyer Hans G. Tanzler III and a citrus industry executive are the newest appointees to the St. Johns River Water Management District's governing board.

Tanzler, 56, president of Marion Equities, succeeds Duane Ottenstroer, a Jacksonville investor. Tanzler is the son of a former Jacksonville's mayor of the same name.

Douglas C. Bournique, 56, of Vero Beach succeeds William W. Kerr of Melbourne Beach, who is an environmental consultant. Bournique has been the executive vice president of the Indian River Citrus League for nearly 30 years and previously worked for the Florida Sugar Cane League, according to his application.

The board has been wrestling with the task of planning for water demands for the district, which stretches from south of Orlando to Nassau County.

The district is considering allowing some Central Florida utilities to siphon water from the St. Johns River, which has met with growing opposition in downstream communities to the north.

Gov. Charlie Crist announced the four-year appointments Tuesday. They require state Senate confirmation
."

Lets see if we can break this down a little bit. You have Tanzler, President of an equities company. Yep, highly qualified in the field of environmental management. Who is replacing a "private investor" that was appointed not once, but twice.

The second appointee Bournique, has spent 30 years working for a Central Florida citrus grower. And before that work in the Sugar Cane Industry. I don't know how knowledgeable you are about agriculture in Florida. If not, big sugar is one of most thuggish, bullying political powers not only in our state but also nationally. Not to mention one of, if not the biggest industrial polluters to Florida waters.

Bournique is replacing William W. Kerr. An ecologist, Kerr was the only person on the board with any type environmental background and degree.

So let us see what the make up of the new Water Management Board consist of.

The Chairman of a Holdings Company.
Chief human resources officer for JEA.
A civic activist.
A forestry consultant.
Seminole County Supervisor of Elections.
A guy that has no job listed but was an original member of the Friends of the St. Johns River.
Manager of Jones Turf Grass Farm.
Plus the 2 named in the story.

I ask you, other than the forester and the guy with no job and an extensive resume sitting on boards. Why are these guys deciding the fate of our water management? None of them have any type background for this type of service. Does anyone really think that the manager of a central Florida Turf Grass company or a 30 year veteran of a Central Florida Citrus grower have North Florida's best interest in mind? And the rest I'm guessing are on the board just to rub their noses in rectal areas of those with political powers.

These latest appointments still have to be confirmed by state Senate. And they will be. Unless of course you take few minute and call or email your state Senator and demand qualified individuals with backgrounds and degrees in environmental sciences.

And Support The St. Johns Riverkeeper.

UPDATE: Read St. Johns Riverkeeper's Take on Appointees.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

How To Be The Life Of The Party

This being the Sunshine State. I thought I would pass on this tip on how to impress your friends. And the people you're not going to be having sex with after performing this little bit of citrus magic.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Walmart - The Spread of the Cancer

Here is an absolutely amazing video that shows the growth of Walmart since 1962 .

It was done by software developer Toby Segaran. He say about this project. "To create the animation, I generated 30 images for each year starting with 1962. I spread all the Wal-marts that opened that year over the 30 frames. To show the appearance of a Wal-mart, all I had to do was plot a large white dot over the small yellow dot for the appropriate ZIP code."

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

The Incredible P-Mate

Now that you ladies have recovered and are streamlined thanks to the previous post. You are going to want to get outside enjoy all your newly found aerodynamic smoothness. But there has always been that nagging question of what to do when nature calls during your outings. Whether you are hiking in the woods, taking in a concert or any type of public outing your choices were pretty clear. Squat in the woods or do that hover thing in a port-a-potty or public restroom.

Now you can relax. For the greatest invention of the new millennium has arrived. The P-Mate.

"The P-Mate is a portable urinating device that allows women to urinate standing up whenever they need to, without losing their dignity and more effectively angle urine samples into testing cups. Easy and hygienic, the device is made from recycled flat-packed cardboard and permits women to direct the urine stream comfortably instead of blindly over a toilet."

Bikini Waxing

OK, Ladies. The weather is getting nicer and it's that time year for a little spring cleaning. I thought it would be helpful if I posted a couple videos that may help those of you that have not yet experienced the joys of a bikini wax.



Bikini waxing tips – by Trixie Suicide – NSFW


No need to thank me. Now just lay back. This won't hurt a bit.

Do You Believe In God?

Well do ya? Take a second to click over to YesNoGod.com and simply hit the yes or no button. Each country is listed individually. And even though most of the countries only list a few votes. I found the results a little surprising. But it is only a matter of time before the christian militia learn of the site and instruct all their minions to form a single file line, take a drink of the koolaid and press yes.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Art vs. Graffiti in LaVilla


Channel 47 News did a story tonight on Urbismus The wheatpasting street art that has taken downtown by storm.

I understand that for a topic such as this, the media needs to present both sides of the coin. I'm fairly tolerant of others opinions that differ from my own. But what's with this Steve Birtrand guy.

When given the explanation of what the images stood for. "The group says their message is to show what life would be like if Jacksonville’s abandoned buildings had people living in them. They say they only post their messages on abandoned buildings."

Stevey boy comes up this jewel. "What's the difference between that (pointing at the Ubismus image) and gang writing?"

And then follows with brilliant gem;

"I think of John Lennon when you tell me that…imagine all the people---it really doesn’t, no it really doesn’t change my mind at all…graffiti’s still graffiti…God forbid if something happened to my child and I went off and hurt the man that did something to my child…it’s still a crime for me to do that…a crime’s a crime".

Like I stated above, "I'm fairly tolerant of others opinions". But only "fairly". Steve you had your say, and you are completely entitled to your opinion. Now here's mine.

Steve you asked the difference between the Urbimus images and gang writing. Gang writing is spray painting that denotes gang activity and territory. Thus creating urban blight in an area full of life. The Urbismus Art on the other hand, is creative well thought out images placed in blighted urban areas in the hopes of creating visual interest in these lifeless parts of town. And that is the difference you dimwitted fucking twit. But that's just my opinion.

Link to Story and Video

Jacobus ' New Hobby

Saturday, February 23, 2008

America's Most Sinful Cities

Forbes has released their list of the cites that strayed the farthest from the flock. 

Jacksonville made the list!!!! Let us raise our voice and rejoice!
#6 for Gluttony
#8 for Sloth

Not really a surprise, is it? We have know for some time that the general populous of Jacksonville is fat and lazy.

But come on Jax. We can do better! If we put a little effort in, maybe we can increase our occurrence on next years list. We should be able to muster up enough Envy over cities with a rich and vibrant downtown. Also with a little functional mass transit system that includes light & commuter rail thrown in should do the trick.

And let's hope with the constant increase in the republication population here. We should make a showing on the list for Avarice. We all know how much you Red blooded Republicans love your money and possessions. And not to mention how much you covet your neighbors and coworkers money and possessions.

So come on Jacksonville. With all the churches we have and all the ramped hypocrisy that entitles us too. We should expect more.


From Forbes site:
"We have unveiled the American city that has fallen the farthest from grace in each of the seven deadly sins ( lust, gluttony, avarice, sloth, wrath, envy and pride). For each sin we stretched our imagination to find a workable proxy--murder rates for wrath, per capita billionaires for avarice--then culled the available data sources to rank the cities. Some of the results were surprising: Salt Lake City as America's Vainest City. Some were not: Detroit as America's Most Murderous."




Friday, February 22, 2008

Vermont Town To Issue Arrest Warrant For Bush

You gotta love a town that has the balls to stand on it's convictions.


"In Brattleboro, Vermont, it's a safe bet to say that the people of the township have no love for George Bush or his Vice President, Dick Cheney. Echoing rising sentiment around the country, but actually having the tenacity to do something other than talk, the Brattleboro Select Board voted on Friday to hold a town meeting on whether or not to issue an indictment of both the President and the Vice-President when the town holds it's annual meeting on March 4th."

Full Story

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

How to indict Karl Rove

This video was sent to me by friend with a note that simply read, "watch and listen for Jacksonville connection."

I did, and was more than a little shocked at how blatant the voter fraud was here. The video is on Brasscheck TV and shows Greg Palast an investigative reporter who claims to have received some 500 mistakenly sent emails from Rove. Rove apparently mixed up .org (anti-Bush) with .com (pro-Bush) when sending the emails in question along with large files that contained lists of names to challenge.


Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Protect our state with this Citizen Bill of Rights

Rampant growth and uncontrolled development are forever changing the face of Florida. Elected officials, business leaders, and others need to take action, before our state's quality of life and rich natural resources are damaged beyond repair. 1000 Friends of Florida is calling on state leaders to empower Floridians to play a greater role in planning for the future of their communities. 1000 Friends has outlined a "Citizen Bill of Rights," which would give the people of Florida:

1. The Right to Shape Changes to Your Neighborhood, Community, and Region. Developers are required to prepare a citizen participation plan, notify impacted property owners and neighborhood associations (using formal lists compiled by the local government), and conduct developer workshops with citizens to identify all issues of concern prior to any public hearing. The developer must then present to the appropriate commission a list of all issues raised, and indicate if and how they were resolved. Unresolved issues then become the focus of discussion, rather than an afterthought covered in two or three minutes of public testimony.

2. The Right to a Process Free of Last Minute Changes. Comprehensive plan amendments cannot be changed in the seven days prior to the advertised public hearing. This allows citizens, commissioners, and others to fairly evaluate the document and not be subject to an endless "shell game" of last minute changes. If the plan amendment is revised within that period, the hearing will be postponed unless all affected parties agree otherwise.

3. The Right to a Supermajority Vote on Major Decisions. It shall be easier to require a "super majority" vote for many types of comprehensive plan amendments that directly impact on growth and development decisions.

4. The Right to More Easily Challenge Decisions Made by Your Local Government. Current citizen standing and legal review standards shall be improved to make the process more equitable, quicker and less costly.

5. The Right to be Free of Fear of Unwarranted Legal Retaliation. In order to promote more active involvement, private citizens and organizations shall be shielded from any developer-initiated SLAPP suits.

1000 Friends is also working on developing model language that would allow citizens of cities and charter counties to propose an ordinance by petition, and to enact it by referendum if the governing body refuses to act, or by majority vote to nullify an ordinance already enacted.

In addition, 1000 Friends is advocating that the judicious conversion of rural land to urban density--in the form of compact, walkable, mixed use communities in appropriate locations--shall only be undertaken in fair trade for significant public benefit. This shall include the permanent preservation of natural and agricultural lands and open spaces.

Florida's population and developed land are projected to double over the next 50 years, and the state faces many uncertainties due to the impacts of rampant sprawl, the loss of rural lands, and climate change. Now, more than ever, Florida needs a visionary and workable planning process.

1000 Friends is urging the Department of Community Affairs and the 2008 Legislature to begin enacting these provisions this session. We are pleased that DCA Secretary Tom Pelham has incorporated many of these recommendations into the preliminary draft of his proposed "Citizen Planning Bill of Rights," to be presented to the legislature this session. Please help by contacting your state legislators and asking them to do their part to empower the citizens of Florida, before our state's natural beauty and quality of life are lost forever.




If you got this far, there may be some hope for you after all. So, let's see if I can break it down for you. 


If you live in Jacksonville you are most likely an over weight cheese puff stained one or two issue (abortion and/or gay marriage) SUV driving, suburban dwelling hypocritical Republican  christian.


But there is that one issue that is much closer to your heart than the two list above. Money. That's right money, you fat greedy bastard.


The reason you need to get on board with putting an end to sprawl is simple. Once developers are reigned in and the land around you becomes untouchable by developers. You win. It's the old supply and demand analogy. Less housing means the value of your home goes up. Developers don't lose either. They will turn their attention to the urban core. And a vibrant well developed downtown will attract more people to move here continuing to drive up your property value. You win Again.

Developers will also have to make better use of the land they do have access to in the suburbs. You know all those blighted shells of buildings that formally housed Walmart or Publix? Well the developers would now have to figure out how get the most out of those areas by building up and not out with mix use properties. Which of course in turn once again raises you property value. You win for the third time. 



Now visit the link at the top of this and get involved so you'll have more money to give to your local church.


Bike Jax

I just found this new blog and I am excited to see that perhaps some real bike advocacy may finally hit this city. 

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Lost In Translation

Would you mustard my hole with a genie, baby?

Monday, February 4, 2008

Not So Fast.


(click for larger view)

The Boston Globe … must have had high expectations (as did many sports pundits) for the home team.
A book with the cover above was on sale by the paper’s publisher at Amazon as of late last night.
At least they had the good sense to snipe it with the statement “To be published only in the event of a win.”
It brings to mind the classic 1948 photo of Harry Truman gleefully holding the Chicago Tribune edition headlined “Dewey Beats Truman”.
The only remaining question is whether or not we’ll be subjected to Giant’s QB/MVP Eli Manning appearing in three out of every five tv spots this coming year…

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Frozen In Time



Improv Everywhere’s latest stunt involved 207 agents all freezing in place at the exact same moment inside Grand Central Station for a whole 5 minutes. At precisely 2:30PM, the agents involved froze in the exact positions they were in and remained that way until 2:35PM.

Need Glasses?

German Eyeglass Commercial.

video

Still Perfect!


Somewhere tonight there are a bunch of guys from the 1972 Miami Dolphins cracking open a bottle of Champaign. Still perfect. Still the best.

Congratulations to the NY Giants. No one gave you a chance. Way to piss on the Pats Wheates.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Ubismus (aka City Mouse) Leaves it's mark once more.

While out riding downtown last I happened on some new images by Urbismus last night. I think this series of images is without a doubt some of the best artwork to hit this city in quite some time.

The first one I saw was the Punk Rocker on the Corner of Jefferson and Forsyth now has a pit bull.


On the same building as the Punk Rocker above is a guy playing guitar. The picture below is on Broad between Beaver and State streets.


Next is a cool little image of a kid peeking through a hole in a wall. I found several of these throughout downtown. I'll let you find them for yourself.


A new little twist is the addition of Urbismus Tracks (mouse or rat foot prints) along the pavement. In the picture below you see where the Urbismus emerged from the grate.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

More Ads That Work. Pro-Cycling

Here are couple more ads I recently found that promote the use of bicycles as transportation... and masturbatory device.





A little caution with the volume if you are in the office on this one below from Germany.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Flippin Jesus's Switch


"Fear not Children. I will light the pathway to glory."

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Get Your Juice On!


If you never had the privilege to enjoy Riverside and Five Points when it was the art community in the 80's and 90's. This Saturday (the 26th) is your chance to taste some of that lovely delicious citrus flavor at The Tangerine Festival.

Come out and enjoy:
Art of all types
Music
Games
Pure Family Fun.

And It's Free!!!

Riverside Memorial Park (Map)
11:00 am Until 9:00 pm

I will be at or around the JaxCAL booth. Stop by and say Hi.

The Story of Stuff

From Biggie Tee: (or should we say, Mr. Mayor?)






This is one of those web videos that you finish watching and just want to forward to everyone you know.


I totally agree. Pass it on."



This is very well done. View it.

Friday, January 18, 2008

The Beer belly! Filling A Need


Ah just what the general populous of this highly educated region needs. A product that is named for what the majority here have naturally. 

Here is the product description as I found it:

Getting tired of paying $8.00+ dollars for a beverage at your favorite event?

Why not bring 80oz of your favorite sipper in with you as a spare tire?

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Making A Change. Or Ads That Work

For the Last 3 months I have made the move from car dependent to car-lite and would love see Jacksonville become a city where living car-free is not a laughable joke.

I have gone from filling my gas tank once a week to once a month by simply riding my bike for all things personal. And if I didn't have to have a car to perform my job I would be totally car free.

Lately I have been attending meetings. Meeting on environment. Meetings on transportation. Meeting about planning meetings. I am sick to death of meetings. 

Most of these meeting are about one thing. Educating the masses as to why they should change their lifestyle. Here's the rub. The masses don't want to be educated. How many of you enjoy being lectured as to how you should live your life?

If the general public don't want to be educated or lectured. What do they want? How does any one person or group cause wide spread lifestyle changes in the masses. The answer is simple. They want to be sold. Yes, advertising. Slick glossy ads produced by suits with slick glossy hair in slick and glossy buildings in New York City. If you want want people to get out their cars and start using bicycles and mass transit you need to sell them on it. You have to make them want it. You have to convince them that making the change will lead to better skin, bigger dicks and getting laid more often. Ads that pull at their heart strings and cause even the toughest mullet wearing yahoo to openly weep.

Need proof? Back in the 70's this country was a shit pile of trash along the roadways and in public spaces, along with massive industrial pollution. Then overnight one ad changed it all.
 
This ad was so powerful that the masses started clamoring for change so loud that elected officials were forced to take action. The US enjoyed it's first real enviromental movement.

The other day I attended a meeting of BPAC (Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee).
I was rather shocked to learn that only one local bike shop owner was on the board or active within the group. And he didn't even bother to show up. Now you can bet your last dollar if my business was to sell bikes. I would be taking an active part in communicating with all the other bike shops to pool our resources to make my city as bike friendly as possible. Which of course would lead to more sales and money in my pocket.

Here is an example of the type of ad that will get peoples attention. From the great folks at WWF-Canada:





Isn't it time for bike manufactures to come together nation wide and affect change? For their own benefit and ours.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

New Street Art Hits Jax


There is some great new street art hitting the urban core in Jacksonville. Can't really say who the creators are. But I was able to find a link to a blog with some information about this Urbismus.


Punk Rocker on Houston off Broad.


Girl Tying Shoes on Duval St.


Old Couple Across the Street From Florida Theater.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Free BF to good home

Oh, Snap! Some poor bastard got busted. Found in Jacksonville Craigslist Free Section.

Click on Image for larger view

Another Reason For Rail In Jacksonville


Here is just one more reason for the support of a rail system in Jacksonville over a BRT (Bus Rapid Transit).

We miss all the good train shenanigans.

Pranksters silently drop trousers on subway in Toronto and other cities in brazen bid for startled reactions

Jan 13, 2008 04:30 AM
BRETT POPPLEWELL
STAFF REPORTER

Meghan Hein tried hard to keep a straight face as she dropped her pants on the subway platform before her ride on the silver bullet.

Sporting thigh-high stockings and a debonair smile, the 19-year-old ignored the dropped jaws and wide-eyed stares as she boarded a Bloor line train yesterday.

Hein was among some 75 semi-naked people who boarded the train together as part of a multi-city exercise by Improv Everywhere – an online collective dedicated to causing public chaos and joy.

Some of the Toronto pranksters chose form-fitting polka dot briefs, others plaid boxers – thongs were discouraged – as they slipped, deadpan, among startled riders.

"Where are their pants?" asked a middle-aged rider, Anab Ali, who seemed slightly disturbed by all the half-naked men and women planting their bottoms on seats around her.

Two other riders – Lindsay Olson and Mandy Leinbach, both 15 – took good looks at the bared flesh and traded comments as they gripped a pole to keep their balance.

"What is wrong with this civilization?" asked a mystified Olson while one prankster, Jeremy Dziewir, 19, did chin-ups in his briefs at the risk of revealing too much.

Eliciting wondering looks, smirks and disgust from people mostly too timid to ask questions, the pranksters rode the subway for an hour from Dundas West to Donlands and back.

Suzana Barbosa, a 28-year-old singer, organized the outing here to coincide with similar disrobings yesterday on public transit in New York, Chicago and six other U.S. cities as well as Adelaide in Australia.

She said it was meant to be liberating for those taking part and amusing for everyone else.

Randy, 23, who was willing to reveal his legs but not his name, saw it as a psychological experiment.

"This was important to my personal growth. Doing things like this that you wouldn't normally gives you confidence," he said.

"We're always worried about not looking bad. If I can walk onto a subway without pants and feel confident, then I break any barrier."

Stolen From

UPDATE: I was just sent this link to Flicker and quite a few images from the San Francisco BART shenanigans

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Anarchists in the Aisles? Stores Provide a Stage



Jacksonville artist need to create community involvement and awareness. But how?

Here is an idea I think that may just start to generate some interest for the local art scene. It's called Shopdropping and you can find out more about what it is below if you care to know. I have used it for years to promote my shows with very good results.

If the public won't come to us, then it is time to take things to them. And where should we take the art you may ask. To where the people are. Walmart, Target, Publix, etc..


Shopdropping
"Otherwise known as reverse shoplifting, shopdropping involves surreptitiously putting things in stores, rather than illegally taking them out, and the motivations vary.

Anti-consumerist artists slip replica products packaged with political messages onto shelves while religious proselytizers insert pamphlets between the pages of gay-and-lesbian readings at book stores.

Self-published authors sneak their works into the “new releases” section, while personal trainers put their business cards into weight-loss books, and aspiring professional photographers make homemade cards — their Web site address included, of course — and covertly plant them into stationery-store racks.

“Everyone else is pushing their product, so why shouldn’t we?” said Jeff Eyrich, a producer for several independent bands, who puts stacks of his bands’ CDs — marked “free” — on music racks at Starbucks whenever the cashiers look away.

Though not new, shopdropping has grown in popularity in recent years, especially as artists have gathered to swap tactics at Web sites like Shopdropping.net, and groups like the Anti-Advertising Agency, a political art collective, do training workshops open to the public."
(Full Article)

Ok Jax artists, let's turn this city inside-out with your creativity. The challenge to create is on and don't forget to document (pictures, video) the results to share with us.

Beautiful Video! "Monday" - Rider Mike Bentham

Video is titled "Monday". I call it "Freedom". Either way, sit back and enjoy the ride.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Bike Crashes, Bashes & Humor



Bus Hits Cyclist and Cyclist wins... Kind of.



This is what most Cyclist have to deal with. I love how one of witness states, " that the cop didn't initially believe the cyclist, until he saw the video". You ever notice how when you see or read a news report that a cyclist has been hit by a car. The cyclist is usually always made out to be in the wrong.



Police chase bike. What pro riders won't do to get out of a pee test these days.

Monday, January 7, 2008

Stop being Asian!


Not only can Christians cure your gayness. They apparently can help you stop being Asian.

I personally enjoy turning Japanese.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Happy New Year Blasphemers!

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and wish you all a better year than the last.

Here is a nice laugh until I get back to the business of blasphemy.

This a great video of a student seeking a place to hide after his friends change the start up sound of his laptop.