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Showing posts from February 27, 2007

Solid Like a Rock

Here is an overlooked jewel of a movie. "Seconds" starring Rock Hudson from 1966. ( A very good year) Rock Hudson plays completely against type in this science fiction story of middle-aged banker, Arthur Harrison. Arthur is contacted by a dead friend and convinced to purchase the services of a company that promises him a whole new life. He is transformed into a good-looking swingin' bohemian artist. Gradually though, the new life doesn't work out. I won't tell you any more, get this movie if you're in the mood for a particularly quirky, 60's Twilight Zone experience. Watching Rock Hudson be vulnerable in black and white is worth it. The director is John Frankenheimer who also directed The Manchurian Candidate.

Elephant Art

Here are some prints I've made of elephants over the years. Elephants are of course completely underrated. In addition to being the largest land animal, they are some of the most intelligent, sensitive and social animals on the planet. They are tender and completely nuturing. They seem a bit human in their skin, with their tender feet and careful, surprisingly coordinated manner. Their bodies are a wonder--the trunk that starts as a rubbery appendage with no muscle tone and develops into an "arm" that can pick the tiniest leaves on the tops of trees, suck up dust and water and spray them 20 feet.The giant tusks can weigh up to 200 pounds. They can travel 100 miles a day if motivated, they can even communicate by a low frequency infrasound,or a deep sonar rumbling in their heads! It can be felt through the ground, by their super sensitive feet! An elephant baby takes almost two years to grow inside its mother, and the mother only has one every five years. Scientist…

Jean and Walt

I am in awe of the tram. When I first heard about Portland's aerial tram, after the construction had started, I couldn't believe it. "No!" I said, imagining the reality of having a giant tower leaning over I-5, with cables stretching all the way up the southwest hillside, and little gondolas gliding up and down? "No way." But I was assured that, yes, Portland is indeed that progressive. There was a vision, and Portland found a way to make it happen. At the time, I still couldn't quite digest it. The whole look of the thing was so wonderfully "Popular Mechanics", and it just didn't seem financially viable, and....who actually goes ahead and makes an AERIAL TRAM anyway?
I guess it was quite the political firestorm, actually. City Commissioner Sam Adams --who, incidentally is my great highschool pal Mike Adams' BIG BROTHER ) pushed for the tram, even though it ended up costing tens of millions more than he expected. I've seen n…