Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha . . .

December 27, 2012

The Pataphysical Studios was busting with laughter while trying to record sound ambiance to accompany Dr.Skids and Priscilla’s wonderbox conveying the sentiments of Alfred Jarry, father of ‘Pataphysics.


Dr. Skids Expounding about Garuda

December 23, 2012

Dr. Skids is a remarkable Pataphysician whose background in Anthropological Astronomy with the Mind Shaft Society has lead Dr. Skids to explore the essence of the Garuda in relation to ‘Pataphisics. In this video, Dr. Skids explains his research to colleagues at the Pataphysical Studios.


Playa Time: Dust to Dust

October 13, 2011

Dust to Dust further illustrates the ethereal nature of Burning Man. this time lapse directed by Matthew Goodman adroitly paints the picture of Burning Man.


Steve Jobs

October 6, 2011



Returning from Burning Man this year, I was delayed due to the brakes failing on the truck I had recently purchased. That led to an encounter far more interesting than driving with no brakes 87 miles from Black Rock City to Fernley, Nevada fully loaded, towing a 4,500 pound mutant vehicle.

During my sojourn, I stopped near Reno to rest for the night before driving over the Sierra. The hostess, who I’ve known for ten years, of the fine restaurant where I ate that night, introduced me to the Vice President/General Manager of the hotel/casino, John Jandali. Mr Jandali is an 81 year old who immigrated from Syria in the 1950s. He is responsible for the dramatic turn around and success of the hotel/casino where we met. More remarkable is the story behind this man. Before I divulge that, I spent an hour talking with him about Burning Man. He had the impression many people have that Burning Man is all debauchery and weirdness. He was astounded and delighted to learn that Burning Man is managed as non-profit corporations. He was fascinated and intrigued with how it is produced and the culture it has spawned.

Here is what I learned about Mr. Jandali. He fell in love with a woman in Wisconsin where he worked at the time. She became pregnant with his child. Her father would not allow them to marry because he did not want his daughter to marry an Arab Muslim. She was forced to give up the baby for adoption. Years later, after the woman’s parents passed away, she married John Janaldi and she eventually died. The baby they gave up for adoption, was Steve Jobs.

Apparently, Steve Jobs never acknowledged his biological father, saying that his adoptive father was his father.

Every computing device I have used since 1984, has been an Apple. Hail Steve Jobs! Thank you John Janaldi.


Home…

September 14, 2011

This video by KJ and Stephen Spins sums up Burning Man’s 2011 spirit very nicely.


The Mind Shaft Society on 7/31/2011

August 1, 2011

The Mind Shaft Society, a collaboration of artistic scientists, prepares the exhibit for the Bureau of Artistic Development where you can delve deep into the Mind Shaft and come back with Creative License.


Pataphysical Slot Machine ~ a long work in progress!

June 26, 2011

The Pataphysical Slot Machine is a conceptual hallucination created and fabricated by Dr. Rheinbrain ~ Extraterrestrial Anthropologist, Dr. Fabio ~ Renowned French Anthropologist, and Dr. Really? ~ Chief Anthropologist. They are all Esteemed Pataphysicists! Pataphysics is to Metaphysics, as Metaphysics is to Physics. The Pataphysical Slot Machine was conceived during the winter of 2010. It is an artistic antidote for civilization.




Burning Man Metropolis

June 20, 2011

This VIMEO is by someone named Roy Two Thousand. Judging by this excellent video, Roy must be a fascinating fellow. I do not know Roy, but have experienced what you will see here. It is not for the faint of art.


The San Francisco Pianobike

May 3, 2011

I work in San Francisco’s Dogpatch where the sun shines frequently and the Hell’s Angel’s roar up and down the street going to and from their headquarters. The office and printing plant that I work out of is the former showroom for Esprit Clothing. The neighborhood is famous for several things one of which is across the street where Behind the Green Door was filmed with Marilyn Chambers. Next door to the printing plant is a live/work building filled with artists. On Friday nights, they often have Open Studios. One particular friday night, one of the live/work artists, St. Frankenstein, was sitting in front of the building playing his Pianobike. It is a home built, DIY, contraption that sounds marvelous as you will hear in this video. Boogie away brother… you can learn more about St. Frankenstein by clicking HERE




The Golden Gate at Sunrise 11-15-2010

November 15, 2010

Crab season starts today… it is unusually warm at sunrise. This is the Golden Gate at sunrise on November 15, 2010 shot from an iPhone while on a walk around the neighborhood.