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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

U.S. Forest Service Warns Against Campers Drinking Tecate Beer, Eating Tortillas and Playing Spanish Music

I've been making it my goal, these past few years, to visit as many National Parks as I possibly can. Undeterred by recent legislation allowing guns in the parks, I must now rethink packing spam in my cabin.

This from Think Progress:

The US Forest Service issued and then retracted a Labor Day warning advising hikers to “beware of campers in national forests drinking Tecate beer, eating tortillas and playing Spanish music” because “they could be armed marijuana growers.” A high-ranking Forest Service official in Colorado also identified people speaking Spanish and eating Spam or Tuna as “warning signs of possible drug trafficking.”

Smokey, why you be a hating bear?

Finished digital art for a children's book

And here's the finished work, from a book I wrote and illustrated, Whales' Tails and Turtle Trails:

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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Kseniya Simonova, a testament to the power of art

Sand artist Kseniya Simonova moved audiences to tears creating an animated painting on an illuminated screen memorializing the Great Patriotic War, which killed one in every four Ukrainians.

Hands dancing across the table in a choreography of fine finger strokes and broad sweeps, she transforms lovers into bomb raids, flames and finally, hope.

Ms. Simonova is the winner of Ukraine's Got Talent.

Friday, September 4, 2009

creating a digital albatross for my latest children's book, feather by feather

The Laysan Albatross (Moli, or Phoebastria immutabilis), with an 80 inch wingspan, breed in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.

1. Creating feathers using a general leaf template.

2. Next, grouping feathers together.

3. Now it's time to create a framework on which to paste my feathers.

4. Finally, colorizing the feather patterns completes the albatross.

5. Now that I've established the distinctive markings of the albatross, it's time to stylize the bird so that it's more appealing to children. I've enlarged the eyes and the beak, and have added a lei:

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dolphin slaughter in Taiji cove

This year's dolphin slaughter had been suspended, thanks to the efforts of cinematographers:

"The Cove exposes an atrocity of unimaginable brutality. The dolphin slaughter depicted here is committed yearly and without knowledge of the general Japanese public, even though they could be buying highly-toxic mercury-laden dolphin meat disguised as fish from their local supermarkets."

disturbing hatchery practice: male chicks ground to death


"A disturbing undercover video shot at a large egg hatchery in Iowa, shows unwanted male chicks being thrown into grinding machines while they are still alive...According to the MFA website, nearly 150,000 male chicks are hatched and killed every day at the Spencer hatchery. The chicks are separated according to sex, and the males are thrown into grinding machines. Females are debeaked by a laser that slices off the ends of their beaks."

Ed Rondthaler:The nonsense of english spelling

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