Wednesday, April 30, 2008

New Work on Flickr

I've just posted my alien Joshua Tree photo and a new digital mixed-media portrait to my Flickr site. It's listed under links.... let me know what you think of it!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Joshua Tree National Park and My Left Arm

April is probably one of the best months to visit Joshua Tree National Park, way down south in California near Palm Springs. Especially for a weather wiennie such as me, I abhor the heat. So hubby and doggy and I piled into the camper van and headed south on Highway 395, which we had never driven before. It was simply amazing, espeically because the mountains were still snowcapped as you can see. The highway is on the backside of Yosemite and other national forests. It was breathtaking and since we left on a Thursday there wasn't any traffic to speak of really. It takes us 2 days to get there as we're taking our time and also stopped at Mono Lake. What was mind boggling at the small county park we stopped at was that as you walked out to the shore on a wooden platform, you would see signs posted saying that this was where the shoreline was in 1954, etc. The city of LA has been sucking the lake dry until 1994, when concerned citizens actions stopped the city of the angels from getting any more water and further damaging the fragile environment. I'll have photos of Mono Lake at my Flickr site so please click on that link for more photos.
  • so we finally get to the Park and park the van and set up camp. Crash is not the happiest doggie in the world because even though he came along with us, he's on leash. Not only park rules, but because of his beagle-ish "wide range" and living through his nose. The next day he's happier as we drive around the park and stop at the different parts and he gets to get out of the van and sniff and leave his mark.
We have another great dinner at the campsite and we're outside looking at the stars so the outside lights are not on, when I turn to go into the van for something and trip over one side of an iron circle meant to contain fires and smash my left arm and left side of face on the other side of it. I can't remember the last time I was in that much pain. I was the queen of ice and Irish whiskey that night. Next morning we head straight over the the emergency room in the nearby town of 29 Palms. Luckily it wasn't broken, but was beginning to bruise from my elbow to my wrist and I'm still in pain.
  • We head off to Bakersfield to find a motel that will take doggy because that's my personal camping rule: 3 days out in the wild and then into a motel room with a proper bathroom and tub! Well come to find out, it's Crash's rule too. Wish I had had my video camera and done before shots with Crash on leash mopping and then with no leash jumping for joy in the air conditioned heaven of the hotel room! He began to play with the new toy I had brought for him that he ignored while out camping.
OK, I can hear you all now saying: "The dog is as spoiled as she is!" And you know, you're right! Yeah I could live in the wild if I had to, but I'm a big fan of indoor plumbing, what can I say? After I got back sent an email to the park asking what form I should file with them since I was injured there and guess what? Yup, no reply from them. So now it looks like I'm going to contact my Congress person to see how to do it. Here's a photo of a Joshua Tree that I mucked around with while converting it from RAW to tif.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Live Earth Day Every Day

I'm so jazzed that environmental awareness is hip! The hubby has been an organic gardener since 1977 and we've been recycling that long. We have 3 cats and a dog and I always try to buy "poop sacks" for the dog that are biodegradable or made from recycled plastic. With the cat box (yes, they're inside kitties) I had been using plastic bags from the grocery store and had been feeling puny about it.
  • Then I had a revelation! I could use Bio Bags that are normally used for composting fruits and veggies for the kitty poop! At least they'd decompose in the landfill. They carry them at my local Whole Foods or you can goggle them!

Friday, April 18, 2008

Better Way to Recycle ALL Techno Trash

After my last posting and sending out some emails, my good friend and techno-geek extrodinaire, Don Frenna sent me an email saying that he wouldn't use that group because they didn't have a security statement on the website. Point taken Don! He suggests this group because of this security statement:
  • The other major reason to recycle your technotrash with GreenDisk is for the protection of your privacy. Obsolete computers and old media contain massive amounts of your private and proprietary information. For each of the last five years identity theft has been the fastest growing crime in America. In addition, with the new HIPPA and Sarbanes-Oxley regulations regarding the proper protection and destruction of private information, there comes a need to demonstrate compliance with these regulations. Throwing technotrash into a landfill is just an invitation for trouble.

Secure destruction of information on electronic media

Identity theft, corporate espionage, and other crimes resulting from the theft of valuable information from media are on the rise. Destroying information properly is absolutely critical, and simply deleting files from a hard drive does not do the job. GreenDisk destroys information in the following ways:

· Videotapes & audiotapes are degaussed or shredded. The media goes through high-powered electro- magnets that wipe out all information without any chance of recovery.

· CDs & DVDs are ground or shredded. The resulting material is perfect for the subsequent recycling and remanufacturing process, and information is impossible to capture.

  • · Hard drives either go through a military wipe or are drilled. A military wipe follows the Department of Defense high- level security wiping procedures (5220.22M) which is an extensive process of writing over information on a byte by-byte basis at the machine level and is far more secure than simply reformatting the drive. This is the accepted information wiping process by the military … hence the name military wipe. If a military wipe is not feasible, the hard drive is mechanically drilled so it cannot be used again. This destruction process is undertaken whether the hard drive is standalone, in a laptop, or in a desktop computer.
Don also said that it's cheaper too, that you can lump ALL of your Technotrash in a single box and ship for $6.95(20 pounds or less) Via Fed-X or any carrier!!! So, I've replaced the link with this one: http://www.greendisk.com/gdsite/Default.aspx

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Recycle Those Old CDs

Just got back from Joshua Tree National Park and still haven't dealt with all the photos, but in preparation to do so, I started to clean up some piles of "stuff" that had built up over the past weeks in my studio. In doing these came across some old CDs of old headshots and wondered where in the world I could recycle them!
  • A Google search gave me this website:
http://www.cdrecyclingcenter.com/pages/suggested_programs#individual
  • If the link doesn't work, I've also got it on the sidebar, and go ahead and click on those Google ads while you're at it. I'm hoping to make $2.00 by month's end
Yes, Virginia not only is there a Santa Claus, but there is an easy way to recycle CDs! All I have to do now is just save them in an envelope and when it's full, mail it off to the good folks who will recycle them! Sure I'll have to pay the postage, but I'll have the satisfaction that I'm doing the right thing for the planet and your grandkids (don't have any of my own) won't suffer the consequences! Isn't Earth Day just around the corner?

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Send Snail Mail to Imprisoned Blogger

Speaking of things mail, you might also want to send some mail art to a young man in Egypt who is in JAIL because the authorities didn't like what he was blogging about! I've added the link to the Committee to Protect Bloggers where you can find the whole story. And here's a link to some FAQs about the situation. http://www.freekareem.org/kareem-faq/ I dropped him a note on the back of one of the artist's proofs of a piece from my Power: Grids & Shapes show. Luckily this one was sitting on a table in the studio and it's the best one to send I think. If you can't read the quote at the top it's from Jimi Hendrix: When the Power of Love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.