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Synonyms: wandering – divergent – unusual

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George Carlin: Gone But Not Forgotten

George Carlin Sketch 01
George Carlin Sketch 02
George Carlin Sketch 03
pencils – derwent graphic 6b

It has been one week since George Carlin’s passing at age 71.

My memory of George Carlin extends back to the early 80′s when I saw him on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. He did this one joke on driving:

Q: “At a traffic light, if red means stop and green means go, what does yellow mean?”
A: “Come on, you can make it!”

That was tame compared to his usual fare. But it showed me at an early age that observing human behavior and joking about it can be funny as hell.

The news of his death has been interesting to say the least.

Two of the better write ups I came across were in Time Magazine: “How George Carlin Changed Comedy” and The New York Times: “George Carlin, Comic Who Chafed at Society and Its Constraints, Dies at 71″.

I feel fortunate to have seen him live just as he was turning extremely cynical and some might argue very angry. He reminded me a lot of Friedrich Nietzsche. Many confuse their bitterness as something negative. Humans find it hard to accept truths about themselves, no matter how ugly it can be.

But as much as I wish I could have seen him live one last time, I am glad he has left us with so many recorded performances. I am especially looking forward to watching the award ceremony this fall on PBS The 11th Annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor: A Tribute to George Carlin.

The master is gone, but he will not be forgotten.

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blackened crab: destination, bay area

blackened crab san francisco bay area oil spill
pen: pilot P-500 extra fine and colored pencils: prismacolor

It’s been just over two weeks since the 65,000-ton cargo ship Cosco Busan struck the Bay Bridge and spilled 60,000 gallons of oil into the San Francisco Bay and Pacific Ocean.

At least 2,700 birds have been found dead from direct contact with the oil. Talk of lawsuits have been discussed. This mess could cost local taxpayers more than $200 million. The local fisherman have decided to postpone the start of crab season till the first week of December.

Just recently, it was reported that “nearly 100,000 pounds of live Dungeness crab apparently caught by Oregon fishermen near the Farallones are headed to Bay Area seafood wholesalers for distribution to consumers – a major blow to local commercial fishermen.” (SFgate.com – Nov. 21, 2007)

I love crab. But I cannot help thinking that any wildlife in the area will be affected by this ecological disaster in one way or another. Are these crabs edible? Who knows. I know I won’t be eating any.

UPDATE 11.30.2007 – State lifts ban on fishing, crabbing after S.F. Bay oil spill (sfgate.com) … Enjoy your crab!

The thing that really upsets me are that globs of black goo still floating around my favorite San Francisco spot, Baker Beach. I sketched the illustration above from a perspective usually seen from Baker Beach towards the Golden Gate. (The oil dripping crab boat may been seen in the near future.) When I lived out there, I would hear fog horns and see cargo ships in the distance. Little did I know one of those monstrosities would cause such damage.

Thanks for nothing Cosco Busan.

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feeling bearish

bearish beating bullish
graphite pencil – derwent graphic – 6b, 4b, 2b
Feeling Bearish
Following Wall Street today can be as stressful as following the news coming out of Washington DC. With the talk of a “housing bubble” bursting at the seams, the thought of a correction to an inflated market sounds enticing. To a hesitant bear living in the Bay Area California, I have witnessed the exponential rise of fake equity the last five years. I feel a bit of resolve having been sitting on the sidelines watching this slow moving train wreck just now starting to unfold.

I also feel sorry for those families who got duped and swindled into signing those creative loans. I hope they find some kind of resolve. As for the speculators and flippers, shame on them for trying to make a quick buck. The greedy are going to get their comeuppance, just you wait and see.

bear bull study sketch
bear study
graphite pencil – derwent graphic – 4b

initial bear study sketch
initial bear study
graphite pencil – derwent graphic – 4b

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fallen cupid

fallen cupid
2003 – pen – pigma micron 02

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heartbreak

heartbreak
pen – pigma micron 02

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consumerism

consumerism
2002 – graphite – derwent graphic 6b-4b-2b