I tried to take a self-portrait in a window that was too busy. At night I created a looping Flash self-portrait with audio I captured at a past art opening.
Land lines; land masts.
My Old Fort Western video was viewed in the name of education, and possibly entertainment, in a class called Poetics Off the Page at the Corcoran.
I am making a series of Flash self-portraits with continuously looping audio. The audio loops over itself turning to noise, but eventually it gains some kind of rhythm. Bad rhythm; but rhythm.
Posted by mike at 2/27/2008 11:25:00 PM
Old Fort Western sent me a threatening email over a video I posted on YouTube. They want me to take down a video that I made that is obviously ridiculous; and keep in mind that all of the words and images are my own.
Am I still in America?!
This is absurd.
Here is the email:
Dear Mr. Corcoran:
Old Fort Western
16 Cony Street
Augusta, ME 04330
Posted by mike at 2/21/2008 02:19:00 PM
I took some pictures of the Maine Capitol on my way back from the Maine State Library.
I thought this picture was humorous. I'm not really sure why.
At my neighbor's apartment people watched the eclipse.
I learned the definition of a "townie."
Posted by mike at 2/21/2008 12:59:00 PM
I watched the shuttle land live, on the Internet.
Let me be the first to say, "Sweet Frickin' landing dudes."
Like the Atlantis crew, under Commander Frick, I was once under the command of a Frick, a Col. Frick, commander of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit. He didn't speak much but he seemed like a pretty good guy. Like Frick, Frick was also a Naval Aviator. NASA's Frick flew Navy jets. Col. Frick, the one I knew, flew Marine helicopters.
The two Fricks look similar, strong and short with small eyes.
Posted by mike at 2/20/2008 09:55:00 AM
I found a great channel on the Internet, NASA TV. Really cool when they're on space missions, like now.
The Maine Capitol from the back of a cab.
Tuesday nights are trivia nights at the Liberal Cup.
It felt good to yell a little bit (although I don't think we were supposed to).
Yelling helps to break up the space between empty thoughts.
Posted by mike at 2/20/2008 04:47:00 AM
My pursuit of happiness has come down to having an internet connection. I found a cool streaming television website called Beeline TV.
I've been watching France24. Half of France24's programming is in English, half in Arabic, none in French(?).
Another good site portal for world television is wwiTV.
Posted by mike at 2/18/2008 01:21:00 PM
Here is a Maine hitchhiker. I've never tried hitchhiking yet.
My truck under snow.
My neighbor Donna was nice enough to asked me if I wanted a ride to the store. I took her picture by a curtain display.
Here is a sidewalk panorama on Western Avenue in Augusta Maine.
The dangers of Maine sidewalks.
Dear Family and Friends,
if I ever die walking to work sue Augusta Maine and get me a glow-in-the-dark gravestone.
THE Front Page: A girl I went to school with, Susan Etheridge had a photo on the front page of The New York Times yesterday. That would be an awesome Valentine's Day memory.
One Valentine's Day I was sucker punched by a truck driver. That was sweet.
Posted by mike at 2/15/2008 01:08:00 PM
I had to break through a layer of ice to press the crosswalk buttons on the way to work.
Matt the youngest and newest reporter for the Kennebec Journal looks out the newsroom window at the ice-covered outdoors. He has been writing all our weather stories.
Ice didn't stop Irving Gas Station from doing business.
An icy tree looks like a crystal ball.
Icy branches are dangerous. But not as dangerous as falling icy branches.
Icy power lines are dangerous. But not as dangerous as downed icy power lines.
Posted by mike at 2/14/2008 02:26:00 PM
The instructor of a Maine Driving Dynamics Course given at the Augusta Technical Center refers to a power point chart displaying braking distances with the emphases on being able to stop for a moose. Could it be any worse than hitting a moose?
Anyone can enroll, once a year, in the classes that are scheduled across Maine. For $60 you get five hours of class time that can both lower your insurance and take 3 points from your driving record.
The classroom is empty for the five-minute break.
A student attempts to walk a tape line wearing goggles that simulate vision under impairment.
Posted by mike at 2/13/2008 01:39:00 PM
I love walking home in the middle of the night when the wind is blowing and it's freezing cold. It is the only way to travel in Maine, one step at a time.
My only complaints, the wind isn't strong enough to blow the snow to the degree of blinding (making my $5 investment in clear UV glasses less valuable), and it's not cold enough (they over use the word 'arctic' in our weather reports), and there are no moose or polar bears. boooorinG. At least I can count on the occasional carload of small town bullies trying to jump me.
Awesome! Running down the center of the street from the bad dudes out of a '90s sitcom, and I'm stuck in an '80s feel-good movie.
Posted by mike at 2/11/2008 02:05:00 PM
Last month a car full of kids almost ran me over and then got out of the car, pushed me down and kicked me in the head. It was a Friday night in the Tim Horton's parking lot on Western Avenue in Augusta Maine. They broke one of my Nikon lenses, my Nikon D1X camera, and left a scar on my head. I filed a report with the Augusta Maine Police Department. Nothing has come of the investigation yet.
Last night, a Friday night, the same kids waited for me in the State Armory parking lot on Western Avenue in Augusta Maine. They were in a dark green 4-door Mercury Sable or Ford Taurus. Approximately a 2004 model. Three of them got out of the car an approached me with short sleeved shirts on. I ran across the street. They yelled threatening things, then got in the car and drove west, then east down Western Avenue.
I called the police. I spoke to Augusta Maine Police Officer Day who said he'd see the car driving around. The investigation is still underway, I think.
Posted by mike at 2/09/2008 03:04:00 PM
11:24 AM me: oh it was$191, 000
11:25 AM me: i am making art out of it, and you helped me
11:27 AM Katie: i helped you make art
11:28 AM i helped you find the title of your book
me: yup, thanks
Katie: do i get a credit?
special shout out in the book?
me: nope, later
Posted by mike at 2/08/2008 11:57:00 AM
I-95 South around Richmond Maine, approximately 7:30 a.m.
Courthouse, West Bath: and The Chocolate Church, Bath Maine
A church in Bath Maine
Wilderness along I-95 Maine
My truck along the Eastern Promenade Portland Maine
Building on the Eastern Promenade and B&M Baked Beans in Portland Maine
Picked up my photos from a show at SPACE Gallery in Portland and at Harlow Gallery in Hallowell Maine. Hallowell Maine
Dynamic Driving Class, Augusta Technical Center, Augusta Maine
My neighbor Donna took a picture of one of her lizards on my shoulder.
Posted by mike at 2/06/2008 02:24:00 PM