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Monday, July 2, 2007     Sea Change
(9:35 am)

Since Thursday, there's been a sea change in the way I feel. Thursday I got an e-mail from a guy in a band interested in using some of my visual poetry for a CD cover and booklet. Things went pretty fast from there. Now, three days later, I'm about to sign a contract with a major record label for the use of my work. I see this as not only validating my efforts, but as adding to the merit of visual/concrete poetry as a genre. Maybe this will be the start of something good for the entire vispo community. Once the contract is complete, I'll be able to divulge more details.


Today's Fortune, Cookie:

Heart of my Heart.


On Thursday, I mentioned that Liberty's blog was inaccessible. The reason seems to have been with her cable company Here's the hilarious saga of that encounter: Give me Liberty! This is her Wordless Wednesday photograph that I mentioned in Thursday's entry.


Quote of the Day: "If the fool would persist in his folly he would become wise."

-- William Blake


I bought a cheap little guitar Saturday. Sean broke it for me before we could play a single riff. That's not entirely fair, either. The instrument has a Floyd Rose style locking tremolo, and it's really touchy and while he was trying to tune it the tremolo mechanism burrowed into the body of the guitar and hid. All sorts of other problems, such as intonation and fret buzz problems and, oh yeah, a broken high-E string. Sean's friend Tony is supposed to have a look at it today sometime. He's familiar with that type of tremolo system. A lesson in the care and feeding hopefully will be forthcoming. Anyway, the guitar, in spite of being cheap, is gorgeous. How they can sell such an instrument for such a low price is a mystery to me. My Godin guitar came with a AA flame maple top. The difference in price between that and the AAA was $400 -- considerably more than I paid for this new guitar, and it has at least a AAA maple top. Also, it has abalone binding and fancy sculpted wedge fret marker inlays, black hardware (which costs more on most guitars), and EMG style pickups (3). The Floyd Rose tremolo system costs $209 online, only a little less than I paid for the entire guitar. It's a gorgeous little axe, and it plays (played?) like butter. It sounded decent too. I didn't take it through its paces at the flea market, though. At any rate it was a bargain, assuming I can ever get it into shape to actually play it.

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Tuesday, July 3, 2007     Why Naplesyellow?
(9:45 am)

I own two other domains on the web -- primarywizard.net and naplesyellow.com -- both of which have been in flux since day one. I've finally stabilized naplesyellow.com and decided on how to best use it. It will probably be the site I cite as "my webpage." It will serve as a portal to all the other pages I maintain, including this one and the ones that come with my ISP account. The primarywizard.net page will undergo some changes at some point, too. I'm not quite sure about it yet.


Today's Fortune, Cookie:

Change is good.


I closed the deal with the record company yesterday. I'm still not prepared to release generally a lot of detail, but I will say that the company is Capitol Records. The CD will be out in August. I'll be filling in more of the details as we go along.


Quote of the Day: "In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act."

-- George Orwell


Bush-for-brains commuted Scooter Libby's sentence. Yet Martha Stewart and my former doctor had to spend time in prison for far less than what he did. Even Paris Hilton had to do a few days in the L.A. County Jail. These people in power now are pure burning evil, especially Cheney. Cheney, Bush, Rove, and a whole raft of other public criminals need to be in prison for a very long time.

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Wednesday, July 4, 2007     Happy Birthday USA!
(9:56 am)

My US flag is flying. I'm wearing a red t-shirt and blue shorts (My fish-belly colored legs providing the white). Today is the 231st anniversary of the founding of our country. Will it last another 231 years? Not at the rate we're going now. More's the pity. I certainly hope there time and will to turn it around.


Today's Fortune, Cookie:

Tell that to the Republicans!


Here's my bit of unsolicited advice: Never, ever, drink bourbon after having had key lime pie for dessert. The belches the next morning are NOT something you want to experience.


Quote of the Day: "Immigration is the sincerest form of flattery."

-- Jack Parr


I'd like to move to France.

My naplesyellow.com site now has a list of links to the various sites around the web that have my visual poetry and other works. There aren't as many as I remembered. Some have gone by the wayside as well. At the moment there are 14 links. I hope to round this selection out as new sources of my work appear. I considered apologizing for so much self-promotion, but actually, isn't that what a personal website is all about?

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Thursday, July 5, 2007     It's Anything Can Happen Day!
(3:39 pm)

When I was but a tyke, I used to watch the Mickey Mouse club every afternoon, drooling over Darlene (not Annette like most of the guys). Actually I may have been the only guy my age drooling over any female. Most of the boys I knew didn't like girls. But I sure did. Always have. I still appreciate a pretty face, a nicely-turned ankle, a soft, sculpted back, and a great rack. What did you expect? I'm male. Well, anyway, all that aside, the show reserved each day of the week for specific purposes. I remember one day was for cartoons, another for magic, but my favorite was Thurday -- Anything Can Happen Day. I think about this every Thursday, usually as I'm taking my shower. Why this should be, I have not a clue, but I do. I keep waiting for the "anything" to happen, but it rarely does. Last Thursday was the exception when I got the e-mail and phone call that started me down the road to my first major label liner credit. I can't wait to see it. Probably come before my eyes on a Thursday.


Quote of the Day: "The power to declare war, including the power of judging the causes of war, is fully and exclusively vested in the legislature."

-- James Madison


You think someone should have told this Administration about that? What I really want to know is why congress let this slide? I want to know why they still are. Why haven't impeachment proceeding begun against Bush, Cheney, and Roberts? They held impeachment procedings against Clinton for a blow job. This is much more dire than oral sex. This is murder, mayhem, and malice. These criminals are wrecking our Republic and Congress and the American people are sitting by and letting it happen. Oy!


Today's Fortune, Cookie:

Think for yourself?  What a notion!


I've been editing my book the past few days -- in my head anyway. I'm tearing out large sections, changing the contingencies of several of the characters and how they are involved in the plot. I think it will be a better book for it. Of course, that's probably 15,000 words or so that will go by they wayside. I still haven't pinned down the ending, or how the characters will interact with each other and on what level past the point where I wrapped it up in November. I see why novels take some people a long time to finish.

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Friday, July 6, 2007     Finally!
(10:34 am)

For a long time I've been meaning to scan all of my 3 X 5 card series of visual poems/mini-collàges and put them up on my Naples Yellow site as a slideshow. Well I finally have.
 
PRESENTING: The 3 X 5 Card Collection (in progress since 1997).
 
I hope you enjoy it. Remember, most of the pieces in this collection are for sale.


Today's Fortune, Cookie:

Huh?


Now that proves to me that the educational system is in big trouble -- relying on fortune cookies for SAT answers. Whew! And to think the fortune from the day before came from the same batch of cookies. In some cases contradiction is a good thing. In this case I'm not so sure.

Today is my 27th anniversary. Wow. Who'd a thunk it?


Quote of the Day: "It's so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life."

-- Rita Rudner


You gotta love Rita.

I've put a new thing on my Musical Explorations page. It's just me playing with my strat and a delay pedal. I rather like it though. It's called Penn Station. Like I said, it's not much, but I like it. I may play around with the pedal some more, perhaps even involving another player, and put the results up there as well. Stay tuned.

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Saturday, 07/07/07     Special Day
(3:56 pm)

You may have noticed that the date format for this entry is a little different. That's because it's 7/7/7 today. I think I'll go out and play 7-7-7 on the pick three lotto.


Today's Fortune, Cookie:

I've got a friend. . . (*singing*)


I'm not really in the mood to write much today. I'm not sure why. I think a lot of it is due to pain. My joints have been aching steadily recently. Pain pills, rubs, smelly ointments. I'm thrilled.


Quote of the Day: "All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion and desire."

-- Aristotle


Tool is in Huntington tonight. I'd have loved to have gone to that one, but I'm sorry $55 for a single, festival-standing ticket is just too dear for me. Prices for top-name acts have gotten completely out of hand.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2007     Wierdness Wednesday
(10:56 am)

My pal Liberty has thrown me a curve: Check out her Wordless Wednesday for this week. It's doubly wordless -- my instrumental music. It even got comments! Thanks, sweetie! I need to record some more things, particularly in this vein. Maybe I could submit some of my stuff to Shirley & Spinoza.


Today's Fortune, Cookie:

Thank me very much.


I'd love to find some people to play music with, but the current music scene here (and I'm presuming most other places of less than half a million population) is not conducive to finding people of like minds. I've put out a couple of feelers -- nada! All of the people I used to play music with have either moved away, died, or quit playing music. The people my age and somewhat younger seem to already have their group of friends and aren't interested in any additional ones. The younger players aren't interested in a geezer like me. I'm not interested in hanging out in bars and jamming with a bunch of rampant and rancid egos, especially since I don't know the same songs or licks as most people. Does that make me irrelevant? Not valid? Useless? Apparently.


Quote of the Day: "It is easy to change your expectations. You can do it in an instant. And that can be a problem. Too often, we lower our expectations because that is easier than overcoming the obstacles which stand in the way of fulfilling those expectations."

-- Ralph Marston


I'm thinking about changing the name of my virutal band (currently Hu Nu). Here's the short list:

What do you think? Like any of those? Or do you have one you'd be willing to donate? Let me know what you think: E-mail your opinion.


You've no doubt heard of found poems, and since you're reading this, it's almost a certainty that you've heard of concrete poetry. How about a "found concrete" poem?

Digital Camera Image [2007_0514Image0009] [Canon EOS 20D, ISO 200, Aperture Priority AE, 1/1000, f/7.1, Exposure Compensation -1/3, Tamron 28-300 mm lens @ 250 mm]
"Poetry on Quarrier Street"
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Friday, July 13, 2007     Friday the 13th
(2:36 pm)

In October, 1307 the Pope issued orders through King Phillip of France to arrest simultaneously all over Europe all of the Knights Templar, or to kill them. This occurred on October 13 -- a Friday. Thus we have the tradition of Friday the 13th being unlucky. It certainly was for the Templars. After this day the Knights Templar effectively ceased to exist, as those few who might have possibly escaped death or imprisonment went far underground, some say to Scotland.


Quote of the Day: "When one has much to put into them, a day has a hundred pockets."

-- Friedrich Nietzsche


Today's Fortune, Cookie:

Someday. . .

Really???

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Tuesday, July 17, 2007     Trash Day
(11:29 am)

Sunday we bought a new refrigerator. It's a Whirlpool side-by-side with black sides and brushed chrome doors. It has ice and water in the door (have to get that hooked up). We got it for a few dollars less than $600 (with tax, delivery, and extended warranty, a little more than $750 -- and considering that similar appliances on display started at $1400 I think we did quite well. We also get a rebate in the amount of the delivery charge and at least a $50 gift card. That' takes the price back down to $664, which is about the price for the machine and the warranty extension. The rebate wipes out the delivery charge and the gift card makes up for the tax. I don't like rebates or gift cards, but it's better than not having them. And as far as the gift car, heaven knows we'll spend that much at Lowe's in the next few months. We usually get our light bulbs there and our air handler filters, too. Then there's the occasional repair material and tool. Oh yeah, the garden center. We haven't been there this year. It could happen.

Today we have another pink fortune from Emily. I have enough now to last eight days. They were exceptionally generous with the fortune cookies the other night.


Today's Fortune, Cookie:

Cogito Ergo Sum.


I swear, I thought I made an entry here Sunday or Monday. Maybe I did and forgot to save AND upload it. Maybe I imagined it altogether. To quote HAL, "My mind is going. I can feel it. . . Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer do. . ."


Quote of the Day: "She had never paid much attention to the Middle Eastern situation, per se, and now she knew why. It was an overload of craziness. It was a seventy-piece orchestra rehearsing a funeral dirge and a wedding march simultaneously. It was a firebug convention in a straw hotel."

-- Tom Robbins, Skinny Legs and All, p.157


Tom Robbins is one of my favorite writers. He ranks right up there with Kurt Vonnegut and Robert Anton Wilson, and since they're both dead now Robbins has taken preeminence. I wish I could locate my copy of Another Roadside Attraction. That's a favorite and I'd love to read it again. I still have a couple of his other novels. I may plough through them again, too, at some point. There are a few others of his I haven't read. I'll have to find them somewhere as well. His way of thinking so closely resonates with mine and his sense of humor mirrors mine. I enjoy him thoroughly.


(1:36 pm)Singularity
 

Here's an update on the CD cover and booklet art for Mae. They have put the cover art up on both their MySpace Page and their primary web page: WhatisMae.com where the larger version of the cover art is under the News tab. So far no credit is given. Nor has payment been forthcoming. This seems to be the norm when dealing with corporations, especially lawyers, insurance companies, and record labels.

I've added links and a blurb on the Naplesyellow site. I sent the guitarist for the band and the record label guy I've been dealing with a note asking for a little love on the band's site. Whether this is forthcoming will be seen.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2007     Feelin' Lousy
(3:46 pm)

Feel like crap today. Still I've managed to do a few things of (dubious) value. This would be one of them:

Created with Apophysis
"Dendrite Thicket"

Today's Fortune, Cookie:

Reintarnation.


Quote of the Day: "The deepest craving of human nature is the need to be appreciated."

-- William James


I suppose that's why blogging is so popular.

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Friday, July 20, 2007     Tummy Ache
(10:46 am)

My gut has been in turmoil the past few days. I'm not sure why. I've not tried to determine causation, but it's readily apparent that it's probably not something I ate. I suspect a bug. If that is indeed the case, probably all I can do is wait it out. Of course, it might be internal bleeding caused by ebola, although I have no notion where I might have picked that up.


Today's Fortune, Cookie:

Playin' it safe.


I've subscribed to the Tech Republic since the previous millenium. This week they sent me a collection of flame fractal galleries, mostly done by one person with apparently way too much time on his hands and a really speedy computer. My machine is no slouch -- AMD dual core Athlon 64 running at 2.61 GHz with a 2 GHz frontside buss and 4 GB of DDR2 RAM -- and some of the fractals take several minutes to generate. Ah, but I precede myself. They also included a link to one of the programs used to create the images, and my pal, Liberty, found the other program. I downloaded both of them and started messing around with them. [Liberty was gracious to thank me for sending her the page and for causing her to neglect her laundry, cooking, and housework for most of the day Wednesday.] This image is the latest in an ever-growning series:

Chaoscope creation (© 2007 J. Michael Mollohan)
"Acid Lace"

I've not really come up with a name for most of the fractal creations. I probably will eventually. As I do I'll put some of the better ones here for your perusal. If you'd like larger versions of any of these (or any of my photographs or artwork), let me know and I'll prepare them for you.

I got a posting in my FreeCycle group that gave me pause. . . to chuckle:

OFFER: Muslim Women Hijabs (Headscarves) - Chesapeake, WV

I have way too many. MUST go to a home with conservative Muslim women and girls wear these alost daily. There's over 25 of different sizes and hicknesses* from Egypt, India, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Italy, Turkey and England! Shows you where I've travelled these passed 20 years! SERIOIUS ONLY!!!

* I guess that proves my assertion that there are hicks everywhere.


I don't necessarily believe in astrology, but I do know quite a bit about it. I also read my horroscope in the paper every day and I collect one from iVillage in e-mail most days as well. I sometime marvel at how closely the readings correspond to things going on in my life at certain times. Of course, the readings are usually sufficiently vague as to fit a lot of circumstances at the same time, but now and then the wording and subject matter resonates with my current state of existence to a degree that makes me go "Whoa!" Today's reading is more of a "Yeah, that'd be me" and a deeply resonant "Hmm." Here is what it said:

You're famous for going beyond borders and being able to blur boundaries. This skill comes in handy when combined with a double dose of diplomatic sweet-talk. You can go just about anywhere you want today.

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Sunday, July 22, 2007     Silent Sunday
(7:20 pm)

Created with Apophysis 2.02
"Organism"

Today's Fortune, Cookie:

Take your best shot.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007     Space, the Final Frontier
(10:22 am)

I'd love to have a little more space, room to set up my music gear in an accessible manner. Grounded outlets would be nice, too. The one I have most things plugged into says it's a grounded recepticle but I don't believe it. I'd like to have room to spread things out a bit so that monitors and computers aren't in close proximity to audio lines. It certainly would make things quieter. I wouldn't mind swapping the fans in my destop tower for quieter ones either. This has to be the noisiest computer I've had since. . . well, since ever.


Today's Fortune, Cookie:

and. . . In every creation lies the seeds of its own destruction.


Hover over the fortune above to see a commentary on it. Or if you'd prefer not to (as per Bartleby) here's what it says: In every creation lies the seeds of its own destruction. This in inherent in all things. Take oil paintings for example. The nature of the drying process causes the disintegration of the material. Or, perhaps, say, a democracy. As in all things, entropy affects political systems as well as physical processes. I expect chaos theory can be applied to societal structures with stunning accuracy. Game theory already has been used to predict social interactions. The television show, NUMB3RS tends to ascribe to the theory that mathematics can explain and predict everything if you just know what algorithm to apply to a given situation. It's rather like the Psychohistory that Issac Asimov posthulated in his Foundation series. He may have been on to something.


Quote of the Day: "Beauty in art is truth bathed in an impression received from nature. While I strive for a conscientious imitation, I yet never for an instant lost the emotion that has takenhold of me. Before any sight and any object, abandon yourself to your first impression. If you have really been touched, you will convey to others the sincerity of your emotion."

-- Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot


The CD that I provided the artwork for is coming out in about three weeks. The band, mae, put a credit for the artwork in their journal section on their webpage (click the band's name and go to the journal tab to see). Thanks, Rob. I truly appreciate the mention. I keep waiting for the inquiries to come flooding in, but the only e-mail I get are the usual lists I subscribe to, the occasional note from a friend or colleague, and the ads for megadik, debt relief, DVD copy programs, Nigerian and Benin millions that they seem to want to give to me, and lingerie. I suppose they think I'm a gullible transvestite who's deep in debt and wants to pirate movies. Not!

Created with Apophysis 2.02
"Technicauliflower"
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Thursday, July 26, 2007     Derrick Kirk 1979-2007
(2:51 pm)

Derrick Kirk died. He was a 28-year-old musician. Cancer got him. I only worked with Derrick a few times, but I genuinely liked the fellow. Whenever I ran sound for VooDoo Katz, Derrick was invariably late. Most ot the time it was because he was playing a gig with another group. That's what he did -- play music, nearly all the time. A lot of time even during breaks on stage, he'd be off to the side or in the patio/alley beside the Empty Glass, blowing on his saxophone. He could play nearly everything he touched almost from the first encounter with it. And such a nice fellow too. A lot of musicians I've met, particularly local ones, have an attitude and a bee-stung ego, all swelled up and tender to the touch. Not Derrick. He was down to earth and mellow as an oboe solo. Rest well, friend. If there is an after life I look forward to jamming with you there, if I'm good enough. If I'm not, I look forward to long chats and just listening.


Quote of the Day: "Inside us there is something that has no name, that something is what we are."

-- Jose Saramago. Portuguese novelist and man of letters, 1998 Nobel Prize for Literature, b.1992


I've been playing around with fractals again. This time is a little different. I was looking at the "Acid Lace" fractal I posted here last Friday. I've been studying it mainly because I have a larger version of it set as my wallpaper. Anyway, I started thinking that it kind of looked like a head, particularly the head of a flapper with a scarf wrapping up her head, with feathers. So. . . I found an old black and white photo from a newsgroup and went to work:

Corel PhotoPaint
"Zelda"

Today's Fortune, Cookie:

Wha. . . ?


My horroscope today was intriguing.

Charleston Gazette scan

It's another one of those that seems to strongly resonate with my current life situation. This one I hope against hope that it's true. Here's what my e-mail horroscope today said:

You paid for the whole seat, but you'll probably only need the edge. Who knew so much excitement could ensue from just one small step forward? Frankly, you can't wait to see the whole show (not to mention the encore)!

There seems to be a pretty wide divergence between the two forecasts. I think I'll take the first one. . .

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Monday, July 30, 2007     Uh. . .
(4:33 pm)

Beats me. What am I doing here?


Quote of the Day: "Society takes what it wants. The artist himself does not count, because there is no actual existence for the work of art. The work of art is always based on the two poles of the onlooker and the maker, and the spark that comes from the bipolar action gives birth to something - like electricity. But the onlooker has the last word, and it is always posterity that makes the masterpiece. The artist should not concern himself with this, because it has nothing to do with him."

-- Marcel Duchamp


I'm not up for much of an entry today. I'm not sure why. I just feel kind of blank, empty. I took a three-day weekend from this and most other activities, too. I went to the flea market yesterday for a short while, picked up a Robert Ludlum paperback I haven't read, and that was it. Friday and Saturday are kind of a void in my memory other than a nice visit from the grand-girls Saturday. We had fun.


Today's Fortune, Cookie:

Cream Soda
From a Jones Soda bottle cap.

Who knew Jones soda bottles had fortunes under the lid?

I saw a nice Squier Telecaster today. I'd like to have it but I already have two Teles. Still it's about $250 and very affordable. I might go for it if it's still there in a week or so.

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