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17 February 2014 @ 11:38 pm
Here's what I was working on before being summarily & pointlessly harassed in an LJ community. This old book, Working Cats, published in 1979, was so charming that I had to tediously scan some of the images to share. A collection of black & white photographs showing pets who have become an integral part of an established business -- all sorts -- with anecdotes or a simple line describing their unique countenances. In short: they're cats with jobs!

Please tell me if you can think of a community where such images of cats, from a library book, would be appreciated.

Click any image to enlarge. Have a gander & smile.
This is just a fraction of the images & stories. Also @ Flickr.


Working Cats - Felix

Name: Felix

Location: Stable

They are such good friends I think if anything ever happened to my cat Felix I'd have a retired thoroughbred on my hands.

- breeder (person quoted)


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22 January 2014 @ 03:26 am
Finally!! I've been working on this post for a while. Slow going to prepare and upload images at full size (approx. 3000 pixels), done for those who like myself care to see the up-close and personal detail.

I went because it was the last day Wil Eisner's work would be on display. It's funny, when I was first introduced to his work -- a page or two in of The Spirit in an artbook -- I wasn't impressed. Spoiled by comics decades after his influence, I was too young to truly understand the impact he had, or what a visionary Mr. Eisner was, until I ran into his other graphic novel work (which was oodles before any of us were going around using the term); it was his apt ability to capture dialog and humanity in non-heroes that stuck the biggest cord, an unblinking eye into the beauty and prejudices in us all.

There was also the fortune of running into the very beginning of Neil Gaiman's work and the various talents whose worked with the characters that sprung from his soul. I met Mr. Gaiman a long time ago, at a relatively small convention in Oakland, where he was near Colleen Doran -- there was so little foot traffic at that time and she being more popular, he gladly lent a hand to help where he could (as did I). I'd enjoyed some of his work at the time, but was bowled over by Ms. Doran's talent (having a predilection for science fiction over fantasy). Mr. Gaiman visited San Francisco a few years back, to promote The Graveyard Book, and I was fortunate to be in the first row and have my question read aloud. Near as I can tell, despite the "the" in front of the name lately, he is very much the same pleasant British fellow I'd met on that day.

So it was a nice surprise to see a work by Colleen Doran within the gallery, although I know she is anxious to do collaborations with him. However, I hadn't known Yoshitaka Amano had done one! And as usual, they keep a nice assortment of vintage and classic comic book artists along with some more "indie" or modern ones.


A small collection of images from The Cartoon Art Museum.
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15 January 2014 @ 02:24 pm
Dawn of The New Year @ lj_photophile  
What a pleasure to be one of the finalists this week!

I've never actually won, but it would be helpful to gain a little LiveJournal membership, as I'm rather strapped for cash at this time (thanks to a student loan catching up with me). And I do still enjoy exploring & sharing on this site!

If you'd care to, I'd appreciate a vote here:
Photo of the week contest! 1/5/14 - 1/11/14


*just click on the bubble below the photo you like.




Originally posted by theidolhands at Dawn of The New Year

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09 January 2014 @ 05:23 pm
It wasn't my big idea to be downtown on Christmas Eve, but life and health had different plans, and so it became the only day I was able to get some last minute chores & shopping done. Up early. Mental armor on. Feeling closed off and determined.

However, a blessing occurred, a bit of magic, when I bothered to lift my head and slow my step to take in a spectacular sunrise -- a gift that was entirely free. In an instant I was softened and grateful. The pier angling out upon the water (with more treats in store) was always there, lo' the many years I'd made this trek, and yet somehow...I was only seeing it now for the first time. Like it had just burst into existence. Beauty for anyone to enjoy if only they have eyes and a heart to view it. I think a lot of being human is like this.

As it turned out, there were probably less people downtown than usual, shopping was not really a nightmare.
with the exception of blatantly being treated like a shoplifter everywhere that I went lol


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22 December 2013 @ 08:36 am
Dear Santa...

Dear Santa,

This year I've been busy!

Last week I gave ktpoole891 a Dutch Oven (-10 points). Last Monday I got in line at the supermarket at the same time as someone else and I didn't yield (-8 points). Last Sunday I pulled over and changed originalkitsune's flat tire (15 points). In March I ate my brussel sprouts (1 points). In October I gave sobloodycute a wet willie, then I took it back (-5 points).

Overall, I've been naughty (-7 points). For Christmas I deserve a moldy sandwich!

Sincerely,
theidolhands

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Although, LJ is the worst of all for the lack of forwarding comments lately. *waggles finger*
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06 December 2013 @ 10:15 pm
I recently had an opportunity to see some of San Francisco's City Hall while it was lacking in it's usual bustle of foot traffic, making it impossible to resist hanging around to grab some images of the detailed architecture rarely found in modern American buildings these days: marble, reliefs, scrolling, trim, and many trademarks of neo-classical style.

My activities were harmless, but when a security guard came up to inspect the floor, I took that as a cue to leave (lol), although I rather do enjoy roaming around empty buildings...don't you?

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cp: I hope you note that I've been taking your advice regarding photo signatures. *tips hat*
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23 October 2013 @ 09:45 am
Ohio State Marching Band Does Michael Jackson Moonwalk Like You've Never Seen Before

The Ohio State University marching band celebrated the 25th anniversary of Michael Jackson's album, "Bad," during halftime of the game against the University of Iowa Saturday.

Their flawless synchronicity is pretty mesmerizing, but it's game over once they start doing the moonwalk at 4:40.

Seriously guys, stop reading and start watching because The Buckeyes are so "bad", they're good.
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Were any of you in band?
I was and I recall what hard work it was, even without any marching!

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16 October 2013 @ 08:25 am
Here's something you may not hear someone often say, I really enjoyed reading these obituaries in The Times! Both these men lived to their 90's, are examples of "pursuing your bliss", and yet also echo fading worlds; they're poetry.

They pair up nicely with the fact that reading a newspaper is a luxury I rarely afford, though still fully support in notion. A similar idea to a life spent reading more comic books than hardcovers. Sometimes their faded pages come to me as a "donation", abandoned whole or found piecemeal. In a world where a lot of the news can feel poorly researched, edited (riddled with typos, is not uncommon on the Internet and if I'm seeing your typos...it's really quite bad), and downright shallow -- The New York Times can still provide solid pieces, like this recent article regarding Harvard Business School Case Study: Gender Equity.

Naturally though, it would be hard to have anything against the men in these clippings with their cherished businesses of typewriters and records. Do you still read newspapers? Or their Internet equivalent? If so, which ones?

I particularly enjoy my neighborhood rags, though it seems the free papers must take money from increasing amounts of explicit (and often dubious) advertisers in order to keep going. It can be amusing to watch older people, those often most comfortable with the feel of bending paper in their hands, pay no notice to a plethora of busty "girls" offering "massages" and so forth, as a side to their serious reading.


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