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Palliativity 121: The Chrysanthemum Throne

Posted on March 10, 2011

Yamamoto Farm — Rosemead, California, 1929

Chrysanthemums are the flower of the imperial seal. My family had fields of them, not that the government needed any evidence to imprison my family…

Pictured above is the homestead I'll never know— captured in a panorama before the war. I am always comforted to see my family's smiles and grand fortune in the dustbowl of American life. Though the Depression was a time most Americans would rather forget, my family was living their American Dream.

The homestead

The American Dream









The Golden Age of a life interrupted.

Imperial Seal


Stranger Times

Posted on March 8, 2011

the Horror

Apocalypse Sheen, "Charlie don't surf!"

What cracks me up is how much CHARLIE Sheen sounds like Colonel Kurtz from "Appocalypse Now" right before Martin Sheen sacrificed him to the gods of the land of Tigers—

The heart of darkness is a coked-up fiend down the river his father tread to seal the devil that makes beasts of us all…


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Palliativity 120: Self Injection

Posted on March 3, 2011

Self Injection

Chronic-pain isn't a diagnosis, it's a Lifestyle.


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Palliativity 119: Neo-Victorian & Retro-Future

Posted on February 24, 2011

There are ruddy-bloody Snakes on this ruddy-bloody Dirigible!!!

Airships to the Orient. Wind-up rockets to the moon. Goggles, monocles and top-hats. Velcro, spandex and jetpacks.

Steam-powered adventures and rocket-fueled nights.

Romancing the world in a dance of oblivion, we settle for the dreams of another age. A simpler time when Capitalism fought Communism. A more elegant age of colonies and spices.

Escapism from the information deluge with Jules Verne and Asimov. Cyberpunk in the boredom of a child with a tablet pc in its lap.

We've been to the moon and 20,000 leagues under. We've obliterated the atom and mapped the darkest jungle.

Don't rest on Apathy, the god of laziness. Be clever and always pushing limits— fool Father-Time:

Make tomorrow come today.


Palliativity 117: Wishing

Posted on February 10, 2011

Daruma: it's merely a flesh wound

Sometimes I wonder what it's like to lose control— Watching a top spinning out just before it falls, a seductive dance between gravity and inertia. Entropy in the swaying hips of a lover; the catch of breath before the end.

I used to think that the battery-acid feeling of dread I experienced on occasion was tachyons surging backwards from the inevitable. Once you've split the atom, there's no going back. Einstein unmaking reality in the physics of dreams, delivered to your doorstep at the speed of C.

"It's so safe to play along.
Little soldiers in a row.
Falling in and out of love.
Something sweet to throw away.
I want something good to die for,
To make it beautiful to live.
I want a new mistake, losers more than hesitate.
Do you believe it in your head?"
- Queens of the Stone Age- Go With the Flow

Plato's fantasy play of shadows doesn't work in the land of burnt silhouettes. With art we split the fundamental particles of our dreams— creativity bursting out and backwards through time. Here's wishing.

See you on the otherside—


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Palliativity 116: Powershot

Posted on February 3, 2011

Cannon Powershot S30

It's not all about the camera. It's not about the pixel count or the
memory card.

"A photograph can be an instant of life captured for eternity
that will never cease looking back at you." -Brigitte Bardot

An Amazon review is worth a thousand words.
For my pictures, the goal is to leave the viewer breathless.

  • • Timing
  • • Framing
  • • Movement
  • • Perspective

The most important function of the camera I took to Japan in 2005 was that I could turn off the synthetic shutter noise—

I could only shoot for about 5 hrs a day before both of my lithium-batteries died. The largest card I had was 256MB, smaller than a sitcom on iTunes and as big as a silver dollar. I had to download the photos every night to my laptop in order to be able to shoot again the next day.

In 3 weeks, I shot 3751 photos (2.36gb or 104 rolls of Kodachrome)
and I'm still hungry for more.

I shall return.