Giant rat: Swedes agog at 'Ratzilla' in Stockholm

Laurentius, six (left), and Justus, 13

Hello Friends,

 I hope that each and everyone of you is being treated well by life.

I am writing you now because I need your assistance. 

I am currently working on a project I am calling "Experiential Process 1". The first in a series of performances that query how minimalism functions in a culture that is driven by sensationalism and maximalism.   

The next phase of this process involves the subject (myself) positioned on a high traffic corner in Oakland bearing a cardboard sign that contains no words, while standing in silence. The piece will span over the course of seven weeks. It will happen every Wednesday for seven hours typically between the hours of 9:00am and 4:00pm with the exception of April  9th in which I will be performing from 7:00am to 2:00p.m.

So at this point you are probably wondering how this concerns you and some of you may be wondering why it has taken so long for me to send out this email. I am looking for people to help me film this piece. I need volunteers to basically watch the camera, zoom in if anything of interest transpires and change battery packs as needed. No experience is necessary, just the ability to show up and commit for an hour or more. I am sending a google calendar following this email where you can fill in time slots. Please contribute where you can. 

If you have questions please feel free to contact me.

Thank You, 
Sitting here looking at my rude boy,all I can do is laugh,what a lucky butt I am to have him as my son!! Right before bed we were sitting on the couch and I said you better go get in the shower you stinky,he folds his arms behind his head and says "mom,that's the smell of a man"!!!!lmao He never fails to make me smile!! Love all of my babies!!! Night folks........

"Double-Headed Gas Snake," Willie Cole, 1997

"Rocker with One of the Beaux Paintings (#3)," Ree Morton,v1975

I've been a dreamer all of my life
Believing dreams can come true
I've lived with the feeling, not satisfied
With only the image of you
A moment in time, a place in the sun
Can never be all it may seem
For I've come to know, when it's all said and done
A dream is only a dream
Somewhere, somehow, I found something more
Than only a sweet state of mind
Fulfilling a need and no longer leave
My heart suspended in time
I know what I feel, I know what is real
I know, because I was there
And all I can say, I've had it both ways
And the dream could never compare
All I can say, I've had it both ways
And the dream could never compare.

First, They Came for the Art

Chump of the Month: Nazis

Mazel tov,Chump fans! Sorry for the year-long delay. Upon discussion for the mid-March Chump, it was a true debate: "Nazis...or Jared Leto?" Tough call. Even though bright-eyed and bushy-tailed Leto is more relevant - even more controversial, one might argue, we chose NAZIS. Events that (never) happened 80-some years ago still seem to haunt us. Whose pointing the finger now, Leto? 


(Watch out, Jared! That car is about to hit YOU!)

Some contemporary bullies think it's funny and offensive to call sweet, young, American-born girls of German descent "NAZI" at a party - well, they're right! Except who's not half-Jewish these daze? Leto? Is that why he's in a Jesus costume? But seriously, not every German in the U.S. is a foreign exchange student! 

I'm getting off track. I mean, check out my grandma's belongings in the Holocaust Museum.

Wait, did the Holocaust even happen? 

When's my Bat Mitzvah, bitch? 

I wanna be 13 again. Sigh. Actually, scratch that - we all know 13 sucks balls. Especially if you were 13 in 1930's Germany. 

Once an old lady in Amsterdam told me I 'kinda looked like Anne Frank.' What's the best compliment YOU'VE ever gotten?  

That was intense! ;-) (I think)
As part of getting the room we would both print and sign a copy of this post (including some picture ID (without unnecessary identifying info)) as a letter of understanding/bona fide contract
// __ Myself:
._ I am an adult male and work as a teacher
._ Profession: Physicist/Mathematician/researcher/Tech monkey/author
._ Trade: Math, literacy teacher, software developer
._ working time: teaching mornings and/or afternoons classes
._ Life Style: I -literally- love to code and read
._ As you could notice, I prefer to clearly clarify everything upfront; no verbal playfulness, assumptions or "expectations".
.__ I am a quiet, pretty easy and busy fellow (Don't even own a TV-set (for whatever is it worth anyway ;-)) People consider me to be a down to earth no drama guy. I don't chat much, but I would go out of my way to help other people
.__ If you want to hear my experience about sharing your place: it is neither like buying a tomato, nor like somehow becoming family; in a sense it is (should be ;-)) a bit of the best of both. We would both save some money, but you don't just do it for the money since it does not pay to be bothered. Also it is a chance to just be nice to one another with no hassle or strings attached. I don't expect "sexual favors" or "attention" of any kind to my private matters from my roommates (girls (apparently with unpleasant experiences) have actually told me).
I have made friends with most people that have shared my apartment (most of them busy fellows minding their business like yours truly), to the point of wondering why people were complaining about their roommates ... until I had my bad experience! Once I had a very unpleasant incident with a woman because "I was strange" (she meant I didn't pay attention to her) ...

// __ Other "Things":

I love it around here in Inwood. Measurably, the area in NYC with with the highest nature/peopling ratio and the least defaced parks! The only place in the city where you can get an actual sense of nature! There are two rivers (or 1(1/2) ;-)) and three large parks around here (just for me ;-)) and, of course, birds love it around here, too; loudly crowing ravens may wake you up in the morning and you will likely get some stuff "from heaven" if you live around here long enough ;-). Google maps' street view gives you some shadowy (and rather outdated) idea of this area. The last picture is from the Fort Tryon Promenade

You might be disappointed to see that this is not the NYC of the 80's any longer ;-) If you want to actually compare neighborhoods, go, then on "Research neighborhoods nationwide" enter the zip code for this area (10034) and compare it to areas mid- (10036) and downtown (10004). This is by large a Hispanic (mostly Dominican) (former Jewish (still some areas)) neighborhood, (unfortunately :-)) getting gentrified fast. All kinds of people (from Japanese teenage students to European artists) have lived here and nothing has ever happened to any of them

After this post you could have an idea of the kind of guy I am and the extent we would be compatible. As part of getting the room we would both print and sign a copy of this post (including some picture ID (without unnecessary identifying info)) as a letter of understanding/bona fide contract

That was intense! ;-) (I think) it is much better to skim over this in a few seconds than taxing our attention with back and forth chatter. Also I didn't like when I was looking for a place myself and people would not fully disclose what the deal was all about or they would misrepresent it.

If you (are not a [spammer|telemarketer|con artist] and) are interested in the room and/or have any other questions, get back to me (López) via de craigslist e-mail address first. Then if, we are compatible (this is not a rooming house ;-)), I will contact you for us to talk, so make sure you give me a number to call you even if you don't live in the US (everyone posting housing offerings on craigslist has been authenticated via the SSL protocol and phone messages anyway). After we talk, I could e-mail to you more info about the area/place/myself and you could drop by to check out the room yourself.

                                                             Putting a Price on Leonardo

Arundhati Roy, the Not-So-Reluctant Renegade

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                                                               R.I.P. Robert Ashley



Wesley grins when he talks about his art, and when asked if he’d like the viewers to feel humour and wit, he replies characteristically: “That’s half right. You know that joke? Half-witted.”

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