Happy Halloween from The Digital Hairshirt . . . hope it's a HOWLING good time!
Monday, October 31, 2011
Sunday, October 30, 2011
"Do you believe I can walk back blindfolded and pushing a wheelbarrow?"
"Do you believe I can walk back blindfolded, pushing a wheel chair, and have someone sitting in the wheelbarrow?!"
"Great - who wants to sit in the wheelbarrow first?"
The party featured "trunk-or-treat" for the young kids, where parishioners decorated their cars and had treats to hand out. Not bad - there were some 20 to 30 cars, whch meant a lot of candy for the trick-or-treaters.
After that, we had a easy dinner for all of hot dogs, chips, and chili, and a "safe" hayride for the little kids. But really, what people wanted to see was when night fell and the "big kid" ride started: our Haunted Hayride!
Some background: in late September, our pastor asked high school students and their parents to attend a meeting to start a Youth Group. I went with my high school freshman daughter, Katherine (that is her in the picture above, on the right). At that meeting, the Youth Group committed to putting on the Haunted Hayride. Not much time to get things together, but . . they did it.
With help from the Mens Group, these kids mapped out a story along the trail on bthe back part of the church property:
Scene 1 - cemetery with the Grim Reaper warning the people on the wagon not to go any further, or one of them would die. I played that part - as a freeze was expected in Eastern Tennessee that night, I was a rather pudgy Grim Reaper given my multiple layers of clothing.
Scene 2 - ruined Boy Scout camp. Body parts strewn. Dazed and shaken survivors (lucky parents - they built a campfire that kept them warm) saying "he" had come out of the woods and it all happened so fast. Meanwhile, the Mens Group had rigged up a narrative on a computer, with speakers, on the wagon. Our local troop did the wrecked camp; one Scout proudly showed me the severed hand reching for the manual on how to control severe bleeding. Nice.
Scene 3 - the riders learn that a local man was falsely accused of the death of the Scouts and lynched by a mob. Scaffold with hanging dummy. Thank the Mens Group for building that.
Scene 4 - accused man's crazy mother in a rocking chair, telling the rides they killed her baby and laying a curse on them. The mom playing that had on long johns, multiple layers, and a lap robe, lucky woman. I loved the fake crow she found and glued to her shoulder.
Scene 5 - the drag off! Unbeknownst to the riders, the young (and not so heavy) child sitting at the very back of the wagon was a "plant", one of the teens' younger siblings. As the wagon approched this scene, two girls with creepy masks stood silently to the left while music played. This distracted the riders, so that two teens in hockey masks appraoched on the right . . . and as one grabbed the plant - who was instructed to scream as loud as they could - the other brandished a chain saw (chain taken off for safety), meancing the riders. Screaming heard.
Scene 6 - one of the surviving Boy Scouts was there . . . but he had gone mad. Sitting at a sort of Mad Hatter tea party with two puppets, he chastises one when it "reveals" the imminent danger ahead.
Scene 7 - the grand finale. Highway flares are set off and lights blink . . . and as the wagon stops, the teems emerge from the wood line as zombies. Hungry zombies. They lurch towards the riders and chainsaw boy appears again. Just as it seems the zombies will attack the wagon - it pulls off and heads back to the safety of the parish picnic area.
Cool, huh? I was too busy to take many pictures but more can be seen here.
Saturday, October 29, 2011
The flier for the trunk-or-treat-event, an LDS event where kids trick-or-treat in the parking lot of one of the religious centers, also specified that the children not wear masks.
Raquel Smith, a Sandy, Utah mother, told Fox13 that she felt the event sends the wrong message to the children.
"It has everything to do with not loving your fellow man because they choose to dress a specific way," Smith, who is not a Mormon, told the station.
Then, Raquel - don't go to the friggin' party.
Friday, October 28, 2011
But . . . sometimes I can take heart when I see work presumably done by a professional and it's so bad, I realize, hell, even I have a chance to make money in this business. So starts a new feature to my blog: The DigiAnnals of Bad Photography.
And what better to get us in the mood than some staged Halloween-themed shots of a starlet wannabe at a pumpkin patch in West Hollywood.
I am taking a photography course through the extension program at the University of Tennessee. One of our assignments was to grab a night shot. The instructor suggested the top of one of UT's parking structures, so I went up.
Hiring drummers? Really? Sometimes I can only shaky my head at the cruelty of people.
Suicide is never the answer. There is help out there.
You might be a redneck if you go to a family reunion to pick up women . . . or you might be in New Hampshire
Actually, when California enacted its registered domestic partnership statute back in the early 2000's, it also included the provision that opposite sex partners could register, providing that one was at least 62 years old. And it was made so preceisely for the reasons stated by Rep. Bates - for example, I could be in a regsitered civil union with my elderly father so that he could beome a dependent on my employee-supplied health insurance.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Taken October 25, 2011. My son had come downstairs before heading out to school and curled up on a chaise lounge. I did not notice the puppy climbing up next to him, but when I turned around and saw this, I was happy to have had my camera next to me.
Dogs really are wonderful.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
So . . . the Reformation can continue in Garden Grove. No Popery will disgrae the buildings.
So . . . the Schullers can get another bite at the apple at running McChurch. And if Dad isn't around, Sheila is.
So . . . Tod Brown will not leave any legacy of catherdral-building unless the Pope extends his tenure as Bishop of Orange and big money donors cough some up. Which isn't likely.
So the next big question for Catholics in the Diocese of Orange is what happens after November 15th. Tod turns 75 and by canon law, must tender his retirement to the Pope.
The coroner in the UK has ruled Amy Winehouse passed from "death by misadventure" after consuming a huge quantity of alcohol. No - dying while attempting to summit Everest might be, but this is alcoholic poisoning. Be honest and call it what it is to let others know of the risk.
Admiral Akbar, if you please . . .
Thus spake Zarathu . . . aw, no, it's biologist Richard Dawkins, demonstrating once again tyhat a condition of atheism seems to include the obsessive need to mock and ridicule believers of a faith, particularly Christians (because Muslims will kill you, especially in London). They cannot be content living with their non-belief and allowing others to live with their chosen faith traditions.
What do we know today that would have changed Jesus' mind? Nuclear physics? The mapping of the human genome? Even if you want to take the posiiton that Jesus was not God, His teachings point to the fact that he spoke to the essence of human nature . . . which remains today as it was 2,000 years ago.
Monday, October 24, 2011
The Vatican called on Monday for the establishment of a “global public authority” and a “central world bank” to rule over financial institutions that have become outdated and often ineffective in dealing fairly with crises.
It called for the establishment of “a supranational authority” with worldwide scope and “universal jurisdiction” to guide economic policies and decisions.
Why do I have the heebie-jeebies about this. Something about the Church seeking to influence global finance has an uneasy eschatological feel to it.
And if you want make me dance, throw me round, spin
upon your finger
Blind labors the blind and I am unwilling to uncover
And if you want take your time rifle through, find a
very nice one
If there's a crease in my face over time, there's
plenty more where that came from
Words frozen, will thaw when I am wasted, I am...
better shut up
And a frame is quite confining, hang me up... hang me
I'm in the photograph
I'm in the photograph
I'm in the photograph... yeah yeah
-- Photograph by TheVerve Pipe
No shit, really? Is anyone surprised by this?
Sunday, October 23, 2011
More photos can be seen here.
Friday, October 21, 2011
Video: NSFW language
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
- The Fullerton city council is bad, because of what happened to Kelly Thomas.
- But John and Ken of KFI are bad because they are hilarious haters who don't want illegal Mexican aliens in the US.
Cue the crickets.
Update: shortly after I posted this, the OC Weekly covered John and Ken's appearance on Navel Gazing as straight news. Meaning they didn't have Gustavo Arellano on the story.
I'm just saying . . .
A world of tears.
A world of hope -
And a world of fears . . .
I had time this moring to read an article and give it thought, and have come to the conlcusion that someone at Disney has lost their mind.
In the basements of the Disneyland and Paradise Pier hotels in Anaheim, big flat-screen monitors hang from the walls in rooms where uniformed crews do laundry. The monitors are like scoreboards, with employees' work speeds compared to one another. Workers are listed by name, so their colleagues can see who is quickest at loading pillow cases, sheets and other items into a laundry machine.
But here I think Disney grossly misses the mark in what it has implemented. I would think the last thing a company wants is for its employees to be "clock watchers" - or, in this case, "board watchers" - when the means of measuring productivity could actually harm productivity. If I am afraid of my name showing up in red on the board, I will be checking more than working at my tasks.
The article does not describe how the worker's "rate" is entered into the system behind the scoreboard. Is there someone entering the number of pillow cases and sheets stuffed into a laundry machine? That allows for a margin of error if the person entering the data makes a mistake. Is there some sort of scanner that tallies the number of sheets and pillowcases going in? I suppose in order for that to be accurate, a worker would have to separately load each pillow case and likely would hesitate to make sure the pillocase got recognized, slowing them down.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
A local NBC affiliate in Richmond, Virginia reports that thieves stole a truck carrying hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of equipment that travels with President Obama, including his Teleprompters.
They say the President was left speechless by the theft . . .
Monday, October 17, 2011
If anyone is interested in obtaining a Weimaraner, I cannot recommend enough the breeder from whom e got Sam. WNC Weimaraners is located outside of Asheville, NC. They have folks come in even as far as the Midwest to get pups. Their sire, Drake, is a massive blue Weimaraner, while their dams are all silver ones, meaning any litter may have a combo of both colors.
A movement that has spread overseas, such as to Italy:
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Bul elk and his harem, shot at Hatfield Knob near La Follette, Tennessee on October 15, 2011.
He was bugling for awhile with another bull about 300 yards from him - but when that other bull lay down, I knew there wasn't going to be a fight. This guy is a man's man. And the ladies know it.
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Friday, October 14, 2011
The Missus looked up from her nail filing job she was engrossed into and said in her deepest southern accent, “Really, I came home from third grade and there was a strange man on the couch and my mom was packing to leave us. I think that’s why I'm such bad driver”.
Without risking life.
Existing law prohibits a judgment of dissolution of marriage from being entered unless one of the parties to the marriage has been a resident of this state for 6 months and of the county in which the proceeding is filed for 3 months before the filing of the petition.
Query: what law applies? One of the factors of someone being domiciled in a state (putting aside military) is that they are there voluntarily and thus have made themselves open to the law of the state. Many people do not realize that you can get married anywhere but generally must get divorced in the jurisdiction where you are domiciled. And while there are many similarities between the divorce laws of ach state, there are also some distinct differences, one of the more significant being that California is a community property state.
So, let's say John and Tom were legally married in California during the period when such unions were legal (after In re: Marriage Cases and before Proposition 8 passed). John and Tom dream of owning a gay dude rnch (why not?) and move to Tennessee, where Tom uses $100,000 of a trust fund as a down payment on 50 acres. Because Tom has lousy credit, though, the property title and mortgage is in John's name alone, with Tom signing a quit claim in Tennessee. For five years they have worked together to build up Fabulous Dude Ranch. But a handsome cowhand, Sven, hired to keep the chaps smooth with regular applications of lanoline, caught Tom's eye and, alas, the love is gone. On January 2, 2012 (one day after this law will be in effect), John flies back to West Hollywood and, heartbroken but bitter, files for Dissolution of Marriage in Los Angeles Superior Court.
How is the property divided? Well, both are now legal residents of Tennessee, so does the California law apply Tennessee law would give each probably a half interest under an equitable division? Does Tom get back his investment of $100,000, which would be applicable under California Family Code section 2640? Is the property John's separate property under the California case Marriage of Mathews because Tom is not on title? What if Tom wants to fight even getting divorced? Under Tennessee law, John would have to prove fault (presumably, adultery with the cowhand) whereas in Califrnia, he only checks the box for "irreconcilable differences." And if Tom gets an order for spousal support from the California court, would Tennessee honor the wage garnishment for something it does not recognize?
Of course, a workaround would be for John to file for a Legal Separation in California, which has no jurisdictional requirement, and remain in the state for six months to establish jurisdiction, then petition the Court to turn it into a Dissolution of Marriage. But John has fallen in love with the Smokies and Vols football (Tom always suspected John had straight tendencies he was keeping in the closet) and wants to remain in Rocky Top forevah. So the question remains.
I point this out because I have seen where legislators in Sacramento like to pass laws without running them by attorneys and judges in the field, just to see, you know, how these laws would actually be implemented. I think this is an example. If I am representing either, I am going to fight to apply the law which favors my client. I might argue that the Tennessee quit claim is evidence of a contract in which it is implied Tennesee law holds. Without delving into legal reseearch, I know brilliant - and utterly stupid - legal minds that could make arguments on either side of the issue and will. And so long as they are made in good faith (and even that's debatable), the court must hear them. And remember, whn faced with thorny - read, not clear cut - legal issues, the judicial officer is always thinking in the back of his or her mind, shit, if this goes up on appeal, am I gonna get overturned?
I still think professional photographers should be hired for divorce pictures. I'll do it.
 Names chosen because I know two gay guys, one named Tom and one named John. Y'all can speculate who they are.
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Warning: video has language NSFW.