From 1932 comes this pre-code (meaning it’s somewhat racier than the typical fare of the period, but innocuous by today’s standards) strange & weird film Island of Lost Souls featuring a hammy Charles Laughton in the role of Dr. Moreau, a “mad” scientist who conducts horrible, painful experiments on animals, turning them into human like beasts. His masterpiece is the Panther Woman (featured in the lobby card below). Needless to say, shit goes bad, and it doesn’t end well for Dr. Moreau. Atmospheric cinematography by the great Karl Struss.
Here’s a great little gem of a video featuring famously eccentric Canadian pianist Glenn Gould performing Bach’s Keyboard Concerto #1 in D minor along with Leonard Bernstein conducting the orchestra. Bernstein introduces the performance with a brief talk about interpretation in musical performance, quite instructive and fascinating in itself. Gould performs with precision and clarity in this 1960 television broadcast.
The Golden Gate National Recreation Area includes many scenic areas which used to be controlled by the military. From Fort Cronkhite, located in Marin County, you can hike to the summit of Hill 88. This hike will reward you with spectacular views in all directions, and a healthy workout (5-6 miles, 1000′ elevation gain). The abandoned, dilapidated & graffitied structures which reside at summit were once part of a radar station for the former Nike Missile Base which is located nearby.
The surf is up by Fort Point. A great day to be a tourist in San Francisco.
This is a finished version of the “Cloud Mirror” post from February. Didn’t change much: extended the length of the cloud segments & added the rising spheres. Meditate on this, we are part of something greater !
Amber World or Tripped in Amber, something like that, exists as a set of abstracted loops constructed from single frame images (from the American Museum of Natural History), mainly dinosaurs, layered, animated and creatively degraded (as to render the original images incoherent, and yet, still organized).
I’ve been collecting time-lapse clouds for a number of years and thought it was time for an assemblage of some of the nicest ones, but with an abstract twist (the mirror effect). Kind of makes you look at it differently.
Got pounded by a storm yesterday, this was the view of San Francisco the next morning.
San Francisco makes the transition to 2017, viewed from Marin County.