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Sun, 24 Jun 2007

Saving the LBJ 635 median tree

635 median tree
Tree and pot with soil that some nice/brave person left for the workers to save the tree
635 median tree with pot
close up

Every day on my commute to work for the past 3 years I pass this small tree that is growing seemingly impossibly from a crack in the center median of LBJ 635 Highway here in Dallas. During the holidays someone puts decorations on it. It has become a symbol of the persistence and resilience of nature for me.

Now pre-construction widening of 635 to support the proposed trans-Texas corridor requires the destruction of this median. Some very brave soul got out of their car in the middle of the highway and left a pot with soil and a flag in it for construction workers to place the tree when the median is torn town.

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Fri, 22 Jun 2007

Joshua Davis Photostream on Flickr, new show TROPISM

Jopshua Davis photo stream on Flickr
Joshua Davis photo stream on Flickr - sketches -

Photos and documentation of Joshua Davis' new show that runs from June 17th 2007 till July 22nd 2007.

artwork is available at
view all here :

commonwealth can be viewed at
and the gallery can be located at


EXHIBITION, TROPISM, at the Espeis Gallery in Willimasburg Brooklyn, New York in collaboration with, curated by Maxalot.

The show entitled "TROPSIM" is inspired by the 1908 Oxford published book "Types of Floral Mechanics". These images feature floral dissections in dynamically generated systems. 

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Fri, 15 Jun 2007

Yes Men Vivoleum, burn humans for fuel
June 14, 2007

Conference organizer fails to have Yes Men arrested

    Text of speech, photos, video:
    GO-EXPO statement:
    Press conference before this event, Friday, Calgary:
    More links at end of release.

Imposters posing as ExxonMobil and National Petroleum Council (NPC) representatives delivered an outrageous keynote speech to 300 oilmen at GO-EXPO, Canada's largest oil conference, held at Stampede Park in Calgary, Alberta, today.

The speech was billed beforehand by the GO-EXPO organizers as the major highlight of this year's conference, which had 20,000 attendees. In it, the "NPC rep" was expected to deliver the long-awaited conclusions of a study commissioned by US Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman. The NPC is headed by former ExxonMobil CEO Lee
Raymond, who is also the chair of the study. (See link at end.)

In the actual speech, the "NPC rep" announced that current U.S. and Canadian energy policies (notably the massive, carbon-intensive exploitation of Alberta's oil sands, and the development of liquid coal) are increasing the chances of huge global calamities. But he reassured the audience that in the worst case scenario, the oil industry could "keep fuel flowing" by transforming the billions of people who die into oil.

"We need something like whales, but infinitely more abundant," said "NPC rep" "Shepard Wolff" (actually Andy Bichlbaum of the Yes Men), before describing the technology used to render human flesh into a new Exxon oil product called Vivoleum. 3-D animations of the process brought it to life.

"Vivoleum works in perfect synergy with the continued expansion of fossil fuel production," noted "Exxon rep" "Florian Osenberg" (Yes Man Mike Bonanno). "With more fossil fuels comes a greater chance of disaster, but that means more feedstock for Vivoleum. Fuel will continue to flow for those of us left."

The oilmen listened to the lecture with attention, and then lit "commemorative candles" supposedly made of Vivoleum obtained from the flesh of an "Exxon janitor" who died as a result of cleaning up a toxic spill. The audience only reacted when the janitor, in a video tribute, announced that he wished to be transformed into candles after his death, and all became crystal-clear.

At that point, Simon Mellor, Commercial & Business Development Director for the company putting on the event, strode up and physically forced the Yes Men from the stage. As Mellor escorted Bonanno out the door, a dozen journalists surrounded Bichlbaum, who, still in character as "Shepard Wolff," explained to them the rationale for Vivoleum.

"We've got to get ready. After all, fossil fuel development like that of my company is increasing the chances of catastrophic climate change, which could lead to massive calamities, causing migration and conflicts that would likely disable the pipelines and oil wells. Without oil we could no longer produce or transport food, and most of
humanity would starve. That would be a tragedy, but at least all those bodies could be turned into fuel for the rest of us."

"We're not talking about killing anyone," added the "NPC rep." "We're talking about using them after nature has done the hard work. After all, 150,000 people already die from climate-change related effects every year. That's only going to go up - maybe way, way up. Will it all go to waste? That would be cruel."

Security guards then dragged Bichlbaum away from the reporters, and he and Bonanno were detained until Calgary Police Service officers could arrive. The policemen, determining that no major infractions had been committed, permitted the Yes Men to leave.

Canada's oil sands, along with "liquid coal," are keystones of Bush's Energy Security plan. Mining the oil sands is one of the dirtiest forms of oil production and has turned Canada into one of the world's worst carbon emitters. The production of "liquid coal" has twice the carbon footprint as that of ordinary gasoline. Such technologies increase the likelihood of massive climate catastrophes that will condemn to death untold millions of people, mainly poor.

"If our idea of energy security is to increase the chances of climate calamity, we have a very funny sense of what security really is," Bonanno said. "While ExxonMobil continues to post record profits, they use their money to persuade governments to do nothing about climate change. This is a crime against humanity."

"Putting the former Exxon CEO in charge of the NPC, and soliciting his advice on our energy future, is like putting the wolf in charge of the flock," said "Shepard Wolff" (Bichlbaum). "Exxon has done more damage to the environment and to our chances of survival than any other company on earth. Why should we let them determine our future?"

    About the NPC and ExxonMobil:
    About the Alberta oil sands:
    About liquid coal:

from Rhizome Raw

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Sun, 10 Jun 2007

Biological objects and machines by Doo Sung Yoo


These are apart of Doo Sung Yoo's series about the relationships between biological objects and machines. Video documentation comes from his show at The Ohio State University.

Disdigestion - Robotic Pig Stomach

Lie - Robotic Cow Tongues

from Rhizome Raw originally posted by Bill Shackelford

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Thu, 07 Jun 2007

Fat snake exiting koi pond

fat snake exiting koi pond

Well.... I guess this means that the koi pond is now short one more fish.

I snapped this picture of a mid sized blotched water snake exiting our Koi pond around 7pm this evening. I have seen at least 3 snakes lurking in the pond at a given time. There is a big mama snake, this one which is about medium sized compared to the big one and a very small one about 5 - 6 inches in legnth. Clearly there are probably more little ones.

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