31 July 2006

Cat Cartoons: Straight, No Figure

Did these yesterday afternoon.

These are recent kitty pics I shot, to which I added some more or less funny captions.

Unlike the mixed cat-figure pics, most of these feature Annabelle Lee on her own, rather than with Amigo.

Oh, and the "Monkey Boy" Annabelle's addressing in two of the cartoons, is Yours Truly.

Got that term from one of Larry Niven's Man-Kzin Wars SF novels, and liked it so much that I decided to use that as a Feline generic term for human beings, as did the cat-like Kzin in the novel.

Now that you've that down, have at 'em, and hope you like 'em.

27 July 2006

A Quick Tip For Enjoying The Giant Cat Pic

You won't really be able to read the caption text at the top of the pic shown below all this blather.

So, just left-click on the lil' SOB to load it up full-size.

Even then, you may have to squint a little bit to read the text.

Sorry I didn't include this in the last post, but, I'm stupid that way.

While You're Waiting....

Sorry haven't posted any new Spanish Civil War figure pics since the last posting made here six days ago.

Have shot one more pic in that series since, but haven't done anything else.

So, while you're waiting, or not, for those to pop up here, here's a re-done version of an out-take from "The Secret Policeman's Favourite Show" shoot of late last year, featuring Amigo the Cat, and a silly caption.

BTW, for those of you viewing this from outside of Las Vegas, Sunrise Manor is a township in Northeastern Vegas to which my house's closest.

But, I don't actually live in that district.

Anyway, enjoy.

21 July 2006

Some Proper Anniversary Pics, At Last!!!

Well, finally got up off my dead arse yesterday, went outside and shot a few pics commemorating the 70th anniversary of the start of the Spanish Civil War.

These aren't the greatest pics I've ever done, but, they won't be the only ones I ever do on this subject, so stay tuned, Kiddies.

The quartet of pics below depict an armed citizen of Barcelona engaged in street fighting with rebel Spanish soldiers during the street fighting there on 19th-20th July, 1936(first pic), a member of the Thaelmann Battalion, an International Brigades' battalion composed of German Communist and Socialist volunteers, during the battle for Madrid's University City complex, which was part of the larger Siege of Madrid by Nationalist forces, in November, 1936(second pic), a slain Abraham Lincoln Battalion(American International Brigades' battalion) volunteer at the Battle of Jarama(where the Lincolns got their first taste of battle)in February, 1937(third pic), and a Spanish Republican soldier listening for approaching Nationalist bombers in Madrid, circa December, 1936(fourth pic).

Those are it for this batch, Kids. But, as I said earlier, there'll be more to come, right soon.

Stay tuned, Bat-Fans!!!!

19 July 2006

A 70th Anniversary Pic(Sort Of)

Still haven't taken any pics to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the start of the Spanish Civil War, which began in Spain proper(it really started with a coup d' etat and declaration of rebellion against the Spanish Republican government by General Francisco Franco, who, all these years later is, yes, still valiantly fighting to remain dead, in Spanish Morocco, on 16th July, 1936)on 19th July, 1936, with simultaneous uprisings by the Spanish Army garrisons in Madrid and Barcelona.

Both risings were crushed within a day or so of their start, but the Spanish Civil War had well and truly begun.

Did this pic, "These Pitiful Remains", back in late 2004, as a kind of elegy for the estimated one million dead or so that resulted from that war.

While it's not a new pic suited for this specific occasion, it will have to do until I get those shot and posted here.

No Pics For Now, Just A Quick Rant

Hi, Folks!!!!

Have been reading a considerable amount of articles and blogs about the current Israeli-Palestinian-Lebanese crises over the past week, and, at the end of all this, I don't know if I'm any more enlightened about any of the issues and people involved in them, or not.

Have found some great and glaring deficiencies both in my political and military knowledge about the players involved.

Am also coming away with a very high, and growing still. level of disgust with the various sides, their officials, spokespeople, and partisans, especially the 'Net Hawks on all sides, who, whether in comments to on-line articles or their own blogs, strike me as being as a bunch of wanna-be murderers, the whole fucking lot of 'em.

They defend anything and everything their own side does, portraying their dead and wounded as glorious martyrs and innocent victims, while, of course, their opponents' dead and wounded are all the Scum of the Earth, and that they all had it coming.

Well, to quote Clint Eastwood as William Munny in a scene near the end of Unforgiven, "Kid, we've all got it comin' ", and, depending on whom you speak with about any human being, Yours Truly included, any and every one of us individually might "need" or "deserve" killing.

No one is a complete innocent Lambie-Pie/Saint With A Heart Of Gold.

But, no one's a Complete Piece of Shit deserving of torture, maiming and death, either.

It doesn't mean that people shouldn't be held accountable for their rhetoric and actions. It means that none of us, Yours Truly especially, are God or Gods, with the right, entitlement and power to decide who among us lives or dies.

Anyone who assumes that they are, especially if they're "religious" or "spiritually-minded", and acts on those assumptions is, in my opinion, a hypocritical blasphemer as well as a murderer, period.

To be honest, I really do wish that these 'Net Heroes, as well as Media Patriots and Heroes, regardless of their shade of political or social opinions, would just shut the fuck up and mind their own damned business.

That should, if taken far enough, apply to me, too, right???? Yeah, it should.

But, I ain't gonna shut the fuck up, and, whatever my wishes are, they aren't, either.

Does that make me a hypocrite(which is something I despise)???? Yup.

Am gonna haveta live with that, I guess.

By the way, if you want to see two more pieces of recent hypocrisy on my part, please go to http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.ListAll&friendID=4568411, where I've posted two opinion pieces, one about the Israeli-Palestinian-Lebanese crisis, and the other about the meaning and use of the phrase "Support Our Troops". Just highlight, copy, paste to your browser window, and hit Enter to go see.

Love 'em, like 'em, hate 'em, loathe 'em, or don't care either way about 'em, there they are, for your perusal.

In the meantime, take care of yourselves out there, O You Who Read This, and stay safe.

12 July 2006

Completion At Last

Well, got the last two web-sized copies of the pics from the "I Was A Teen-Age Arsehole" series, that I mentioned in my last post up to-day.

So, with the exception of the one pic that didn't pass muster, and the un-edited originals, you're seeing every pic in the series.

Isn't that special, hmm????

Yeah, special like a real short bus.

Anyway, have a look for yourselves and hope you like my little experiments with light, colour, shadow and black-and-white.

11 July 2006

Variants On Four Old Themes

Decided to-night to publish the entirety, or at least most thereof, of the variants I made on the "I Was A Teen-Age Arsehole" portrait portion of the series of that same name.

So, without further ado, are the bulk of that portion, except for pics 3a, 12, and 13, the first of which I didn't think passed muster enough to be posted here, and the other two I just forgot to make low-res copies of for the Web.

Hope you enjoy these variations of four old themes, the beginnings of which, by the way, can be picked out from the others, because they're in colour, and have had very few alterations done to 'em.

Anyhow, here's where I shut up and let you get to the pics.