November 20, 2012

At the Black Dog Café...

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... what are you looking for?

64 comments:

pbAndjFellowRepublican said...

I'm looking to call out Agenda 21 infiltrators who are trying to destroy America.

They're everywhere!

David said...

Thank God, a dog post. Reminding us of all that is good in life.

edutcher said...

I'm looking for this damn cold to go away before it gets bad, the the pup looks like he's in search of a place to pee.

Palladian said...

Hey hey mama said the way you move,
Gonna make you sweat, gonna make you groove

Palladian said...

But my black dog has nothing to do with sweating, grooving mamas.

It's more of the Winston Churchill sort of black dog,

n said...

Looking for a clean bill of health for my black dog, Babe.

Erika said...

At present:

Orange Converse high-tops which are on my sixth-grader's Christmas list. Harder to find than you might think.

wyo sis said...

Erika
As the mother of an 18 year old with every kind/color (including knee high) of Converse you can name, I feel your pain.

McTriumph said...

Erika
Converse.com, $35 kids, about $60 mens, have no idea about sixth graders' sizes.

Finally a cafe tread, I can think about bed. Wish people were more like dogs.

Laura said...

Her name was Phoebe. A limeade suckin' dog.

chickenlittle said...

Skyfall!

Erika said...

Just broke down and ordered them from converse.com; paid $55, at least got free shipping. She wears size 5 men's--yikes.

Chickenlittle, we saw Skyfall last weekend and I thought it was fantastic!

Erika said...

Wyo sis--she loves her Chucks, but sticks with the high tops for now. I'm bracing myself for when she decides to branch out to those knee-high ones!

sydney said...

If you had to chose one movie to see this weekend, would you chose Skyfall or the Lincoln movie? (Debae happening in my house)

sydney said...

That should be "debate"

David R. Graham said...

Althouse commentariat overturns every few years, almost 100%. New cohort cycles in, old cycles out. Cohorts are distinct one from the other. Very little overlap. However, moral/conceptual topography as among and between the cohorts is constant; meaning, host and cohorts are intellectually poverty-stricken by way of being rut-prone.

Mark said...

Ahh, David wants minions!

bagoh20 said...

Hey Palladian,
I received my first Izer today. It's great, and I'll treasure it. Now please get famous beyond this blog, so I can brag to my friends.

I actually think about you and your art often, and it makes me want to try some things. I don't have a natural talent for art, but maybe it will develop with practice. I was eagerly awaiting your print, for the last few days, and it inspired me to create a piece in my usual medium, metal.

I decided to create a gift for some friends that are having me over for Thanksgiving dinner. These two guys raise Arabian horses outside of Las Vegas, and they have a logo that I expressed in 1/2" thick solid stainless steel. I spent most of the day today finishing it, and when I got home, your package was there like a reward for the hard work.

Here it is, and thanks for everything.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bagoh20/8204282443/

Methadras said...

n said...

Looking for a clean bill of health for my black dog, Babe.


I'm sorry to hear that Babe might not be healthy and hope that he is. What kind of dog is Babe?

bagoh20 said...

"Thank God, a dog post. Reminding us of all that is good in life."

Sure Lab is good, but a properly prepared Chihuahua in a light gravy will curl your nickers.

~Dreams from My Father

Chip Ahoy said...

bagoh20

Ace.

Lem said...

I think its safe to name the cafe black dog...

Just dont say he is from Chicago.

leslyn said...

Your observation, David R. Graham: Cool beans.

Now how many of the rut-prone say that?

bagoh20 said...

Thanks, Chip. You're also an inspiration. Both you guys remind me to take the time to enjoy the attention of close work that's for the pure pleasure of expression. It something I've discovered late, but enjoy like nothing else.

leslyn said...

A Dog's Prayer:

Protect my brave handler,
Grant your almighty protection,
Unite my handler safely with the family
After the tour of duty has ended.
I ask nothing for myself.
Amen.

veni vidi vici said...

What, no "Led Zeppelin" tag? I'm disappointed!

Chip Ahoy said...

Now you've gone and done it. Hillary heard about you talking about her unkindly down there and she's holding her breath in fits. Now you're really in for it.

Palladian said...

Hey Palladian,
I received my first Izer today. It's great, and I'll treasure it. Now please get famous beyond this blog, so I can brag to my friends.


I'm doing my best! I'm really happy that you like the print!

I actually think about you and your art often, and it makes me want to try some things. I don't have a natural talent for art, but maybe it will develop with practice. I was eagerly awaiting your print, for the last few days, and it inspired me to create a piece in my usual medium, metal … Here it is, and thanks for everything.

It's an honor to me that my work makes you want to produce your own work. As you may (or may not) know, my primary occupation, the one that pays (some of) the bills, is a college art teacher. Even though it barely keeps me afloat financially, it's intensely rewarding to inspire others to follow their visions, ideas and inspirations, and to make things. I believe that one of the most important roles for the artist (and especially artist-teachers) is to serve as a link between the history of art and the future of art, whatever it may be. That my humble drawings can also inspire people that I've never met to pick up their tools and make things is a strange and wonderful thing.

It's a beautiful thing you've crafted, in one of the few mediums (metal) that I have little experience or competence using. Thank you for sharing it with me, and thanks again for your support and kind words. It's greatly appreciated.

Chip Ahoy said...

Seeing-eye lab encounters friend at Disney World

vbspurs said...

My dear friends,

I would like to thank @chickelit for relaying the devastating news of my father's death to my beloved Althousians. I read all your messages of sympathy with INFINITE thanks, and believe me, they truly helped me when I needed it most.

I have suddenly found a wellspring of empathy in me towards my fellow human beings, that I had grasped only intellectually before -- the death of a parent, especially that of a parent who you adore, is unfortunately something one must experience oneself, to comprehend fully.

I will be away for the holidays, as y'all can imagine, but I hope to be back online after the New Year.

With ALL my thanks, your loving chum,
Victoria

Chip Ahoy said...

So I was in Google Earth flying like a bird along the East coast when I came across the Statue of Liberty and there are hundreds of photographs that people from around the world pinned there all about the statue even so far as out into the water from boats and from helicopters and when you lift up you see there are even more. More photographs keep appearing, pinned to photographs, by the thousands it seems, if you lift up and drop back down the density of photo pins rises and drops. So I clicked on a few.

Dozen.

There's a lot of pocket cameras out there. And a lot of great ones too. I think this shot has everything. The sharp angles and masonry of Ft. Wood (no irony there) the eleven star base for the pedestal, the pedestal for the statue, and the statue which itself has its own base, so a thoroughly based statue. And a thoroughly photographed object available right there for any bird flying around on Google Earth.

This one is a red/white/blue kayaker passing by.

From boat and of boats, from helicopters and of helicopters, it's a bit sad to see old ones with twin towers in the skyline. I never did think of them much but now I miss them a lot.

yashu said...

Dear vbspurs,

My deepest and most sincere condolences.

I hadn't heard chickelit's report because I stayed off-blog for a while post-election.

As you know and can imagine, such expressions ("condolences") do not suffice. They seem paltry and empty.

One is even somewhat ashamed to say such hackneyed phrases-- but one is moved to say something. In the face of something beyond any words.

With great sympathy and empathy,
yashu

AllenS said...

Sorry to hear of your loss, Victoria.

Rusty said...

Erika said...
Wyo sis--she loves her Chucks, but sticks with the high tops for now. I'm bracing myself for when she decides to branch out to those knee-high ones!


They don't get worn too often. i think she made me buy them for her to see if she could manipulate dad. Of course it worked and they get worn as part of some cosplay or Halloween costume.
Thank god.

pm317 said...

The dog looks sad.

edutcher said...

Take care, vb.

You have a lot of friends here and your wise counsel is sorely missed.

rick said...

Back in my youth, low cut black Chucks were the rage. They could be had for $8.99. I played a ton of b'ball and would go through them like water. Always wore out the right shoe, never the left. Being left-handed will do that.

Bob Ellison said...

Erika, I thought "surely Amazon has orange Converse hi-tops", but no...just a hugely expensive hand-died set.

So why not buy white ones and a box of RIT orange dye?

Rusty said...

Bagoh said,
" and they have a logo that I expressed in 1/2" thick solid stainless steel."

My avatar is a logo I made for Indigo Studios. A photographer.
It's 12 ga.304 stainless. The lower case 'i' is 1/8 hotrolled with the scale left on for contrast. The'i' stands proud of the disk by 1/4 to provide depth.
I really enjoy doing that kind of work, but there isn't enough of it out there.

Roger J. said...

There is an old quote about dogs: I only wish I was as good a person as my dog thought I was.

Pogo said...

Beautiful logos I metal, bagoh and Rusty.

Creation is a wonderful salve, being a hint of birth, and an echo of the first day.

Clyde said...

sydney said...
If you had to chose one movie to see this weekend, would you chose Skyfall or the Lincoln movie? (Debate happening in my house)


Neither. I'm going to see Life of Pi. Although I should note that I saw Skyfall last weekend and liked it. I also want to see Silver Linings Playbook, but that can wait until next weekend.

bagoh20 said...

Nice work Rusty! I love stainless steel. One of man's greatest inventions. Well actually, discoveries, since supposedly the core of the earth is. molten stainless.

MadisonMan said...

I haven't seen my neighbor's (5 doors down) black dog for a while. He's a big dog, age 12+, and was limping a lot over the Summer. So I'm kinda worried about the outcome.

There is a grand gulf between a cheap Cabernet Sauvignon and a good one. There is less of a gulf between a cheap Merlot and a good one. I don't know why this is so.

wyo sis said...

Rusty
My daughter's friend wore hers with her Homecoming gown. It was very appropriate for that particular girl, who approaches life as a perpetual cosplay.

rcommal said...

... what are you looking for?

A bone?

rcommal said...

Enjoyed the metal work. Love stuff like that.

Palladian: You still making perfume?

Rusty said...

Thanks Bagoh. I don't like the way it warps if you're not careful, but the stuff is made for sculpture.

Wyosis. Mine is 20. I hope they grow out of it someday

Aridog said...

@Bagoh2o and Rusty ....

"Steel Art" is a fascinating endeavor. One of my favorite steel artists is a friend of mine, Tom Mosher, out in Montana. Here is one of his epic pieces, life size, that I can't imagine the time, skill, and patience it took to create it. He's does less steel art these days, unless it is on commission ... tourists seem interested in other things, etc. His slight;ly different web page is here for those interested. I own a couple of his pieces from the past.

I envy all those who can be so creative for the sake of expression. "Izer" ... your series of old Navy photographs is gripping to say the least, a view over time as you say. So, when will the page that is "under construction" be finished so I can see the rest of your work?

bagoh20 said...

I just flew to Vegas with my piece of metal work in my carry on. Confused the hell of TSA. Had to take it out, unwrap it, rescan it, explain it, but all was good. It's 8" round and about 3 pounds.

Bob Ellison said...

I wear an insulin pump, and the TSA can't seem to decide what to do about it, even though they probably see one on about every 1500 passengers. I've been told that I had to go through the whole-body grope, I've walked through with no molestation, I've been told I should have taken it off and put it on the X-Ray scanner (that's pretty easy to do), and I've been told I shouldn't have taken it off.

rcommal said...

Bob Ellison: No clarity for the common dog! ; /

Rusty said...

Airdog.
Thank you for the link. That is some amazing work.



Ignorance is Bliss said...

Victoria-

I'm sorry to hear of your loss. I lost my father a few years ago, so I know something of what it is like. However, I also understand that every loss is uniquely personal, as is every relationship.

Ignorance is Bliss said...

To those artistic types:

My father was into woodcarving. I've inherited some of his tools, and have been thinking of giving it a try.

I have some ideas, but nowhere near the skill to realize them.

Any suggestions on how to get started?

Inga said...

Leslyn, I love your new avatar. Happy Thanksgiving to those here and those far away.

Methadras said...

vbspurs said...

My dear friends,

I would like to thank @chickelit for relaying the devastating news of my father's death to my beloved Althousians. I read all your messages of sympathy with INFINITE thanks, and believe me, they truly helped me when I needed it most.

I have suddenly found a wellspring of empathy in me towards my fellow human beings, that I had grasped only intellectually before -- the death of a parent, especially that of a parent who you adore, is unfortunately something one must experience oneself, to comprehend fully.

I will be away for the holidays, as y'all can imagine, but I hope to be back online after the New Year.

With ALL my thanks, your loving chum,
Victoria


Victoria,

I am very sorry for your loss. I can't comprehend the pain you are going through. I will pray for, your father, and your family for the good lord to give you some comfort and solace.

All the best from me and my family to yours. We may not know you personally, but I think we have a type of fondness for the lighter hearts of Althouse.

Methadras said...

Ignorance is Bliss said...

To those artistic types:

My father was into woodcarving. I've inherited some of his tools, and have been thinking of giving it a try.

I have some ideas, but nowhere near the skill to realize them.

Any suggestions on how to get started?


Start small, build an affinity for the tools. See what each one does and how it feels in your hand. Google is an awesome resource for the beginning carver. Draw a simple 2d flower on the face of a piece of scrap wood. A soft pine from a 2x4 ought to do it. Draw something simple, then carve out the outline and work your way in. In your minds eye and from pictures, see if you can get a feel for the texture and try and translate that to manipulative dexterity of your fingers as they hold the tool. Feel how it goes into the wood taking little nibbles at a time. It's fun.

Methadras said...

bagoh20 said...

I just flew to Vegas with my piece of metal work in my carry on. Confused the hell of TSA. Had to take it out, unwrap it, rescan it, explain it, but all was good. It's 8" round and about 3 pounds.


I've carried very expensive experimental electronics (for my job)through TSA checkpoints as they go through the scanner and never once got a rescan or a raised eyebrow.

Tim said...

The Chicago Bears needed guard dogs on their offensive line Monday Night.

Aldon Smith was a one-man jailbreak. Poor Jason Campbell. Didn't stand a chance.

And Colin Kaepernick looked pretty good too, but I think Alex Smith starts once he's cleared from his concussion.

Next up: the Saints.

In New Orleans.

Saints think they have unfinished business with the 'Niners, but they would be wrong.

There's that tape in which bounties were alluded too before last year's NFC divisional playoff game.

'Niners need to exact some pain.

And a win, of course.

Rusty said...

Methadras said...
Ignorance is Bliss said...

To those artistic types:

My father was into woodcarving. I've inherited some of his tools, and have been thinking of giving it a try.

I have some ideas, but nowhere near the skill to realize them.

Any suggestions on how to get started?

Make sure you have a clean , sturdy, well lit place to work and what Mathadras said.
It helps if you have someone to watch even if its just you tube videos.
You're going to make mistakes. The trick is to learn from them and not be discouraged.

rhhardin said...

Off duty tractor with doppler shift video

Deb said...
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Deb said...

Big Black Dog.