Friday, May 29, 2009

I miss my beautiful friend

12 jears ago today Jeff Buckley died

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What to feed a wet sparrow

Dreamt a wet sparrow and a fly were sitting next to me in the backyard, looking at me imploringly. Then the fly surprisingly flew off, and i gave the sparrow some nuts. She eyed them suspiciously, and her eyes became bigger and human -though orange.

Is the message of this dream not to give a wet sparrow peanuts?

Photo is stock, but not entirely.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Variation on Barfly

I think Charles Bukowski wrote about this dog

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Of lamps and weights

Andre Kutscherauer made a piece called 'Selfillumination' that i thought was an interesting variation of a theme my father also touched.

"A philosopher is a weight that wants to weigh itself"
~ Cornelis Verhoeven


Pascal Beeckmans made this beautiful and terrifying piece, called 'i.2k3'

American Beauty

This is a piece called 'American Beauty' by Henrich Kimerling. I find it deeply disturbing in the most wonderfully thought-provoking way

More of his work can be found here:

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

No noseclip

Seals are incredible: they have muscles in their nostrils that can close the nose off completely, blood vessels in their middle ear to help compensate the pressure, and to improve streamlining, they can even retract their nipples -which is a pretty cool party-trick.

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It's a bit of a dreary day here. Nothing to make you wanna cut your ear off or anything, but somehow i wanted to play with sunflowers a little


On this sleepy sleepy day, my slumbering mind keeps wandering to images of light in underwater caves

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Thunder can, you can't

I never really understood that thing, "you can wake me in the middle of the night for..". Or i understood, but i thought the answer would be nothing. Some people say a certain food, but imagine waking up and being all drowsy and having that sleep taste in your mouth; the reality of being woken up for anything in the middle of the night is just nasty. Waking up in the morning is hard enough.

But then this night, as i was sleeping under my steeply slanted roof with a window open, a huge thunderstrorm woke me to a room full of flashing lights, sounds big enough to reverberate in my chest, and that smell, that ozony rainy air that seems a bit thicker than normal air. I loved it. I might not fully wake up today, but it was worth it.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Sky by Magritte

Magritte painted the sky last friday, i think. I was expecting it to start raining men in bowler hats, or apples, at any time.

Flowers and their kinky tendencies

Considering that flowers are the reproductive organs of plants, this really is a rather shameless display of exhibitionism going on in my garden -though shamefull exhibitionism not on display is probably rare.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

NY state of mind

For about a week each May and by the end of October, i miss New York a bit more than usual

Photo found in the stream of Harald Wagener

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Eels -that look you give that guy

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A Thai company called Double A seems to produce paper in an environmetally friendly way. By using the parts of for example rice-fields that normally go unused, they encourage farmers to grow eucalyptus trees, thus providing work to locals and extracting CO2, while gaining raw material for pulp and producing O2. Below is an example of how green green can be

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Monday, May 18, 2009

Hanging loose

part of the beautiful stream of Natalia Osiatynska

Friday, May 15, 2009

Big mammatus

This type of cloud is called 'mammatus' or 'mammatocumulus', which translates into breast-cloud. I think they look more like a row of bottoms -though ass-cloud does sound a lot less appealing.

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Tuesday, May 12, 2009


That word 'chiaroscuro' tickles me to no end. There really ought to be an opera singer with that name. Donatello Chiaroscuro. But how light plays with dark seems a theme in my life these days, and last saturday i saw an incredible sunset, which with some slight photoshopping turned into a bit of a dove

Vaarwel, Ome Rien.

Morning view

During most of March the view out of the window when i woke up was one of bare branches against a grey sky. Not that i mind that type of chiaroscuro and contrast (or that me minding it would have any effect on it), but i much prefer this type of colorful lifeliness

Career options

Based solely on this picture and prejudice, i could be either:

a) Pilot for the Mob
b) Bodyguard for a B-starlett
c) Member of the revamped Village People
d) Chasing aliens
e) other, namely

Friday, May 8, 2009

To the wet-cave, Alex

One of the scariest and most fun ways to freedive is to go into caves. During an excursion to Ras Mohammed we entered a cave which had a 'room' that had such magical lights it was as though you entered a shrine. It's not often that i pray, but here i felt inclined to offer my thanks for the experience of being there.

Photos by Alex Potapenko

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

it's ALIVE!

Before i left to Dahab, i wasn't sure the Ginkgo tree i planted would have survived the winter. Where most of the garden was blooming, the tree wasn't showing signs of anything green going on in its branches. I thought i'd seen some promising glimpses, but sometimes a bud's but a dud.

Not so with these. When i got back, this is the glory it was showing

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

I want it all, and i want it Naumann

Norwegian photographer extraordinaire and beginning freediver Fredrik Naumann of Felix Features was in Dahab for Bizzy Blue Hole, to capture the Norwegians, but he slipped a couple of times while taking pictures of bubbles and accidentally caught me swimming through them. He was kind enough to put me in this little slide-show, amongst some beautiful pictures of Boo and the awesome reefs of Egypt.

More of this kind of dreamy-ness here

Monday, May 4, 2009

William's 88

That William Trubridge fellow is a bit of a slacker. Where he set two new world records in his previous competition, this time he only set one. And as the video clearly shows, he spends most of the time just falling down, not swimming as he claims. He doesn't even bother to put on proper fins. I suspect he's a major pot-head. You know those Caribbean types.