Archive for 2008

Bile Diamond: Joe Escobar

I won’t be giving Joe Escobar any of my business anymore. Recently we brought in two rings for resizing (to make them smaller) and they wanted to charge us $85 a piece! Even after I gave them thousands of dollars, specifically to purchase a Canadian conflict-free diamond that I special ordered from them, and now they want to nickel and dime me in this economy… incredible enough. But! It was the delivery of their demeaning lecture about the quality of work done on the rings is what really pisses me off. Educate the customer, but don’t be rude about it. Don’t make the customer feel bad. I thought this was the most basic concept to run a business!

My wife was left feeling bummed about the experience, and I’m completely livid about it. I don’t know how they can be so completely conditional with their level of customer care and maintain their business. I’m not a big spender, so I know I can’t leverage any kind of reversal of their staff’s incredibly rude behavior. But, I can tell you about it and I also won’t give them anymore of my business.

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Hanging jokes

Cnn Political Ticker  All Politics, All The Time Blog Archive - Bush In Philadelphia  ‘Welcome To My Hanging’ « - Blogs From Cnn.Com-1

Saddam Hussein unavailable for comment.

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Works Auction 2008 result

my piece “exploration two” sold at auction for $225. :)

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Did you say witch hunt? Seriously??

File under: “PEOPLE UNCLEAR ON THE CONCEPT”

http://www.sacbee.com/101/story/1403369.html

Many Mormons believe they are being unfairly targeted and compare the anti-Mormon sentiment to a witch hunt.

“This is not fair – a lot of people wanted this passed, not just Mormons,” said Lynnette Black of Sacramento who rallied in support of Eckern in front of Music Circus last week. “We (church members) worked hard and within the law. It’s very hard to see this attitude toward Mormons.”

West, spokeswoman for the church, said the Mormons were part of a coalition that supported the ballot measure.

“We’re only 2 percent of the population,” West said. “We feel we’re getting too much credit.”

IRONY ALERT!! WOOP! WOOP! WOOP!

They wanted to unfairly discriminate against a minority class of citizenry, now they don’t feel like it’s fair to be the TARGET of that kind of sentiment?

The REALLY ironic thing here is that while prop 8 will likely be overturned in the courts, the self-selection and identification of these people as homophobic hate mongers will last forever.

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Prop 8, this ain’t over yet

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My brother in law Justin just sent this to me. It’s a No-on-8 rally in LA that went on.

cnn says

Chetry: It’s very interesting the grounds for which they are challenging. At least in one of these lawsuits they said that it was a constitutional revision rather than an amendment. And that means it would need two-thirds approval of the House in the legislature. So do we think it could go to the state house in California as well as being fought in the courts?

Hostin: I really think this is going to be a legal issue. I think this is going to go before the California Supreme Court. And we already know as you mentioned that there are three cases pending before the California Supreme Court. And what is interesting to note is that it’s the very same court that allowed these marriages in the first place.

The one comforting thought I had when I contemplated the passage of this legitimized bigotry and hatred was that there’s no freakin’ way it would stand up in court.

In my opinion, the best thing we could do for the state is amend the campaign finance laws to abolish out of state funding entirely for state ballot propositions. That would keep big businesses and evil rich people out of my state’s politics.

It cost the church members $35M+ to pass this, and forced an equal amount of wasted dollars on trying to fight this stupidity. What an amazing waste of money. What could we have done with $70M+ dollars instead? how about help get people on the streets some help? Maybe bolster early childhood education? How about k12 teacher retention programs? How about maybe just sticking that money right back in your wallet for a rainy day instead?

Wasted wasted wasted money. Down the tubes. And for what? What does the church get out of this? That’s one hell of a weird recruiting campaign. I don’t know who their target market was for this. Nobody I’d want to congregate with, that’s for damn sure.

The Specials sang a great song, it goes like this:

If you have a racist friend
Now is the time, now is the time for your friendship to end

If you are a racist or a bigot, you are not my friend.

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about that vetting process

Fox news doing it’s own post-mortem of Sarah Palin and dishing dirt. This would be the first time I’ve heard something actually fair and balanced from Fox news entertainment. thanks milk and cookies

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Uh… No.

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One thin line

How to fill out these stupid optical scan paper forms. Seriously, how lame is this system if it needs you to use ONE THIN LINE. Is it really that fragile that if I scrub a few darker lines in to connect the dots it will not accept my vote?

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Anyway, this is how you apparently MUST fill out your ballot. Once again, I will wear my “I VOTED” sticker and wish it said “I VOTED, WAS IT COUNTED?”

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prop 10: uhhhhh No.

Prop 10 is largely funded by energy companies. It seeks to buy billions in bonds of offer rebates to consumers who buy compressed natural gas cars (CNG). And a few other things, but this looks to be the meat of the proposition.

Let the market decide. With my NO vote on prop 10, I’m telling T. Boone Pickens this: Bring your products to market on speculation that we’ll find CNG desirable and play the traditional risk-reward game. Prop 10 seems to stack the deck in t. boone pickens’ favor at the expense of billions in debt for my state.

If t boone. pickens really wants me to buy his compressed natural gas, maybe he should think about offering me an incentive to buy into his system in the form of a subsidy from his own extraordinarily deep pockets. The fuel I’ll end up buying will more than repay the cost of a subsidy, long-term.

I actually do want to buy a CNG car, so I would absolutely welcome T. Boone Pickens to pony up some speculative cash and put a couple of CNG gas stations in San Jose. I think there’s one at the friggin’ airport, but that’s too far to fill up on a regular basis.

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Be prepared, Stay in line

Your vote matters, be prepared to wait to vote for hours if necessary. Bring a fully juiced iPod and wait in line, don’t leave. VOTE.


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remembering how to paint, part 3

here’s the third and possibly last painting post for 2008. This is a tryptic. Each piece is 24″ square, for a total of 72″ x 24.

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I’m not sure of the title yet. I… have some ideas. I also have a full timelapse movie in the works for this piece as well. So when I get that done and figure out the title, I’ll post ‘em up.

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remembering how to paint, part 2

Here’s the second painting I’ll be showing at uproar ‘08. I’ve been working on this one all year, so it’s nice to finally figure it out and finish it up.

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Ah, finally.

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remembering how to paint

Since my son was born ~6 months ago, I’ve been trying to cram in as much of what I used to do before he was born into my nights after he goes down for the night. I’m glad there are outlets for getting your work shown in the south bay area like Heart of Chaos and Works/San Jose because their events are good motivators to get some artwork finished.

So, here’s a new piece:
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I have a tryptic and another piece that I’m wrapping up for Uproar 08.. posting soon…

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Welcome back to earth, pundits.

Re: Sarah Palin wearing $150,000 worth of new clothing since becoming McCain’s tragic pick for VP. This is embarrassing to watch, but it’s good to see these people pull their heads out of their ass for once.

I’m sure they’ll find more comfort putting their heads back up their asses soon enough. Oh well. Enjoy it for the moment it is.

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2008 Auction Info

Works/San Jose is having their art auction!

At last: the Benefit Art Auction! You are the key to Works’ renewal!

Dear artist and friend of Works/San José:

For the first time in two years, Works, your community art and performance center, is asking for your art for the 2008 Benefit Auction! Works is right now working toward a stable home, rehiring its part time gallery coordinator, restarting music and performance nights, and accepting exhibition proposals for the new year in its current space as the guest of the property owners. This will be the most important auction ever for a south bay arts organization, and your commitment and most inspired artwork are needed now to move works into the future. Over the previous few auctions works has nearly doubled its revenue from this essential fundraising event. At this critical time, with your help, we can and must continue this trend.

PLEASE CONFIRM right away that you will contribute to this important event by sending an email to auction@workssanjose.org. Include the spelling of your name, email address, and phone number, so that we can include you in auction press releases and on our website as early as possible. Please find artist donation forms, instructions for sending a jpeg image of your work, and auction updates at: www.workssanjose.org

Please deliver art to 451 South First Street in downtown San José on one of these 3 days: Thursday, November 6, 3 to 7pm, Friday, November 7, noon to 4pm—or 8 to 10pm during South First Friday, or on Saturday, November 8, noon to 4pm. All work should be complete with frame, glass, etc. as appropriate, or otherwise ready to hang or display. You may retain a percentage of the sale of your work or donate the entire sale amount to works. As just one token of our appreciation, we offer you a free one year membership to Works/San José.

Exhibition: November 20 through December 6
Reception and Auction: December 6 starting at 5pm with auction at 7pm

We look forward to seeing both you and your work! All proceeds support exhibition, performance, and education programs at Works/San José, your nonprofit, volunteer-run, community art and performance center.

Thank you!

Sincerely,
The Board of Directors of Works/San José

P.S.: Please also pass this on to an artist whose work you would like to see in the Benefit Auction.

works/san josé is member supported, primarily funded by this single auction event and individual donations; and is also funded in part by the
city of san josé; and arts council silicon valley in partnership with the county of santa clara, and the california arts council.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THIS ANNOUNCEMENT

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