Friday, August 26, 2005

luckiest woman in the world

I received the 1st Pew check and then drove to work and gave my notice.

I have really fallen into great times.

Hasta la Vista, Baby

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Thursday, August 25, 2005

Slide Shows

I am working hard on the works in progress slide shows. There will be at least one more slide show than last year and right now I'm planning on including 3 songs that I used last year and popping 3 new songs in. Snacks will be equally as great as last year.

I put the down payment on renting the spot today, so it's locked down, baby!

There are 3 songs that will most likely never change as part of the works in progress slide shows. One is "You're My Thrill" sung by Billie Holiday for the number 3 slide show. For that particular grouping of photos I need a love song, preferably very slow, sung by either Billie Holiday or Marvin Gaye. I'll put something up about why it has to be one of those 2 later. "You're All I Need to Get By" by Marvin Gaye is always used as reference when I'm working on the "3" slide show and I'm going back and forth on whether I might want to include both songs.

More later.

Sung by Billie Holiday
(Words By Sidney Clare; Music By Jay Gorney)

You're my thrill
You do something to me
You send chills right through me
When I look at you
'Cause you're my thrill

You're my thrill
How my pulse increases
I just go to pieces
Every time I look at you
I can't keep still

Nothing seems to matter
Here's my heart on a silver platter
Oh where is my will
Why this strange desire
Flaming higher and higher
Every time I look at you
I can't keep still
You're my thrill

Oh where's my will
Why this strange desire
Flaming higher and higher
Every time I look at you
I can't keep still
Oh you're my thrill

Cropping or not

"Now there are seven kinds of Coke
500 kinds of cigarettes
This freedom of choice in the USA drives everybody crazy"

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Monday, August 22, 2005

Sibling Spotlight- Part III: SAVANNAH "NANNIE" ROBERTS

Last in a series focusing on the greatness of my siblings.

She who is the most shining star in the sky, Superfly, the world's greatest sister...PRESENTING

Ms. Savannah "Nannie" Roberts is one of the greatest people on earth and she's my sister. Like my other siblings, my sister is a genius. She is also so beautiful that your retinas could melt out of your head just from looking at her. What more can be said?

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Nan is the most sensible member of my family. She is also the toughest. Do not cross Nan aka "angry teacher."
She lives in Brooklyn and works in a celebrity filled restaurant and goes to school while managing to be the flyest of all time. Ms. Nan is also a much better writer than me.

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I love my sister so much it's insane. Please listen to Elvis Costello and Van Morrison to celebrate Savannah Roberts.

4 siblings
Clockwise from left- Zoe Strauss, Cosmo Baker, Walker Roberts, Savannah Roberts

And this concludes Sibling Spotlight!

Coming up next, Mother of Invention, Ilene Baker.

Sunday, August 21, 2005

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Sibling Spotlight- Part II: "He Who Does Not Want to Be Named", W-lker R-berts

Second in a series focusing on the greatness of my siblings.

He who never wants his name spoken and had to move to Japan to keep people from talking to or about him...
W-lker R-berts.

Hasid Walker
As you can see from this photo, W-lker was very religious as a child.

W-lker, like my other siblings, is actually a genius. Because he is so against anyone talking about him, including his own family, I will respect him by only listing things of importance to him and not discussing his accomplishments.

1. Honeydew, the most underrated melon
2. Japan
3. Beatnuts
4. Movies

lb ans walker

Because my lady and I have been together for 16 years, she has know W-lker since he was 9. This is very fortunate because W-lker enjoys talking Ms. Bloom much more than he enjoys talking to me. This is because Lynn Bloom does not torture W-lker like I do.

zs and bmw

I love my brother very much but I would love him even more if he would just learn how to visit his family more than once every two years.

Next, the final installment in Sibling Spotlight, WORLD'S GREATEST SISTER, Nannie Roberts.

Saturday, August 20, 2005

first and last

Although I install the I-95 show so that viewers can begin and end anywhere, I have placed the same two photos as the first numbered photo and the last numbered photo for the last 3 years.

First is always
1 if you reading this 2

And last is always
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I will begin and end the slide shows with these images too.

Thursday, August 18, 2005


I highly recommend going to see this film.


A new documentary by Barbara Attie and Janet Goldwater
Philadelphia Premiere
Thursday, September 15, 2005

ROSITA is the story of a 9-year-old Nicaraguan girl who was raped while walking
to school and became pregnant. This riveting documentary follows the quest of
Rosa's young and illiterate parents to end their daughter's unwanted pregnancy-
and the ensuing struggle against two governments, the medical establishment,
and the Catholic Church.

Thursday, September 15, 2005 at International House, 3701 Chestnut Street
Reception at 5:30pm, Screening at 6:30pm
Tickets: $20 (with rsvp to or $25 (at door) $10 (students)
Proceeds benefit Planned Parenthood Southeastern Pennsylvania and
Women's Medical Fund

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

If you break the skin

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I am fascinated by public relations and propaganda.

Last year Propaganda by Edward Bernays was put back into print. Edward Bernays is generally regarded as the person who created public relations as we know it. Propaganda was written in 1928 and defined modern pr and group manipulation with a book that reads like a how to manual. It's worthwhile noting that Eddie Bernays was Sigmund Freud's nephew and he consulted with Freud on several PR projects.

Here's the book description that I took right from Amazon.

"Bernays' honest and practical manual provides much insight into some of the most powerful and influential institutions of contemporary industrial state capitalist democracies."-Noam Chomsky from the introduction to Propaganda.

"A seminal and controversial figure in the history of political thought and public relations, Edward Bernays (1891-1995), pioneered the scientific technique of shaping and manipulating public opinion, which he famously dubbed "engineering of consent." During World War I, he was an integral part of the U.S. Committee on Public Information (CPI), a powerful propaganda apparatus that was mobilized to package, advertise and sell the war to the American people as one that would "Make the World Safe for Democracy." The CPI would become the blueprint in which marketing strategies for future wars would be based upon.

Bernays applied the techniques he had learned in the CPI and, incorporating some of the ideas of Walter Lipmann, became an outspoken proponent of propaganda as a tool for democratic and corporate manipulation of the population. His 1928 bombshell Propaganda lays out his eerily prescient vision for using propaganda to regiment the collective mind in a variety of areas, including government, politics, art, science and education. To read this book today is to frightfully comprehend what our contemporary institutions of government and business have become in regards to organized manipulation of the masses."
Eddie Bernays concepts were far reaching and are continued to be used today. The ideas he used in marketing war found their way into Nazi Germany propaganda and I think they can be seen distinctly in the films of Leni Riefenstahl.

As an aside, please just look at this most disturbing photo of Leni Riefenstahl and Siegfried and Roy. What the fuck!

American Apparel is an interesting example of Bernays's marking ideas in action. American Apparel is a clothing manufacturer that has built a image on "sweatshop" free clothing and a relaxed work environment, both in the factory and in their retail stores. While American Apparel clothing is made in the US and the workers are paid more than overseas sewers and many US sewers, the company does not provide paid sick days, holidays or retirement benefits. The National Labor Relations Board, the Union of Needlework, Industrial and Textile Employees accused American Apparel of obstructing efforts by the union to organize the workers. Plus, those recent sexual harassment lawsuits against American Apparel are really something else. It's very interesting how they've marketed the company as progressive and socially conscious as a part of their sales pitch.

What's even more interesting is to see how this happens on a larger scale, such as Edward Bernays hand in helping United Fruit overthrow the socialist party in Guatemala. Through a sick campaign that swayed US public opinion, he helped to insure United Fruit's land grab in Guatemala and crushed the democratically elected government. This method has been used many times since the Banana Republic campaign, notably the brutal Nicaraguan "Contras" who were put forth as "Freedom Fighters" and the first Gulf War that involved a brilliant pr campaign waged by wealthy Kuwaitis who hired Hill and Knowlton to garner US public support.

I highly recommend Propaganda. and the biography of Edward Bernays by Larry Tye.
This was a pleasant surprise.

Ode to Artblog!

This paean has been a long time in coming.

Here in Philadelphia, we have the some of the most underappreciated arts writing in the world...the writing of Libby Rosof and Roberta Fallon.

Let me just go down the list of why I love these gals.

1. As art critics, Roberta and Libby both manage to deliver their informed opinions about the work that they're reporting on without the sense of know-it-allness that most critics have. Their critiques manage to deliver their own feelings about the art they're reviewing while also giving the reader a accurate description of the work, allowing the reader to really make up one's own mind as to whether or not they're feeling the art and if they want to check it out further.

2. These two ladies are dynamos. They report on a huge number of arts events and issues in Philadelphia, more than any other print or web source, including the Inquirer, the Daily News, City Paper and the Weekly. They post almost everyday, which to me is mindblowingly amazing and great. It's seriously taking me 2 hours to write this short thing and they could have written 20 long things that are articulate and informative. Meanwhile, I'm spellchecking this for the 90th time.

3. Roberta and Libby report on other stuff that makes me love them, their travels, their families, other Philadelphia stuff.

4. I am sometimes aggravated if they skip a day of posting. Now, that's mentally ill because Libby and Roberta are providing this incredible service out of the goodness of their hearts. It's remarkable that I want to read what they're putting up so much that I'm disappointed if a day is missed. In the last year, they've a become an important part of my daily life. And, look, I know I ain't the only one out there checking more than once a day.

5. They don't shy from gossip. And I love gossip.

6. Put them together as a team, they're great. Separate Libby and Roberta, they're still great. You can't go wrong!

Artblog also includes reviews and reports from other folks, so most of the waterfront is covered.

Philadelphia is really, really lucky to have them here and I am enormously appreciative of their hard work, their commitment to the arts in Philadelphia and their non-stop panache.

Go head, Artblog! You kick ass!

Monday, August 15, 2005

Winner- Best Style for Phila Civil Servant

Fire Department Commissioner Harold Hairston. His style is off the hook.

Belated Congratulations to Kelly Monaco

Congratulations Philadelphia's own Kelly Monaco on winning Dancing with the Stars. You have made "Danceadelphia" proud.

Saturday, August 13, 2005

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and be the Bomb

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When I made this photo, I was very conscious of the text "New Phenom."

I am filled with self confidence when it comes to my work and have a healthy amount of bravado to get me through the day. Also, I don't know if you've ever met me, but I'm not shy. But, as I've mentioned before, although I have a specific set of skills that allow me to produce great photographs, I lack many of the other basic skills just needed to live a regular life. If I didn't have my lady, the #1 person of all time, I'd be lucky if I figured out how to stay alive for a week.

(As a side note, my lady is the most modest person I've ever met and has no time for the kind of bluster I'm talking about here. I just read her this post and she rolled her eyes.)

Bill Fisher

I suggest going to this website featuring the fabulous work of Bill Fisher.

Friday, August 12, 2005

Hooray for Cindy Sheehan

I can't even begin to imagine the grief in losing a child so Cindy Sheehan's strength in demanding to speak to the president is truly incredible.

Monday, August 08, 2005

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Angel Mucciolo

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August 7th, 2005
Angel's cousin on steps and Angel's neighbor

I saw these flowers and drove around the block to take a photo thinking it was a wedding. My deepest condolences to the Mucciolo family, immediate and extended, and to Angel's friends and neighbors. I am so sorry for your loss. I am a neighbor myself and, although I do not know this family, my heartfelt sympathy goes out to them.

By Tina Moore
Inquirer Staff Writer

Woman gunned down in S. Phila.

"She was two doors from home when a group opened fire. "It wasn't meant for her," her mother said.

Several men wearing bandannas shot into a group of people on a South Philadelphia porch early yesterday, striking and killing an 18-year-old woman, police said.

Angel Mucciolo was shot several times and died of a head wound, police said.

"These guys just came running up the street and started to open fire," said Mucciolo's mother, Sandy Mucciolo, 47. "It wasn't meant for her. It was meant for somebody next door."

Two men also were injured and were recovering yesterday, police said.

The shootings happened about 12:30 a.m. on the 2200 block of South 16th Street, police said. The house is two doors down from the Mucciolos'. Sandy Mucciolo said her daughter had gotten home from a wedding reception and was talking to neighbors.

"I thought I heard fireworks," said Mucciolo, who was upstairs sleeping. "My son, Michael, ran out here and started screaming, 'Angel's been shot.' "

She went outside to find her daughter lying on the sidewalk in blood.

Witnesses told police that five or six men wearing bandannas over their faces were the shooters. No arrests had been made as of yesterday. Police said they were unsure how many of the men fired guns or whether the shooting was gang-related.

The family, with eight siblings, hugged and sobbed outside its home yesterday afternoon. The family members had created a memorial of childhood photographs and bouquets of gladioli, roses and daisies on the spot where Angel Mucciolo fell.

Christine Quattrone, 25, said her younger sister had been talking to neighbors and apparently tried to run home when the shootings began.

"She was trying to get away," she said.

She said that family members did not know why the shootings occurred and that detectives had questioned the people on the doorsteps next door.

Vicheth Dara, 24, was grazed on his back in the shootings, and Phom Phoeung, 28, was shot in his left calf, police said. Both men were recovering yesterday at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Anthony Mucciolo, 57, the victim's father, said his family moved to the neighborhood recently to get away from another block that seemed plagued by violence. He said he had warned his eight children to be careful.

"I've been telling them and telling them to stay away from that house," Mucciolo said. "I had a bad feeling something was going to happen."

Jerry Roccato was among the neighbors who stopped at the Mucciolo house yesterday to console the family. He has lived in the neighborhood for 40 years.

"We've never had anything here like this all the years I've lived here," he said.

By early afternoon, several women in waitress uniforms who worked with Sandy Mucciolo at the Penrose Diner had arrived at the home, along with members of the extended family.

"Make sure you tell the world that girl was sunshine," said Angel Mucciolo's aunt, Sharon Maloney. "That's what we always called her: Sunshine.""

Friday, August 05, 2005


Here is the logo I use on my website.
ak logo

And here is the photo that was the source of the design.
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This photo was taken of me about 18 years ago in Nicaragua. In the uncropped photo I'm standing next to the "comandante" who was in a wheelchair having been shot in the war. I was in Nicaragua for about a month, working on a farm and seeing the revolutionary glory of Managua and Esteli. It was a dangerous time there. The Contras were tearing shit up and, let me tell you, I saw our tax dollars at work ready to massacre whoever. I was there right after Ben Linder had been murdered and the uproar over his death had started. I was in Matagalpa, and saw his grave when I was there, but just because we were passing through.

I was part of a youth brigade and we got along famously. You know, our revolutionary fervor and what not. My first girlfriend, Heather Baade was in the brigade and this allowed me to have the perfect moment of my adolescence; having sex with a woman and supporting the Sandinistas. Sappho, No Pasaran!

Anyway, I was glad to have learned how to use the AK-47. We were going to go to the West Coast but the day before we were supposed go the Contras blew up the boat we were going to take. Plus, there was some Contra action near the El Salvadorian refugee camp we were staying at so it was good to know how to use the gun.

I'm sound asleep while I'm typing this.

Thursday, August 04, 2005


Good News from the BVSC.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005



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Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Lesbo Check In

Just to clear up some confusion, I am super gay and my sister-in-law is my wife's sister.

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I saw this truck from while driving on a highway with my lady, my sister-in-law, and 3 of my nieces while headed to my other sister-in-law's house. My vision is fairly good, knock wood, and I can see a possible photo composition pretty quickly, but seeing this truck was a paranormal moment.

All 3 girls were talking to me from the back seat and I was in the front passenger seat. We were driving at least 50 miles an hour when time s-l-o-w-e-d for a moment and I saw the was on the other side of the highway and far, far back off the road. In that instant, it was as if time had completely stopped. I could read the text and see entire truck and railroad tracks behind it. I saw past the 2 lanes of highway traffic going in the opposite direction and the abandoned shed and building and piles of dirt and mulch and tunnel visioned right to the truck. I then snapped out of my time halt and went back to regular. On the way home from my sister-in-law's, I wrote down some road marks so I could find the truck again. I drove back about a month later, hoping it would be there.

It was about an hour and a half drive to get from Philadelphia to the truck and thank god it was still there. After getting out to make some photos, I saw it was practically impossible to see the text from the side of the highway I originally saw it from. I don't know what the fuck.

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I do know that I am unable to do the most basic housekeeping chores, despite my strong desire to be an at least ok housekeeper, because I don't see piles of stuff in our house or where I've put things down. Now, we don't live in a mansion. We live in a 2 story South Philly rowhome.
I call my cellphone from my house phone about 5 times a day because I've misplaced it, but it's almost always sitting right in front of me.

What the fuck is wrong with me? I do not know.

Monday, August 01, 2005

Mural arts

Although I am certainly a fan of public art, I am not a fan of the Philadelphia Mural Arts program which has produced some of the most hideous and offensive art I have ever seen. Within the next few years, I will be working on some new ideas to help the horrendous Philadelphia Mural Arts program. Some of the concepts will not be eagerly accepted, but I'm standing by all of them.

My first mural suggestion is a flow chart of Philadelphia's drug industry, beginning with the raw material and then laying out each step until the final purchase for use. I will be creating cocaine and heroin charts, two big Philadelphia industries.

Raw Material
Refining and Production
Wholesale and Distribution

This is the very first draft of the mural
drug mural

of course the mural will have real dollar amounts at each point detailing who gets how much money at each juncture and where the product is coming from and going to. I have started to research how illegal drugs actually get to my block but am having a hard time finding the info I need, particularly how much money each person makes. If anyone can point me in the right direction for my research, I would be very grateful.

I would also like to have a series of murals that explain how our basic utilities work. I don't fully understand how electricity gets into my house or how I'm able to flip a switch and a gas flame on my stove pops up. Because I'm so in the dark about the work and the science that goes into the utilities I take for granted, I have a hard time really seeing how turning on a light is connected to, say, anthracite coal mining in upstate Pennsylvania or nuclear waste.

The murals will have brief explanations of how the utility gets to the final household use.

The murals will also have the real dollar pricing of creating the utility all the way through to the consumer. For example, Philadelphia gets some electricity from Eddystone coal plant, so the mural will have the coal miners wages, the amount it costs to run the Eddystone plant, the salary of Exelon's top CEO, how much the average electric bill is, etc.

Here's the list of murals I'll be working on.

Natural Gas
Oil and Gasoline

electric flow chart mural