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Saturday, July 31, 2004

And then a wet, brown hell broke loose, flooding downtown Boston.

Go see Eric Postpischil's Molasses Disaster Pages and read all about the explosion of a two million gallon tank of molasses.

And while your there, enjoy a glass of sweet, sticky, fermented irony:
    As the rescue workers and clean-up crews tackled the incredible mess the night of January 16, they paused in puzzlement at the sudden ringing of church bells all over downtown Boston. Nebraska had voted on the 18th Amendment and ratified it. Prohibition was law, and churches which had campaigned for it in their pulpits now celebrated. Men up to their ankles in the makings of rum listened for a moment and went back to work.

Frankly, I'm shocked I've never heard of this before. It seems like this event should be common knowledge.

Nikon D100, 75-240mm

Friday, July 30, 2004


South Knox Bubba gets a funny picture of a bluebird couple. Add your own hen-pecked husband joke in the comments, I did.
I, Toilet

Nikon D100, 28-80mm

Thursday, July 29, 2004

Wait, he's reading the book I'm reading?

I just discovered that Jeff VanderMeer, one of my favorite authors, and the only author who has ever made me stop reading, drop the book, and say "Holy shit. I can't believe how good this guy is.", out loud, has a blog:

In my own postmodern fantasy world, where Spoon is on top of the Top-40 and ketchup and mustard cost extra, everybody has read and loves VanderMeer's City of Saints and Madmen.
Low shoulder

Sony P7

Wednesday, July 28, 2004

That's no moon...

...that's a space station!... or maybe a navel orange, or a stuffed olive.

Nikon D100, 105mm macro

Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Power of the pen

Alas, a Blog remarks on something remarkable:

    For years, many concerned about human rights and disability rights have been trying to get countries like The Czech Republic (along with Slovakia, Slovenia, and Hungary) to stop the use of 'caged beds,' often used to control those with mental illness and/or disabilities.

And now they've changed their minds about those beds. But why? Did someone threaten to bomb them? Sanctions? No, it was...

    A letter. Not just any letter, but a letter from a very influential person, calling for the elimination of these beds. So, who could this incredibly powerful and influential person be? Kofi Anan? Nelson Mandela? Madeline Albright?

Who?? Go find out.

Nikon D100, 28-80mm

Monday, July 26, 2004

Nikon D100, 75-240mm

Sunday, July 25, 2004

Nikon D100, 75-240mm, grayscaled in PS

Saturday, July 24, 2004

Nikon N80, Kodak Max 400, 28-80mm

Friday, July 23, 2004

Best Guitar Sound Ever

The start of Brian May's solo in Queen's We will rock you.

Nikon D100, 28-80mm

Thursday, July 22, 2004

More clever spam

Just try and stop this one with your clever pattern-matching filters:

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The "CLICK HERE" is all one big link to some geocities page. Pretty clever.

Nikon N80, Kodak Max 400, 28-80mm

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

"Feeding someone is an act of caring"

Alton Brown lets loose on people's attitudes towards fast food:
    Here’s what it comes down to kids. Ronald McDonald doesn’t give a damn about you. Neither does that little minx Wendy or any of the other icons of drivethroughdom. And you know what, they’re not supposed to. They’re businesses doing what businesses do. They don’t love you. They are not going to laugh with you on your birthdays, or hold you when you’re sick and sad.


    We are fat and sick and dying because we have handed a basic, fundamental and intimate function of life over to corporations. We choose to value our nourishment so little that we entrust it to strangers. We hand our lives over to big companies and then drag them to court when the deal goes bad. This is insanity.

Right on.

N80, Kodak Max 400, 105mm macro

Tuesday, July 20, 2004


Nothing beats a good beer run. Well, some things do, like not spending even more time in jail. But, most things don't.

Nikon N80, Fuji Sensia 100, 105mm macro

Monday, July 19, 2004

Nikon N80, Fuji Sensia 100, 28-80mm

Sunday, July 18, 2004

Nikon N80, Fuji Sensia 100, 28-80mm

Saturday, July 17, 2004

Fun game

Via Boing Boing Follow-ups to One-Hit-Wonder song titles. ex:

  • How Are We Going to Get These Dogs Back In?
  • Bust an Additional Move
  • Seriously, Eileen, Come On
  • I Will Now Pass the Dutchie Back to You and Thank You for Passing It to Me Originally Because I Really Enjoyed the Dutchie
  • Whoomp! There It Continues to Be

This looks like something I would enjoy... Let's see..

  • 867-5310
  • I Said Rock And Roll Hoochie Koo!
  • MP3s Killed The Video Star
  • The Boys Were Back In Town
  • I Don't Like Tuesdays, Either

OK. It's a little fun. Not as much as I'd hoped.

Nikon N80, Fuji Superia 400, 70-250mm

Friday, July 16, 2004


Franz Ferdinand - After many months of disappointments, I finally found a record worth playing more than once. All hail Franz Ferdinand. They belong to the Television, Pixies and Sleater-Kinney school of angular, jerky, tense and super-catchy school of rock. And that's a great way to start. And, bonus, they're from Scotland - the mere mention of which makes me want to drink Scotch and eat shortbread cookies (two of my favorite things).

Beastie Boys - To the 5 Boroughs. I like it better than their last one, though it's not in the same league as their wonderful Ill Communication. Ah well. Gotta support 'em anyway, for they speak the truth.

Death Cab For Cutie - Transatlanticism. Like this better than The Postal Service record (singer Ben Gibbard's other current project), though the songs are similar. While The Postal Service is heavy on the 80's bleepy synth sound, this has a more organic real-live-musician feel - as it should - they're real, live musicians in there!

New ones from Modest Mouse, Tortoise, Blonde Redhead - all long-time favorite bands, but I simply can't get into any of their new stuff. It doesn't sound that much different from their old stuff, but it just doesn't grab me any more.

Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited. Can't believe I waited this long to buy it. Amazing record.

Got all these from the wickedly simple iTunes.

I'd do better if i had more time.
I want to give them my money

Kafkaesque confirms for me that the problem isn't just with contractors (and car dealers!) in North Carolina; it happens in Southern California, too:

    " I want to give these people my money, because frankly I'm too pretty and weak to remove cement myself, but they won't take it. I've called them repeatedly, and been assured that they are all ready to go with the job, and then they never call back. I can't figure it out. I want to give them my money."

Luckily, we moved into a brand new house in December, so we haven't had to replace anything on it yet. But before that, in our last house, we were constantly replacing trim boards, crappy masonite siding and various other rottables. Replace some boards in the spring and by fall, another set has rotted out (or become food for carpenter bees); by spring another set has rotted out and the ones you replaced last spring have begun to rot because the gutters were re-installed wrong and water was getting trapped against the wood, etc.. The trim cycle stops for no man.

Every time we had to get work done, we'd find a new handyman in the phone book (because the last one was shit), leave a message "Hi, my name is Cleek and I need someone to fix a few trim boards", and then we'd wait; 80% of the time, he'd never call back. So, we'd call another one, and another one, none of them returning our calls, until we finally found a guy who seemed really eager to do the job. "Yeah man! Sounds good! I can fit you in next Thursday!" Hooray! Finally, someone interested in our money!

Wednesday night, he'd call and postpone our job for another day because his current job is taking longer than he expected. Then he'd show up Friday, an hour late, looking hungover and desperate for another cigarette. He'd start working, go for a few hours before telling us he has to leave to go finish this other job and that he'll have to finish us tomorrow morning. So we've got a bunch of unpainted boards nailed to our house, or big chunks of siding on the ground and who knows when it's going to be fixed, because half the time he blows us off again and comes back Tuesday morning, whining about how much time he's spending on a job as small as our's. "Heh, I shouldn't really take these small jobs anymore. I only take them to fill up holes in my schedule, but it seems they always take more time to get to and setup than it does to do the work! Haha!" No, ya prick, it's because you underestimate every job you take; and then you start late and waste time driving between the one you just started and the one you need to finish, instead of just showing up on time and finishing them as fast as you can. Organize your damnfool self!

If I ever find a decent, reliable handyman, I'm gonna send him cookies every Christmas and a case of beer every July 4th.

Nikon D100, 75-240mm

Thursday, July 15, 2004


The Polyphonic Spree have come up with a really great interactive music/video/puzzle game/web site. Most excellent.

BTW, "W" was the 61st most popular name from 1900 to 1909.

Nikon D100

Wednesday, July 14, 2004

"But that would be wrong. It is Giblets's ham jello."

Fafblog has A Serious Philosophical Discussion on Utilitarianism versus Deontology.

Sony P7

Tuesday, July 13, 2004

The Mrs. Says Hi

Sony P7

Monday, July 12, 2004


Do you need a method of inducing aerobic exercise in an unrestrained cat ?

US Patent 5443036 might be able to help. Handheld laser pointer required.

For a bunch of philosophers...

Crooked Timber tries to answer a rather silly question: : Wilco or Cat Power?

Wilco: good
Cat Power: good

"Which is better?" is a "that depends" question, just like "Should I wear pants?" The correct answer to both is "That depends on who's in the car with you".

Nikon D100, 105mm macro

Sunday, July 11, 2004

Nikon N100, 105mm macro

Saturday, July 10, 2004

New record in the 100m! reports that a South African man has slashed 5 seconds off the 100m time!

The new record for the fastest 100 year old man 100 meter run is : 30.86 seconds!

Nikon N80, Fuji Superia 400, 70-240mm

Friday, July 09, 2004

Nikon N80, Fuji Superia 400, 28-80mm, Grayscaled in Photoshop

Thursday, July 08, 2004

The things you notice

When you fly out of Cincinatti after your layover, heading west, the farms below are all smallish with irregular borders; the roads are curvy and run into each other at strange angles as they wiggle around the little hills, run next to rivers and streams and property lines. But, within an hour of flying, the roads straighten out into a nearly perfect grid, the hills flatten out and the farms become rectangular and many times larger. Houses are miles apart, on perfectly straight roads. Another hour of flying west and the farms are enourmous rectangles, then they become squares with huge irrigation circles in them. Sometimes you can't even see houses or buildings - nothing but crops.

Then, somewhere in eastern Colorado there's a thin and wiggly road. Nobody farms on the west side of that road; all the farms are on the eastern side. On the western side is nothing but low rolling brown hills and tiny houses stuck at the ends of skinny dirt roads. Maybe it's cattle ranching country, but you can't tell from 25,000 feet.

And then you're in Denver, and you're dizzy from the altitude.
I love the new spam

Here's one I just received:

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The blue line was a link to some site I wasn't about to visit. But, I really do love the random quotes sprinkled with random words style. It brings out the dadaist in me. Hunkpapa. Meisterbrau.

Sony P7

Wednesday, July 07, 2004

Sony P7

Tuesday, July 06, 2004


Let's take a look at some films nominated for the Oscar for best feature-length documentary.

Here's 1943 (circle = winner):

  • Baptism Of Fire - Produced by The United States Army
  • The Battle Of Russia - Produced by The United States Department Of War: Special Service Division
  • Desert Victory - Produced by The British Ministry Of Information
  • For God and Country - Produced by The United States Army: Pictorial Service
  • Report From the Aleutians - Produced by The United States Army: Pictorial Service
  • Silent Village - Produced by The British Ministry Of Information
  • War Department Report - Produced by The United States Office Of
  • Strategic Services: Field Photographic Bureau
  • We've Come a Long, Long Way - Produced by Negro Marches On, Inc.

Here's 1944

  • The Fighting Lady - Produced by The United States Navy
  • Resisting Enemy Interrogation - Produced by The United States Army Air Force

Here's 1945

  • The Last Bomb - Produced by The United States Army Air Force
  • The True Glory - Produced by The Government Of Great Britain, The Government Of the United States

Here's 1974

  • Antonia: A Portrait Of the Woman - Produced by Judy Collins, Jill Godmilow
  • The Challenge… A Tribute To Modern Art - Produced by Herbert Kline
  • The 81st Blow - Produced by David Bergman, Jacquot Ehrlich, Haim Gouri
  • Hearts and Minds - Produced by Peter Davis, Bert Schneider
  • The Wild and The Brave - Produced by Eugene S. Jones, Natalie R. Jones

Do you suppose "The Last Bomb" (1945) presents the glory of the USAAF from the perspective of a Japanese noodle vendor who spends the last two hours of his life writhing in the dust, blind, with 3rd degree burns and a crushed pelvis ? Or, do you think it shows how they ended the war in the Pacific with the application of our superior technology and gritty determination, yadayadayada ? Well, of course it's the second one, why would the USAAF make a film about the first? Is one view more accurate and un-biased than the other ? No. A documentary doesn't have to present all sides of the issue, doesn't have to be un-biased, and doesn't have to lack a strong overriding message. In fact, it would be impossible to make such a thing; making any kind of film (or even simply taking a snapshot from your disposable camera) requires that you first choose a subject and then decide how best to present that subject - before you've exposed any film, you've made two editorial decisions both of which will reflect your own personality. You can make an accurate record of your subject, but someone else can make another accurate record of the same subject that looks nothing like what you came up with.

So, did Michael Moore make a documentary or not?

Sony P7

Monday, July 05, 2004

The bride-to-be

Sony P7

Sunday, July 04, 2004

Sony P7

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