CityView Gallery
Ninety-Eighth Annual American Natural Objects Competition

2007 is just about to appear and so is the beginning of the 98th Annual American Natural Objects Competion sponsored by the Pacific Trust Collection of Laguna Beach. Applications can be obtained from the Executive Offices of the PTC after January 2, 2007. The applicaion contains an information packet which will detail instructions on how to submit artwork, both flat and three dimensional, for consideration in the competition.

All entry submissions must be postmarked, no email please, by January 31, 2007. Judging will be complete by February 15th and notices of Request to Show will be sent to those, the jurists wish to include in the gallery exhibition.

All competition winners will have their work publicly presented in the CitvView Gallery in Laguna Beach's Capitol Building. A gala, celebrating the show's open and the artists involved, has been set for March 9th. This year's theme is "family life." Let's put on a show!

Bogus Slogan Poster #61 - Inside View

When there is a lot of physical space between kids, they will congregate to demonstrate their demons. Together, they will jump around loud music. Intoxicating themselves. To jump higher. Is this a pagan ritual. Not really - the young have too much energy.

In Austin, Texas, Kandy's Playhouse was a short lived club/theater whose landlord, in tough times, opened a music venue to keep his lights on. Stripping out all the seats; building a bare bones stage and lighting rig and a second story "box" at the back for the sound and light technicians; he was able to attract Bogus Slogan for a concert in 1988. He also got ZenithPointStudio to create a poster advertising the concert.

The poster backdrop shows Spiderman, who has been slammed into a Daily Bugle billboard, his uniform badly torn, trying to regroup. An unknown villian has the upper hand. Artist Steve McNiven has drawn the Marvel icon - partially revealing his face to show that the fight will continue. He is a super hero.

When Kandy's closed, their was a "Save our Club" campaign, but the youth did not know the city council. No longer tough times, our Landlord made a mint selling to developers. Spiderman? I think he does this stuff for free.

Expressions: Only One Language (2004)

Children and fishes and moustaches. Dollies and ninja stars. A box of nirvana.

An inward tidal movement, blending separate decisions into a blinding love obscured.

All that, and a decoder ring.

Bogus Slogan Poster #60 - Inside View

Bogus Slogan as a music entitiy has tried to learn to play most of what rock n' roll has to offer. Dreamy stuff, hard edged distortion - maybe something with strings. At most concerts, the band tends to wear the rock clothes.

However, the concert at Crawford University Park Field House in Terre Haute, Indiana proved to be a most unique experiment. Bogus Slogan also appeared as Lucy's Messy Mind and Ideal Haywire. These opening acts were BS alter egos playing Zappaesque mini operas or Devo-like electronica respectively. Different wardrobes, different instruments.

Audience reaction was a little on the cool side. Kind of like the reception awaiting the stranger in the poster's backdrop. Drawn by Darick Robertson for Marvel - A being, born with a tail, is walking into a carnival before the coming rain. Man or demon? Nightcrawler!

When Bogus Slogan was announced, everybody breathed a sigh of relief.

Photos: UP Feather River Canyon (2001)

The number of deaths (per capita) in the first 30 years of commercial railroading in North America, is significantly more than any similar period of American motor vehicle traffic. The immature technology and the hazzards of moving tonnes of weight at high speed made taking a train dangerous.

Coming down from a higher elevation is still a risk. Dynamic braking, air brakes, trackside equipment inspectors and computer track control have brought safety to every day operations, but the underlying peril is always there.

My photo shows a Union Pacific train that looks like it is going up, but actually it's following the canyon path down the Feather River in Northern California. Travelling the 114 miles from Portola to Oroville, this train will average a speed of 25mph if it is not delayed by other traffic. You can travel the same route in under 2 hours, but you have a higher probablility of not arriving unscathed.

Bogus Slogan Poster #59 - Inside View

A beautiful drawing of super hero Iron Man from Marvel Comics done by artist Adi Granov. His armor, now gold and red, reflects a dull sun. An explosion behind the figure and the fight continues. Maybe we are in the way...

Like the Fantastic Four, Marvel has a stable of characters that can withstand being re-invented over and over. Their science fiction story lines must support a violence beyond human tolerance so that there is a need for a super hero or heroine. But good lyrics in music are not always necessary and so to with a good story in comics. The art work can be mesmerizing and can carry the show. With Bogus Slogan poster #59, the penciller (original artist), inker and colorist made a great Iron Man.

Depicted in the poster as a code enforcement officer for Rumour Control: East Coast District. Model B • 01, "Iron Man," has come to Brisbane, Vermont to restore the peace. Bogus Slogan tried to get in the way.

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Washes: Lots of Good Days (2004)

Creamy goodness inside a childhood universe. Fuzzy stars lost on a patchwork sky. White frosted orbs circling, clustered together in anticipation of morning.

Pull the covers over your head, it's Saturday.

Bogus Slogan Poster #58 - Inside View

The road house of old has been surrounded with bedroom communities, shopping opportunities and the workshops of craftsman. Hopefully, you get quality service.

However on some roads, every one has agreed, that the real estate is of lesser value. Maybe there is only a small patch that can be developed - Some times it is too far from some place popular.

Markam, New Jersey and Chester's Roadhouse are the physical equivalents of the above: outside nowhere. When "local" groups Mimmers, The Policy Charmers and Squishy Fishy finished playing, Bogus Slogan walked on stage expecting a crowd of three drunk punks, a couple in love slow dancing and maybe 2 couples who should start over with someone new.

Well, inside a a concrete building, with accoustic floating walls, that could hold 450, was 700 kids. Silent as a tomb. The band had been forced to stay away from the stage, rehearsing in a second concrete building. Same wall system. Made the room really sing. No distortion. Anyway...

Recent digital music files have been extracted that play back the beginning of the show. After the band had been announced and had finished adjusting their instruments, some one from the audience politely ask, "Will you play something for us?"

Lead guitarist Peir "Extra Finger" Hansen, tightened his volume knob, stutter picked the chord opening to "Not Now, Later..." Bogus Slogan gave an extra two encores a couple of hours later. At the very, very end,.. again no applause, no sound as the building emptied. Yet all the merch had sold. That's a good sign.

Music You Might Have Missed™

In a never ending quest to find 'the' song, to find that perfect mix, to give unto the public about 30 minutes of entertainment for their iPods to distract them from what ever they are doing, comes Linear Style.

Music you might have missed™ is not just a catch phrase. It is a positive statement. Just browse the iTunes store. Even now you are missing stuff, so head on over to Linear Style and catch up.

Click on the poster image to bring forth the magic. Click on the compilation name to get it.

SysOps Notice 2006.12.01

She was a pain in the ass with
entitlement issues the size of an Olympic swimming pool.

I have not celebrated a birthday in many, many years. How could I, after getting "Whaley" (a 4 foot stuffed whale) for my fifth birthday or maybe my ninth Christmas, maybe I was only four...anyway he was the best gift ever. And no one was ever gonna top this present. Not even I could. Right time, right place.

But, I did receive a "Whaley" like present this year from a comic genius, an original radio voice and a photographer of fine art quality nudes, Mr. Art Fraud....(ahhh what...ummmMrr. Ronn Spencer?). Mr. Ronn Spencer.

His radio program, The Cool & The Crazy aired on public radio KCRW, Santa Monica, CA. For about 4 years, a weekly show, with comedy skits and ads; & with music selections that celebrated the cool & the crazy. The show slowed very litle when co-host/creator Gene Sculatti, Vic Tripp of Vic Tripp's Phony Laugh fame, moved on to other opportunities, including Cryo.The amazing part is how long Art Fraud carried the show. I would calculate 6 months, but the supporting cast was so good, that it may have been longer.

The C & C fit my passion for radio entertainment. I missed the 1930's golden age of radio but I also missed the American Depression and World War II. Seeing I may not have survive 2 out those 3, I won't complain. I was able to find, for a while, programs that played "old time radio" - like KNX's Drama Hour. All of theses sources have moved to the Internet and radio is now rarely a creative medium.

Many of these skits, ads and music were dubbed into the PopWorks and Commericalization collages that I am publishing on the Abstract Fidelity blog. Creating these collages helped keep my hand in audio production. I was inbetween Analog and Digital and was wasting money buying "the" current technology. Making these sound portraits of Americana from west coast popular radio probably saved me a lot of money.

On my birthdate, Ronn, who had found my Abstract Fidelity blog & the C & C references, emailed an introduction. It turns out that almost all audio source materials for the radio program has been lost or is no longer available. Over 200 shows. It is a strange tale with lots of drama. Other collectors have sent copies of their recordings. Hopefully, what I have will fill in some gaps.

PopWorks & Commercialization 9

Eddie's Key Club • Cool & the Crazy Archives • Korgi Poodell • 19 Engines
Big Pan Family Restuarants • Vic Tripp's Phony Laugh • Ruby Galatic Gumshoe •

POPWORKS 9a   (mp3)  (58MB)   (51m)   (160 kbps)  (1985)

Guy Freidle • Claudine Longet • Hound Dog Taylor • Run Run Rudolph
KingSize Taylor • T-Rex vs. Mark Lindsey • Fetal Jackson • How Do You Spell Gaddafi

POPWORKS 9b   (mp3)  (58MB)   (51m)   (160 kbps)  (1985)

LINK is good for at least 45 days

Bogus Slogan Poster #57 - Inside View

The Fantastic Four are probably the original prototype for a team of superheroes. Stan Lee, surely borrowing from his childhood discoveries, maybe something like Doc Savage or The Little Rascals, gave the comic world four archetypes that continue to be 're-created.'

A big strong guy who can't sweat the details. A leader who can do things that usually saves the team. The hot head, with a disruption weapon like a laser or a fireball. A mentalist who struggles to kill because of ethics. Add in a lead singer with a 2 1/2 octave range and you got a Bogus Slogan.

BS poster #57 shows the FF4 suffering the effects of Dr. Doom's V.O.R.T.E.X.I.B.L.E. A weapon so terrible...well, you gotta get the comic. Can't find that issue? Well, hanging out at a Bogus Slogan concert can make up for it. The fans at the Aces High Saloon in Biloxi, Mississippi were asked to dress up as their favorite super hero, but please, no Star Wars Stormtroopers - they're the bad guys.

Pacific Trust Collection of Laguna Beach
Meeting of Directors

The Pacific Trust Collection of Laguna Beach's Board of Directors meeting was held in the Capitol Building's Earnesto Patevia conference room last Thursday. Karin Greene proudly announced her re-election to both the board and the organization's presidency. This will be her eleventh year guiding the company's employees and implementing the board's business mission statement.

Her first order of business was the public press release of the Pacific Trust Collection's ambitious expansion project for the executive offices located in Laguna Beach, California. After careful negotiations with agents for local property owners, the Pacific Trust Collection of Laguna Beach purchased lots adjoining the existing PTC executive offices and with the issuance of permits have begun a significant buidling program to increase the archive's storage space.

Normal office operations will be unaffected by construction and everyone is looking forward to the first day of occupancy wherein the over crowding caused by the Pacific Trust Collection's successful acquisition program will be a concern of the past.

President Greene also announced the forthcoming Ninety-Eighth American Natural Objects Competition theme. The showcase will return to the CityView Gallery in Laguna Beach on March 11, 2007 and continue through November 3, 2007. Next year's theme will be "Family Life." Applications for Artists who want to submit their artwork will be available on January 2, 2007. ZenithPointStudio has again been asked to design and create the Pacific Trust Collection's promotional poster.

Bogus Slogan Fan Appreciation Concert

Ok. So you like Bogus Slogan. Hey, a lot of people do. They have a fan club. So join it. Now. Then you can try to get the band to play their fan appreciation concert in your home town. It takes a lot of votes. So get some friends to help. Maybe talk to that Mayor guy. See if he has got some juice.

Vote Early • Vote Often. Our special software will screen out duplicate ballots, but give it a try.

If you win, the hugs & kisses are optional. (BS prefers Courvoisier).

Bogus Slogan Poster #56 - Inside View

When Bogus Slogan plays it's home town of Los Angeles, the rush for tickets is always strong. Always stronger, is the rush for VIP passes. Take a look over at James Cagney. He is not happy. He probably missed getting on the BS guest list. I don't think he is going to let this slight go. I'm gonna make a call.

The Rose Bing Rotunda is a small theatre near the downtown grouping of skyscrapers. Seating about 1,000 people, BS management figures that only 350 tickets ever went on sale. For the estimated 650 VIPs, a nearby department store's parking lot was rented, where a circus tent was raised to cover the pre-concert and post-concert parties. Since Bogus Slogan had effectively crippled the store's daily business operations, the company's employees were invited to join the merrymaking.

Upon adding up all the costs, the red figure below the bottom line truly dismayed staff accountant Evan "Deep Pockets" Grubman. Meetings were held, conclusions forced, and a new policy was established. Afterwards, when Bogus Slogan plays the smaller venues, no one gets in for free. No one. Take a look over at James Cagney.

Abstracts: No Scream Zone (2004)

Sweetness Spoken Aloud,
Candy Emblems of Desire,
Always Moving By.

Bogus Slogan Poster #55 - Inside View

Let's talk about girls, women, ladies, dames, broads... those big eyes, those... since the members of Bogus Slogan have all become married... and have children... tales from the life of rock stars will have to wait until their posthumously published memoirs.

But there was this time... at the Lake Arrowhead South Sea Lodge... with The Screamliners and Moon Frost...

Maybe everyone there took inspiration from the ZenithPointStudio concert poster that showed the Powerpuff Girls marveling at minatures of themselves zooming all over the place. The bright cartoon colors dazzling and possibly affecting the composure of those attending the concert. Maybe the uncontainable joy of being in the high mountain air on a warm May night. Whatever...

Local authorities had to call for back up from as far away as Realito, but it was too late to stop the naketivity. Dozens of patrol cars rolled up on a scene that could only be described as 'quivering." Bogus Slogan was booked for pandering, but the arrest was meant merely to get the band to stop playing.

Washes: Offseason Tourist (2005)

Horizontal "fights" with vertical. Paints seems to dissolve as the brush strokes the canvas. A deep dark background blurs the viewer's attempt to define a form. Multi colored "fog" creeps in on little cat's feet.

Out of place and out of time...

Offseason Tourist (2005)

Bogus Slogan Poster #54 - Inside View

Bogus Slogan Poster #54 is for a concert in Columbia Falls, Ohio which BS drummer Benjamin Owens barely remembers. Benni, befriended by a Wakaton Hills Native American, had travelled in the off week prior to the show, to the village of Toma somewhere near the border of Nebraska and Iowa. His friend wanted Benni to particiapte in the Wakaton Hills Festival of Ancestors which began with 3 days of drumming and chanting.

After the era of the 3 martini lunch but before the bowls of 70's cocaine, there was a decade which sought to free the mind. Unlike today's vast choice of drugs that permit self destruction; then, grass, LSD and peyote were the hallucinative choices of a generation that knew the NOW should be a different now. Of course living an intoxicated life means that reality continues unsupervised.

Tribal elders felt that Benni, now renamed, Talks While Walking, was such a good influence that they invited him into their sweat lodge. After ingestation, Benni/Talks ascended into a comatose like state. (Benni recalls visiting another world where he was offered to leave his brain, but he couldn't work the metal can's foot petal).

A few days later, it was time to leave. Benni was still flat on the lodge floor. A sign saying 'time to go to Chicago' was held above his face. His eyes the up and kissed the tribe's spirit leader...hugged each tribal elder...shook his friend's hand...resumed his position on the floor.

Benni arrived at the band's hotel with four notes pinned to his shirt. 1. Bus to Chicago and transfer to 2. Bus to Columbia Falls and transfer to 3. Taxi to hotel and 4. Check in, no baggage.

CityView Gallery Winter ShowCase

Winter come to us a little too fast...

Snowbirds are welcome to the CityView Gallery's Winter Showcase, locals too. While baking in the summer sun next to the Pacific Ocean is a wonderful treat, mild winter temperatures are what draw the tourists from all over the world. The famed CityView Gallery once again presents a full house of eclectic art collected from the archives of the Pacific Trust Collection of Laguna Beach.

Recently acquired, Mena's "Pebble Explosion" (1997), will have its exclusive American west coast premiere. Stretching over 1,000 cubic feet, the dynamic 'sclupture' defies classification. The brillant sheen of colors changes as the viewer moves around. The piece is so complex, it takes seven workers four full working days to install.

Joseph Walker Parsar's fantastic oil painting, "Tyrannosaurus Rex," is also premiering. Depicting a raging T-Rex near a watering hole, its physical size requires that the painting be hung in the Capitol Buiding's main lobby. A special lighting rig creates a three dimensional effect, day or night.

Gallery hours are 10 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday. Open Saturday 1 pm to 5 pm, but closed Sundays. Admission to the gallery is free, but photography is not allowed. Cameras and cell phones must be checked at the courtesy desk.

SysOps Notice 2006.11.01

Why does my heart miss when my baby kisses me?

The Hollywood Bowl has good memories for me, having attended an Easter Sunrise and a couple of rock concerts. The Bowl has been remodelled several times to upgrade its sound fidelity; however, acoustics matter little with the volume of a rock concert. And in the beginning of amplified rock, with few sound restrictions, you could play as loud as you and your fans could stand.

So when I saw Humble Pie at the Hollywood Bowl in seats that seemed very close to the stage, I could easily feel the impact of the individual players. Edgar Winter's White Trash. With Rick Darrenger on lead. Impossibly fast. Headliners, Emerson Lake & Palmer playing Tarkus. Keith Emerson with the full Moog system towering over him. (I had the Moog sales brochures for each module). The Moog worked flawlessly. Emerson, bringing back vaudeville, threw knives at one of his speaker cabinets. The muscianship of each group was superb. Made my rock band roll up and die.

Steve Marriot and Peter Framptom, as Humble Pie, figured out Psychedelic Funk. I hereby TradeMark P-Funk if some one hasn't already. Marriott, a blues shouter. Great rhythm guitar. Great harmonica. Framptom's Gibson Les Paul outshines. Their live album should have been a better seller than the Frampton's Comes Alive megahit.

Greg Ridley, Bass and Jerry Shirley, Drums were an excellent rhythm section. The bass was full and played mostly on the lower strings. Drum were straight, forceful. The band was recorded very well. They selected their songs well. From rocking pop stars to the no holding back rockers of the Live at the Filmore album.

Clem Clemson was an excellentt replacement for Frampton, letting Humble Pie continue a simillar course for a few years more. Frampton released four solo albums before becoming a success. Before Marriott's death, there had been suggestions of a reunion. I would have included Clemson - you can never have too many great guitarist.

PopWorks & Commercialization 8

Mother Russia • Cool & the Crazy • Lunch W/ the Communists • OceanMountains
The Spokesmen • Apache • Art of Noise • Groovy Freeway

POPWORKS 8a   (mp3)  (58MB)   (51m)   (160 kbps)  (1985)

Hollywood Bus Tours • Dave Edmunds • Dr. Bulldog Freud • Send You Back to Georgia
I Spy for the FBI • The Vapors • Follow Me Down • Dick Dale

POPWORKS 8b   (mp3)  (58MB)   (51m)   (160 kbps)  (1985)

LINK is good for at least 45 days

Bogus Slogan Poster #53 - Inside View

Once in a while you meet some one in the entertainment industry who really does not belong. Donni 'The Mud Gripper" Blethow, short lived president of Amusements Diversified, Inc., is a solid example of just such a person. Blethow's true talent, the one that got him to company president, was his accuracy in accessing totals. Send him to a concert, let him see how big the crowd was, and he could immediately state what revenues the concessionaires would finish with, and certainly, the receipts from the gate.

He was so good that his error percentage was under 0.5%, If promoters even heard of his attendence, they would worry more about employee embezzlement, than providing artist management with incorrect totals.

What got him in trouble and fired from Amusemnt Diversified was his personal passion for visiting local businesses prior to these concert duties. There he would patiently explain to the manager how much he was skimming from the owner and that for a small donation, he would proceed no further. This practice may never have been discovered had he not attended the Bogus Slogan concert at the Contact Arena in New Phoenix, Pennsylvania.

Unfortuneatly for Donni he did not know that the local paper had printed an article about his promotion of the biggiest concert that the town had seen in over a decade. There was a large head shot of him on the paper's front page.

As Donni was finishing his shake down at the Black Tassels Gentlemen's Club, one of the lovely dancers personally thanked him for bringing the band to town. Whereupon the manager pulled a baseball bat from under the bar. Donni, seeing an emergency exit sign, jumped up on the runway, slipped on the glassy surface, and skidded blindly towards the back of the stage where the mud wrestling ring was stored when not in use.

One of the patrons, in violation of the club's no camera policy, was able to capture, Blethow's wild ride, including the passage through the plastic pit as Donni frantically grasped at the mud to stop his progress. The video played nonstop at the next NAMM convention.

Photos: Eagle (2003)

This is a color photograph. The lack of any direct sunlight and the heavy cloud cover brings forth the magic of form. Our eagle, waits. Waits more patiently than we can observing him.

"Eagle (Northern California) (2003)"

Bogus Slogan Poster #52 - Inside View

Time! Thanks to the theory of relativity we know that it is elastic - maybe curvey. Anyway, since there are so many humans with extra time and imaginations we get machinery designed like the Magna International Mila. Truly high speed cool. Make sure you use proper horn etiquette as you blaze past fellow road warriors.

And hopefully you had time to catch Bogus Slogan's concert at the John Anson Ford Amplitheatre. The boys had just attended an Amused Plaything Enterprises private gala at the famed Petersen Automotive Museum. The evening's festivities ended with the concert as Bogus Slogan played an entire performance of songs about cars.

From Arkie Shibley and His Mountain Dew Boys's "Hot Rod Lincoln" to Jeff Beck's "Big Block" with the Beach Boy's "409"; Jan & Dean's "Dead Man's Curve;" The Who's "Going Mobile" and more inbetween. Two and a half hours of high music cool.

"And when I am racing the clock
You know that I would die
or kill somebody, just to move this hunk of steel one more block"
"Little Red Lights"    Todd Rundgren

Expressions: We Got a Deal? (2005)

We Got a Deal? (2005)

If your depth perception is working, seeing "We Got a Deal?" in person can make you a little woozy. As you stand before this 6 feet by 4 feet expression, the sides will seem to curl in as if to give you a hug. If properly hung in the gallery, the top drifts away, pulling your conscientiousness inside the art.

Our repeating graphic pattern prevents the viewer from getting lost, but good luck trying to figure out where you were to begin with.

Bogus Slogan Poster #51 - Inside View

Twin Falls, Idaho is one of those strange towns where you wonder why anybody hangs around. You may even wonder why anybody showed up. Originally, it must have been a day's ride from somewhere else and allowed an easier pass across the Snake River Canyon. Today's modern bridge that spans the gorge is huge. Some one must want to go somewhere.

So what is Bogus Slogan doing playing the Brice Theater? Obviously a paycheck of some kind, but music is universal and even a backwater needs fresh run off. I think Bogus Slogan tour manager Terry "White Bread" Pressner said it best as he stepped from the bus, ""Where the   %$&#@*   are we?   &$*#(@,   did that  %#^&**@!  bus driver screw up?    &^#%@*?   "(Pressner is a colorful guy).

Well the concert was a great event. Earlier, about 100 kids skipped school; stood outside in the KTTF parking lot waiting for the band members to finish their interview with station DJ Matt "Hammerlock" Stentel. Stentel had submitted a petition with 5,000 unique signatures demanding Bogus Slogan play Twin Falls. It worked. In the interview, Hammerlock admitted that he forged all but one (his own) of the signatures. It had taken him only 3 vacation days. Gotta love your BIC.

CityView Gallery
97th Annual American Natural Object Competition
Closing Date

October 28, 2006 will be the closing date for the 97th American Natural Objects Exhibition at the CityView Gallery in Laguna Beach.

As a special memento of the Gallery's artistic presentation, Joan Tolles' historic "Flash Runway" kinetic sculpture will be ceremoniously dismantled in the main salon, allowing visitors to see her unique method of attaching objects together.

Come out to see, the greatest collection of American Art for 2006 before its disbursement to museums and private collectors or returned to the artists and creators.

Bogus Slogan Poster #50 - Inside View

Back in the 60's, on Bogus Slogan's first visit to Australia, the band came to the land DownUnder as virtual unknowns. While the band had work permits, they did not have a tour booked. In fact, only the Stupid Foreign Fan Club had fronted them a paid venue in the "High Noon" town of Broken Hill. (Band Members were greatly amused when a native showed them Broken Hill on a map).

However, things worked out...Bogus Slogan was able to play a dozen major shows as a supporting act. On off nights the band would find a local bar with a stage and play for beers and tips. After two months, it was time for a vacation back home.

Recently, in honor of the long past Stupid Foreign Fan Club, the band held a dance and ice cream social. Hancock Arena was turned into a Winter Wonderland with free ice cream for everyone who had a ticket. What a beautiful mess. Concert proceeds were donated to local charities. Cherry Garcia anyone?

Bogus Slogan Tour
Mexico & Central America

From any point of view, Bogus Slogan's Tour America 2006 was a success. Box office and merchandise sales set records - costs were streamlined so that the beloved category of net profits was as fat as a 'Yo Mama' joke.

Now BS fans in Central America & Mexico can exercise their rights to Rock n' Roll. From October 15th to November 22nd, the band will play 12 concerts in El Salvador, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Belize, and Panama. Finishing with 6 dates in Mexico, Bogus Slogan has big plans for the transfer of currency. Big plans.

To make your rock experience an enjoyable one, we suggest a set of custom earplugs. Keep those high frequencies coming for a lifetime.

Bogus Slogan Poster #49 - Inside View

If Bogus Slogan was coming to play your town, you started to worry if you would be able to get tickets. Then you worried about getting a good seat. If you were in a major city the anxiety would depend on how many play dates the group set.

In a smaller market, like Albequerque, New Mexico, there was one shot, one concert since Bogus Slogan probably would not return during your high school or college tenure. Withl the best concert facility only seating 2500, ticket scalpers saw rainbows over the desert.

Enter the members of the Sand, Surf & Turf Club from the University of New Mexico Pumella Dorm. They did not get tickets. They did not see rainbows. But they did see an opportunity. Through a series of letters sent to a local paper, enough questions about the safety and health standards caused the authorities to close the concert hall for repairs.

Of course the SSTC had a replacement venue in mind, Conrad Coliseum, capacity 48,000. Now the unicorns found their rainbows and everybody lived happily ever after. Oh - The final ticket sales were 9,756. Merchandise sales were 310% above expectations. And the fee for renting the coliseum which had been waived was happily paid by the band.

SysOps Notice 2006.10.01

The Future is a real nice place to spend money,
but I would not want to live there.

Since I had a break in art projects and Apple had come out with the Mac Pro Workstations, I figured the transition window was open. The machine had met or beaten expectations. And I knew sometime, that I was moving to the new system (2x 30" LCD screens for display). When I change systems, I pass my current set-up to my best friend from High School.

Apple did this amazing thing. Their web site provides the expected shipping date. And mine held steady. About a week. I had read some apple E-zines comments and found only a short delay at worse for this model production's start up . The week passed and my system did not shipped early. A morning email showed a 7 day delay. But, 12 hours later a order shipped notice came with upgraded overnight shipping.

Not waiting was great. Migrating only had one slip, I imported (instead of reassigning) the new iTunes on top of of the original. The HD filed, so I had 500 or so duplicate names to purge. Not a big waste of time. Getting together with my friend came down to a specific day. I was going to swap an optical drive, both hard drives, upgrade what ever I could and send him home within 5 hours.

Only, one drive failed and I bent the pins on his master drive with all of his music data. If I had done that to my stuff with out a backup - for my heart attack, it would have been cool to have known the source of my demise. After jamming it in the upper hard drive bay (Apple's poor design of the G5 case), I am amazed, he was still thinking positive. My friend, himself, made the final re-connect of the damaged hard drive that let the migration continue, in-house. I was averting my eyes. All's well.

I bought another drive, gave him a mid size data drive from my system. (the new Mac Pro has room for 4 HDs) + found a version 8 of Photoshop and the Toast DVD burning software to try to get him to backup. With bigger displays, more ram, he can run the programs with a little less wear and can spread out his workspace. I hope he finds time for Photoshop.

PopWorks & Commercialization 7

The Sports Page • KingSize Taylor • Biscuit Blues • Girls Are More Fun
I Like Boys • Big Time Operator • Big Pan • Men at Work

POPWORKS 7a   (mp3)  (58MB)   (50m)   (160 kbps)  (1985)

Jackie Pressuh Enterprises • Weird Al • Yackisoba Strip Miner • Rock-a-Hula
Scottish Rawhide • Iggy Pop • Hawaii Steve • Ian Shoales
POPWORKS 7b   (mp3)  (58MB)   (51m)   (160 kbps)  (1985)

LINK is good for at least 21 days

Photos: Cal Oaks Liquor • Pasadena, CA

At the beginning of this summer, this sign and building were coming down for redevelopment. Not an impressive sign, Even though rusted and neglected, it worked its whole lifetime. Nothing as vertical will be allowed and the new sign most likely will be a low profile corner piece. Probably less impressive.

Cal Oaks LIQUOR, Pasadena, California (2005)