gaze not long into the abyss


Friedrich Nietzsche 

“Beware that, when fighting monsters, you yourself do not become a monster… for when you gaze long into the abyss. The abyss gazes also into you.”


Was never a Nietzsche disciple, but always felt the quote above was appropriate and applicable much of the time especially when digging deep looking for the buddha…  We’ve all had some steep uphills and somehow we’ve managed to make it near the top.



By Andy Borowitz

August 16, 2022

Sarah Palin speaks enthusiastically during a Save America rally.

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s status as Congress’s most ignorant member is at stake in Alaska’s special election, Greene’s aides have acknowledged.

Greene, who has fended off challenges to her crown of dimness from such formidable contenders as Lauren Boebert and Rand Paul, will face her stiffest test to date when Alaskans go to the polls.

An aide to Greene, Harland Dorrinson, said that the congresswoman will be watching the returns from Alaska “nervously.”

“Ignorance is Margie’s brand,” he said. “Obviously, she’s concerned about anything that could jeopardize that.”

In a sign that she does not intend to relinquish her title without a fight, Greene took to the floor of the House of Representatives and accused President Biden of possessing the nuclear codes.



I stole Spalding Grey’s water glass after a performance in Santa Fe. We were talking with him and I had to have it, i’m not some cheap groupie looking for an autograph.


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Mud for baseball’s ~ NYT


By Dan Barry

  • July 26, 2022

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LONGPORT, N.J. — A 45-gallon rubber barrel sits in a cluttered garage along the Jersey Shore, filled waist-high with what looks like the world’s least appetizing chocolate pudding. It is nothing more than icky, gooey, viscous, gelatinous mud.

Ah, but what mud. The mud that dreams are made of.

This particular mud, hauled in buckets by one man from a secret spot along a New Jersey riverbank, is singular in its ability to cut the slippery sheen of a new baseball and provide a firm grip for the pitcher hurling it at life-threatening speed toward another human standing just 60 feet and six inches away.

Tubs of the substance are found at every major league ballpark. It is rubbed into every one of the 144 to 180 balls used in every one of the 2,430 major league games played in a season, as well as those played in the postseason. The mudding of a “pearl” — a pristine ball right out of the box — has been baseball custom for most of the last century, ever since a journeyman named Lena Blackburne presented the mud as an alternative to tobacco spit and infield dirt, which tended to turn the ball into an overripe plum.

Consider what this means: That Major League Baseball — a multi-billion-dollar enterprise applying science and analytics to nearly every aspect of the game — ultimately depends on some geographically specific muck collected by a retiree with a gray ponytail, blurry arm tattoos and a flat-edged shovel.

Bintliff is the owner of Lena Blackburne Baseball Rubbing Mud. The company is named for a former baseball player who discovered the mud in 1938.
Bintliff is the owner of Lena Blackburne Baseball Rubbing Mud. The company is named for a former baseball player who discovered the mud in 1938.Credit…Hannah Beier for The New York Times

“Within the last six weeks, I’ve shipped to the Diamondbacks, the Rangers and the Blue Jays,” the mud man, Jim Bintliff, said recently, as he lingered protectively beside his garaged barrel of goop.

But M.L.B. executives do not exactly get all misty-eyed over the whimsical tradition of what is called Lena Blackburne Baseball Rubbing Mud, which they say is too often inconsistently applied. In their quest to make balls more consistent — and the game more equitable — they have tried to come up with a substitute, even assigning chemists and engineers to develop a ball with the desired feel.

The score so far:

Lena Blackburne: 1

Major League Baseball: 0

Glen Caplin, an M.L.B. spokesman, said that “pre-tack baseballs” are continuing to be tested in the minor leagues. But the reviews have been mixed.


RIP ~ S.F. Art Institute to close after USF merger deal collapses ~ San Francisco Business Times



By Alex Barreira  –  Staff Reporter, San Francisco Business Times

Jul 15, 2022 Updated Jul 15, 2022

After more than 150 years, the end is nigh for the San Francisco Art Institute.

The private college, founded in 1871, announced Friday it plans to shutter after the University of San Francisco backed out of a potential acquisition deal that would keep the financially struggling institution and its Russian Hill campus afloat — the second merger negotiation to fall through since the onset of the pandemic.

USF President John Fitzgerald said in a statement that the university had “informed SFAI leadership that it would not enter into a definitive agreement with SFAI due to business risks that could impact USF students, faculty, and staff.” The statement also said USF will start building its own art school, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

In a separate statement the Art Institute said it was “no longer financially viable” and as of Friday has “ceased its degree programs” but will continue on as a nonprofit organization “to protect its name, archives, and legacy.”

The school will leave its campus at 800 Chestnut St., according to the Chronicle. SFAI said in its statement it is “actively working with local and international donor communities” to protect its prized asset, the Diego Rivera Gallery, which SFAI will lose possession of should it default or lose its lease on the building. The University of California owns the land itself, owing to the agreement that established SFAI’s use of the campus.

“The passing of this venerable institution is a loss for the entire art world, especially for SFAI’s friends, colleagues, and SFAI artists: its students, faculty, staff, and alumni,” the school’s board of trustees said in its announcement.

In January USF and SFAI signed a letter of intent to explore integrating the two schools, with the intention of beginning programs this fall. The proposal would reportedly have USF acquiring the Art Institute’s historical buildings, art and film collections and other assets, such as the Anne Bremer Memorial Library and Diego Rivera Gallery, as well as exhibition space, studios, photo labs and a rooftop amphitheater.

However, the sides were unable to agree on the future for the land of the campus itself — a half square block of prime hillside real estate with bay views. That land was donated to SFAI via a trust that turns the land over to UC Berkeley in the event the land is no longer used as an art campus.

In May the Art Institute held the graduation ceremony for what will likely be its last class.

In 2020 SFAI’s graduate campus at Fort Mason Center closed and was put on the market for sublease with 50 years left on its 55-year lease. The campus had reopened in 2017 following a $14 million makeover.

And, who is the guy in the middle, circa 1968?

Edgar Boyles all cleaned up and ready to visit his parents for Xmas

undercover Ranger and A+ student of the semester class

“Astronauts of Inner Space”