Red Fish, Blue Fish

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Red Fish, Blue Fish
Which school would you swim with?

Watching the debate last night made me think of this: Whose company would I want to go work for? McCain’s or Obama’s…

McCain Conglomerate (also known as McBush’s Farm): Fuzzy, emotional, fear driven company with an aging Maverick who has mutated into a loose canon and is soon to be replaced by a hockey mom who’s previous job was run by emotion, vindictive firings and gross lies. Wage are low and declining, but they give you a neat flag to wave.

Obama Industries: Fresh, new company with a motivated and dedicated staff on top of the latest technologies and all working on the same page. The CEO is a young organizer who can get things done. Ask him what he is going to do and he will give you a bullet point explanation with no fuzzy edges… and you can read more about the details on his company website. Instead of recycled, failed approaches, this CEO is forward-looking and flexible, ready to meet the unforeseen challenges ahead. Good wages and benefits.

Hmmm… let’s see, work in fear and emotional turmoil and get paid like crap or the company of promise with living-wages and health care?

I’m not walking, I’m running to get a job at Obama’s company… as a matter of fact I think I would camp out the night before just to make sure I was first in line.

Video Collage | 2201 E. 2nd St.,Long Beach CA – April 14, 2008 – 6pm

This is a video collage that I did back in April of a corner here in Long Beach on the edge of the Bluff Park neighborhood…

I constructed it from a number of shots, each about 1 minute in length, laid out so you can see over 180 degree, literally seeing in front of your self and behind yourself at the same time. If you’ve ever taken a multi-photo panorama you know how that’s done, except this collage is with video…

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Video Collage | onehumanbeing self-portrait

Here’s a video self-portrait I did in early June, 2008… but really I’m using this post to test a video plug-in for Word Press call WordTube that embeds video in your Word Press blog page…

How do you like this presentation? Is the video quality good enough? Any problems?

Thanks in advance for any feedback,

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Gram Parsons | Cosmic American Angel

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I love Gram Parsons’ music – flat out. He’s one of the musicians that hits a familiar feeling, comfortable chord with me.

My friend Pete, who was my boss when I worked at the Grunion Gazette awhile back, inadvertently introduced me to Gram’s music.

Pete would bring in all kinds of CDs I hadn’t heard before and when I was the only one working in the Graphic Design area, I’d go through Pete’s CDs and try different ones out. That’s how I discovered John Prine’s music, and that’s how I discovered Gram Parsons’.

One Thursday morning, while all the important people were upstairs in the usual Thursday morning meeting, I put on this CD called G.P./Grievous Angel, with a picture on the cover that reminded me of a Syd Barrett (the founder of Pink Floyd) album cover. I put the CD on, and found a touchstone.

Gram’s life was tragically short, and ended in a heroin overdose in a motel room at the Joshua Tree Inn on September 19, 1973 at the age of 26 – here’s a link to the story of his death

Here’s a trailer (from YouTube) to a Gram Parsons’ movie to give some background flavor…

For a few years a group of us would go camping in Joshua Tree every September during the weekend of the anniversary of his death. We called it the “Gram Parsons Memorial Weekend”. At the end of the weekend I’d make my pilgrimage to the site of Gram’s cremation (if this puzzles you, read about his death from the link above), and spend a little time with Gram, read the new graffiti, then head on home for the well deserved shower after four days of camping.

This playlist is just a sampling of Gram’s music. He was the originator of Country Rock, even though he didn’t like that term… he preferred “Cosmic American Music”, and so do I.

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Here’s a link to Amazon.com to buy this music by Gram if you’ve been intrigued… Sacred Hearts and Fallen Angels: The Gram Parsons Anthology This 2CD set contains all of the songs from this playlist and many other great ones covering the length of Gram Parson’s short but influential career.

Here’s a few more links about Gram Parsons:

The Gram Parsons Homepage

Gram Parsons: Wikipedia

When Did Lying Become A Christian Value?

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I grew up as a Christian, and still consider myself one… I mean when it comes to Jesus – I’m a big fan of His work! But this strange Republican-Evangelical love-in freak show has me bothered – really bothered.

Being a Christian means something, I mean, just on the word-usage level. When you say you’re a Christian to someone who doesn’t know you, it carries a certain kind of shorthand statement about you to that person, based on what the word “Christian” means to them.

I don’t know what to call myself since the 2004 election here in the USA. I mean – those Bush Christians, and now a even worse mutation, Palin Christians, don’t resemble anything like Christianity that resembles Jesus’ teachings. Hate your neighbor, attack first, lie, take advantage of the most vulnerable in society – not your grandfather’s Christianity…

And more of the same has the Evangelical Right Wing going crazy? This is Christianity to them? I’m really confused… or they are.

Video | Where It’s At | Beck with Jessica Dobson

This is our bible-study friend Jessica Dobson who is touring with Beck as his guitarist on the Modern Guilt tour. She started in June, and has been playing all over the place since then.

Tonight our bible-study group (I was sick and stayed home but my wife went) got to go up to a bar/club in LA to see a secret Beck show. Unfortunately Beck was sick also and the show got canceled…

Jessica is the worship leader at our church – Grace Harbor here in Long Beach. We meet at the Bixby Park community center every Sunday at 10ish – come check it out if you like. Any way, Jessica brings a sweet, old style, almost Carter Family-like sometimes, feel to the worship and you know it’s from her heart and where she’s at.

And with that, here’s the video: Where It’s At by Beck Hansen with Jessica Dobson on guitar.

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This video was originally post on YouTube by 1goodthingaboutmusic (I did not shoot this footage), you can click the link to take you to see more Beck videos with Jessica.

The random images…

Making plans… trying to change my website around. I’ve been using an Open Source program called Joomla for my last version of onehumanbeing.com, but now I’m switching over to WordPress so I can blog, along with having image galleries, forums and a whole mess of other stuff…

I’ll be working on posting a random image of my day, either a found image, a collage, a political cartoon, a sticker… whatever is capturing my eye today, everyday.

Thoughts From The Day… on Suffering

“it is through our suffering that we are refined and defined…”

Jon, onehumanbeing

Sometimes life is like the hammer coming down on the chisel, or that is how it seems to me as I go through the ups and down of living with bipolar disorder, not to mention the regular daily struggles…

To enlarge this thought I’m going to have to jump to another idea first:

The way I see things starts with my belief in God. I believe in a God who is larger that the Universe, larger than any number of Universes that can exist, larger than the Big Bang and evolution and not opposed to them as methods of creation and change. I believe God is way bigger than what I can conceive.

To give you the basic outline – I believe in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and I believe that the hope of Israel already lives, and is the ascended Messiah, Jesus.

I grew up as the son of a theologian and minister/teacher… I lived church from a very young age, and have many, many years of walking with this God I believe in – so to begin to know me you must know this is where everything begins…

And what does this have to do with that quote up at the top of this post? Just background material to give you an idea of how I think.

I listened to Gang of Four today while driving over to the MMJ dispensary to take photos and the lyrics to one of the songs said “How you think changes how you act” which is true in my opinion. How I think is built on my faith, which is built on my God, and changes how I act…

Suffering… How many people wish they could be God for a day and eliminate all the suffering in the world? No one likes it, it’s painful, and it has no point.

My worldview makes me see things very different. Though I do not desire suffering for myself or anyone else, it’s still going to happen. It’s pretty inevitable in a world of over 6 billion people all running on their own agenda. Some toes are gonna get stepped on, people are gonna get hurt, it’s just going to happen. Jesus said it would. He said in the gospel of John that “in this life you will have troubles…” but our troubles, our sufferings, don’t have to destroy us… they don’t have to be just pointless pain.

And to go back to where I started – what may look like suffering is just the fall of the hammer on the chisel, the strike of the master artist at work preparing His creation for it’s work. I believe in something after this life, and that the same detailed artist that created everything spent the same attention in creating me.

I don’t just think this as a nice religious thought that doesn’t have anything to do with reality… I’ve been actively watching the process for the last ten years at work in my life and have become spectacularly amazed at the ways in which God can and will work.

Ten years ago I was nothing more than a large block of stone in the workshop. Quarried and dragged to the master’s studio over the years. Then one day in early 1998 the hammer came down against the chisel, and this small, barely noticeable situation that always benefited me as an artist in the past, exploded into a large depression and a seemingly endless ride on the bipolarcoaster.

Ten years of sculpting. Finished yet? Not even close, but some much closer than ten years ago. Do I wish I could get off this ride? All the time. But I also want to stick around and see how this turns out, and what gets made from all this hammering…

To be continued…

Welcome, and that first blog entry…

Jon, onehumanbeing having his morning coffee on vacation in Borrego Springs.Welcome to my first post on the onehumanblog… (this is that post I just have to get out of the way… like making that first mark in a new notebook.) Welcome to my journey…

I’m an artist who lives and creates in Long Beach, California. For over 18 years my wife, Tania, and I have been living and making art in an apartment/studio overlooking the busy street of Broadway.

In the last two years we’ve been joined by a couple of dogs, Moseley and Suki. You’ll probably hear a lot about them if you come back and visit this blog… I spend all day with my pups, and they have changed our world in so many ways.

I’m mainly a collage artist, or that’s the way I’ve described myself in the past when trying to give the simple answer. What does that really mean? I’m kind of a synthesizer – I put different stuff together, things that others might not think go together and make something new out of it. I use collage as my main means of expressing myself this way, be it on paper, in photos, on video, or in cut-and-paste poems and even in the way I approach religion, philosophy and other ideas.

I operate from the idea that an artist’s job is to hold things up that other might have missed or ignored and say, “Look at this.” In this vein I am also a documenter and historian. I think in big pictures, and often approach my subjects from their overall place in the scheme of things as I see them.

Everything I do creatively seems to follow from those concepts…

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