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30 April 2019

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No. 5,468 (cartoon)

I’m leaving you, but not forever.

Forever is a great idea.

1 May 2019

Mangiagati Nudge Nudge Wink Wink

My hiking boots come from Vicenza, Italy, and so does my dear friend Klara, and so does the name of her band, Mangiagati. She derived the name from the Italian slang for Vicenzans, Magnagati, which in turn comes from mangia gatti, or “eat cats” in Italian.

I figured that I was wasting my time telling her that I found the name offensive; I assumed that was her intention. I hated to fall into such an obvious trap, but as a lover of pusses everywhere I was obliged to take the bait.

I don’t know why I was surprised when she told me I was wrong; that happens all the time. She told me Magnagati was a clever reference to something that had nothing to do with felines.

Ah, well that’s different then, innit?

Mangiagati per sempre!

2 May 2019

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Mona Lisa Deconstructed

Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci—Lenny V, to his friends—died D years ago or so today. (D is half a millennium if you’re not au fait with Roman numerals.) I’m sorry about the ambiguous date, but life’s too short to compare the Julian and Gregorian calendars from that many centuries ago.

I decided to remember Lenny by messing with his Mona Lisa again, one of the renaissance hombre’s greatest hits. In 2011, I used a copy of her cut up into two hundred and fifty irregularly shaped pieces to make Two Hundred and Fifty Pieces of Mona Lisa in Ten Reticulations.

I dumped the Mona Lisa pieces on a cement slab, et voilà: Mona Lisa Deconstructed.

Thanks, and happy deathday, Lenny!

3 May 2019

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Abandoned Books

I know a number of people who hold books as sacred objects, but I’m not one of them. I had to clean out the bowels of my studio and decided to pulp a couple of boxes of outdated books. A few of them fell onto the pavement on the way to the recycling bin, so I decided to take a final snapshot.

Here are the three random titles on their way to be transformed into cardboard: Our Energy Future from decades ago predicting the future, a book on phototypesetting, and a popular paperback novel on cheap, brittle, yellowing paper.

I’m sure hoarders will disagree, but I doubt anyone will ever notice their disappearance, especially since digital packrats probably already have the redundant books squirreled away somewhere.

4 May 2019

Better Mistakes

I’m trying to make better mistakes, but it’s proving to be much more difficult than I’d anticipated.

5 May 2019

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Cinco Dias en Mayo

Today is Cinco de Mayo, the anniversary of the day something memorable happened in Mexico. I wasn’t there, so I can’t remember what it was and I’m too lazy to do any research. I’m from a factory town in the midwest where no one can spell mayonnaise and mayo is something you add to a can of tuna fish to make a tasty sandwich.

I stayed true to my white trash roots when I made Cinco Dias en Mayo. And if some honky wearing a poncho he bought from Sears accuses me of cultural insensitivity, I’ll respond with, ¡Vete al diablo!

6 May 2019

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In Your Imagination

Sam’s a brilliant, versatile guy. For example, here’s what he embroidered on his shirt:


I asked him where the statement came from; he didn’t know who said it first. It didn’t take much of an investigation to find the person who came up with the phrase: Sam did! At least the Internet told me that it couldn’t find a single example of those seven words in that order.

Bravo Sam!


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