Wednesday, February 28, 2007

cherry blossoms - 30day photo thingee

cherry blossoms
Originally uploaded by ScottyJ.
Meredith decided to start a 30 day photo challenge, and I'm jumping on that bandwagon. My additional challenge is that I'm so busy at work that at least 10 photos are going to be within throwing distance of my desk.

First up: Cherry blossoms. How can you go wrong taking pictures of cherry blossoms? I just want to stare at them for hours. Spring is on it's way.

Update: we now have a flickr group, in case you'd like to join in. It can be found here.

This makes me laugh every time I read it.

Project: Mother Earth Reprint, from Jamie..

This is a request from my friend Jamie. I've removed her adresses, but let me know in the comments if you'd like to help and I'll give you her information.

February 25, 2007

Dear Friends,
As many of you know I have been working on historical political
project where I am reprinting and distributing Mother Earth. You
may ask what is Mother Earth? (and no its not the
journal/magazine you can find in supermarkets today)
Mother Earth was a political journal that advocated radical political
causes, labor agitation, and opposition to the U.S. government on a
variety of issues. Its subscribers and supporters formed a virtual
'who's who' of the radical left in America in the years prior to
The first issue of Mother Earth, with a print run of 3000 copies,
hit newsstands in March 1906. For a dime, readers got a showcase of
anarchist and radical writings on current events, as well as poetry
and fiction. Editor Emma Goldman kept the monthly in circulation
until August 1917, despite conflicts with the U.S. Postal Service
and law enforcement authorities who found its content "treasonable."
Goldman's circle of friends and associates -- especially Alexander
Berkman, a professional typesetter -- helped shape each issue at meetings
in Goldman's apartment. "My room was the living-room, dining room, and
Mother Earth office, all in one," she said.
By 1918, in a repressive wartime environment, federal authorities had
seized lists naming over 8,000 subscribers to Mother Earth, targeting them
for investigation.

I am writing to ask you to help support this project.
It is inspiring to read writing by; Emma Goldman, Alexander Berkman,
Thoreau, Walt Whitman, Peter Kropotkin, Voltairine de Cleyre and more.
With the current oppressive political climate it is easy to draw
comparisons and feel the passion that sparked the writings found in Mother
Earth. No person interested in history or currently involved in radical
politics should go with out getting their hands on these writings. We all
should invest in keeping anarchist history alive. There are currently no
one else working on creating reprints of Mother Earth in its original

Please give what you can. All donations can be tax deductible.

You can pay on line via pay at
XXXXXX (leave a message in the comments)

or snail mail at
Mother Earth
c/o J. Gooley
Berkley CA, 94703.

With every donation over $20 dollars you will receive all four new reprints.
With every donation of $25 dollars you will receive all five reprints.
With every donation of $100 dollars or more you will receive all five
reprints and a surprise thank you gift!

So where will your kind donations be going?
The story and the logistics:
I was able to find a purchase 22 of the original copies ranging from
the years 1909 – 1916. At a cost of
$20 - $250 it cost well over $2,000 dollars to acquire the original copies
(the magazine originally cost a mere 10 cents).
It is shameful and unacceptable that in order to retrieve and read
irreplaceable radical history it would cost this much. I decided
right then and there that I would copy and distribute this magazine
so that no one would pay more than 3 dollars again. I found an
amazing radical printer who was/is just excited about this project as
I. We did our first print run in 2005 with a 500 copies of an issues
from 1914. Distributors both large and small have gotten excited to
carry mother earth including AK press -
I have sent off to the printer four more original Mother
Earth’s to have printed in time for the 12th annual anarchist
book fair March 17th and 18th , 2007.
So this March there will be a total of five reprints available in the
original form, done with a letter press, by a leading independent
radical printer in Tucson AZ.
This current print run will be a count of 250 for each of the four
issues that I have sent to print. I decided to scale back the print
run to get more issues out there even though ordering less than 500
increases the cost per unit. The total cost with out shipping for
the reprinting of the next 4 issues is $1,500.00.

Total project costs are:
* Current Reprint Order (4 issues at 250 copies of each) = $1,500.00
* Reprint 250 copies of the remaining 17 originals = $6,375.00
* Shipping related cost ($50 - $ 100) from Tucson and out to
distros/individuals = $ 1,700.00

Total Estimates cost to complete project: $9,575

Thank You for You time energy, and making this project possible.

- Jamie Gooley

New Favorites: Meredith in Mammoth

Meredith @ Panorama Dome
Originally uploaded by ScottyJ.
I love this photo, though it appears strangely washed out in Flickr. Maybe it's just my monitor.

This was taken in Mammoth Lakes, up on top of the Panorama Dome. The wind was howling and clouds were starting to rush down the face of the Sherwins. We could barely stand up to the wind, but it was such as rush to be out there in those conditions. We were giggling and hooting all the way back down into town.

Sunset Line & Twine

Originally uploaded by ScottyJ.
As some of you may have heard, the Sunset Line & Twine building in Petaluma is scheduled to be converted into condos. It's bittersweet news to anyone who's grown up in Petaluma in the past...oh 100 years as Sunset L&T is the coolest, creepiest, factory in town.

As long as I can remember it's always looked abandoned and decrepit, but until last spring it was still producing a variety of lines and twines as it had done for since the end of the 19th century. Some history changing cordage has come out of that brick pile: Parachute cord for the Apollo missions as one example. But it's manufacturing days are over. Housing is it's future.

My knee jerk reaction is to decry the condo conversion, but I will be thankful that they are going to be saving the structure and not wiping the site clean. Luckily, (thanks to my dad) I was able to go on a 'last tour' of the building and thereby fulfill a childhood dream of seeing the inside of the place.

Photos here.

Susannah Bettag @ Frey Norris

Originally uploaded by ScottyJ.
Also old news, but still relevant: I went down to SF a few weeks ago for the opening of Susannah Bettag's show 'Vanitas Baby' at Frey Norris. Susannah has studio space with Laurel/Andy/Gage etc... at Compound21 and her work is absolutely beautiful. I can't give it the art-critic breakdown like Trane could, but I loved her work. If you are in SF before 3/14 you should definitely check it out.

I also took the opportunity to meet up with Lauren Smith, an old school friend, while I was down there. It was great to see her, and meet her husband Derek. They've come back out to SF after years in NYC, and have been working on several interesting projects under their "Curiosity Guild" moniker: blog, shop, and the original guild website (out of date, but you get the idea). After the show a gaggle of us all went out to dinner. It was a nice way to spend the evening.

Photo show!

Ok, this is now over, but it's worth mentioning: I had a show of my photos @ the Freemind Infospace in Santa Rosa this month. The opening had a decent turnout for something I threw together at the last moment. I really want to thank everyone who out on a rainy saturday evening to see my little showcame (especially all you people from SF!).

For those who couldn't make it, I've put together a partial grouping on my flickr page.

It was an important step for me, as it's something I've been wanting to do for over a year. I just never got it all together until now. It was interesting to hear, albeit second-hand, some of the comments from the few who turned up. It appears that some people didn't really 'connect' with the photos because they were so still and quiet. There wasn't the emotional hook to pull them in. I was worried about that..well, worried is too strong, I was...aware that people might find the photos too vacant/remote given the photos I chose to show, but I wanted to see how it worked. It was an experiment.

I saw this show as a good first trial. It was a small commitment, only 10 pieces in all, in a place run by my friends, not too far from home, so it a good place to work out all the bugs of actually preparing for and having a show.

Now I need to set up the next one. (Paging Heebee Jeebee's...paging Heebee Jeebee's)