Monday, June 25, 2007


Spin, originally uploaded by Theorris.

The Utah Arts Festival was this weekend. Given that I was adverturing in the wilds of Salt Lake and Park City on Friday and Saturday, I only managed to get to it Sunday evening.

These folks were particularly snappy in their dancing. They eventually moved into the dance floor right in front of the stage to cheers from the crowd. The Preservation Hall Jazz band was playing. I then moseyed on over to watch Vile Blue Shade, a local SLC band at the Big Mouth Cafe stage. VBS is another in a long line of excellent SLC rock bands. They also openly smoked and drank their PBR on stage, violating several laws. That act of rebellion was made extra-amusing since the Big Mouth Cafe stage was right in front of the City & County building.

Friday, June 22, 2007

The Sphynx & the Monument to the Preisthood

I love Utah!

I suppose I should write something about my various adventures at Gilgal Garden over the years.

Not tonight. It is too hot for that.

What is that thing, you ask? It is a Joseph Smith sphynx? But what is it, you persist? It is a Joseph Smith Sphynx.

My apologies to Trent Harris for appropriating his excellent dialog.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Dramatic Chipmunk

Thank you Boing Boing and whoever created this masterpiece of drama for giving me a sore gut. I think it sums up all of Shakespeare in 5 seconds.

(And I know it is not a Chipmunk, but their title was much funnier than rodent-related title I could come up with.)

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Telly Savalas - If

Anyone else reminded of Zardoz?

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Chiaroscuro Clintino

Chiaroscuro Calcolatore, originally uploaded by Theorris.

Another experiment for the Department of Art and Visual Communications group on flickr. This is an 8 second exposure. I look so intense because I'm holding my breath, sitting still, and looking like I'm typing. I really dig how the light plays on the camera in long exposures.

I suppose 8 seconds isn't really all that long. Fun stuff this.

Monday, June 18, 2007

How ill this taper burns

How ill this taper burns, originally uploaded by Theorris.

I was just goofing around with the long exposure setting since the assignment for the group "Department of Art and Visual Communications" is to take a long exposure. I made this one with my handy flashlight and it reminded me of the scene in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar where Caesar's ghost confronts his assassin:

Brutus: "How ill this taper burns. Ha! Who comes here?
I think it is the weakness of mine eyes
That shapes this monstrous apparation.
It comes upon me. Art thou anything?
Art thou some god, some angel, or some devil,
That mak'st my blood cold and my hair to stare?
Speak to me what thou art."

Ghost: "Thy evil spirit, Brutus." (Shakespeare, Julius Caesar Act 4, Scene 2, lines 327-334)

As in Macbeth and Hamlet, there is a quesy hallucinatory nature to confrontations with ghost in Shakespeare. Innevitably it never leads to any good end, and is always accompanied by madness.

Friday, June 15, 2007


New!, originally uploaded by Theorris.

I haven't been writing that much lately, mostly because I haven't been feeling the urge to write. What I have been feeling, however, is the urge to take pictures. My new Nikon D40 should assist in satisfying this urge.

Three things I should have written about, but didn't:

1) Nathan's return to the US.
2) The terrible scooter accident I passed on 39th south.
3) My spectacular bowling game (well that is mentioned on the Bowling Syndicate, so I guess it doesn't count.)

Thursday, June 14, 2007

This is serious business

This is serious business, originally uploaded by Theorris.

I wore my tie dye to get in the hippy spirit of disc golf.

Friday, June 08, 2007

Welcome home!

Welcome home!, originally uploaded by Theorris.

Former Wilhelm inmate Nathan is back from Korea for a visit. He'll be going back to Korea in September. In the mean time he plans on plenty of disc golf and wandering the West.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

20 things I'm doing instead of watching the hated Spurs play the Cavaliers

As I vowed previously, I will watch no more basketball this season. So instead of watching the opening game of the finals tonight I am

  1. shredding old bills
  2. listening to Ladytron
  3. vacuuming the poker table
  4. waiting on an old friend to return from Korea
  5. cleaning my computer's keyboard (it is nice an bouncy again)
  6. organizing my table
  7. listening to Girltalk
  8. filling the aquarium
  9. getting regular score updates
  10. listening to Yo La Tengo
  11. watering indoor plants that are suffering
  12. cleaning up spilled plant dirt
  13. Getting artwork and lyrics for all my iTunes songs
  14. throwing away dead plants
  15. wiping things down
  16. ignoring the game
  17. doing dishes
  18. sweeping
  19. listening to Amon Tobin
  20. writing this post on my bouncy clean keyboard

I have no idea what I'm going to do for the second half.

Drink beer?

Monday, June 04, 2007

Almost famous

Number 1 shot of the day, originally uploaded by Theorris.

So in another fascinating Internet miracle, the State of Utah wants to use this photo in one of their publications. Well it isn't exactly the state of Utah, but a publicist working for the state tourism board. How much should I stick them for?

The oddity of the Internets

Why in the hell would this comment

Hello, I learned that you produced Nightmare Theater in SLC and I grew up in Tooele. I remember watching it with my folks I was about 3 and I would like to know how the starting was. I would like to be able to view the opening again to find out why it scared me so much as a child. If you could please help me I would appriciate it. Please e-mail me at

Thanks Again


be found on this post over at The Eye of Orris

Found on stage at the Depot in Salt Lake City after their show, March 31, 2007. ("Note 38: Apples in Stereo Play List (authentic)")

What strange Internet voodoo is afoot? How do the Apples in Stereo even remotely relate to Nightmare Theater? What school of thought is teaching that I had some secret career as an infant producing bad local TV? Will the real Fireman Frank (he hosted both the Fireman Frank* kid show and the late-at-night Nightmare Theater*) be haunting this blog soon as other former SLC kid show hosts have done? Will he offer me copious amounts of unsolicited information about the seamy underbelly of the show? Will Janeen ever discover what truly frightens her?

*Both these shows, moreover, ended their run before I really remember them, although I do recall my siblings talking about them. (I have very vague memories of Fireman Frank, that's all.)

Friday, June 01, 2007

Music Nostalgia Weekend on 105 the SigNo!

I was rummaging through my CD drawer looking for some old CD (I don't even remember what now) when it struck me I really should just put the remaining CDs that I haven't ripped yet onto my computer, given that I haven't actually listened to a CD in more than a year. (The arrival of my spiftastic Airport with Airtunes thingamajob completely reduced my need to listen to CDs given that it plugs into the stereo and I stream music to it from various computers.) Consequently it has been an afternoon of mild music nostalgia. Best re-find? It has to be Butter 8:

Butter 08Butter of 69

Not only do the Cibbo Matto girls sing, but Russell Simons from Jon Spencer Blues Explosion drums up a massive set. I looked at the date on it and about died: 1996.