Monthly Archives: March 2006

IAM College Scholarship

I just got this very important note from Darrin about the college scholarship he runs for this community. You can also click here to read about last year's winner. I've just made a small donation (and hopefully can make another later), I hope if a few more people chip in a little bit we'll be able to again contribute to another modified person getting a good education.

There are only three weeks left to apply for the IAM.BMEZINE College Scholarship!

That's right. There's only three weeks left to apply for the IAM College Scholarship. There's also only three weeks left to send in a contribution and have that contribution matched, dollar for dollar (although contributions will, of course, be accepted after that).

If you're outside the US, be sure to read the deadline information, as we made some changes to make it easier for you to send the paper copies of your application, etc, at the last minute but still on time, without much expense.

Any questions? Need more info? Want to apply? Want to send in a contribution? Check out the IAM College Scholarship forum at:

Please post this info on your page and tell anyone you know who may be interested in either contributing or applying.

Tattoo by Johann

Scar Wars Discovery

I was just doing some quick processing for Rachel of the Scar Wars photos she did for Shawn at the event. I wish I could share them here because they're great pictures (I'm looking forward to the book and/or movie), but they're not mine to share. Anyway, I did want to break the rules because two of them made me laugh because I think they look like other people.

Dan Aykroyd or JesseV?
Raab Himself or Peck?

Maybe I'm crazy and am the only one seeing the resemblence. I don't know… but like I said, they're not my photos, so if you were photographed and you want to beg for a copy before the book (or whatever) comes out, it's Shawn who you'll need to ask.

Almost forgot

Here is the really minor tattoo touch-up work I had done yesterday.

And there's an update…


I've just posted I think about a hundred and seventy or so new experiences to BME. Thanks to all the writers and of course the review team as well. I couldn't do it without you! And to Pincushion for the cover shot as well go some thanks.

As you know, Rachel came to visit today. I played with and cooked breakfast for Nefarious (waffles again with fresh berry sauce), and then at I think around noon we all headed out for sushi (we're lucky, because Nefarious has always been exposed to food of all sorts so there's never an issue — yet — with “that's gross!”), got a few books (I got a book about the history of walking, and then some kids books too), and then finished that off with grocery shopping.

I've also got ModBlog updated, but now that there's advertising on this blog (Z*) I'm feeling all guilty that my writing is so trite lately! I feel like I owe all the traffic truly horrific political coverage, or at least some insane sounding rants that contain (hopefully) at least a tiny and thought-inspiring seed of truth?

But seriously, here's a topic for conversation:

Who would you rather be?

What is the best point in history to live in?“. In the past I've thought that now is a good time because there's massive change going and maybe even an apocalypse or two to witness… but because I watch a lot of Survivor, I've been wondering to myself whether it might not be more fun to have been a hunter-gatherer (in a nice, warm, fertile part of the world anyway — Siberia might suck)?

When they first started the show Survivor, they weren't really sure how well city folk would take it dumped in the middle of nowhere. It turned out though that even people with almost no experience in the wild were able to figure out how to make fire, find food, build shelter, and even have fun — almost all contestants have described the largest constant on the show as boredom.

But imagine the “show” without physically draining challenges and emotionally devastating “tribal councils”. Imagine if instead of strangers, you were with friends and family you loved… The simple truth is that we humans are so much smarter than just about everything else on this planet that nothing else even has a chance. Given the right environment, life could be nothing but playing and story telling — what humans are best at.

I've been thinking about this more as well because as you may have noticed, I've been doing a lot of painting. One of my big influences is Paul Gauguin (“In order to do something new we must go back to the source, to humanity in its infancy.”) as I'm sure is no surprise at all to anyone who knows me and has a decent knowledge of art history. Anyway, at the age of 43, a destitute Gauguin sailed away from a Europe that he saw as increasingly artificial and conventional, and with a shallow imitative art world.

Arriving in first Tahiti and later the Marquesas Islands (French Polynesia), Gauguin never looked back (and I think never really went back to Europe physically other than one brief trip to France). His best work was produced on these tropical islands, and I think it was this “culture of playing” that captured him. For those that prefer a more modern reference, the movie Thin Red Line's deserter scenes (based on the Battle of Guadalcanal which is in the same general region) tell the same story just as beautifully.

Now I've just got to get Phil trained on the BME software enough that I can take off to the islands! Oh, and someone to come with me. So far my “find Zentastic's sexiest reader” contest has only gotten one application, and it included neither photos nor a proposed travel destination — “NEXT!”

Oh, and I almost forgot: Gauguin's paintings were relatively worthless while he was alive, but their value spiked once he died, and they now collect as much as (a truly ludicrous) forty million!

Off now to get tattooed…

So it looks like I'm up to about $16+ a day in ad revenues. That's about six thousand dollars a year, which would be a super nice trip assuming Google doesn't go back on their word in some way… Now I just need to run a “find Zentastic's sexiest reader” competition or something so I'm not going by oh-so-lonesome myself! :( Apply with pictures and proposed vacation please*.

But seriously, I'm out the door shortly to go get tattooed by Shane this afternoon, and then I'm shooting out to the airport to pick up also-freshly-tattooed Rachel (pictures on

Other than that, uh oh! Canada's guard appears to have left his tractor unattended!

I think this picture (I took it) is from some kind of telecommunications monitoring station… It's sitting on an island just off the US border and has a gigantic array of spread out radio antennae.

* I'm 95% kidding of course, but that's true of most things I write.