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Animal Boner from geoff cordner on Vimeo.

Bob Forrest of Thelonious Monster fame narrates this still-in-a-very-rough-edit clip about his earliest days in the Hollywood punk scene, circa 1980, discovering drugs, and a character named Animal Boner who seemed miles ahead of the rest of us when it came to living, and to living hard.

Musical Interlude: the Rattler from geoff cordner on Vimeo.

Hollywood Blvd, rock’n’roll, tattoos, exotic dancers, all set to a tune by Jimmy Wilsey, best known as Chris Isaak’s once-upon-a-time guitarist, responsible for playing and writing the tasty licks of “Wicked Game”. Jimmy contibuted a number of tracks to the film. Music courtesy of Lakeshore Records.

25 years ago today, a bunch of us were sitting on the floor in the living room of a barren apartment in Madrid. We had beer, wine, cheese, and probably some Spanish tortilla, which is a potato, egg and onion sort of pie that bears no resemblance whatsoever to a Mexican tortilla. The only furniture in the room was a TV, and we were watching in uncomprehending horror as tanks rolled into a very distant Tiananmen Square.

The lack of comprehension was greater for some than for others. One American girl, a red headed fashion model, very patriotic, was upset to learn that Spain was in Europe. “Sociedad Anónima” - the Spanish equivalent of incorporated - meant that the initials S.A. followed many business names, just as Inc follows many business names in the USA. She thought S.A. meant South America, and she had been giving all her friends a South American return address. It didn’t occur to her that taking the train from Paris, Europe to Madrid, South America and getting there in just a few hours without crossing the Atlantic Ocean was impossible. That sort of thinking was too sophisticated for her. The fact that they speak Mexican in Spain and in South America left her unsure what to believe, and this was causing panic.

An American Marine had been arrested for rape in Japan. Maybe it was in Okinawa. One thing the red headed model was sure about was that this was not possible. Americans don’t commit rape, she declared, outraged that anyone would be so unpatriotic as to think it even possible. The Japs were trying to frame him.

We tried to argue with her, but she wasn’t having any of it, so we returned to our beer and tortillas and watched the tanks roll over more students far, far away in Tiananmen Square.

This is not that girl.  This is my wife, or rather was, since it was a long time ago, and we haven’t been married in almost 20 years.  She was also a model, and this was in Mexico.

Brown Mountain/El Prieto trail.  Just above Altadena, and at the top of the marine layer.  The city feels very distant.  Part of my never ending search for quiet

Sagauro cactus. Javelina Jundred, on the course, during the race. #ultramarathon #jj100 #ultratrail #seenonmyrun #trailandultra #trailrunning

kidbob-720-timeline04 from geoff cordner on Vimeo.

Mariposa Grove, Yosemite National Park.

Along the Pacific Crest Trail, about 4 miles in the direction of Mexico from Guffy Campground.  I am trying (thus far without success) to determine approximately what mile point on the PCT this photo (and others) might be.  Not on the AC100 course.

Dead wood, Griffith Park, on the course of the Griffith Park Trail Marathon.  #trailrunning #keirahenninger Race gallery here.

A video of letterpress printing at Aardvark Letterpress that I did for biggerdot.  


Near Charlton Flats, Angeles National Forest, San Gabriel Mountains.  Shot on film.

Ink at Aardvark printers in Los Angeles, for coasters being printed by Bigger Dot.

Letterpress printing is the oldest style of printing press - invented by Johannes Gutenberg & used to print the Gutenberg bible. Replaced by offset printing in the 20th century, it is enjoying a comeback as an artisinal printing method, taking advantage of the impressions left by moveable type. Biggerdot has been using Aardvark printers for the last 10 years. This year I went down and took some photos using another old fashioned technique involving this stuff called film. Here is one of those shots.

Salvation Mountain, New Years Eve, 2011.  Looking through the O of GOD.

New Year’s Eve.  Snow on the way up to Islip Ridge from Crystal Lake.  

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