‘Google bombing’ the elections

Update: Not sure if the google bomb helped all that much. Maybe it was switching to this blue tsunami as my desktop image a month before the elections:

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Just doing my cyberpart for the cause. More about that here at DKos

In a nutshell, the links below help drive up objective analysis of Republican candidates in google.com searches. So those people looking for last-minute info on these candidates will find those articles that will hopefully turn them Democratic.

Don’t forget to vote.

–AZ-Sen: Jon Kyl
–AZ-01: Rick Renzi
–AZ-05: J.D. Hayworth
–CA-04: John Doolittle
–CA-11: Richard Pombo
–CA-50: Brian Bilbray
–CO-04: Marilyn Musgrave
–CO-05: Doug Lamborn
–CO-07: Rick O’Donnell
–CT-04: Christopher Shays
–FL-13: Vernon Buchanan
–FL-16: Joe Negron
–FL-22: Clay Shaw
–ID-01: Bill Sali
–IL-06: Peter Roskam
–IL-10: Mark Kirk
–IL-14: Dennis Hastert
–IN-02: Chris Chocola
–IN-08: John Hostettler
–IA-01: Mike Whalen
–KS-02: Jim Ryun
–KY-03: Anne Northup
–KY-04: Geoff Davis
–MD-Sen: Michael Steele
–MN-01: Gil Gutknecht
–MN-06: Michele Bachmann
–MO-Sen: Jim Talent
–MT-Sen: Conrad Burns
–NV-03: Jon Porter
–NH-02: Charlie Bass
–NJ-07: Mike Ferguson
–NM-01: Heather Wilson
–NY-03: Peter King
–NY-20: John Sweeney
–NY-26: Tom Reynolds
–NY-29: Randy Kuhl
–NC-08: Robin Hayes
–NC-11: Charles Taylor
–OH-01: Steve Chabot
–OH-02: Jean Schmidt
–OH-15: Deborah Pryce
–OH-18: Joy Padgett
–PA-04: Melissa Hart
–PA-07: Curt Weldon
–PA-08: Mike Fitzpatrick
–PA-10: Don Sherwood
–RI-Sen: Lincoln Chafee
–TN-Sen: Bob Corker
–VA-Sen: George Allen
–VA-10: Frank Wolf
–WA-Sen: Mike McGavick
–WA-08: Dave Reichert

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Patrick Dougherty Sculpture Installation

It’s only been a little over a year. Guess it’s time to start blogging again.

Patrick, me and Natalie at work.

This month, I took off a week’s worth of half-days to assist on a sculpture installation by Patrick Daugherty in Ithaca, across the street from Collegetown Bagels. About two-thirds of my volunteer work was material prep and moving scaffolding (where my height was a real asset), but about a third of the time I got to work directly with Patrick tying the structural elements together or weaving fill into the pieces. This picture (above, by Rebecca Thomas) ran on the front page of the Cornell Daily Sun during the installation.

Long view of finished installation.
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I guess the title for the work that Patrick finally settled on was Half Dozen of the Other. It consists of six somewhat deformed towers that weave in and out around the locust trees on the small plaza in front of Sheldon Court, adjacent to a very high traffic area linking Collegetown to campus.

Close up of tower.
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The sculptures are made mostly from maple and dogwood. For each one, Patrick stuck four or five long maple poles in half a dozen holes drilled in the sidewalk. He bent the poles around each other and the trees and tied some to scaffolding to form the basic structure. Then he (and a crew of volunteers) wove material ranging from pole-size to fine branches into the structure. Sounds easy. But that description sure doesn’t do it justice. It took a couple of weeks to complete, even with the volunteer help and a couple of kids from a local landscaping firm who spent most of their time harvesting and trucking plant material to the site.

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One of my favorite views of the sculpture is from a terrace behind the site that provides a higher-angle view. The work screams out for exploration and interaction. I especially like to watch little kids (and adults) wander into the sculptures through the doorways and peek out the windows. It’s an ephemeral work, scheduled for demolition in a year. So plan to explore it soon.

Natalie, me, Patrick.
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When I first volunteered, I wasn’t sure how much time I would spend helping. But Patrick was such a gracious host and made everyone feel welcome. I”m not sure if I was more in awe of his artistic abilities or his skills in managing volunteers. It was great to get to know Patrick, Natalie, Amaechi and the other volunteers. Can’t wait until my willows are ready to harvest for a similar project at home.

There’s a great photo essay documenting the whole process at the Cornell Council for the Arts website. Unfortunately, it’s a flash site so I can’t link directly to it. Once the flash launches, click on menu > NOW > installations.

Update: Photo essay in the Sept. 28 Cornell Chronicle. I’m in there if you look closely.

Update: (3/13/2007) 4-minute video about the installation.

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‘Princess Di’ rose

This is one of my latest PhotoShopped images. The poor rose is one that was given to Elly when we lived in Cortland as a gift from a mother she helped deliver. I abused it there, moved it here, and have continued to abuse it. Wherever I put it, it always gets smothered by neighboring perennials, and it’s never gotten more than a foot high nor had more than a couple stems. But every now and then, I’ll notice it’s struggled to put out a flower or two, and they’re really nice.

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