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Of Oaks and Snow

After an unorthodox storm hits the Inland Empire, on New Year's Eve, Dec 31st, 2014; snow blankets the hills from Elsinore to Temecula, and my wife and I take a frosty hike up Horsethief Canyon.

Percy Bysshe Shelley - A Refutation of Deism

"The bigot of the woods can form no conception of beings possessed of properties differing from his own: it requires, indeed, a mind considerably tinctured with science, and enlarged by cultivation to contemplate itself, not as the center and model of the Universe, but as one of the infinitely various multitude of beings of which it is actually composed."

Percy Bysshe Shelley,
"A Refutation of Deism"
(1814)

Carl Sagan - The Baloney Detection Kit

"...if you don’t want to buy baloney even when it’s reassuring to do so, there are precautions that can be taken; there’s a tried-and-true, consumer-tested method."
1. Wherever possible there must be independent confirmation of the “facts.”

2. Encourage substantive debate on the evidence by knowledgeable proponents of all points of view.
3. Arguments from authority carry little weight — “authorities” have made mistakes in the past. They will do so again in the future. Perhaps a better way to say it is that in science there are no authorities; at most, there are experts.
4. Spin more than one hypothesis. If there’s something to be explained, think of all the different ways in which it could be explained. Then think of tests by which you might systematically disprove each of the alternatives. What survives, the hypothesis that resists disproof in this Darwinian selection among “multiple working hypotheses,” has a much better chance of being the right answer than if you had simpl…

Patchwork Show - Nov 30th in Santa Ana

My band is playing @ Patchwork Show...
Where it all started… Patchwork Show Santa Ana is our first location and our biggest event drawing thousands of customers for over seven years. In 2012, we moved our event to downtown in the heart of the Artists Village next to our friends The Gypsy Den, Lola’s, Little Sparrow, Grand Central Arts Center and El Centro Cultural de Mexico. This urban and historical setting encompasses three different streets and incorporates local galleries, museums and a handful of restaurants and bars.

Patchwork Show features 160+ local vendors selling diverse handmade goods (see our gallery for a closer look), curated food trucks, DIY stations to get your craft on,food artisan area, live music and rotating services like photo booths, bike valet and gift-wrapping depending on the location and season.

11am-5pm
All Patchwork Show events are FREE to the public.

All Ages

My band, The Autumn Band will be performing @2pm, along with several other fantastic gro…

Reminiscing in an Old Room

With my old house cleaned up, and on the market; I decide to visit my old quarters and photograph some old show flyers from Corona's Showcase Theater (circa 2005-06), and a painting from Big Bird (really from my aunt, Sue), as well as an old painting of the sea that once hung at my grandparents' house.

The Trolley Problem

I love this thought experiment. What would you do?

Halloween is almost here

The Autumn Band - Live @ Eureka 10/23

Portrait by Adam Rasheed

Oregon Trail - August 2014

Photographs from an epic trip my wife and I took this past summer.

PHANTASMAGORIA - "Futility"

I’ve tasted the salt of gore upon my lips.
I’ve harbored bitterness within my breast.
I’ve wished the sting of death upon a man.
I’ve toiled endless nights without rest.

Oh futility,
Oh what a waste.
Oh humility,
This is my fate.

What war can change that which words cannot?
What sword can stop the swell of ignorance?
What blood can quench where wisdom lacks?
What death could craft any happiness?

Oh futility,
Oh what a waste.
Oh humility,
This is my fate.

PHANTASMAGORIA - "ENTROPY"

The only thing I know is entropy,
And all that I hold dear falls away from me.
From a well-ordered state to catastrophe;
Bright birth to dim decay, is my destiny.

Oh, Entropy...
Oh, Entropy...

I find it so tempting to dwell in the past
Rather than to cling to that which will not last.
Every fleeting flash is flying by so fast.
An infinitesimal soul into the dark is cast.

Oh, Entropy...
Oh, Entropy...

The Rose of June (Danielle Miller)

The Rose of June (Danielle Miller) My sister, Danielle Miller's music is going to be featured in a zine called Plenilune, and they need some photos to accompany the article. My wife Geneva and I charged up our camera batteries and took to the streets looking for a magical Edwardian-ish landscape to capture Danielle's classic beauty.…

Hiding in the Light

Discover the meanings of light and enlightenment in the fifth episode of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, "Hiding in the Light"

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey is an American science documentary television series. It is presented by Neil deGrasse Tyson and is a follow-up to the 1980 television series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, which was presented by Carl Sagan

A Sky Full of Ghosts

The ship of the imagination travels to the event horizon in the fourth episode of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, "A Sky Full of Ghosts"

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey is an American science documentary television series. It is presented by Neil deGrasse Tyson and is a follow-up to the 1980 television series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, which was presented by Carl Sagan

In an Orchard Haunt

In an Orchard Haunt, a set on Flickr.

NEWSLETTER: Crown-town Folk

Come on out to Claremont 3/27 for 90 minutes of BBCAB. For more info, CLICK HERE This is a photograph of us from our last show @Its a Grind. We were honored to share the stage with some of the most talented musicians and Folk artists in Corona, Sal and Isela con Los Salerosos.  For more photos from the show March 22nd, CLICK HERE!

Above is a list of all our upcoming shows. For more info, CLICK HERE! John Muir in the New World (Documentary):  Preservationist, naturalist, author, explorer, activist, scientist, farmer, John Muir (4/21/1838 - 12/24/1914) was all these things and more. Explaining his impact then and now, this 90-minute documentary delves into Muir's life with reenactments filmed in the majestic landscapes he visited: Wisconsin, Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada, the Alhambra Valley of California, and the glaciers of Alaska. This awe-inspiring film streams for free in HD straight from the PBS website. Watch it! Our very own Danielle "Blue Fox" Miller h…

NEWSLETTER: Return to Corona

This Saturday we return to our hometown, Corona for a free all-ages show @Its a Grind.  This is a photograph of us from our last show @The Green Masquerade in Colton. The event was held to benefit a young man named Dylan who was recently diagnosed with stage four lymphoma. Though we have not yet met Dylan, our hearts go out to him and his struggle to beat cancer.  For more photos from the show March 15th, CLICK HERE!
Above is a list of all our upcoming shows. For more info, CLICK HERE! John Muir in the New World (Documentary):  Preservationist, naturalist, author, explorer, activist, scientist, farmer, John Muir (4/21/1838 - 12/24/1914) was all these things and more. Explaining his impact then and now, this 90-minute documentary delves into Muir's life with reenactments filmed in the majestic landscapes he visited: Wisconsin, Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada, the Alhambra Valley of California, and the glaciers of Alaska. This awe-inspiring film streams for free in HD straight f…