Posts tagged ‘society’

September 16, 2014

Eyes Wide (open)

I’ve heard the theory that Stanley Kubrick was hired by the U.S. government to fake the Apollo moon landings, but I never knew that during his youth, Kubrick was a crack photographer. (If you were born later than 1970, you probably don’t understand the previous sentence. That’s OK. You have Google.) Turns out the great director of such seminal films as A Clockwork Orange, 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Shining, was a staff photographer for LOOK magazine in the 1940s. You can buy the book, buy me the book, and/or peruse some of them here. I’m particularly fond of this one:

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September 3, 2009

E.P. Foster Day

E.P. Foster's once grand estate lies in shameful state of decay. Photo by Jake Sommer

E.P. Foster's once grand estate lies in shameful state of decay. Photo by Jake Sommer

Sunday Sept. 5,  is E.P. Foster Day. For those of you who don’t know who he was, Foster was one of Ventura’s pioneers, a generous man who donated huge amounts of land to the city for public use. The fairgrounds, beautiful Foster Park, Dennison Park, Camp Comfort and E.P. Foster Library as well as the trees at Hobo Jungle and other gifts countywide are just part of his legacy.

As  I reported in today’s VC Reporter, a new organization is forming with the intent to finally restore the house.

That we allowed the unofficially historic house to fall into such a state of disrepair does not reflect well on a city with such a rich past and a cultural tourism agenda. It’s also not surprising. We’ve already lost many of our great treasures due to ignorance and greed.

The Mayfair Theater, replaced by condos, it’s marquee left to rot in an abandoned motel parking lot. The Ban-Dar, hastily demolished in favor of a “mixed use” project that more than 6 years later has yet to materialize.

The list goes on. Let’s not add to it.

Visit the San Buenaventura Conservancy and to learn more.

November 18, 2008

The Zeitgeist Movement

Something about this movement resonates with me. What has lingered about my consciousness since viewing it last night is this: There is no independence in nature. Everything is inter dependent. When you really absorb this, it changes everything.

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