visiting Mike Sissons in Madrid

I spent a few days catching up with my long time friend. Staying with his family.

Mike and I hadn’t seen each other in over 20 years.

Having lived and taught in many nations, Mike has settled down. An artist, they live not far from the Prado.


This kid – Mike’s newphew – has been thrashing me at various games over the weekend. 🙂


From Madrid I’ll travel southern Spain for a couple of weeks before flying out to Scotland October 18th.


Parksville Sand Sculpture 2015

From 60 applications this year organizers selected 15 soloists and 7 doubles teams. The winner in each category in Parksville is sent on to the World Championship of Sand Sculpting the following year in Atlantic City.

The theme this time is ‘heroes and villains’.

I probably should have voted for Batman and the Joker.

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Instead I voted for a more complex sculpture featuring a monster who wanted to be a hero. But who couldn’t. The artists were there explaining the concept. Respect.

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Last year, more than 91,000 people passed through the gates to see the sand sculptures. Since 2000, the society has donated more than $350,000 back to community groups from the money it raised during the exhibition.

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Parksville hopes to host the World sand sculpting championships sometime soon.

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Steve Jobs and Pixar

Steve Jobs was a complete jerk. But he done good with Pixar. 🙂

Pixar began in 1979 as the Graphics Group, part of the computer division of Lucasfilm before its spin-out as a corporation in 1986 with funding by Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs, who became its majority shareholder.

The Walt Disney Company bought Pixar in 2006 at a valuation of $7.4 billion, a transaction which made Jobs Disney’s largest shareholder. …

Inadequate sales of Pixar’s computers threatened to put the company out of business as financial losses grew. Jobs invested more and more money in exchange for an increasing portion of the company, reducing the fraction of ownership by the management and employees until after several years he owned essentially all the company …


Steve admired and respected John Lasseter as an artist. He could not say NO to the guy.


muralism in Santiago, Chile

Mike is cycling South America. He’s reached the big city in Chile. Great for photojournalism.

Inspired by the indigenous inhabitants of southern Patagonia; the Mapuche. Many of the murals highlight the struggle and plight of the Mapuche. Historically stripped of land and resources by European settlers they struggle to find a footing in modern day Chile. …

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