Category Archives: Adventure

Russian One-Upsmanship on Good American Ingenuity

Hi readers.  If you’re like me you’ve been admiring Rokon motorcycles from the 1970s onward, but never got around to purchasing one.  Damn it all.  Made more sense than any trail bike ever manufactured.  Good old American ingenuity.

So what happened?  The Rooskies did Rokon one better.  Built it out of ceramic frame members instead of steel, made it so light Barbie can lift it over her head and trek up a mountain with it.

Tarus 2M (Military Russian Motorcycle)-floats, packs, portable and gets you wherever you need to go

Meanwhile Rokon’s just kept glitzing it up, driving the cost up and not really adding anything essential.  $795 would buy the first Rokon I ever saw for sale.  Today they probably might as well only be sold to the defense industry and celebrities.

Tim Ralston’s Rokon Field Test

Received Aug. 27th- Aug.29th, finishing up!

Old Jules:

So here it is. Lock stock and banana peel.

Originally posted on Library Mail Art 2014:

First, here are the last two entries that arrived this week~ this first one is from Sarah, my project partner here at Lackman. Sarah is from Lenexa, Kansas:

IMG_4601And the second is from my son Andrew, who lives in Olathe, Kansas:
Thank you, Sarah and Andrew, for sending these along! The deadline is now past, (although I will hang anything else that comes in) so here are the photos that show how the exhibit looks!

IMG_4594I borrowed the top section of one of the cards for a header for our sign.

IMG_4593An empty room divider screen mounted on a coffee table  keeps things stabilized.

IMG_4598Smaller items that would not hang surround the screen.

IMG_4600I put together a display of library materials about collage and postcards, and by the end of the first evening, half of them were checked out!

IMG_4591I used the plastic binder on the end of the table…

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A Big Project Comes to Fruition

Old Jules:

So Jeanne’s work on the Library Mail Project spang went up. The work shows and the patrons should get a lot of pleasure from this one. Congratulations Jeanne. Jack

Originally posted on Jeanne Kasten Studio:

Some of you are already familiar with my mail art call for the library display I’m coordinating at the Lackman branch of the Johnson County Library. For those that are not,  I’ve been gathering submissions for several months for this display to promote Library Card Sign-up Month (September). The regular blog for the project, Library Mail Art,  will be updated this weekend, since I will need to feature a couple of pieces that haven’t yet arrived, and I promised photos for the participants.  But I put the display up last night, and here is how it turned out:

IMG_4594I used part of one of the artist cards as a header for the sign.

IMG_4593An empty room divider screen combined with a discarded coffee table worked well for a prop that won’t get knocked over.

IMG_4598We just criss-crossed strings in each section and used clothespins and clips to hang everything…

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From the WTF News desk

Old Jules:

If this were Israeli parents, or Palestinian parents it would make sense. However, there must be some mistake. Even though the Uzi is an Israeli toy, the Bullets and Burgers joint is almost certainly inside the boundaries of the US. And the guy who got shot wasn’t either an Israeli, which would be understandable, nor a Palestinian, which would make a certain amount of sense. What the hell. A guy’s going to get shot if he’s got the right daughter and the right hardware, along with a stroke of bad timing. Imagine if she’d hit some innocent bystander, eh? Now that would be justifiable homicide, anyone getting down range of those two probable anti-Semites. J

Originally posted on Nocturnal Admissions:

here we go again:

“Instructor killed when he’s accidentally shot with Uzi
by 9-year-old girl”

Let me run that by you again:

“Instructor killed
when he’s accidentally shot
with Uzi
by 9-year-old girl”

Happened at a place called “Bullets and Burgers“.
All they need to do is add “… and Face Painting” and it would be the perfect place to book a nine-year-old girl’s birthday party.
Could use balloon animals as targets.
Be prepared in case a bunch of squirrels start charging her house.
Or bad guys in black helicopters come to take away Mommy and Daddy’s antique Colt .22  single action pistol.

We’re dealing with two tragedies here, and that’s before we consider the victim’s family:

there’s an obvious one in a young girl who could still be a Brownie having to live the rest of her tainted life with the thoughts, the visions, the memories and the horror of a…

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Israeli wedding of Jew, Muslim of different sexes draws protesters amid war tensions

Hi readers.  People in the Middle East do not like it when people of opposite sexes marry.  Currently in Tel Aviv there’s a huge hoopla going on where a man of Arabic descent and a woman of similar, though Jewish religious persuasion wish to marry.  Protesters of both sexes gathered to shout slogans pointing to the fact they were genetically identical, not far removed from being cousins.

There’s considerable fear in Israel and Palestine that intermarrying of opposite sexes will lead to deformed offspring and genetic drift.  It’s feared the children will be violent, greedy, unreasonable and probably profoundly dishonest.

This simply will not do,” one protestor shouted, “Find someone of your own sex to marry!  Death to opposite sexes!”

I don’t know much about Israeli and Palestinians overall, but I do hate to think of genetic drift confusing things over there.  And opposite sex marriages seem to be a bad idea in a place where any offspring are likely to carry similar traits to their parents.

Old Jules

Israel Calls For Increase In U.S. Taxes To Fund Attacks On Gaza

The Onion, News in PhotosNewsISSUE 48•46Nov 16, 2012  

  Israel Calls For Increase In U.S. Taxes To Fund Attacks On Gaza,30423/


Nafeez Ahmed: Gaza, Israel’s $4 billion gas grab

Old Jules:

What begins out of the corner of the eye eventually draws attention to itself if it’s ironic enough.

Originally posted on Rise Up Times:

Never mind the ‘war on terror’ rhetoric, writes Nafeez Ahmed. The purpose of Israel’s escalating assault on Gaza is to control the Territory’s 1.4 trillion cubic feet of gas – and so keep Palestine poor and weak, gain massive export revenues, and avert its own domestic energy crisis.

Nafeez Ahmed  18th July 2014

Israeli tanks massing on the Gaza border … but do the soldiers know what they’re really fighting for? Photo: Amir Farshad Ebrahimi via Flickr.

If Palestinians develop their own gas resources, the resulting economic transformation could in turn fundamentally increase Palestinian clout.

Israel’s defence minister is on record confirming that military plans to uproot Hamas’ are about securing control of Gaza’s gas reserves

The conquest of Gaza is accelerating. Israel has now launched its ground invasion, bringing the Palestinian death toll to 260, 80% of whom are civilians.

A further 1,500 have been wounded and…

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