Sunday, July 25, 2010

New painting by Durko

14"x24'. Oil, stain on carved wood.

BrewDog beer can go fuck themselves.

British brewery “BrewDog” has produced a new special-edition line of beers called “The End of History” retailing for $750 each. If the price doesn’t make you fall backwards, then perhaps the 55% alcohol in each will. Still standing? Ok, each one comes wrapped in a dead animal.

”In true BrewDog fashion, we’ve torn up convention, blurred distinctions and pushed brewing and beer packaging to its absolute limits,” said co-owner James Watt. “This is the beer to end all beers. It’s an audacious blend of eccentricity, artistry and rebellion; changing the general perception of beer, one stuffed animal at a time.”

If this kind of 'shock marketing' makes you wanna scream bloody fucking murder, then do so. The man who came up with this brilliant scheme is James Watt. (no relation to the guy who invented the steam engine, hopefully) He can be reached at: 

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Letter that twitter sent back.

+ @marineharvestPR
Hello, We have received reports from the trademark holder, BRAND, that your account, @marineharvestPR, is using a trademark in a way that could be confusing or misleading with regard to a brand affiliation. Your account has been temporarily suspended due to violation of our trademark policy. This suspension is temporary. If you have created a brand commentary, fan or news feed account, you will need to edit it to comply with Twitter’s best practices before your account is reactivated. You can review our policy best practices guidelines here: In particular, please review and make changes to these aspects of your profile: • Username: Add "not," "fake," or "fan." • Name (first & last name): Add "not," "fake," or "fan." • Bio: Add "Parody Account," "Fan Account," or "This is not affiliated with…" • Avatar / Background image : remove logo or other copyright-protected images • Communication with other users: The account should not, through private or public communication with other users, try to deceive or mislead others about your identity.

So, I guess posing as the world's largest Aquaculture company and then saying things against them on the web will have its pitfalls. I am not surprised that they responded quickly, they have a lot to protect. The cost of moving your operations from ocean based to land based is very prohibitive. But once they move it all onto land, there is very little cost difference. It may mean saving an important species that is part of us. Think about it.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Letter I sent to Twitter:

Dear Twitter,
Hi there. I am writing you to find out why my twitter account has been cancelled or suspended? Is it a new thing where you cannot parody a company on the web? I love twitter and it has changed my life when it comes to news gathering and social networking and, honestly, social justice. I live in a province where this company is causing severe environmental damage to our ecosystems and their farmed fish escape and mate with the wild fish and spread diseases throughout the species. 
The wild fish have been decimated due to overfishing and there are sea lice infestations. 
If we do not have democratic dissent in the form of parody against these destructive corporations, we are entering a new era of litigated or threatened silence. I see it happening all around me, with the conglomeration of our public airwaves to just a handful of megalomaniac billionaires, who now want to destroy net neutrality by stealing all our democracy online, the one shred of a voice against the wall of aristocratic bullshit that is presented to us on a daily basis in the form of detritus, bubble gum trash talk. We are supposed to care more about Miley Cyrus or Gary Coleman than oil spills or our environment being destroyed by greedy balding white men.
Twitter, you have revolutionized communication in just a few months. But you cannot be the judge or the hired stiff to eject those with disagreeable content. That is the basis of our democratic principles, the foundation of our new found freedom on the world wide web. You have helped to usher this in, helped it grow into something that has become a vehicle for massive human expression. Do not let corporations take this last vestige of freedom of speech and thought from us. They have taken too much already.
I urge you to consider reactivating my twitter account because I simply want to do good in this world and there is not a lot one person can do to change much, but Twitter is a definite voice.
Thanks for taking the time to read this. 
I would love it if you un-suspended my account.

PS- I cannot auto follow if I don't know what it is

Friday, July 16, 2010

Riding that train

A year ago today you left
into the silence
bombastic, brilliant 
Behold, the courageous
You ride alone, contagious 
The words, the poetry
the cutting and cursing
and distance between you
and everyone
It leaves an emptiness 
It means they are less
It's disguised in the rest
of what's said
To test and reminisce 
over and over
Expecting the best and hoping for the worst
Left a trail of crumbs to find your way home
like chorus or verse
seen and not heard
the words
lasting and living 
misleading, forgiving
to live
and hiding
from the world and yourself
Going the distance was never a problem
I can't remember when it was
A likeness of you only larger
than life itself
It's the wealth
of time and distance
I saw you go off in the distance
The distance between
reality and dreams
I saw you there
and it made me care
I saw you riding that train.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

new worko by Durko.

oil and stain on carved wood. 24"x24".
oil and stain on carved wood. 12"x36".

Calgary Stampede Cancels Major Events Due to Severe Storms


This is the scene today at the Calgary Stampede. I'd say God hates rodeos, wouldn't you?

Monday, July 12, 2010

super fantastic

This seems to sum it all up. Everything is as it should be.

Israel Releases Report on Flotilla RaidJosh Pringle  Monday, July 12, 2010

A report into Israel’s deadly raid on a Gaza-bound protest flotilla blames flawed intelligence-gathering and planning for the incident.

The report says security forces underestimated the potential for violence on May 31st.

But the report praised the commandos who took part in the operation, saying they were justified in opening fire after being confronted by violent pro-Palestinian activists onboard one of the ships.

Nine people were killed in the Israeli raid.

The report’s author, retired general Giora Eiland, told reporters some of the mistakes took place at fairly high levels of command, adding there were mistakes in “both the intelligence and the decision-making process.”

Three Canadians were onboard the flotilla of ships raided by Israeli commandos off the Gaza coast.

The first question I cannot help but ask is this; What would Canada's response, or at least the media's response have been if the ship carrying three Canadians had been attacked by Iranian or Yemeni 'commandos'?

Of course, the 'commandos' would have been called terrorists. I cannot believe that the IDF is saying it was self defense when they landed on the ship from helicopters, with automatic weapons drawn. Or was it Mossad? I don't know. It's anyone's guess. People landing on the ship, in the night, with machine guns and shooting nine people dead and they are claiming self defense? 

The world grows weary of these stories and so do I.  

Meanwhile, in Washington DC...

Go Canada, go!   Yeah, hockey!

...and in the Gulf somewhere...

                                                                                    ...and chips.

As far as this turtle is concerned, you and your car can go fuck themselves.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

"I drink your milkshake!"

This is a map of the oil spill, one year in. They will totally have it fixed by then. Totally. Because they have done such a good job so far, right? Day 80, no sign of that well stopping yet.
As an aside, the Harper government has just granted $2 billion worth of exploration rights to BP and Exxon to start seismic in the Beaufort Sea. The world's two safest oil companies digging for oil in the world's safest place to drill for oil. 
But don't worry about all this. World cup's on. Did you know that there is an octopus that is predicting the outcomes of the games? So funny, right?