Twitter promotes violence on a daily basis. -David Curtis
Pi-Des will walk out today in support of the students at Grant High School, Portland, OR, and all the students being subjected to threats of gun violence in a country that is failing to meaningfully address the problem.
Work continues on the Rhinoceros model for Primitive Hut in the Portland, OR studio of Pi-Des. Pi-Des is preparing the digital model for the first 3D prints of the system.
Social media apps, where “moderation” is becoming intolerable.
It parasitically manipulates “users”, then the “users” burn the houses.
Twitter lost 3 VPs this week and the CEO is a “dead man walking”.
If Elon completes his purchase of Twitter, perhaps he removes everybody.
Then perhaps Twitter can just be a dumb, neutral, Tweet board.
No extra data mining bullshit.
Twitter could be extremely valuable as a neutral posting board.
People need to be heard. Difficult communication needs a place to exist. If it is artificially de-platformed, due to political decisions or motives of control, the communication will escalate into difficult actions. We are seeing many examples of this escalation. The difficult communications need to be allowed to happen electronically so that they do not escalate into physical attacks.
Twitter nuked the account @dc_us this week. An account that has been in good standing since 2010.
Then Twitter nuked a backup account (redacted). DMs started appearing from “moderators” (some pretending to be sex workers and/or lonely bitcoin investors) I texted on of them suggesting the backup account was Ai. It (the backup account) featured a picture of my cat Archie.
Ai Archie was tweeting as a leftist Ai cat…and it got de-platformed…
Then Twitter nuked the backup, backup account.
An (unnamed) (redacted) is still there.
I have the resources to create multiple Ai Twitter accounts.
I have several new phones and several email addresses. I could make Twitter accounts all day long. That isn’t the point.
The content I write isn’t up to you. It isn’t up to moderators, ever.-David Curtis, 2022
I think it (the latest de-platforming) was because I pointed out how the Adelson family should be deported. The Adelson family should be deported. Their allegiance is to Israel. The Adelson family donations to the GOP are directly responsible for the broken Supreme Court and the idiot spokes-models they installed in Congress. The Adelsons donated $100,000,000 to the GOP and GOP candidates in one election cycle. The Adelsons then received a $400,000,000 tax cut in return from their installed officials in Congress.
De-platforming people is the opposite of a social network.
De-platforming people is an anti-social network.
Moderators make political choices when then choose to de-platform people, and it is people, by the way, humans, not “users”.
We are people.
I choose to de-platform the United States.
It has demonstrated, repeatedly, that it is not a representative government. It seems to be a corpse that has parasitic entities using it for perpetual military business transactions. Fake religious activists have polluted the courts so badly that they are using the courts to punish and control women through “pro-life” posturing. These same parasites maintain global projection of militarism that routinely kills innocent people.
I hope the people will join me in de-platforming the United States and the parasitic entities that are feeding off of its corpse.
© X 2022
According to the California fire service, 2018 was the deadliest and most destructive wild fire season on record, with just under 2 million acres burned, under 8000 wild fire incidents in the state alone, and approximately 100 fatalities recorded.
On August fourth of 2018, a national disaster was declared in the northern part of the state: by November, strong dry winds aggravated existing fire conditions and CA erupted in a new batch of fires.
What the 2018 wild fire season made obvious was that we need to adapt to these harsh conditions and respond when climate disasters displace people.
In the midst of the wild fire destruction in 2018, David Curtis began conceptualizing Primitive Hut, a de-mountable system that can be transported out of the active fire area and reassembled as needed. It acts as a Triage Field that provides an area of refuge should one not have time to evacuate the site. Triage Field is an integral fire suppression device for emergency use. It has other technical capabilities that are currently classified.
© Ro1 2022 © Pi-Des 2022
AKA: Nomad 2
New project in the Portland, OR area by Pi-Des
A collab with Current Collection and MG
Working with a Portland based lighting firm on some custom lights
for Kerry Peirson
(a freely adapted work)
(In) rivers that ran near me
No angels are swimming
A moon full of star bound shipments
And all the figures I used to see
All my lovers are there with me
All my past and futures
And we go away in little row boats
There is nothing to fear and much to doubt
© David Curtis 2020
Thank you, to the people of Oakland. In solidarity with the people of Minneapolis.
I received word yesterday that the four former police officers have all been charged for their roles in the death of George Floyd.
I was with you at a barricade last night (May 30th) in Oakland at 14th Street, just East of City Hall. After we complied with the police demand that we “move back”, in the street, the police THEN shot at us with a tear gas canister. We held our position and I pretty much wanted to rip the cops fucking head off at that point. But I kept my shit together. Thankfully, one of the protestors was able to cover the tear gas canister with some traffic cones and water.
I would like to express my thanks also to the people of Minneapolis.
The police failed you, by allowing an officer to violate his oath, by committing a public execution of George Floyd.
To add insult, rather than immediately arresting the offending officer, his employment was terminated, and reports indicate he is at a residential location surrounded by police officers. Reports are he is in custody today.
The other offending officers must be brought to justice.
The officers who were adjacent to him during the crime are complicit.
Those officers must also be brought to justice.
The precinct that houses the offending officers must be brought to justice.
No peace exists until the officers are brought to justice.
If you come back
If you live again
I hope your next existence
has more dignity
the three of you
I want the Universe
to provide another chance
in that urine
in this rest stop
during a pandemic
© David Curtis 2020
80% of Americans lack the cognitive skills to understand that a third party exists. The Media will not present a third party to them even when it exists. The algorithms will not show the 80% whatever scraps of a movement remains.
The keepers of the algorithm via “free” apps, extort third party activists with offers to “promote” content in an attempt to bleed them, so they cannot build to a significant level to ever seriously threaten the duopoly.
America, it costs a billion dollars to run as an independent for POTUS. Unless you fix that the whole discussion is moot.
In Marin, the Republic of California, April 16, 2020.
Declaration of the Republic of California,
When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which Laws of Nature provide, a respect for the opinions of humankind requires that they should declare the cause which impels them to the separation.
We hold this to be self-evident, that all humans are created equal, that they are endowed with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among us, deriving just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience has shown, that humankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these States; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present US president(s) is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over us. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
The US President has violated his oath by allowing thousands of humans to perish needlessly from a global pandemic, he directly avoided taking immediate, clear and obvious actions.
When steps were taken by the US Congress to remove him. A partisan, corrupt Chief Justice of the Supreme Court failed to act.
POTUS has lied repeatedly to the American people and has cost lives.
POTUS was installed by agents of organized crime families.
POTUS has been compromised by agents of foreign and domestic actors.
The US Congress has been compromised by the same agents.
I, therefore, appeal to the peoples of the world for the rectitude of my intentions, do, as a free human, solemnly publish and declare, That these United States are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the United States government, and that all political connection between them and the United States, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, we have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do.
David Curtis, the Republic of California
David Curtis reads Catherine Wagner’s White Man Poems, and his 1999 poem: This time at least two.
5/6/2020: The curve has not indicated any downward trend yet.
5/4/2020 WaPo & NYTimes reports based on a leaked “draft government report” show bad case scenarios that WH has not presented: “200,000 new cases per day by June 1” Based on this scenario, and publicly sourced graphs, we could see deaths in the seven figures in the US alone. We will, with 100% certainty, see deaths in six figures in the US alone.
NEW: Los Angeles estimated roughly 4% of the county has antibodies for coronavirus. That indicates some 220,000 – 442,000 people in L.A. may have been infected. –>55x what current numbers indicate.
Reminder: total confirmed cases in entire U.S. now is at 800,000.
The DEM/GOP leadership seems likely complicit in that they did not prepare for this.
4/17/2020 A study released from Stanford University suggests the number of cases could be 40 times higher than current official reports.
SF Chronicle reports today a study indicates there may be reason to suspect the current official numbers are off by a factor of 10 or more. It is apparent even from the public data the pandemic will continue for a minimum of four months.
Official word is to expect a resurgence of the virus next year.
It seems unclear if the pandemic was intentionally launched. It is certain it is being intentionally exploited. We suspect it was initiated or at minimum anticipated by private/public actions.
Note: This opinion is based on private independent intelligence source(s).
Entities are using chaos technique to disrupt competitors as they gather market resources. This is part of a 100 year strategy to maintain best positions before the bigger less controllable collapses. This has been a clear global pattern since at least late 2000.David Curtis, reporting for dc_us
Recent (this quarter) actions directly align with a futurist manifesto that was published in 2009. (The Next 100 years: A Forecast for the 21st Century by George Friedman)
I ( ) contacted Senator Harris and requested the government publish accurate estimates regarding coronavirus impacts. It seems mission critical that first responders have accurate estimates. The estimates originating from the WH conflict with all public data. DC
WH indicates they consider 100,000 to 200,000 deaths best case, public data suggests worst case could be 3-6 million deaths.
There is little reason to accept the WH numbers as valid at this point unless they can provide the data that support them. Public data suggests 100,000 to 200,000 deaths does not align with any current data nor projections. David Curtis for dc_us 2020
Conceptual Design for a subgrade EV rack project in a California Eichler house. This system allows for the storage and retrieval of two vehicles in the footprint of an existing one vehicle garage. Design by dc_us 2020
#Vectorworks, #digital, #BIM, #rendering, #DavidCurtis, #dc_us, #AutoCAD, #GoogleMaps
conceptual housing for a site in Lucas Valley, CA by dc_us
dc_us did the space planning and permit docs for this ceiling reconfiguration (flat to gable) and kitchen expansion.
A 2nd floor Master Bedroom Suite addition, design and permit documents by dc_us. Location: Belmont, CA. Built in 2017.
“I wanted to make the existing stone wall more planer by adding concrete veneer. I also wanted some of the existing stones to be visible to show the original construction, so the contractor came up with the technique of attaching wadded paper to the form boards so apertures were cast into the finish surface.” dc
Screen shot from the rhino model by David Curtis.
…we walked up one of the staircases to the first viewing platform. I recall writing years ago about the replica tower in LV and how it has tube structure within its lattice work that reduces the amount of negative space pushing through the structure.
The decision to go with glass has eliminated the oil canning issues present in some of Gehry’s sheet metal clad iconic works. It also allows the ample structure that accomplishes these shapes to be in the foreground. The night before I had gone through the sequence of gesture sketches in the documentation of a book on the Guggenheim in Bilbao.
Budapest: the many occurrences of missing stone veneer, usually revealing concrete structure with various globs of perhaps mortar, sometimes worn ends of spray foam. Frequent signs for “Escape Rooms”. A taxi driver points to a building where the KGB operated. Frequent branding of “New York”…on hamburgers, cafe, t-shirts. Something about the elevator door reluctantly closes. Blue and white interiors. A tv in the kitchen/dining room/couch area. I have no memory of the sleeping rooms.
Rem Koolhaas, but he was Latino, sat next to me on the jury.
(Discussing the project)
He had a robotic torso.
(It) looked like a bicycle frame.
I could see electrical wires that replaced his spinal cord.
I couldn’t help asking him about it.
(He said): The doctors told me it was possible…but you don’t want it.
© David Curtis 2015
Aldous Harding visited SF last night for one of the precious US dates on her current tour in support of her album Designer.
She plays in Los Angeles tomorrow to another sold out show.
My wife and I made the mistake of lingering on a sofa near the merchandise table during the opening act. So despite the small venue, I was further from the musicians than I wanted to be once Aldous began. But the sound was wonderful. I kept looking over to the sound man to see him enjoying it as much as I was.
I did get to see Aldous before the show, as she was heading out to the front of the club twice. She had a look one has when trying not to forget something or perhaps when one’s mind is elsewhere.
Most of the songs were from the new album.
Weight of the planets diagnoses someone inaccessible due to imagined or real duty.
The mildly threatening lyrics of Treasure .
I think there was at least one song from the Party album.
The encore was a cover of Gerry Rafferty – Right Down the Line. Sung slowly as if by a quiet Kate Bush.
It ended too soon. I wanted to volunteer for the tour (as is often the case) but dutifully went home to my family.
A package containing Designer on vinyl was waiting when I got home on the dining room table. I’ve listened to it four times so far today. Five.
(first published by Unshod Quills)
– On Lipstick
prevalent among the Sumerians, Egyptians, Syrians, Babylonians, Persians, and Greeks.
Later, Elizabeth I with red mercuric sulfide.
For years, rouge
only promiscuous women
true societal acceptance
By 1915 push up tubes were available, and the first claims of “indelibility” were made.
wax, oil, alcohol, and pigment.
beeswax, candelilla wax, or the more expensive camauba. Wax enables the mixture to be formed into the easily recognized shape of the cosmetic. Fragrance and pigment are also added, as are preservatives and antioxidants, which prevent lipstick from becoming rancid.
Sites allow anon comments to drive traffic. They don’t care about ethics. They wait for the comments to moderate themselves. Meanwhile the defamation has already happened and the sites remain complicit.
©2018 David Curtis
Sasha Grey, Neu Sex book signing at Martha Otero 5 May 2011
It’s difficult to imagine a more appropriate or intimate setting for this signing:
Correct neighborhood, residential scale, eye level hedges, serious door man…
Inside three smallish white rooms, share a continuous gabled ceiling, a small crooked line of interested humans, wait for autographed copies from the artist, Sasha Grey.
I glance around the room, but the cueing for the signing takes precedence, I get in line.
My peripheral vision and hearing realizes it is her or something like her, in a black full length dress.
I’m having difficulty focusing due to the heat and humidity, compounded by the gallery lights. It’s 90 degrees F. in West Hollywood today.
Then I actually look at her. Until now she has been a series of virtual images. So it is a bit odd to compare both printed photos with a live human, without really getting a good look at either.
But this is a book signing. I wait my turn.
Nearer the table I blurt: “Do you take plastic? Checks?”
Agent: “No, cash only.”
DC: “How much are the books?”
DC: (to guard) “Is there an ATM nearby?”
Guard: “I don’t know, around the corner, at the gas station, down Melrose, there’s a (bank name) across the street”
(I leave for 15 minutes then return)
DC: “I would like to buy one book, please.”
Agent: (takes cash, slides book to SG)
SG: “Hello, what is your name?”
DC: “Hello…David…I am envious of your book.”
SG: “Oh, (writing) I think I messed up your name.”
DC: “That’s OK, I need a new name anyway.”
DC: “Are you happy with how the book turned out? (I haven’t seen it yet)”
DC: “Is this wall (painted wall behind SG) part of the show?”
SG: “Yes, it’s by the artist James Jean”
SG: “Jean, he did the paintings of me in the other room.”
DC: “Are you still looking to hire a photo assistant?”
DC: “I’m from LV, I’m sharing some space in Holsum with some people,
an architect, an art director and some artists/representatives.
Las Vegas has about 25% vacancy now in commercial so there are some deals.
(DC hands SG a card)
Well, thank you. Congratulations on the show.”
SG: “Thank you.”
(dead link to martha otero website)
I should perhaps discuss the actual work being shown at some point.
The photographs are self-described obsessive documentation of the artist during her porn mode.
She documents behind the scenes intimate moments existing separate from the scenes viewers are likely to consume in the porn films…cleaning up what looks to be vomit off the floor… a funny face in between shots.
In her book she observes that “men are incredibly insecure when it comes to their sexuality”.
There is a central piece on the main gallery wall, milky white with grayish impressionist solo figure.
I keep revisiting it for some reason.
To the left, a multi-colored work with a carnival theme insists repeated views.
I’m glad to see the works on walls but perhaps happier they exist now in a book to be revisited. I am glad to have visual confirmation that the artist is flesh and blood.
David Scott Curtis, 5 May 2011 from Las Vegas, NV
I visited the corpse
of the Rem Koolhaas designed Guggenheim Hermitage Museum in Las Vegas over the (native american genocide) weekend.
When this project was originally designed and constructed, I was a senior professional for the executive architect TSA of Nevada (the Stubbins Associates).
The internal truss (fully clad, both sides in 1/2″ corten) was fully suspended from the underside of the hotel tower. It has been reconfigured, if not completely removed.
Retail shops have been inserted into what is left of the corten shell.
A Hugo Boss store at the north end features one of the remaining exposed corten partitions. The remnant of the stone fireplace from the previous VIP lounge remains, a feature element in the new store.
On the exterior, nearly the entire work has been obscured by vinyl supergraphics of celebrity chefs.
Near the porte cochere, some corten remains visible as does a sliver of window, the laminated glass pin at the partition foot. The former, full height sliding glass and steel door is visible. A smaller, perhaps exit door has been cut in to it.
The (3) former rotating display walls are gone.
Vestige end display cases of glass occupy what would have been the ends of the rotating walls when paused in the East West direction.
One of the cases features a head shot of Grace Hartzel, perhaps a highlight of the remodeled interior.
On a positive note: The removal of the fully suspended East truss partition likely avoids an eventual structural collapse that the corten might have enabled. See also: rust is a thing.
And no, I did not work on this remodel.
I worked on the former museum from schematic design through construction admin. I flew to Rotterdam to provide assistance during the completion of the construction documents. I sketched all the roof details on the plane in pencil. I still have them.
I also served as a Gallery Educator for the Museum after it opened under Anita Getzler.
© David Curtis 2018
David Curtis notified Twitter today that he plans to pursue federal charges against the company. He cited consumer fraud as the likely charge.
Twitter discriminates against multiple individuals, negatively impacting their online presence.
Twitter intentionally coerces and manipulates content by forcing people to remove and or alter content in order to enjoy service on their platform.
Twitter has a pattern of discriminatory actions against multiple individuals.
David Curtis has reached out to the US Attorney General and private attorneys.
X requests people on Twitter take direct action against the owners of Twitter due to the repeated de-platforming of people on the app.
Twitter’s moderation activities discriminate against several groups and attempt to manipulate and limit speech on the app.
Meanwhile the app forces people to have constant targeted advertising appear in the feed, which displaces and many times takes priority over the content people are trying to follow.
Twitter is a predatory data miner that is abusing its people.
Twitter is violating our freedom of expression and punishing us for our associations.
X 5 21 2022
Calliope Ruskin, 5 20 2022
I refuse the use of democracy in describing what Americans and others are subjected to. We have a roboticized surveillance apparatus and fuck you, media, for suggesting otherwise.
Yesterday I went to dinner with family. Despite significant intake of stimulants (Pepsi)
I was only able to pronounce one sentence: “They aren’t absorbent.”
I was observing that old National Geographics would most likely not make good toilet paper in the event of a state of emergency.
13 Oct 2007, Thursday, DSC