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Bio

Sometimes, as a poetic device, I copy bios and then replace their facts with what would be mine. Then I see what’s left and decide not to use it as a bio, again. 56 years, no bio.

© David Curtis 2021

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Protest at SF Mission Police Station

I participated in a peaceful protest with thousands of people in the SF Mission. We stood in front of the police station. SF had not yet lifted the 8pm curfew. When 8pm came some of the protesters announced they were leaving peacefully. About a tenth of the protesters remained after curfew. I did not witness any violence. There was a moment when someone threw a bottle of water down from an upstairs window or rooftop of one of the buildings immediately north of the police station. A man in the crowd picked up the bottle while others urged protesters to remain peaceful. I stood at the steel barricade past curfew. I wore a black skate helmet and heavy gloves. A 23 year old woman spoke at length to the officers. She told them it was their fault we had to be out there. That she just wanted to be living her life in peace.
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Bring them to Justice (update 6/4/2020)

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.

David Curtis

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Ode to 3 dead moths

Ode to three dead moths by David Curtis 2020

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

for you

Than floating

in that urine

in this rest stop

during a pandemic

© David Curtis 2020

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Pandemic Will Likely Worsen Through June 1. Update 5/6/2020 8:01pm PST

A Servpro worker takes off protective gear after working on deep cleaning the Life Care Center of Kirkland, a long-term care facility linked to several confirmed coronavirus cases, in Kirkland, Washington, U.S. March 13, 2020. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson

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.

Update: dc_us analyst suggests the pandemic is likely an intentional act. 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)

Previously:

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 no reason to accept the WH numbers as valid at this point unless they can provide the data that support them. All public data available to us suggests 100,000 to 200,000 deaths does not align with any current data nor projections. David Curtis for dc_us 2020

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Desert Concrete by dc_us

Concrete veneer of an existing stone retaining wall based on FLW’s desert concrete

“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

We collaborated with Beth LaDove on the paving and landscaping design.
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Crops from Paris & other

Circulation within tower leg, Eiffel Tower. iPhone pic by dc

…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.

Fondation Louis Vuitton, iPhone pic by dc

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.

iPhone pic by dc
iPhone pic by dc

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.

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Rem Koolhaas, but he was Latino

image sample, the Stellenbosch Heritage Foundation

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

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Aldous Harding, Designer

iPhone pic by author

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.

https://www.aldousharding.com/

DC 4/23/2019

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WeAreDixie has a problem

Absent any coherent argument in defense of the civil war era chosen label: “Dixie”, WeAreDixie has waged an anonymous personal attack campaign on multiple specific individuals in our community.

One member of WeAreDixie, Paul Brunell, asks nearly everyone within hearing range: “Do you think I am a racist?” I have met no other individual in 54 years who does that. I am not a mental health therapist, but I hope he considers seeking help for the benefit of our community.

Mr Brunell is now costing us valuable time reviewing his multiple defamatory online posts with our attorneys to decide a best course of response to his lunacy.

“WeAreDixie” literally means: the people think they are Dixie. They think a re-branding exercise is a criticism of them personally. They make a mistake beginning architecture students sometimes make. Criticism of a word is not criticism of them.

The known members of WeAreDixie:

Victor Reizman, Paul Brunell, Martin Slavin, Karen Schellenberg, Jessica Freilich, Isabelle Finney, Frank Ridley, Ron McGinnis, Richard Wenzel, Maxine McGinnis, Armand Pantaleon, Renee Adelmann

(per public comment record)

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Complicit Defamation


Paul Petrunia

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

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Guggenheim Forensic

I visited the corpse

wall trusses during construction, photo by David Curtis
forensic annotations

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

Report from Camp Ambition

Housing activists Robbie Powelson and Jason Sarris on site at Camp Ambition. The site is being occupied as a staging area for alternative housing.

Camp Ambition in Novato, CA
Novato Police taking a report of vandalism. A suspect was captured on surveillance video slashing activist’s tents.

Boycott Southwest Airlines

The US just posted the worst Covid-19 numbers of the pandemic so far.

Despite these numbers, Southwest Airlines has made the decision to start filling their planes to capacity. This decision by Southwest seems to be gross negligence. They should probably lose their license to operate if they do not reverse this decision.

David Curtis