Archive for June 17th, 2008

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Pioneertown Yes, Integratron No

June 17, 2008

Pioneertown is a movie set built in the Mojave desert in the 1940s for quickly shooting crappy Westerns; eventually, they stopped making movies there but by then locals had moved in, turning the crappy facades into actual homes, and people have lived there ever since. This was all I needed to hear to send Patrick & I on yet another road trip out the 10 FWY East. Hat tip, by the way, to the good folks @ Ask Metafilter who suggested this trip.

After Pioneertown, we hit up the Integratron, an “acoustically perfect tabernacle and energy machine sited on a powerful geomagnetic vortex in the magical Mojave Desert.” Based on that description I have no idea what the Integratron is or does, and sadly I still don’t, as it was booked for a private party that day, and will have to wait for the next time I am one hundred and thirty seven miles away from my home and wandering the mojave desert in need of a geomagnetic acoustic vortex.

Finally, the day wrapped up with a quick stop @ Tio’s Tacos and outrageous folk art museum in downtown Riverside, where my digital camera ran out of batteries before I could document the really bizarre sculpture garden weirdness.

For details of the entire event, please feel free to click through to this Flickr set I made of the journey.

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Ricky Jay is Coming to Town

June 17, 2008


w00t! The greatest sleight of hand artist/con man ever is coming back to L.A., and I am totally going.  For further study:


All right, one more – but only because I can’t help myself: