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Nice artile in the Mills Campanil news today

February 22, 2009 | 09:43AM


February 22, 2009 | 09:31AM

Scopitone Pinball Dance Party

February 14, 2009 | 08:38PM

Here's the cleaned up version...

February 11, 2009 | 06:26PM

A man's world...

February 11, 2009 | 11:58AM

The World of Ted

February 11, 2009 | 10:46AM

Anybody know where they can make 45's?

January 30, 2009 | 10:55PM

Retro jukebox owners unite! I'd love to have an occassional contemporary song mixed in with my oldies!


Elephant and dog story

January 13, 2009 | 05:13PM

No plans for NYE?

December 31, 2008 | 11:17AM

Dan is inviting you to New Year's Eve at Lucky Juju-6-1AM Wednesday in Alameda http://www.ujuju.com/item.php?id=651.

Petition for arts stimulus package...

December 23, 2008 | 10:02PM

Guerilla gardening

December 22, 2008 | 11:20AM

Merry, merry...

December 21, 2008 | 09:20AM

Hit George Bush with your shoe too!

December 18, 2008 | 11:41PM

Burning Man Christmas...

December 16, 2008 | 12:08AM

If you've never seen one of the Bay Area's lighted boat parades check it out...
Here's the 2007 version...

Here's this years boat parade in Sausalito from the other night...

The video doesn't contain the great sound system that was blasting out-"R.O.C.K. in the USA". Later, prior to the fireworks show you could hear an enormous air raid siren similar to a Blitzkrieg style noise from WW2.

All that work!! Nice going-Lots of fun!

Santa Pandamonium...Dec. 13th

December 09, 2008 | 10:42AM

Create a Secretary of the Arts position

December 08, 2008 | 10:02AM

Big 50th Birthday!

December 03, 2008 | 11:21PM

Microphone please...will someone please pass the microphone??? Tap.
Tap, tap...

Why yes, I feel lovely...and so do you...(is it true?) How can this be?
A 50TH Birthday Partee for Mister Dan? Yes, it is about to happen!

If you have any part of your sanity left after reading such non-sense,
or are willing to play along with such imaginative
implausibilities...please join Julie (if she's back from Antigua!) and

Thursday night, December 4th, 2008 from 6-9PM

At the LUCKY JUJU pinball/Art gallery (behind Tillie's restaurant)
corner of Santa Clara and Webster. On the island in the Bay shaped like
a French fry (or maybe a corn dog?): Alameda.
http://www.ujuju.com/ (Where else would you have your birthday party?)

The number #1 rated attraction on YELP!

All games set on FREE play. An evening of pinball frolic-all you
can flip. Thank you Michael Schiess-the jujumaster himself! (donations
to NBAM of any amount will not be turned away-but not required) (no
gifts please) (bring snacks or drinks if you like)
No need to rsvp-just drop by when you like.
Hope to see you then!
Dan & (the brand new) Julie

Fun with toothpicks...

November 11, 2008 | 07:35AM

And even more inspiration...

November 10, 2008 | 07:50AM

Your inspiration for today!

November 08, 2008 | 09:51AM

I guess the world's been wondering...

November 06, 2008 | 05:18PM

...how long the United States can go without a President.
Or so it seems sometimes...Nice to see we're back.


Mural in Richmond...

November 06, 2008 | 05:01PM

Macdonald Avenue mural in Richmond

Got this photo from John yesterday and thought folks would like to see
what the overpass part of the mural looks like.

Jack Castor-longtime lionkeeper passes

November 03, 2008 | 09:28PM

Jack Castor-longtime lionkeeper passes away...


The thing about the news is they never tell you the whole story and Jack had many. When I was installing the big cat painting at the SF Zoo lionhouse I asked how it was he came to be a lionkeeper. Jack said he'd been in the battle of Truk Lagoon during WW2 and somehow was blown into the burning water, with many broken bones and rescued although barely alive. He said that during a year and 1/2 recovery in SF one of his buddies came by with the classified ads with a job for a lion tamer at the SF Zoo (as a joke) saying that, "if you can survive Truk, you can do this job no problem". He took the job and talked about bringing the little ones home, caring for them and developing a lifelong relationship with each one. He knew their likes and dislikes by heart. When he'd walk into that big old echoing lionhouse the roars were deafening. One day he positioned me close in front of a cage with the meatwagon by my side filled with 5-10 pound chunks and meathook in hand. He stepped away pulled a lever and one of the cats came right at me (behind bars but still!)...anyway at the last moment he takes the hook, snags a big bloodly pie and throws it to the lion only inches away from me through the bars. It was eating Jack's little treat but looking at me in the eye as the backup plan.

By sheer co-incidence I had painted one of his favorite cats, the tiger named "Sedova" and the painting has been in the lionhouse ever since. I still have a claw and wisker from Sedova that he gave me.

One more Julie update...

October 30, 2008 | 07:50AM

Julie's trip to Bermuda

October 27, 2008 | 09:06PM

Thought folks might like to read about Julie's first big offshore trip...


Z-lift at work on Macdonald with John Wehrle

October 22, 2008 | 07:36PM

Macdonald Avenue mural, Richmond, CA

John had a lane of traffic closed off so that we could paint beneath the freeway on Macdonald Avenue in Richmond. Pretty windy up there today. Kind of amazing to be up there that close to something so public, so many eyes see it. Yet for the most part, human hands haven't touched these areas it was constructed. Keim is great to work with...no primer needed, just scrape off the dirt, hit it with an airhose and away you go. "Paint Slugs" everywhere-no problem...for the most part you can't see them from street level. Don't have to worry about feathering edges like you would with normal housepaints. We added the "MAC" lettering part to yesterday's "DONALD AVE" so it made a little more sense to folks from out of town. Lots of bouncing around on that lift...the touch control can be dialed in to super slow and sensitive to speedy/rough.

What if...

October 22, 2008 | 07:19AM

Obama/Biden vs McCain/Palin

What if things were switched around?.....think about it.

Would the country's collective point of view be different? Ponder the

What if the Obamas had paraded five children across the stage, including
a three month old infant and an unwed, pregnant teenage daughter?

What if John McCain was a former president of the Harvard Law Review?
What if Barack Obama finished fifth from the bottom of his graduating

What if McCain had only married once, and Obama was a divorcee?

What if Obama was the candidate who left his first wife after a severe
disfiguring car accident, when she no longer measured up to his

What if Obama had met his second 2nd wife in a bar and had a long affair
he was still married?

What if Michelle Obama was the wife who not only became addicted to pain
killers but also acquired them illegally through her charitable

What if Cindy McCain graduated from Harvard?

What if Obama had been a member of the Keating Five?
(The Keating Five were five United States Senators accused of corruption
in 1989, igniting a major political scandal as part of the larger
and Loan crisis of the late 1980s and early 1990s.)

What if McCain was a charismatic, eloquent speaker?
What if Obama couldn't read from a TelePrompTer?

What if Obama was the one who had military experience that included
discipline problems and a record of crashing a number of planes?

What if Obama was the one who was known to display publicly, on many
occasions, a serious anger management problem?

What if Michelle Obama's family had made their money from beer

What if the Obamas had adopted a white child?

You could easily add to this list. If these questi ons reflected reality,
do you really believe the election numbers would be as close as they

This is what racism does. It covers up, rationalizes and minimizes
positive qualities in one candidate and emphasizes negative qualities in
another when there is a color difference.

Pinball Exposition Murals

October 20, 2008 | 09:43AM

Pinball Murals continued...

Another view of the Pacific Pinball Exposition show entitled: The Art of Pinball.
Although my 8' x 8' mural of "Mermaid" is on the far left, this photo gives you an idea of the scale of these paintings. Also in the exhibit/on display were William Wiley's machine called "Punball" aka "Only One Earth" as well as the "Clear Pinball Machine" by Michael Schiess and photographs by Kevin Tiell. Ed Cassel painted the other three canvases seen here including "Fireball", "2001" and "Double Up".

Arcade murals

October 20, 2008 | 09:33AM

Sky Raider mural from the Pacific Pinball Exposition "Art of Pinball" show.

This is the third "mural" I've painted for the Pacific Pinball Museum. All three were shown this year at the Marin County Civic Center during the Pacific Pinball Exposition. The canvas measures 8' x 14' and was painted with Nova acrylics over the course of about 10 weeks. Sky Raiders was an arcade game from 1958 made by the company "United":

Also check out the sister game: http://marvin3m.com/arcade/moonrai.htm

A gun game with the "Dale" mirror feature, meaning, a mirror positioned inside the arcade cabinate at a 45 degree angle would give the illusion of four feet of depth to the viewer instead of just two feet. In the lower left hand corner you see the little Afro-cuban guy with green wings?

My apologies for not posting sooner. I know a lot of the murals I've painted haven't been posted to this website. Guess I'd rather be painting than posting.

Wanda speaks for me...

October 18, 2008 | 07:20PM

This sums it up well...

October 11, 2008 | 07:42PM

Pinball Expo in the press...

October 11, 2008 | 07:41PM

More Pacific Pinball Expo 2008 photos

October 11, 2008 | 08:48AM

How perfect...

October 09, 2008 | 08:30PM

How perfect...

October 09, 2008 | 08:30PM

Expo photos

October 07, 2008 | 05:32PM


October 07, 2008 | 08:58AM

Art Reception this Thursday!

September 29, 2008 | 11:28PM

Pacific Pinball Exposition Kickoff Party/Art Reception
Thursday, October 2nd, 6-10PM
(The Exposition itself takes place October 3rd-5th)
See www.pacificpinball.org for more details

Marin Civic Center Exhibition Hall
San Rafael, CA

Come get an exclusive early peek at this year's Pacific Pinball Expo!
Enjoy dinner and drinks with the stars of the West Coast pinball scene.
It's the Bay Area's premiere pinball party you won't want to miss!

All the proceeds from the Kickoff Party go toward creating a year-round venue with hundreds of machines, art, science and history displays, and other features that will make the Pacific Pinball Museum a lasting institution.

Art Reception: Seven new murals will be on display! For the first time three murals by Dan Fontes and four mural canvases by Ed Cassel will be on public display. Each of these paintings took 2-3 months to complete.

Only 100 tickets will be sold for the Kickoff party so you'll have a lot of elbow room to play!

$50 Ticket per person includes:

-Dinner Buffet by Forks and Fingers Caterers
-Pinball Art Opening
-One raffle ticket for an exclusive pre-Expo raffle of an "Olympics" Pinball Machine
-Free advice from professional techs and our knowledgeable staff
-Chance to mingle with Expo guest speakers
-First chance to play all the games, especially the William Wiley "Punball Machine" that will not be available to play during the Expo. (See our website for more details.)

Watch the website for updates: www.pacificpinball.org

To be a part of the fun contact:

NBAM/Pacific Pinball Expo
Michael Schiess
1029 Central Avenue
Alameda, CA 94501

Michael Moore...

September 25, 2008 | 07:56PM


September 13, 2008 | 07:39AM

Lies and the lying liars who tell them:


This is just plain hilarious:


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