Monthly Archives: October 2002

The Haunted Painting of eBay

The Hands Resist Him painting by Bill Stoneham

How wild is this? I first heard about that “haunted painting” being sold on eBay over a year ago I think. I thought it was a fairly freaky painting at the time, but hadn’t thought about it since. Then I glanced at today’s Spokesman Review and saw that same oddly disturbing picture displayed prominently on the front page next to an article telling the real story behind it. It turns out that the painting is titled “Hands Resist Him” and was painted by a Spokane graphic artist named Bill Stoneham 30 years ago. He sold it to a California art gallery back in 1973 and hadn’t heard about it since.

At least until August 2001, when the owner of the Perceptions Gallery in Grand Rapids, Mich., e-mailed Stoneham. The gallery had bought the painting from the California couple on eBay for $1,200, and the owner had tracked him down from a label on the back of the painting. He advised Stoneham to check out the various Web pages. Stoneham was spooked, all right, but not for the same reasons.

“Suddenly, there’s a blown-up image of my face from the painting,” he said. “Now, that was a creepy feeling.”

He was, in fact, the little boy in the painting, which he had painted from an old, faded family photo of himself with a little neighbor girl.

Feeling Drained

Between work and the recent time change I’m feeling pretty tired at the moment. Nothing like getting your body to fall back before it’s ready I guess.

Goal for tomorrow: work on convincing yourself that you are in fact being productive and making a dent in the work order log. Sigh.

How Sad Is This?

I just realized that today represents the first day in the month of October that I’ve posted on consecutive days. What is up with that?

I’ve been doing too much reading lately and not enough writing. Of course that all changes this Friday.

Honda Element

I really dig Honda’s new Element. It’s a pretty nifty little combination of pickup truck and SUV. I guess it’s supposed to go on sale in December and was first announced back in August; somehow I failed to learn about its existance until yesterday. Weird. Definitely seems like a vehicle that could be a hit with the 20-30 crowd.

I’m kind of looking into replacing my 15 year old Accord, but I’m not sure what I want to do. It’s still cruising along okay, but it’s probably about time to move on. I don’t really want to spend a whole lot of money on it any more, but I definitely need new snow tires now that winter is coming. Decisions, decisions.

imageJaguar

imageJaguar is going to come in very handy in the next couple months as I work on creating MacOS X 10.2 install images for our lab Macs here at work. It’s a shell script that automates the process of creating an install image for use with Apple Software Restore. [Thanks Mark!]

Also: How to Create a restorable disk image of Mac OS X.

Hopefully I’ll be able to start using this stuff later in the week as I continue gearing up for widespread installation in the building over Christmas Break.