Robert Hunt
January 2009
Tragedy Strikes
NEW YORK (CNN) -- Eating a box of Girl Scout Cookies in one sitting will be a little bit easier this year: The Girl Scouts of the USA confirmed Wednesday that it has reduced the number of cookies per box to save money because of rising transportation and baking costs.
People buying Girl Scout cookies like these this year can expect fewer cookies in the packages.
Michelle Tompkins, a national Girl Scout spokeswoman, said that "the cost of baking a cookie today is significantly higher than it was even a year ago, and our bakers cannot continue to absorb these rising costs." She also said transportation costs have increased 30 to 40 percent from a year ago.
The combined cost increase prompted the organization to "lower the net weight of our cookie boxes slightly rather than ask our customers to pay a higher per-package price during these difficult times," Tompkins said in a written statement.
There will be two to four fewer cookies in boxes of Thin Mints, Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Shortbread Cookies, DoSiDos and Trefoils, she said.

John Singer Sargent, oil on board 7x10, 30 min.
From my daily painting series, I kinda liked this one- once in a while I'll post them here...
Rogues Gallery: Final Edition
Somebody has to do it- from upper left: UN Ambassador John Bolton: a bad toupee, a walrus moustach not dyed to match, and a deep philosophical disbelief in the very organization- The United Nations-where he was your representative, Ted Haggard: One time Bush confidant and poster boy for all forms of hypocrisy, Ponzi-schemer Bernie Madoff (see earlier post), Dick Cheney; here portrayed in the wildly disrespectful ski beanie and parka he wore to a memorial ceremony at Auschwitz, Paul Wolfowitz: Architect of the Iraq war, rewarded later by an appointment to presidency of the World Bank, Donald Rumsfeld, so wrong so often that even Bush lost faith in him, Michael "Brownie" Brown,who did "one heckuva job" on New Orleans, Ken Tomilson, Chairman of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, forced to resign when it was discovered that he ran a horseracing operation out of his office, Henry Paulson, charged by the administration with spending the 700 billion that was supposed to repair the damage that their own deregulation and malfeasance wrought on the economy...There are more, but this is enough for anyone...and tomorrow it's a new day!
I am beside myself with excitement for our new President and the new culture he brings to Washington. Last week I began a personal project to memorialize some of the more egregious villians of the past few years, (not necessarily those directly tied to the Bush administration) but I really had not thought through the potential scope of such a project - and I also realized that I didnt want to think about these guys after the inaguration.I decided to scurry around today and whip out a batch of these guys- One could do hundreds of these, there's no shortage of these charachters.   So here's a few more for the Rogues Gallery.Good Riddance!
UN ambassador John Bolton...he hates the UN!
master of bungled war, Bela Lugosi look alike, now inexplicably Master of the World Bank...
incompetent horse show administrator turned incompetent FEMA director Michael Brown
Rogues Gallery: Henry Paulson
What could you buy with $700 billion? You just DID buy something. What is it? He doesnt have to tell you...
Rogues Gallery: Bernie Madoff
There are commemorative plates, coins, posters and other ephemera celebrating the upcoming presidency of Barack Obama. But what about the last eight years? I'm starting a farewell series of paintings commemorating the culture of deregulation and moral relativisim which has been dominant in our recent history...
why not start with this guy?
How Publishing Works
Not everyone understands the complexities of the publishing industry. Now, at long last, the digital marketing people at Macmillan have have made this helpful video which explains it all for you...
The Return of my Little Side Project
Picture of the Day, Oakland Cemetery 1/7/09
As some of you know, I have been working on an ongoing project of daily 20-minute paintings for a few years as a sort of personal R&D. Last year I experienced an undfortunate problem with my website  which rendered the "AlterEgo" part of the site, containing the daily painting project, unworkable. For this reason, (as well as a need to take a break, recharge and focus on other projects in 2008), the Picture of the Day project lay dormant for most of the past year. As of Jan 1 2009,  my website has been totally rebuilt and relaunched, with new work updated regularly, including the "alterego" pages. I plan to do a new 20 minute piece every dayin 2009. The current piece as well as the entire archive of over 300 past entries can also now be seen on the new revised site and I will be sending out new 20 minute paintings at least 4 days a week in 2009.
If anyone has any interest in receiving these paintings via email, please let me know. You can also subscribe on the site via RSS.
I would also love to get any feedback anyone may have on the functionality of the new website.
The most recent POD paintings were done in the Mountain View Cemetery in Oakland Ca. Though the subject matter may often seem random, there is usually an underlying motivation. In the case of the current "Oakland Cemetery" paintings, the idea behind these pieces has to do with the shooting of a young man earlier this week in a BART station, under questionable circumstances.
Thanks to Ashley Benham for the work on the website!
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