You'll want to watch this video of Theo
Jansen's "beach animals" if you're an artist
or an engineer. Inspiring.
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A man in South Korea died in an
incident that likely involved his cell phone. Yikes! Allegedly
his LG phone was found melted in his chest pocket,
possibly after exploding there, where it caused fatal injuries
to his heart and lungs. That got me googling for cell phone
injuries/accidents. Not pretty. Most of the research I found
said to use a headset and to keep the cell antenna away from
your brain/off your body's vital organs.
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article on C|Net on why Guitar Hero may be leading to
a huge conversion of people who might actually want to pick
up a real six-stringer in the future. btw, that was an excellent
episode of South Park. :)
Asawa exhibit at Rena Bransten begins this Thursday, Nov
29 – Saturday, Jan 12 08 (Tue-Fri: 10:30am-5:30pm /
Sat: 11am-5pm)WhereRena Bransten Gallery (77 Geary St, 415.982.3292).
Price? FREE! Awesome news in case you missed her retrospective
at the DeYoung like I did last year.
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My friend Reba is in Dance
Ceres so you should go see them or I will beat you up
with cotton candy. Or something. They perform this Friday
and Saturday at Dance Mission, 6 pm both nights. $15.
If you're a geek like me, I'm sure you'll very
much agree this was a great weekend for TV with BSG's
"Razor" 2-hour movie on Saturday and yesterday's
ep of Heroes.
Next week's ep of Heroes will be the season finale,
which makes me sad because there will be nothing to look forward
to until March 2008 when BSG's season premier airs.
This means I'll actually have to be productive or something
on Sundays and Mondays, or heaven forbid read a book. :)
|SUGAR ON SNOW REDUX|
launches a new issue, so be sure to go check it out. Now!
Hi, you're still here. omg.
I just sent you to Scene 360 and you're still
here? DUDE, my
interview with Scene 360 has gone live! Now will you scoot?
I hesitate to plug it as I'm seriously a shy person (I know,
a truly shy person would have no business with a blog, but
what is a creative shy person to do?), and ridiculously
modest too, but it's a funnyish but heavy sorta interview.
You'll learn more about me than you ever cared to learn in
been a busy week and I'm glad for the respite of the next
few days. I am thankful to be content with solitude, thankful
for my apartment, thankful for the good health of my friends
and family. So many links to share...
First up, WTF,
Why are you sharing our purchases without our explicit consent?
and then sign this.
If it wasn't for Scrabulous,
Facebook, you'd already be dead to me.
Team is hilarious, especially if you're very much acquainted
with the three Rs and know that one friend or group of friends
that always have to out-green you or feel the need to school
you for not being green enough. Thanks for the link, Elka!
Elka also sent me a link to a Flying
Spaghetti Monster tree ornament. Cuuute!
Cathy Lo, a skilled writer and designer, happens
to also be one of the most talented artists I know. She has
artwork up on her own site now.
Last, but not least, Kindle!!
Golly, I want to play with one now...
| HELP SAVE THE SHORE
| 8:56 p.m.
help clean up the oil slick that has mucked up the beautiful
Bay Area coastline. The Department of Fish & Game (EPA)
and the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) will be offering
training to volunteers this weekend if you're inclined to
help in both San Francisco and San Mateo. Click
here for more info.
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Update: Gimpy toes aren't broken.
Yay! Just taped up and on ice. They should be fine in the
next few weeks...
| JENNY GIMPY TOES
| 1:21 p.m.
I'm at the
Orinda Public Library as I wait to see my doctor yet again.
Dork that I am, I tried to install something while on cough
meds and ended up dropping the drill on my foot. Grrr. Just
call me Jenny-gimpytoes. It's a bit better and the swelling
on the big toe's gone down now, but I still have a strange
feeling that it's not fully connected to my foot. Rather than
risk broken bones setting themselves in some gnarly way, I've
opted to go get it checked out ASAP.
God bless Hyland for agreeing to take me here.
Public Library is rather state of the art with comfy furniture
and outlets at every table, CFL
lamps, and free wi-fi. There is a lovely plaza outside
and a café downstairs—I'm seriously impressed
and wish that more libraries could be like this one. While
it's nowhere as gorgeous as the Seattle Public Library, this
is one very comfortable yet functional place to read and work
which is ultimately what matters in a library.
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Perhaps as a means of atoning for introducing
me to twogirlsonecup, Dave sent me a cool link to a paint
brush that is probably made of fiberoptics and draws with
whatever it "dips" into and copies. Lookie!
| FLU SEASON BEGINS
| 9:13 a.m.
So this weekend
I finally got sick. It's the sore throat that always kills
me, never mind the runny nose or aches or soreness; my throat
is my achille's heel. I pretty much cancelled/bailed on everything
this weekend and only left the house for a total of 1 hour
to buy sustenance. I hope I didn't get H. sick... What's funny
is that this current flu seems moody and gets worse late at
night and in the morning. It makes me wonder if it's an allergy
to sleep or something.
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Just saw this on CNet that there are rumors
of Apple debutting a lightweight and uber-portable
laptop that will weigh half of what the current MacBook
Pro weighs. That makes me happy that I'll be upgrading my
computer next year instead.
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I saw this hilarious protective
iPod skin that is truly an homage to goatse.cx
and sent the link to my two ex-roommates. These two uber-nerds
who'd first indoctrinated me to all manner of internet memes
like tubgirl, Strong Bad Email/Homestar Runner, as well as
goatse.cx. Within minutes, Dave replied back with a response
that including a new thing for me to google: twogirlsandacup.
If you google it, please be warned that it's extremely not
safe for work. Or for lunchtime for that matter.
p.s.— Dave: I want those two minutes of
my life and whatever was left of my innocence back, dude.
| RAINS, POURS
| 9:13 a.m.
seem to beg for a Carpenters song, don't you think? Well,
I'd been lamenting the fact that I'll be working this weekend
(or part of it, at least) but the fact that the weather is
craptastic outside makes it somehow less painful to be cooped
up inside and parked in front of my desk. I hope the rain
lets up by middday so I can at least go out for a spell, if
only for a walk.
I've been working on bending my perspective
on things, on how I see things as good or bad which ultimately
influences my attitude about them and life in general. Things
like rain, or work. At some point, I do my best to view these
things favorably, and then after a certain point of trying,
I get tired and feel I'm deceiving myself over something's
Let's take rain, for example. On the upside,
it's nourishing for the world outside, its presence ensures
verdant streets. It sweeps away all the grime and oil that's
been building up on the streets since the last time it rained.
You don't have to worry about watering your plants for a few
days, and if you're weeding, the deep soaking from the rain
will help pulling weeds much easier by saturating the soil.
Rainy days are a perfect time for cleaning the house or doing
other unglamorous or least-favorite chores because, seriously,
what else are you gonna to do?
On the downside, rain sucks because a lot of
the drivers in the Bay Area suddenly drive like they don't
know how anymore. Rain sucks because the ants suddenly decide
to kick it in my place to ride out the storm. All the fun
plans you might have been dreaming of for today? Yeah, just
forget about it.
All in all, rain is a good thing when it comes
in moderation. We can't schedule or modulate nature, that's
+ + +
Jackie sent me a link to hoity-toity
toilets that are apparently all the rage now. They save
on resources because the bidet and bum dryer mean that you
don't need to wipe with TP. From the article:
'"It's much more green
if you look at toilet paper consumption and production,"
Pinizzotto said. "We use 20,000 sheets per year per
person. For one roll, it takes 37 gallons of water to make.
It really is amazing what goes into toilet paper."'
I wonder how much water it takes to get the
average bum clean vs. how many sheet of TP the average person
| 9:34 a.m.
Thanks to the magic of Skype,
I recently caught up with my friend Diane who now resides
in Mexico. I heart Skype! In other news, I've been ridiculously
busy so pardon me if I drop out of blogging for a while.
I can't believe Thanksgiving is happening so quickly. I've
never cooked my own turkey but it looks like that's going
to happen this year. :) GAH!!! I'm psyched to hang with David
(who's coming up from Sandy Eggo) and my fams, but I do wish
the Jackie will be here, too. Ah well, there's always Christmas.
Also, WTF with the weather?
I'm wearing two layers of thermals. :\
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I forgot to mention that while I was at Non Sequitor, I ran
into an old design classmate from eons ago, Brad
Alder. He now is a muralist
and designer, but spends most of his days painting. He also
has a mural up in Clarion Alley, which recently was home to
the Clarion Alley Block Party. You should definitely take
yourself on a walk through that magical sliver of space between
17th and 18th Streets and Valencia and Mission.
| THAI BRUNCH
| 9 p.m.
I watch very little TV considering
how I work from home and how much I could actually be watching.
Right now I'm waiting for Heroes to come on and have stumbled
upon Chuck, which is on just before Heroes. Fluffy, but sorta
Ooh, Heroes is on now!
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Okay, commercial break. Live blogging can't be very interesting
for you, dear reader, because you get to watch ADD
in collapsed time, huh? :) Anyhow, it's been a good weekend.
Could you believe the weather? It's like we got a brief respite
from the brisk fall weather for just the weekend and suddenly
we're back on track with the cold snap today. I had a very,
very busy weekend that included visiting family, getting and
putting together my new chair, going to Daria's birthday thing
& Branch, which you must visit if you like the 1920's
and have a penchant for excellent mixology.
Sunday I had brunch at the nearby Thai
temple with Athena and Liat Also had a visit from a, um,
very special guest. :) After a break, I had dinner and went
to see a play with Howie and Felicia. To be more specific,
we went to see after
the quake, which is based on a collection of short stories
by Haruki Murakami of the same name. I enjoyed the sparse
stage and the romantic storyline.
| NON SEQUITOR
| 10 p.m.
SEQUITOR, a group show featuring two friends of mine (Mike
Monteiro and Alexis MacKenzie), opens tomorrow, Saturday,
from 5–9 p.m. at Ritual. I'm going super-early because
I've got hella commitments, but I hope you make it out there
to meet the artists and to see interesting art. :)
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BIRTHDAY, YEE SO!! :)
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I went grocery shopping with Hyland today and
picked up a 5-pound box of seedless and easy-to-peel satsuma
oranges from Berkeley Bowl this evening. Oh my god, so good.
Soooo goood! It comes in a black cardboard crate/box and the
brand is "ABE-EL" and I promise you shan't regret
Tell me, why is it that
the mens' department almost always get the cooler accessories?
They're generally better made and stylistically more enduring
than the items I find the women's department of the same store.
For example, here's a scan of something I picked up at Urban
Outfitter's men's section after work today:
lasered from a piece of red
plexiglass. Also available: a blue plexiglass
hand grenade, white plexiglass brass knuckles, and some other
"manly" object in black plexiglass (at this point
I'll wager it was a gun), but it was obviously not very noteworthy
otherwise I'd've remembered what it was.
I'd been upstairs at Urban's women's section
and glanced over the froofy things I saw and just sneered
at either the style, the shoddy workmanship, or the quality
of materials. Sad.
Anyhoo... I'm going to have to shorten the chain,
but here's how it looks on (pardon my appearance—no
makeup cuz it's bedtime):
All in all, a good half hour's hunt for a wonderful
pop of color to go with all the green I suddenly have in my
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Eric sent me a link to Tina Roth Eisenberg's
I LOVE the gadgets and design-geeky
things she posts there. Thanks, E.!
| MAKE THIS LOGO BIGGER CREAM
| 11 a.m.
Mike M. just sent me a link
My Logo Bigger Cream. If you are a designer, you will
laugh, you will cry, and you will understand. This awesome
parody is actually a portfolio piece for Agency
Fusion, and they did a kickass job with the video, writing,
editing, design and production all the way around. Kudos!