Monthly Archives: November 2009

a celebration of special-ness…

when i was little, i watched True Stories in heavy rotation with Pinocchio and Yellow Submarine…its where Radiohead got their name, its where i learned to look and love…david byrne, i love you.
these are all the best parts…but you should go watch it for yourself.
note: these are not the best parts, but theyre what im liking right this moment

lets party please…

lately ive been having dreams about house parties, birthdays and mansions, breaking into people’s empty apartments and dancing in our socks…
also been biting my lip in the same place over and over again…maybe my teeth are moving around? not paying attention while im eating??
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anyway…forever favorites JEFF were here in richmond this past weekend on tour with Shonen Knife! hurrah!
they played my new favorite richmond venue the Plaza Bowl, duck pins! ten dollar pitchers! lazer lights! fried snacks!
its a good time.

here is the boys’ss tour blog
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through various means of facebook perusing/stalking/snooping, i discovered an illustration by an artist new to me…Justin Wallis.
the above image is currently my desktop background, and Justin is currently my imaginary boyfriend.
did you guys notice the ganguro up in the top left corner?

anyway, Justin, or MILKBBI is a cutie who makes marker illustrations with sticker embellishments. he often works with multiples and always with good fashion sense.
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more art stuff: just saw Kimsooja on art 21, and i keep thinking about her piece “Respirar – Una Mujer Espejo / To Breathe – A Mirror Woman”…Kimsooja worked within the Palacio de Cristal of Madrid to create a space of sanctuary. the artist laid mirror on the floor and translucent diffraction film on the windows and a recording of her own breathing played throughout the building.
here is her artists statement
and here is an animation of the space with sound…
pretty awe-some. i need diffraction film for my windows…
incidentally, meditative is one of my favorite words to say, when you say it me-DIT-ta-tive
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hands up, who likes me?

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just me and my lamp, havin breakfast…
i found this article on SAD, Seasonal Affective Disorder
now i know this term gets bandied about rather freely and that there are some people that get a legitimate clinical taste of it, but certainly everyone feels a little SAD and hates waking up in the dark morning…
the author of this article reports on scientists that believe that the symptoms of SAD, like fatigue, difficulty getting up in the morning, difficulty concentrating, a reduced sex drive and an increased need for sleep may all be programmed biological responses…

Our earliest ancestors made it through dark winter days by imitating the animals who hibernated during the cold, food deprived months of winter. It made sense, during prehistoric winters, for humans to spend more time sleeping and avoiding activities that would burn up precious calories. Carbs provide a good source of energy to combat the cold and are easy to digest. These were the most sensible foods to crave.
Besides taking many calories, in pre-birth control days, sex invariably lead to babies being born. Those who experienced a lower sex drive in winter produced more offspring who were born in the spring and summer months. These babies had a greater chance to survive.

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its interesting!! we’re all animals…
other scientists talk about the involvement of Melatonin which is part of the process that sets our biological clock…morning sun signals your brain to wake up and get going but if theres no sun in the morning, you dont release it!…or whatever.
so thats why theres a big push for sunlamp therapy
she certainly looks sunny
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so heres some ska revival Madness to help you pickitup pickitup pickitup pickitup…haaaaa awful

i think Madness lives in the same neighborhood as The Young Ones

love you Rik Mayall

these art forms must be developed…

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“los alamos” william eggleston (he comes into play later)

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so! i took a plane ride to nashville for halloween! i got to see so many old friends and we all had so much fun.
i was really in love, i gotta say.
i stayed with elle and ben and we went ALL OUT for costumes. i think collectively we used at least 50 hot glue sticks.
ben is noah’s ark, elle is simon AND garfunkle, and i am a mummy, keepin it classic…
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obviously, elle won halloween…
ben bought thrift store grab bags of random happy meal type animals to use for his costume and ended up with about thirty different kinds of bears. so, since we needed another costume for halloween eve, i cut all their heads off and made necklaces for me and elle…we thought maybe we were bear maulers…rather than being mauled BY bears….get it!?!?
also, i cant make a scary face to save my life…
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so after all the costume days, we were treated to a lovely dinner party and a viewing of william eggleston’s Stranded in Canton. in 1973, the photographer eggleston used a Sony portapak to film his friends, drunk, on quaaludes, geeking (thats biting heads of live chickens folks) and just partying beyond all compare. eggleston says the film “isnt about anything but itself.”

the portapak was the first portable video system, eggleston put an infared pick up tube in his in order to pick up light in dark clubs. it created a really haunting effect, makes skin look “translucent“. anyway, the whole thing is on youtube, definitely watch it!
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other stuff happened, its all on my flikr.
and then! i went back on the plane home to richmond…i had a three hour lay over during which i listened to the interview collages of gregory whitehead.
my favorite so far is Dead Letters, and includes excerpts from a broad range of discussions, about phantom limbs, the handwriting of hitler, napoleon’s penis, the actual color of dinosaurs, and memorizing the illiad in its entirety…
you can find all of them for free online here….
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bonus, my hand at eggleston
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