Archive for May, 2010

Music Mondays

May 31, 2010

Photo by Ye Rin Mok

When I try to discover new music, I try to find someone whose taste I really trust to introduce it to me. I look to that person to hand over their personal favorite song from a great album. The one song can kind of lead you into understanding the album, and in turn, the artist.

Now, I’m not gonna say I have good taste in music by any means. I can’t play a single instrument and seem to be the only person on earth who thinks that Sigur Ros is just horrible. Despite this fact, I’ve decided to make my average ole’ Mondays into Music Mondays.

The day where I pick one of my personal favorite songs off of one of my personal favorite albums. Like this(!):

Reckless Nights and Turkish Twilights- Raymond Scott: (1937) You know that you’ve heard this song before. If you grew up watching Looney Tunes or Ren & Stimpy, its probably ingrained in your memory without your knowledge. Back when Scott composed music, his one of a kind music style was considered ‘experimental’. For me, this album (along side Toonerville Trolley) is one of the most unique jazz records ever made. Every song title fits the image that your mind congers up while listening to it. Raymond Scott was an amazing composer who has influenced pop culture from every outlet.

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This Weekend. Solid Gold.

May 22, 2010

Well, I hope you’re weekend is half as amazing as this little ditty.

Springfield, Nevada

May 20, 2010

minimal Simpsons design by Albert Exergian

I grew up during a great time for television. Ren & Stimpy wasn’t yet considered unfit for children,  commercials were stil unavoidable, you could watch TGIF in 3D if you ate at Wendys (this is the only article that seems to mention its existence), Nick at Nite still played classic shows, and in 1997 you had the chance to LIVE in the Simpsons house.

Remember this?! It was around the time that someone made big bucks to create this masterpiece of a webpage.

I wasn’t a huge Simpsons fan but I remember how badly I wanted to live there, after seeing a TV host do a tour inside of the home. Its so colorful! Looking back, it reminds me a bit of the dorms from this entry.

Now, I have a couple of unanswered questions regarding the 90’s:

  • Why can’t I STILL find a piece of the agrocrag?
  • At whose epic pog party did I scratch up my Jock Jams cd?
  • Did anyones wish come true from rubbing the gem of a troll doll?
  • What kind of messed up phycological issues made me stick Pizza Gak up my nose and try to breathe, as a game?
  • How did Mountain Dew dominate of its far more tasty competitors like Surge and Mellow Yellow?
  • Where is that panty dropper from K7 and the Swing Kids who rhymed “innuendo” with “Nintendo”?
  • Did my dancing flower have a bad set of batteries, of did it just not like my Amy Grant cassette as much as I didn’t?
  • Why do I feel like its only been about 3 years since I’ve seen this commercial for Amazing Fruit Gummy Bears?
  • And who won that Simpsons house?

Thanks to Wikipedia and google, I now know the sad end to this childhood fantasy.

“The winner was Barbara Howard from Richmond, Kentucky. Howard chose not to accept the house, instead taking a cash payment per the contest rules. In 2001, after removing most the details relating to the television series the house was sold by the builder to another owner.

Ready Made tells me that she was apparently very old and taking care of her brother with cancer at the time of the win.

It now sits in the subdivision community undistinguishable for its neighboring homes.

The Vader Project

May 19, 2010

After 4 years of preperation, the Vader Project is nearly done! On June 11th there will be an auction preview for the 100 customized Darth Vader helmets desgined by amazing artists and designers like:

The project is like the Dunny doll art collective, before they let your 5 year old Warhol on one for a mere couple of bucks and a trip to Kid Robot.

More photos of the helmets on display can be seen in this set on Flickr.

An Equivalence Of 14,000 Words.

May 18, 2010

I would say that the past couple of days and all friends involved in them, have been pretty lovely.

I believe I’ve spoken myself into a hole on several occasions, through out this week. So I will simply be translating through pixels, for now.

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bork bork bork

May 17, 2010

Photo from an amazing Muppet collection by Joel. See more here.

It was twenty years ago, yesterday, that Jim Henson passed away.

Who was your favorite muppet character?

I will always have a soft spot for

Won’t You Bee My Neighbor

May 16, 2010

Living in a space with a yard has been quite interesting, thus far. I was beginning to think that the only neighbors that my pup had entertain her were the yelling children and yapping mutts beyond the fence.

That was before a cat broke into our house in the middle of the night, and made my poodle her bitch with the assistance of its bladder. Yea. The cat had peed’ ON my dog.

While doing some yard work and mulling over the reality of our new intrusive neighbors, I came across some little guys who I enjoy sharing my personal space with!

Both the grasshopper and I enjoy a good jump, and both I and that little polka dotted insect are somehow considered ‘ladies’, on occasion.

Now, this is the kind of neighbor I wouldn’t mind making a Jello mold for!

Wecome to Historical Ellicott City

May 15, 2010

I recently took a trip to Ellicott City, MD to visit Ghost Town Tattoo and a friend that some call Machine Gun Vince. A man who welds guns from scratch, smokes more than he breathes, will skin a dear an sample the meat BEFORE sticking it into the oven, and sells furniture that he’s found in houses where people were murdered and has it sold as “vintage furniture” in boutique shops for 1000’s of dollars.

I was interested in shooting new guns, trying new….cuisine, and live in someone else’s Italian leather shoes for a few days. After the food poisoning from eating a seared steak left my system, i had quite an interesting time seeing how people in such a small town find day to day happiness. I was on a photo hunt to find beauty in something that may seem dreary to city folk, like myself.

I ended up shooting a slew of guns, exploring very metal basements, seeing where the props from The Wire ended up, hunting abandoned homes, and finding abandoned grave yards along the way.

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Magic Trick of a Florist

May 14, 2010

I like finding hints of nature in very urban surroundings, so finding this little DIY tip on ReadyMade really just sprinkled my ice cream.

Stormy.

May 10, 2010

Civil rights activist and cabaret performer Lena Horne died, yesterday. She was the lead female in Stormy Weather. An musical featuring an amazing cast of musicians like Cab Calloway and Fats Waller.

The song Stormy Weather was her standard song. Its a lovely little ditty.

Look Mom, No Pants!

May 5, 2010

This month, I turn 25 years old. I’ve been thinking about how much life has changed from birth up to now. For ONE thing, I am required to wear pants far more often than I did as an infant.

I wouldn’t consider myself a very feminine lady. I’m comfortable wearing denim….maybe a bit too comfortable, though. So in celebration of completing a quarter life, I am going back to the basics. For the month of May, I have decided that I will not be wearing pants at all for 30 days! Just skirts and dresses.

I gotta say, I’m really enjoying it, thus far. If you’re a bit of a tomboy living in warm climates for the next couple of months, I highly suggest this challenge.

It is curious how often you humans manage to obtain that which you do not want.
–Spock in ‘Errand of Mercy’

ohJoy!!!!

May 4, 2010

Every so often I feel the need to jot down things that make me smile and really enjoy life. Its becoming nice to have a little timeline of them growing. I can look back and see how what was cheering me up then, has simply stuck with with me!

Heres a current list of things that I love:

  • The fact that the JFK Jet Blue terminal has a soda fountain! I get to mix as many sugary flavors as I want, hop into my window seat, and see how long I can go without peeing myself.
  • Bees flirt video
  • “I’m enjoying this Punk Rock/Domestic Goddess thing you are working recently.” –Frank
  • Vegetarian Wednesday inspired by this post on Salt and Fat.

photo by Chloe Rice

  • Frolicking around the financial district with Gala, who after years of friendship, we always seem to find more things we have in common than we thought. Like a mutual loathe for cats and bananas. It was also funny to find out that she calls salad dressing, sauce…..as in salad sauce.
  • Cowboy Steak: steak seasoned with coffee grounds, brown sugar, salt, and pepper
  • Wearing high heels to the grocery store

400 Blows

  • When portraits I’ve taken show up on Facebook in a row, like so.
  • Challenging myself to wear a dress for everyday of May.
  • Drawing a monster a day in my sketch book.
  • Sewing custom dolls for full-grown kids.

photo by Chloe Rice

  • Adorably dressed children, like Brixton (above)
  • Making my bed first thing, every morning. Its such a little thing that makes such a big difference when you walk into a room.
  • Finding out little household hits. Like, the water from boiled eggs contains minerals that can be beneficial for your plants. Or that a candle could be helpful while sewing.
  • Spending weekends traveling, to be completely out of my element.

  • Cat eye glasses from Cutler and Gross.
  • Crafting for a full on care package project with Bea!
  • Finally getting paid for these photos to document that I’ve sold out bought in.
  • Those animal crackers that are drowned in pink and white icing.
  • Waking up and reading a book in a hoodie and under-roos, from the balcony of my new bedroom.

self-portrait. May 2010

  • Experimenting with Photoshop and Tripods.
  • My new hair that Bee gave me for my birthday.
  • otters. Oh cute little otters!
  • Onesy pajamas!!!
  • Riding my bike over the Willamsburg Bridge for a doughnut.
  • Having a friend that will spot me for a doughnut after $20 bucks goes flying out of my pocket some where along the bike path.
    Mascara Wars by Irving Penn
  • Extreme Beauty in Vouge. A book of unique shots from Vouges most panty dropping photographers.
  • Steve Martin. He’s always been my comfort character. I wish he was my dad.
  • These well done storage solutions.
  • The Crass documentary: There’s No Authority but Yourself.
  • Movie quote nostalgia:

  • Chatroulette living room hangs with friends
  • iPad…