Wednesday, July 29, 2009

What would you do with this? Here's what! And some teasers...

So a little friend over at NotMassProduced has a little challenge to 'do' something with an old piece of hers. Her first blog entry about it here.

And she has started a link on her blog on the right hand side of all the finished ones. Here's her follow up blog here. Look to the right for the links.

I think it's sort of open for awhile so if you feel like getting arty with her art, go for it!

Here's what she provided us with:

And here's my finished piece:

As you might notice, I flipped it upside down. And sadly, after printing it out and then photographing it, the lovely sea green tones have turned sort of blue-y. It was a fun project to do though! And fast! My only regret is the loss of those greens...but c'est la vie!

Click either image to enlarge fyi.


Also, here are some teasers of new projects.

A Brachiosaurus with fully posable legs, tail and neck:

My Little Nessie:


Monday, July 27, 2009

When will Then Be Now?


For those of you who are at work, here's the non talky version.

[Dark Helmet and Sandurz come across an image of themselves viewing the screen. As they react, the screen mimics what they are doing]
Dark Helmet: When does this happen in the movie?!
Colonel Sandurz: "Now", sir. You're looking at "now". Everything happening now [indicates himself and Helmet] is happening "now". [Indicates the screen]
Dark Helmet: What happened to "then"?
Colonel Sandurz: We passed "then".
Dark Helmet: When!?
Colonel Sandurz: Just now. Were at "now," now.
Dark Helmet: Go back to "then"!
Colonel Sandurz: When?
Dark Helmet: Now!
Colonel Sandurz: "Now?"
Dark Helmet: Now!
Colonel Sandurz: I can't.
Dark Helmet: Why!?
Colonel Sandurz: We missed it.
Dark Helmet: When!?
Colonel Sandurz: Just now.
Dark Helmet: ... When will "then" be "now"?
Colonel Sandurz: Soon.
Dark Helmet: [backpedals in shock] How soon?
[Corporal rewinds the tape back to scene showing protagonists wandering in desert.]
Corporal: Sir!
Dark Helmet: What?!
Corporal: We have identified their location.
Dark Helmet: Where?!
Corporal: It's the moon of Vega!
Colonel Sandurz: Very good, set a course and prepare for our arrival!
Dark Helmet: [increasingly panicked] When?!
Corporal: 1900 hours!
Colonel Sandurz: By high noon tomorrow, they will be our prisoners!
Dark Helmet: Who?!! [mask falls down]

Sometimes there are things that make you happy.

This is one of those things.

I need to memorize this.

From the movie Spaceballs.



Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Reminder about Giveaway and 2nd buried treasure post!

Don't forget, you have until the end of July to win this cute little guy! Go to this blog post to comment and enter to win him! I'll send him to the far reaches of the globe for you! For free!



Here's my entry to the second go-round of Buried Treasure. Treasure Map here.

Since I haven't been blogging for too long, I was originally going to post something I'm not too excited about (For those of you who are curious, this one). Then I realized that before I joined Blogger I had a Yahoo 360 account. And I never archived them particularly well. So here's a copy of one of my old Yahoo blogs. Short and sweet.

April 28th, 2008

Dreaming of Eelwax Jesus, and laundry mishaps
Spent last night at the laundry mat dreaming of the next Eelwax Jesus video I'm working on. Got some super excellent feedback and response from me loverly partner. It's very exciting to have a creative collaboration with someone you love. I'm not sure how many times I've really had that. It's fabulous.

Funny story about the laundry mat. We've been going to the same one over and over again for over a year (and he had been going there for much longer than that before I even arrived on the scene). We often go Sunday night. And lo and behold, there is often a man there doing a ton of laundry. He is there almost every Sunday night, as far as we can tell, and sometimes there is a bit of a shuffle as his laundry finishes in the dryers etc. Since he does A TON of laundry, he is hard to ignore. He's usually there before we get there, and stays to fold after we've left.

So after awhile, I got tired to referring to him as 'that guy who always does a lot of laundry', and named him Dennis. Yup, I named a stranger, who I see every two weeks or so. It was easier than having him be an awkward phrase. And I was ok with that, and partner Monkey was ok with that, (although he thought it was a little weird).

So last night, as we sort of waited for a dryer, he could tell I was waiting and said, "I'll be done soon and then that one is yours". So I smiled, and thanked him, and took a leap. I introduced myself. He introduced himself. And then, god knows what prompted me, I actually told him I've been calling him Dennis in my head. And he smiled, and laughed, and thought it was highly funny. Turns out he's actually a Robert. (Monkey and I think he's secretly a Dennis though. We've gotten attached to the name). And he said that he does the same thing sometimes. And I got the feeling (I might have been projecting) that he almost, ALMOST, told me what he has been calling us all this time. Like he has some silly name for us. But he didn't, and the moment passed.

Funny how these little things change everything. Now I know the laundry lady's name too. Pauline. And I KNOW Tall one has seen her over and over again for YEARS.

I'm mostly just surprised it took me so long to ask. I usually am quite forward about these things. I think it was because for the first time ever ever, it was just me, Adam, Pauline and Dennis (ROBERT! It's gonna take some readjusting). So I just had to take the opportunity and make the plunge.

Feels good to know his name. Makes him more of a person.

I look forward to seeing him again.

Even if he is a Dennis in Roberts clothing.



Sadly Robert seems to have left that particular Laundry mat, though we still see Pauline fairly often. Apparently he used to do laundry for his two teenage sons and himself, so he had a lot to do.

It's fun digging up treasure! Here's another link to the treasure map to see more! Thanks, Seth, for bringing us all together!

And here's a few little tidbits I meant to post last week and never got around to:

I just got a great laugh out of this post by Adam Rex. (The genius who wrote The True Meaning of Smek Day, which is my favorite book from 2008 for sure).

We just got THIS BOOK in at the bookstore and I think I might be in love. It's lovely. So lovely. The little link there doesn't do it justice. It's like opening a doorway into a candy store full of candy you never knew you wanted. Full of life and color and beauty. I might need to buy one of these to keep and love.

That's all for now! Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, July 16, 2009

Buried Treasure

In the spirit of Seth over at The Altered Page blog, I am reposting one of my favorite entries from the darkness and depth of my blog. It's a good excuse to see what other bloggers love about their blogging, as well as maybe catch a entry you wouldn't have time to dig for on your own.

Here you go!

Friday December 5th, 2008

Feeling funny again while travelling on the train lately.

Having weird dreams.

Last night I was on a train, looking at the scenery. And there were huge scoops out of the ground. Big deep holes. It was scary. Adam told me in my dream that they were for salt mines, or maybe for subway tunnels. I don't remember. Later I dreamed about high schools and zombies and people getting upset at each other as society broke down.


I would blame my anxiety on my entire world changing this month and next, but everyone at work and home is a bit edgy and having trouble sleeping too, so maybe it's the weather or the stars or something.


Travelling into Manhattan in the morning (which I go through to get to South Williamsburg, Brooklyn) is different lately. I approach on an angle on the train, and the train turns, so I get a good north-looking-south view of Manhattan right before we cross the East River.

Today it looked like we live and work on the top of the world.

The sky was a pure, clean and clear blue. Dotted with full and creamy, clumpy, puffy white white clouds.

It looked like all these tall, pokey buildings were poking up into the sky, into the ceiling of the world. Up into the heavens.

I don't really have any good pictures of Manhattan, strangely. I've been here over three years. This photo though, does do my feelings about it a bit of justice. It captures a bit of the blue and clouds and wonder I feel when I turn certain corners in the city.

I guess I've never been much for photos of people. Most of my photos are of architecture or sky or animals or weird inanimate objects. And when I see Manhattan in my minds eye, it's not about the people. It's about the shapes towering and walking in the sky.

I picked up some more Ursula K LeGuin at the library. God I love libraries. I like to own books too, don't get me wrong. But libraries are free. And text and worlds and love and life being free is so important. I believe strongly that even if you have your own special books at home, they only live by being read. And that there's nothing sadder than shelves full of books who will never be read again. If you have your own books you must read them, or lend them, or pass them on. They shouldn't stay and turn to dust without being read.

So I picked up more Ursula K LeGuin. And she always puts me in a bit of a mood. She brings out the inner shaman, the inner strong woman in me. It's hard to describe, but when I read her fiction, especially her short fiction that is less sci-fi and more pseduo-cultural-anthropological I just get in a bit of a mood.

It's sort of good. And sort of odd.

I feel poetic. I feel as though it's easier to access my psyche, my inner words are no longer hiding from me. They spring to mind unbidden.

This morning poetry jumped to mind as we turned that corner and I saw Manhattan. Saw the fingers of everyone reaching into the sky. Saw the dreams and hopes and worries and fears and cares embodied by these sky scrapers. Sky reachers. Sky takers.

It's unspeakably strange to go from just moving and breathing and living to looking up at the city and feeling poetry. Being poetry.

It's too hard.

I realized the other day, with a start, that my favorite author is not HPL. I had thought he was for the longest time. Thought he was my author-savior. My permanent fixture. "Favorite Author". And then, with a start, I knew it wasn't him anymore.

If I had to choose one author whose works I could take to the moon, or a desert island, or wherever it is, it would be her.

I could live in her works forever.

HPL, though truly awesome in his power to take me to weird and interesting places, will never be able to capture the human soul the way that LeGuin can.

And that's why she's my favorite.

I wish I could meet her.

Original Post Here.

I'll link to the final list of Buried Treasure Participants when Seth puts it up here.


Monday, July 13, 2009

Eelwax Success!

The Show on Friday was great fun!

EELWAX JESUS has lived up to expectations as usual. And on top of that were funny, sweet, and all around the best band you could ever hope to love.

Our friends.

This is The Bavarian Weatherman/Mr.Shine/London Punk/Ian Jones/Mr.Rumple (Max Baker):

Here's Ignatz McGillicuddy (Lee Sellars):

Max and Lee started the whole shebang, do the majority of the vocals and all of the lyrics, and are my personal guardian angels.

And we missed him this time around, but here's David Helgarth (Paul Sparks) (these 3 photos nicked from the website, the rest are mine):

There was the all new Sister CB (Kate Guyton) also singing this time around, but I have no photos of her. Also in the band (and not to be mentioned lightly, as they all ROCK!) were Joe Flint (Michael Pemberton), Two Cups (Greg Gonzales), and the Man in a Gas Mask (Rob Sheridan). The wonderful Andrea Homan Pemberton provided astoundingly wonderous video projections throughout the entire show, on two screens no less!

And now, Pictures!

This is the sign for the cafe that is attached to the HERE Arts Center. There were lovely bartenders there that night.

Here's part of the set. You can see Esme (Margot White) onstage there. She spent the entire show ironing. I don't know how she did it with such a straight face. Clearly she's a great actress. She has a wonderful bit that she got to do as well. It really made her work as part of the show. I don't want to give that away in case they use it again.

Here's a terrible shot of me and friend Nick. Tall one came too but he's always pretty camera shy so I didn't get a shot of him. We sat in the front row. Good times.

Some assorted close-ups of the set that I snagged after the show.

I have to include the MENU because it was so well planned. You should all go out, buy all of their music, and make a playlist in this EXACT ORDER. It was fabulous.

Here are the album abbreviations that I used:

Great Defenders of the West (GDW)
Three (T)
Naptime for the Guru (NFTG)
Origami Monkeys (OM)

Song List:

Moon Pie Intro (NFTG) (currently available for free on their website)
Cameras in the Sky (GDW?)
Lucy (T)
Chop Down the Forests (NFTG)
Mr.Rumple (T)
The Clones are Coming (T)
Tricky Tricky (T)
Born in the 21st Century (? NEW)

Great Toaster Giveaway (someone won a toaster!)
Is This Another Love Song? (OM)
For a Moment I Forgot I was in America (T)
Next (NFTG)
One of Us will Kill You (T)
Genuine Emotion (OM)
Seems Like (? NEW)
I Want Everything (NFTG)

The Bavarian Weatherman (I think this was after the toaster giveaway but I'm not sure) (NFTG)

More fun from the show was the inclusion of Hello Redbird aka Rima Fand. She's not on any of the albums, but I've seen her play live with Eelwax at The Zipper Factory (when it was still up and running, sad face) and she was amazing then. Now she seems even more in tune with the band. I'm excited to see if they record any new songs for those of you who can't see them live to hear.

People I didn't mention who were part of the show: Lighting Design by Joel Moritz, Production Stage Manager was Jana Lancaster, Assistant Stage Manager was Nora Deveau-Rosen, Sound Engineer was Ken Feldman, Publicity by Nancy Hirsh Group and Teddy Getz.

It's fascinating to see people doing something this weird and fun, and then to accidentally catch them in a movie. You see, almost all of my eelwaxy friends are actors, in theatre and film.

You can look most of them up on IMDB or IBDB. Max is a pirate in one movie and a bug obsessed guy in another one. Lee was/is? a recurring judge on Law and Order. Paul was just in Hedda Gabbler on Broadway. You can keep your eyes peeled and see most of them hopping about, balancing being great performers with being a great band.

I'm sorry for ranting for so long about these guys. But really, they're great. Do yourself a favor and buy one of their albums from Itunes. You'll love it. I swear.

Start with Three. If you like it move onto Naptime for the Guru and then Origami Monkeys.


Thursday, July 9, 2009


Friends, countrymen, random people;

So I have a cute little guy that I made when I was pining for some Woodlanders like this one by Astulabee.

And I honestly don't feel like he's finished. And I don't think I can finish him. He wants to live with someone else. He didn't quite turn out the way I wanted. And he's adorable, but needs someone to love him and make him some clothes or hair or something. He's little, around 12 inches tall (or around 31 cm). Made from Wool and polar fleece.

Here he is with Blue Bird from Astulabee. Astulabee is Nicole Licht. Here is her blog. And she is terribly awesome. Full of awesome goodness. Please go to her Etsy shop and buy something. It will be so worth it. The detail and love put into her creatures makes them glow with happy and Greatness. I need to do a post all about her one day.

So unfinished woodlander wannabee here needs a home. He's small enough that I can afford to post him to most places free of charge.

So. A giveaway.

I propose to give him to someone who would like to give him a good home. He can be altered, or not, whatever you want, he's yours to do stuff with.

There are two ways to get him.

One, leave a comment below promising to love him and take care of him and squeeze him and make him into even better ART.

Two, figure out a witty caption for this weird ad I saw on the subway on Tuesday. And post a comment with it below.

I love this photo. It cracks me up.

Winners will be chosen at the end of the month. You all have until the end of July. Do it! :D


PS: Extra credit will be given for comments that have a good art idea or make me laugh hysterically.

PPS: At the end of the giveaway I'll post that whole ad so you can see what it really says.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Vacation Adventures, summarized

I've been gone. Now I'm back!

So the taller half and I just went on a series of adventures, starting with a honeymoon and ending with watching 'Hancock' on Netflix Instant Play (And since I published this later than intended, there are a few extras too).

Highlights include:

Having the best ever Camping trip. Rain when we felt like snuggling in the tent, sun when we wanted to go swimming, never too hot or too cold.

Whilst Camping (which was our Honeymoon, up in Saranac Lake), seeing a large group of Red Breasted Mergansers and their adorable little bakers dozen of baby chickies. No photo yet, but this is what they look like.

Reading The Giver (highly recommended, Lois Lowry) and making headway on Manifold: Space (tall one wants me to read the series. Very good so far, Stephen Baxter) whilst on vacay.

Getting a new sewing machine as a wedding present from the new MIL. :D

Getting taken to dinner and ice cream with the In-laws (I have in-laws! How awesome is that?! This whole married thing is still new), and seeing a giant panda head trash can topper (who looked constipated, it was awesome). This isn't the one, but here's one that's similar. I loved him. I laughed and laughed. You can say it's not a highlight but it really made my day.

Going to the Kutztown Fair curtesy of said new In-laws (I said it again!). See the awesome hex signs we saw here. And the Quilt Barn! Here. Yes. A barn, full of quilts. Very interesting.
Also, if you look at this guys flickr photo, you can see my favorite little calliope thing in the left corner. On top of it were all these little hand carved one of a kind animals. Really great.
The fair is over for this year but here is their website. Very cool. Mostly PA Dutch crafts and food.

Hancock was amusing, but not too great. Fun for a boring afternoon. Though it was the scripts fault. The main three actors rocked the house.


This ends the cool vacation section


Fun highlights from today are:

This morning I saw, 3 baby mockingbird chicks at head height (bad place for a nest mommy bird!) in a nest, getting fed by mommy/daddy bird.

That same bunny from several posts back I think, poking around on the grass.

A juvenile Crow. I don't think I'd ever seen one of those before.


I just got to drive to and from the grocery store by MYSELF.

I almost forgot to tell the internets. Before we went honeymooning I passed my drivers test! Finally! Wheeeeeee!!!!!

I know. It sounds utterly ridiculous to be excited about shopping for groceries. But if you know me in person, you will realize what a huge HUGE step this is for me. I used to claim I would never learn to drive. Then I was terrified to start driving. Then I learned on a stick. Then I gave up. Then I learned on another car.

Now, LICENSE!!!!!

The top photo of this post is the sort of car we have, in the right color no less. Brazenly borrowed from this guys website. (And I think he borrowed it too now that I look at it. From this site.)

This car is so me. A VW Rabbit thingy. It's my size. Me sized! I'm so small it's so great to have a car that feels Rose-sized. And it's one year younger than me. So I'm top dog.