Sunday, January 30, 2011

graphic v. 1.0

Produced for a friend's church service; this version isn't going to work, but I liked it.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

saw this a while ago

But it's gotten better since then: Paris vs. NYC blog.

Friday, January 28, 2011

in praise of breakfast sausage

This has been the week of Lang-8. Lang-8 (which I've mentioned before, but bear with me) is a language-learning site, as well as sort of a social networking site. . . and, once you've decided to sit down and do it, madly addictive. I would say that it's inherently more awkward than Facebook, just because criticism and cultural collision are sort of an integral part of how it's set up.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

life drawing #2. . .

Missed life drawing last week because I was finishing up applications. I managed to get to Hotshops with no problem. . . sadly coming back was another story. Ugh. Damn you Old Market and your damn one-way streets and your damn streets that don't go through and your damn shitty signage.

Without further ado. . .

Monday, January 24, 2011

so apparently

I'm not able to consolidate my ideas into one post anymore?

It's all tumblr's fault. Damn you tumblr.

This site is fun, if way misleading.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

not usually into crossing wires

between tumblr and the rest of the world, partly because I want my tumblr content to be unique-ish from this blog's content, BUT

this tumblr is so awesome it's barely even a tumblr.

From me to you.

just realized that I can't count.

two blogs made of sheer brilliance

Smitten Kitchen. Cooking blog par excellence.

Natalia Antonova's blog. She lives in Moscow and writes plays and is a feminist; I don't know, it's just beautiful.

Also a blog that I have not completely binged on the archives of but which to all appearances is quite awesome: Hark! A Vagrant. (Yeah I feel like I'm pretty late getting on this train, but whatever.)

I just did a quick count. I keep up pretty religiously with about 30 blogs and semi-religiously with another 6-10. Damn I have a hell of an internet problem.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

every time I hear

"Bang Bang," by K'Naan featuring Adame Levine (from Maroon 5), I think of sitting in that vaugely pink-hued hotel waiting room outside Venice, waiting for the receptionist to finish entering the information from my passport. They were playing what appeared to be Italian MTV on the TV in the corner, and that song came on.

This makes me happy.

Monday, January 17, 2011

bad thing about reviewing research

is the sudden



come hell or high water

My portfolio will be in a done-ish state by the end of this week. And that's great, yes?

I think I have how to bind this sucker figured out. . . I think I am nearing completion with most of the spreads. . . I think I have the postage figured out. . .

and yet:

Friday, January 14, 2011

a somewhat random selection of favorite things

I see these posts all the time on other people's blogs, so. . . here are six of my favorite things! (The number has no significance; it was just how many photos I took before I got bored.)

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

apologies: resolutions?

Wow, am I a craptastic blogger or what? So, in that vein, my first resolution for the new year:

1. Blog once a week, at least.

(Though it would be nice if I blogged at my tumblr a little more frequently than that.)

(Incidentally, a new blog I have been keeping up with: gemma correll and her merry band of misfits.)

Other resolutions?

life drawing

There's a life drawing class once a week at the Hot Shops in Omaha. As I have been sort of a hermit for a while, and as I need some incentive (always!) to keep drawing, I signed up for it. The first night was last night; luckily the snow let up for a bit so the drive was more or less okay. I had only done life drawing once before (hey, 4.102) so I sorta kinda knew what to expect but not really. It was quite a big room (the Hot Shops are in repurposed warehouses close to the river in Omaha); the model posed on a platform in the center of the room, with theater-ish lighting. The teacher provided chairs and easels. I, sadly, left most of my paper in Fenway House (pain in the butt to mail home), so I took the largest sketchbook I had, which is about 10" x 8". Hopefully this weekend brings a trip to Blick (as well as a swing by the Joslyn.) Luckily I did keep most of my drawing supplies, so I've got enough charcoal, china marker, soft lead pencil, etc. to last me for at least a few sessions.

We did five two-minute poses to warm up (didn't upload any of those, they sucked), two ten-minute poses, two twenty-five minute poses, and one forty-minute pose. I think I did reasonably well, but I'm looking forward to what improvement the next few sessions might bring.

So, without further ado, the "best of."

Monday, January 10, 2011

movies I want to see

So many!

  • The King's Speech (Colin Firth! Helena Bonham Carter! Geoffrey Rush! Holy freaking SQUEE!)
  • Wild Target (Rupert Grint in a movie that is NOT Harry Potter -- O_O)
  • True Grit (no, I never saw the original, but I could see it with my dad!)
  • The Fighter (I feel attracted this movie because it happens near Boston and because I want to see how the screwed-up family dynamic plays out. . . pretty sure I won't actually like it.)
  • Love and Other Drugs (might be utter crap, but Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal.)

    Movies I do NOT want to see: The Black Swan. Reasons: A) Looks like there are several gross-out moments and B) I have approximately zero faith in Natalie Portman. Maybe it's not her fault that she has been in all these movies with terrible writers, but the thing is, SHE KEEPS TAKING THE ROLES.

    At some point I should probably watch Inception too, but meh.

    (Inspired by this.)
  • Friday, January 7, 2011

    not the post I had intended

    But instead some links.

    There is a lot of wonderful stuff happening at this blog, not least in the tag here.

    A style blog focusing on the elderly.

    Been reading the archives at Shapely Prose, a now-defunct blog with lots of excellent things to say. . . particularly for the chubby-to-overweight crowd such as myself.

    This is one of the most horrifying things I've come across in awhile. It's a site for portrait touchup software -- yet according to their portfolio, it's specialty software to make beautiful people look simply unreal. Nasty shit.