Monday, December 4, 2006

new tattoo!

Dan Gilsdorf from Atlas Tattoo in PDX is the fantastical artist who helped me realize my dream of having a hometown mash-up cityscape on my leg. I think I'll be covering/incorporating the cross into another building. I'm thinking barn-roof farmhouse in honor of my grandma's beloved barn and my mom's first house she could afford when we were kids. I'm so pleased with the work that I can feel an impending tattoo addiction. This is strange because typically, for me, a combination of expense and even the slightest discomfort is extremely prohibitive. (Hence- no more snowboarding or skiing.) I may also start wearing capris- shudder.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

bank love

Laurie David is awesome!

Did you know that Larry David's wife is a true fantasticator? Well, she is! Read this Reuters about her environmentalist behavior (including being the producer for An Inconvenient Truth):

Friday, November 17, 2006

ACLU Suit Seeks Access to Lawful Information on Internet

A few years ago I signed petitions and wrote letters on behalf of myself and the ACLU to Timberland Regional Library (I later worked for them in my favorite job of all time) on behalf of non-filtered internet access at the branches. We kindof won- in that adults could choose to have filtered or unfiltered internet access. Eastern Wa was not so lucky as there are stronger influences there that feel the only people who should have unfiltered internet access are those that can afford to furnish it for themselves or those that don't do research at libraries. More information assymetry, more knowledge class oppression. So:
" November 16, 2006
Represented by the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington, three library users and a nonprofit organization today brought suit to ensure that patrons of a library system in Eastern Washington have access to useful and lawful information on the Internet. The lawsuit challenges the library system’s policy of using a restrictive Internet filter to bar access to information on its computers and of refusing to honor requests by adult patrons to temporarily disable the filter for sessions of uncensored reading and research. The suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Spokane."
link on ACLU page

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

no windows = rebate party!

A Sheffield (UK) man has won a refund from Dell for not installing Microsoft's Windows XP on a laptop he bought from the PC giant.
BBC news story
hooray for open source!

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Farewell stinky old Spar

Renowned for treating youngsters and long-hairs like shit, The Spar Cafe in Olympia, WA is turning into a McMenamins. I am completely pleased with this change, although I had some good times getting trashed during happy hour. Because the food is so overpriced for the crap that it tends to be, we never even considered it when we would ponder where to eat. just drinking and smoking, good drinking and smoking there. And Pete was always sweet.
article in the Olympian

Friday, November 10, 2006

a reminder

will it blend?

Jen and I both have had an ongoing fascination of and love for the vitamix blenders. This thing looks like one of them, but it is called blendtech.

Tuesday, November 7, 2006

Mom, did you go to France?

LIMOGES, France (AFP) — Some 79 garden gnomes snatched by a so-called gnome liberation group, were discovered Wednesday along the banks of a stream in the central Limousin region, police said.

I wonder how many gnome crimes have occurred since Amelie. Those Travelocity ads were the most egregious so far.

Monday, November 6, 2006

paddlestar galactica

orange nastiness!

200611061354This is pretty much my fantasy for drivers who don't yield to pedestrians:
In convenience stores in Japan, the cashiers keep a supply of clear balls filled with a foul smelling orange liquid. What are they for? As the shop owner explains in this video, "if a robber comes in, please hit them." Link

Saturday, November 4, 2006

RIP Adrienne Shelly

It is such sad news to hear that she died this week. Me and Kev met her years ago in Olympia when she directed her first film.

her imdb profile

Thursday, November 2, 2006

blogging gone to the birds

These pigeons are helping to report on smog in California in a project called PigeonBlog. see this article.

Wednesday, November 1, 2006

i f-ing hate you, Starbucks! again

Up yours store #3507! So, the other day I was totally ridiculed for not knowing SB-specific coffee information by the bitch barista behind the machine. I am way to cuntry in the morning to take that flak! I hate their coffee anyway, but I thought I would treat my carpool buddy to a latte as a little thanks for the driving, and the wild oats' coffee next door really tastes like burnt ass. So, anyway, that reminds me of the whole concept of coffee ordering etiquette. Did starbucks start the trend of having self-righteous coffee experts that look down their zitty little noses at you if you can't say machiatto? Did they absorb from the smaller indie shops? I feel way more comfortable in those, of course. The rub here was not knowing something about starbucks. I had no idea I could even be cofftarded. fuck those guy...

Thursday, October 26, 2006

what's your favorite Onion article lately?

Here's mine- I kept laughing out-loud!
Massive Tag Body Spray Slick Spreading From Jersey Shore

The Onion

Massive Tag Body Spray Slick Spreading From Jersey Shore

TOMS RIVER, NJ—Environmentalists fear that the noxious spill could offset Mid-Atlantic breeding patterns for years to come.


I am so excited for the movie. He's my favorite character from Sacha Baron Cohen.


You absolutely have to go read all of these panels by Packard Jennings in mcstrick's blog . It made me think of my hippie parents- or at least once hippie parents.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

now I'm going on an environmental kick

Do you know about offsetting your CO2 emissions? Native Energy is a pretty cool company that allows you to buy off some of your pollution guilt AND actually buy away some bad emissions by supporting renewable energy packs on windfarms and methane projects on farms. Basically, you are investing in cool energy projects. When renewable energy is generated, power companies are forced to use that energy by law and shut down other sources of energy. You can calculate your CO2 emissions, then buy a pack worth the amount you pump out from you car and home. I pump out 1.35 tons of CO2 per year, but the average person pumps out a supposed 7.5 tons. $24 buys me into 2 tons of renewable energy I can feel good about. It's small, but it's something... So, if you can, you should spend $3 or more dollars to do something too.

oh, Al

I now love Al Gore! He was fantastic last night at the rose garden here in PDX. He was passionate and informed, current and relevant. He reminded me of every great teacher I've had- especially the amazing Tom Rainey of TESC, genius of all lands. I really feel better informed, and even though I was driven to the point of hopeless tears, he successfully brought me back up and left me feeling inspired and driven about change. I loved that he had a Q&A afterwards, and he let crazy people come up afterwards and talk to to him and hug him. He had more material than in An Inconvenient Truth and he had information on events that occured that day as well as a lot of information about Oregon. He was very skilled at connecting Oregon to global issues. I think he gave ol' WalMart and China too much credit because they are behaving well in a few areas, but he didn't address some of the other major problems with those two nations. He did illustrate the beginning of the catastrophe of climatological refugees- beyond victims of the tsunami and Gulf Coast- such as India, Pakistan, and Lake Chad because the glaciers and lakes that provide fresh water are disappearing. His multimedia presentation was top-knotch- engaging and well-edited. It was nice to see it after he has presented it hundreds of times- so familiar with every part of it. After the Q&A he encouraged all of us to become fiercely educated so that we could recognize the opportunities for getting involved and getting others involved. Al Gore is changing the world so that there is the world. I heart Al Gore. Jury is still out on Tipper.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

It's a tee design associated with the questionable content comic.

Oregon Symphony, Al Gore, what a busy week!

Last night Carol and I went to the symphony and tonight we are going to see Al Gore speak. The symphony was fantastic! It was all about Mozart. The guest pianist was Robert Levin, who performed an improvised fantasy towards the end of the night. He was very goofy, theatrical, and he was an excellent player. Music nerds are really something- with their "alto cleff" jokes and composer puns. Good lord. It reminded me that I don't listen to Mozart enough, and it made both me and Carol wonder what it would have been like to party with him. Was he cool? Was he a dick? Hmmmmm, then we talked about people who excude passion and energy- people that can remind you of Mozart. Tonight we go get bummed out by Al Gore. I'm really glad to see him speak. He's always been pretty fascinating to me. I was one of the many Nader traitors in the stolen election, but I was still interested in Gore- just not his wife or his party. Tomorrow night we're all getting together to carve pumpkins, the next night I edit video for work, then it's off to Port Townsend to visit the woman what bore me. Sunday is Marge's memorial at TESC. Somewhere in there has to have some homework happen and then next week will be nutso too. I guess my ninety-minute max ride is a good thing- being my fixed time for homework and class readings. sigh.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Lauren's Knickers

Lauren has a few items from her Anne Bonney line on Etsy now. She made a pair of knickers for me for my birthday in the softest black woven material. I wear them constantly. The pantaloons are pretty awesome, too. They come down to just the right spot and you can see a little lace hanging out from underneath your skirt.
You can see them at
or at her site:

Friday, October 20, 2006


One of my favorite gingers is coming to visit the NW in November! hooray. I miss her like crazy! We're gonna make a 3-minute short while she's here, so I need to spend every waking minute while not at work getting as ahead as possible in my classes. Yikes! I feel like I can barely keep up. All this is really cutting into my time spent watching TV and loving it. Nothing can stop me from watching the ol' B*G, though. It's the bestest TV ever. Did I mention I love TV? Seriously, I do.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Library Aerobics!

A former ASU student posted this on youtube, and my friend Melissa was kind enough to pass it on. It is very inspiring to me.

Ethos Music Center

Yesterday was Nike's staff community involvement day, and we library folk volunteered to help out at the ethos music center in No Portland. It is a really great place that teaches 300 kids per week to play various instruments, read music, etc. They just got a new building on the corner of Williams & Killingsworth, and they really need help getitng it all set up. I really loved the people I met and we had a great time cleaning & tuning instruments and painting pottery for their up-coming non-profit coffee shop. We got to listen to a CD from rock 'n' roll camp- and there is nothing as rad as 30 kids singing "I Want to Break Free!" My fantasy is that I can get all of my friends to come in and help as a group one day for fun. It would be rad. All the stuff they need people to do is like a million times more fun than anything anyone does in their day job!

Monday, October 2, 2006

children of librarians...

...could grow up to be Bloodhag!

Note the victims on this cover art have overdue notices stabbed onto them. There are a lot of ragey librarians out there, huh?
Looks like Bloodhag will be performing at the Lakewood branch of the Pierce County Library (Tacoma, WA area) on 10/13. The band members' mothers are librarians.

their album @ amazon

Friday, September 29, 2006

What do you have checked out from the library right now?

Here's my list:

RFID for dummies / by Patrick J. Sweeney II
The big one(VIDEO)/ Michael Moore
Book lust : recommended reading for every mood, moment, and reason / Nancy Pearl
More book lust : recommended reading for every mood, moment, and reason / Nancy Pearl
Angle of repose [by] Wallace Stegner.
Foundation / Isaac Asimov
The last picture show / by Larry McMurtry
Stiff : the curious lives of human cadavers / Mary Roach
A dangerous friend / Ward Just
Tim Burton's Corpse bride [videorecording] / Tim Burton
Bubble [videorecording] /Steven Soderbergh
Curb your enthusiasm. The complete fourth season [videorecording] /Larry David
Neverwhere / Neil Gaiman.
NNNNN [sound recording] : [a novel] / Carl Reiner.

Hold List:

Rize [videorecording] / David LaChapelle
Wallace & Gromit [videorecording] : the curse of the were-rabbit / Aardman Animations
Oral fixation. Vol. 2 [sound recording] / Shakira.
Lost. The complete second season [videorecording]
Arrested development. Season three [videorecording].
Arrested development. Season two [videorecording]
Deadwood. The complete second season [videorecording]
Weeds: season 1 (DVD)
Rome. The complete first season [videorecording]
Curb your enthusiasm. The complete fifth season [videorecording] Terraforming earth / Jack Williamson.
So yesterday : a novel / by Scott Westerfeld.

Because school just started again, it is unlikely I'll get a chance to watch any of those DVDs on that hold list- unless they don't come up until xmas break- which, I guess, is likely. Post either your favorites or what you have checked out or what you're currently reading and I'll be eternally grateful!

school is cool

It's been a great week getting back into school- the beginning of my second year at the Universtiy of Washington's iSchool- yeah they spell it that way. Everything has an i before it now. I have two really great classes from two Nancys. Already a ton of reading for Booklust 101 with Nancy Pearl. We're kicking it off with Ward Just's A Dangerous Friend and a non-fiction narrative of our choosing. I'm trying to decide between The Orchid Theif, Stiff, and Truth & Beauty. I listened to Carl Reiner's NNNNN on the way up to Seattle, and its pretty entertaining- very enjoyable to hear it in Carl's voice. My business resources class is helping close the gap in the knowledge I was just expected to have at the law firm. (School helps me realize how little training and back-up I had in that job, and how ridiculous it was for me to be expected to do that kind of work without and without decent pay, too. Those are the situations in which I gain massive amounts of new knowledge, so it still works out pretty well.) The business class is satisfying that other type of nerd in me. The teacher is really knowledgeable, funny, interesting- just fab!

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

M+M= fraking awesome guitar straps!

Michael and Melissa are now making and selling these BEAUTIFUL guitar straps on Etsy.
Check it, yo:

Library/Archives go to the moon!?!

Check out this article:
"The benefits of lunar storage are that there is no oxygen to erode the material, constant sub-freezing temperature and the Moon is currently free of all of the havoc wreaked by humankind..."
Lunar Library

yay! text directory services for yer cell

You probably already know all about this, but as I used it this morning, I thought- hmmmm- blogworthy indeed.
Hate to pay $1.50 for dialing 411 on your cell phone? Google and Yahoo have figured this out, and for free. From your phone, just send a text message to 46645 (Google) or 92466 (Yahoo), along with your search terms (for example, “Tom Mighell, Dallas Texas”). In just a few seconds you’ll receive a reply back with a phone number.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Memorial for Marge

Marge Brown, beloved instructor at TESC and great friend of mine, filmmaker and all-around amazing lady passed away in July after having been diagnosed with cancer for the last three years. There will be a public memorial for Marge on October 29th in the Longhouse at Evergreen. We miss you Marge.
memorial page at Evergreen

Tuesday, September 5, 2006

it's official

I'll be leaving my ol' law firm job for swooshier pastures starting in Rocktober. I'll be starting a new year of library school in a couple of weeks, too. I'm taking classes from 2 teachers both named Nancy. One is a rock star- for reals (they have an action figure based on her!), and the other is, I think, who I want to be when I grow up! Hooray for good times. Change is good.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Handmade Bazaar yo!

Lauren & Nova will both be there with stuff on Saturday, and I'll be there on Sunday. It's at ACME, should be a pretty good time...

handmade bazaar

tell E V E R Y O N E

Friday, August 18, 2006

summer reading list

Assassination Vacation on CD by Sarah Vowell

RFID For Dummies

Tease: Inspired T-shirt Transformations by Superstars of Art, Craft, and Design

A Nation Transformed by Information: How Information Has Shaped the United States from Colonial Times to the Present

Generation T: 108 Ways to Transform a T-Shirt

The Craftster Guide to Nifty, Thrifty, and Kitschy Crafts: Fifty Fabulous Projects from the Fifties and Sixties

HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide, Fifth Edition

Collection Development Policies and Procedures: Third Edition

Hooray for the HRC!

I am so glad I gave my last $24 to the HRC last week to support this. I got this email today:

Dear Friend,

It is a great and historic day for our community. Today, federal legislation called the Pension Protection Act was signed into law and it includes two provisions that extend important financial protections to more Americans - including same-sex couples. This is an incredibly exciting victory that will be helpful to millions of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender families.

This Act is important because it has two hard-fought HRC-backed provisions that we lobbied for intensely and secured its inclusion. These provisions will help same-sex couples nationwide. Basically what this means is that these two provisions ensure that the U.S. tax code, in times of emergencies, is fairer to more Americans, including our community, and puts us on a more equal footing with other couples. Here's how these provisions can impact the lives of GLBT Americans:

The first provision, called "Non-Spousal Rollover"

  • Allows the transfer of an individual's retirement plan benefits, like a 401(k), to an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) for a non-spouse beneficiary like a domestic partner, sibling, parent, cousin or anyone else when the individual dies.
  • In the past, unless you were the legally recognized spouse of the deceased, you were forced to withdraw the amount as a lump sum and you faced immediate tax penalties which would eat away at the savings amount intended for retirement.

The second provision, known as "Hardship Distribution":

  • Allows individuals who list their same-sex partner or other non-spouse beneficiary under a 401(k) plan the ability to tap into their retirement funds in the case of certain medical or financial emergencies of the beneficiary.
  • In the past, the federal law only permitted such withdrawals for employees' legally recognized spouses or dependents.

For more details on how the two provisions can help you and your family, please visit our website at: Also, be sure to keep a close eye on your inbox later this month because we will be sending you information about an online chat with a financial expert that we will be hosting. The Q&A with this expert will be all about the Pension Protection Act and how it pertains to GLBT families.

I hope that you are as proud as I am of the HRC team and all their work to make this happen. As a member of the Human Rights Campaign, your support provided the resources and the critical momentum necessary to achieve this historic victory for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans. I can't thank you enough for your lasting commitment to this work.

We should also thank our allies in Congress - Democrats, Republicans and Independents like former Representative Rob Portman (R-OH), Representative Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ways & Means Committee Chairman Representative Bill Thomas (R-CA), Senator Gordon Smith (R-OR), Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME), Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA), Senator Max Baucus (R-MT) and Senator Jim Jeffords (I-VT) - who partnered with us and did so with a cooperative spirit that is truly special in the current divisive political climate.

I hope you'll take a few moments to reflect on this enormous victory, join us in celebrating our big win, and know that you are making a difference.


Joe Solmonese signature

Joe Solmonese
President, Human Rights Campaign

P.S.-For XM Radio subscribers, on Monday evening, be sure to tune in to our radio broadcast of "The Agenda," where our guests will include a financial expert who can answer your questions about the provisions of the Pension Protection Act. "The Agenda" is from 6 pm - 8 pm (EST) on XM Live, Channel 200. The call-in number is 1-877-924-3632.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Phil's flickr set

is now filled with images from our childhood: Philip's youth flicker set

That hat on my head is a stuffed-animal bear we got with our mean, evil Grandma in Yosemite. It was later lost on the Umpqua River during a whitewater canoeing trip. I was pretty broken up about it.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Librarian gangsta l337 rap

I had to write a poem in l337 last year for school. I am proud to begin a genre of librarian gangsta rap. It's been a long time coming.

my |337
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wh3n y0ur b00k5 4r3 |473
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fu7ur3 k33p3r5 0f kn0w|3d63,
w3 r0ck d1574nc3 c0||363
d0n'7 d15r35p3c7, d0n'7 b3 4 d06
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my leet
straight from the street
gangsta librarians
we roll deep
return your matertials by the due date
cuz I get madder than a hatter
when your books are late
my crew is true
we're the bibliobitches
non-shush librarians in super-cute britches
time after time
line after line
talking 'bout the books that are on our minds
future keepers of knowledge,
we rock distance college
don't disrespect, don't be a dog
get down with us and
read our blog!

Sunday, July 9, 2006

becoming photogenic

Not everyone can look as stunning as I do in pictures. If only I could swim in my own eyes.

So actually, I just read this great wiki how on being more photogenic. I recemmend some of these things to picture posers all of the time.

photogenic wiki-how

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

My birthday was the awesomest!

I had the best 32nd birthday party ever! The theme was handmade crafts and tee recons. Oh, and gocco! We also watched old 16mm movies in the backyard and our Super8 movie from Valentine's day that is an animated dance party. In the picture, I'm wearing the shirt that Gail made for me (I blogged about her site earlier.) I'm also wearing the headband linds gave me and man did i ever score about 500 awesome things from my loved ones! I'll post photos soon- the stuff I got really was amazing. Anneliese told me that she almost "bronzed" (found out later she meant spray paint) cat turds for me. What an A-hole! Phil got me R. Kelly's Trapped in the Closet, which turns out to be as sad as it is funny and confusing and just plain insane. I fell asleep before the part with the midget crapping himself, though- so it could get really good. I feel like I need to play catch-up with my blog! So much has happened. I started my internship at Nike- that's for another entry alltogether. I came up with the next ideas for a couple of shorts for the gang to shoot this summer. Also, Claw and I started going again with Hey Hooker- our TV show. It's gonna be the funniest thing you could ever put all up in you. for reals girl, for reals.
For more party pics, go to Melissa's flickr set

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Monday, May 29, 2006

Earthquake victims

I chose NW medical teams,they're my favorite, with Red Cross coming in at a close 2nd. The Earthquake in Indonesia made me sit up in bed and say WTF? Seriously, what next, huh? It is breaking my tiny heart.

Monday, May 22, 2006

the beautiful work of R. Gail Wick

is now available for gawking over and purchasing online at Gail's website. She not only makes amazing jewelry that she casts and works herself, but she is also an expert sewer by hand and machine, screenprinter, photographer, and all-around fantasticator. Lindsay and I were just telling some ladies at the Portland Church of Craft meeting about her yesterday. I said "she's one of those people- so talented you just want to break their fingers!" The Bag that she screenprinted with the "Injury is so painful, death so permanent" logo would be an excellent gift for a certain gemini's impending birthday-
especially since said gem only wants handmade items this year.

Monday, May 1, 2006

Crafty Wonderland

Crafty Wonderland will feature 40+ independent
artists and crafters selling their work!
from 11-4 pm
Doug Fir Lounge - 830 E. Burnside Portland
Next show is May 14th

I will be selling all kinds of goodies- some new lamps and other things you haven't seen yet! Also, Nova will be there with her handmade cards and paper goods. We'll be sitting next each other. I'm thrilled. Please, tell everyone and mark it on your calendar!

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

google labs

Google is dreamy! I just started to futz with their page creator in google labs. Pretty fun!
my new google page

Monday, April 24, 2006

Andy & Jessica

Originally uploaded by superphoebe.

They got married, er, I married Andy & Jessica this weekend at Andy's family's cabin in "Wherethefuckarewe?", Wa. It was so lovely and everyone was so lovely. I saw more people I love than my brain and my little black heart could handle. Highlights were laughing with the gang, leaving Anneliese there(maybe a lo-light?), dancing like a fool, being proposed to- or at least people asked if I would marry them at any rate, and saying "by the power vested in me by the organized religion of spiritual humanism, I now pronounce you husband and wife!"

Monday, April 17, 2006

Easter brunch bibs

Originally uploaded by superphoebe.

Kim and I made 20 bibs for the hoard that descended on Bill & Shannie's yesterday. It was so great seeing everyone in their finest, then seeing them in bibs. We also had some devil & monster masks. Anneliese dubbed it the beezlebubbies Easter. Shannon stuffed all of Bill's panties in the pinata she made. It was delightful.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

New Built to Spill- i like it :)

I bought the new Built to Spill album today and listened to it while I processed library billing at work. Man, it is good. Very soothing, a real continuation of Ancient Melodies of the Future- which I love. Sam Coomes on organ is great, and their new guitarist seems pretty rad as well. I recommend.

You In Reverse Track Listing:
1. "Goin' Against your Mind"
2. "Traces"
3. "Liar"
4. "Saturday"
5. "Wherever You Go"
6. "Conventional Wisdom"
7. "Gone"
8. "Mess With Time"
9. "Just a Habit"
10. "The Wait"

Monday, April 10, 2006

Iggy's catnip feeder

After careful consideration, Michael created this catnip feeder for the already all-too-spoiled Ignacious Gruen. The catnip, which grows like a, er, weed, will poke through the chicken-wire for Iggy to feast on before acting like a crackhead and going bonkers all over the place.

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