Saturday, July 28, 2007
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
has brought me heart-warming cheer for a lifetime. Not only have I grown to love batboy, but also the cat from wicked wind and the melting plastic surgery lady. We once made shrinky-dinks based on our fave WWN characters, and they are among my most treasured trinkets. sad sad times...
screens have a built in back light, so it doesn't really apply for those,
but this is pretty cool!
For those worried with energy consumption and all its downsides ... When
your screen is white, being it an empty word page, or the Google page,
your computer consumes 74 watts, and when it's black it consumes only 59
Mark Ontkush wrote an article about the energy saving that would
be achieved if Google had a black screen, taking in account the huge
number of page views, according to his calculations, 750 mega watts/hour
per year would be saved.
In a response to this article Google created a black version of its search engine, called Blackle, with the exact same functions as the
white version, but with lower energy consumption, check it out.
Monday, July 23, 2007
So really, I was heartbroken to hear that this amazing little upbeat lady lost her battle with cancer over the weekend. If you doubt how amazing she is, then all you have to do is watch The Eyes of Tammy Faye, a wonderful documentary about her adventures, struggles, triumphs, humor, and lovable personality. Seeing it just made me want to take her home in my pocket.
Friday, July 20, 2007
Melissa and I will be somewhere in the vicinity of NE Broadway and 20th in Portland on Sunday selling our crafty wares. We'll be having fun in the sun from 10am-3pm, so stop by and say "hi." If you are looking to shop, all of the shops are having big sales all weekend for the street fair/sidewalk sale. I believe it starts tonight.
Thursday, July 19, 2007
It doesn't really matter how fast you are trying to go, for you are dependent on circumstances outside of your control. The most sensible strategy is to slow yourself down before someone else does it for you. It may be frustrating trying to overcome the current resistances head-on. Instead, relax and let the events themselves dictate the speed at which you move.And dangit, I've been chomping at the bit to work on Tammytown and make things happen. I was really working myself into quite a lather, rendering myself unable to get anything else accomplished. Our latest sound guy backed out this morning, and we are high and dry, once again. Why do I have to learn to be patient over and over and over? Breathe
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Much cooler than you might initially think, as it makes you think. It really appeals to my desire to understand pattern making, costruction, design.
BEARS, the first book by Kent Rogowski, is a series of portraits of the most unusual sort: ordinary teddy bears that have been turned inside out and restuffed. Each animal’s appearance is determined by the necessities of the manufacturing process. Simple patterns and devices never meant to be seen are now prominent physical characteristics, giving each one a distinctly quirky personality: their fasteners become eyes, their seams become scars, and their stuffing creeps out in the most unexpected places. Together these images form a topology of strange yet oddly familiar creatures. They are at once hideous yet cuddly, disturbing yet endearing, absurd yet adorable, while offering a metaphor for us all to consider. These bears, which have lived and loved and lost as much as their owners, have suffered and endured through it all. It is by virtue of revealing their inner core that we might better understand our own.
BEND, Oregon (AP) -- Last weekend, Kent Couch settled down in his lawn chair with some snacks -- and a parachute. Attached to his lawn chair were 105 large helium balloons.
Monday, July 9, 2007
Trina was quite a fantastic character! She had lots of great writing tips and a lot of sass in her frass. She was very encouraging and inspired me to turn Tammytown into a comic. This inspiration grew exponentially after meeting and talking with Mike Richardson, founder of Dark Horse! Mike brought up the very good point that comics allow you greater creative control than film. Less people to collaborate with. He used Joss Whedon as an example, and I squirmed with uncomfortable excitement through all of his tales and insights.
Trina Robbins: Writer and Herstorian!
I was lucky enough to buy one of Daniel Duford's newest comics, hand letterpressed by him and his wife. It is called The Green Man of B Street and it is becoming an installation piece in the N. Portland transit mall known more as the Green Man of Portland! His comics installation pieces are wonderful, click on his name to have a look-see.
Scott was, of course, fantastic! He is currently on a 50-state tour with his whole family. His adorable daughters are making projects of their own along the journey. They seem to be a pretty fantastic family. Also worth a look.
Man, I hope these rad nerds at MIT figure out better ways to make batteries!
The movie "Who Killed the Electric Car" really was effective with me, and it made me want an electric car sooooo badly. Want!
Nancy Stauffer, MIT Energy Initiative
June 5, 2007
For the past six months a team of MIT students has spent hundreds of hours--many late at night--converting a sleek Porsche 914 into an electric vehicle. Their goal? To demonstrate the viability of advanced electric vehicle technology and to help clarify what research and development has yet to be done.
"For the 4th of July, I modified this recipe from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World. It's the Sexy Lowfat Vanilla recipe (because I sometimes need to fit into that tube-top) with added lemon zest and extract. Then I followed the instructions for the Strawberry tall cakes (that is cutting out the center of the cupcake, stuffing it with fresh berries, putting the cap back on and frosting the whole lot!)..."
I recently checked out Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World from the library, and it was one of the best cake books I have ever used in the kitchen- each recipe more of a hit than the next. The authors are also the smarties behind Vegan With a Vengeance. They are both wonderful cookbooks, even if you eat things with faces.
Monday, July 2, 2007
Things sure have changed. I'm not sure if this is real, but it smells of real. The Platform festival wound to a close this weekend, and I think it was a successful event. Unfortunately, i was waaaay to busy to see any screenings, but I did get to wander around and take in the installations, and they were just fantastic. It is so nice to see physical, experimental animation living in a space, specifically for that space. Even ten years ago, in a program of study about installation and experimental film, it was near impossible for me to imagine animating a space!