Saturday, July 28, 2007

inbox zero



from the author of 43 folders, a great talk about emailing
I saw this on boing boing

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

yeah, D!


Comedian Zach Galifianakis and sidekick Will Oldham, aka Bonnie "Prince" Billy ham it up for the new Kanye video. It's sooooo rad!

the end of an era

What a year of heartbreak! I am so sad to hear that the "world's only reliable newspaper" will be publishing its final issue on August 3rd. The Weekly World News
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...

blackle

Blackle only really makes a dent if you have a traditional computer screen- LCD
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
watts.

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

RIP Tammy Faye

My childhood BF and I used to cut out pictures of Tammy Faye when we were just tweens. She was the best thing since the Bagwan, (and he really lost his sparkle after being booted from the US and being in cahoots with big bad Matanah Sheila.)
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.

handmade bazaar


hnadmade bazaar poster
Originally uploaded by superphoebe
I'll have a table at the Summer Handmade Bazaar this Sunday, July 29th. Please, help me get the word out!

um, rad...

This is just one of many fat wonder womans at this marvelous blog!

Friday, July 20, 2007

Um..... huh?



Nobody's made jail look this fun since the horrendously awful Bridget Jones sequel. I'm especially impressed by the balding lady-boy's acting. dang.

Broadway Street Fair!




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

my horoscope today

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

inside out bears!

This artist has been making some amazing creations with teddy bears turned inside-out, and now he has a photo-book. Want!

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.
Much cooler than you might initially think, as it makes you think. It really appeals to my desire to understand pattern making, costruction, design.

weeeee!

I just love my fellow Oregonians! This man flew a lawnchair with helium balloons through Oregon for almost 200 miles!
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.

buy my mom's cd!

It is really very good! You can listen to the tracks at CD baby, too.

Murphy & Marckx

The Time's Been Sweet
© 2002 Jean L. Murphy (634479252259)

Monday, July 9, 2007

creative control

Here I am being instructed and critiqued by Scott McCloud- author of Understanding Comics, Reinventing Comics, and his newest- Making Comics. I was thrilled to find out he would be one of our instructors at PNCA's Graphic Novel Intensive two weeks ago. We were also instructed by Trina Robbins (GoGirl) and Daniel Duford- a local artist doing work in all kinds of mediums.
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.

gangsta librarains, we roll deep

Apparently, Librarianship is officially cool! I knew it, I called it. May I remind you of my gangsta librarian leet rap?

read the NYT article entitled A Hipper Crowd of Shushers.

electro porsche


Man, I hope these rad nerds at MIT figure out better ways to make batteries!

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.

The movie "Who Killed the Electric Car" really was effective with me, and it made me want an electric car sooooo badly. Want!

more WANT! (and more flickr!)

My pal Dee is an amazing vegan baker when she's not a brilliant filmmaker, actress, programmer, all-around gorgeous lady. From her flickr post :

"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.

WANT!


My new favorite comic is the amazing Laugh-Out-Loud Cats posted by Ape Lad on flickr. These sweet, cute little hobo kittehs make me want to now yell "WANT" and "DO NOT WANT" about various things I want and don't.

Monday, July 2, 2007

Animation


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!

superphoebe