January 16, 2007

let it snow...

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"Oh the weather outside is frightful, but inside it's quite delightful...let it snow, let it snow, let it snow." What a fun surprise this morning. Again, a rarity for us here in the northwest. Maybe once a year. So I guess today's the day for 2007. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

December 11, 2006

color makes the home.

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I love this photo but I lost the link to the photographer on flickr. Sorry.

Postscript: many thanks to reader Kate who sent me the name: within these walls and photographer: pyrator of this photo. I do love the internet!

November 25, 2006

cast off treasures.

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In the last couple of days I've discovered two sources of lovely things made from the test prints of screenprinters. I love this stuff because it's random, repurposed, one-of-a-kind "collage", that happens as opposed to being designed. The first of the fabulous examples (thanks to design sponge) are from binth, who's one-off prints are magnificant. Bold, surprising, fresh, I literally don't know which I like better.

The second of the "cast off" finds are the lovely blank journals from test blank journals. Again, the random design and the uniqueness of each one, helps make these journals so very appealing and fresh. Oh my my! I keep wondering how many of these sweet finds, is too many to get?

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September 10, 2006

doodle is...

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as doodle does.

August 19, 2006

random doodle.

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August 02, 2006

letters and numbers.

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Love these old letters on a sign and numbers on a telephone pole signifying I don't know what.

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July 28, 2006

wild things.

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Yesterday a strange thing happened. While walking the dogs we heard a very LOUD explosion that made even Flora jump. As we came around the corner to our street, my neighbor yelled that all the power was out. Apparently a squirrel had chewed through a electrical line, causing the transformer to explode, which knocked out all the electricity on the street (as well as quickly ending it's own life). I feel bad for the poor squirrel, who at that moment lay dead on my neighbor's driveway.

While waiting for the power company crews to come fix the transformer, I was struck with how dependent we are on things like electricity and plumbing. One squirrel mistake and it's death to an innocent squirrel, and no computer, internet, blogging, wireless phones, refrigerator, fans, lights for us. It's weird how precarious all this modern convenience really is. We think we're so far away from wildness, and yet it's always close by.

And then the power was up and the incident was quickly forgotten. Well, except for the squirrel part, may he rest in peace.

The image above is Squirrel in a Squall by Charles Harper.

July 23, 2006

being creative together.

I've been thinking about how much I've really enjoyed the color week projects. It's fun to have an "assignment" around something that you find purely enjoyable or interesting. It's also fun to do it with other people, people you don't know (the first color week I participated in) or with someone you do know (the second color week focusing on purple, just completed). Part of the fun is the doing of the actual project of course, and part of the fun is connecting with other people who like what you like, seeing what they come up with and also seeing what the collective results look like once you're done. Because it's always different than what you would (or could) have done on your own. I love that. Truly.

Thanks to all the technology (blogs, shared servers like typepad or youTube, websites, the internet, cellphones, instant messaging) we have lot's of great ways to let strangers from all over the world and friends alike know that it would be fun to do something together at the same moment or make something based on the same "assignment" or modify something that everyone can contribute to. Sites like learning to love you more and 1000 journals project to name just a couple of the many, many ways to collectively create. Which bodes well for the world, I think. The optimist in me hopes that all this global creativity might help counteract all the divisiveness in the world. Seeing how many people have dust bunnies and one shoe under their bed, reminds me that there is lot's of regular stuff we share. Probably niave on my part, but wishing it were so, doesn't hurt.

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this picture of the sun is from learning to love you more, is by Lynwen Griffins at the Goodwyn Austin glacier in Pakistan. wow.

July 08, 2006

shadow art.

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Here is a (not so great) photo of a shadow of bamboo on my hall wall with Mary Margaret's wonderful monotype "repeating" that shadow like feel, in the distance. I like these random coincidences and repetitions. It's not planned but there they are.

June 20, 2006

the walls have ears...

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...and the trees have eyes.

January 16, 2006

coincidence

Sorry to show this image again, but there's a reason.
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Last night I was working on a project with the TV on. I'd just watched the West Wing and one of those countless Law and Order shows came on afterwards. It was, of course, about some horrible murder, but I wasn't paying close attention because I was focused on my project. When I did look up at one point, one of the characters was coming out of an apartment. I caught the interior shot and then the cut to the exterior, with the door opening outward. It was this door with the pink paint splat and the eagle decal plus some more graffiti. I love that!

January 15, 2006

and another cute thing

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While I'm on the theme of cuteness, if you need any present day "proof" of this phenomenon, check out the mania around Tai Shan, the 1st surviving giant Panda cub at the National Zoo. He can be viewed on a panda cam on the National Zoo's website. According to the NY Times in the article The Cute Factor, "the public debut of the baby in December has unleashed an almost bestial frenzy here. Some 13,000 timed tickets to see the cub were snapped up within two hours of being released and almost immediately began trading on eBay for up to $200 a pair." Cute lives!

cute, cute

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In these times of serious discussion about the merits of torture, the appeal of cute things can seem incongruous. But the more I think about it, the more it actually makes a lot of sense to me. In a world that seems so twisted and cruel at times, the innocence and delight of "cute" things are not only appealing, but in a very real way, a relief. My friend Alex turned me on to a great example of this on the web. The site is called cute overload and it's something to behold. People waxing rhapsodic about all things cute. Animals dominate, but there are also examples of cute crafts and other random cute things. Plus they have a great set of "rules of cuteness" that add an air of science to the silliness. What I like about the site is the healthy balance of true love of the cute and a kind of "tongue in cheekiness" in their expression of it. They get that it's kind of funny, but they love it none-the-less. It's a good laugh when you need it, though I do get tired of the dominance of rodent examples of cute. Ah well, nothings perfect.
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There was a recent article in the NY Times about the science of cuteness called The Cute Factor: It Makes Evolutionary Sense. It frames up why we are attracted to cute things from a biological standpoint, which makes me feel a little less ridiculous about swooning when I see a puppy. "The human cuteness detector is set at such a low bar, researchers said, that it sweeps in and deems cute practically anything remotely resembling a human baby or a part thereof, and so ends up including the young of virtually every mammalian species, fuzzy-headed birds like Japanese cranes, wooly bear caterpillars, a bobbing balloon, a big round rock stacked on a smaller rock, a colon, a hyphen and a close parenthesis typed in succession." See, it's not that I'm a sap, it's my natural, healthy maternal instinct hard at work, damn it.