Archive | November, 2010


30 Nov






I hope you guys have a great week…wish me luck on my physics exam.

Love Love Love



25 Nov

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!  I hope everyone is with their family and whatnot.  Alternatively, if you don’t like your family, I hope you’re with people you can stand to be around.  My parents decided to go to Arizona, so I’m going to be hanging out with my roommate’s family.  PAAAAAAAAARTAAAAAAAY!

The traditional Thanksgiving feast

I honestly don’t have much to say in this post.  I’m so thankful to get a break from final papers and projects that I have done nothing productive these past two days, and I may have forgotten how to do basic arithmetic.  But this is the price we pay for leisure, yes?

So, friends, eat till you can eat no longer, watch football, and revel in being the quintessential American.  If you’re going shopping tomorrow real early, try not to get hurt.  I’ll be at Walmart at five in the morning, trying to make sure nobody kills each other.


Hospitality Under the Influence

22 Nov

So yeah my subject is totally copied from Amy Sedaris and her book I like You: Hospitality Under the Influence, whatta bout it? Anyways, I got this book a few years ago and even got the all too generous Amy to sign it for me (CLAIM 2 FAME).

Amy has some gift suggestions for all of you struggling with what to get your liked ones.

Gifts for a Divorced Man Who Works in an Office:

  • An easy to care for terrarium
  • Place mats
  • Frozen Chicken Thighs
  • The Holy Bible
  • Paint Chip Wheel
  • Hangers
  • Oven Mitts
  • Comb

For the Single Girl in Her Mid Forties Living Alone:

  • Pink Toilet Paper
  • Stamps

For a Nun:

  • TV set
  • Suitcase
  • Cheese
  • Soap
  • Sausage Links
  • Shower Caps
  • Raisins

Basically, this is all you need to know for Christmas. Surely you can come up with your own variations on these lists for those in your family who are not divorced men, women in their mid forties (living alone!), or nuns. But this is a good starting place for you. And according to Amy, if you can’t afford a gift, give a compliment (“it’s an easy way to make somebody feel better”).

I Like You!


Here’s my compliment to all  of you PEEL people:

Ya’ll are all sexy, smart, and sassy. Have a great, safe Thanksgiving!


An Ode to MOBA

22 Nov

Artistic expression is often hailed at the pinnacle of human achievement. Whether or not this is true, history fails to find a single culture that does not regard their art with a great sense of pride and esteem. But for every creative master, there a surely thousands of aspiring artists who didn’t quite make the cut. And for every one of those, there must be many thousand more who really just didn’t have a clue.

But every dog has his day! Finally, there is a museum for art is that is… bad. Since 1994 MOBA, the Museum of Bad Art, has been “the world’s only museum dedicated to the collection, preservation, exhibition and celebration of bad art in all its forms.” The 500 piece collection has been accumulated from galleries, yard sales, and other places where bad art lives and thrives, and is displayed online and in three different gallery spaces in and around Boston.

Museum owner Michael Frank explains that the idea came from a gallery owner friend, who would frequently purchase art from thrift shops, only to discard the actual artwork in favor of the frame. “What we look for are pieces of work that are produced in an attempt to make some sort of artistic statement — but clearly something has gone wrong,” he says. “There has to be something about it that makes you stop, and very often wonder why the artist continued down the path to produce what he or she did.”

If you ever find yourself in Boston, treat yourself to a laugh and give MOBA a visit. Or, save yourself a place ticket and enjoy MOBA’s bounty from the comfort of your couch at The captions make it extra delightful.

Think Again Acrylic on canvas by Unknown Acquired by Scott Wilson from trash  This disturbing work "makes an offer you can't refuse". The chilling, matter-of-fact manner in which the subject presents the severed head to us is a poignant reminder of just how numb we have become. The understated violence implicit in the scene speaks volumes on our own desensitization, our society's reflexive use of force, and the artist's inability to deal with the hindquarters of the animal.

Think Again

Acrylic on canvas by Unknown
Acquired by Scott Wilson from trash

“This disturbing work “makes an offer you can’t refuse”. The chilling, matter-of-fact manner in which the subject presents the severed head to us is a poignant reminder of just how numb we have become. The understated violence implicit in the scene speaks volumes on our own desensitization, our society’s reflexive use of force, and the artist’s inability to deal with the hindquarters of the animal.”

Two Trees in Love

Acrylic on canvas by Julie Seelig
Donated by Sally Seelig, the artist’s mother

“A heartening painting which makes up for lack of realism with a surplus of symbolism. The cloud caught in the branches of the most prominent deciduous confirms the artist’s vision of a world where dreams can be captured and landscapes tamed, if you only try hard enough. “


Acrylic on canvas by Unknown
Donated by Elizabeth and Sorn Pöckel, Copenhagen, Denmark

“A remarkable fusion of ski resort and wolf puppy — stoical in his yellow-eyed silence, frozen beneath the ice-capped peak, Dog eloquently challenges the viewer to re-examine old concepts of landscape.”


“Body” Art

20 Nov

Art is such a flexible, beautiful thing. The boundaries are limitless and not all art has to be done in the traditional forms such as painting, drawing, ceramics, and/or sculpture.  Liu Bolin takes his Art an extra 100 steps forward by becoming apart of the scene which he wants to capture.  It isn’t a pretty story, but a sad one.

“Liu said he wanted to show how city surroundings affected people living in them.

He added that the inspiration behind his work was a sense of not fitting in to modern society and was a silent protest against the persecution of artists.

He said: ‘Some people call me the invisible man, but for me it’s what is not seen in a picture which is really what tells the story.

‘After graduating from school I couldn’t find suitable work and I felt there was no place for me in society.

‘I experienced the dark side of society, without social relations, and had a feeling that no one cared about me, I felt myself unnecessary in this world.

‘From that time, my attitude turned from dependence into revolting against the system.’  ”

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True Vintage Digital—No editing needed

20 Nov

I came across this link awhile ago and just had to share. I have a ‘small obsession’ with photography. I have a collection of about 5 old cameras ranging from 1927–1975, and was out shopping for some yesterday as well (sadly, purchases postponed until after holiday spending).

Anyways, could there be any better way to merge the vintage look of old photography with the connivence of digital than to (professionally and skillfully) slap a 100 year old lens onto a 5D? I think not. The images are absolutely amazing, they look 100 years old and yet you’re thrown off because A) half the images are in color and B) you see a new BMW or a minivan in the background. Also, for any that aren’t as much of a design/photography nerd as I am, the Canon 5D can take video. So the video on the page is shot with the 100 year old lens. The result is incredible, to say the least. No more words…go check it out for yourself 🙂

—Jenna Slawson
Graphic Design Print Head


18 Nov

I realize I blog a lot about music, but I draw a lot of my inspiration as a writer from music.  I even had a stretch where every short story I wrote was inspired by a lyric from a song.  Music, however, is more easily accessible and more quickly digested than books–so with that in mind, I present to you my probably premature list of the top ten albums of the year.  Maybe you’ll even find something you like.

10. The Weakerthans – Live at the Burton Cummings Theatre

I feel like this is cheating, since this is a live album, but the Weakerthans are just so good.  Since none of these songs were originally released in 2010, it’s relegated to number 10.  Regardless, these Canadians don’t disappoint with their live show.

9. Trampled By Turtles – Palomino

Trampled By Turtles play “speedgrass”–a form of bluegrass which is hella fast–and they’re pretty damn good at it.  I’d never heard of them until this album, but I’ll definitely be checking them out more in the near future.

8. Born Ruffians – Say It

I haven’t quite figured out what makes Born Ruffians so charming, but I can’t get enough of them.  Say It marks an interesting change in sound from their first album, but I like the direction in which they’re headed.

7. The Walkmen – Lisbon

It breaks my heart to have this record so low on the list, because I listened to this so much this year.  I guess that speaks to the quality of the year in music, though.  Turns out the Walkmen actually did make good music after “The Rat” got so popular.

6. Admiral Fallow – Boots Met My Face

I have no idea how I found out about this band, but I’m glad I did.  Though the accent is sometimes obnoxiously Scottish, the tunes–which sound almost orchestral at times–more than make up for it.

5. Frightened Rabbit – The Winter of Mixed Drinks

Another Scottish band makes the list, this time in Frightened Rabbit.  Though this record is a departure from the folksy sound I fell in love with on The Midnight Organ Fight, it’s still lovely.

4. Ted Leo and the Pharmacists – The Brutalist Bricks

I’ve loved Ted Leo for ages.  I’ve seen him twice, and I completely recommend it if you’re ever presented with the opportunity, because he’s one hell of a performer.  Also, his drummer has a sweet beard.

3. Paul Baribeau – Unbearable

Paul Baribeau is not a good singer.  At least, not in the traditional sense.  But he’s earnest and his songs are simple and beautiful, and his singing comes out charming.  Nothing will probably ever top his self-titled record, but this tries real hard.

2. Bomb the Music Industry! – Adults!!!

BTMI! puts out all their records for free on their website.  They don’t sell shirts, but if you go to a show and bring your own blank, they’ll be happy to spray paint their stencil onto it for you.  That’s part of why I love them.  They’re concerned about the music above all else.  Their earlier stuff is kind of hard to get into if you’re just starting, since it’s all just Jeff Rosenstock and his computer, but he’s finally got himself a full band, and this new stuff is much more accessible.  So check it out. (

Bomb the Music Industry! – All Ages Shows

1. The Tallest Man on Earth – The Wild Hunt

Everyone who says Kristian Matsson’s voice is annoying can go suck an egg, because he’s brilliant.  This is far and away the best record of the year, and I know that I’ve put a lot of stuff into this post, but if you’ve made it this far down, just listen to this record.

I’ve wasted enough of your time.  Later.