Friday, December 29, 2006
Check it OUT!
For those of you too lazy to read up FREE BEER is a recipe for beer (w. guarana added, for that energy-boosting edge) that anyone is allowed to use and distribute. It's a model on the "open source code" thang, and ah think a cool project.
Now is FREE BEER easy enuff fer me to make, er do we have to count on our resident beermeister, mr. smooth? (who is still simmering his greatly anticipated apple beer, going on week number 6 billion or something like that)
Monday, December 25, 2006
In honor of our own holiday, whichever you prefer, i present someone else's interpretation of what the best parts are. enjoy! I hope everyone got good booty, good food and minimal BS from their families, if you're into that kinda thing. xoro
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Coach & Business Class “Mullet” Sale - $39 & upSpirit Airlines is offering their "business up front, party in the back" sale with great fares to Florida, the Caribbean, and much more through May. More...
Kehinde Wiley's "Louis XVI Sun King" for ohyouknowocto
killah davesmoooth's Leica rifle camera
ben.c gets K9.
A private island for D. (caretaker, 6BR house & airstrip included)
cutest deadliest toy ever for Mayabean
It Never Really Was loves the Chocolate of the Month Club
a lifetime supply of pies for sensibletron
the gift of Rock! for the Captive Prisoner
and magnolialee gets her true wish to go to Britney's New Years party in Vegas. Hot.
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
I am so excited! One of my favorite artists, Emily Carr (1871-1945) had a pet monkey named Woo. At long last, someone has written a book about Woo. Woo Hoo!
Emily was, I guess you could say, a Canadian Expressionist. She never married, and was an artist and writer who ventured alone (except for Woo and some of her dogs) to camp in the wild forests of British Columbia, where she painted passionate portraits of nature and the totem poles of the first peoples of the Northwest Coast. This was around the turn of the century when women were supposed to be at home living some kind of proper life. But not Emily! At left is her portrait of Woo, who was apparently dressed for some fun!
Friday, December 08, 2006
Boston's new Institute Contemporary Art (opening this week) has installed this huge mural 'The Divine Gas' by Chiho Aoshima. i think it's beautiful, but i wonder how uptight bostonians will feel entering their new museum and being 'confronted by an enormous fart cloud' (as one boston globe writer put it.)
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
I mean... I think she probably just had diarrhea. What do you think?
Yeah so there's this AWESOME zombie dance party coming up!
It's a benefit for the River City Rollergirls. Richmond's FIRST all-girl rollerderby league.
We just had our very first bout on Sunday and it was bangin! The Disco Shockers beat the Abominable Snowwomen but everyone put up a great fight. The bout was a total success. Over 800 people came out (all the way to South Side even) to the Seasons Beatings event to see RCR, Richmond Lucha Libre and the Octane Saints tear it up! It was so exciting. I, of course, made excellent sparkly signs for all my pals and my lovely RCR ladies. I didn't bout but I hope to get back on some skates very soon.
I hope you see you all at the next bout, but in the mean time if you're going to be in RVA soon you should come check this out. If I can get over this bronchitus I'll be in the kissing booth so come get some smooches!!
Monday, December 04, 2006
Oh geez, ok, so I have a confession to make. And this even took me by surprise.
I was watching TV the other day and the preview for Charlotte's Web came on. AND I GOT TEARY! jeezus, what kind of wuss am I? It didn't even take the whole movie - just the thought of that cute little porker almost getting shipped off to slaughter and being saved by the love of a thoughtful spider.... sigh... it looks really good. ... and damn - there are some awesome actors in it: Steve Buscemi, John Cleese, Kathy Bates...
Friday, December 01, 2006
I have a love/hate relationship with the games industry. On one hand, I enjoy playing games and my partner in crime earns his living creating them. I grew up on adventure games and have fond memories of playing King's Quest IV, with the first graphical female heroine. I enjoy puzzly games and for a while played a lot of Puzzle Pirates, but all in all, a large portion of the output of contemporary software companies doesn't do it for me.
I could sit here and link to every possible example of tits and ass and thongs and absurd beach volleyball action with a sliding scale of boob jiggliness but I will refrain because some of us are children or at work--and besides, I don't mind that stuff SOME of the time. It's when it starts showing up everywhere that it makes me sad.
So what is special about the Wii? What makes it really different is the controller (on the left in the above picture), which is equipped with motion sensors. While I'm not all that familiar with or interested in the mechanics of how this works, what I do know is this: if you swing the controller, you swing your sword. Or your golf club. Or your baseball bat or tennis racket. If you hold it in front of you like you're putting and swing it, you...putt.
So I've spent some time playing with the Wii, and I have to say that it's fabulously intuitive and incredibly fun, and I'm glad we spent every cent of the $250 we shelled out. In the end, HD graphics and frame rates and chips and this and that don't mean crap to me.
Several of my coworkers have asked me, teasingly, "How are the graphics, Sensibletron?" and my response is always, "My Wii is FUN." Because the graphics on this bad boy aren't the point, and I'm glad that someone in the games industry finally noticed that bigger and flashier and whatever else doesn't actually equal enjoyment.
Several of my friends who aren't generally interested in videogames have had an absolute blast playing with the Wii. The graphics on Wii Sports, which is bundled with the system, are fairly rudimentary, but the gameplay is just so extraordinarily intuitive that the simplicity doesn't detract in any way. The console encourages you to invite your friends over to bowl or box, and basically enables you to have a fun time with your friends, socializing and playing games.
So yes, I love my Wii. It encourages me to be social. It eschews the technical advances of other systems (which essentially have all the same intonations as someone bragging about the size of their wang) in favor of fun and innovation.
Thursday, November 30, 2006
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
12.02 - BOOTY MARKET in Silver Spring (ask for directions)
12.02 - Holiday Bizaare Market. Chop Suey Books - Carytown, Richmond. Through Christmas Eve.
12.09 - BUST HOLIDAY CRAFTACULAR in NYC The Warsaw, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 261 Driggs Ave [at Eckford] Brooklyn, NY
12.10 - PALACE OF WONDERS in DC
12.16 - Punk ROCK FLEA MARKET in Philly At The Starlight Ballroom / Club Polaris
12.17 - ROCK N SHOP at the Black Cat in DC free 8pm.
12.20 - DOWNTOWN HOLIDAY MARKET in DC
The Downtown DC holiday Market is centrally located at 7th & F street NW. By Gallery Place Metro.
A friend of mine recently directed me to the Prada Marfa, pictured above. Thou it looks like a Prada store in the middle of no where, it's actually a minimalist landscape artwork by German designers Ingar Dragset & Michael Elmgreen outside Valentine, TX. Thou the Marfa displays the Fall 2005 Prada shoe line, the building is sealed & no one can enter to purchase or browse. The adobe building will eventually rot back into the earth, and the west Texas vandals have already stolen all the shoes - no word on if they've been replaced.
So, is it art? Is it advertising? Is it a blight on the serene & desolate landscape? Is it some kind of art-tourist trap luring people to the apparently hip Marfa, TX? People seem offended by the space, as thou this advertising
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Millions of Bolivians hauled out the skulls of loved ones to be blessed at the annual Skull Festival, held each November. After the blessing some of the skulls are decorated with flowers and treated to cigarettes and
Kanokkorn Kobhiran, a resident of Bangkok, Thailand, shows off her outfit made of more than 2,500 condoms. She had it made in preparation for the upcoming World AIDS Day on Dec. 1.
Monday, November 27, 2006
Tha answer is usually, YES IT WILL!
somethin tells me we need ta invest in a BlendTec blender.....
It is so fucking cute & it has three legs now. we could name it Bogen because that's a strong tripod. not a great dog name thou. i'll have to think of something better before we get the dog. How will a three-legged dog climb stairs? Will our new Moonie landlords be convinced to let us have a dog? Will it's one really strong front leg be really hurty when it jumps on us? Does a 3-legged dog have more medical expenses than a 4-legger?
But the jokes are few. The actors are old & they don't know what the internet is. The make-up guy is gay. No one can remember anyone else's name. Hollywood gossip shows are vapid and ridiculous. Actors turn to teaching when they finally retire from the craft.
FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION ends abruptly & there seems to be a great number of scenes that are just, missing. Where is Catherine O'Hara's hi-larious trip to get Botoxed with her trashy friend? What happened to the guy that actually gets nominated for the Oscar? He disappeared from the end of the film. No awkward lesbian moments with Parker Posey & her co-star. Not nearly enough Jennifer Coolidge to begin with. I just didn't laugh as hard as I wanted to on Thanksgiving weekend. If you want to laugh at Guest & crew's improv, stick with BEST IN SHOW.
Sunday, November 26, 2006
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
I'll give you a bit to think it over...
Ok. Here's the Answer:
For more information on the fight, please reference an honest to god reputable news source.
Monday, November 20, 2006
I love art blogs. I've been reading Hatnim Lee's (her photo's above) an LA/DC girl i kinda know. She works alternately for a famous photographer & in her parent's Logan Circle liquor store. For snapshots on a blog, her photos are strong. I wish I had a digital camera to photograph my every moment, like the choc+pb smoothie that just saved a friend's life or the uncommon cleanliness of my desk.
I'm trying to document all the strays on my block and im thinking about how it would be cool to go on an 'alley safari' - 10 points for a white pigeon, an all black squirrel, a kitten on a car. shoes over a power line, drug or prostitution remnants, a broken 40 bottle. all photos of course. I need more art in my life.
Sunday, November 19, 2006
Friday, November 17, 2006
This morning I had a dream I was in an old house, it was the only one on a grassy plain. The house was practically empty & darkly dusty day-lit and I was mad I couldn't find anything. Some friends were waiting for me outside. I absent-mindedly put on some old dried out teenager lipstick in a pink plastic tube, and as I did I remembered that this is how all the trouble started before. I instantly turned into a dog because of the unrequited feelings I had for some lad when I was a teen. I ran out of the house & up the road towards the mountains. my friends were calling after me. then ben.c came bounding out of the tall grass dressed as a dog. He was not a dog, but a man dressed as a dog, in TV kids show make up; only without a fancy suit. Of course, he became my only friend and we ran off together.
Thursday, November 16, 2006
ripped from the headlines of brazil for your morning coffee. if anyone asks, this is what i want for christmas.
"It was owl.! Really owl, owl, owl."
I hope this doesn't mean that the guy used owl eggs.
So I saw the band Bang Camaro at CMJ a few weeks ago and have been meaning to tell everyone. They are "Polyphonic spree meets headbangers ball" and they ROCK! And I LOVE that the 20 lead singers are called the choir. AND they have a song on Guitar Hero 2 (which I've never played, but have been told is one of the best video games EVER!).
The show I saw at CMJ was in a very tiny club, so when 20 dudes jumped on the stage and started rockin' the crowd was compelled to get excited and rock too. Even my friend Naomi, pushed us to the front and started jumping up and down by the speaker (sans earplugs!!)
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
There are two instances of memorable donut-eating in my recent memory. The most recent, I was at IFP market in NYC in Sept. and someone I'd met there had a bag of treats from The Donut Factory in Chinatown. I scarfed an all natural raspberry donut - yes! that donut is still with me, lasting far longer than the films I saw.
My best all-over donut experience was at the beginning of a bicycle/brewery tour of Seattle with dsmooth & our friend Andrew. Top Pot donuts has a library, darn good coffee & too many donuts to choose from. They are good & come in a cute box.
They say great donuts make the world a happier place & I agree.
anyway, if you want to actually watch the trailer for the simpsons movie, not out until JULY 2007, you can explore springfield thru the poster above.
Monday, November 13, 2006
I even have a spare lunch in the kitchen that I didn't eat last week because there were leftovers from an event for something.
Greasy, greasy temptation.
Sunday, November 12, 2006
This weekend in the NY Times online, they asked designers to come up with new patriotic symbols for Americans. some are quite good, if you're into being a patriot.
Also in the NY Times, there's an article in the Arts section about a painting, Eakins' "The Gross Clinic" which was recently sold to the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, founded by Wal-Mart Heiress Alice L. Walton. A Wal-Mart museum holding major american works of art? Will it have a greeter? Or will it succeed in making art more accessible for everyone? The Crystal Bridges Museum is under construction in Bentonville, Arkansas. Maybe it's a tourist trap for the hometown of Wal-Mart?
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
The thing I think is the most interesting about this is that it's likely that current Minorty Leader Nancy Pelosi (CA) will become the first ever female Speaker of the House - only 2 heartbeats away from the Presidency.
Virginia, of course, screwed the pooch on passing the Marriage Amendment, which states:
"That only a union between one man and one woman may be a marriage valid in or recognized by this Commonwealth and its political subdivisions. This Commonwealth and its political subdivisions shall not create or recognize a legal status for relationships of unmarried individuals that intends to approximate the design, qualities, significance, or effects of marriage. Nor shall this Commonwealth or its political subdivisions create or recognize another union, partnership, or other legal status to which is assigned the rights, benefits, obligations, qualities, or effects of marriage."So, you + your man can't buy a house together. you can't leave your mistress your Lexus, and you definitely can't adopt a kid if you're not married. so screw you life partners & gays! Virginia's only for married lovers.
DC, the 'state' I live in, had nothing worth noting in elections. Fenty won for mayor, taking 90% of the vote. How could he not? no one else even bothered to advertise! Eleanor Holmes Norton remains our congressional delegate, she didn't even have an opponent. Is it bad for your esteem when no one else wants your job? Or are you smugly self-satisfied? What's leadt surprising but most frustrating is that neither of these 'wins' were even covered by the Washington Post.
Sigh. Maybe dsmoooth's right not to vote. It just boils the blood.
For less biased election coverage, check out our friend Sarah Wheaton's work at The Caucus at the NY Times, or the real numbers at The Washington Post to see if Webb (d-marine) or Allen (r-racist) will lead VA in the Senate.
p.s. to the DC Statehood Green Party - get a good writer working for you pronto. No one's going to vote for a Shadow Senator that didn't tell their kid DC doesn't have congressional representation (Joyce Robinson-Paul) - "My daughter served as a page...and she was dumbfounded to learn that DC has no vote in the House and Senate."
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Monday, November 06, 2006
I don't remember what I was doing but I bet it ruled.
Tuesday: Happy Birthday D.! if I was in NYC: A TIME FOR BURNING (1966) at IFC Center. Since I'm in DC: Vote! knit.
Clean house in preparation for couch-crashing friend returning from France.
Wednesday: "Lost." knit knit. look at a potential new apartment? living over a market would be cool...
Weekly nerd meetup.
Thursday: come with me to see metal-head mountain men from Mars Valient Thorr at Jaxx. $10. 8p.
Going to Jaxx with Rose to look at men in denim vests, get hosed, and make my boyfriend drive home.
Friday: Silverdrinks at McGinty's + BORAT at the Majestic? drive to richmond, more drinks at Ipanema?
Come into work hung over, drink more, view movie (see above)
Saturday: Richmond. lookout carytown, my wallet is hungry for you. Charlottesville for Kaveh's birthday.
people: add your stuff to this calendar? Conner is in italics!
Friday, November 03, 2006
Thursday, November 02, 2006
Turns out, this guy is not someone carring film cans as a purse on a date with his parents, but Todd Rohal, fellow Silver Spring-er and the director of THE GUATEMALAN HANDSHAKE - a feature that's been touring around lately, and features Will Oldham, (pictured) of Palace Brothers/Bonnie Prince Billy fame, who's also been acting a bit (see also the beautiful-looking and award-nominated OLD JOY now playing at the AFI Silver)
Anyway, I love the trailer for GUATEMALAN HANDSHAKE. Thou i have no idea what it's about (camp? I can only assume), I LOVE-love the use of music in the trailer. Check it out:
The Guatemalan Handshake Trailer
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p.s. did I mention that Todd was CARRYING his film cans from festival to festival around the country? amazing! way to work those biceps todd! Stay tuned for info on a local screening or visit the GH website for showtimes 'round your way.
Before you go off all willy-nilly and replace your cat, there are a few things you should With the Magnaflow cat installed,
is a Magnaflow cat...
a) some kind of animal vacuum
b) the best new hairdryer on the market
c) a new breed of cat that, with it's constant tearing around the house, creates a breeze in your abode, omitting the need for fans.
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
okay so after being (nearly) the only one in the office dressed up on halloween - with the exception of our sassy cravat-wearing mime receptionist and our too tall pee wee herman theater manager - im ready to get the fuck out of here & have a drink. it's my favorite holiday, hands down. Yes i like it more than christmas or even my own birthday. Its full of candy & foolishness, and you get to be scared for no reason. And I just got told to leave & go trick or treating. this day has just redeemed itself after never-ending meetings. i am so out of here. I expect a full report in the a.m. from all of you on costumes, drunken punkrock karaoke, general foolishness & debauchery. dig up her bo-o-ones!!