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Month: October 2009

more and more

more and more

  I mentioned in a post previously the new fad of artists getting on blogging websites and sharing their recent work in chronological fashion.  Maybe a quarter of these artists also show process shots.  I mentioned earlier this week about how nearly every amazing (non abstract) painting is done using photographs of real models. This morning I saw another example, this time with a youtube video about it: This is especially useful for me as I’ve been fearful of adapting one…

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not surprising

not surprising

More great news about where I grew up. Not only did I live in this area, but I WENT TO THIS SCHOOL FOR NINE YEARS OF MY LIFE and lived less than five miles away for eighteen. The really ironic thing is that some people back in Ohio think I’m putting my life in danger by breathing Los Angeles smog every day.   Ohio has one of the highest cancer death rates of any state in the nation.  California has one of…

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making art the old fashioned way

making art the old fashioned way

It took me a long time, but I eventually realized that to make any painting with a person in it, I’d have to get a photograph of the pose to get it “right” (although apparently I still can’t even get it totally right this way either).  I’d always marvelled at other artists that could apparently pull complex scenes with body, light and shadow out of thin air.  Well, it turns out that, more and more, these aren’t out of thin…

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fox “animation domination” Sunday

fox “animation domination” Sunday

what? Baseball?! okay, looks like I’ll be watching that U2 Rose Bowl webcast after all… thanks a lot, Rupert. =( UPDATE:  geez, second guessing this entertainment choice as well… they seem to have loaded the set list a bit heavily from the new (or maybe last two) albums… and…those songs suck.   Here is the set list from Chicago: 1 Breathe 2 No Line on the Horizon 3 Get On Your Boots 4 Magnificent 5 Beautiful Day/Blackbird (Beatles snippet) 6…

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sometimes I regret this school thing

sometimes I regret this school thing

yeah, that’s right … a FREE Flaming Lips show.  When?   Oh, only the same night I have to take a midterm exam in Finance. So, instead of listening to Race for the Prize and Do You Realize live I’ll be calculating the Capital Asset Pricing Model and writing a short essay on the cause of the S&L crisis.  Great.  I’ve paid to see Flaming Lips live (went with cousin Jeff I think back at the Newport during their “FM radio in…

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Speak of the devil

Speak of the devil

So, after I emoted last week about how Sufjan Stevens probably isn’t rolling around in a Bentley like Slim Thug, he actually complained about it (sort of): “I definitely feel like, ‘What is the point? What’s the point of making music anymore?’ I feel that the album no longer has a stronghold or has any real bearing any more. The physical format is obsolete; the CD is obsolete and the LP is kinda nostalgic. So, I think the album is…

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buffalo bulls

buffalo bulls

Anybody ever notice how Buffalo Daughter’s New Rock sounds exactly like Sonic Youth’s Bull in the Heather?  Sonic Youth actually sounds more organized and “pop” ish of the two, which sounds really weird to say about Sonic Youth.   Surely this can’t be an accident as Buffalo Daughter was highly influenced by Sonic Youth and Bull in the Heather came out 4 years before New Rock.

are you changing your facebook relationship status, or are you just happy to see me?

are you changing your facebook relationship status, or are you just happy to see me?

Commonalities, although not defined as such in Webster’s, are thought to be instances of the simultaneous births of like ideas in multiple minds at once.  The light bulb, for example, was invented by two men around the same time, but one guy perfected it and patented it first.  One commonality that seems to have started to show up is the universal frustration with the facebook “relationship status.” I never mentioned (on this blog) my own frustration with this feature when it…

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WTF, FTD?

WTF, FTD?

Since when did FTD and 800flowers start charging $25 to ship to Ohio? Guess I won’t be sending flowers to anyone any time soon… going to have to rethink this.