Archive for May, 2009


May 29, 2009

I really wanted to like this video–I like the “Single Ladies” song (y’know, in a heteronormative matrimonial cult classic kind of way) but MAN is it soulless when it’s for TRIDENT GUM. Are you serious?! People. The best “character” in this video is the woman with the pouffy bun with a digital camera. And that’s only because I assume she’s over 50 and she’s recording 100 ladies in one-armed leotards with hot dancer legs. Will she show it to her grand-kidlets? Piccadilly Circus is a tube stop with more personality in its baby finger than the whole Cadbury Adams conglomerate.


Mokume billet, hot

May 26, 2009

Mokume billet, hot

Originally uploaded by Seth B

My friends Seth Barch makes beautiful metal things. When we went to this Pittsburgh Native Arts gallery he was able to point out cool different techniques he uses. I love when he explains the physicality of metalworks, peeling the pieces off a mold before they’re set, designs that happen because of extreme pressure. What is the dance your jewelry did before it wrapped itself around your neck?

Ritual. The 90s. A scarf. Magic.

May 26, 2009

How many times do we get to be a princess?

Getting together.

May 26, 2009

Perhaps the most important thing is community, is connection, is love. Where is this best formalized? Symbolically, it is so often physical: counterbalance, hands held in a circle, a family standing together in one place. But you can fake these things. Where’s the most real part of it?

Yawn. Artists are moody?

May 26, 2009

Lately I have been wondering at the permission we give to artists to be more “off the wall”–I mean, really, do we? And then, is there real reason to? Yes, instability is a negative stereotype of the artist, but then how do I know so many musicians and actors who seem to live on the edge of…emotional experimentation? I know, it’s a tired topic. I loathe, “why can’t you just be normal?” but I also cringe at, “she’s that way because she’s artsy.” Is this a discomfort with stereotype or a discomfort with truth?

Fashion’s underwater ballet

May 12, 2009

I auto-posted from their “underwater ballet” clip, but the coding must have been messed up because it never fed to the clip. Anyway, it’s here:

Good Morning Thomas Merton

May 8, 2009

At Erin McDougall‘s place (thought it appears her blog hasn’t been updated in over a year) in Philly, Essential Writings opens here (page 77):

When we live superficially, when we are always outside ourselves, never quite “with” ourselves, always divided and pulled in many directions by conflicting plans and projects, we find ourselves doing many things that we do not really want to do, saying things we do not really mean, needing things we do not really need, exhausting ourselves for what we secretly realize is worthless and without meaning in our lives: “Why spend your money on what is not food and your earnings on what never satisfies?” (Isaiah 55:2)

–“Creative Silence,” LL 38-43