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January

January 19, 2010

I’ve been out of commsion for a while; both from trying to keep busy and pay bills as well as adjust to moving the computer from place to place and access to a signal. Yikes. The world is such a complicated electronic place. Will try to be better in the future.

Today attended my first Flash animation class over at Meramec. Looks like something I’ll enjoy.

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Family, feminism; a rambling discourse

August 29, 2009

Wednesday evening found me at my Mother’s house out in rural Illinois. The television was full of coverage of the death of Senator Edward Kennedy and I came across – accidentally – a documentary on the local PBS channel about the Kennedy family; namely father Joe, Senior, Joe, Junior, John, Robert and Edward/Teddy. There was occasional mention of the women in the family but the focus was on the men. It turned out to be a fascinating program. I learned a lot about that period of American history, as well as some of the less known, less savory aspects of the famous family. Mom joined me a few minutes into the program and got interested as well. Read the rest of this entry »

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Lilkes retro heaven

August 28, 2009

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Found via Adam & Andy, Lilkes.com is an amazing collection of images by journalist, collector and serious blogger Jim Lilkes. His website offers everything from daily updates (the Daily Bleat) to vintage matchbooks, comic book covers, everything you ever wanted to know about Minneapolis, extremely bad mystery movies and his regular column in the Star Tribune.

But it is his impressive collection of vintage postcards featuring motels and diners that stirred the very cockles of my 50’s typeface loving heart.

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The intrepid Jim Lilkes not only features images of the trendy establishments of yesteryear, but also – when possible – includes photos of the modern day addresses for contrast and comparison.

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How to Sneak into a Museum Without Paying

August 28, 2009

Via the unfortunately named ArtFagCity website:

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“Offering sage advice for the penniless and pocket-heavy alike, artist Peter Coffin’s “How to Sneak into a Museum Without Paying” project features hand drawn maps from contributors around the globe. Thus far he’s culled a handful of floor plans and museum maps instructing readers how on how to beat the system and avoid museum fees for a forthcoming bookzine published by Printed Matter.”

Visit the site for more hand drawn maps and details.

Those of us fortunate enough to be in the St. Louis region have been spoiled by the world class St. Louis Art Museum which has no admission fee to enter the museum. Read the rest of this entry »

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Merciless Tread

August 15, 2009

“Seven guards were shortsighted enough to wind up in my way. Five were lucky enough to be knocked aside with a few broken bones. Two ended up under my feet, and their body armor cracked and their vulnerable biological bodies squished beneath my merciless tread.”

The Automatic Detective, by A. Lee Martinez

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Quote of the Day: Scott Bateman

August 12, 2009

“Keep government outta my Medicare! Oh, wait.”

From Scott Bateman’s video comic “Newt Gingrich vs. healthcare”

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Orwell Diaries online

August 5, 2009

George Orwell’s diaries have been converted into a blogsite.

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