Wednesday, May 31, 2000
Last Monday I graduated. But actually, not really. Fortunately, I knew this before the ceremony unlike the dude sitting next to me, who was rudely informed of his incomplete when there was no diploma in his diploma case. I gave him my sincere condolences. All in all, it was a wonderful ceremony, although more generally a shitty ending to an equally shitty school year. But whatever. Now I am in NJ and hacking up both my lungs. AHHHKUUUUUHGHHHHH (that is a coughy noise). Summer colds are the worst. But I promise to win this battle with disease before karaoke this Friday!! OK!!!
Friday, May 19, 2000
This link is courtesy of Gilbert G at Ribbit!, who was kind enough to try to sate my voracious appetite for pirates with this news story. HAHAHAHA! My appetite for pirates will never be sated! What is also neat about this article is that it deals with revisionist history concerning blacks around the time of slavery, something I have dealt a lot with this last semester.
And yes, it is this LAST semester! Well, maybe I shouldn't emphasize "last" because it seems to say this is my last semester ever, which it isn't (I have one more yet), but I mean last as in the past, and indeed, that semester is now in the past! I am done! I will never take printmaking again! (But I will remember it from all my scars) It is time to drink Rolling Rock and bask in the goodness of it all! Then on to worrying about summer jobs and opportunities! OH NO!
P.S. I bathed today.
Thursday, May 18, 2000
This is the first time since I was maybe 5 or 6 that I have gone 3 complete days without bathing. While this may not seem all that impressive considering the states of the granola around me or the guttery punk boys that I once knew, to me it is a marvel. I have also been wearing the same outfit day after day just for fun, and getting 1 hour of sleep a night since Sunday night. What is wrong with me, you might ask? Well, it might be the joys of finals that are now just (thankfully) ending after a 3-4 week hell period for the Bulge. But I really can't talk about it because I am incoherent, my eyes are shutting, my body is functioning independently of my mind, and I have a 5 page paper to write that is due in less than 2 hours! AARRRGRGRGGGGG!! More later.
Tuesday, May 9, 2000
Well, actually they're not pirates, but I wish they were. Pirates make everything better. But this is an actual organization at Grinnell, that surprisingly I do not belong to, despite my long history of anti-Scurvy sentiment. But I will definitely heed their warnings! Especially since for the last month I have lived off of ramen noodles, bagels, and meat! GULP!!!!
Sunday, May 7, 2000
Check it! J. Otto Seibold has put together MORE for his site about his book Penguin Dreams!! There are now fun shockwave games. Unfortunately they crash on my computer a bit too often, but I still love them.
Sunday, May 7, 2000
This might sort of be interesting if people actually still played it. What you do is the moderator asks you questions and you try to trick people into thinking you are a woman if you are a man, black if you are white, etc. It's interesting to see how the questions insinuate that stereotypes about different groups are true (ie, in one game "Are you black?" there are questions about how to fry chicken, and what are chitlins). Unfortunately, because of this, the game falls a little flat and isn't quite as fascinating as it might be. Nonetheless, it's a useful insight into American culture.
Tuesday, May 2, 2000
Donna Haraway wrote "A Cyborg Manifesto", an interesting piece outlining how, due to things such as new communication technologies, bio-genetics, and other machines, we have transcended our bodies and have become cyborgs. We rely on additions to our anatomy, either internal or external, to interact and survive. I first read about her when I was writing about the Futurists, Nietzsche, and their common goal of "transcending the merely human". Haraway says we already did it! And look at how good life is now!...Mmm hmm....yep...
Sunday, April 30, 2000
I found this while browsing around today and I think its incredible. I never really thought much about the genre of Kurt Cobain art, yet it is even more fabulous than even Elvis art. Mostly because Elvis is not usually painted or drawn with halos, wings, or in cool spiritual worlds. There are of course more normal pictures of Kurt, but they are still amusing in a sort of hideous way.
Friday, April 21, 2000
This is a tremendous creative effort by Mr. Adam Nauseum and Mr. James Simian. A longtime fan of the diaries of these two Taunton, MA, youths, I was very excited that for a short time, I could pretend to be each of them and live their very own patented brand of entertaining thug life! I do not know what I mean by that last phrase. But this is very fun. Fun is fun. It's fun to have fun.
Tuesday, April 18, 2000
This is just the best. Even though it is old, I remembered reading it last night after I had a dream about an old friend of mine. One summer she got a job in a local mall selling cell phones. But not selling cell phones normally, she had to dress up in a big cell phone costume (it was much more closed and awful than the ones featured here). Well, not only did she find that the costume was uncomfortably horrible, but on her first day, several 13 year old boys chased her through the mall for hours and eventually succeeded in tipping her over. She didn't go back the next day.
Incidentally, Andy and I have more in common than a webpage color scheme (well...mine once looked eerily similar). He once attended this here Grinnell College also. Dissimilarly, he escaped early while I remain to fester away.
Tuesday, April 18, 2000
I dedicate this next page to John, in my James Joyce seminar. Ha ha! Just kidding! This site is very entertaining, I think even to people who have not read the book. It is moving cartoons of each chapter of the novel, which are quite charming, even if sometimes the information explaining them is a bit off. Also one picture can hardly make sense of one entire chapter...ugh. This cartoon is of Chapter 12, and is perhaps my favorite. I also heartily recommend Chapter 13, Chapter 15, Chapter 17, and Chapter 18.
Sunday, April 16, 2000
Lately I have been having lots of dreams about my teeth falling out. This is very bad because I wake up thinking they are gone, and man, I had braces for 7 years (yes!! SEVEN YEARS!!), so those bitches best still be in my gums, hopefully for eternity, for having to suffer that long. (I even played trumpet for a couple of years with them on...and any trumpet player will tell you.....OUCH!! DAMN!!!!!) But anyway, I am not big on dream interpretation, cause then someone would have to interpret all the dreams I have with fluffy monsters, yellow skies, and David Duchovny in a tuxedo (which I don't think are trying to tell me anything), but I discovered that teeth falling out is a fairly common dream. One dear friend insisted it meant a sexual problem (ugh) but another insisted it meant good luck (woohoo!). This Dude insists that it is something to do with creativity, which sounds pretty good too. But then this dream diary says it's something bad again! NOOO!!! But anyway, as I am such a proponent of dental health during my waking hours, I thought you all should read this article I have got linked up, in case all of you have lost dental coverage just like me. Your teeth are preciouser than a diamond, remember that! Brush away!
Sunday, April 16, 2000
If you keep track of my stats and referrals as much as I do (just click on the little blue and red square at the bottom of the page and you will see what I see!), then you will notice all of the hits I get from google where people were searching for information about "multiple breasts". So since multiple breast enthusiasts seem to make up a large part of my audience, I decided that I had no choice but to try to please you. So meet Alice, a 5'3" waitress at Perkins in Newton, IA, who enjoys karaoke bars, pina coladas, and the soap opera "The Bold and the Beautiful"! She is unabashedly proud of her "multiple breast" status, and says it brings in better tips! Hats off to you, Alice!
Sunday, April 16, 2000
Thank you, k records, for putting up the only video I have ever seen of one of my all-time favorite bands!! It is Rose Melberg and the rest in all of their sweetness, playing one of my favorite songs, "Sour Grass", and romping at an amusement park. This is the band that would have brought me closer to my biggest college crush, but unfortunately, I was wordless in awe when he picked up the cd and hugged it during my radio show. After that, I have admired only from afar, because I am too much of a dork to be in his presence. It is true what I read on the bathroom wall, "CRUSHES CRUSH YOU". (I also read: "I love my clitoris!", but that is only because it was the bathroom wall of the ladies' room in Burling Library at Grinnell.)
Friday, April 7, 2000
Well, I am back from an ultra fufilling break!! Back with a new fabulous look as well! Is it not circus-like and horrible? Hooray!
But anyway, over break I had the wonderful chance to browse through a set of backissues of Artforum, wonderful artforum, and made myself a list of artists to look up via the internet. This first artist I shall link up is a previous favorite, the Japanese-in-France artist Foujita. Here is a neat little portrait that he did, and here is a really good page with an essay and many good scans of artwork.
The next artist up is William Kentridge. Here is a tiny tidbit, this is a bit of work, and finally, here is a little interview.
And there were lots of adds for this, and it looked funny, but I really haven't had a chance to look at it, so go explore for me and report back.
But before you leave permanently, be sure to say hello to Buzz Spector! I got to see him speak recently. Gnarly!!