Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Neil Young BBC Concert 1971

Alright - I know this is two videos pretty close to each other - but I thought this video was so good and I really wanted to put it up here and don't feel like waiting. I love seeing Neil Young when he is still so young - only 26. His between song chatter is very charming too...

...I also stashed a few photos over here on tumblr (Wed. Feb. 25) (alright - a lot of photos)...

...and a 2007 article in the New York Times...

Monday, February 23, 2009

Almost There Not Quite

I really wanted to do an image-heavy post on this flickr account I stumbled on awhile back - waywiser - but I realized that the photos are set so you can't take them off. So in respect to the artist here instead is an abandoned sketch of mine.

But please check it out if you can spare the time. The images seem so beautiful and fresh. I especially love this graphic work.

Sorry such a tiny post. Monday + February has left me feeling a bit brain dead.



Thursday, February 19, 2009

Beyond Survival

I watched the Desmond Morris six-part documentary The Human Animal over the last week. I am a real sucker for these types of things. I think this last chapter - Beyond Survival - was my favorite. Maybe you will like it too.

It is strange how dated this seems today. I think I actually remember watching this with my parents when it first came out in 1994. I am not sure if there is a single computer shown in the whole series. There is certainly no indication of how drastically things would change in the following decade. I wonder how the technological revolution would factor into all of Desmond's big ideas. It would be interesting to know.

Link via standardgrey. Thanks!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Wyne Veen and a Secret

Almost a year ago I started a secret blog called STACHE. I can't really remember why I felt like I needed another space - at the time it seemed important or like a little experiment, a secret spot to post things that didn't seem to quite fit on my regular blog and a chance for a little collaboration with P (who mostly supplied the blues and western music clips). But after awhile I felt strange splitting things up and it was to hard to decide what to put there and what to put here. I know I felt kind of liberated to be able to post things a bit more on the fly without so much contextualizing - so maybe my tumblr just filled that role more efficiently and that is why I didn't keep up with it.

In any case - the reason I am telling you this is because I had done a post on there about Wyne Veen, whose work I think is super. I came across her site again today and was so excited to see some new work on there that I thought I would post about it again. I especially like where she uses the dollar store
tchotchkes to bring back to life the still-life genre - which I mentioned here would be a great thing to see again in contemporary art.

Just a few links:

...One Question interview...

...Romance Everyday online book...
...5 Things...

Thanks to PUS-EYE for their post which reminded me!

Saturday, February 14, 2009


( see larger click here...)

To celebrate love day the P-man and I might grab a couple of these and then head over here.

He also made me a funny cool little mini-painting. I feel like a lucky gal. I love to be loved.

I hope you spend the day with someone you love - friend, family or lover.


Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Shutter Buggin

(...35mm disposable set over here...)

I feel like all I do is snap pictures these days. I pick up a roll tomorrow from my little Canonet. I can't wait to see what is on there. I got back a roll the other day but was only really into two of the photos. They sure look nice big though - see them here and here.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Knit Knit

(...most images from here and here...)

Alright - I know I learned how to crochet not so long ago (or maybe that was awhile ago come to think of it) - but everything I learned I promptly forgot and then the craziness of life swept me up again and I never got a chance to really get going with it. But over Christmas the lovely Charlotte taught me, very patiently, how to knit - and more specifically - how to knit mittens!

This is the important part because I think it helped not just having to suffer through a long boring scarf before I got to do anything fun and interesting. I went straight to fun and interesting - and technically challenging - four double pointed needles and working in the round. Tough if you ask me.

So anyway I got the hang of it and now I am a knitting machine. I have one pair of mitts and two fingerless gloves under my belt and lots of ideas for other things I want to make. I hope I don't lose my focus. I am really inspired by these old sometimes beautiful, sometimes fascinating and sometimes crusty vintage patterns like in the photos above. I am also really attracted to the history of knitting - kind of beginning as a practical skill that most women would master as children to keep their family clothed and warm, and then becoming this kind of goofy knitted toilet paper holder wacky afghan craft fair fun thing to now - where it is supposedly a subversive reclaim of womanhood and in reality, pretty much impractical because wool is expensive and who has the time?? I like how even in the examples above, you can see the women moving through time, expressing their changing roles and attitudes about the shifting tides of culture around them.

In any case there is something very alluring about it for me. I may have said this somewhere before about something else - but I also like the architectural idea of taking one long peice of string and then knotting it up in all these different ways to make something three-dimensional - that you can even wear on your body - and that can protect you from the elements - amazing!

I don't know. Maybe it is just me. Anyway. I'm pumped.

PS. internet is back for good thank god - hence the blab. Thanks for sticking around!


Monday, February 2, 2009

Still No Internets

Trying not to panic. Just letting you know what's up. Bebacksoon?