4.30.2006

hapland series <3

hapland 1, 2, and 3 by robin allen - only the best diversions ever. promises hours of hair pulling and dry eyes caused by staring at the screen too long. may reduce productivity at work of any kind and encourage shirking of responsibility.

walkthru for 1, 2, and 3 by jayisgames, after you've given up trying to figure this out.

4.28.2006

brownstone + boxy duplex extension in carroll gardens

Holy crap batman. I am completely baffled by the balcony action on all the new construction around town. Please does anyone live in one of these buildings and could they explain to me what they use the balcony for???

read more on the discussion here.

Goowy Launches Web Chat and Storage Products

Goowy users now have Meebo-like IM funtionality built directly into their Goowy desktop, and 1 GB of free online storage.

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My two cents: I've been looking for a meebo replacement (anon-proxy sites don't seem to support javascript too well) ever since they blocked it at work, and this looked promising. Unfortunately, the Goowy platform requires Flash 8 in the browser of choice (IE at work only has Flash 7 - foiled again!), and I do recall it being really slow when I tried in at home (I believe it works on Firefox, and you know how 10+ tabs in a Firefox browser slows the PC down). Goowy's still in beta phase, so I'm not going to knock it "that much" just yet. The interface is more design oriented (eye candy) than utility (communication), but it shows plenty of promise in this culture of design worship.

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4.27.2006

*shrug*

You scored as Cultural Creative. Cultural Creatives are probably the newest group to enter this realm. You are a modern thinker who tends to shy away from organized religion but still feels as if there is something greater than ourselves. You are very spiritual, even if you are not religious. Life has a meaning outside of the rational.

Cultural Creative

81%

Existentialist

69%

Materialist

63%

Postmodernist

56%

Idealist

50%

Modernist

44%

Romanticist

44%

Fundamentalist

25%

What is Your World View? (updated)
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4.26.2006

when the going gets tough

just think about 'steps'.

and stop being mean to women already (by jeffrey rowland of overcompensating).

4.25.2006

'whoa'

check out ms. ko's new (work-in-progress) site - very talented young designer who recently left the corporate world to pursue freelance endeavors. sounds like another brave soul i know.

bot also has a sample portfolio to his professional site.

seeing their work makes me feel unproductive and utterly uncreative.

4.21.2006

woohoo flight 3!

via CBR.com:

A few years ago at Comic-Con International in San Diego, an Image Comics anthology called "
Flight" became the big buzz book of the show. Everyone seemed to be scrambling to get a copy, and with the release of the second volume, the excitement around the book has grown. The third volume of this anthology series, with each volume the size of a traditional trade paperback, is coming from publisher Ballantine Books this June, instead of Image Comics, and stands poised to conquer an even larger audience. CBR News spoke with the man in charge of "Flight," writer/artist Kazu Kibuishi, who explained why the crew moved to Ballantine... [more]

more previews here.

the pee wee fist

i meant to post pics from pete fitzpatrick's show (of the pee wee fist), but i've been 'doing my taxes'. anyway, these are from the 3/23 show at Niagara:

pete tinkering away at the omnichord with ms. anna.

'deliverance'?

we passed by david cross (aka tobias funke in 'arrested development') as we were leaving the bar, and he looks just as skinny off camera ;) and cute!

4.20.2006

pretty good for a first sewing attempt, i dare say

i went to an intro to sewing class tonight at make workshop, and after fumbling with a sewing machine, i managed to produce this:




next up, pillow cases, bedding, and curtains, woohoo!

good excel reference

for those whose fingers love to dance on the keyboard, here's a helpful excel keyboard shortcut list, courtesy of pearson software consulting services.

and on an unrelated note, i am swearing off benadryl.

4.17.2006

humanism, tv turnoff, yellow reactions

A fellow Stuyster (self-admitted biased towards Christianity) expressed his opinion on how the Christian worldview in the context of modern globalism is “basically the only worldview that works at all levels (philosophical, emotional and spiritual)”. My first reaction to reading this statement was to restrain myself from having an outright disagreement and remember to practice if not full acceptance, but tolerance at the very least, of others’ right to their respective belief systems. My second thought was, if I were to reject this statement completely, then I would be denying that aspect of all my Christian friends, and that would be a disservice to them. My third thought, I’m analyzing this way too much.

However, his post did enlighten me to the other branches of faiths, as characterized by Os Guiness (and I think it’s safe to say, by
Christians at large): Eastern religions - Buddhism, Hinduism, New Age thought; the secular family of faiths - atheism, naturalism, and secular humanism; and the biblical family of faiths – Judaism, Christianity and Islam. This triggered a curiosity about the secular faiths, for I’ve always regarded what’s considered secular as a non-faith. I mean, how can it be considered a faith, if there’s no deity or figure to remain faithful towards? Perhaps the faith is not towards a person, but faith towards a philosophy. I’ve always found that most agreeable, but that’s a matter of semantics and interpretation.

Anyhoot, here are wiki-links to
humanism, naturalism, and atheism explained. I find the Humanist Manifesto vaguely similar to my own modified version of Buddhism. I know it’s bad practice to cherry pick beliefs, but it’s the current state of my constantly changing worldview.

Excerpts from the Humanist Manifesto III:
Life’s fulfillment emerges from individual participation in the service of humane ideals. We aim for our fullest possible development and animate our lives with a deep sense of purpose, finding wonder and awe in the joys and beauties of human existence, its challenges and tragedies, and even in the inevitability and finality of death. Humanists rely on the rich heritage of human culture and the lifestance of Humanism to provide comfort in times of want and encouragement in times of plenty.

Humans are social by nature and find meaning in relationships. Humanists long for and strive toward a world of mutual care and concern, free of cruelty and its consequences, where differences are resolved cooperatively without resorting to violence. The joining of individuality with interdependence enriches our lives, encourages us to enrich the lives of others, and inspires hope of attaining peace, justice, and opportunity for all.

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Next week is
TV Turnoff Week. Turning off the TV’s not so hard for me, as I’m likely to cheat by going to the other box: my PC. I don’t watch that much TV to begin with, being that I spend a lot more time (than before) in the kitchen and cleaning around the house, and I’m not happy about that!

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Outrage in response to Adidas’ Yellow Series kicks, and a more deliberate response.

edibles


i don't think i've seen rose topped cupcakes in real life yet, but it's almost a shame to eat them. i suppose eating them with my eyes will have to suffice for now :)
- pic from jinjur's flickr
- how to make icing roses
- how to make other cake decorations

4.16.2006

convinced? convinced!

cute proposal story

4.14.2006

happy easter y'all


courtesy of NPR, click here for recipe.

and if you ever want to make a giant chocolate creme egg, here's how.

*edit* haha i'm sorry mr pimpmysnack. i didn't realize i had that many visitors. do check out his giant cadbury egg!

4.13.2006

this blog needs some pictures


Ornate metal wallpaper for outdoor use designed by Susan Bradley.


Bendable Interior Objects stools by Form Us With Love.


u:b studio's hanging bookshelf, made of hangers that you rest books in - hook one into another to form a vertical shelf.


Dobbert Pankow Schoe's modular pendant light (all via
Moco Loco)

4.12.2006

do-si-dos and m.arch

Seriously sleep deprived – It’s been a long time since I’ve felt that I might faint at any given time during my commute because I’m sleepy.

There hasn’t been much going on lately, other than the fact that I was home sick this weekend and still have yet to do my taxes. I don’t know when I’ll find the time, between catching up with sleep and pseudo-entertainment my house guests. That’s right, I have guests staying over. But I’m being such a bad host! When I used to stay over at my mom’s friends’ places when we visited, they’d cook the three meals for us, take us around town, and be our downtime entertainment. All I do is make sure they have everything they need (bedding, proper heating, kitchen access, television, keys) and they’re pretty much on their own. I don’t typically cook for others, and I don’t really know how to start either. Hm, next time I’ll have to do better.

I have girl scout cookies! I bought samoas, thin mints, and dosidos. They are addictive, and my pants are getting tighter.

Every three to six months I’d ask myself, “Should I get a Masters in Architecture?” Economically, the answer is and will always be “it’s not practical” (unless I come across a multi-million inheritance or win the lottery). I spoke to a few friends who got an undergraduate degree in Architecture how they feel about the field, and the answer was an overwhelmingly “only if you love love love love it” and “yes, if you know for sure you’ll become an architect”. Now, I know I’m not the only person who’s ever struggled with this question over the same factors, especially since architecture is extremely competitive and male-dominated – “can I really love this field enough to stick with it for 20, 30, 40 years?” In the end I decided to at least apply, and let whatever happens decide my next step. So there! Best case scenario, I apply and get accepted, finish the degree, get hired by an architecture firm, and make $35k when I’m 30. Worst case scenario, I apply and get rejected, go on feeling my way through the real estate industry, and when I’m 30, make much more than $35k. Not bad, eh?

In any case, I’ll have to take my GRE and start preparing a portfolio. I’m going to need all the motivation I can muster!

I had this thought last night when I was watching Scrubs: Why isn’t there a show about art students or architecture students? Is it because it’s just not that funny? Or is it because the target audience is too busy creating to watch TV? There’s “IT Crowd” and “The Office”, and a slew of shows about law enforcers. What about the Creatives? When do their lives get dramatized?

4.03.2006

three from tee

via nytimes:

1 betty paige and her lobster, dolphin, and monkey tubes!
2 new-wave origami by Robert J. Lang.
3 f*ckedmagazines, rest in peace.

none of this makes any sense.

Lecture Groupie: How hard can it be to RSVP to a lecture? I’ve been hearing the busy signal for the last hour, trying to get a spot in Downtown Alliance’s Thursday lecture series. Last month, I called at 5 PM, thinking New Yorkers have better things to do than to crowd a lecture on a Thursday evening, and it was completely booked. Since the MTA sends all its employees a telephone bill for business and personal use (budget cuts – is this normal???) I’m using the mobile’s redial. This feels like trying to buy World Series tickets. Too many nerds in New York? I need a personal assistant for this nonsense.

*Update* Lecture is full! Within 50 minutes of opening the telephone reservations line. They really need to get a bigger venue, and I need to get myself into part of a group for this!

In Queue at the IFC: On a related note, it was the same deal with getting tickets to
Drawing Restraint 9 last Wednesday. I really didn’t think it would be sold out by the evening, but Matthew Barney made a personal appearance – Q&A for the early show, introduction for the late show – and his celebrity is epic. I was even surprised at how long the line was for Friday’s early show. The movie itself can test the viewer’s patience. A few words to describe the movie so far: arduous, confusing, transparent, and squeamish. It is definitely visually and stunning, as the other Cremaster and Drawing Restraint efforts. I wouldn't venture into rating it, because ratings are for commercial endeavors.

While in the Virtual Realm: I haven’t checked NYTimes.com in awhile, but I like the new layout. It’s got that “
soft focus” look about it ;)

Random Acquaintances:I saw a
Trekkie this weekend! He was wearing his Trekkie pin! And all this time I thought they were an urban myth. At the same party, I met a modern Beatnik! Well, I can’t say for sure that she’s a Beatnik, just got the sense from her vibe. Urban Planning grad student that used to play the bass guitar, married to her partner for two years – I’d call that part of the Beat agenda for a first meeting.

Reaching Saturation: A friend tried to explain to me what Harmonym is. I got the sense that it was a self-healing technique, but since I already have a self-healing philosophy I found it hard to absorb. The existing mind-tenant refuses to make room for Harmonym :( And Harmonym is not on the web!!