portraits done so far...

since i had to fix these in photoshop, the contrast and colors are a bit off, but hopefully you get the general idea. i have one more drying up in the studio, will post in a couple of weeks.


for the ladies - timeless

One morning the husband returns after several hours of fishing and decides to take a nap. Although not familiar with the lake, the wife decides to take the boat out. She motors out a short distance, anchors, and reads her book.

Along comes a Game Warden in his boat. He pulls up alongside the woman and says, "Good morning, Ma'am. What are you doing?"

"Reading a book," she replies, (thinking, "Isn't that obvious?")

"You're in a Restricted Fishing Area," he informs her.

"I'm sorry, officer, but I 'm not fishing. I'm reading."

"Yes, but you have all the equipment. For all I know you could start at any moment. I'll have to take you in and write you up."

"If you do that, I'll have to charge you with sexual assault," says the woman.

"But I haven't even touched you," says the game warden.

"That's true, but you have all the equipment. For all I know you could start at any moment."

”Have a nice day ma'am," and he left.

MORAL: Never argue with a woman who reads. It's likely she can also think.


i've been..

learning from Oldrich Teply at The Art Students League of New York is an interesting experience. his approach is to paint in blocks of color values (light to dark, dark to light) and not sweat the details too much. as you can see, he focuses mostly on contrast and does not shy away from a strong line demarcation between colors. he probably painted this within three hours:

Oldrich Teply, Helaine, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 inches

watching Teply work for the first time was impressive to say the least. what takes me two hours takes him five minutes or less. when he stops by my easel and and 'fixes' my painting, i feel both inadequate and appreciative. so far i've completed two portraits (one per week), and i thought it'd take the entire month just to finish one. the class paints with a live model (no nudes yet), and even though it's blasphemy to paint from a picture, i think i'll try that on my own.

the medium oil is easy to blend and erase when one needs to fix a mistake, but it drives me mad that i can't work on something until it dries. i'm also not yet understanding the 'planning' part of painting with oil. despite the complaints, i'm addicted, and will probably continue studying at the League through the summer :)


cupcake elsewhere

Ube Cupcakes with Bubble Buttercream by Chockylit
just a singular complaint from chockylit that the tapioca made the frosting slightly curdled, even with the added chewy texture. i personally think it looks fine, but if the appearance really bugs you, i'd try it as a filling.

gee, i speak as if i actually bake, which is far from the truth. chockylit has many other experimental flavors, a must-stop for all cupcake enthusiasts and enthusiasts-to-be.

poetry in motion

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing
there is a field. I'll meet you there.

When the soul lies down in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase "each other" doesn't make any sense.

Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi - 13th century


oh joy oh joy oh joy!!

epitonic is back!! featuring a playlist where you can actually choose the song you want to listen to, unlike pandora (not that pandora is bad, just that sometimes i really really want to listen to peaches' "f*ck the pain away" a million times), and epitonic radio by genre! and the editors actually know what they're talking about (unlike PFM)! go go now whachu waitin' fo??

*UPDATE* epitonic loves firefox (who doesn't these days) - which means! when you run the radio on non-firefox browsers it's buggy. gah!


neat new tool

looks very promising, found this morning via BoingBoing:

Farecast predicts when plane tickets will be cheapest
John Batelle has a great writeup of a new service called "Farecast" that uses historical pricing data from the airlines to predict what the best time will be to buy a given plane-ticket. The service is in private Beta right now and only works for Seattle and Boston, but they're promising a full launch later this year with all cities covered.

leave your email in JB’s comments for an invite – he now has unlimited invites from Farecast founder Hugh Crean.

and just for fun, the
ant world cup (also via BB):

natural urinals

by Clark Sorensen. full selection here.


and you thought you were the smartest aleck there ever was

balloon molecoles! full gallery here.

if you get bored of regular rock-paper-scissor (RPS-3), try the modified version with spock and lizard (RPS-5). and if you're bored still! there's RPS 7, 9, 11, 15, and 25.


I thought New Yorkers are supposed to be efficient? We must be notorious procrastinators. Come on! Let’s get the city hooked up already!

The more bad experiences you have, the more gullible you tend to be. I tend to agree.

Google Spreadsheet takes off. What next, Google collage or community media editing?

The beginning of sperm donation regulation? With our political system, maybe in 10 years. (How long did it take to start regulating hedge funds?) A cautionary tale for all those considering going to the sperm bank.

Wind power is good for the earth, but bad for local ecosystems and community aesthetics. Die, bats, die.

And while we’re on energy, the NY grid is not looking so hot. Again, come on! Let’s get the city hooked up already!


elephants in Sri Lanka

elephants in Sri Lanka
Originally uploaded by hobart65.
just what i was looking for.


#$%@#$ ennui

this is what's possible when wealthy residents pay their taxes and politicians move things forward:

In Oakland, California, Bay Area Rapid Transit just finished a test of a system that used sensors embedded in a parking lot to keep track of available spaces. Commuters could reserve those spots online or by phone, while electronic signs next to a nearby highway let motorists know how many spots were open at any given time. BART is now evaluating whether to expand the system, which is also being considered by San Diego and other cities. [wired]

not much going on lately except i have a walking washer problem. i recently purchased a front-load high-efficiency washing machine and it's sitting comfortably in a nook in my kitchen. i didn't use it right away because i had to buy special HE detergent. nobody tells you about special detergent and a possible walking problem when you're shopping for a washing machine. so i'm hoping the walking can be fixed, because i really don't want my house to vibrate every time i do laundry for the next 5 years.

i've also been obsessed over decorating my pad. found some helpful tips and ideas through lifehacker, and will post pics if i ever actually get to them.

also, this saturday: fxcm expo, and movie marathon at kim's in jersey city. june calendar's not up for some reason, but the schedule is 12pm kamikaze girls, 2pm rize, 3:30pm oldboy, and 5:45pm junebug.