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Friday, February 25th, 2005

Time:3:22 pm.
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Tuesday, December 21st, 2004

Time:8:59 am.
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Wednesday, December 15th, 2004

Time:12:15 pm.
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Thursday, November 25th, 2004

Time:8:19 am.
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Wednesday, November 24th, 2004

Time:5:55 pm.
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Monday, November 22nd, 2004

Time:4:03 pm.
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Sunday, November 7th, 2004

Time:4:55 pm.
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Monday, October 25th, 2004

Time:7:23 pm.
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Monday, October 11th, 2004

Time:2:25 pm.
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Monday, August 23rd, 2004

Time:8:30 am.
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Thursday, August 12th, 2004

Time:12:58 pm.
I think I'm gonna decapitate this blog, and stitch its bloody head-stump onto my LiveJournal:

Pinstripe Suit

This one will still be infrequently employed for picture hosting, and I occasionally will check up on my friends' list, those of you who have not migrated.

It's been grand.
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Tuesday, August 10th, 2004

Time:12:57 pm.
Hey, I finished early!

New drawing: [link]

Edit: Antique office photographs: [link] Quite fascinating, really...
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Time:8:59 am.
New drawing: [link]

Lewis Carroll's scrapbooks can now be viewed online: [link]

I want this: [link]

Today's "Cat and Girl" is quite amusing: [link]

I am completely enamored with Twin Peaks, having just finished episode six. A television show today could not get away with that kind of pacing. Why are FBI agents always so hot?

All my CDs and DVDs are finally in at the Portsmouth record shop, so I'll probably go there tomorrow night and pick them up. I need new music to listen on the three-hour car ride to Burlington, Vermont on Friday.

I'm working on a new drawing. I'll have it up by tonight or tomorrow.
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Sunday, August 8th, 2004

Time:1:29 pm.
Mood: happy.
Yesterday was the grandparents' (my mom's parents) 50th wedding anniversary. The whole family had a big party at the lake front property my uncle owns, which is down the road from the farm where my grandfather was born. A lot of relatives I did not were there, so I just drew for about seven hours straight. A pretty boring day, but I did get an art commission out of it. My aunt's friend's husband had bought a water pump and filtration company, and is looking for someone to design a logo to put on business and letterheads and trucks. That's my project for the week.

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Today, my mom and I went blueberry picking, and got some produce at a co-op. It is very true that in NH, wherever you are, you are about twenty minutes from a farm. It's almost as bad as Vermont.
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Time:1:20 pm.
Mood: silly.
Pimpin' the bowler hat...

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I am quite bored.
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Friday, August 6th, 2004

Time:9:45 am.
I was watching this last night, and nearly creamed myself.

I in no way have am ind for mechanical things, but since I began driving I have become more interested in cars, and much of that interst falls upon the iconic automobiles of the 1950s. Most of you probably already know that I am obsessed with all things post-WWII. I think that the fifties (and the twenties) were the zenith of American design. We have better graphics technology today, but, in many ways, that does not add anything (nothing will ever really replace a talented illustrator).

Most cars made today are detestable in appearance, and some even imitate a child's building block creation. The only modern car I like is the Mini Cooper, one of which I hope to own someday. (It's the perfect size for me. However, I fear that it suffers from the same problems as motorcycles- namely, no one else on the road sees you because you are so small. You're simply out of the line of sight of someone who is 20 feet off the ground in an SUV or semi.) I currently own a 1995 Toyota Camery (well, my parents own it- I just drive it).

I think that today's car manufacturers should put out cars with the classic body designs and colors (and not just a rehashing of 1950s designs -like those Enzyte commercials- but actually use the original blueprints). Obviosuly, the cars would be made with up-to-date techonology, espeically with fuel economy, since actual mid-century cars are horrendous in their gas comsumption and exhaust. Japanese car companies could do this, too. They would make so much money. 1950s design has been quite popular recently*, and a ton of people (particularly baby-boomers) would simply live it.

Classic car ads: [link] (I especially love this one), and photographs: [link].

*Though, dada and Bauhaus is beginning to edge in, which I absolutely adore, too. Viva la photomontage!
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Thursday, August 5th, 2004

Time:12:00 pm.
This is the best instrument ever.

Futuristic car ads: [link]

Very weird dreams last night involving the purchase of a porkpie hat, large 1950s cars and spy intrigue.

After watching Down by Law about two months ago, I finally got around to renting the bonus materials disk. Am amused by it immensely.

I'll think I'll go swimming in the rain...
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Wednesday, August 4th, 2004

Time:1:56 pm.
Contact has finally been made between my room mate and I!

She returned my phone call around 8PM last night, and we talked merrily for about 45 minutes. She seems like a pleasant girl, in that "this-is-the-first-time-I'm-talking-to-you-so-I-better-be-polite" sort of way. We discussed movies (I must make her watch Reservoir Dogs and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas), music (I audibly groaned at her admission to liking "pop-punk", so I have another candidate for Velvet Underground- and Tom Waits-conversion), art classes, and appliances. Apparently, she has already taken care of the mini-fridge and telephone, so I just have the media devices and iron to do. And, yes, I do require an iron- I have a lot of pairs of wool pants, and those need to ironed constantly. She does like Kurt Vonnegut, which is nice. She said she is eager to meet me, but I'm not so sure if I would be eager to meet me.

I'm going to call her one more time to finalize who-is-brining-what appliance, and then I probably won't contact her again until move-in day.

Edit: New painting: [link]
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Monday, August 2nd, 2004

Time:2:40 pm.
Fahrenheit 9/11- Having seen this movie after most of the controversy around it died off, I could watch it without being overly-critical, or absolutely jubilant. I just watched it. The film was split into two halves: the beginning talked about the Bush family's ties to the Bin Ladens and Saudi Arabia, using lots of documents and such. The second half concentrated on the Iraq War and recruitment efforts by the military, who particularly concentrate on poorer neighborhoods to find future soldiers. This segment went off on a slight tangent about economic inequality- which was then tied to the war at the end with an Orwell quote about how war -or the illusion of- keeps the statis quo in check.

I especially liked the opening montage of Bush, Powell, and Rice preparing for being on television with make-up and hair and sound checks. It helped remove the gloss and authority of these people, bringing them down from the level of gods (which most people seem to view them as) to the lowly level of human beings, who fuck up sometimes. However, most human beings would try to remedy their mistakes, not perpetuate them. One can not look towards a god to solve all their problems, but one should try to put their trust in their fellow man- unless they have proven themselves unworthy of that responsibility. These are basically people who are good in positions of authority, but have absolutely no place there. They know how to get things done, but not the right things, unfortunately.

The election this year is going to be an absolute Mad Tea Party.

Before Sunset- Two words: tracking shots! Oh, my! Those long, tracking shots, weaving through the narrow streets of Paris, following a conversation that was waiting nine years to happen, were simply beautiful. Like Before Sunrise, the ending was deliciously ambiguous. I need to get the soundtrack, too. I loved Julie Delpy's "Waltz" song.

Notes to self:

1. Go to City Hall, ask about absentee ballot for November. (I'm gonna be living in Boston, but still want to vote for New Hampshire).

2. Call Portsmouth record shop about Joanna Newsom CD and Down by Law Criterion DVD.

3. Begin making sign for grandparents' 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday.
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Sunday, August 1st, 2004

Time:10:12 am.
Mood: nerdy.
Four weeks to college!

PBS and its local affiliate have been having their annual membership drives for what seems like four months now. During these drives, they will typically show "special" programs, usually the same ones each drive, which they then offer on DVD if one gives them $200. Last night, they had on "Roy Orbison and Friends: A Black and White Night". It's a two-hour concert of Roy Orbison performing with other musicians, like Brice Springsteen and Elvis Costello, on an odd Art Deco-style stage, shot entirely in black and white. I've seen bits and pieces of it previously, and decided to watch the whole thing last night because there was nothing else on television. (And Roy Orbison is just so damn cool. Elvis Costello was as cute as a button, too.) I never noticed before that Tom Waits was in it, too- on a piano off in the corner. So, of course, this made me watch ever more closely. However, in two hours, there's only 15-20 total seconds of footage of him. I know- I'm completely smitten.

Usually when watching a television show or a movie, I will latch on to a detail of it, and ponder that detail for the remaining viewing period. For the Roy Orbison special, it was that it was specified in the title that the show was in black and white. Then I began thinking that a show like this -which ws made in 1988- or any show, for that matter, could not be made in black and white today. And this made me sad. People would be turned off by the non-color. People are so hyper-sensitized today that the great majority of them cannot simply register an image in black and white. They think that black and white equals boring- it's a figment of the past, and the past is boring and unimportant. Everything today has to be in color, and this fact is beginning to greatly annoy me.

Whenever a movie today is made in black and white, there is always a lot of press and talk about that (for example, The Man who Wasn't There). It's somehow earth-stopping amazing that a movie could be made without color. I think it's also because black and white is more challenging to work in than color. With black and white, there is more attention to light, shadow, and texture, and I think very few people today are willing to put effort into those. Color is difficult, too, if one is trying to use it beyond just using it for the sake of having color ( Amelie and P.T. Anderson so this very well, I think).

With my recent forays into the works of Jim Jarmusch and Ingmar Bergman (and the absolute perfection that is The Last Picture Show), I think that black and white is going to win over color as my favorite film medium. Hell, my favorite movie is Dr. Strangelove. In my art during the past two years, I have become more adept with the use of color, but I always revert back to black and white, or black and white with a bit of color. I just went through a big charcoal grey and red phase. I think I'm getting into blue more now.

I think that also some contemporart movies could have been successfully made in black and white. Reservoir Dogs springs to mind. With the exception of the bright red blood, all the colors in that film are beiges and greys, hazy in the Los Angeles sun. What other movies could this apply to?

[Usually, with these entries, they'll begin with a simple run-down of the day's activites, and end with a semi-essay on some art or creativity concern. But, that's how I think: everything somehow relates back to art.]

Today, I am going to see Before Sunset and Fahrenheit 9/11!
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