: MARCH 2003
/ march 26, 2003
Ok, so i finally got around to looking at the website of David Cooper,
who i posted about March 6 (regarding his book, Overbite). Here
is a page of paintings that are being shown at a gallery in philadelphia.
Also, he has some black and white affordable prints
for sale online. The website, Critterbox, has two of his characters
A few weeks ago, i went and checked out his comics. While i love
all of the cover art work, its still comics inside which i'm not
very interested in. In fact, all of those graphic novels ( many
of them published by Fantagraphics
) have great full color illustration work on the covers. I want
to open up those books and see pages and pages of full color drawings
-- like picture books for adults, but not happening. I guess that's
why I like the Chris Ware stuff. His comics are not only color,
but super tight in the style...meticulous looking. He treats the
design of those books with equal importance to the stor
I just stumbled upon these
prints by Camille
Rose Garcia. This stuff is fabulous. I'm doing a "Hurray
for the Internet" dance in my cube.
/ march 26, 2003
> snail has been working diligently to set up our fresh water
aquarium. over the weekend, we got some big rocks for decoration,
some live plants and two neon tetras. Those fish are so tiny and
the tank is big, which is a nice contrast. I don't like looking
at tanks where it looks like the fish barely have room to move.
We plan to have about 6 or 10 fish, enough to have them schooling
around. The main plan is to have the tank full of plants, but for
now we are still getting it set up. I enjoy having something in
the house that's alive. When i leave for work, i always stop off
and make sure that they are both still swimming around.
> Last night, snail fried (not battered) up some chicken breast
in duck fat. I couldn't really taste any difference, but it smelled
/ march 25, 2003
> I'm terrible at burning the candle at both ends. Lately, I've
been spending a lot of evenings after work on the computer. Freelance
work. Naturally, the first freelance job that i've accepted in ten
years, is a non-paying one (for a non-profit). I think i could get
more done if i were a coffee drinker and someone that could get
by with 5 hours of sleep. Last night, as I was watching "True
Hollywood Stories: Martha Stewart," I was thinking that my
success in life is limited to what I can get done in a day between
7:30am and 10pm. I bet Martha Stewart doesn't go to bed at 10:00.
People who can stay up til 2am and still go to work in the morning
can get so much more done than me. I'm a failure because I need
sleep. Its medical.
> Oh, Margaret Berry has a new article up on The Morning News.
V of her Women's Fashion Series. Its funny.
/ march 24, 2003
> It was fun watching the oscars last night with friends and
food and high definition TV. Those celebrities are so brilliant
and stunning. Seriously though, I have a renewed interest in seeing
some movies (most of them) that i never got around to seeing.
I have decided to change my name to Red
/ march 21, 2003
you can walk through the stages of the making of a HULK
action sculpture. Very cool. I would love for the hulk movie
to be good, but i'm not going to hold my breath. I used to really
enjoy watching the tv series.
It's weird to sit down after work and watch the war on TV from my
couch. "What's on tv tonight?" "Well, there's american
idol, emeril, war, and friends." This is all pretty new to
me. During desert storm, i was a freshman in college and didn't
have a tv and wasn't really paying attention, having been brought
up in a family that taught me nothing about world events. I don't
really want to write about war, but i would have felt silly just
pretending it wasn't happening. Anyway, mainly i wish that americans
would stop protesting now that our troops are over there risking
their lives. It's just rude.
/ march 19, 2003
> I've been getting bored with martha stewart's LIVING for a
while...partly i think i just have other things on my mind than
making my own coasters or punching fancy designs in my windowshades.
Partly may be because she has other things on her mind. Anyway,
I was looking at the new April issue last night and came across
a few amusing useless bits of information. One was an article on
picking the right ladder. The other was a recipe for buttered egg
noodles (ingredients: noodles and butter and salt) and another was
the recipe for hot fudge sundaes (ingredients: ice cream, hot fudge
sauce and some bowls).
/ march 18, 2003
> We went to Baskin Robbins the other night for some old-fashioned
ice cream goodness and i was browsing the flavors. ( i, of coure,
did not partake in the eating of the dairy products ) Anyway, I
saw a flavor called TAX
CRUNCH. Here's the description, "Coffee flavored ice cream
with cracking chocolate rice crunch throughout." So..........Is
the coffee flavor the government and the chocolate is my salary
and the rice is my taxes?
Have you ever seen a show on the animal planet channel called THE
PET PSYCHIC? I've only seen 5 minutes of it here and there.
The premise is that she can hear what your dog or cat or bird is
trying to tell you. Last night, cable network psychic, John Edwards
OVER fame was on her show with his two white fluffy dogs and
his wife. It was truly stellar. At one point in the show, she says
that she's going to talk to the dogs and she closes her eyes and
bows her head for about 5 seconds. She told John that the dogs don't
like to use the bathroom outside when its wet out and that's why
they go poo indoors. Oh brother.
> I went to a new dentist yesterday. We are not off to a good
start. After the teeth cleaning, he came in to do the exam. He was
leaning into my mouth from behind my head, as most dentists do,
when suddenly a loud ringining sound startled me. It was his cell
phone in his coat pocket, positioned right at my ear. He jumped
up, took the call and was back in a few seconds. No "excuse
me" or anything like that. I think i got him back later when
i called him a jackass for making a really smartypants comment in
response to a medical concern of mine. And then he told me to think
about getting braces on my bottom teeth...I've never had braces
and i've never had a dentist tell me to think about getting them.
The last time I visited this office about a year ago, a 65-year
old lady cleaned my teeth. She was grouchy and not very good and
went on a rampage about the evils of too much flouride. I swore
that i wouldn't go back, but then snail went and recommended the
other hygenist, who i liked quite a bit. I like my hygenists young
and perky and chatty.
/ march 17, 2003
> I know that everyone loves to read about what i recently had
So, i made the greatest sandwich yesterday. It was ciabatta bread,
with roast beef and goat cheese and marinated artichokes and salt
and pepper, completed with a a side of Terra
Gold Salt and pepper chips. Superb.
> We saw LOTR Two towers again on Friday night. Damn, that movie
rocks. I HEART GOLLUM.
> Last night on the rerun simpsons, it was the episode where
marge accidentally gets boob implants. Right when she's about to
be put under for surgery, she's asking the dr a bunch of questions.
He says, "Time is money. Ask the mask." That cracks me
/ march 13, 2003
> FYI --- There are a couple of conferences I thought i would
mention. One is an illustration conference ( ICON3
) in Philadelphia (June) and the other is the AIGA
conference in Vancouver (April).
I saw a new toothpaste while walking around the drugstore the other
Herbal White. "For strong, natural white teeth" There's
even a 'colgate herbal white trailer' to watch on their website,
where you will also find the colgate herbal white spokesperson,
a beaver. Ha.
I always enjoy seeing what new, random, useless products companies
come up with. Its truly entertaining. Not only that, but have you
ever looked at how many different kinds of toothpaste are on the
market? Its truly insane. There's multi-care, tartar control, neat
squeeze, whitening, flouride anti-cavity, platinum, baking soda,
peroxide, sensitvie, rejuvenating, liquid gel, etc. The anti-cavity
one cracks me up.
When we were leaving the store yesterday evening, we saw a couple
walking a very large dog. The girl had the dog on a leash and the
guy had the plastic bag and had just picked up a large poop and
held it up as if to taunt the girl. snail and i then began to discuss
poop and I was saying that picking up large poop is just not something
that I will ever agree to do. Its just not an option. We agreed
that if we ever own a dog, we will get a small poop dog.
Ok, so i've lived in texas for 8 years and i've never heard of a
cowboy cookie. snail picked one up at the sandwich shop where we
had lunch on saturday. This version of the recipe had oatmeal, butterscotch,
toffee and chocolate chips. It was chewy and crisp and goooooooooooooooooood.
> we kicked off sxsw films by seeing some bad movies yesterday.
we went to the documentary shorts (II) and had to leave in the middle
of the third short in order to not waste the afternoon. One of the
shorts was basically a 27minute long commercial on what a genius
creative talent herb alpert is, called 'music
for your eyes.' His paintings and sculpture are total crap and
so is his jazz that they were playing while showing his crappy art.
I didn't even learn anything....it just went on and on showing his
paintings with his wife and a tennessee state museum lady telling
us how amazing he is. I hope to wipe the film slate clean and see
> i put new windshield wipers on my car yesterday. Bring on the
> i saw TRAFFIC and SPY KIDS. They were both pretty good. I don't
really see why benecio got so many raves from that movie. all he
did was squint.
if i've learned anything in the last 7 years of dealing with allergies,
i've learned that the science of the allergens is not an exact one.
Luckily for allergy doctors, their suffering patients are willing
to do anything for some relief. And so now, after having another
skin test and meeting with my doctor this morning, i will get 3
shots weekly, instead of 2. Honestly, i would get 10 shots in my
forehead if i thought it might help.
you've ever considered shots, i would say that they have worked
for me. But, because of the time and commitment involved with getting
them once a week, i wouldn't do it unless you are at at the end
of the road with sneezing your head off.
> It's a beautiful friday. Sunny. Clear. Warmish.
> a friend brought over his xbox last night and we played games.
fun. The Tony Hawk game was my favorite. I went to sleepy at 11:00
and woke up later with some allergies. I turned on the tv to see
what time it was, thinking it was probably 3am....and it was only
12:15. Conan was on. That was a weird feeling.
Snail surprised me with something new to look at last night. A book
of paintings called "Overbite"
by David Cooper. "Drawings and paintings of mostly pillowy
girls." The cover of the book has a varnish on only the mouths
of the women. nice attention to detail. Its great to see something
totally new and be in love with it instantly. It doesn't hapeen
guess cooper does a comic book series called Weasel, of which I've
never seen. Looking at some pages from it online, it looks pretty
raunchy which is no surprise based on the artwork in 'Overbite'.
I'll have to look into it.
we watched MANHATTAN
(1979) last night, starring woody allen and diane keaton. I have
to say that woody allen films are so darn watchable. They move quickly,
they're funny, there's lots of character interaction and dialogue.
Entertaining and palatable, the way any movie should be. With his
more recent films, its totally ridiculous the women that he pairs
himself with. But, if you can get past that, its all good.
> It's 3:20pm and so far today,
all i've had to drink is about 4 gulps of water, in between breakfast
and lunch. is this normal? I better go get some kind of beverage,
lest i perish in my cube.
I really don't want to hear anymore about michael jackson. I just
feel sorry that all that fame and fortune turned him into what he
is today, whatever that is. I hope the recent buzz will go away
soon because i don't want to have to keep hearing about him for
the next 30 years.
> I am getting some new glasses soon. I had my eyes checked at
the doctor yesterday and they haven't changed in 3 years, which
is good. I am excited about having something new on my face. i'm
pretty sure that i already know the pair that i will get but i better
do some looking this weekend just to be certain. hurray for insurance!
The 'children's art museum' header won't debut until october, because
it ended up looking more like halloween than spring. But, with the
help of the photoshop airbrush and the gaussian blur, i came up
with this Thomas
Kinkadian masterpeice. its a little dreamier than what i normally
go for, but my goal with this site and these headers was always
to have fun and create different looks....so, there you go.
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