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Friday, April 25, 2008

Nightmare Playgrounds

This is the type of thing my Mom thinks is funny. I agree. Funny-disturbing. Funny-sad. And maybe Funny-disturbing once again. Check out these playground sculptures. I'm scared and
I'm an adult!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

What I've Been Looking At Online This Week...

1) I've reading been enjoying Edward Keenan's Act Like A Man (found via Jezebel, another favorite). Check out his well-conceived essay (and don't forget to read the intelligent commentary at the end) on Man V. Guy for a discussion I haven't heard expressed much in media, though I and my lady friends talk these issues every single day...sometimes more than once.

Keenan writes: "The innovation of guyliness as a standard way of living is that it takes the boyhood shunning of responsibility and consequences and makes them permanent, celebrates them as values and mocks the self-importance and antiquity of anyone who thinks that’s a problem...Is the same true of women? Not that I can see, really, or at least not to the same extent. There is no great epidemic of women abandoning their children to just flake out with their friends. Women are afraid of growing old in many ways, but they aren’t so afraid of growing up...I know women who are flaky and screwed up, but they aren’t that way on purpose—they don’t reject the very idea of adulthood as a tool of oppression trying to padlock their individuality."

2) Poppytalk Handmade Blog is the blog portion of the indie artist storefront. I've found many wonderful new artists through this site, which generally points you towards an individual seller's etsy page. I find etsy very hard to navigate (there's just too much!) on it's own, and this helps narrow the field. The theme this month is a Mothers Day and Kid's Market...and there are, of course, too many adorable, creative items to mention here. Check out a few in the picture.

3) The Ephemeral Mailbox Museum is my friend Niku's wonderful, whimsical etsy shop. Her stuff sells out quickly, so if you see something you like go for it. I really dig her handmade buttons and her plushies.

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Tuesday, April 08, 2008

The Promise Of The Future

I love these.

“The kitchen of tomorrow is calling me!”

“Kitchen of the Future” from Czechoslovakia (1957). They got the induction oven and internet shopping right. Not so much with the punch cards.

A Frigidaire Promo (1956) seems to feature the same kitchen from the above video but with way snazzier production. Also included is the Monsanto House Of The Future (1957). With “Plastic dishes of course!”

Ah, the miracle of plastics!

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Thursday, March 06, 2008

Make The Logo BIGGER...

I've been a bit neglectful because I'm doing alot of posting over at the new Bitch Blog! Particulars are in the previous post. But I just had a laugh until I cried moment just now listening to "Make The Logo Bigger" via How About Orange. For anyone that does anything involving graphics, it rings all too true...

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Friday, February 22, 2008

New Bitch Blog Is Live!

The new Bitch Magazine Blog section is live! Please read it! And not just because I'm posting to it (The Love It/Shove It Blog). You can also read founder Andi Zeisler's personal blog. Stay tuned for more stuff to come as the site slowly becomes a media center for cultural and feminist issues. Don't worry - the print edition will still go on. There's still no substitute for holding actual paper in your hands.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Jason 4 Austin

Austinites! Jason Meeker is running against Lee Leftingwell for Place 1 on Austin City Council. Jason does wonderful PR work for Responsible Growth For Northcross and has been an integral part of the organization opposing the ill-fated Wal-Mart on Anderson Lane. I know the guy personally and I like him. His heart is in it and he is pro-neighborhood and smart development. I don't know if you're ever spoken to or emailed Lee Leftingwell, but the guy is gruff and standoff-ish, not to mention swayed by forces that do not have Austin citizen's well-being in mind. He doesn't stand up to developers and is a pretty weak future mayoral candidate. I'd like to see a fresh face on City Council personally. Here's Jason's website and here's some info from him you might find interesting:

"Guess who wrote a check for $600 and gave it to Lee Leffingwell? J. Bruce Scrafford. (Who's that, you ask?) He's the lead attorney for Lincoln Property -- the company that's trying to force a two-story Big Box store into the Northcross area against the wishes of no less than five neighborhood associations, and thousands of Austin citizens. As you may have heard, we battled him in court recently. J. Bruce Scrafford wrote his check, because he knows what kind of city government he wants. And that's just one of the insiders backing Lee Leffingwell."

I had personally emailed Leftingwell regarding the proposed Wal-Mart development and received a very nasty reply, so he's hardly my favorite city official.

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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Edible Googley Eyes!

Great tutorial on making edible googley eyes. I mean, isn't that pretty much the best idea you've read about this week, nay this year so far? From The Evil Mad Scientist's Blog, where you can find many other enterprising projects (check out these "Lego Abominations").

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