Monday, October 31, 2011

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Fancy Claps

1. Oh goodness this guy made himself a camera costume to beat all camera costumes.

2. I'm supportive of the Occupy Wall Street and adjacent movements, but this is important to keep in mind that even those of us who are "the 99%" in the United States are still incredibly privileged.

3. Good songs with good clapping.
- Rio by Hey Marseilles
- Fancy Claps by Wolf Parade
- the Dog Days Are Over by Florence and the Machine
I asked people for their favorite songs with clapping on facebook, and the only responses I got were:
- Oh Death! by Pearl and the Beard (from Greg W)
- Thinkin' Bout Something - Hanson (from Buda)

Do you have more favorites? Tell me. I'm working on a good claps mix.

4. Dancers, a photographic series by Bertil Nilsson (all of his work is great, check it out).

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

you can't tell trees those things

1. When someone asks for directions and I can confidently give them.

2. Last fall I posted this article about a mom's response to her five year old son wanting to dress up as Daphne from Scooby Doo for Halloween. Here is a song that some high school friends of mine wrote on the subject:

3. Check out this awesome church!

more amazing pumpkin art here. also check out his sand sculpture
5. a fall-related poem by Andrea Gibson

Monday, October 24, 2011

the conga line of fear

 A haunted house in Toronto has a camera that takes a picture of visitors just as they view the most horrific part (I guess you have to go there and pay them money to find out what it is). There are hundreds of these pictures on their flickr. Here are some of my favorites:

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Gotta get an iguana named JubJub

1) I've been sick for over week. I do not like this, but I am having fun with my new old lady smoker voice. Today I was compared to Selma and Patty from the Simpsons. Compliment accepted.

2) Your favorite vegan has started a meal delivery service! Check it out!

3) Hot mulled apple cider. Since it's in season, you can usually find mulling spices prepared for you near the cider. The ones in the tea bags are the best, cuz then you don't have to worry about accidentally swallowing a clove.

3.5) New trick I've learned: if you finish the cider and leave all of the spices at the bottom, and then leave it in your room overnight, your room smells like hot cider! Do not leave it more than overnight. I haven't tested it, but my guess is that it stops smelling so good after a wee bit.

4) Photography, especially the portraits, by Jack Davidson. I specifically like his portraits of freckled faces. Does he have a lot of freckled friends? Does he stop freckled people on the street? Does he make a craigslist ad for freckled folks?
View his whole photostream here

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Also dried cherries.

This blog is a year old! It's been twelve months full of likable things, with over 10 thousand views! Thanks, readers. Wanna know something about yourselves? Here are some stats:
- 42% of you use Safari
- 73% are using a Mac
- Most of you are reading from (in descending order): the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Ukraine, Russia, Canada, Spain, France, Denmark, and Australia.
- Most viewed blog post: Honey Badger Don't Care

Back to things I like.

1. Thirteen Observations made by Lemony Snicket while watching Occupy Wall Street from a Discreet Distance

many of 5secondfilms are good, many are not, but if you don't like them, they're over soon

3. It was my dad's retirement party this past weekend. He's had the same job at a state children's psychiatric hospital for 42 years. I've always known that my dad is the best human being living, if not in the history of human beings, but it was great to meet a bunch of people who agree with me.
Dad, cracking me up.
4. Wegmans now has a make your own trailmix bar. Genius. I haven't yet done the research to figure out if it saves money, but it sure is fun.

5. Yoghurt covered raisins.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Oskar the Blind Kitten

1. This sculpture on the Ithaca Commons makes it so you don't feel self conscious sitting by yourself! Maybe.
Also, Natalie visiting! So exciting!

2. An outhouse for the open water! Pretty cool.

3. Emotional Bag Check. What it sounds like, plus music sharing (thanks, Jenny!).

4. The Good Men Project. “The Good Men Project is a glimpse of what enlightened masculinity might look like in the 21st century.” Positive masculinity is one of the most exciting things happening in our society today. Please learn more about it, think about it, and talk about it. I think it's the future.

(thanks, Will V!)

Monday, October 10, 2011

Flowers and Faces

Torn, from "the Violence of Flowers"
'Taunted,' from "the Violence of Flowers"
the Harvest
More of Carne Griffiths work here.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Gettin' Lost

Today I got kind of lost on the country roads surrounding Ithaca, and it was awesome.
I also visited these artists' studios, and that was wonderful as well.
Linna Dolph, glass works

Durand Van Doren, blacksmith (unfortunately this guy is in dire need of a better website, but believe me when I say that his work was spectacular).

Julie Crosby, potter. Julie had an amazing wood kiln, and a very nice six year old daughter who gave me a tour and told me all about her own artwork.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

That sauce would probably be good on anything.

1. Acorn squash is not my favorite squash. Every week when I pick up my CSA, I get an acorn squash, because, well, it's there, and already paid for. I mentioned to my friend Ginny that I now had all this squash and I didn't know what to do with it. You can roast it with brown sugar, which is pretty good, but it's not great for soups. Anyway, she gave me this recipe. And OH MY GOD. It was one of the most delicious things ever. Try it out: roasted acorn squash with chile vinaigrette.

2. I found these dead dried out flowers at the farm where I pick up my CSA. I took 'em home and put 'em in an old beer bottle on my dresser. They make me wish that I had a better camera and more photography know how.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Once I had a plant named Phineas Gage, but he died.

1. Listen to this song while you read this post, if you want to. "Don't Look Down Or Back" by Tunng

2. the Men-Up Series by Rion Sabean

 3. On my walk with Baby today, we came upon a collection of potted plants on a street corner with a sign that said "FREE." I got a free jade plant in a tea cup! I named it Tea Cake, because I finished reading Their Eyes Were Watching God today. I like Ithaca because in certain neighborhoods there are free boxes on every block.

Monday, October 3, 2011


1. Any day that involves hot apple cider.

2. I've seen a lot of beautiful places, but upstate NY in the fall might be the most beautiful. The feeling I get when I see hills of colorful trees reminds me of when I was little and eating bubblicious gum. Remember bubblicious?  Well, bear with me for this comparison. I loved that gum so much, and thought that it was so tasty, that I was always tempted to chew all of the pieces at once, because I just could not get enough. My mouth was not large enough to contain as much gum as I wanted to experience. Fall makes me feel like my eyes cannot take in enough of the beauty, no matter how hard I try.
See the resemblance?

3. Please consider donating to my sister's school on Donor's Choose! You can help them to buy a program that will not only provide the entire school with no books, but specific materials to bring the students up to the standards for literacy that many of them have been deprived of up until now. Give a dollar. Seriously. Think about how thoughtlessly you spend a dollar on a parking meter, a candy bar, a cup of coffee, and then put one (or more) of those dollars towards this project.