Thursday, February 2, 2012

Last Blogger post.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Goodbye, Blogger (and Twitter)

Twitter and Blogger (via Google) have both decided that they will censor content depending on which country you live in -- for example, if I post about something that is taboo in, say, Egypt, my content will not be viewable in that country.  I think censorship and governmental suppression of communication is one of the worst, most horrible things imaginable.  I vehemently oppose the decisions that Google and Twitter have made and will be ceasing all further activity there.  The archives will remain, but I will no longer be posting -- my next posts will forward you to my new blog/etc., and then all further communication via Blogger and Twitter will end.

Google has quietly announced changes to its Blogger free-blogging platform that will enable the blocking of content only in countries where censorship is required. Twitter announced technology last week addressing the same topic. It said it had acquired the ability to censor tweets in the countries only where it was ordered removed, instead of on an internet-wide basis.   
[Source: http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/01/google-censoring-blogger/]

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Two opening receptions in one day!

Today I was in attendance (briefly) for two art shows that officially opened today -- The 21st Annual Exhibit of The National Arts Program® for Greater Hartford and Middlesex County, at Capital Community College in Hartford, CT; and the 33rd Annual Salon des Independents at Hygienic Art, New London, CT.

Two of my paintings (bottom left and upper right)

Two of my works, You Taste Like Memories (bottom left) and Chasm (upper right), in the Hartford show.

Visitors in the galleries
The opening reception for the Hartford show was in the early afternoon, but I didn't stay for long, since I had to run down to New London to get my painting set up for that show; space there is limited and is first-come, first-served.


Signing in my art

I brought my painting, I Am the Blood, to Hygienic this year.  Wasn't able to stay for the opening reception, which didn't start til 8 PM, but I had a chance to see a lot of the art.

"I Am the Blood" hanging in the gallery, downstairs

I took quite a few photos today, which can be viewed via the slideshows listed below.
(Or, click here and here if the embedded slideshows don't work for you)



Wednesday, January 18, 2012

From my cold, dead hands

From my cold, dead hands

A great metaphor illustrating why SOPA/PIPA are bad - written by my esteemed friend, Dr. Cary Gabriel Costello:
The problem with explaining the negative impact of SOPA and PIPA is that the people who need it explained to them generally don't rely on the internet in the same way we do. If they're legislators, they have staffers to run a Facebook page for them. If they're people next door, they put up photocopied flyers to advertise a yard sale to get rid of their old stuff. 
We need an offline metaphor for them. Like: imagine your grandma loves Mickey Mouse, and loves doing needlepoint. She makes cute embroidery depicting Mickey Mouse in front of city landmarks, and decides to sell them at a yard sale. So she takes photos of the needlepoints and creates a flyer for the yard sale, and puts them up around town. But Big Brother sees one. And since Mickey Mouse is a copyrighted figure, grandma gets arrested and put in jail for 5 years. Not only that, the photocopy place where everyone in the neighborhood goes is shut down and nobody can use it. And the trees with the flyers on them are cut down. And when you cry, "But it was just grandma, it's not like she was cutting into Disney's profits! Five years in jail is insane! And I need to use that photocopy place! And my world is emptier without those nice trees!" you are labelled an anticapitalist pirate. It's like that.

More info:

Join the strike -- write to your congresspeople

Why SOPA is Dangerous

Monday, January 16, 2012

Un-comfort-able

My mind has been driving me crazy lately - hah. Thinking, stretching, yearning... What the hell does this all mean? For as long as I can remember, from the moment in my young childhood that I became self-aware, there have not been many days that I haven't thought about this -- how the universe works, What It All Means, why am I here? What the hell is the purpose of all this? These questions are as much of my daily routine as is breathing. My head hurts. This is the definition of "uncomfortable" -- right now I am literally un-comfort-able. I can't find comfort in anything. I'm not exactly unhappy right now, but I have a headache from thinking too hard, and I can't stop. Music, reading, art, cooking, human interaction, I can't focus on anything, my mind branching out in a million tendrils, stretching out to the farthest reaches of the universe, looking for answers.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

THINK ALL THE THOUGHTS

TODAY:
I enjoyed the hedonistic pleasure of sampling many scented varieties of candles (Kringle Candle in Bernardston, MA)...
"It's Pillar Time"  XD

Kringle Candle

...had a tasty late lunch nearby at the Four Leaf Clover Restaurant (lobster bisque, fish & chips)...
Lobster Bisque

....researched bird photos for an upcoming art project; made butternut squash sage pasta for dinner; and now am pondering higher dimensions, life, the universe, and everything. My brain! It never ever ever stops. THINK ALL THE THOUGHTS!

THINK ALL THE THOUGHTS!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

National Arts Program dropoff

Brought my paintings in for the show which opens to the public on January 23rd.

National Arts Program dropoff 003

National Arts Program dropoff 002

National Arts Program dropoff 001

Two group shows in January - Two opening receptions in one day!

- 23rd January - 5th February 2012
21st Annual Exhibit of The National Arts Program® for Greater Hartford and Middlesex County, CT
Capitol Community College 950 Main Street, Hartford, CT
Opening reception: 28th January, 2012, 1 pm

These are the paintings I will have in this show:

You Taste Like Memories
Chasm



- 28th January - 12th February 2012
Salon des Independents
Hygienic Art 79 Bank Street, New London, CT
Opening reception: 28th January, 2012 , 8 pm

This is the painting that I will have in this show:

I Am The Blood

Friday, January 6, 2012

Raven Study (Black & White)

Raven Study (Black & White) Raven Study (Black & White)
Ballpoint pen and felt-tip marker on paper
Approx. 17 in. x 14 in.
(2012)

Raven StudyThis one is bigger than the drawings I usually do. I've added this pic to give it a sense of scale. It was difficult to scan due to its size -- I had to scan it in about 8 different portions, then carefully stitch it together in Photoshop.

Incidentally, this is the first artwork that I have completed for 2012.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Fear

President Obama Signs Indefinite Detention Bill Into Law
December 31, 2011 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
WASHINGTON – President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into law today. The statute contains a sweeping worldwide indefinite detention provision. While President Obama issued a signing statement saying he had “serious reservations” about the provisions, the statement only applies to how his administration would use the authorities granted by the NDAA, and would not affect how the law is interpreted by subsequent administrations. The White House had threatened to veto an earlier version of the NDAA, but reversed course shortly before Congress voted on the final bill. 
“President Obama's action today is a blight on his legacy because he will forever be known as the president who signed indefinite detention without charge or trial into law,” said Anthony D. Romero, ACLU executive director.
Happy New Fear

THE NEW PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE:

"I give my submission to the war banner of the United Battlefield of America; unto the Controlling Congress and Officials bought out by representatives of global corporations, for which it's own personal intentions stand, one Police State, under God, divided by class, race, religion, sexual orientation, social status and wealth; with liberty and justice for those that can steal or afford it."

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Confusing

Life is so fucking confusing. Maybe others have it figured out because they've stopped trying to Figure It All Out, whereas I can't fucking let it go and I can't stop thinking about it and trying to make sense of it all. I don't know.

Thought for the day

Life lesson: 
People like/are drawn to other people who are unique and/or special, but if you're TOO different, they don't really want to have all that much to do with you. They'll find you fascinating, but in an at-arm's-length sort of way, in the same way they might gawk at something in a circus sideshow.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Have A Nice Life


"It doesn't have to be this way," zie said.  "You don't have to do this." 
"Yes," I replied.  "Yes it does.  And yes I do." 
And that was my final word on it.  
Time to say goodbye.


Have A Nice Life

Title: Have A Nice Life
Year: 2011
Dimensions: 12 in. x 9 in.
Media: Ballpoint pen, felt-tip marker, colored pencil, pastel on paper


Saturday, December 17, 2011

Baby Scarf - now available on the Second Life Marketplace


Prim babies were totally harmed in the making of this HOT item. Accept no imitations!
Features:

  • Made with 100% genuine real baby.
  • Fashionable winter accessory.
  • Makes a great gift!
  • Totally serious.
  • Haute couture.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Baby Scarf

Baby Scarf

I made this in response to the controversy over "animal cruelty" regarding a FAKE/PRIM fox scarf made by Anya Ohmai -- read the article here: nwn.blogs.com/nwn/2011/12/faux-fox-fur-not-faux-enough.html

Comment thread is priceless. 


"What's fashionable about death?" -- Lyrical Popstar

EVERYTHING.

"It's ugly and gruesome. I wouldn't wear it unless I were trying to portray the sort of barbarian who wraps her bloody nature in the trappings of civilization, at which point it'd be a tell-tale indicator of the inner life of the wearer."  -- Arcadia Codesmith

Bitch, you couldn't HANDLE my inner life.



Also, if you're in Second Life, you can pick up your OWN Baby Scarf here! Only L$3! slurl.com/secondlife/Kress/231/151/154

** UPDATE**

Now available on the Marketplace!
http://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/Baby-Scarf-box/3000241

Guinness beef stew.

About to add the Guinness to the stew.


(This makes a ton of stew, so you will likely have to cook this in 2 large pots.  Just split the ingredients evenly between the 2 pots; or, halve this recipe.  I personally like to have a lot of leftovers to freeze.)

Adapted from my friend Emi's legendary Guinness beef stew.  <3

This isn't really an exact recipe, just a basic guideline that can be adapted pretty much any way you want.

3 Carrots, 4 potatoes, 3 onions, 1 large yellow turnip, 2 containers of mushrooms, all chopped.
5 cloves of garlic, minced.
3 lbs of stew meat.
Flour (4TB), salt, pepper, garlic powder, other dried herbs in a gallon-sized ziploc bag.
6 cups beef broth or stock; couple pints of Guinness.
Bay leaf, red pepper flakes.
Bacon fat.
Butter.

Coat the meat in the flour/herb/spice mixture in the ziploc bag.

Heat about 1 TB bacon fat in the pot(s)over medium heat; add meat and brown on all sides, over medium-low; keep lid on to trap in moisture.

When meat is browned, scrape it over to one side and add a pat or two of butter; add chopped onions & coat them with the melted butter, and stir together with the meat.  Let the onions soften with the meat over medium-low heat for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Then add minced garlic, stir, simmer for another few minutes over medium-low.

Scrape the bottom of the pot(s) with spoon and add the Guinness.  Allow mixture to bubble for a couple of minutes, then add the rest of the chopped vegetables.  Top off with the broth -- enough to cover everything, almost filling the pot(s) (leave about an inch of room from the rim).  Stir everything together.  Add a bay leaf and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes.  Bring to a boil, stir, then turn heat down to low and simmer with lid on for about 3 & a half hours.  Check on it occasionally, stir, add more liquid if necessary.  Remove bay leaf before serving.