Mar
02
2005

Project: Crackhouse – The Studio

Major renovation work began today on an upstairs room of “The Crackhouse.” Pictured below is its state as of yesterday. Already completed when the picture was taken are: the removal of several layers of floor-coverings (plywood, linoleum, more linoleum, even more linoleum), dismantling of the kitchen area on the far wall, roughing in of plumbing for future laundry room.

Crackhouse 1
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The end result of this renovation will be a transformation of this area into a combination studio/project area, with a laundry room at the other end (not visible in this picture).

Feb
28
2005

Project: Adodo -update

I just heard from one of the editors of Adodo and here’re the cartoonists, besides me, who have contributed for the first issue:

“James Kochalka, Peter Kuper, Carrie McNinch, Derf, Ivan Brunetti, Paul Hornscheneimer, William Schaff and, perhaps Hideshi Hino and Igort ”

Pretty cool lineup I think…

Feb
28
2005

Wired News: Fight for the Right to Watch Trek

Wired News: Fight for the Right to Watch Trek

Look: I’m a big “Star Trek” fan. I own a stuffed tribble…and I still have a phaser that I painstakingly made as a child in my grandfather’s woodshop–based on a scale drawing of one from “The Star Trek Technical Manual” no less. But, fer crying out loud, would it really be a huge tragedy if we had a few years without a Star Trek show in production? Particularly if the show that would get the axe is “Enterprise,” which was impressively even worse than “Deep Space Nine?”

Feb
27
2005

Project: Adodo

Here’s a one page interpretation of an Italian nursery rhyme I did for a new Italian literary magazine called Adodo. The text in English is:

Coo-roo, coo-roo, my dotty mam
Stuffed me in the stewing pan.
My fair sister, scamper scamper,
Packed me in the picnic hamper.
Then my dada for his lunch
Wolfed me down in one big munch.
By the holy saints above,
I became a milk-white dove.
This is my song, coo-roo, coo-roo,
This is the song I sing for you!

adodo
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Feb
26
2005

Googling myself

I just did for the first time what I’m sure most occasionally bored folks have done many times before: googled themselves. Like the classics from Dave Letterman’s timeless “Top ten things that sound dirty but aren’t” list, Googling oneself sounds lecherous but really isn’t; it just means typing your own name into google.com and seeing what turns up. Here are a few of the long-forgotten items that turned up:

An entry on Philip K. Dick I wrote for a fansite for Grant Morrison’s comics series The Invisibles

A website of half-assed 3-D animation-related stuff I had to do for a Renderman shaders programming class in art school

…and A band that I had totally forgotten I played bass for when they recorded some demos at our recording studio many a-year ago

People site anonymity as a virtue of the internet; to them I say, “Horsefeathers!”

Feb
26
2005

Bob Dylan: Chronicles Vol I

I recently finished reading Chronicles Vol I by Bob Dylan, which my Mom gave me as a present. I’m probably not typical of the audience for this book: I’m too young to have been around in the 60s for Dylan’s heyday, and I’ve never had a real “Dylan phase” like many folks. I do like some of Bob Dylan’s music, but certainly not the records that most die-hard fans would site as their favorites. I find most of his folk/protest music from the 60s sort of silly, particularly since this was the period in which his faux-Woodie Guthrie schtick was at it’s height, but I do really like some of his later records, in particular Nashville Skyline and his recent record Love and Theft.

All of the above would seem to make this book a difficult sell for someone like me; however, in his autobiography Dylan has deliberately avoided discussing precisely the time period his most avid fans likely want to hear about: the sixties. The book opens as he’s hitting the folk scene in NYC in the early 60s, then just as he’s about to hit the big time with “Blowin’ in the Wind” and all that stuff, the book jumps forward in time to the making of his “comeback” record Oh, Mercy in the eighties. For me, this wasn’t a big deal, but I can certainly imagine this was a supreme irritation to hardcore Dylan fans world-wide. The making of Oh Mercy comprises almost a half of the book and it gets somewhat tedious at points. Part of this is likely personal, a result of my strong dislike for the record’s producer Daniel Lenois (sp?), whose main talent seems to be burrying otherwise compelling singers beneath a thick lacey coat of new-agey VH1 schlock (most egregious recent example: the now de-countrified Emmylou Harris).

At any rate, as musician’s autobios go, this was better than most that I’ve read. Dylan’s writing is a bit overly-lyrical and over the top beat poet style for a prose work like this, but he occasionally gets of some really memorable passages–which is more than can be said for most celebrity autobiographies. If you want a really good folk musician autobiography, though, skip this and pick up Bound for Glory by Woodie Guthrie. With Dylan’s writing, like a lot of Dylan’s music, you’d be best served going straight to the source, which in both cases is Woodie Guthrie.

Feb
21
2005

The Somerville Gates

The Somerville Gates

If you had any doubts about how truly silly the “artist” Christo is….

tub gates

Feb
20
2005

Boxing Bucket, pg. 5

And, finally, the exciting conclusion to “The Return of Boxing Bucket:”

bb pg 5
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Feb
19
2005

Too much time on my hands

Proof of Principle Computer Controlled Coffee Roaster

Well, not my hands, but this guy, who’s converted an old popcorn popper (combined with an even older DOS-based computer) to make a home coffee roaster.

Maybe there’s just not a good coffee shop around…

Feb
16
2005

Caricature

Here’s a caricature of Katherine and me done by Jon Towle who (coincidentally) is also a cartoonist. He kindly sent this to me just for fun–we Towles are liket that, you know. Jon lives on the west coast and you can check out his site here.

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