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22 May 2010

21 May 2010

20 May 2010

Not Made for Walking

Totally amazing hoof/gun boots by Iris Schieferstein. I think there are nowhere anywhere near enough people who have thought about this concept as a viable shoe style. Think of the impact you would create walking through a room with these babies on. Plus, if anyone makes fun of you, you have a weapon to scare them into saying how great they really are.

..via Design Milk

19 May 2010

Memories


Road trips to nowhere, underage smoking, falling asleep on an old mattress in an over-crowded house. Eating each leg off individually after stopping at the only gas station this side of Oklahoma. Nothing beats these for automatic nostalgia for time a decade gone.

17 May 2010

my-car-is-going-to-run-forever-all-the-way-to-my-own-personal-planet-a-million-miles-away

I am taking applications if anyone else wants to come with me. Room for one (possibly), no guarantees I won't leave you in the cold of space depending on my mood. And your ability to state the obvious.

Earth Muffin

Today at work, I was having a discussion with a few co-workers, and one stated to the other that he was environmentally conscious, but that he wasn't any tree-hugger. Bare in mind, this is the guy that has attempted multiple times to get our company to begin a recycling program, etc. The other co-worker laughed, and then they both looked at me. I said nothing and then was told that I was, of course, a tree-hugger. What's more I was an 'Earth Muffin'. At this point, the other co-worker and eye exchange a look and start laughing, as this doesn't sound like anything but a terribly inappropriate term. Perhaps we just have dirty minds. So, with safe search engaged, we had to Google the term, coming up with this from Urban Dictionary:

1. earth muffin
Environmentally conscience, socially aware, recycles when she can, prefers organic or natural products, and will drive out of the way to support mom and pop before large consumer corporations. She’s a modern hippy but also has a practical side. She’s cute, showers regularly, and encourages others to do the right thing without being judgmental or critical.
Store Checker: Would you prefer paper or plastic?
Earth Muffin: I brought my own reuseable duffle! It's made out of recycled materials, too.

granola hippychick vegan liberal hippy relaxed
by JennX Mar 27, 2008 share this
2. earth muffin
hippie/enviro/tree-hugger girls, especially the cute ones, and with a good connotation.
I'm gonna head down to the Green Festival and try to pick me up an earth muffin.

Needless to say, I haven't laughed this long in a while when I discovered this was a 'real' term. Better, I like the presumption of 'cute' in both definitions, and as was pointed out, I am totally not unjudgmental or uncritical about other people's choices. Personally, I don't see how badgering other people into recycling or eating less meat or banning bottled watter can be bad, but then, it seems totally redundant that I am judgmental. Totally.

Credit Card Concierge

How to Make Visa Obey Your Every Desire: The Credit Card Concierge Experiment

This is fantastic. Written by John Hargrove, author of Spank the Monkey, about how one man used the included perk of a concierge service to make them look up the most inane things ever. Great read.

16 May 2010

The Better Question: How to Tell the Difference Between Them?


Where the link came from. Anyone with suggestions where the original link is, feel free to comment and let me know.

14 May 2010

I Jumped

Pretend it is a year ago. And pretend that it was cold. Pretend I had any idea what would happen.

Ultimate Smart Alliance: The Weather (Stolen)

http://mrnihil.livejournal.com/506155.html" target="new">I don't believe in global warming because it's cold right now.

cold in May.

you're right, old man.

thIs isz pARt of A GLobAL K-K-K-ooLing TrENd

Point #1: It is physically impossible to destroy anything created directly by God.

Point #2: Pollution only has a noticeable impact on health or the environment in large, visible doses.

Point #3: The Government has no business interfering with Business.  Large left-leaninggovernments are corrupt.

Point #4: Global Warming is a Socialist-Communist plot.

Point #5: Warm means not cold.

Point #6: Scientists don't agree about anything.

Point #7: Al Gore is using this as a way to make money.

Nuclear and Oil companies lie about the safety of their wares as a way to make moneyNoPe.

Point #8: Why would rich people want to destroy the world?  They live here, too, dumba$s.

Point #9: You can't change my mind with any amount of evidence.  See Point #1.



All points valid. Stolen from Nihil

11 May 2010

This still makes me laugh

Please read the bolded red pint......AND negate my last post

Since January, Republicans on the board have passed more than 100 amendments to the 120-page curriculum standards affecting history, sociology and economics courses from elementary to high school. The standards were proposed by a panel of teachers.

“We are adding balance,” said Dr. Don McLeroy, the leader of the conservative faction on the board, after the vote. “History has already been skewed. Academia is skewed too far to the left.”....

Battles over what to put in science and history books have taken place for years in the 20 states where state boards must adopt textbooks, most notably in California and Texas. But rarely in recent history has a group of conservative board members left such a mark on a social studies curriculum.


“I reject the notion by the left of a constitutional separation of church and state,” said David Bradley, a conservative from Beaumont who works in real estate. “I have $1,000 for the charity of your choice if you can find it in the Constitution.”

I am glad I do not have children, since this is something that will now be in effect for a DECADE. If you have children, please, teach them about the other side that will no longer be taught. This is f**king ridiculous, and I am so very tired of this state. History is written by the winner, and obviously, Texas and the Republicans here have been emigrated from Kansas and their superior educational system.

..via Steve is Bored

10 May 2010

Slowly Changing a Red State

Coulomb Claims to Install First EV Charging Stations Bought by Apartment Builder.
I find it incredibly interesting that Dallas happens to be the location of not one, but two of a reported first EV charging stations for an apartment complex. Now, if only my company would allow me to afford to live in a LEED certified building. Yes, paying an obnoxious amount of money to afford to live in The Belmont or The Savoye compared to where I currently live (cost benefit analysis of new versus reusing versus rent versus continued lower costs?) I will not be moving soon. However, I can dream. I can also dream that my next car will be an EV and my friends (Hil) will be able to drive (Hil) to the far away destinations for shows (Hil) or camping (Pel).

These are the colors in my dreams......

Art by Mark Chadwick. Fantastic, affordable (if you're not me), gorgeous and all of the colors combined are what I see in every good dream.
My art practice is concerned by the use of machines in the production of an artwork. With our culture becoming more and more engaged with new technologies, my work questions the implications of handing over control of an artwork to a mechanical device. With the actions of any machine the result of human intention, I use machines to allow chance to enter the creative process, exploring ideas surrounding authorship, consciousness and interaction. I allow my tools to create their marks and record its action in a physical way on to the canvas. Currently my work is concerned with painting process as the performance aspect of the production of an artwork, exploring the relationship forged between materials, aesthetics and perception across cultures. I use machines/technology to allow paintings to make themselves in order to further remove the hand of the artist. Once set in motion I often remove myself from the studio and painting process.

Art by Mark Chadwick.

RGB Wallpaper

Wallpaper by Carnovsky, showing different images depending on what color light is shown on it.

..via We Heart.

Guerrilla Art

04 May 2010

Stink

Tolaas is positively evangelical in her striving to improve our olfactory skills. "There is so much out there that we don't know about the nose. What would happen if we started to train the nose for other purposes than just breathing in and out?"
While I agree that we are probably not using out sense of smell anywhere near enough, I completely disagree with disassociating smell with emotion. Odor is the best sense to take you back to all of those memories you wish to remember, as well as the ones worth forgetting. It tells you which foods are poisonous, as well as which smells are entirely intoxicating. Removing emotion from smell is one of the most horrible things I can really possibly imagine, as I could no easier wish to remove the memory of breath on skin more than to just remove the thought entirely.

03 May 2010

I am Immature

You know those adults that laugh like kids whenever something remotely stupidly sexual happens or is said? I take pictures.

Just In Case.....

Advice of the Day

to avoid confusion you should configure your confusion not to accept configuration other than disabling the confusion.. to avoid further confusing anyone configuring your confusion

not to be confused with confusing configuration

01 May 2010

Happy Birthday!!

Love you dork. Happy birthday Methuselah. Provided a visual since you couldn't remember who he was. Looks kinda like you, just lacking the red hair. :)

Long Boring Post About Running Shoes

So today I got to retire my first pair of running shoes. It is a good feeling to do so, meaning I have put enough miles on them that it is time before I jack up my legs even more than I already have. I decided this time to move from the END Footwear PBnJ that I bought the last time to move to a shoe that would be more fitting for both trail and road running, since I hit the trails once or twice a week, and the PBnJ really were not so fantastic for that.
I have been having some issues of late from upping my mileage since the beginning of the year where I have managed to give myself shin splints, knee pain and hip pain respectively, and so I wanted this time to take the initiative and make sure that I got shoes based on my actual arch/pronation/suppination versus what I think I personally need. So I went to a local running store where they had me walk up and down the squishy black runner to make sure I walk correctly, and it seems I am mostly normal, just dumb about giving myself time to heal before I decide I am good to go again.

Twenty minutes after entering the store, I left with new shoes, the name and card of a podiatrist if I have any issues, and the assurance of said same podiatrist these shoes are the bestest thing since sliced bread for someone who trains on multiple surfaces. And after an hour out at Arbor Hills Nature Preserve this evening, i have to agree that as of now, these are pretty damn nice shoes. Firm in the ball of the foot, forces you to run correctly from outside heel to inside of the balls, cushioned well across the back of the heel, unlike the Asics I tried that dug into my Achilles tendon something terrible even for the moment I had them on at the store.

Broken in once, running some pretty muddy trails, and almost nothing on the bottom of the shoe. Plus, while my last shoes were from as company called Environmentally Neutral Design and I can't quite beat that, Brooks are one of the most green companies for shoes out there, and the Cascadia have BioMoGo, biodegradeable midsoles.

So if you read this entirely too long post about shoes, I apologize. All I can end this on is that I am quite happy with my purchase, and can't wait until I am ready for the next pair. And I am glad they aren't pink. And I am a dork.