Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Tuesday, July 20, 2010



Saturday, June 26, 2010

how much for the brick wall?

Sometimes when people haphazardly cover up graffiti it looks like intentional modern art. I think this is really beautiful.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Absolut Vonnegut

I stumbled across this in an old issue of Smithsonian.

Saturday, June 12, 2010



Sunday, May 23, 2010

Fans of The Fall

I guess someone in my neighborhood is a fan of The Fall, I've been seeing this tag all over the place. Tags are often ugly and pointless, but this one is usually in already ugly places and puts a good song in my head.

The song in question:

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Great wisdom from youtube comments:

"peoples unable to respect taste of others, should go to helles themselves"

Saturday, May 8, 2010

A Minor Thought

Sometimes I think that internet comment sections were invented to make me think that I'm not as bad at spelling and grammar as I thought I was.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Are Americans stubborn?

Countries that haven't converted to the metric system are in red.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

An Observation about pudding

That is right loyal readers, I have an observation about pudding that I would like to share.

When making pudding from the box it's much easier to make the stove top version than it is to make "instant" pudding. With the instant you have to either dirty up a pain in the butt to clean whisk and exert 5 minutes of constant whisking, or dirty up an even more pain in the butt to clean motorized stirring apparatus. The stove top version you use one pot and an easy to clean spoon and stir for less time than the instant version. And it tastes about 100 times better. And the texture is 100 times better. And the clean up is faster. And it takes less time to make.

Why does instant exist?

This concludes today's pudding themed blog post.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Before there was Photoshop . . .

Topps always had the most hilariously bad paint jobs for players traded before they had enough time to get a picture on his new team. Even before photoshop, wouldn't it have been easier to photograph an actual hat in the right positing and place it on top? God bless you Topps, and your bad paint jobs. I chose a card from 88, as they were amongst the ugliest designs Topps ever came up with.

Friday, February 12, 2010

An Essay by David Fair of Half Japanese

I first read this essay in the liner notes of the wonderful and strange double disk Greatest Hits compilation:

How to play Guitar
by David Fair

I taught myself to play guitar. It's incredibly easy when you understand the science of it. The skinny strings play the high sounds, and the fat strings play the low sounds. If you put your finger on the string farther out by the tuning end it makes a lower sound. If you want to play fast, move your hand fast and if you want to play slower move your hand slower. That's all there is to it. You can learn the names of notes and how to make chords that other people use, but that's pretty limiting. Even if you took a few years and learned all the chords you'd still have a limited number of options. If you ignore the chords your options are infinite and you can master guitar playing in one day.

Traditionally, guitars have a fat string on the top and they get skinnier and skinnier as they go down. But the thing to remember is it's your guitar and you can put whatever you want on it. I like to put six different sized strings on it because that gives the most variety, but my brother used to put all of the same thickness on so he wouldn't have so much to worry about. What ever string he hit had to be the right one because they were all the same.

Tuning the guitar is kind of a ridiculous notion. If you have to wind the tuning pegs to just a certain place, that implies that every other place would be wrong. But that's absurd. How could it be wrong? It's your guitar and you're the one playing it. It's completely up to you to decide how it should sound. In fact I don't tune by the sound at all. I wind the strings until they're all about the same tightness. I highly recommend electric guitars for a couple of reasons. First of all they don't depend on body resonating for the sound so it doesn't matter if you paint them. As also, if you put all the knobs on your amplifier on 10 you can get a much higher reaction to effort ratio with an electric guitar than you can with an acoustic. Just a tiny tap on the strings can rattle your windows, and when you slam the strings, with your amp on 10, you can strip the paint off the walls.

The first guitar I bought was a Silvertone. Later I bought a Fender Telecaster, but it really doesn't matter what kind you buy as long as the tuning pegs are on the end of the neck where they belong. A few years back someone came out with a guitar that tunes at the other end. I've never tried one. I guess they sound alright but they look ridiculous and I imagine you'd feel pretty foolish holding one. That would affect your playing. The idea isn't to feel foolish. The idea is to put a pick in one hand and a guitar in the other and with a tiny movement rule the world.

from the Half Japanese website

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Things I discover on Wiki

Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz refused to employ a laugh track during the production of the holiday favorite A Charlie Brown Christmas (CBS, 1965). Like Bagdasarian, Schulz maintained that the audience should be able to enjoy the show at their own pace, without being cued when to laugh. When CBS executives saw the final product, they were horrified and believed the special would be a flop (CBS did create a version of the show with the laugh track added, just in case Schulz changed his mind. This version remains unavailable). When the show first aired on December 9, 1965, it was a surprise critical and commercial hit.

From the wiki page on laugh tracks.

Friday, January 29, 2010



Sunday, January 24, 2010


I think it's really funny that anarchy has a logo.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Blogging about Blogs

Is there a place to find blog stats? I suspect there is a big spike in blog posts the first few weeks of January as people make new years resolutions such as, "I'm going to put up a new blog post every day."

Something to think about, isn't it?!?! I know I'm thinking like crazy over here. Oh boy, I can't stop thinking about this wild ride of a blog post.

City Hall

I needed an image of city hall for a design project that I'm working on, so I shot a bunch from across the street on the north-east side. I thought these two came out pretty cool.

Saturday, January 2, 2010