26 September 2012

We have fun together

I've graduated from photos to short videos. Pictures are not enough; I need to capture life's minutia in 10-90 second blocks.

If you believe in those who can see the future, you may have either watched one of their shows or visited them in person to get some insight into your own life. They never tell you about the tiny moments. They only tell you about the big stuff.
          Someone you were close to died.
      You're going to die sooner than you want to.
Maybe you can live on the moon in next century.*
                  It is a nice day.*
      Never trouble trouble til trouble troubles you.*
If you continually give, you will continually have.*
          Now is the time to set your sights high and go for it.*
     Yadda yadda yadda. 
*Fortune-cookie fortunes in my wallet.

I'd rather focus on each tiny, small instance and think of my time in blocks of ten seconds here, four minutes there. I don't want to categorize my experiences, summarize them, shave off all the details so my one week fits into a three-sentence description. Each moment, experience, few seconds, all the little stuff strings together into a long blurred-together thing I feel like is - life. Feeling those moments - is living.

The things that are important to me, the seconds and minutes that make me feel alive and think and wonder and discover, the majority of the billions of humans on the planet wouldn't even care about. And that's why life is so cool. 

25 September 2012

RnR :: Still Can't Get It Right After All These Years....At Least Val Was Listening....

------25 September 2012 Playlist-------------------------
Eggs and I had a lot of fun on today's show. I wish I would've written about it right after the show. At least I do have a video (the song it's after, that's the song playing when this video was taken.)

1. Biters - Melody for Lovers
2. Insubordinates - The Outer Limits
3. Jay Reatard - Let It All Go
4. Retainers - Blue Jean Attack
5. King Tuff - Just Strut
6. Old 97's - Stoned
7. Sleep - Dragonaut
8. Jack O'Fire - Western Arizona

24 September 2012

The Owl

I finally finished that owl! I thought it'd make a great present for Amy's birthday.

The Owl

It still needs grout; I probably won't get to that until this weekend, but that's a faster pace than what this project has been used to. I tiled the owl two years ago, made the tree a year ago, then tiled the background over a weekend.

Listening to: The Strange Boys

22 September 2012

Someday I'll Learn

...how to get a pizza out of the oven without burning myself.

18 September 2012

RnR :: Jen's Show

A close friend of Eggs' has been in the hospital for a while now, dying. 

While Jen has been comatose, Eggs visits her regularly. Eggs thinks of her. She talks of Jen's health, her life and her life choices; this and so much more weighs heavily on Eggs. 

So we spent this show talking a lot about life and death and what it means to be and feel alive and what death means and how to accept death.  

We didn't speak of all these things on the air because it's too personal for Eggs right now. But once again, what we communicate to each other behind the scenes while everyone else hears music, the importance of our conversations cannot be weighed or measured against anything else that I have encountered on this planet.
----Noodles--26 Sept 2012---------------------------


1. Child Molesters - I'm Gonna Punch You In The Face
2. American Death Ray - Baby Lightning
3. Buffalo Killers - Let it Ride
4. Murder City Devils - Rum to Whiskey
5. GG Allin - Unpredictable
6. Jay Reatard - Oh It's Such a Shame
7. Pennywise - Waste of Time ***

13 September 2012


I've been thinking about Otis all day.

An unexpected death is a strong reminder for me to appreciate each moment and focus on the positive aspects of life that I need to be consciously thankful for. There are many great things happening to me every single day and if my life should end abruptly, I want it to end on a positive note. Being happy all the time seems like a lofty goal, especially when you take into consideration PMS and the irritabilities that occur while interacting with other human beings.
All I can do is try.

I wrote down a quote and regretfully did not manage to capture who said it, so if I went before Judge Judy and tried to quote this statement, she would throw it out as hearsay.
I should be grateful for what I have, because I didn't expect any of this.
- Unknown
Damn straight.

Today I came home to find a lot of really nice messages from people who saw the vulture mosaic on flickr. Some have been commenting on my photos for a long time, others were complete strangers. Their words brightened my day. I appreciate when people take a moment out of their life and dedicate it to me.

Thank you ree-creation-mosaics, anna_dc, Remygem, dixlips, and Lucia Vanhoof. I especially want to thank Nathan Renzor for writing, "I LOVE IT for So many reasons, the texture, the spot of color and face detail, great wings., the bone..... I could go on. GREAT!" I also appreciated reading, "This is so good, the texture in the feathers and the background are amazing" from Joolz

I am sending double-extra Mahalos to Salvation Art for following my progress and cheering me on for months and also to Terry Nichols for sending me an encouraging email.

My favorite comment was from ratherbmosaicing, who wrote, "This is absolutely an amazing piece. It's spectacular, magnificent. The details just blow my mind. The texture, andamento blending/merging of the colors in the black/white/gray in the feathers, beak, bone, claws, neck feathers, the anger in his eye. My dear - what could be better about this piece? It's outstanding."

WOW. Thank you everyone!!


Listening to: The Strange Boys - No Way for a Slave to Behave

12 September 2012

RIP Otis

Otis had to be euthanized today. This was very sudden.

I don't yet have words.

Day 140: This is Otis

Day 283: Goofing around with Otis

Day 279: St. Patrick's Day at home


You are missed.

11 September 2012

RnR :: Mulletards? Happy Neineelleffen!!!!

Playlist for 11 September 2012 


1. David Allen - War Path
2. Gizmos - Progressive Rock
3. The Detroit Cobras - Putty (In Your Hands)
4. the Mummies - Victim of Circumstances
5. Screeching Weasel - The Science of Myth
6. Graveyard - Thin Line
7. the Dickies - Walk Like an Egg
8. White Lung - Bad Way
9. The Cramps - Wet Nightmare
10. Personal and the Pizzas - Never Find Me

The Vulture

Now that it's tiled, I need to put this project on hold before I grout it so I can start something else!

07 September 2012

I feel like I look like this when I dance when nobody's looking

Everybody dances when no one's looking.
And everyone feels like they look good effing amazing.

I feel like I look like this

But in reality I look like this

I prefer to look like the guy in The Black Keys video.
He's definitely having more fun than the average bear.

04 September 2012

RnR :: We Played Eye-Spy In an Insane Asylum.....with Ryan and the Ctrl-V's

Hey You Guys
-- it's the --
Playlist for 4 September 2012

Eggs and I haven't DJ'd together in a couple of weeks and it was refreshing to be together again. It's just a couple of hours that we play music together on Tuesdays, but it's amazing to spend time with Jodi. She is deeply expressive and well-versed. She analyzes emotions, reactions and situations concisely and precisely - in an instant - and relays back to me what I could never observe on my own. Eggs gives good therapy, man.

Enough with the Bromance. 

She introduced me to The Monsters. I love heavy music and they deliver. 

== ==   Also   == == 

Our shows are always named in an instant as we're putting the playlist online. We tend to sum up a single event or overall feeling, or combine a few things. It's fun.

Today's show was named because I received a text request, but I had not given my number on the air in the last month. We joked on air about how we should require photos with each text request and within minutes I received photos of our listener's apartment. It was a lot of fun, and the dude's name is Ryan.

After the show, Eggs was trying to put the day's show playlist on facebook and copy/paste wouldn't work. I suggested Ctrl-C then Ctrl-V and BOOM it worked. 

Hence, the second half of the show's title.

Here I am.

1. The Demons Claws - Blood on my Fangs
2. The Spits - Take Back the Alley
3. T. Rex - Jeepster
4. Thee Oh Sees - The Drag

01 September 2012

15 years ago my Dad taught me an exit strategy

In this photo I was 19 and my dad was 41.

We (I wonder what my mom and brother were doing that day?) went to a family reunion / 40th birthday party for three people, two of which were not even turning 40. My dad explained that the family was so big, they were getting tired of throwing parties so they decided to ball up the last three into one just to get them out of the way.

I don't remember anyone's names or where this was, I just remember it nestled within cornfields down a long gravel road.

When my dad had his fill of catching up with everyone, he drank the last of his beer, crumpled the can in his hand and said "let's go!" We didn't even say goodbye, just walked to his truck, telling anyone who asked what we were up to, that we were getting drinks from his cooler.

We were parked down the road but had to turn around and drive past the party. My dad just honked and waved. It was fun.

I use that exit strategy often. I hate saying goodbye.

Listening to: Thee Oh Sees - Contraption/Soul Desert


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