October 19th, 2004

Dungeon Magesty

1 part Cable Access, 2 parts Dungeons & Dragons, 1 part Cheesecake.

Thanks to BoingBoing for the tip.


October 19th, 2004

Stealth Tribe: Ellen’s Extinct Cheese Story

My Dad used to love Liederkrantz! He’d jam the package in his back pocket and walk around with it, to warm it up so it was really especially rank.

I remember a big cocktail party my folks threw when I was three or four. The diningroom table was covered with 1950’s canapes, not a retro thing, this was the 1950’s, or so soon enough as to make no never mind.There were crudites and shrimp and mushrooms a la greque and chips and dip and cheddar and crackers, little sausages on sticks, a chafing dish of Swedish meatballs, olives and fruit all cut up, toothpicks aplenty, cocktail napkins and condiments and little plates.

My dad had out done himself with his beloved Liederkrantz. He’d stuffed several of the thin paper boxes into his pockets first thing in the morning. How he got the wedges out of the foil was a trick. The cheese was damn near soup.

Because the table had a tablecloth draped over it, it made a nice tent where I could hide and watch the party. The foyer was next to the dining room. My dad would take the guests’ coats as they arrived, and they usually made their way into the dining room. But from my vantage point, under the table, I could see they all lifted their feet as soon as my dad left the room. It took me a minute, but even a tot could figure it out. Every single guest feared they had stepped in fresh dog shit on the way into the house. Their clean soles baffled them.

It was that reeking Liederkrantz.

Ellen makes tiles.


October 19th, 2004



October 18th, 2004

Guide to Spam-like Products

I have found the Holy Grail!!!!

On a side note, you might be interested in this legal brief filed by the Hormel Foods Corporation against Jim Henson Productions. It all revolves a new pig character introduced in Muppet Treasure Island.


October 15th, 2004

Religious Studies: How to Create a Golem From the Comfort of Home


October 15th, 2004

I’ve taken some new photos.

Let me clarify–I took most of these photos months ago. I only got around to editing them recently.


side by side

mary lou
high school


October 14th, 2004

PORTFOLIAGE.COM: fool me once

3-D computer animation of….a certain someone. Unaltered audio.


October 14th, 2004

Enchanted Highway in Regent, South Dakota

Gary is a native of Regent, North Dakota. He was a teacher and a school principal and had never done any art work or welding prior to 1989. He then began dreaming of ways to bring people and businesses to the small community of Regent — fearing the town would someday die if it relied solely on farming. A hay bale strongman built by a farmer inspired him. He watched people pull off the road to snap photos of the oddity. He wondered how many people would stop for huge metal sculptures. He began designing, welding, and painting. The Tin Family was erected in 1991; Teddy Rides Again in 1993; Pheasants on the Prairie in 1996; Grasshoppers in the Field in 1999; Geese in Flight in 2001; and Deer Crossing in 2002. He’s currently working on Fisherman’s Dream.

The Enchanted Highway is off Interstate 94 (Exit 72) approximately 20 miles east of Dickinson, North Dakota. It then extends for 32 miles south to the town of Regent. The six sculptures are spread out along the 32 miles of The Enchanted Highway.

Not only am I attracted to large road-side attractions, I am attracted to his idea of community re-development. Cultural Tourism, in a sense. A distant sense, but a very valid sense.


October 13th, 2004

Don’t Copy That Floppy

It’s a PSA.

It’s a rap video.

It’s a PSA and a rap video!!!


October 13th, 2004

CTHEORY.NET > All That is Soridu Melts into Kitty

Hello Kitty Overdrive

Kitty is always already Other: this icon of Japanese childhood speaks only English. Confounding even Shroedinger’s cat, she does this without a mouth. Rorsach Kitty leaps/is leapt upon with the speed of capital: Sanrio’s “social communication business” has branches on four continents. In San Francisco, her chubby visage floats above Union Square (on a giant boutique where Kitty clothes are available in adult sizes). Her unbearable cuteness cannot be constrained by a carefully crafted circle of pleasantries. Gracing Asian pajamas or Occidental mosh pits, she glows phatic communion. Hello Kitty escapes the orbit of corporate control (if not profit) to be re-coded by a cacophony of desires…


October 13th, 2004

diesel sweeties: the vegan choice for president


October 12th, 2004

Gateshead shopping Center By Owen Luder

Thanks to things.


October 12th, 2004

Orisinal.com: These Little Pigs

Don’t eat these, either.


October 11th, 2004

Cartoon Brew

I don’t think I’ve mentioned this before.

I should have.


October 9th, 2004

Jacques Derrida is Dead, Alas!

da old-school deconstruction shiznit


October 7th, 2004



October 6th, 2004


Sit-com is the conflation (abbreviation?) of Situation and Comedy. So, a sit-com made with The Sims (2) should be called what???


October 6th, 2004

CTHEORY.NET > Being Nothing: George W. Bush as Presidential Simulacrum by Carol V. Hamilton

This article appropriates ideas from Being There and Baudrillard’s Gulf War pieces in order to propose that George W. Bush is a simulation, a virtual figure upgraded from a prototype
like that of Chance the Gardener. I am not interested in George W. Bush’s corporeal being but rather
in his flatness and in the way that his obvious deficiencies are “spun” by supposedly
disinterested media pundits. Bush’s estrangement from the real — evident in his unfamiliarity with
geography, history, ordinary English syntax and semantics, and a fund of common knowledge — stems
from his own lack of reality. George W. Bush does not exist.

Under the sign of postmodernism, the hermeneutics of depth have been replaced by the play of
surfaces, and the flat celebrity has superseded the complicated historical figure. In his
magisterial Postmodernism, Fredric Jameson commented on the shift between the deep
subjectivity represented in the modernist novel and the postmodern “death of the subject.” “This new
order,” Jameson writes, “no longer needs prophets or seers of the high modernist and charismatic
type, whether among its cultural producers, or its politicians. Such figures no longer hold any
charm or magic for the subjects of a corporate, collectivized, post-individualistic age.” Accordingly, the cosmopolitan, dignified F.D.R. gives
way to the bland, folksy, often incoherent persona of GWB, with his faux-Texas accent and gunfighter


October 6th, 2004

Guerrilla News Network: Halliburton Watch


October 5th, 2004

Artwork in a residential setting

Art Bunch Demonstrates Artful Living

In addition to providing a colorful stopping-off point on the North
Branch Art Trail, seven artists known as the Art Bunch will offer
demonstrations and consultation for visitors interested in living
gracefully. From noon on Friday, October 8 through Sunday afternoon,
October 10, Artful Living will be featured at the Paulukonis home and
stained glass studio near Waverly. It is one of twenty-two venues on this
fall?s North Branch Art Trail, a swath of art studios and galleries roughly
following the Susquehanna River and U.S. Highway 6. During the Columbus Day
weekend artists, galleries, and museums along the trail open their doors,
set out refreshments, and organize special events.

Visitors to the Paulukonis site will see art in every room of the
house where it can be enjoyed during everyday living. Guests can also tour
the stained glass studio where Jay Paulukonis will be fabricate a window
over the course of the weekend. He expects to cut glass on Friday, lead the
window on Saturday, and cement it on Sunday.

Other artists in the group will demonstrate their work as well.
Barbara Kapalski, whose paintings have won awards, will show her
watercolor technique. She will offer a session with tips for those who want
to learn more about displaying art in their own homes. Accomplished
portrait artist George Strasburger will do an ala prima portrait
demonstration. Vanessa Norton, actress, director, and writer, will read
from one of her own plays.

The other half of the Paulukonis glass partnership, Mary Ann will
use glass samples and the computer to show how she plans color for a
stained glass window. She will also facilitate a conversation about being
in business with family members. Michael Paulukonis will demonstrate how he
creates unconventional digital portraiture and will discuss web site
construction for artists. The home will also display works by Simone Kiven,
who excels in pastels but also paints with acrylics in an impressionist way.

For a schedule of the events during the Artful Living open house
and studio, call 585-2096 or visit the website.
The site has directions and a link to
further information about the North Branch Art Trail

Workshop Teaser:

Barbara Kapalski

Fri 1:00 Watercolor demonstration

Sun 1:00 Getting the Hang of It: How to place art in your home

Michael Paulukonis

Sat 1:00 Unconventional Digital Portraiture

Sun 4:00 Getting Started with your Artist’s Website

Mary Ann Paulukonis

Fri 3:00 Family Business: a discussion on working with people you can’t get away from

Sun 2:30 Planning Color for a Stained Glass Window: using glass samples and a computer

Jay Paulukonis

Jay will be fabricating a window over the course of the weekend.
He expects to cut glass on Friday, lead the window on Saturday, and cement it on Sunday.

Vanessa Norton

Sat 4:00 will read from one of her recent plays

George Strasburger

Sat 2:00-4:00 Ala Prima Portraiture demonstration

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