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Monday, July 21st, 2008
1:02 pm
Instant Bag
Mentos Bag
Instant Bag,
originally uploaded by geminica.
Bought this fabric at an estate sale on Saturday, and within 24 hours, it had met its destiny as a large purse/bike bag.
Thursday, July 17th, 2008
9:24 am
Portland Summer movies
Two affordable outdoor film festivals are commencing!

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Wednesday, July 16th, 2008
9:54 pm
if anyone isn't watching Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog yet, it's time to start - Act II is freaking awesome.
Thursday, July 10th, 2008
11:20 pm
pillow talk
Me: I once introduced someone to Remington saying, "this is Remington, the legend!" and Remington said, "no, I'm a myth!"
Misuba: What am I, baby, a legend or a myth? -- a rumour!
Me: A filthy lie!
Misuba: Yeah.
Me: A limerick!
Wednesday, July 9th, 2008
10:04 am
Create your own performance
My friend (and accomplished choreographer/dancer/actor/producer) Jessica Wallenfels is holding a workshop here in Portland, July 26/27. Develop your own performance art show from start to finish in one weekend! It's a great opportunity - she's a fantastic, friendly, high-energy artist, and also a seasoned professional. Her rates are very reasonable.

Check it out!
Tuesday, July 8th, 2008
4:15 pm
Christian the Lion
This video is presented as if it goes in a chain letter, which is dumb, but the story is actually for real according to wikipedia. And it totally made me cry. Twice. (Thanks Dan!)


Thursday, July 3rd, 2008
3:55 pm
July issue of Vogue Italia will feature only black models
"Maybe in our country it is not the best idea. But I don't care. I think it is not my problem if they don't like it – it's their problem." - Franca Sozzani, Editor-in-Chief

Apparently, non-lily-white models and stylists in the fashion industry can barely get work, because advertisers routinely request "non-ethnics" saying that only white models can sell their products. Sozzani seems remarkably focused on what's right rather than what her advertisers ask for. Will her bold move make a difference?

Vogue Italia is, by the way, a world apart from the American edition - less commercial, more daring, more high fashion, fewer obligatory Hollywood celebs. (That said, the current American-edition issue features really lovely shots of Nicole Kidman from the set of upcoming "epic" Australia, including one that is *totally* Agatha Heterodyne.)
Tuesday, July 1st, 2008
3:58 pm
Saturday, June 28th, 2008
8:56 am
Me: Why don't you on your errand now? I'll make breakfast while you're gone.
Misuba: I don't want to go yet. I'm still morninging! I'm in a morninging period.
Thursday, June 26th, 2008
9:41 am
Smoke 'em out
Right now, thousands of people are being evacuated from their homes in Northern Mendocino county due to raging wild fires. As they evacuate, hauling everything they can manage to save from their properties, they get stopped by federal agents hoping to bust them for pot. Apparently, my home region just north of the fires is being occupied by over 400 federal agents on a major drug bust effort.

Yeah. Great job, America. Get them while their homes are burning.

My sister gets to find out this morning if her house is still standing.
Tuesday, June 24th, 2008
2:17 pm
Life is dreams checked by physics.

- John Crowley, Love & Sleep
9:38 am
Lima Barrio Gardens
"Some kind of synthesis between indigenous culture and the rave scene was
percolating in the narrow alley plots, the rooftop beds, and the cliffside
terraces. They all had names, most of which don't translate well into English,
but which might sound like "mega-electric flower mountain" or "deep-earth
shadowy ripple-pond" or "waterous-joy in the rainbow traffic island". And
Bolivar's own particular garden -- on the slightly slanted top of an abandoned
coal shed -- hosted a layout called the "Ultra-magnetic stoplight crop circle",
so named because the shapes were circles arranged in threes like on a stoplight
and the colors of the corn, beans, and squash, were green, red and yellow."

--email from our CSA
Monday, June 16th, 2008
10:12 am
Portland Fashion
There should be a central website for this. But I can't find it, so here's a little cheatsheet for anyone trying to sort out the Portland fashion world.

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Friday, June 13th, 2008
10:40 pm
PDX Pride Weekend Begins
Tonight we went to a local queer community center, watched a hilarious performance of "dyke noir" (Holly Hughes' The Well of Horniness) in which some of our friends performed, and had post-performance drinks with an awesome and entirely queer crowd.

When we got home, we found a pile of queer-centric coloring books (!) on our staircase.
Monday, June 9th, 2008
10:32 am
Two-Fifty to Vegan
I'm considering going vegan for a month or so, as an experiment. There are a number of reasons, but the main two are:

(1) My favorite home-cooked meal right now is vegan anyway.
(2) Fresh, delicious local tofu brought home in our own containers costs *a third* the cost of the cheapest responsible, local, quality meat available.

The big challenge will be that sometimes I go through episodes of not wanting to cook. And when that happens, Mike takes on more than his share, or we go out to happy hour more often. And when we go out to happy hour near our house, and the only vegan items are salad and french fries, I'm going to end up with french fries EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. Because I'll see 8 different options that are not options because they are covered in cheese or meat, and to reward myself for not ordering cheese, I'm going to have to choose the most naughty greasy fried option available.

The title of this post is a poor pun on "Two-fifty to Vigo," a piece by Scottish band Shooglenifty. Vigo is a Spanish town just north of Portugal, on a major train line... which, against all odds, I have actually passed through... on my way to Scotland. It has nothing to do with veganism. Sorry.
Saturday, June 7th, 2008
9:36 pm
post-Doctor Who
Me: I still feel pretty bad.
Misuba: Still headachey?
Me: No, about the Doctor. His is a hard lot.
Misuba: He never used to have problems.
Me: Not until he got cute!
Thursday, June 5th, 2008
2:09 pm
Shopping (seriously!)
My standards for clothing have been extremely low. If I can get a pair of trousers around my hips without treading on the hems, Hallelujah, I'll take them!

But now I'm reading Tim Gunn's Guide to Style. And I'm realizing, even my clothing that doesn't squeeze certain body parts into unnatural shapes tends to be too long, too short, and so on. Surely I can afford to have a few decent work outfits that don't look awful? Things which fit my entire body, not just one part of it? Things which are a flattering fit and style for my particular shape? I say yes. Also, I say yes to buying some clothing now, and an end to punishing myself for not knowing how to sew my own wardrobe yet.

You NEVER hear me talking about shopping, right? Because I NEVER do it. I did it today though. I fell in love with a gorgeous top that was way outside my price range. TRAUMA. I didn't buy the damned shirt. This is why I don't shop. Now I want things.

But I did buy a couple of very cheap on-sale items that I'm pretty excited about. Also, I think I have a clear idea about my apparel aesthetic for the first time since the drapey rayon years. And none of my old clothing fits it. DOUBLE TRAUMA.
Tuesday, May 27th, 2008
9:18 am
Tall Ship Fever
Last year I did a "Battle Sail" on board a tall ship. That host ship and its companion (the Lady Washington and the Hawaiian Chieftain) will be back in Portland arriving this Thursday.

There will be yet another opportunity to see them along with many other ships at Tall Ships Tacoma, over Fourth of July weekend. I might have to be there - can you imagine, all those sails?

I sometimes feel misread in my attraction to tall ships. It isn't a pirate thing. I mean, yes, there's obvious romance to them, I can't deny it! But there's so much more to it. It's incredible engineering using simple materials, which fills me with wonder, just as the half-built Bay Bridge does. Ships have such clean yet utterly complex lines and forms (painfully difficult to draw, and yet they always make me want to try - what visual richness!). I love the intimate closeness to wind and water; all those sounds, especially, the rushing and creaking and the breaking of waves. Perhaps the greatest attraction, for me, is to the idea of an encapsulated world; step on board ship and you are instantly gone from where you were, in a place with culture, government, sights, and sounds completely unique to itself. A place where you make good use of what you have, and you get along with the people around you, because that's all there is. You don't need to harken back to Ye Olde Times in order to appreciate a tall ship for what it is, right here, right now - a beautiful place to be, and a very fine way to travel.

I'd still like to do the Two Weeks Before the Mast program. Last year, I held off on submitting the application in order to build up physical strength and endurance - yet after several illnesses, I lost momentum, and never got it going again. Perhaps this year I'll just sign up, and then urgency will drive me to the gym.

If I ever own a sailing vessel, it'll have to be named the TARDIS.
Monday, May 26th, 2008
8:14 pm
The Artist's Way - Commencing Week 4
I haven't been posting about it as much as originally intended, but I'm still doing the Artist's Way with Yoko. Some aspects of it are very difficult, others fun, and some boring, but all in all, it's a productive and involving experience for me and would have been worth it just for the opportunity to collaborate closely with Yoko.

This week's primary assignment is to not read. The instructions aren't very specific about boundaries to the restriction, but it seems appropriate to extend that to all video (Doctor Who!!) as well as RSS feeds. (Though I'm making an exception for the three weekly Girl Genius updates.)

I've done some physical and mental reorganizing to try and make the most of this situation, which I am not looking forward to. I'm scared of that moment of arrival home after work, tired and maybe burned out, ready for the release of escaping into some other world, some other state of mind. How will I get into that other world - or will I just not go there? I guess we'll see.
Tuesday, May 20th, 2008
12:02 pm
Exciting Doctor Who news!!
Steven Moffat is taking over the role as lead writer and executive producer for Doctor Who!

This is EXTREMELY EXCITING FOR WHO FANS. Steven Moffat ROCKS ASS and was behind the two best episodes to air in the last year.
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