Epiphany at the precarious epitome

2 03 2011

From “The Monkeys You Ordered,” a delightful spin on New Yorker Cartoons:New Yorker Literal Caption Contest #2

1. “Be sure to turn left when you walk in the door or we will all die.”

2. “The price is low because the house is built on the edge of a cliff.”

3. “You can’t beat the view but there are serious problems with the foundation.”

4. “You should not buy this house.”

5. “I expect this house to move very fast, any day now.”
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2010: We’re not as thought as we doomed we were?

1 01 2010

2010:  A REASON FOR ALL CAPS (AT LEAST UNTIL THE JUMP)

1. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED

2. FOOL ME ONCE YOU CAN’T GET FOOLED AGAIN

3. THE YEAR OF LEARNING TO UNBREAK THINGS

4. THE YEAR WE PUT THE BRAKES ON

5. HOW WE LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE CLIMATE CHANGE Read the rest of this entry »





Signs of a Weekend Well Spent

7 12 2009

1. All but one overcoat down off the hangers

2. Two pans of bacon grease left on the stove

3. A new clown costume folded up in the closet

4. Thighs, calves, knees and feet that keep threatening to cramp up

5. Twenty Three fewer superballs in this apartment Read the rest of this entry »





Crayon Thieves

25 02 2008

It takes a lot of noise to wake me up, but the car alarm did it.  Not after a minute either; I was alert in time to hear the thieves gun the engine of their getaway vehicle and roar away.  Waking is different from rising, though, and it took me a few minutes to realize that the claxon wasn’t going to be turned off by a neighbor, and what’s more, it was coming from up the street where my own sweet Agnes was parked. Read the rest of this entry »





Creative throughput

6 12 2007

There’s a lot of creative ideas buzzing through my head, above and beyond the blogjam salon (which I’ve done nothing about after that first brainstorm), including the webcomics, the novel(s), the 23 iterations project, the political organizing, and also the really weird ones.  Read the rest of this entry »





Design notes for the “blogjam salon project”

17 07 2007

I may have written online about this somewhere else. Like so many ideas in my head, like the camera in the shape of a gun and the uber-realistic streetfighting video game that uses real people like the Pope and that vagrant on Lakeshore, I’d be just as happy to see some one else make this happen, just to see it live in the world.

  1. Come up with a snappier, more descriptive name
  2. Once a month, people meet at a bar with a good happy hour, quiet background music, and free (or sponsored) wifi, and at this bar they spend an evening hashing out the details for a new website (favoring blogs) that ought to exist but doesn’t. They register a url, set up a wordpress/google-page/what-have-you, produce the first 5 to 20 pages of content, email all their friends to announce the launch, and print out business cards to pass out to everyone at the bar. Read the rest of this entry »




Would you trust this man to sit quietly at the back of your bookstore?

9 07 2007

Nov 19, 2005 1:54 PM, originally uploaded by itchy biscuit.

The second or third to last time I’ve attended a poetry reading, emerged out of the corners of a room like a chthulian harbinger, and worn that jacket.