Thursday, March 31, 2005



Combine styrofoam head, video projection, a touch sensor, a little Gary Numan, and this artist and you get a really interesting performance. When the artist bonks the head, the face reacts. Would love to see a whole drum kit done up this way.

Via we-make-money-not-art

Cave house for sale in Spain

Cave house for sale in Spain

Anyone want to chip in? The interior is a little sterile, but that could be changed. The tub looks fantastic.

Via Futurefeeder

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

The Conclusion of the Laura K plagiarism Saga

A Week of Kindness Blog
The saga has come to a conclusion (or at least it has from the perspective of the person who wrote the paper). There are a few posts on the blog that tell the rest of the story and I don't want to spoil it for anyone, so I suggest if you're curious, you just go check it out. I will say that I'm reasonably pleased with the outcome. The parts that made me uneasy have been eased a bit.

MFA Show - Closing April 1

Now that spring break is over The MFA show season really gets rolling. The current show features paintings by Mack Gingles and printmaking by Joshua Spahr. The closing reception is this Friday, April 1 from 6 to 9 at The School of Art Gallery Located in Murphy J. Foster Hall on Dalrymple Drive behind the Middleton Library. Pictured above is Mack Gingles "Three of a Kind".

That reminds me of the last mfa show. At the time I blogged it, I hadn't seen any of the artists work. Well, I'm happy to say that the work of Jamie Baldridge was particularly great. It was photography that was photoshopped to look old, though very crisp. The imagery was creepy, with a macabre sci-fi feel. I found the image below by digging into the LSU press releases.

r u n n i n g w i t h s c i s s o r s - The Gulls

r u n n i n g w i t h s c i s s o r s - The Gulls
A parody of Hitchcock's The Birds opened in New Orleans last weekend. The show runs Friday and Saturday nights at One Eye'd Jacks through April 16. We plan on attending April 8, so if anyone wants to join us, let me know and I'll reserve seats. The show sounds like a hoot and I'd be interested on it's own merits, but there is the added bonus that it includes a great friend, Rod Lemaire in the cast, so it's obviously going to be stellar.

You Are Here video | Ourmedia

You Are Here video | Ourmedia
I wanted to blog the Ourmedia site in general, but I figured it was best to point so some worthwhile media to show how the site's supposed to work. So, Ourmedia is a very ambitious and exciting free repository for sharing media of all kinds. Sign up, upload, and share. There also appears to be blogging and commenting features as well. As long as the media creator completes the submission correctly, the copywrite information is clearly displayed. When I poked around I found many videos that had no copywrite info, so I'm guessing that the person who put the video up either doesn't care or messed up when completing the upload form. At any rate, I found the site itself to be a bit clunky, but it's only in alpha and the idea is so awesome, that I expect things will smooth out over time. I haven't signed up yet, but I plan to, and maybe Janet will use it to host some video as well (would save on bandwidth at, not that it's been a problem, but when the Pulse trailer was first posted we did go over our limit but our host is very cool and let it slide since it was just one month).

Now, the video I linked to, is a music video from Sam Bisbee. I found it just by looking through today's popular media. It's a catchy indy pop tune and the video is pretty creative, using stop animation of stacks of photographs. From the ourmedia page, it's easy to get to Sam's website and check out more of his music etc. I'll probably dig into that a little more later.

Art Rentals

The New York Times > Arts > Arts Special > Borrowings: Really Like That Painting? Why Not Take It Home!
How intriguing, (damn, intriguing is hard to spell) apparently several museums and galleries have programs where you can rent art. This works in a try before you buy way, or for special events. Oberlin College rents Renoirs and other pieces to students for only $5/semester, creating a camp out to get the best pieces. The article doesn't mention libraries, but I know the Baton Rouge library has an art loan program. I haven't tried it since we are on the verge of having to rotate our personal collection as it is (it's great being married to an artist and having many artist friends). I wonder if a well publicized rental program could help develop a communities overall art market. Helping timid first-time art buyers a chance to have a low risk experience with taking art into their homes.

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Doctor Who leak culprit walks plank | The Register

Doctor Who leak culprit walks plank | The Register
In a follow-up to this post, apparently it wasn't super slick viral marketing. It was a Canadian.

A Week of Kindness Blog: Laura K. Krishna is a Plagiarist

A Week of Kindness Blog: Laura K. Krishna is a Plagiarist.
The post title and the Blog title are a bit dissonant and certainly the details of this story don't show any kindness. Click away to be simultaneously amused and repulsed at Laura's clumsy efforts to solicit a term paper from an unknown and untrustworthy source. Remember, "we are all children in the arms of Chivas."

And they can cry about it all the way to the bank

Yahoo! News - Poll: Harvard Students Mostly Unhappy
This is actually a good example for my stats class of a headline that makes more out of the stats than is really there. The headline might make you think that Harvard students are mostly unhappy, since that's exactly what it says, but when you get to the detail, the Harvard average was 3.95 on a scale of 1 to 5. It doesn't say exactly what the words associated with the scale were, but it was probably something like 1=very dissatisfied, 2=disattisfied 3=neutral, 4=satisfied, 5=very satisfied. If that were the case 3.95 looks a lot like satisfied to me. The article also talks about how Harvard compares with the other schools in the survey (lower than all but 4). Of course we're talking about a difference of .2 points between Harvard's average and the average of all schools. And of course this survey was only conducted at exclusive private colleges, so there's no telling how much better they do than more typical colleges. Now there is validity to comparing yourself to only like insititutions, but it still sound like much ado about nothing. Of course, now I wonder why I wasted your time on this.

Silent disco to beat festival sound barrier

Guardian Unlimited | Arts special reports | Silent disco to beat festival sound barrier
3,000 ravers in a tent wearing headphones, listenting to the same music, dancing to the same rythm, just so the party can go past midnight. I'd love to see this, and hear the patter of feet.

Monday, March 28, 2005

Yahoo! News - Pole dancing the latest fad

Yahoo! News - Pole dancing the latest fad

Surprisingly long article about pole dancing classes in England. It's well worth the read for quotes like these:

" "It brings out the raunchy side in everyone," says fellow pole apprentice Sam, 29, who works in children's TV by day and frequents fetish clubs by night"

"Such is the demand for lessons that self-taught dancer Vanessa Lam is giving up her full-time day job as an accountant to devote herself to the pole dancing business she and her sister Fiona, a policewoman, set up."

"It's acceptably sleazy."

I know, kinda lame post today. I'll be back on top of things tomorrow.

Friday, March 25, 2005

The Friday Cocktail

Singapore Sling
A couple of rare occurences here. First, I'm blogging from home on this good friday. Second, I've tried the recipe ahead of time. One reason I'm doing a friday cocktail, is so I try new recipes. I tend to stick with Manhattans, Sazeracs, and an occaisonal Mint Julep, but I tend to like lots of others. So, since I'm home, I tried the recipe with lunch. Here's the recipe I tried:

Juice of 1 lemon
1/2 tsp sugar (1 packet of splenda)
1 oz cherry brandy
1 oz gin

Shake with ice, then pour, unstrained into highball glass. It was a little tart, so I added an ounce of apricot brandy and that mellowed it out a bit. The link takes you to a different version, that I haven't tried.

Last week's drink, the golden comet, was pretty good. I'd have it again. The lime was a bit tart, but it could just be the lime. I used blue curacao instead of orange, but come on, any chance to drink a blue drink is worth it.


Thursday, March 24, 2005

New Scientist Breaking News - Camouflaged octopuses 'walk' on two tentacles

New Scientist Breaking News - Camouflaged octopuses 'walk' on two tentacles
Check out the video of these two different octopuses walking on the ocean floor using only 2 of it's 8 tentacles. Both species use different strategies, but it appears that the purpose (camoflage) is the reason both use it. Apparently this is never before observed behavior.

Yahoo! Creative Commons Search

Yahoo! Creative Commons Search
New search tool from Yahoo! that allows you to search material that uses creative commons licenses. If you're new to creative commons, it's basically an alternative copywrite that allows the creator of the material the ability to reserve some rights while making their work available. For example, a creator (of image, video, music, text) can say that others can use their work if they provide a citation, or only for non-commercial purposes, or in any way they see fit. I've gotta say that I'm posting this mostly so I can easily find the link from home this weekend as I'm working on a video project and I need video of crowds.

via boingboing

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Flatscape Video: What is Culture Jamming

Flatscape Video: What is Culture Jamming

The final screeing in this year's Flatscape video Series is this Saturday, March 26, 8pm at the Baton Rouge Gallery CCA. This looks like the best one yet. The evening will start with Dara Birnbaum's 1978 video "Technology/Transformation: Wonder Woman”. I actually saw this video when Ms. Birnbaum gave a lecture at LSU a few years ago. It's an excellent example of deconstructing media and particularly compelling given the technology available at the time. Next is a more modern version of Culture Jamming from the group Animal Charm. This will be followed by a documentary on the topic from Jill Sharp, which appears to follow the exploits of the billboard liberation front (blogged earlier). You can check out a trailer for the film here.

In other BRG CCA news, the Movies and Music on the Lawn series is set to pick up where flatscape leaves off, now that spring has sprung. Movies and Music will start at the end of May and they are looking for musicians. If you are interested, you can contact the gallery, or say something to Janet at Flatscape.

Here's the press release (note: the release was made before permission to show Culture Jam the Film was granted).

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, March 14, 2005

CONTACT: Janet L.U. Rudawsky, Special Events Coordinator 225.383.1470
Press Release – Public Service Announcement

What is Culture Jamming?

Baton Rouge- Flatscape Video Series is exploring the theme of culture jamming for this month’s program. Culture jamming is the appropriation and reassemblage of television images to present an altered meaning. Renowned video artist, Dara Birnbaum blazed a trail for later artists with her 1978 video “Technology/Transformation: Wonder Woman”. She edited portions of the popular 70’s television show to reveal the strong overtones of violence and sexuality. Her video is punctuated with a refrain of repeating explosions, and a wonder Woman trapped in a state of perpetual spinning. The video deconstructs this seemingly harmless, fun program. At the time the program was marketed toward empowering young girls. Birnbaum’s version shows the underlying absurdity of the program.

More recently, the group Animal Charm, has taken up where she left off. The gallery will show their “Videoworks:Volume 1” These artist are also trying to upset the hypnotic spectacle of television by displacing its logic. Animal Charm describes themselves as “a nomadic autonomous off-broadcast channel of absurdist deconstruction and video remix anarchy”. This group tours the country providing spontaneous performances, similar to a DJ in a club.

Although they will not be here in person to perform, the magic of video allows us to enjoy the product right here at Baton Rouge Gallery CCA.

Baton Rouge Gallery CCA is presenting these videos Saturday, March 26th,at 8 pm. Admission for non-members $5, members get in free. (Student annual memberships are only $20.) Come early as seating is limited.

The Baton Rouge Gallery is located at 1442 City Park Avenue and is open from 12:00pm until 6:00pm, Tuesday through Sunday, and is closed on Monday.

For more information please call Baton Rouge Gallery at 225.383.1470

This program is supported in part by funds from the LOUISIANA STATE ARTS COUNCIL and the LOUISIANA DIVISION OF THE ARTS, and by the ARTS COUNCIL OF GREATER BATON ROUGE through the DECENTRALIZED ARTS FUNDING PROGRAM. The Gallery also gets support from BREC, the COMMUNITY FUND FOR THE ARTS, and Mrs. Paula Manship.


Spring Break

Hello all,
It's spring break here. Unfortunately, that only means that the halls are freakishly silent. I'm still plugging away at my station. Another unfortunate situation is that spring break is a good time for the tech dept to do system maintenance and shut down the web, so I'm not sure if I'll be able to post anything, or much of anything else this week. I expect to be offline this afternoon and tomorrow morning at least. Though I doubt we'll be back up at all tomorrow. And I do get good Friday off. So, just to let you know, I'm not slacking, or failing in my mission after just one short month. No, I'm enjoying this experiment quite a bit, thanks and I'll be back in full force next week, and I might be back at part force intermittently through this week, or I might not. Regardless, there will at least be one more post this week about the next flatscape video art event.

MTAA's Drinkin' & Drawin' Championship

MTAA's Drinkin' & Drawin' Championship

An idea who's time has come. Shouldn't Red Star or Chelsea's get behind this kind of thing on an off night. It's not like the artists aren't there drinkin already, why not make it an event. There don't appear to be any rules, but I'd add a 3 drink minimum before the drawing begins. Actually, there's not much reason to follow the link, it's a drawing contest in a bar. The bar provides drawing materials, the drawing goes from 8-11, then there's judging. The winner gets a $100 bar tab. The pictures on the site from last year (this is the 2nd annual) only show people drinkin and drawin, no real views of the work. Sounds like fun.

via Rhizome

Monday, March 21, 2005

Nathan: Projects: A History of Communications 35,000 BC - 1998 AD

Nathan: Projects: A History of Communications 35,000 BC - 1998 AD
A visual timeline categorized into advancements in Language, Mathematics, Writing, Broadcasting, and Computing. It is interesting to scroll by and watch the color codes change over time from Language to Computing, as well as seeing the overlaps. I was also intrigued by the amount of computing that came before broadcasting, but then the series of broadcasting developments taking over in mid 1800s through the early mid 1900s when computing takes off anew.

I'll be at a conference later today and tomorrow, so probably no more posts until Wednesday.

Friday, March 18, 2005

HE LOOKS LIKE.... The Morbid Game of Psychoanalyzing Strangers in Pictures

HE LOOKS LIKE.... The Morbid Game of Psychoanalyzing Strangers in Pictures
I said I'd blog some of the bloggie winners, but honestly it's taken quite a while to find one I'd recommend. I'm just not that interested in the personal thoughts and stories of many of the people who are blogging. That's why there hasn't been much in the way of personal journal type blogging in Experiment 33. I'm on the web for work or entertainment. Well, here's a blog that adds some entertainment. The author takes random photos of unknown origin and makes up a background. When I started checking it out, I was afraid it would be malicious and unoriginal, but I've been pleasantly surprised. Some are just quick hits, and others fairly developed stories. Don't miss the comments, where readers add to the stories. BTW this blog wasn't a winner, but a nominee for best new blog and best kept secret categories.

Friday Night Baton Rouge Art Show

Ah, the start of the Spring MFA shows is upon us. I don't know either artist, nor their work, but you can never go wrong at an art reception. If you don't like the work, you can usually get a snack and a glass of wine and run into some interesting people. I started that last sentence with Worst case scenario... then I realized that the worst case scenario is really that you arrive after all the food and drink have been devastated by starving artists and the art is not good so the interesting people leave as soon as the food and drink are gone leaving you with a quick awkward lap around the gallery. But even then you can probably have a chuckle afterward, or feel good about your own work. And it was free to begin with right. Ok, so enough negativish sounding stuff. I'm sure it will be a great show featuring the MFA work of Stacey Jo Harms and Jamie Baldridge from 6-9 tonight in Foster Hall on LSU's campus (not at the new Shaw Center downtown).

Friday Cocktail

Golden Comet - from
40 ml gin
20 ml orange curaçao
20 ml lime juice

Build over ice in a rocks glass.
Decorate with a lime wedge.

Sounds like springtime to me.

BTW, the Faith and Begorrah from last Friday was way too sweet. I made it without sugar to begin with and it was too sweet. I added extra bourbon and it was just tolerable. Best to stick with a Manhattan. I'll try to test the Golden Comet over the weekend and let you know next Friday.

Also, speaking of the Faith and Begorrah, that reminds me of the awesome St. Patty's Parade/Crawfish Boil we had last Saturday. We had freaky beautiful weather and the day was absolutely perfrect. Thanks to everyone who came by and helped us eat those mudbugs. We'll have pictures as soon as my card reader arrives (proprietary fuji cable is busted). The card reader will also lead to more other pics.

Soel: Memento

Soel: Memento

Bring a 70's french African trumpeter together with St. Germain and you get one fantastic album. It works well for cocktails, for chilling out, in the background while working, and I'm betting it'll be pretty good for making out once I get it home. Not that I'll make out the with the cd. You know what I mean. Best of all you can listen to it all online. I've listened to it so much this week that I'll be out buying it this weekend. That's the way it's supposed to work. I doubt I'd be in a hurry to pick it up from just a review.

Via Coolhunting, but I had to share.

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Threadless T-Shirts by Submission

Threadless T-Shirts by submission
I know I said I wouldn't post anything else today, but I can't help myself.

Threadless ts are a great concept come to life. Anyone can submit a design (if you have the know how to follow their directions) and the designs go up for public scrutiny a design wiki if you will. I've known about them for a few months probably via one of my regular sites, but I thought I should share this with you now because through Monday all shirts are on sale for $10 +s&h of $2.50 in honor of thier latest contest winners. Here are the ones I just picked up:

Something We Guess Not, But Yes, by Radio (2nd place winner)

A Fathom Farewell, by Ross Zietz

Corporate Zombie, by NikHolmes

The site also has some amusing pics of people in the ts, and I think you can add your own if you like.

New Scientist News - Grow-your-own breast implants

New Scientist News - Grow-your-own breast implants
Sorry no pictures. They tested it on mice. I can't get the mental image of pr0ned out semi fake breasted mice out of my head. Super busy at work today, maybe no other posts until tomorrow.

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Welcome to The Can

Welcome to The Can

I fully intended to go back to work, but I couldn't pass this up. The can is a "Collaborative Art Novel" driven by the illustrations. The illustrators submit one page at a time to further the story. So far 17 short pages, each with fantastic illustration. And of Course, the illustrations are available as prints and you can easily contact the illustrator or find out more about him or her.

A few sample pages to peak your interest:



Icon Bob
Now I feel compelled to post a link to a local graffiti artist, who's work I'm always glad to see. Icon Bob is a hoot, but my first introduction to Icon Graphics will always hold a special place:
Icon Unlce Dan
because this Icon looks just like my Uncle Dan, and I believe my Uncle Dan represents everything this artwork intended.

Thanks, Hunter for the link.

Wooster Collective : A Celebration of Street Art

Wooster Collective : A Celebration of Street Art

It's My Futre by Ape 7
Really diggin the selection of artwork showcased at the Wooster Collective. Seems that grafitti, postering, and stenciling are a bit hit and miss for me. It's often too much of the same to really catch my attention. But this blog seems to be showcasing stuff with a bit more substance, highlighted by "It's My Future" by Ape 7 above and "the mind security men take a boy that has commited the crime of think by himself" by Gondwana below.
the mind security men take a boy that has commited the crime of think by himself by Gondwana

BECK'S FUTURES Student Art Video Contest in the UK


Lali Chetwynd: An Evening with Jabba the Hut, 2004
The Beck's Futures site is a disappointingly slow loading flash site for the paltry amount of content, but it was worth it to find the image above. The site says that the winners will be announced today and that later they will have downloadable clips, so I'll check back in later. Regardless, I'm happy to have seen an image from Lali Chetwynd's An Evening with Jabba the Hut.

Wired News: New Dr. Who Leaked on Purpose?

Wired News: New Dr. Who Leaked on Purpose?

I almost blogged the news that the first episode of the new Doctor Who series had leaked to the web and was available via bit torrent, but I didn't. Now, this is a little more interesting, it appears that the BBC had been looking into the concept of viral marketing and had been told that leaking an episode before the official premier would be the best type of viral marketing they could use.

"I told them they should release things before their time, like what they've done with Doctor Who," he said. "Give out the first episode online, because it's going to be valuable. You've got that cool factor, and it's the whole, 'I've seen it before you have' kind of thing."

Dr. Who Scarf I'm already cynical enough without having to distrust peer to peer networks, damn. Oh well, now that I've been to the official Dr. Who site, I can't really get to excited since the good Dr. is missing the crazy hair and the scarf.

And remember, right now you, yes you, have that cool factor, you've seen this blog before everyone else.

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Extension Room :: WebMailCompose

Extension Room :: WebMailCompose

Do you use web-based email such as yahoo or gmail? Do you hate it when you surf a website and want to send an email based on an email hotlink? Do you often click the link reflexively only to have your computer slow down and try to open outlook, or some other stand alone email program? Last question, do you use firefox or Mozilla as your web browser?

If you answer yes to those questions, get this extension now. I just tested it and it works like a charm. Clicking an email hotlink automatically opens up your compose mail webpage in another tab, and fills the to and subject lines for you. Very smooth.

Monday, March 14, 2005

Fifth Annual Weblog Awards

Fifth Annual Weblog Awards

My favorites, boing boing, win for weblog of the year, once again confirming my impeccable taste. Over the next several days, I'll plumb the depths of the winners and nominies and share my impressions. At first glance, I had to go to hipster cards (an award donator, not a blog) and it deserves it's own post soon, as well as How to Blog.

More fun with flickr

Spell with flickr

You may have noticed that many of the images I'm using here come from flickr. flickr is a photo sharing site that seems really open to innovation. This little web app allows you to type in whatever you want and it will randomly search through flickr's publicly accessible photos (when you post to flickr you have the option of public, friends only, or private) that are tagged with the letters you typed, in this case experiment 33. If you don't like a letter, you can click it to change to the next random image for just that letter. It also provides you with the html code so you can just copy and paste in into your blog or webpage.

Am I not a cyborg? / Arts & Weekend - Where do i begin?

Something of a follow-up to the Billboard Liberation Front post about the problem of the masses of cyborgs today. I didn't think about the possibility that the billboard could be right. Is there really any difference between a person carying a PDA, mobile phone, gps and a cyborg? I certainly know people who act as an "integrated man-machine system" even though the machines are not technically embedded within them...yet. Another Monday morning thing that made me go hmm... via The Instutute for the Future.

Yahoo! News - Fingerprint food

Yahoo! News - Fingerprint food

Not much to the article really, just a supermarket in Germany has completed pilot testing a fingerprint id system for paying for groceries and they are ready to move forward placing the scanners in all stores in the region. It definitely could be convenient and I'm generally comfortable with this kind of thing, but I'm surprisingly hesitant about this. I guess since they rarely look at my signature on my check card, nor do they ask for a picture ID to even remotely verify my identity, I could probably warm up to this.

Friday, March 11, 2005

WCBS 880: Sin City Mayor Loves His Gin

WCBS 880: Sin City Mayor Loves His Gin

I don't know about his politics, but he'd probably get my vote.

The Friday Cocktail - St. Patrick's Day Edition

StPattyCocktailThe photo is the Jameson's St. Patrick's Day via Sounds like a good drink, but my drink of the week is going to be:

Faith and Begorah
1 1/4oz. of Maker's Mark
Splash of Rose's Lime Juice
1/2oz. Amaretto
Garnish with a green cherry

I'll have to let you know on Monday how it was, but it sounds pretty good. I'm likely to replace the Rose's lime with real lime juice and maybe a little sugar/splenda. I got this recipe in an email as part of my membership on the Maker's Mark Ambassador's club. It's free and they send me shwag every so often. So far I've got 3 golf balls printed to look like they were dipped in the famous maker's wax, 4 acrylic tumblers with the maker's mark logo etched into them, and a set of swizzle sticks that are short, made for old fashioned glasses instead of tall for rocks glasses. The swizzles look like a wax dripping with the logo imprinted at the top, just right for gripping between your thumb and forefinger.

Here are a few more of Maker's based St. Patty's drinks:

Erin go Braugh
1 1/4oz. of Maker's Mark
splash of Midori for color
Generous splash of cherry juice
Garnish with a green cherry

Blarney Stone
1 1/4oz. Maker's Mark
Splash of apple liquor
Garnish with a green cherry

I also found several tasty sounding drinks at cocktailtimes. Including several deserty sounding drinks: Irish Gimlet, Irish Mule, Raspberry Lane, and Irish Creme Cafe.

And, to help you enjoy these spirits, a few irish toasts:


As you slide down the banister of life, may the splinters never point in the wrong direction.

May the Irish hills Caress you
May her lakes and rivers bless you
May the luck of the Irish enfold you.
May the blessings of Saint Patrick behold you

May those who love us love us.
And those that don’t love us,
May God turn their hearts.
And if He doesn’t turn their hearts,
May he turn their ankles,
So we’ll know them by their limping

Some may say the glass is half empty,
Some may say the glass is half full,
But the Irish will forever say
"Are you gonna drink that?"

From Sine Irish Pub:

Saint Patrick was a gentleman,
Who through strategy and stealth,
Drove all the snakes from Ireland,
Here’s a toasting to his health.
But not too many toastings
Lest you lose yourself and then
Forget the good Saint Patrick
And see all those snakes again.

'Beannachtam na Feile Padraig!'
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
May those that love us, love us.
And those that don’t love us,
May God turn their hearts.
And if he doesn’t turn their hearts,
May he turn their ankles,
So we’ll know them by their limping.

(pronounced 'slawn-cha', meaning Health! A common toast in Ireland, the equivalent to ‘Cheers’)
I have a friend who signs cards and emails with Sláinte, I never knew what it was about til now.

And one appropriate joke considering the time of year (also from Sine):

An Irish man shows up in a pub one day and orders three pints of Guinness. He takes sips from each glass until they are empty and calls the bartender for three more. The bartender says, 'Sure it's up to yourself, but wouldn't you rather I was bringing them one at a time? Then they'll be fresh and cold.'

'Nah...' your man says, ' I'm preferrin' that ye bring 'em three at a time. You see, me and me two brothers would meet at a pub and drink and have good times. Now one is in Australia, the other in Canada and I'm here. We agreed before we split up that we'd drink to each other's honour this way.'

'Well,' says the bartender, 'that's a grand thing to do, all right. I'll bring the pints as you ask.'

Well, time goes on and your man's peculiar habit is known and accepted by all the pub regulars. One day though, he comes in and orders only two pints. A hush falls over the pub. Naturally, everyone figures something happened to one of the brothers. A group of the regulars corner the bartender and finally persuade him to find out what happened. With a heavy heart, the bartender brings the two pints and says, 'Here's your pints... and let me offer my sincerest condolences. What happened?'

The Irish man looks extremely puzzled for a moment, and then starts laughing.

'Oh, no, no, no! 'Tis nothing like that. You see, I've given up drinking for Lent...'

Clark Derbes at Ann Connelly Fine Art

Ann Connelly Fine Art - Contemporary

Clark Derbes After the parade and a nap, we'll be happy to see what Clark Derbes has in store for us at the Ann Connelly Gallery. The reception is from 6 to 9 and the show runs through March 29.

Wearin of the Green Parade this Saturday

Wearin of the Green Parade - Baton Rouge

St. Patty's ParadeI love a parade, especially since we've moved to Louisiana and parades always involve throws (not that you want em, but that you are participating with the riders) and usually involve good weather (Saturday forecast Sunny High of 76 Low of 57 butI gotta love a parade even more when it rolls by just 4 houses away from our house and we've got a good friend fixin to boil us some crawfish. Look for St. Patty's Daydrinks later today in the Friday Cocktail.

Thursday, March 10, 2005

What would be my Holy Grail Garage Sale Find!

The Airplane Shaker

airplane shaker fullThe last post reminded me of the one specific piece that would make my barware collection complete. I will find it one day. Hopefully it will be a day when I won't have to rationally auction it off for $50,000, but instead a day when I can just keep it on my bar. For those who don't know, I collect vintage barware. Travel bars and art deco styled pieces, particularly cocktail shakers are my favorites. This airplane cocktail shaker is really a travel bar as you can see by the many components in the detailed picture below. We just received a new digital camera for our birthdays, so maybe I'll finally get around to documenting the collection and sharing little bits of it here along with the friday cocktail. For now, enjoy the beauty of the airplane shaker.

airplane shaker parts

Velvet Underground Garage Sale Find!

The Portland Mercury: Feature (11/25/04)

No, I haven't found anything special at garage sales lately. I did find an awesome set of Gryphon cufflinks right in time for a wedding last fall for a buck. I proceeded to dance one of them into oblivion at said wedding. But that' s not what this post is about. This story is about someone who found a $40,000 original acetate of the Velvet Underground's first demo album financed by one Andy Warhol painting. The finder paid a whopping $0.75.

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Call Now!

Citizens Against Killer Robots

Billboard Liberation Front

No wonder Aaahnold is the Gov. of CA. The right man for the right job. Check out the Billboard Liberation Front website to see more examples of their work and definitely check out their mission statement and manifesto.

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

SXSW's Torrent of Free Tunes

SXSW's Torrent of Free Tunes

A follow-up on the SXSW post from a while ago. They realized that it was a pain to go band to band looking at the songs and instead put them all in a BitTorrent file. BitTorrent is the latest greatest fast file sharing application (at least I think it is, that could have changed this morning). At any rate, I've never had much luck with BitTorrents and would love it if anyone tries it out and if it works or if you can help me get into BitTorrenting anyway leave a comment, or email me at Note, this email address will not replace my old yahoo address.

Savage Crafters, Start Your Glue Guns!

The Savage Crafters, Start Your Glue Guns!

Deathmatch Contestant
Wow! "Craft Corner Deathmatch" I don't know if I get the Style Network, but I'll check my TIVO tonight. This show probably looks like our living room around Mardi Gras, or right now actually. Nothing like time pressure when you're working on something artistic. I wonder if there will be any endurance testing of the completed projects. And hot glue really hurts.

And what is this contestant wearing? Is that what she's making? Is it an apron? Is it lingerie?

Monday, March 07, 2005

Chauvin Sculpture Garden

Photo Gallery NSU Folk Art Center


Paul James' Sunday at 4 reading encompassed several things. First and foremost, it was about his time exploring the barrier islands through the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) Coastal Landscape Photography program. His words were beautiful, and although I'm not much of a naturist. I must say I'm considering doing this some year. The class lasts one week in May where you spend the entire week exploring the islands under the supervision of Gary LaFleur, Biologist from Nicholls State University, and learning about photography from Dennis Siporski (Artist, Southeastern Louisiana University). The week culminates in an art show of the student's work from the week. Although the class is focused on photography, they are open to other artistic endeavors. The cost is just $225 including room and board for the week. That's probably less than a chartered fishing trip in the area for just one day. You can find out more information about the course at the LUMCON site.

You might be asking yourself, what does this have to do with the Chauvin Sculpture Garden mentioned in the title of this post? Well, if you go to LUMCON you will go to Chauvin as well and the image was too good to pass up. Paul is also on the board for Chauvin and he promoted a new festival there on April 17. This coincides with the blessing of the fleet, and sounds like a fantastic event. It will be free and includes music, traditional arts, and contemporary arts. I didn't come across any further details at the site linked above, or at this official Chauvin site.

Saturday, March 05, 2005

Black Box Mini Review

It's doubtful that any of you Baton Rougeians will check this before it's too late, but just in case the Black Box Theatre production is well worth your time and $5. The one-woman show strings together close to 30 mini-vignettes and monologues with a few recurring characters. The main themes are archetypes and stereotypes, struggle with academia, and prediction and expectation. My main concerns about attending performance art events are always boredom and self-importance. This show is definitely not boring, and the artist deftly tackles the issue of self-importance head on in several places throughout the show. As I said, it's doubtful you'll see this in time, and if you do, you may already have plans, but I recommend checking it out tonight (you can go the Shaw Center early) at 7:30, or Sunday afternoon at 2:30.

Speaking of Sunday, there is a Sunday's at 4 event at the Baton Rouge Gallery tomorrow. Paul James will be reading excerpts from his journal from a photography retreat in the wilderness. There will also be photographs and information about joining the retreat for those interested.

Friday, March 04, 2005

Last of the Tiki Links for today

Critiki - Worldwide Guide to Tiki Bars and Polynesian Restaurants - find a tiki bar near you.

Tiki News - The main source for all things tiki

Tiki Room - another great generalist source

Tiki by Bosko - art and paraphernalia

Munktiki - Awesome tiki mugs etc.

Tiki Cocktails & Drinks

Tiki Cocktails & Drinks

One more Tiki drink site with lots of info.

The Art of Shag

Thinking Tiki reminds me of my 2nd favorite artist, Shag:
Shag - Benevolent Idol
I have a great book of tiki drinks illustrated by Shag
Shag - Tiki Drinksl
Here's a link to a drinkboy review of the book: Shag-a-delic Drinks That Rocke I personally recommend The Coconut Kiss and T.I. Special

Drink of the Week - The Kon-Tiki

Kon-Tiki - a drink recipe with photo from


In honor of Martin Denny, I serve up the Kon-Tiki. Sure looks good. I really like the drinkalizer's photo database.


Sad Day in Exotica - KPUA Hawaii News - Longtime musician Martin Denny dies

Fortunatley it was a peaceful passing in his sleep at the ripe old age of 94. Here are a couple of links to sites devoted to Denny's exotica music:

The Temple of Martin Denny
Space Age Pop - Martin Denny

I'll be sure to post an exotic cocktail in his honor later today.

Found Via Boing Boing, then further searching.