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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Paint & Collage

Paint & Collage 1
Analglyph that shit. Looks like some kind of bio process

Striped Stripes medres

“Stripes” drawing.

Striped Stripes biocoage III


Friday, April 27, 2012

Dicotyledon Toilet Brush

Dicotyledon Toilet Brushes
With window reflections.  Some design-y place on the same block as House of Pain 450 Sutter. I hate to speculate what you're supposed to clean with the little one.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Talking Mezuzah (Something I’m Working On)

Mezuzah Sketch w Shin, Bad
Early mezuzah sketch with Shin. Bad design, disregard.
Needs work.  Hi, Kenton! (Kenton has expressed interest in helping me with the electronics.)
Lips 2
You approach the house.  Kiss the first two fingers of your right hand and touch them to the mezuzah on the doorpost. It's in the shape of a human mouth, crafted from soft, pliant silicone plastic.  A touch-sensitive pressure switch activates a circuit which plays back two audio files through a speaker, hidden behind the mezuzah's lips.
  1. Voice of your favorite Tzaddik*:  [whispered] "Shaddai"
  2. Your mother's voice: [maybe a little bit shrill] "Ugh, that thing is all fershmutzik, covered with other peoples' germs! Get inside and wash your hands this instant! Wait! Wipe your feet! You'd think you were brought up in a barn."
*...and for an extra $19.99 per year, you can upgrade to Mezuzah Platinum with exclusive Tzaddik only service.
Mezuzah Mockup
…so we’re going to need voice talent.  I’m thinking of rebbe Bauer for the Tzaddik.  The Jewish mother?  Well, Babs is gone, and that’s a shame.  But Meg is a Jewish Mother.  As is Andrea. And her mom, Vivian.  And, recently arguably Kenton’s mom Ann.  And Ann Pereles. Who am I forgetting? Marni? Oma? Lynne-Rachel!  And perhaps Peter could be a second Tzaddik.  Mustn't rule out the possibility of a Tzaddikin voice, as well.

mezuzah _schematic_ 3 copy
Working drawing. What the circuitry does

There's a blue LED which fades on and off every three seconds or so.

Here's how it might look in action.

5/13 12 Whoa—This Prior Art just in from the Holy Land:
New from the Holy Land
Guess what Dude Illigence just bought!

Also, here’s our first customer:
Talking Rosary Article

Saturday, April 21, 2012

A Day at the Museums

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I love the Exploratorium.  I went there with Andrea to help out with her graphic transplant booth at the Swap-o-rama-rama. I mostly just did a science-buddy nostalgia walkabout--
Hi, Jim
Hi, Jim!
Hi, Bruce!
Text and audio from, video is Exploratorium's cloud chamber. I love that cloud chamber.  I could spend all day watching that stuff. 

I sat in on as much of Nathalie-Talec’s conversation as I could.  For the life of me, I couldn’t tell whether she was addressing male exploration of the poles a hundred years ago, or contemporary feminist art practice. Whatever it was, it seemed like the bunkus to me.  I kept on looking around the room trying to catch the eye of anybody else at the talk to signal a WTF? with my eyebrows, but they were all entirely engrossed.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The Area

The Area

I’ve been having this intermittent, not related to anything that I can discern, funny tingly feeling sort of to the right of my pupik. Wonder what that’s about.

Monday, April 02, 2012

The Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens

Lovely site.  Visionary with followthrough.  Highly recommended.
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Oh, look! They have a restaurant!
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Swimmin’ hole


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