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February 29, 2008 at 11:26 pm

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February 28, 2008 at 5:29 pm

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Meme Genesis….

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Today thornyc reminded me that pretty much anything is better with googly eyes, leading me to make the following challenge: Show me your googlies! below are a virtual pair of googly eyes. Apply them as you see fit and post the results in your journal.

Let the googliness begin!

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February 26, 2008 at 6:42 pm

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But there were tacos….

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The only thing that really made me pay attention to last night’s Oscar cast was the footage of Bette Davis announcing Marlon Brando’s win in a demented outerspace pixie outfit. It made me love her so much. Tilda’s speech was OK, but I wish she’d have thanked Derek Jarman as much as her American agent.

Biggest laugh? Jessica Alba being introduced as “always fascinating”. Truly, hardly a day goes by without me being fascinated by Jessica Alba. On those occasions when I shave, her shave creams really do the trick.

Hopes for a Seth Rogen/Jonah Hill makeout party as a way to end their interminable Halle Berry/Judie Dench bit were never answered.

Note to indie musicians everywhere: live your dream and some day the crappy mopey ballad that never got you any action from the girls in your dorm may beat out a bunch of crappy polished songs from the bowels of the Disney corporate Leviathan.

And to Billy Ray Cyrus: Please lock your achey-breaky offspring far away from the public eye for the rest of my life.

Bearded Viggo is always good news.

File under we get it already:
Jack Nicholson likes to fuck.
Penelope Cruz is hot.
Brits are classy.
Cuba Gooding jumped around a lot that one time.
Hillary Swank is really really a girl even though she played that transguy.
Dennis Hopper once did drugs.
Anger equals acting.
Action sequences equal editing.
The Past equals costume design.

Anyway, I have nothing to complain about; I got to spend the evening with my friends Chris and Thor and got to eat delicious homemade tacos, brownies and rhubarb pie.

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February 25, 2008 at 11:21 am

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Two things that make me happy…

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First is the wall mounted pencil sharpeners in the class rooms at Northwestern. Seeing it made me immediately wish I had all my pencils with me.

Second is that I found another review of the show over at Artforum.com: http://artforum.com/picks/section=nyc#picks19538

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February 24, 2008 at 9:50 am

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Back home…

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Northwestern went well. Its graduate art program is even more intimate than the ICP/Bard one: 9 students in total. The nice thing is that it’s also completely underwritten for those students. The tuition is paid and there’s a stipend. A pretty good deal. The studio building for them is a converted house some distance from the campus, so the feeling is oddly like that of the older Bard dorms; lots of little rooms on various floors, someone’s working in the basement and someone else in the attic. I’d find it congenial, but I imagine it can also be a bit cramped. I was also told that they were moving some time soon. I didn’t find out what other sorts of facilities they had available to them for fabrication.

I saw little of the campus proper, never made it to anything like the official school store (which is something that I like to poke around in whenever I go to a new school). Basically it was get up in the morning, head over to the studios, meet with students, have lunch with them and back for more meetings. Thursday night I lectured, pulling off the first successful slide lecture from the trusty old Fujitsu laptop. It all went pretty smoothly. It also was the first slide lecture I’ve done in approximately ten years where I didn’t get asked “the rabbit question”. For years now it has been inevitable that someone in the audience will ask me to explain the presence of rabbit imagery in my work. I’ve become so accustomed to it that I pretty much anticipate it at this point and often use the question as an occasion to talk about some of my ideas about how content functions in work in general. It was both a relief and a bit disconcerting that it didn’t come up this time, and perhaps a marker of how much that work has shifted away from that imagery in the past few years.

The Northwestern students themselves were earnest, well informed. Happy to be making things. They seemed more fully committed to their own interests that to some sort of career strategy, and alive to the social implications of their work, which was welcome.

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February 23, 2008 at 10:42 pm

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Do I get beads?

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Today is wooferstl‘s annual “Show your Specs Day”. So here’s another shot of the pince-nez.

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February 22, 2008 at 9:49 am

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