Sunday, August 23, 2009

In My Place

I haven't been accomplishing a whole hell of a lot lately, so sometimes to make myself feel really productive, I gotta get in the little victories where I can.

Practicing my Arabic is more discouraging than anything (have you ever gone through a stack of flashcards and gotten 95% of them wrong? Terribly disheartening), and I CANNOT seem to get through this book I'm reading, as interesting as it is. So to make myself feel like I got something done for the day, I'll often just go into Deep Cleaning Mode.

Desk & Dresser Project, Phase I is complete- the results are visible in the pictures below. The knobs were on sale at Anthropologie- such a steal, and I have had my eye on them for months!

“He is the happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home”- Goethe

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

IDEA: Choose Your Own Adventure TV

Remember those Choose Your Own Adventure books? There was a time when they were all I read, thus I ended up dying a lot, and having really bizarre nightmares.

Last night, this idea hit me like (Choose one):

a) a ton of bricks
b) George Foreman's fist
c) a train

The basic concept: write a very simple pilot for a television show with an array of characters in a simple situation. Then, have a website set up with a message board or a voting mechanism that allows viewers to determine the direction, plot lines, even dialogue of the show every week. (It could be modeled after that White House project where people can post policy ideas, and other people can either vote the idea up or down).

This would be such a cool exercise in collaboration, and would be just another step in the fusion of technology with pop culture- people can vote on American Idol, why not vote for characters to die off, or suffer a bizarre disease? Mediocre Hollywood writers (most of them) could easily reap the benefits of the nation's talent and take dialogue ideas (witty comebacks, dramatic monologues, crafted declarations of love) from a message board of people, eager to hear their ideas on tv but not persistent or savvy enough to write their own television show.

Think about the possibilities! (Choose one)

a) It would be an immediate cult-following, as people would be clamboring to see which ideas won out each week. There would be much Tweeting, texting, and Facebooking to lobby for people to vote certain plotlines- the viewer participation and dialogue would be really neat to see! It could be a model for other, more important, forms of citizenship.

b) Such a telling usage of television as social commentary- say, around election season, a grassroots organization wanted some attention to an issue they were trying to advance: if the word was spread fast enough and enough votes mobilized, that issue could be an integral part of a television plot the following week, garnerning national attention and sparking further discussion.

c) It's new! It hasn't been done!

Who do I talk to about this? Does anyone have any friends in the biz? Just know, you heard it here first when you see it on network tv next fall.

Friday, August 7, 2009

That's Ranunculus!

In the running as my third favorite flower (behind peonies and some orchids) is the ranunculus.

1. It is hilarious to say.
2. They are gorgeous!

The weather is a little gloomy for August so I think I'm going to fill the apartment with flowers this weekend.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Died Young, Stayed Pretty

This film is coming to Cinema 21 shortly, and I would like to see it.
Among other things, the title itself is intriguing. It's about the poster industry.

Some pretty things to look at, since this is, after all, just another Thursday, I have to keep reminding myself.

Treehouse fun! I could curl up in a place like this on a day like today. Designed by Pete Nelson.

Mark Philbert, fashion/beauty photographer, using the body for projection. If I projected the meeting minutes on myself for User Interface Specification walkthroughs I bet we'd get a lot more positive feedback.

Makes my poor boring cup of coffee feel inferior that it didn't get to go out and participate in the great revolution of art, and instead ended up in my tummy:
(This is made out of thousands of cups of coffee!)

I changed my mind. I want to go here, instead, on a day like today. Designed by Tatiana Bilbao.

They're slightly non-sequiter but sometimes it's best that way. Just. Keep. Busy.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Advice from Mark Twain

(Photo by The Nen - Flickr)

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” - Mark Twain

Had a great little brainstorm sesh with The Dance Fighter and Jayhawk last night.

It is wonderful to have friends that ask questions, share ideas, and push you to solve problems.
Thanks for always inspiring me. These are for you (all from my long-time inspiration, Exploding Dog):

My friends are going to save the world.

The journey of a 1000 miles starts with a single step.

I made this for you.

We built this city out of nothing.

Sometimes the problem is the solution.