Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Andy Warhol Makes Me Sick.

Actually that's not true--of the artists I lectured about yesterday, I rather enjoy Warhol's take on our consumerist society. But this doesn't change the fact that I was overcome by nausea during the course of my lecture on contemporary art, and barely managed to finish the class before I became violently ill. But I don't blame Warhol for this. Or even Christo and Jean-Claude. Remember, 20th c. art isn't about end product, it's about process....

I seem to have gotten some kind of weirdo comment-spam in the prior entry, which causes the comments window to immediately forward to a new web address when you open it. Or, at least, that's what happens when I open it. Beats me. Hopefully it won't happen again.
And in other news.... hmm. I have no other news. The dining room completion has been delayed because the woodwork we cut doesn't quite fit perfectly; after two more weeks of frantic activity, the semester will be all over but the cryin' (or the gradin', as the case may be;) and I have another bunch of contract work at the museum I work for, which should make the holiday season a bit brighter in a financial sense. A plus, considering the New Roof is about to eat the entirety of my bank account....

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Post-Modern Modernism?

I'd just like you all to know that I'm writing a lecture on contemporary art tonight, and if I had to choose between this and a root canal, well.... let's just say I'd have to think about it.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006


Yes, the dining room project approaches completion. Tile is laid; I came, I saw, I grouted. I sealed. This last weekend I spent painting the woodwork (which my father generously bought, cut, and primed for me.) New furniture has been purchased and assembled. I am on the cusp of having a real, usable room downstairs for the first time in over a year.... So, go me!

A "before" picture of the old room is here, and here's one of the walls, and here's one of the new tile (pre-grout.) I'll post a final completion photo once the woodwork's on.

Robert Altman died this week, which makes me sad. I love his films. So do yourself a favor this holiday weekend; go out and rent "Short Cuts" or "The Player" if you haven't seen them before. Those two movies are masterpieces--two of many from Altman. They pack a whallop, though, they're not light film. But totally worth your time. Have a good holiday, everyone--

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

No Sugar Tonight....

In the wake of last week's Halloween binge, I've put myself on a no-sugar diet for the forseeable future. This mainly applies to processed sugars like corn syrup; I'm still allowed to put a little honey or maple syrup on my cereal in the morning, and naturally occuring sugar in fruit is fine. I'm back on my fruit kick, eating lots of dried fruit, juice, and those expensive yet tasty health food smoothies from the refrigerated section. I have a theory that a lot of the reason I feel like crap a good deal of the time is nutritional (yeah, I know, and didja know the earth is round too? it's a big duh, but at the same time it's easy for me to blow off these things on a day-to-day level even as I say "I should eat better!") So I'm drinking a lot of "Superfood" and "Green Machine" and "B Monster" for lunch these days--I should probably buy stock in Odwalla.

In other news, hooray for the national elections, and a bit of a boo for our local ones; somehow, the Republicans lost seats in the Indiana House but swept the state Senate. They now hold a Senate majority so large that they can conduct business even if not a single Democrat shows up to work in the morning. That just seems bad to me on principle... hopefully the Democratic majority in our House will force some bipartisanship on divisive issues. They're already discussing rescinding daylight savings time--woo hoo!