Archive for January, 2005

the onion strikes again

Friday, January 28th, 2005

Protest One Person Short of Sucess

This is a great article. What really tops it off though, is the woman quoted at the bottom (Adrienne Brown) is the sister of someone I know. It’s a small world out there

haiku slamming

Thursday, January 27th, 2005

It has been a long and tiring week. Most of my weeks are long and tiring, but this one has been so in a different way. I am in the cast of a show right now which involves large amount of physical theater work. This is something I’ve always wanted to do, but hadn’t before this. It’s been great, but lately I come home around midnight sore and tired. Even my creative muscle feels tired.

In between this Melanie and I have been engaing in haiku slamming. After a long argument last night about how many syllables were in ‘takes,’ she sent me this today:

note to self: do not
put buttermilk in black tea
as it will curdle.

I think she is winning right now.

Happy Inauguration Day !

Friday, January 21st, 2005

I posted a little while back about the Turn Your Back on Bush campaign. Since I didn’t want to leave campus today (a silly little thing called class was getting in the way), a group of us did a very small protest of our own here on campus. Generally speaking I feel that protest is most beneficial to those participating, so this was really for me. I found some people to come by and turn their backs on Bush as shown on the TV screen.

Here’s the best ones:




Tuesday, January 18th, 2005

I took my digital camera babysitting last week. Result: much silliness. We ended up doing that thing were you jump and try to take pictures of the person in mid-air. (I hope her parents forgive me)


I was really worried that I was going to break something jumping on my babysittee’s bed, so I told her I thought I was too big. She replied “no Eleanor, you’re never to big to fly!”

NYT editorial

Wednesday, January 12th, 2005

“Wouldn’t you want us to show pictures from Auschwitz if the gates were opened in our time?”

I’ve always thought way newspapers choose photos was interesting. This editorial is a really interesting look into that world. It’s about the photo the New York Times chose to run after the tsunami.

baby pictures

Wednesday, January 12th, 2005

Today my mother posted a picture of me (age 4 I think) in a kitty cat sweater. And you thought it was bad when your mother showed your friends baby pictures. Just think – they could be on the internet.

the ocean

Monday, January 10th, 2005

This weekend I took a trip to visit a friend of mine on Cape Cod. It was the first time I had been to the beach in quite a long time (maybe a couple years), and I was surprised by the impact it had on me.


We pulled up to the beach and I suddenly realized how enormous the ocean was. Of course I know the ocean is big, but seeing it stretch away in front of me into forever was a brutal reminder. As we walked down the beach I couldn’t help but think of all the Tsunami news I’ve been battered by these past couple weeks. I tried to imagine the sea receding away from me, and a wave coming toward me from the horizon. I wondered when the wave would become noticeable against the horizon. Looking around I thought about how on this wind swept Cape Cod beach there was nothing to hold onto.

Lately I have started turning off the radio when they start telling stories of Tsunami victims. Not because I don’t care, or don’t think the stories are important. There is simply not enough room in my head to understand this tragedy and how many people have died. Somehow though standing on the beach staring at the ocean made the stories make a little more sense.

Inauguration Day Action

Saturday, January 8th, 2005

I have had a distaste for the marching, slogan chatting, sign waving form of protest. It always feels a little mob like and that can be scary. I also have some doubts about their ability to effect change in our country at this time. But at the same time I continue to feel the need to register my dissent in some way. For those reason’s this action caught my eye

I ran across the Turn Your Back On Bush site earlier this month, and I do have some doubts about the ability to pull this off, but even so it is the only thing I’ve found about Inauguration Day Actions that I think I would willing to be part of. Particularly I ended up looking at it today again because a friend of mine pointed me to it. He has a connection to some people working on the action, and helped calm my fears that it was just some random angry teen with good website design skills.

tonights lesson…

Friday, January 7th, 2005

… crepe paper does not work for paper mache. It is too thin, and the color bleeds. It works if you want to dye your paste. Or your fingers. Tonight I started putting a color layer on my bird as (I think) the last step before I start working on the fabric wings. After finding that the crepe paper wasn’t going to work, I switched to construction paper which seemed to work fine.

this picture is the underside. I’ve been trying to work on that part, since thats the part that will be most visible.
paper mache bird

This picture is the head again (reenter my furnace)
paper mache bird hear

all in all, I’m very pleased.

giant bird update

Tuesday, January 4th, 2005

I’ve been making progress on the giant bird puppet project. (in the background you can see the furnace, since this project has been moved to the basement)

bird puppet

close up bird puppet

I molded the body out of chicken wire, which I then covered with paper mache. I wasn’t sure that was going to work, because the paper mache doesn’t really stick to the chicken wire, but it does stick to itself quite well, so I just wrapped it all the way around. The head I build first out of cardboard, and then covered in paper mache. The paper mache has been really fun to work with.

The wing span is about 7 feet, and the body is two feet long… I’m still figuring out how long the wings and tail will be based on how much fabric I have. The fabric I found is red, so I think it’s going to be a phoenix. Now I’m looking at lots of pictures of phoenixes on the web… that’ll keep me busy for a little while.