seldom updated online journal

August 06, 2008

The Many Moods of Farrah

cue Charlie's Angels music [ + zoom ]

I spent a chunk of the day moving things around the studio. Loading up the car with flat stacks of cardboard. Making mental note of stock levels and shipping supplies. And sorting things into piles.

So many piles.

I think Tom is secretly bringing out bins of stuff in the middle of the night.

Which, if they contain things like the above pictured "The Many Moods of Farrah," I am not only cool with it, I would encourage such additions.

I think he got this box of Farrah Fawcett doll heads a long time ago at Urban Outfitters, which I had no idea was run by a very wealthy conservative. I suppose I shouldn't let a CEO's politics bother me, but it does. (and I'm well aware it goes both ways.)

In a not so similar vein, did you hear that one about Wal-Mart telling managers that a Democratic win this presidential election would be perilous? This bit of commentary by Daniel Gross on Slate sums up why this might not make much sense:

...during Clinton's presidency, Wal-Mart's stock more than tripled. By contrast, Wal-Mart executives polled in 2000 would have been exultant at the prospect of two George W. Bush terms, especially if they were to be coupled with mostly Republican control of the House and Senate. And yet this decade has been a lost one for Wal-Mart shareholders: In the Bush years, the stock hasn't budged at all. [ source ]
Funny how that works out.

These political notions might put Farrah in a perplexed but affable mood, because that's how I like to imagine she rolls.

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August 05, 2008

Getting to know Dayton, plus a dreamy desk

architectural detail in the Oregon District

Dinner with a couple o' fine fellas here in town—one of which my partner has known since college.

After some good vittles we toured neighborhoods of downtown Dayton, learning about the history, people and buildings. I took notes and made a checklist of places I need to visit:

- Dayton Art Institute : I've yet to go, and it's mostly free of charge for visitors
- International Peace Museum : Being a proponent of such, this place might be right up my alley.
- Laser show on the river : Laser images projected onto a football field sized water screen. Lasers!
- Woodland Cemetery & Arboretum : Though I can't pronounce that word that means tree park, I'm told it is a must visit place, and I can see the grave of Erma Bombeck, the Wright Bros, and other local dead people.

We threw in a quick trip to the Oregon District and picked up a bunch of old vinyl on the cheap, and then found a dream desk that is out of my price range and not on the list of Things Needed.

Current music: Iron & Wine "Lovesong of the Buzzard"

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August 04, 2008

Flashing lights

Kanye West plays Cincinnati

Saw Kanye's Glow in the Dark tour on Friday. Why? Because I think his latest album Graduation is awesome and I was looking forward to a big fun show, a spectacle.

I suppose it was delivered.

Big LED screen with animations = check
Smoke, some pyrotechnics = check
Flashing lights = check

Potential spoilers: In addition to all these big fun show features, there was an inflatable doll with breasts and a godzilla-like creature—all wrapped up in the context of Kanye's spaceship crash landing on an unknown planet while his onboard computer...

Hold up.

None of this matters and maybe you don't want to hear about it.

It was an fine show. Pricey... (though I can see how such a production isn't a cheap endeavor.) But it was too loud, and the sound was muddied by the echoey arena.

The visuals didn't add up to much. The band was on this rising platform that kept going up and down for reasons unknown to the audience.

Don't get me wrong, Kanye rapped and sang his heart out, working his tracks over with tremendous sweat and bearded energy. But ultimately he seemed distant on his makeshift planetary platform and I don't see how this experience was any better than watching it at home in high definition. At least I wouldn't have had guilt about not waving my hands in the air.

I don't mean to sound all bummed, but I was really hoping Kanye was going to glow.

On the flipside, I had a blast with my friends and the view from our seats was nice.

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August 02, 2008

I believe this routine is called "Superbaby"

One way to achieve tremendous upper-body strength

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July 31, 2008

Drum Corps

The Troopers from Casper WYO perform at Soaring Sounds 29

I've never been to one of these Drum Corp events. My partner has been raving about them for years, and even has a few of those fancy twirling flags packed away with camping supplies. (Because nothing says camp quite like a flag routine.)

When we found out a sanctioned event was happening up the street, curiosity won out and I agreed to go. And my first impression, walking up to the Centerville High School stadium?


A lot of people like this stuff. A LOT.

And they're rowdy.

And a tad bit crazed. (All in a good way mind you, as I support passion that doesn't degrade others.)

Aside from the loud mom crew behind us that insisted to talk through every single moment of every routine, I found the whole affair a sonic and visual treat.

Current music: Yes "Hold On"

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July 29, 2008

rare moment of sublime evening light cutting across the living room

brings out all the dust on the faux wood table

I've found the secret to keeping the glass more than half full:

Refill, often.

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July 28, 2008

MIA July

17 images that got left behind

Things pile up.

A recurring theme 'round these parts.

Excuses are easy to come by:

- It's summer. (though is there ever really a slow season?)
- Wear many hats. (have many projects)
- Attempt to find balance. (throttle computer usage)
- Bought a house.
- Stale format. (desire for new image size or aspect ratio? 5 year itch?)

Speaking of formating photos, have you see Boston Globe's The Big Picture? Be sure to click on headlines to see a smattering of curated images on a particular topic in the news. Fantastic BIG, beautiful photos.

Andy Baio of got with Alan Taylor, the creator of The Big Picture and posted this interview.

All that said and done, it doesn't make me feel any better about the 17 tiny photos that somehow never made it onto this here journal. But I gathered them together this afternoon before too many days slipped away and I forgot what it was I was doing.

Photos17 MIA images, July 2008

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July 27, 2008

Lake Festival Parade

Celina, OH [ this image looks better +bigger ]

Not one to squander perfect summer weather and picture taking potential, I went with Dan yesterday to see the Lake Festival Parade up north.

A couple of his sisters and their families live up that way, so we were guaranteed good company.

Arrived just in time, smack dab in the middle of it all with a great view on the courthouse steps.

A comfy chair (thanks Margaret).

Cold beer (thanks Nancy).

And 250 pictures, of which I only really like the one above. The editorial process can be so fickle.

Current music: Atmosphere "The Skinny"

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July 24, 2008

Until Mad Men starts back up, or, I am a predicatable demographic

A snapshot from last week: a neat projector at Duck Creek Antique Mall in Oakley

I haven't downloaded photos tonight, and I doubt I will.

I'm tuckered, and there's too much programming on TV to zone out to.

For some reason everything is on the same night. We record what we can and parcel it out over the evenings.

So You Think You Can Dance (Getting better, after a pretty ho-hum start to the season, but tonight's results show seemed a bit whack)

Project Runway (Too early to say, but this poll has merit)

The D-List (Not critical to watch because each episode is played many, many times.)

Sordid Lives (This one just started up, and I'm not sure it's going to win a spot on the DVR. Like the movie it's based on, the actor out in LA irks me to the point of no return and everyone else seems to be regurgitating dialog)

All I can say is, thank goodness for fast forwarding through commercials. This technological feature makes even the threat of watching a show on Lifetime palatable.

When all this ends, I've been strongly encouraged to give Lost a try. Everyone at the studio (all three people) are addicted and I feel out of place at the metaphorical water cooler.

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July 23, 2008

International videoconferencing

Computers are magic (when they work)

Been trying to get Kim's laptop to hook up with her dad's PC so they can stay in touch while she and Kelley are out on tour all over the world. (If anyone has insight on cross-platform video chatting software/tips, let me know! update: we're moving away from AIM and trying Skype next time around)

The girls landed in Japan yesterday.

It was in the wee hours of the morning there, and early evening here in Dayton. I ran over to her parents house with my laptop and set up in the kitchen.

Kim's mom totally didn't believe it was live video for a minute, but it became perfectly natural in no time. They were gabbing with each other chin in hand, mirrored through this technological window.

We chased around camera-shy cats for hellos, and showed off tomatoes in their backyard (Our tiny ones pale in comparison). I asked her dad if they expected a good crop and he told me never to count your tomatoes before they're red.

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July 22, 2008


Minnie I believe her name is, here with bated breath

Went over to see good folks who just moved in to their new home down the road.

Now I always thought home ownership was one of those activities that automatically enrolled you in an unspoken association... Similar to the secret clubs when you have kids, get married, go to graduate school, or join the Masons.

Turns out, it's totally true.

Entry into this loose guild requires one to face things like property taxes and understand ease of yard maintenance. It doesn't really matter how much or little you pay, there's a certain level playing field in these details that abound.

All of a sudden, understanding water heaters takes on greater import.

It's not all wet and dry responsibility, it's also fun.

There's joy in bending elbows after the boxes are unpacked. So we had a couple brews and played fetch with eager pups in their new backyard.

I noticed the nice edging around the mulch that was holding its color, and wondered out loud why those darn brass light fixtures became so ubiquitous.

In addition to the photo above, I took a tiny bit of video. I've been doing that off an on over the summer, and I haven't figured out what to do with it until I had enough footage to cobble together some 5 second clips.

Random video from the summer thus far:

1. Minnie goes long for the fetch
2. Kings Island
3. American Sign Museum
4. Removing cork from the hallway floor
5. Music box at antique store
(Fetch return)

Soundtrack by Bang on a Can (they're not always this... intense)

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July 20, 2008

Bill's Donut Shop

Centerville, Ohio

Thanks to a kind fella from the Obama campaign, we experienced the goodness that is Bill's Donut Shop — a Dayton institution of caloric delight.

This place is the real deal. Family owned and operated since 1960. Open 24 hours a day. A counter you can belly up to. Fifty cent refills of coffee (if you have your own Bills mug). Closed between Christmas and New Years. Simple rules too: a handwritten sign says No Loitering.

Talking politics goes good with coffee, but man was it hard to make a decision about which donut to pick.

Cinnamon sugar
Sugar and powdered yeast
Powdered sugar
Caramel nut stick
Whole wheat
White iced
Cinnamon rolls
Devils food
Iced stick chocolate

Sour cream
Caramel-nut iced
Glazed twist
Cake stick
Chocolate iced
White iced stick
Colored sprinkles
Cinnamon twist
Caramel iced stick
Caramel iced
Pretzel twist
Cream filled chocolate iced
Butter twist
Jelly filled (sugar, white iced)
Custard filled (choc stick)
Persian with nuts
Choc stick w/ peanut butter fill
Powdered cream

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July 18, 2008

Images from the festival

1st ever (I think) Cincinnati T-Shirt Festival

So that was fun.

Hot — but fun.

We got to the square just as the sun started to beat down. Luckily there was a breeze and a crowd.

Lots of WOXY fans stopped by our tent. So many we ran out of shirts. (We'll remedy that problem tomorrow). These listeners define enthusiasm.

Also got to see folks from the online world that I've never met before proper. Reinforces my joy of the 'net and always brightens the day.

Overall? A success. And pretty fantastic to see the Square come to life at night with the bands of Indie Summer (see schedule).

Enough gushing, check out the threads and smiling faces:

Photos2008 Cincinnati T-Shirt Festival

Current music: Beastie Boys "The Sounds Of Science"

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July 16, 2008

Where I forget about the landfills

and buy the toy anyway [ alternate photo ]

It was a safe bet going into the theater. I've enjoyed every single Pixar release and I pretty much knew I'd like WALL-E.

I dig robots, hand-holding, and long walks in deserted areas.

The movie did not disappoint.

(sidenote rationalization brought on by green-guilt: I've stopped buying body wash in plastic containers, switching to bar soap. I don't think this makes up for my weakness in the toy aisle, but the little fella does make me smile)

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Where I forget about the landfills

and buy the toy anyway [ alternate photo ]


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July 15, 2008


Inside: a handmade housewarming pillow [ +zoom ]

I'm extra proud of Tom and Wendy for the print, the piping, and overall attention to detail.

Plus, It goes with everything.

We love it.

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July 14, 2008



The amount of photos piling up on the hard drive is laughable.

We're taking a break from home improvement. Some because we're trying to keep the budget in check and some because we're exhausted.

'Sides, the weather's been favorable. No good reason not to kick back and enjoy the patio—which we do rain or shine.

S'all lush back there with ferns and such. To boot, the previous owners also left a few tomato plants that are taking off nicely.

Big goal right now is to make sure the deer don't eat 'em.

Makes my mouth water just thinking about slicing up a ripe red one for a sandwich.

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July 11, 2008

Cincinnati T-Shirt Fest

A new WOXY in Cincinnati shirt, available tomorrow (in person)

My car is loaded to the brim with bins upon bins of t-shirts, because tomorrow—we're taking the show on the road.

It's going to be a scorcher, but I hope we'll have some respite under the shade of the tent on Fountain Square. We'll be set up with a bunch of other companies from around town, selling our wares. Full list of vendors here.

It's also game day. The Reds will be up against the New York Mets and this means there will be live music as well on the square. (I'm secretly hoping this means there will also be some beer).

Stop on buy, say howdy. Oh, and if you are wearing a Wire & Twine or WOXY t-shirt, you get 5 bucks off your first purchase.

Cincinnati T-shirt Fest
Friday, July 18, 2008 from 11am–2pm and 5–10pm - Fountain Square

Current music: Deerhunter "Activation"

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July 10, 2008

ice cream truck dispatch

Somewhere around Lockland (north of Cincinnati)

Turns out this is the Captain Tom's Ice Cream truck yard.

I got there by wandering around the city streets trying to feel my way north as every major artery in Cincinnati was shut down because of accidents.

Current music: Nico Muhly "A Hudson Cycle"

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July 09, 2008




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July 08, 2008


Not quite 99 luft balloons

This July 4th, the parade in Northside was not damped by rain. At least not from our vantage.

And again my mother and brother out-did themselves with decor and food spread.

We filled up on sights from the street and the backyard, ate too much, and yet somehow found the gumption to fill up plates to take home.

There are lots of photos, but I'm beginning to think that the more photos you have to sift through, the less time you have.

Current music: Prince "Tamborine"

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July 03, 2008


Heading north on I-75

I try to be cautious when wielding the camera in-car. If the outside light is nice, I'll keep it on the front seat, poised for action.

I also try and not get "caught" taking a photo because I can envision some exchange where someone thinks the wrong thing, tailgates me home and then... fisticuffs.

Sidenote: Have you seen Andrew Bush's Vector Portraits? Really go take a look.

When I saw this fine example of a favorite font on the side of a work truck—I kept finding ways to pull aside and make with the snapping. (Univers Condensed Bold, I do believe)

It looks better bigger and uncropped.

Speaking of service, I've been lax most of June in the professional sense. A little bit of production, and not enough actual creation. I think such lulls are healthy for creativity, but I think I saw that turn around yesterday. Here's to hoping it lasts. Speaking of which, I'm late for work!

Current music: Akon feat. Michael Jackson "Hold My Hand"

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July 01, 2008

Cherry tree

Another thing from the backyard

This, a photo from June 20th.

The cherries are almost gone at this point.

But they're tasty.

We'll hopefully have peaches and apples to look forward to later in the season.

Current music: The National "All Dolled-Up In Straps"

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a little before, a little kinda after

The piano room

This photo represents part of the reason why posting has been so dang slow around here. (You can see the images larger here: Before, After)

We've been here 12 days, and things are coming together nicely.

Floors are down. (Engineered / laminate, floating.)
Many walls are painted.
Furniture moved in from the garage.
TV hooked up.
Sofa in place.
Internet finally reliable.
Lawn tended.
Hydrangea planted.
Weeds pulled.
Milk in fridge.
Cereal in newly shelf-lined kitchen cabinets.

And there are lots of little things. I'll document more when a chance happens. Until then, it's now July and I'm so happy to have a place to sit down and write this, comfortably. (even though when I look really hard, I still see that missing base board)

Another view inside: The room where I'm typing this— the "family" room: Before, After (so far).

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June 30, 2008


in the back yard

Ever since we moved here, Dan has talked about this family of deer that wander around the neighborhood.

I was becoming suspect after one too many "They're outside RIGHT NOW!" messages delivered while I was in the bathroom (only to find them gone when I got out - and no, I didn't take that long).

Well I finally caught the little ones foraging in the back and they're wobbly and twitchy and terribly cute.

Current music: Fleet Foxes "White Winter Hymnal"

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June 27, 2008

The cork goes slowly

My nemesis, the hallway floor

I promise this won't become a journal solely about fixing up a home, but for the next few weeks—or at least until I can sit on a chair without dirt on my feet—that's what I'll be living.

I got home late last night ready to fluff and arrange pillows. Turns out the cork in the hallway needs removed to put new floors down. My plans, dashed.

This task involved a scraper and mallet. It's terribly slow, and officially my least favorite thing to do (this week).

Now before you say that cork is really cool and appropriate and back in style, I will agree with you.

But the cement in the living room is not working, so cohesion is prudent.

The cork goes.


Current music: Hot Chip "Ready for the Floor"

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June 25, 2008

Green thumb

Modeling in the back yard

A virtual friend remarked upon seeing our yard,

"Did you garden? Because you do now."

How right he was. Turns out Dan has the proclivity to use the hose and the wheelbarrow thus far, but I figure once the inside is more "done," I'll get some (outside) dirt under my fingernails.

First and related package to arrive at the new digs? This, my new favorite t-shirt: "What would nature do?" found at SUPERfantastico.

Diggin it and diggin in.

Current music: Elbow "On A Day Like This"

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June 24, 2008



Hi there.

It's been a while.

Since we last touched base there has been a lot of sweat, scrapes, bruises, trashbags, scrubbing, painting, carpet shredding, trips to Home Depot, and of course — a change of address.

If I ever had any doubts about home ownership, they have dissipated.

And though I might lament curbing my videogame spending, this home improvement game is kicking much ass (in a good way). By the end of each day we're exhausted and thrilled with the little bits of progress in making a home.

More updates and some peeks inside coming soon.

Current music: Matmos "Cloudhoppers"

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June 15, 2008

things'll probably be slow around here

Busy packin

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June 12, 2008


Taking a break from the heat

We went to the pool this weekend because it was hot.

Aside from this refreshing and chlorinated amenity, I can't say I'm going to miss the apartment complex.

Beneath the beige accents however, this place does represent something significant: It was about starting a life as a couple.

20 some odd months later, it's still fun.

20 some odd months later, it's still fun. This entry from May of last year still applies.

Oh, and if you were curious what is going on in the background of this photo, I present this fuzzy zoom from the point-and-shoot:

Current music: Medeski Martin and Wood "Bubblehouse"

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June 10, 2008

Daydreaming home improvement

A sketch: medium-term fixes for the kitchen

So that house thing... We found one. We put in an offer, accepted, inspected, appraised, approved. We're set to close on Monday.

I've never done this before, but I figure that means we get keys.

Then I figure we'll spend the next few days with scrub brushes and tape measures, trying to get a handle on sprucing up the place.

In lieu of packing (like I should), I've been spending little slices of time re-imagining rooms in Photoshop (like the kitchen above). It's not set in stone, it's just a bit of playing in the digital sandbox.

Needless to say, we're pretty giddy.

Current music: The Wombats "Let's Dance to Joy Division"

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The kid area at Kings Island

I haven't forgotten about the ol' journal, but the days have been packed and I went to a wedding on Saturday and I'm behind on my list of work duties and I think we're closing on our house in seven days and I haven't packed anything and and and...

Hello crazy summer.

I did steal a day to Kings Island with everyone at work. We braved Sahara desert temperatures and battled the cicada armies.

Squeezed myself into a few kid rides, rode a few of the grown-up coasters, and when I was simply too tuckered to walk anymore and it was time for the kids to head out, I went to the parking lot to find out... I lost my keys.

The resulting ordeal took two hours. A trip around the park retracing my sore footsteps, a concession to give up and exit, and then... just as I was leaving... a manager stopped us and said, "Aren't you the one that lost your keys?" (insert nod) "They found them."

(and then I walked all the way back to the coaster to retrieve them)

My dogs barked over the sigh of relief.

Current music: MGMT "Weekend Wars"

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June 03, 2008

It's a cap with LED lights built into the bill

and I'm in love

I was at Lowes impersonating someone who knows how to use power tools this weekend, and came across a display of these hats.

"The perfect Father's Day gift" the sign read.

No, this is the perfect gift for any person that wears hats and loves flashlights.

That would be me.

More info at Panther Vision.

Current music: MGMT "Electric Feel"

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June 02, 2008

One last look at Vegas

80 or so pictures, and a little video

I've finally scoured through the memory cards to pick several handfuls of images from the long weekend that was Vegas. And if it wasn't for the girl who's birthday was the impetus for this trip, I likely wouldn't have gotten this finished so quickly.

(I haven't even finished pulling together snapshots from last summer's super-brief trip to the west.)

So click the link below to see slot machines, some neon lights, some brushes with wax celebrity, and some images that might be questionable in taste.

PhotosThis was Vegas

And if you don't like all that clicking, here's a little video:

Current music: The Transcenders "Animal Instincts"

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June 01, 2008

Capri Lanes

Dayton, OH

Driving back from breakfast this morning, Dan spied this sign in the distance. It was worth taking the long way home and pulling into the parking lot for a photo or two.

I suppose it lends some balance to the Governours Square sign I posted earlier this week. Both represent styles of design from their respective periods, and have held up fairly well. I favor the Capri Lanes era (they opened in 1959—right on the edge of the sixties, anti-war and civil rights movements.) The lines are dynamic—very different from my own style—but something I respect and enjoy.

Blah blah blah, you see those clouds up there? Yeah, that's what it's like outside right now and I'm spouting off about signs.

I'm going to ride my bike.

Current music: Cyndi Lauper "Echo"

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