Thursday, February 26, 2009

Deep Thought

An economy that only feeds the rich makes too much frosting and not enough cake.

Art found here.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009


The speech was great.

What's even greater?

We no longer have the president who drinks the kool-aid of evil.

Let us all raise our glasses of elitist chardonnay!


Tuesday, February 24, 2009

More Parallel Universe Albums

Parallel Universe Album, #5

Parallel Universe Album #4
This is my favorite so far.
If I can write the songs, this IS my new band & album!

Parallel Universe Album #3

Links to original photographs and quotes to follow.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Bleary and Weary

I have been going a bit crazy with this Parallel Universe Album meme from Facebook.

Can I count it as actual art?

After looking at hundreds of photographs on Flickr over this weekend, I have spent today fussing with my other new addiction, SUMO Paint online image editor.

I used it first to make an album cover, which I thought turned out great.

Then, because it had been bothering me that my blog banner image wasn't centered within the Blogger border and that the border didn't fit exactly, I tried to make a new banner for the blog. I don't really know what I'm doing at SUMO, and therefore can't make use of its many tools. I just keep going over and over and over the same ground. I'm not completely happy with how it turned out today, but for my sanity and my eyes, I have to stop now!

Peeking in the door of digital photography and photoshopping, I see there is so much great work out there already.

It is as inspiring as it is humbling.

Update: I tried again and I'm much happier with the banner now (though I wish I could shrink it just a bit).


Parallel Universe Album, # 2

Great End came out of nowhere to take critics and crowds by storm. Some say they took their name from the Ray Mason hit, "I own the ending" (others, less generously, said it came from the lead singer's generous end!). Their debut album, Then We Met, was so heartbreakingly beautiful that most folks couldn't make it through the entire album without crying. It is said that all the sadness was autobiographical, which is perhaps why the duo broke up, in life and in music, just before the record's release. A great end, indeed.

This time I used my own photograph and this online program (though I don't know how to use it even well enough to delete something, so I had to rub it out in iPhoto!).

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Parallel Universe Album

Special thanks to my friend George for putting it together!
And adding his special magic, a parallel universe's imaginary critic's review.

"Oh wait, I forgot to add my favorite part..."

Methanol Economy, a pioneering band in the "Bluegrass Opera" movement, never quite found their commercial footing. "The Absence of Sickness" was possibly the first and only bluegrass opera ever recorded. Critics were mostly kind but unmoved by the two-hour double album, finding the blending of Italian-language arias over finger-picking banjo and wash-tub bass disconcerting. The added bonus track, a version of "Rocky Mountain Breakdown" sung in Old German lyrics culled from Goethe's works, is worth the price of the album, if you can still find it.

Update: My friend Cynthia designed another cool version. Thank you!

Update II: My friend Rick took a turn. Thank you!

Original photograph found here.

This is another Facebook fantasy. Make a yet-unheard band's album cover.
Here's how you do it:

1 - Go to Wikipedia. Hit “random”
or click
The first random Wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.

2 - Go to Quotations Page and select "random quotations"
or click
The last four or five words of the very last quote on the page is the title of your first album.

3 - Go to Flickr and click on “explore the last seven days”
or click
Third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.

4 - Use Photoshop or similar to put it all together.

5 - Post it to FB with this text in the "caption" or "comment" and TAG the friends you want to join in.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

It Must Be Spring

Girls and Galimotos

Update: And the boys have them, too...

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Proofreader Wanted

I don't usually buy paper towels. I don't know if it helps the planet at all, especially since I do buy kleenex (a lot). As I have been living the past two weeks without running water (a blog post in itself, which I hope to write sometime after the plumber's visit today at 1pm), I have been a little loose with my inconvenient truths. I bought an 8-pack of supermarket brand paper towels for various uses. It only dawned on me later that I could've at least sought out a green brand. As it is, I've only gone through two rolls, so I feel a little less guilty.

Why is she telling us this, you may be asking. Well, the first roll had pictures of kitchen utensils decorating it. The 6yo became quite fond of one I gave her at supper one night and has continued to keep the same one at her place at the table. The second roll has kitchen action words (ie, verbs!) written on it. When I began to read it with the girls, I noticed there were two and a half mistakes (the half is because the word in question can be a verb, but I don't know anyone who uses it as one, do you?).

Can you spot the mistakes?

(click photo to enlarge)

Who's proofreading paper towel text these days, 'cause that seems like a job I could do from home!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Full Moon

The beauty that rose on Sunday evening.

A comic that I clipped from the paper years ago.
Thank you, Gary Larson.
(click photo to enlarge)

Friday, February 6, 2009


Most weeks there is a night where the girls and I get to go to their godparents for supper. I am grateful for the delicious meal Jim prepares, but even more, I am grateful that these wonderful people are in our lives. When I was making the decision to be a single parent, I thought a lot about whether I would be able to handle all the challenges of parenting on my own. I didn't think about the fact that there wouldn't be anyone with whom to share the joys. These loving godparents are a gift to our family. I am grateful.