Sunday, August 29, 2010

between a bullet and a Target

"free to be"

So I was loving the Target commercial with this New Seekers song until I got an email about Target's shady deals. Since the Supreme Court made it legal for corporations to donate to political campaigns, Target became one of the first organizations to participate. And who did they pick to support, a far-right, anti-gay, anti-immigrant candidate for Minnesota governor. Many college students have organized boycotts. Washington University has had an official boycott from all products they use from target. So think twice before you go to Target--no matter how cheap their clothes are.

i went lickety-splickly out to my old '66

Now the sun's coming up, I'm riding with Lady Luck, freeway cars and trucks,
Stars beginning to fade, and I lead the parade
Just a-wishing I'd stayed a little longer,
Oh, Lord, let me tell you that the feeling's getting stronger.
~Tom Waits

So when Robyn and i were driving to Utah, we kept seeing signs for Route 66. Starting in Chicago, route 66 takes you all the way to LA, California. If I ever do get to move to California, this roadtrip is my path.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

down by the banksy of the hanky panky...

BANKSY (1974/5-present)
Bristol, England

i first became introduced to banksy when i was attending university of new orleans. one of urban planning classes focused on public art. we watched a great movie called "bomb it", and we were talking about an artistic battle goin
g on in new orleans. graffiti in new orleans takes on a new meaning. one of my favorites is under I-10, where they took down rows of oak trees to build I-10, a disputedly racist decision, there is graffiti of oak trees up the supports for the highway. there is an infamous graffiti artist in new orleans who has challenged what is public art. the grey ghost goes over other people's graffiti with grey paint, and these blobs are his signature, claiming he has as much right to put up his "art" as other graffitti-ers. there are bumper stickers and telephone pole signs saying we hate the grey ghost while some t-shirt companies have coined the slogan "grey is graffiti." all of this discourse more or less fine until truly famous graffiti artist banksy came to new orleans. then fred radtke, aka the grey ghost, started covering up banksy's expensive masterpieces. besides the fact that banksy is truly talented, his works sell for literally $500,000 and are owned by celebrities such as angelina jolie. despite his rights, it seems like a complete loss that the works disappear forever because of the grey ghost's effort to make a statement. fred was arrested a few years ago for covering up a commissioned piece of art--those public art lines get fuzzy! banksy's final move, to graffiti the grey ghost covering him up--can the grey ghost beat that?

banksy's work has incredible political messages. he has traveled from city to city and inspired not only graffiti artists but modern art in general.
banksy's gallery!

while banksy's identity has remained a mystery for years, there is a movie coming out about him--with his face covered entirely from as much as i can tell.
it's playing in very few cinemas, but it is currently playing at Athena in athens--which is the only place it will be playing in georgia.

i kind of like that he has kept his identity a secret. as for me, banksy has inspired me to go to graduate school for art history and to study the underground movements of public art.
the search for banksy

my life in jeeps:

when i was born we had this:

spent a couple of summers in this:

now drive this:

dream car:

haha...oh, and i also read this

Monday, August 16, 2010

i love turtles~

if you know me, you know my love for seaturtles and how many nights of my summer vacations were spent walking up and down the beach looking for seaturtles laying their eggs. for all those 4 am walks, i've only ever seen 1 seaturtle lay her eggs, but i have seen thousands of tracks and helped transfer thousands of eggs.

most beaches have loggerhead patrols that replant eggs to keep them from getting washed away by high tides and oversee their hatchings to keep away crabs and raccoons. it took many years to realize that the depth the eggs were replanted determined the gender of the hatchling--hot sand means boys...this was only realized after generations were baby turtles were destined to be single for the rest of their lives.

(i also had this bumper sticker on my car for many years!)

other fun facts:
mama turtles come back to lay their eggs at the same beach they hatched from, and before that, they spend 20 year swimming a path of currents through the ocean. that is why so little is known about them.


archie carr: i read his book when i was about 12 and going through my hardcore i-want-to-be-a-marine-biologist phase.

pictures of him researching:

and then i found these of him attaching weather balloons to seaturtles. such beautiful pictures!

if you want to help save the seaturtles, visit:
sierra club petition

from beaufort to fripp...

beaufort, s.c.

old houses...

stop 1:
the chocolate tree

stop 2:
shrimp shac

stop 3:
pick your own tomatoes!

stop 4:
barefoot bubbas
stop 5:
hunting island

view from the fishing pier:

stop 6:
fripp island!

the house we stayed in when i was little...

Sunday, August 15, 2010

the life eclectic

Wes Anderson movies have this dry sense of humor based on the most obscure details. The best part are his soundtracks, bringing back great british rock.

His brother, eric chase anderson, has designed covers for most of his movies. His website is awesome and listed on the left of this screen always.
the art of eric chase anderson
the life eclectic

Wes also has a tendency to use all the same actors in his name a few: his brother, bill murray, owen wilson, jason schwartzman, cate blanchett, anjelica huston, luke wilson...

the way i feel inside

30 century man
queen bitch

this time tomorrow
where do you go to my lovely
les champs-elysees
if you feel like buying louis vuitton, this is the line anderson had especially made for darjeeling limited.

for more info on wes anderson:
Wesley Mortimer Wales "Wes" Anderson (born May 1, 1969) is an American film director, screenwriter, actor, and producer of features, short films and commercials. He was nominated for a 2001 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for The Royal Tenenbaums. Anderson has been called an auteur, as he is involved in every aspect of his films' production. His films employ a similar aesthetic, employing a deliberate, methodical cinematography, with mostly primary colors. His soundtracks feature early folk and rock music, in particular classic British rock. Anderson's films combine dry humor with poignant portrayals of flawed characters – often a mix of the wealthy and the working class. He is also known for working with many of the same actors and crew on varying projects. He also works with Indian Paintbrush, Steven M. Rales's production company. Anderson has recently acknowledged that he went to India to film his 2007 film, The Darjeeling Limited partly as a tribute to the legendary Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray, whose "films have also inspired all my other movies in different ways." He dedicated the movie to Ray's memory.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

like a rolling stone...

Jann S. Wenner: editor and publisher of Rolling Stone for 40 years interviewed some of the most famous musicians and politicians of the 20th century.


I have his John Lennon interviews downloaded on itunes. The voice quality is horrible, but it is amazing to listen to. You can also buy a book of famous Rolling Stone interviews. Also, one of my favorite quotes is from one of his interviews with Pete Townshend (the Who).

"If I had said this when I was a kid, if I ever said to myself, 'One of these days you'll go through a whole day without once thinking that your nose is the biggest in the world, man'--you know I'd have laughed. It was huge. At that time, it was the reason I did everything. It's the reason I played the guitar--because of my nose. The reason I wrote songs was because of my nose." ~Pete Townshend

the deschanels...

so, in my research about francis coppola...things i found out:
  1. nicolas cage is his nephew
  2. emily deschanel from bones is sisters with zooey
  3. their father, joseph caleb deschanel is a cinematographer who did the patriot, message in a bottle, passion of the christ, and my favorite fly away home.
  4. he started American Zoetrope with Coppola and George Lucas.
  5. now that is owned by Roman and Sofia Coppola (who did lost in translation).
  6. Coppola now owns wineries and a spot in the French Quarter of New Orleans.