Angst on a Shoestring

Monday, July 31, 2006


Visted Countries!

This is so cool. The only drawback is I've yet to visit all of the states and all of Canada. But still, its fun to see where you've been.

And where you need to take over as some sort of benign dictator.

So I've been to South Korea and Viet Nam. I would love to visit China, Thailand and Japan.

create your own visited countries map

Thursday, July 27, 2006


Fun with Phone Wire

I've been working on this dragon off and on for a while now. Doing wire sculpture is a great way to work something out in your head. It's like when I am trying to hard to make something happen, I'll pick up some wire and play. Usually I get some ideas that way.

Someone buy this poor woman a decent camera!

The Sultan's Elephant - Part The First

A friend sent me this link. I get goosebumps watching it!
The Sultan’s Elephant is a spectacle you’ve only imagined... Created by theatrical magicians Royal de Luxe, it tells the story of a sultan from far-off lands and his magical, time-travelling mechanical elephant. Forty feet high and 42 tons in weight, this beautiful creature will capture the hearts and minds of everyone who sees it. Breathtaking

The Sultan’s Elephant is played out over four days in the streets, squares and public spaces of central London.

The creators site:The Sultan's Elephant.

The Sultan's Elephant - Part the Second

The second part. The little girl giant awakens.
On the morning of Sunday 7th May the little girl giant woke up at Horseguards Parade in London, took a shower from the time-traveling elephant and wandered off to play in the park.

Monday, July 24, 2006


Font Management Made Easy

FontExplorer™ is an absolute joy to work with. When Suitcase and FontBook fail you, crash on you and generally reduce you to curling up in a corner, and believe me, we've all had those days, FontExplorer™saves the day.

It sets a new standard for font management software! Font management, font sorting, font shopping and font discovery are simple, easy and fun! You have an app that's clean, functional and easy. It's like iTunes for fonts!

A Gem for a Jewel

A little something for my cousin's Ring Catholic High Schools go all out for class rings. Ring Mass, RIng Dinner, Ring Dance etc. And if its a girl's High..oh man..the Madness! They have to have their rings turned so many times for luck and god knows what else. It is alot of fun for them. I totally missed out on that.

My class ring experience was limited to going to the school store and picking it up. That's it.

Friday, July 21, 2006


Stephen Colbert - ROCK STAR!!!

Colbert is essentially every male 80's popstar in this video. And he's SIZZZZZZZZZLIN' baby!

Monday, July 17, 2006


"He Came From Outerspace To Save the Human Race"

Astro Boy!

"I might as well look as alien as possible because it reinforces a point I am making. My whole thing is that I approach everything as an absolute outsider. It’s the only way I can break so many rules. Remember, my background is totally strange - German classical opera. So I was uncertain about coming from that to rock. It was just as shocking for me to sing opera in a falsetto soprano in Germany. It was another rule I was breaking. You just didn’t do that. And I am helped by the fact that pop and rock, which you would think has no rules at all, is really just as conservative as classical music. So what I do is doubly shocking. The difference is that punk audiences admire that I can shock them. Nothing is sacred to me. Who is making the rules anyhow?" - Klaus Nomi

Klaus Nomi photo by Curtis Knapp

I finally got a chance to see Andrew Horn's The Nomi Song.
Klaus Nomi always fascinated me. I think the first time I really saw him was when he was on Saturday Night Live as a background singer/performance artist for David Bowie. With his AstroBoy hair and opera-trained voice, he was amazing to watch. He was poised to be bigger than the stage, gearing up for the new MTV Nation. Sadly Klaus was one of the first gay artists to die of AIDS.


An Exercise in Frustration...

I like to torture myself using Adobe Illustrator.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006


It lives! It's Jim Draws!

My friend Jim has launched his brand spanking new website, Gentle Blog Readers. As the title states, Jim does draw. He's an old school artist like, moi, which means you're actually seeing training and mad skillz. He can work a pencil just as easily as he slaps around the pixels into shape. Armed with a variety of styles, you can go from serious to EXTREEEEME!!!

Don't go for the hype of the instant logo joints that are cropping up like weeds. Jim works with you to give you your best face forward for your design needs. If you're in the market (that means you're going to be hiring and like paying cash money -don't try scratching for a freebie) for a talented artist with quick turn around, Jim's your guy.

Monday, July 10, 2006


PeeWee's Playhouse - TONIGHT ON ADULTSWIM!

How cool is that? PeeWee's back on my birthday!


Yarg, It Be Piratey Stuff

Howard Pyle, Book of Pirates (1902)

Black Beard the Pirate
Pirate party supplies, Blackbeard stories, swords, treasure maps, toys, nautical gifts

Captain Jack's Pirate Hats
Authentic Handmade Pirate Hats

Pirate Fonts
A treasure chest filled with fonts and dingbats to create yer maps!

Pirates in Paradise Festival, Key West
Pure Piratical Escapades Celebrating Key West's Rich & Colorful Maritime Heritage

Pirates Info Site
Truth and Legends

Talk Like A Pirate Day - September 19
Yar, It's The Pirate Band
It be music of ye pirates!

Howard Pyle, founder of the Brandywine School, that also included N.C. Wyeth, Maxfield, and Jesse Wilcox Smith.
His swashbuckling paintings of pirates are some of the best ever.

Wiki entry for Howard Pyle
Biography of Howard Pyle

Thursday, July 06, 2006


Follow My Voice

John Cameron Mitchell with students

Angel touches up her makeup before the talent show

If you've never seen Hedwig and The Angry Inch get thee hence to your video peddler. I found the movie to be a joy. Of course I cried my eyes out.

I saw Follow My Voice Friday night on Sundance. The CD, Wig in A Box was created with the help of over 75 artists. A cd with a cause, namely Hetrick Martin Institute, home of the Harvey Milk High School. From their site:The Hetrick-Martin Institute (HMI) is the oldest and largest non-profit agency created to serve lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth between the ages of 12 and 21. HMI offers a wide range of programs including After-School and Supportive Services.

Follow My Voice gives you insight about the creation of the CD. You also see the story, interwoven with the footage of the artists, of 4 students of Harvey Milk,and their struggles and triumphs.

The Breeders
John Cameron Mitchell
Yoko Ono/ Yo La Tengo
The Polyphonic Spree
Jonathan Richman
Cyndi Lauper
Stephen Colbert
Frank Black
Chris Slusarenko
They Might Be Giants
Robyn Hitchcock
Bob Mould
Stephen Trask
The Bens (Ben Lee, Ben Kweller, Ben Folds)
Rufus Wainwright

Monday, July 03, 2006


This is so cool..

I love sites like this. Coming soon, Gamername Decoder.
Name Decoder
Artificial Robotic Technician Skilled in Logical Assassination and Vigilant Exploration

Galactic Infiltration and Nullification Android

Geek-Injuring Nightmare of Anger

Amorous Ravishing Temptress Supplying Loving and Arousing, Velvety Embraces