lundi, décembre 31, 2007

eat crepes in '08

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Well...today is the last day of 2007, one of the best years ever. I spent the morning taking pictures of an art project involving 100 postcards...then spent an hour scrounging around for change to buy stamps. By the time I got to the post office the time was 1:18 PM and the post office had just closed. So...I made some really delicious crepes and came to the library.

Happy New Year!

mercredi, décembre 19, 2007

Women, Dewey & The Medium

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As preparation to writing my essay for my second application to CCNY's MFA program, I starting looking at some of the art/philosophy related books I have collected and not yet read. Here are four (not so random) selections:

Women Who Make Moviesby Sharon Smith

http://www.wmm.com/
http://www.wmm.com/filmcatalog/pages/c681.shtml
http://www.brynmawr.edu/visualculture/wmmholdings.html
http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m2479/is_3_33/ai_n16100894http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=miranda+july&search=Search

This book printed in 1975 is a fun read. Stories about female filmmakers most of which I have never heard of are interesting and helpful in that many of the ideas and impulses I have as a female and an artist are represented in their stories.

Reconstruction in Philosophy and Art as Experience (I just now realize) are by the same author, John Dewey. I can only guess why I found both of these (Strand, 48 cent) books interesting enough to bring home. As it turns out Dewey is a major figure on influence in American educational philosophy. (Who knew?)I haven't really heard much about him.

I have yet to form much of an opinion. Hopefully, I will love or hate him and maybe mention him in my essay with the appearance some sort of informed intelligence.

The Medium Is The Massage: an inventory of effects1967 by Marshall McLuhan and Quentin Fiore is a fun, heavily illustrated book about society, the recient advent of "jobs", Government, education, and ever-changing technology. The Medium refered to is electronic technology.

lundi, décembre 10, 2007

blogging about books on book blogs

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Meryl Zegreb has sent me the most interesting book yet, The Bookaholic's guide to book blogs. The writing is not alltogether horrible and there is a list of blogs to check out in the back.

Salon

Spike

3AM

the millions

noam

jeanette winterson

me and my big mouth

front list

bookblog


N+1

litblog co-op


slushpile

straight from the fridge


underground lit

pinky's paperhaus

girl on demand

futureproof

grumpy old bookman

Ms. Baroque

lundi, décembre 03, 2007

Genes, Notebooks, Oxides and Fields

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t-minus twenty-eight days and counting...

Since I aquired a functional dvd player, I have been on a video watching binge... Sympathy for the Devil, L'Histoire du Cinema, Tie Me Up Tie Me Down, Gummo...I decided to take a break from it then, Mark and (Zubair?)came over with Motercycle Dairies and Flags of our Fathers...Motercycle Diaries was very pretty:)

Feeling kind of funky with a sore throat thing (the school nurse gave me some cough drops, I was rejected for metrocare/medicaid plus because I had $400 too much in the bank...sigh...this has to be a joke...I wish this were a joke.) Stumbling around in kind of a daze, I ran into Geronomo this morning...was planning on applying for medicaid and exchanging my TX driver's license for a NY one...saw a notice for a lecture on 2007 Nobel Prize winners and went to that instead...there were free mini quiches there so I knew I had made a good decision.

First up was Medicinechromosomes, dna, 20,000-25,000 human genes, same number as the c. elegans worm, Evans and his(knock-out)chimeric mice won the prize for E.S. Cells.\

Doris Lessing...parts not for children...not very nice but...she started a revolution.

Gerhard Ertl...chemical processes on solid surfaces...low energy electron diffraction...ultra-violet photo electron spectroscopy...h-index?...absorption of hydrogen...NO molecule...one defect in the surface created spiral patterns...nobody likes working at high pressures, but...amonia...for some reason ertl is associated with AL Gore who also won the prize.

then since there is no prize for Mathmatics we heard about Perelman who won the Fields Metal for...(n)dimentional manifolds?

jeudi, novembre 29, 2007

Atame!

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Thursday...almost the end of November...I promised my self that this month I would purge the apartment of things I don't love or want...all the clutter that has accumulated over the years. So far I have only ridded the place of one not so large bag of clothes. The Hallway is full of recycling plus piles of direct tv equipment and broken things that I have a hard time putting in the trash.

Coinsidentally, There was a meeting here at CCNY to form committees to work on creating a sustainable campus. There are a number of committees: cirriculum, research, student affairs, procurement, facilities, planning+construction+renovation, transportation, waste management, auxiliary services+residence hall, communication+Public Education, and community affairs.

The hope is that each committee will have students
+ faculity involved...

There were three student clubs represented: NYPIRG, Sustainable CCNY, and green planet; pluspeople from Materials Exchange Developement Program (MEDP) which is funded by the city (through dept of sanitation?). Also, Carmelo Rodriguez from from the office of student services and (MIke?) from (?)who was running the powerpoint presentation.

On my way to this meeting Michelle stopped me outside the garden saying "I thought you were going to come through."
She and Geronimo were working moving dirt to raise the herb garden. I wished she had called me, cause I knid of want to help with that. Instead I spent the morning watching Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down which is my pick for sexiest movie I have seen this very sexy year.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tie_Me_Up!_Tie_Me_Down!

Later I talked with Jessica from NYPIRG about student events, Darfor, and congestion pricing.
Now I will get coffee and go see about taking out the recycling...sigh.

jeudi, novembre 15, 2007

MFA St., Onions, H2O, AMA, Kerouac

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"I don't belong to an Onion, I AM Onion."

--Anon

Tonight CCNY MFA canidates are having an open studio

I am really looking forward to this.

I know some of the people from Sylvia's ceramics class.

Now I am Googling to see what their stuff looks like.

Here they are alphabetically by first name:




Dennis Delgado


Filipa Farraia


Glenda Hydler


Jang Soon Im


Rachel Jobe

Seung Ae Kim


Sun Kim


Anthony Miler


Nancy Palubniak ak ak ak


Shani Peters

Patricia Reibesehl

Arthur Skowron

Miranda Small


Dessida Snyder

Erik Sommer

Mary Sweeney

Pei Chum Tsai

Priska Wenger

Yu Zhang

Yesterday, efore going to meet Mitch at the Humanities Library for the Kerouac Exhibit, I was asked by someone from ICLA? ICLA? to volunteer to donate bone Marrow. I said I would think about it. While I was thinking about it and reading "The Paper"

I thought maybe I would try to reach and write an article about bone marrow in relation to me and things I care about (universal single payer health care, environmentalism, not losing my apartment, non-profit organizations that really help people, separation of church and state, etc.) The (really beautiful) young woman at the table was super nice and in about 2 minutes touched on about twenty good medically related topics.

Today I went to a meeting about environmental jobs. Speakers Mario Paula from the EPA, Dr. James Wang from environmental defense.org, Raphael Rodriguez from U. S. Geological Survey NY Water Science Center, and William C. Schwab from U.S.G.S. Woods Science Center spoke for an hour and a half to a packed room of over 80 people.


I almost for got to mention (drumroll PPause) After seen the (amazing) Kerouac show at the (amazing) Humanities Library, I went out and bought a paper shredder. (I've been thinking of paper mache)

Alreadly this has given me hours of entertainment and pleasure as I shred everything fromwatchtower handouts, toletters from debt collectors, to advertisements for Kohls and the MomA Design Store. When I made the impulse buy, I thought I was being all environmental PC...now I realize that it is yet another gulty, plastic pleasure that runs on electricity:( Please let me know if you need/want some pretty packing material.

jj

lundi, novembre 05, 2007

bokk book book!

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http://bookweb.kinokuniya.co.jp/guest/cgi-bin/bookseaohb.cgi?ISBN=1852429267&AREA=04

http://www.oxfam.org/

http://www.serpentstail.com/author_bio?id=10546

ok...A while back My friend and Strand Co-worker Karen McMaron signed me up a with this Meryl Zega-something P.R. group she was working for and started sending me frre books to review. For the most part, the books have been pretty bad. But I love getting mail, especially in bubble wrap-lined manilla envelopes with lots of cool looking stamps. So I feel like saying thanks Meryl Z. and at least saying something about some of these books...not all of which are horrible.

The Alpine Fantasy of Victor B, is a nice looking anthology of fiction by British artists. I am a HUGE fan of short fiction and I might actually read some of these. The little I have read has not repulsed me.

Kath Trevelyan a novel by Jeremy Cooper is pretty bad. I was optimistic after the first sentence but that is where the love affair ended:(

Winged Wonders A celebration of Birds in Human History I am keeping around as an amusing reference book. And we all know that reference books are the best kind of books to keep around. I don't think I would pay money for this but I guess one of the authors works with/for oxfam and the UN...those Ihave heard good things about.

Hunger Artist Joanne Jacobson this looks good...I mayactually read thisplus bonus it has pictures!

Crossing the Dark Heidi W. Boehringer and From May to December by Pat Mac Enulty...these are a good examples of the drivel I have come to expect from serpents tale press. They both have the plus bonus (caveat?) of very sexy young women on the covers!!

jeudi, novembre 01, 2007

Fair Hikes?

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Looks like MTA is proposing fare hikes again...I am looking at this 2008 plan and trying to figure out how n...n..nine billion dollars annually is not enough.

Looks likethere is a billion dollar debt service(?)...a billion dollar healthcare plan, four million in overtime, and four million in "other fringe benefits" that the the the $9,853,000,000 in revenue+subsidies can not quite cover. Therfor, the proposed regressive tax/fare hike.

mercredi, octobre 31, 2007

secretron postcard strain

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Today I slept in...made a peanut butter and jelly sandwich...listened to the brian lehrer show...worked on the big watercolor drawing...schlepped over to CCNY to the sustainability club bake sale...went to the library to look at art books...went to another very odd physics lecture...read the NYPress while wolfing down French fries and a peanutbutter bagle...and cam down here to update the blog.

The lecturer was Chi-Chang Kao...apparently with the u.s. dept of energy...I didn't really understand much of what he said...I really have no better idea what a national synchrotron light source is than before the lecture...I wrote down some things to google...brookhaven national lab...photo cathode gun...leem/peem...far ir...thin films...resonance...platzman...tzoar...scattering geometry...moore's law...magnetic media technology...bell (telephone) labs...Neel's point...faraday rotation...magnetic circular rotation dichroism...www.timeline.aps.org

Yesterday Sylvia gave a slide show of previous work. I guess she is having a show in November...meanwhile...the coliseum of vagina has been fired...it had a few big cracks I am trying to fix with glaze.

While I was at the library, I looked at a book about william wegman..w what I didnot know about W.W. is that he went to the university of IL Champaign and he draws like David Shrigly.

Also I checked out a book of italian folk tales by Italo Calvino, Go for Beginners, and three books on Ceramics...Rawson, Norton, and Rhodes....er...Rhodes

vendredi, septembre 21, 2007

Traumwerk, inside books+R.U.S.T.


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Officially now I am on vacation from being unemployed. This, i guess means that I am working, albeit not being paid.

mardi, septembre 11, 2007

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nine one one seven
discovered tunnel
from Art to Music

mercredi, août 22, 2007

Fascists, Tempests, and Tambourines

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Things are picking up here. I've been spending time at City College, here in the Student Technology Support Center which is shaped like an amplatheater(sp?) that looks out on the entrance to the (NAC) North Academic? Center...I took a temp job at the bookstore which is a Follett store. http://www.follett.com/ It reminds me of Long's....But Much smaller (the branch , not the business) and with a more ethnically diverse staff. I like it because I can see what all the professors are assigning.

When I was working at Long's people would speculate about what would happen when Doc Long died. Some bets were on Follett taking over but I guess B+N bid higher. It also has the feel of the old Co-op Bookstore but apparently without the perks...at least for temp workers. It bears no resemplence to Strand. I find my self missing the easy-going-ness (for lack of a better word) of the cashiers at Strandwhile I am being "trained" by a Mussolini(sp?)-like young person who refered to me as "sweety" until she realized that I'm not that sweet.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benito_Mussolini

Sylvia Netzer has been a godsend. I got to spend some time talking to her about time-lines, birthdays, clay, love, painful losses and art while she contructed her organ...organic growth-like forms. Her insight and criticism has me thinking more three diimentionally. She leaves amazing examples around the classroom of better ways of doing things...other possibilities.

I've seen two good plays up here, off-off-off upper Broadway. The Tempest

http://www.harlemonestop.com/event.php?id=2626

and Tambourines to Glory

http://www.harlemrepertorytheatre.org/collegenow.html

Both were way better than RENT (in my humble opinion) and only asked for donations.

lundi, août 13, 2007


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I came to Bryant Park to meet up with Sam, the guy who was watching my place while I was in Ohio and my neighbor and his family who is visiting from England. They are showing Casablanca. It is so very, very crowded here I I gave up looking for them in favor of checking e-mail.

Dave says there is a free show at Upright Citizen's Brigade Theater tonight so I may head over there for that soon.

jeudi, août 02, 2007

I heart NYPL

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It is so very nice and cool here. I got tired of sweating and came here to my local library to cool off and check my messages.

I'm listening to Le Show from last Sunday...Harry Shearer is talking about Something that happened in Saudi Arabia. I wasn't listening that closely because I was frustrated with trying to figure out why my skype connection isn't working. Now I'm trying to update it.

I had a really nice flight back. There was a beautiful sunset. The Pilots took their time which is good when there is what seems to be a Simpsons channel on the tv. They did some crazy big turns when we got close to the city, so at a couple of points my window was pointed directly at the ground. That was fun.

The apartment was a bit of a mess. The bathroom ceiling fell again...so...now we have to clean the debris that falls from the hole before taking showers.

I had a great time at the family reunion Sunday. (Is one of my mom's cousins on a soap opera???)

mercredi, août 01, 2007

Darma, a magical talking horse plays the stock market

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Nostrand, no beach, no bank
sign says, "Rat Race, try harder, escape"
scape nape tape grape gape

this is a poem made up on the way home from the airport last night. It seemed like a brilliant start last night. Now, however, somewhat less brilliant.

Anyway...its good to be back here in Bryant Park people watching and listening to wfmu.

lundi, juillet 23, 2007

guten tag, mein(e) freund(in)


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Hello...I've been in Ohio for about a week now. I missed my flight and ended up riding with John Mc Cain...tres bizarre! Anyway...I made it and S. M. picked me up and wisked me off to hilliard for the best vegetarian indian food buffet ever...then we went to see Evan Almighty which was diverting...your typical freshman-senator-grows-a-beard-and-builds-an-ark hollywood formula.

since then I've been hanging out with my grandmother's and various relatives.
In my rush to leave, I forgot to pack enough underwear...so I went on a spending spree and got heaps of new bras and undies! Pretty exciting! And I bought some running shoes...I am hoping to lose ten pounds this week.

There is a new Half Price Books in the neighborhood...so I've been jogging over there and getting some books...One on the philosophy of law and one called Camp Concentration...by Thomas Disch

Yesterday my dad and his mom and I drove around looking at places they have lived and I got to see a house on S. warren that my upstairs neighbor's brother renovated. It is a really cute house for not too much $$...a short bus ride from down town. an especially good deal if you like shirtless, pot bellied neighbors:)

So Now I'm here at the awesome westerville library trying to order a fire hydrant adapter(or?)because Michelle says I am to blame for the loss of the garden's last one. Whatever...I just want to make sure I am ordering the right thing.

vendredi, juillet 13, 2007

buena suerte, mon amor.

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Its friday the thirteenth...I spent some time in the garden this morning there hundreds of little caterpillers all over one of the trees.

Krishna wants to make a video for this bright eyes song:

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=brighteyes+brakeman&search=

mercredi, juin 27, 2007

Sicko, Damages, Tenants and Neighbors

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Yesterday I put some air in the Huffy tires and rode downtown to the Housing Court to pick up an audio recording of last Friday's hearing. I am starting to think that a class action lawsuit is in order. According to the Pro Se attorney's office in the housing court, the court that a tenant's association in this situation would go to would depend on what is being sought. If, as a group we are asking for damages over $25,000 we would go to the NYS supreme court and make our case there. I believe this company 545 W 146th street, Inc. has been negligent in maintaining the building, has falsified records and lied to state agencies in order to unlawfully increase rents, and has harassed tenants.

I hope that as a tenants association we can get help from the legal aid society in pursuing this case. This evening I think I will sit in the lobby and talk to people about problems in the building and how forming a tenants association could help.

Last night I went to see Sicko with Mitch. I left wishing I could move to France. or england or some civilized country that recognizes basic human needs as the right of every citizen. Throught out the film europeans and canadians are laughing at michael Moore's questions. How many sick days do you get from your job in France? Ha Ha Ha Ha??

I missed the last RGB/Metcouncil get together at Cooper Union last night.

vendredi, juin 22, 2007

gene, genet*, genome

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Yesterday I went to the library to learn more about Factiva and how to search it for articles.

Today Judge Wendt dismissed the LL petition for Non-payment on the grounds that the DHCR registration was faulty. They had registered a second lease that apparently did not exist under the name of my roommate. Bernardo denied knowledge of the registration or a second lease. By law LLs are required to offer rent regulated tenants a renewal lease. It would be illegal for them to offer the lease to Bernardo and not to me as well.

Now I am back at 545 with my Neighbors, Sam and Jake hanging out till their mom gets home.

I feel pretty good about what happened except now I'm a little worried about going to Ohio for two weeks. I'm sure the LL will try to petition the court for eviction while I am not here to defend myself. I want to talk to tenants in the building about filing a class action suit as a tenant association. Maybe if we go on the offensive, with some help from legal aid we can get everyone's rents rolled back to what the should be and also get the building brought up to code.

I amused myself today during the long wait by trying to guess people's ethnicity. I think I am getting better at it.


On the way home a found out that Don De Lillo has a new book out.

mercredi, juin 20, 2007

Rent Guidelines Board

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Last night I went to a hearing of the Rent Guidelines Board where tenants and LL's were allowed to speak to ten members of the board. the board is appointed by the mayor and has raised rent stabilized rents by greater and greater percentages in recent years. most of the speakers were tenants calling for (pleading, demanding) a freeze in rent stabilized rents.A few LL's spoke in favor of rent increases.

Council member Jackson asked also for a freeze or failing that and small increase...but preferably a freeze.

lundi, juin 18, 2007


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Work has begun again on the bathroom in apt 47. I am hesitantly optimistic that we will soon have a clean, non-leaky, non-moldy place to pee and shower. I and compromising on the tiles. E. Ponce compromised on covering the old marble with concrete and we both agreed that an all porcelain sink is way better than the particle board thing that keeps getting water damaged.

more on 545

SickO NOW!

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Oh My god...I am getting chills hearing someone make so much sense. PLEASE see today's Democracy NOW in which Amy Goodman interviews Michael Moore about his health care film.

Whatever you may think of Moore, he is making so much sense I am almost in tears with happiness that someone is finally saying these things and sadness that so many people have suffered so long needlessly.

I SO miss the good health care I had access to at Wilford Hall Medical Center in San Antonio. Finally, SOMEONE is doing a good job pointing out how barbaric the American (public? private? civil?) health care system is.

MY RECENT HEALTH CARE HORROR STORY

dimanche, juin 17, 2007

cell one, cell two

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Hi I'm here with Jake who should be asleep but in stead is bugging me about HTML tables so I'm going to try to put one here to show him what it is.









spider, manspider, woman
ladybug, greenladybug, yellow











feathers, healthyfeathers, placed
aluminium, roundaluminium, square


"I like spiderman and we have a cat named Derry." says Jake.










ice cream, bananasice cream, oranges
popcicle, grapespopcicle, spiderman

vendredi, mai 25, 2007

Affordable Housing Rally


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Wednesday I Met Benn at MNN and went down to this place on tenth Ave where I had seen a sign for this housing rally. Benn had to go to work, so I joined up with the Westside affordable housing advocates and we all went down to 14th street where there were thousands of poeple all supporting the idea that people have a right to affordable housing. I love that here and in San Franscisco communities have taken control of their local governments and enacted laws that benefit average citizens rather than for profit businesses and landowners.

lundi, mai 21, 2007

100 things

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I am sure at least one hundred important things have happened since last I posted here.Harmony had a housing court hearing...Samantha and I met with Mary Lighter in Queens...I found out I was NOT selected as an MFA canidate at CCNY this year...SOme big changes have happened in the garden including things sprouting and scaffolding going up against the wall of the old school. Blessing has fallen ill. I visited the Rubin and the MET...Our HTML class was canceled...I added a new table to the experimental hypothical website: http://geocities.com/jenufra/

Harmony quit her job. I saw yet another free film and then another one. I cleaned the apartment (sort of)...Dave and I went to visit Mitch and watch the 400th episode of the Simpsons...I made another coconut/chocolate chip cake and ate it...Socorro and I went to a book talk at bluestockings regarding Sassy Magazine and how it changed the author's life...Socorro moved...I bought some plane tickets...I hung out with Deb and Tammy...old friends from San Antonio at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens...Jake learned how to spell R-E-A-D-Y...They painted some of the walls in the building I live in...I got an e-mail from Sylvia Netzer...I bought some watercolor paints and started sewing again....is that 100?

vendredi, mai 04, 2007


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A few nights ago, Krishna, Lindon and I went to Cooper Union to see readings from Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove's book, Voices of a People's History of the United States. This is where I heard the best reading ever of Howl. It really was impressive.

Yesterday Adi and I went to Housing court. I was surprised that Bernardo showed up and with pictures...all fired up to make a case against 545 W 146th St, Inc. The judge saw the pictures and took our complaints seriously. She seemed very reasonable and fair. We scheduled a trial date for May 29th.

Earlier today I went to the Municipal Archives on Chambers St. to get a picture of the building from the tax files taken in the (30's?). you can see it here.

Now I'm at the library catching up on the blogging and e-mail and listening to a recording of our housing court trial from last November...the one the the LL's attorney dropped.

lundi, avril 30, 2007

Peach Bush and Cheney


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Mitch and I went for a walk to the park Saturday and came across a group of people rallying for support for impeachment. We missed the part where they spelled out IMPEACH in giant letters on the grass but were there for this phot0 op. The woman on the right is named Elizabeth. I spoke to her for a while about the organization, worldcan'twait.org.

Later i met up with dave and walked around looking at art fairs and taking pictures of the blooming trees. We ended up seeing Hot Fuzz in times square. It was pretty funny.

now I am in Blessing's HTML class trying to wrap my head around frames.
look

jeudi, avril 26, 2007

outside the incence store




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I've been back in NYC for about four days now...the rush is just starting to wear off...so far I have met up with Rob, Lindon, Blessing, Adi, Michelle, Krishna, Dave, Harmony, Jake, Samantha, Mary, Curtis, and Socorro...I went to my HTML class, stopped by CCNY, got my hair African braided by a beautiful woman in the library restroom, went to a class at the library about researching Architecture in NYC, saw a free screening of Superbad (which I have to admit was funny), walked by John Hodgeman and co (be still my heart!), ate at a nice thai spot, went to the legal aid office, saw the Barcelona exhibit at the Met and...well...I guess that's about it. This not watching TV thing is working out well.

dimanche, avril 22, 2007

happy tv turn off week



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Angel, swan, ribbon
butterfly world after all
glass jar summer lense

samedi, avril 21, 2007

For the operating system?



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I found this book of Haiku(s?) here and am inspired to write some:


sunny afternoon
arranging, re-arranging
letters and boxes.

vendredi, avril 20, 2007

Canon Powershot SD600














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I'm trying out this cute little tiny digital camera to see if is better than Dave's Nikon S9...it doesnt have the nikon's cool time lapse animation features but cost a bit less and makes avi video files which seem to work better with my pinnacle editing software than the realvideo files made by my mom's kodak. So...here are some pics Victoria, TX including our trip to the top of the Wells Fargo Building.

dimanche, avril 15, 2007

one dead nappy headed ho

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Ok...so I am thinking that (until recently) Kurt Vonnegut was a pretty good candidate for "Greatest Living American Novelist" with the possible exception of Toni Morrison, and, um...well at the moment I can't really think of anyone better. Is J. D. Salinger still alive? I really love Geek Love by Katherine Dunn but it isn't as universally appealing as Slaughterhouse-Five. Don DeLillo's earlier stuff is great but not as laugh-out-loud funny as Vonnegut.

Now that he's fallen, his books have to compete with those of Hemingway, Buck, Hawthorn, Bourroughs, Fitzgerald, Melville, Faulkner, Phillip Roth and Hunter S. Thompson all battles I feel Vonnegut would win hands down. Twain was pretty funny. He might have been better or as good.

For readers who were alive in '75, Vonnegut was pretty much the best...non? Too bad he isn't around to bring some humorous insight to VA this week.

lundi, mars 26, 2007

Mocking Bird Wish Me Luck (again)

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This is what we are doing in Blessing's html class:

www.geocities.com/jenufra


I had a great week last week...Met with Sylvia Netzer...got an e-mail from Susan Whyne that said she would send a letter of recommendation...finished delivering Las Quince Letras...went to Greenthumb conference at Hostos College...did some yoga...had some VERY spicy pad Thai with Lindon, Jamal and Socorro...cleaned Harmony's computer room with Jamal then went out in search of slide lables and ended up at IPC's Henri Cartier-Bresion(sp?) exhibit and got inspired to buy a new camera.

mercredi, mars 07, 2007

vendredi, février 16, 2007

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Its that time again...I'm thinking again I migh apply to CCNY's MFA program, so I am putting together some photos of the many accumulated pieces of paper I have drawn or printed on and posting them on a blog called PORTFOLIO 2007.

Check it out and let me know what you think:

www.jeannej2007.blogspot.com

jeudi, février 08, 2007

My dream garmet!

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There is a tool kilt pictured on the studio 360 web site...it looks like the best skirt EVER!
Spending yet another day with Samantha and Jake...Jake is home with an ear infection. they are being kind of mellow which is good because I am trying to get the three things done that I didn't get done yesterday. (transcripts, cleaning, skirt.)

The transcripts are turning out to be more complicated that expected because osu is saying i owe them money and i can't just pay them i have to pay the ohio attorney general who is not answering the phone...arrgh...sigh...argh!

In other news, I can totally see why house wives tend to gain weight. It is very easy to eat and eat and eat when trapped in the apartment. Usually Harmony's friend Sarah comes over and gives me a break. I'm not sure if she's coming today or not. It is very cold so I can see why she might want to stay in.

Women in american politics part deux

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Ok...this is the continuation of my search in Eyes of The Nation for female names. Where I can find them I've put wikipedia links.

Francis Benjamin Johnston
Frances Willard
Annabelle Whitford
Bertha Kalish
Dina Fienman
Minnie Maddern Fiske
Hallie Quinn Brown
Alice Mumford Cullen
Helen Lynd
Dorthea Lange



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mercredi, février 07, 2007

Happy Valentines Day

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Its offically February and I'm feeling 1, 000 times better now since my visit to Harlem Hospital. Watching Samantha and Jake and listening to studio 360...hoping to get three things done...order transcripts...clean my apartment...and finish the skirt I started.

Blessing Marima the teacher of my CS2 class let me take home a copy on my laptop. I haven't really done much with it yet but I'm hoping to use it to put together the 20 slides I need for the CCNY MFA application. Actually now that I think about it it might be better just to take 35mm slides than try to convert the digital...hmmm...well see how that goes. Seems sweetly archaic(sp?) somehow.

All this time with Sam and Jake is exhausting (exasperating). The big challange is not to get frustrated and angry with them. I think I am moving faster in the free time I do have and I am spending almost no money since I eat over here.

A friend asked me to do some research about american women in politics and i started a list of the few women i found mentioned in Eyes of theNation...here is the partial list:

Phillis Wheatley
Hannah Lewis
Juliann Jane Tillman
Charlotte Cushman
Mary Cassatt
Lillian Gish
Sara Iredell
Susan B. Anthony
Mary S. Anthony
Anna H. Shaw
Dorthea Lynde Dix
Elizabeth Boynton Harbert
Martha C. Wright
Jean Brooks Greenleaf
Julia Ward Howe
Lucy Stone
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Lucretia Mott
Mabel Potter Daggett
Louise Hall
Susan Fitzgerald

In other news...the people at the Colbert Report e-mailed me to say I can go see a taping in March...wooo-hoo!

samedi, janvier 27, 2007

The History of Animation

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Its Saturday and I am feeling groggy and listless...(sans list?) This may it will have been 20 years since I graduated from high school. That realization hit me (like a...like a...wet terry cloth balloon?) last night. Twenty years seemed some how an impossibly, implausably(sp?)long time. Have I even been alive that long? I guess so...the numbers don't lie.

This morning on WBAI they played Lean On Me our class song...then, Eric Bogosian was talking about 1987 and what a strange year that was. I guess they are doing a play of Talk Radio now. He seemed to be saying it was a bizarre un-play-like play. He talked about how talk radio has changed since then...The advent of Rush Limbaugh and what not. I've been thinking about the history of animation...wouldn't that be a fun class/workshop to teach or attend? I started trying to do some stop motion stuff with coins and Samantha next door who I've been watching while her opera singer mom is starting a new career as an EMT.

I FINALLY got some $$ from the NYS Dept of Labor. (Huge sigh of relief) I was really starting to get nervous as savings account #2, the money I was saving for back rent...drained down to almost nothing. Now I am getting $200 per week from the Dept of Labor...more than enough to live on since I'm not paying rent at the moment. The landlord has yet to serve me with a new petition...looks like they are trying to make some repairs though...Apts 47 and 46 smell like death now...I guess because someone put down some rat poision (sp?)...The smell in 46 is unbearable.

mardi, janvier 23, 2007

fifth estate, el labrintino del fauno, sticky crepes

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I'm here at the Hamilton Grange Library on 145th...listening to music and trying to get three important things accomplished: Taxes, Grad School Application, and Unemployment Benefits.

This morning I woke up late and tried to make crepes while watching link tv...there was no milk so I thought I could substitute coconut milk...turns out that doesn't work so well...they kept sticking to the pan.

Last night I went to Blue Stockings to see the makers of Fifth Estate Magazine speak...I didn't really know what that was...turns out its an anarchist magazine the title is meant to suggest an alternative to the established media...afterwards I had tea with Mitch then splurged on a ticket to see Pan's Labyrinth at the Sunshine. When I was looking at the movie posters a woman walked by and said, "Pan's Labyrinth is fantastic." She was right. It was fantastic.

vendredi, janvier 19, 2007

fingers numb...computer working...snow falling

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Hi...I'm sitting in Bryant Park using the wireless internet...tis a bit chilly but really not so bad...I hear Austin and LA are colder...which is odd...non?

So today I went down to 40 Rector Street to give my testamony(sp?) about how the police verily barged into Ben's apartment the oter night. I'm glad I went. I didn't even know about the citizens complaint takers thereabouts...the investigator took our stories seperately and yada yada yada...According to their own report, 5% of complaints are found to be justified.

After that Ben walked with me to B&H where I hoped to see about the warranty on my camera...we talked about civil rights and solidarity and got kind of stuck on the subject of whether or not bush and cheney are human...Ben maintained that there is room for doubt...but for the sake of moving on...finally conceeded(sp?).

B&H closed early today...so we got a bite to eat and walked to thebusiness/science research Library where I tried to use the laptop...for some reason they don't have the same wireless connection there as other NYPL's. It was an ethernet wire which seemed to connect to this laptop physically ok but i couldn't figure out how to connect electronically...so here i am out in the cold waiting for Mitch who might stop by in the next ten minutes...although i kind of doubt it at this point.

lundi, janvier 15, 2007

Saving your life...by Charles Schawb

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Universal Health coverage...Golden Globes...Diabetes...Buy Gold...Kitsune...Dream Girls...Babel...Letters...Flags....Blood Diamond...Nice...you may be eligeble for a free
meter...sick of feeling fat and tired? I'm forty years old...I'm in the best shape of my life....stay indoors...winterstorm in the Heartland...decapitation....oops...pregnant beauty queen...Dr.King...robertsandstofer...snowfrost...citrusgrowers...sean young...devlin...hornbeck...words...point...tall...son...MLK day of service through volunteering...drugs...germs...football...wrestling...euing scarcoma...funding for orphan drugs...surgery...drugs...surgery...drugs...surgery...saving your life...brought to you by charles schawb...bengay...stronger than pain...national reclining month...snore stop...sao paolo...the people in the mini-van...NFC...Bears...Greesy...Grossman...Chargers...LT...disrespect...Martin Luther King Jr....I'm thinking of a number...It's my credit score...You can ind out right now...on the seventeenth...that's trouble nothing is lost liquid crystal television...take on Orbits...always use protection...live from Duhram, NC...the King Center...a moment of reflection...stirring...the legacy...Coreta Scott King...bring home the King Papers...Atlanta is King City...New Ebaneezer...new ehxibit...new insight...IRAQ...hangings with dignity and respect...Casey said...succeed...no guarantees...khalil...Ashley Harder...Congress...Only he can decide...if the people want a scape goat...keep kids safe from preditors...Disney's stocks have surged...cell phone ban...things you are not allowed to do in your car...you can run around looking at house after house...are breathing troubles holding you back? nebulizers...standing by...square dancing...arthritis...thats why we square dance...press box demolished...smoking and driving in CT...Bangor, ME...pick pick pick pick on the smokers...Dan Loafy...Boston...Ice Men...test tube babies...mothers...Cameron...keep wathcing to see how you can save...I think I've scraped rock...bottomed out...hit a new low...started my period. New England now in ice...avoid smoke from the Kentucky River...one worker was slightly hurt...one missing for four days another for four years...where King was Pastor for eight years...students have been sending postcards to victims of Katrina...you're lifting your soul...danceteams, drumlines, and bands...thay saw shawn biking...talking to friends...stockholm syndrome...Devlin...Hornbeck...headline prime...Tecrete...dignity and respect...find out what it means to me...21, 000 additional troups...sustained political suport...sepratist movements...let them slug it out...we will leave behind a middle east that will harm america in the future...overcommitted...more ground troops...the next three to four weeks...4.5 million have alzheimer's...implant an embryo...Daily Express...feeling full...eat 15-20% less food...Shawn Merriman...maybe it comes from the head...coach...engineered a spactacular drive...You give yourself too much credit...how you effect me...51 points...game winning shot...you've got game...wine...fish...by-products...removing grit...how she finally made it out of the wilderness...healthy beautiful skin that lasts....Hyundai Santa Fe...Why does it bother me?

dimanche, janvier 14, 2007

"What, no tip?"

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Yesterday was Jamal's Birthday, so he and Sarah and Dot and I went to Lemongrass and emptied our wallets. Lemongrass at its new location (13th near University) has AMAZING lighting and decor AND there is a great Kareoke (sp?) bar downstairs. (Careful though, the bartender may bite.)

So...the Japanese exhibit and postcard class at 42st library inspired me to do some drawing. There were so many beautiful examples of drawing and printing...and the idea of the new year post card appealed to me. so I think I will spend the day drawing.

jeudi, janvier 11, 2007

We have hot water!!!

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Well today is already turning out to be far better than yesterday...the hot water is on...the sun is out...I think I will go to the class on japanese postcards at the 42nd street library...I did not get up early and go to the Workforce One Center but I can do that next week. Point is: I feel good and I got a shower (finally) and washed some dishes and I am psyched (had some coffee too.)

Also after spending an entire day on freaking MySpace yesterday (that thing is addictive.), I figured some things out and made some MySpace "friends" (I put that in quotes because I really only know Lisa and Dave. I did make "friends" with a guy at OSU who knows Chris Coake and also likes Stephen Dixon (among many others). Now my profile features the wonderful music of my new favorite band tunng. If you notice a preponder(ance?)(ence?) of Jennifers amongst my "friends" it is because I have vowed to try to befriend all jennifer johnsons on MySpace. These are the type of idea one comes up with when there is no job to go to and no hot water with which one might shower and then depart the apartment and it's too bleepin cold to get out from under the blankets...ok I am feeling a little guilty/shameful about spending an entire day on MySpace and trying to make excuses for my self.

mercredi, janvier 10, 2007

ugh....brrr....ugh

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Well...i am freezing as it is finally starting to feel like winter here and the super hasn't decided to turn on the heat. My friend in San Antonio, Lisa asked me to sign up for Myspace account last month which I did then promptly forgot my password...I figured it out today and tried to make the page look less generic but could not figure out how to do it and all the flashing ads were making me nauseous. I did notice that STRAND had a site...which seems signifigantly less nausiating than the generic start up site. I love Lisa but I don't think I have the fortitude to tolerate all the adds long enough to figure out how to make them go away.

If you do have a MySpace page and want to A) be "friends" or B) tell me how to lose the vomit inducing ads please contact me with this information as soon as possible!

lundi, janvier 08, 2007

resolution number 9

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Ok...Its the second week of the new year...I'm unemployed...I haven't paid rent in over six months...I have an application to CCNY Graduate School to fill out....I'm going to a class at the library tonight called: Mecanografia y Teclado...I'm taking sometime to explore Manhattan and write about it for the NY blog...I just got a letter form the IRS saying I owe them over $200 for some money market account I had forgotten about. I am waiting (still) to see some $$ from the NYS unemployment benefits program...I am planning to continue the Photoshop class through UAW...I'm waiting to hear from the "Made in NY" program to see if I can take advantage of the PA training they offer...I'm hoping to spend some time cooking and dumsterdiving with the NYfreegans...I'm looking for five or ten people who want to start a new art co-op or to find a cool art co-op that will have me...I applied the work at Housing Works and am waiting to hear back from them...I want to re-write my resume and apply to the NYPL...this morning I started mapping a walking/biking route for the west side of Manhattan. There is a warm cat sitting on my foot and it feels really comfortable to be inside on what sounds like a rainy afternoon, none the less I am trying to motivate myself to get up and go outside.

vendredi, janvier 05, 2007

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Hey! I just ran into Socorro's friend Ben at the library. He says all signs are "Go." for tomorrow night. Tonight I plan to see the final show of Strictly Platonic at the pussy cat lounge...I think Dave and Jamal and maybe Lindon will go too.

I can't think of any real news to speak of I love playing with the colors on the blog now.

jeudi, janvier 04, 2007

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I'm back at the library feeling a bit like a monster with my disfigured face but otherwise pretty good...I wasn't selected to be a red hat person at MoMA's Doug Aitken event (que lastima) but life goes on...I am here for a computer class called "Viruses, Hackers, and Spam...Oh, My!" the class was good...a little slowerpaced than other classes but good none the less...I remebered somebasinc things I had been told before about computer maintenance...now I'll go nhome and defrag or scan something.

I am going to try writing for this nyblog...just for fun. Last night dave and I went walking around Penn station so I could have something to write about.

mardi, janvier 02, 2007

Happy New Year

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New Years Eve was a really good/memorable one...Dave and Jamal and I spent the day practicing a production of a very short play from Incidences (Daniil Kharms) called...oh what was it called? comprehensive research! It was very fun and Dave must have died about ten or fifteen times...every time, I got to check his pulse and pick up his hand and let it drop while Jamal declaired he was in fact dead. Once, a couple came up to us and asked if he was ok. Later we danced and rang the new year in in central park...barefoot (or...well...in stocking feet.) It is oddly not cold here...several natives have confirmed that this is NOT normal weather for NY.

Then we walked around a bit...I found some metal bars on the ground that looked like they had been sawed off of on of the metal police road barriers and was delighted to hit anything that might make a good noise...turns out to be the best...




Back at the library after the interview...I'm not really holding my breath, but kind of...I want the job more now than before the interview...especially since I found out about the hand warmers and walkie talkies...Last night Arnaldo from the freegan-list serve came over and had a chat with Bernardo...That went better than expected as well...Arnaldo was calm and assertive and not intimidated by Bernardo...we drank some hot Airbourne and talked a little about reality and what we want/expect to happen there...Seems we may be able to come up with some solutions. He's an agressively positive thinker (wee bit of suspision about that.) I'll try not to hold that against him.

In spite of the Airborne I woke up with a swollen lip (Herpes...arrgh!) this morning...It has been a long time since this has happened...I want to blame it on the peanuts I ate...ahhh...So...now I have a bit of a head ache and am debating about whether or not to go the the gym.