Sep. 15th, 2006

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I just now found out that R.E.M.'s "new" album, And I Feel Fine - The Best of the I.R.S. Years, 1982-1987 came out this tuesday. Why do I never seem to hear about these things beforehand? I don't really have much of their early stuff, save for It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) and Radio Free Europe, so I'll probably go pick that up tomorrow. I might get the collector's edition, which has the B-sides in addition to the rest. (42 songs total! Yay!) There's also a DVD of IRS-era videos, When the Light is Mine, which I probably won't bother with, as I prefer to, well, listen to music instead of watching it.

See, I'm a bit weird when it comes to certain bands, namely R.E.M. and They Might Be Giants. When I buy songs by either of those bands, I always go out and get them on CD. For most everything else, I get off iTunes. There's just something about bands I really like that makes me want to have a "hard copy" of the albums. Though it's only those two - for other bands, like Ben Folds Five, Cake, Coldplay, Dire Straits and Kansas, for example, I'm fine with getting it off iTunes. Weird, neh?

I've finally gotten off my proverbial artistic arse and actually started going through Betty Edwards' Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. Oh, sure, I've read it a few times, but never actually done anything. I only got it, oh, LAST CHRISTMAS, so it's about time I finally did something with it. So that's coming along, albeit slowly.

Don't worry, I won't post any of my horrible attempts at the exercises. I lack an inflated ego and leathery thick skin. Plus, my scanner would probably refuse to scan it, just on general principle.

Which reminds me - I don't think I've posted my linoleum blockprints here. For the first, I carved a gull, followed by (what some claim to be) an oak tree.

Continuing on the art theme, check out these pictures from the gallery of "art terrorist" Banksy. It includes the most appropriate use for a Paris Hilton CD - cockroach nesting. This is the same guy who allegedly smuggled a statue dressed as a Guantanamo Bay victim into the scenery of a Disneyland ride recently. Whether you like his stuff or not, it's clear that this is a guy who has a metric ton of creativity and isn't afraid to use it. I'm not sure why, but I love this sort of avant-gadre art.

As for what I've been doing, well. I've stripped the wallpaper in my bathroom, and it's going to get redone at the end of the month. Yes, I had wallpaper in my bathroom. I don't know what the original owners were thinking, because clearly paper + moisture is a great idea. I'm getting a light fixture and faucet in an Art Deco style, which has me excited. We also got a new washer and dryer yesterday, since the old one took at least two full cycles to dry clothes. They're all digital and stuff, with the fancy LED clocks and controls. I think they're too modern. In fact, they're so quiet I'm getting suspicious. They're plotting, I know it.

In other news, I really, really want to make a hikaru dorodango for some reason. Shiny.

There's another announcement I'll have to make, but I still have to iron a few things out before I formally announce it. You'll see.


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