Saturday, October 28, 2006

Long Day, Now I Watch Blonde Robots

A 15 hour work day has me beat tired.  But my tendency towards insomnia has me going pharmaceutical.  So, in a little while I will be heading off to the land of Nod.  But it was a really good day.  My stagehand job had me working the show for the Parsons Dance Company. The dancing was charismatic, with almost all of the dancers looking like they were enjoying themselves.  The choreography and athleticism was just such a cut above almost everything I've seen sense working at G-Tech.  And that is saying a lot since we have had some really good productions come through.

Now a cocktail and some chemicals will be working their magic soon.  So now I will unabashedly watch Battlestar Galactica, and leave a link to some pictures taken on Tuesday, before that day went bad.

Tip 'o the hat to Mr. C in Seattle. Made my day, a more personal note should be forthcoming.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Bad Luck Art Tour

I was in the mood to see some art yesterday.  I thought I was having bad luck finding open art galleries.  That was before the accident with a BMW.  Let's just say I won't be posting the pictures online until my court date.  The cop was pretty chill.  We didn't even call him, he just rolled up on us.

The upside is that I'm finding State Farm insurance extremely fast acting.  They had my claim # ready when I walked into the office, and I got a phone call later in the day from the branch owner.  Just making sure I was doing okay.  Which I was.


I was having a fun day until then.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Home Made Ice Cream, Pet Shop Boys, Work and Play

On the start of my 6-year wedding anniversary, I sit typing after a long days work, getting done at about 11:30pm. I worked for the East Village Opera Company in the afternoon, went to an art opening at Sandler-Hudson, went back to to tear down the East Village Opera Company's show, and came home late. The cat is eating her food, cat collar clinking on her bowl. My wife started making homemade vanilla ice cream. It was 8 minutes before midnight. On the DVR is an unwatched episode of Battlestar Galactica, waiting for me and her to watch. Tomorrow we have plans with friends to see the Little 5 Points Halloween Fest.

Now, the cat is fed, the ice cream is cooling, and the I've finished typing.

6 years is a good start. Great wife, nice life. Now just waiting for desert.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Fun With Friends, Weekend Puppetry Art Show, Tonight's Animation Screening

We had a friend in town and got a chance to show what we really like about Atlanta.

Over the weekend, we went to the production of the Center for Puppetry Arts' "The Ghastly Dreadfuls' - Compendium of Graveyard Tales and Other Curiosities.'"  A really nice show that mixed live cabaret singing/musicians and staged marionette Halloween/horror stories. Really interesting stage craft.  And funny.

During her visit we also hit the R Thomas Deluxe Grill for dinner, Cafe Intermezzo for great deserts and hot chocolate, Nam for subtle Vietnamese  and the Your Dekalb Farmers Market buffet for the cheapest meal of the trip (3 people for $10).

As per her request we tried to show her some of the local flea markets and thrift stores, with mixed results.  Some places found online were permanently closed when we went to them.  And a few that were open were wonderfully sketchy and weirdly laid out.

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Now we are relaxing and recuperating. Our friend is back in Vegas, and us chilling at home. I'm planing on seeing a screening of animated movies at the Five Spot, sponsored by the ASIFA-Atlanta.   Which I just found out about today from The Ward-O-Matic.

From the ASIFA website...

"'ASIFA' stands for Association Internationale du Film d'Animation. It was started in France in 1960 as a membership organization devoted to encouraging animaton. "

"Blowin' Smoke
Monday, October 16th (7:30pm)

The follow-up to our popular "Roll Yer Own" screening. In fact, that screening has become so popular that we had to break it into two separate shows. "Roll Yer Own" is strictly non-commercial, featuring mostly student work as well as independent and "downtime" works from professionals. "Blowin' Smoke" will feature full-on commercial work, including studio reels. It's a chance for every one to show off what they've been working on over the past year, as well as shameless self-promotion!

To Hell with Hitler!

C. Martin Croker's collection of animation propaganda from the 1940's is sure to astound you. 13 different cartoons, 13 different Hitler model sheets from the likes of Tex Avery, Bob Clampett, Chuck Jones, and more, including "Der Fuhrer's Face" and "Education for Death- the Making of a Nazi"!

Bizarro Saturday Morning

Weird stuff that nobody's seen! Nobody, that is, except the collector and purveyor of all things cartoon- C. Martin Croker!

The Aqua Teen Hunger Force Movie

That's right, your favorite Adult Swim value meal on the big screen. See it here first, with the writers, artists, producers and all other guilty parties in attendance. No weapons allowed!"

Sunday, October 15, 2006

My Netcast and Obituary

My love of roadside attractions now has me netcasting (no iPod required). Hosted on the Georgia Podcast Network, the premire episode of "Road Scholar" is titled...

"Georgia on My Mind: Kangaroos, Museums about Micro-Cars Telephones & Granite, Plus A Monument to the New World Order in Elberton

Myself (Rob - Neon Poisoning) and Amber from the Georgia Podcast Network talk about out mutual appreciation for odd roadside attractions, starting with a small collection of places in our state Georgia. From visionary artists to millionaires to animal conservancies, all have created destinations in the "Peach State." Any of the attractions mentioned that have online resources and/or sites are included below.
Official Sites:

The Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum Madison, Georgia
Welcome to the Fantastic World of Joni Mabe! (Everything Elvis) Cornelia, Georgia
The Official Homepage Of Howard Finster
Kangaroo Conservation Center
The United Nuwaubian Nation Of Moors<

Roadside America Articles:

Georgia Rural Telephone Museum, Leslie, Georgia
Georgia Tourist Attractions

Wikipedia Entries:

Georgia Guidestones
Howard Finster
Nuwaubianism (Nuwaubian Nation of Moors)

Additional Resources and Unofficial Sites:

Public Broadcasting Atlanta: "Atlanta Road Trip - A Day Away"
Howard Finster's Paradise Gardens
The Outsider Pages - Howard Finster's Paradise Garden"

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'What will your obituary say?' at

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Roadtrip Weekend: Back From Savannah

A short trip was taken to Georgia's second largest city.  Not impressed, but unwilling to write it off completely.  It paled in comparison to New Orleans, my home for 7 years.  But two really good meals held out the hope that future visits will be more promising.

Assorted pictures from the trip...  a huge dog, a welcoming church, The Scottish Rite Temple at Madison Square, and a detail shot at the Gryphon Tea Room.

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