Monday, September 25, 2006

Going to Vegas Again, Favorite Flickr Pix, and New iTunes Weirdness

I was talking to my friend in Vegas, who called while getting more work on his tattoo. Got to ask him what he was doing this week, because I am heading to Vegas for 3 days next week. It's a working holiday, with the bonus of attending a friends wedding. There is talk of fire-breathing hookers at the bachelor party. Interesting!

I'm sure there will be more talk about this place after my visit. It's the only place where I get my money's worth in Vegas.

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Dave Gorman's story about this picture.

"...I showed her a picture.
"Can I see some more?"
I showed her 6 or 7.
"They're very good," she said. "Have you go any ID?"
"Yeah," I said, handing her my driver's licence... "what do you need that for?"
"If we stop anyone under the Prevention of Terrorism Act we have to fill in some paperwork. Do you have any possessions?"...

Power Station, originally uploaded by naughton321.

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The big news in the Apple world was the introduction of iTunes 7. For the most part its been a smooth transition, but there has been a interesting glitch on my desktop iMac in the way it displays albums without artwork.

This is different than the way it looks on our laptop, and anyone who has the new iTunes probably can see the difference.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

The Best Photographs/Art the Federal Government has to Offer - 6

From the American Memories collection By the People, For the People: Posters from the WPA, 1936-1943.

"The By the People, For the People: Posters from the WPA, 1936-1943 collection consists of 908 boldly colored and graphically diverse original posters produced from 1936 to 1943 as part of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal. Of the 2,000 WPA posters known to exist, the Library of Congress's collection of more than 900 is the largest. These striking silkscreen, lithograph, and woodcut posters were designed to publicize health and safety programs; cultural programs including art exhibitions, theatrical, and musical performances; travel and tourism; educational programs; and community activities in seventeen states and the District of Columbia. The posters were made possible by one of the first U.S. Government programs to support the arts and were added to the Library's holdings in the 1940s."

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From the poster's information page...

Stamp out syphilis and gonorrhea : Have you had your blood test and examination : Go to your doctor or Dept. of Health.

NYC : Works Progress Administration Federal Art Project, [between 1936 and 1938]

Poster encouraging blood testing and examinations to identify persons with syphilis and gonorrhea, showing a man pointing at the viewer.

Date stamped on verso: Feb 9 1938.

Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress).

Bureau of Social Hygiene, 51 Stuyvesant Place, S.I.

Syphilis--New York (State)--New York--1930-1940.
Gonorrhea--New York (State)--New York--1930-1940.
Health care--New York (State)--New York--1930-1940.
Blood testing--New York (State)--New York--1930-1940.
Screen prints--Color--1930-1940.

1 print on board (poster) : silkscreen, color.

POS - WPA - NY .01 .S73, no. 1

LC-USZC2-1119 DLC (color film copy slide)

Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA


(color film copy slide) cph 3b49019

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The Best Photographs the Federal Government has to Offer - 5

The Best Photographs the Federal Government has to Offer - 4

The Best Photographs the Federal Government has to Offer - 3

The Best Photographs the Federal Government has to Offer - 2

The Best Photographs the Federal Government has to Offer - 1

Thursday, September 21, 2006

The Lower the Frequency the Better Your Chances: Tickets on the Radio

I told my friend Vas that I won tickets off the radio to see Nouvelle Vague.  It was 88.5 that was giving the tickets away and he was complaining about some station in the 100's.  Everyone in Atlanta will be calling for tickets on one of those stations. And what great crap they will be giving away (music snob alert!)

Fewer Listeners + Lesser Known Artist = Better Chances

Math so easy G.W.B. could do it.  Anyways, the show was great.  Nouvelle Vague does french-flavored bossa nova covers of Big Black, The Cure, Echo and the Bunnymen, etc...  Lovely singers and great musicians that took what could be a terrible concept and made for extremely good entertainment.

Unfortunately, my sweet wife was nursing a cold and couldn't partake. Hopefully she will be able to join me for Ladytron tomorrow.  Looks to be a sold-out show.

Here's to working hard and enjoying the fruits of my labor.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Friday Night and Super Signage

The local bloggers are meeting up on Friday for the monthly "Atlanta People With Blogs Who Get Together To Drink" boozefest. I'm hoping to make it, but Ladytron is play at the Variety Playhouse. So, I'll probably be catching up with the kids later if they are still out.

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Georgia Signs from Super Signage

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Art Installation, Rollerderby, Etc: Week in Review

This week has been a long one of art installation at GSU's Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design Gallery. "BRAZIL PROJECT: One River: Two Views & Palmo Quadrado" took 5 tough days to install, and left me fried I couldn't recall the artists on display.  But fortunately I don't have to...

...from the GSU BRAZIL PROJECT website, "...Curated by Welch School faculty member Pam Longobardi, One River: Two Views is an exhibition of Brazil-inspired works by artists Jacqueline Bishop, of New Orleans, Louisiana, and Bob Nugent, of Sonoma, California. Nugent has organized Palmo Quadrado, the touring exhibition of small works by contemporary Brazilian artists also on display..."

The different artists' works are pretty strong and anyone down near Peachtree Center between Decatur and Gilmer should hit the gallery.  

Support the arts and all that.

The much-needed break on the weekend was the Atlanta Rollergirls season championship.  Fantastic bout, marked by the best, aggressive, fast play we had seen, lots of trips to the penalty box and a final tie that resulted in a 2 minute overtime.  Final score - Sake Tuyas 104, Apocalypstix 101.

The regular season is over which means the Atlanta league will be playing its all-star team against traveling teams The Sin City Neanderdolls (Las Vegas, Nevada) , Tragic City Rollergirls (Birmingham, Alabama) , and Dixie Derby Girls (Huntsville, Alabama).

Upcoming work is setting up/tearing down a jazz show at the Ferst Center (Earl Klugh), more weekend art installation, and a day of rest.

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Flickr: The Atlanta Roller Girls Pool

Flickr: Search: Atlanta Rollergirls

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Plans for the Weekend...

Atlanta Rollergirl rollerderby at Stone Mountain. Anyone interested?

"I See You": From the Official Seal Generator

Official Seal Generator, make yer own! I did.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Why I Love My Old Hometown: Fund-Raising Vegas Style

From the Associated Press...

"The Clark County School District kicked off the first day of school Wednesday with scant resources. But it got a major donation from the scantily clad.

The same day the nation's fifth largest school district began the year with some 400 teaching vacancies, the nonprofit corporation that supports it, the Public Education Foundation, accepted a $2,500 donation from a strip club, Scores Las Vegas.

'Thank you for your donation of $2,500, received on August 30, 2006,' said a letter from foundation president Judi Steele to Scores' marketing director, Shai Cohen. 'Thank you again for your willingness to support our community and invest in our children ... our future.'

Scores raised the funds at an Aug. 23 back-to-school event called "Detention" that featured strippers dressed as teachers, schoolgirls and librarians.

'It's back to school time and you know what that means. Detention for everyone who has been bad!" one advertisement read.'"

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Double Bubble Bubble Cars! Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum

Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum Panorama
Originally uploaded by Mr. Kimberly.

After all this time of thinking about tiny-car goodness in nearby Madison, GA, all 6 rechargable batteries that I took on my roadtrip were pretty much dead. So when we got to the Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum that meant fewer pictures than hoped for.

But it also meant I actually looked at all the candy-colored motorized treats. Bruce Weiner, former owner of Double Bubble Bubblegum (seriously!), is spending much money on a larger and still growing collection of microcars. Much in the same way that a puppy is cuter than a grown dog, these miniaturized-but-roadworthy cars are seriously charming. Retro fantastic and beautifully restored, this museum is a worthwhile and cheap roadtrip from Atlanta.