2019 Books And Other Media

Here’s my year in the form of the media I consumed. 2019 Books The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell Rating? 10 Pez dispensers. Perhaps one of my favorite books? Gripping. Disturbing. Beautiful. Horrible. This book shook me up like no book ever has. Children Of God by Mary Doria Russell Rating? 7 Pez dispensers. The sequel to the Sparrow. Also a good book but meanders a bit more. Our main character goes through one more horrible journey across the stars. It has less of a point but if you read the Sparrow you’ll feel compelled to read this too. Doc: A Novel by Mary Doria Russell Rating? 8.5 Pez dispensers. It was the year of Mary Doria Russell. She has a way with words and a great meticulous style. She departs from scifi after the two books above and turned her attention to historical fiction not just for […]

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Laser Cutting With The People’s Paper Co

Way back in April of this year (2019) founding members of the organization People’s Paper Co-op  (Courtney Bowles and Mark Aloysious Strandquist) were doing an artist residency in the building I work in at Haverford College. We got a chance to work together on a couple occasions laser cutting some artwork together. This artwork (hands with text ‘free’ ‘our’ ‘mothers/queens/daughters’) marched in a parade that celebrated incarcerated mothers many of which are/were in jail for small misdemeanors but do not have the money to post bail. The Philadelphia Community Bail Fund was set up to bail mothers out of jail on mothers day and the parade exists to celebrate these women. ‘The People’s Paper Co-op (PPC) is an ongoing initiative by the Village of Arts and Humanities that connects formerly incarcerated individuals together with artists, civil rights lawyers, and many others to run a multitude of programs and initiatives. Through a highly collaborative and multidisciplinary process, […]

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Accidental Recreation. Purposeful Remixing.

I did a thing, and then I realized where it came from. The thing was mine but it was also someone else’s. Accidental recreation. Purposeful remixing. Whatever it is. It’s a part of the creation process. No idea comes out of thin air.  I think academically most can agree with that and yet many of us also think creativity or genius is a mystical gift. It’s magic. I know I did when I was younger. I remember writing music and someone would suggest it sounded like Modest Mouse. Which, it absolutely did. I was influenced by them A LOT. But, at the time, I was writing my own music and thought I had my own sound and wanted others to think that too. Something had to be originally mine in order for it to have value. Even now I can’t help but be a little discouraged if I […]

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Video From Longboard Workshop

Over the summer I worked with Skate The Foundry to make longboards with students. It was so much fun to work with this organization. It was really cool to open up the doors to the Maker Space to the broader Philadelphia community.

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CNC Cutting Up Apples

It’s one way to make applesauce! It’s the worst way to make applesauce! This past weekend I used the shopbot to cut faces into some fruit. Picture a creepy cornucopia staring back at you. The documentation in two videos below. One, some explanation, the other, with music.

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Art Show December 2018

I showed a piece, “The Transportation Of Old Goods” at “Child’s Play” is an international, all-media exhibition at The Foundry Art Centre in Saint Charles, Missouri The imagery was designed in Photoshop and laser cut on baltic birch. The frame was cut using a CNC router out of a 100 year old oak slab sourced from a downed tree on the Haverford College Campus. I created the tool paths for the frame in V-Carve Pro (note the frame is a solid piece designed specifically for the art piece). The imagery on the Baltic birch is press fit into the frame.

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2018 Book List

Here is my list of books I read in 2018 and a little tiny bit of info on each. It was the year of Science Fiction (every year is) and also the year of young adult novels. In order from earliest in the year to most recently read: Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut I’m hesitant to put this one in because technically I didn’t finish it. I attempted to read this and Cat’s Cradle at the same time. It ended up to be kind of confusing because they were similar enough in style and story and Kurt Vonnegut has similar critiques on people. He always wants to make the same point. I got half way through both and lost interests. But two half Vonnegut books has to add up to something, right? Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card I did finish this one! A friend of mine called me […]

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