Saturday, August 25, 2007

Joey's 18th Birthday

Look at the boys wresting!

Tragedy at the Grocery Store

Early Friday morning there was a huge storm that caused a power outage at the ol' grocery store. The generators kicked in, but they couldnt stay on long enough and about $70,000 of food had to be thrown away. Kinda breaks your heart to look at it.


This is my cousin Johnny. His grandfather painted this picture of him when he was under a year old. Johnny is about 5 now and has grown up to look a lot like the boy in the picture.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Rococo Nighmare Chair

I finally finished the Rococo nightmare chair. It is more comfortable than before and clashes now more than ever with my roommates white minimalist Ikea furniture.

Phil 'n' The Blanks

In the 80's my dad was in a New Wave band called Phil 'n' the Blanks. They were one of the first bands to be on MTV. They didn't make it big outside of Chicago, but my siblings and I loved watching their videos when we were kids. I just put a bunch of them on youtube. Enjoy:

Head Screwed On

Advertising Girl

The National Dance Contest



How It's Done

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Pooping Barbie Dog

Why didn't they have this when I was little? I can just imagine the hours of hilarious poop related play I would have had with this dog and my sister.

First the commercial:

This one is worth watching to the end:

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

More New Signs

A Boring Post About Cheese Curds

Yesterday I went to the farmer's market and had unusual varieties of apples and cheese curds for lunch. It was beautiful and delicious. It's hard to find cheese curds outside of Wisconsin because they don't keep very well and they loose their "squeak".

More about cheese curds

Band Names

Kent's band needs a new name. Their current name (Anne's Pants) is so lame that his friends won't go and see him play. Here are the suggestions he's gotten so far:

Sissy Fist (sounds like Sisyphus, the king from Greek mythology who was punished by being cursed to roll a huge boulder up a hill throughout eternity).

Brisket (sort of vague, would work if they were Jewish)

The Timbertoes (the cartoon about a wooden family, featured in the Highlights for Children magazine)

Upsie Downs and the Rockabilly Retards

The Tough Skins (a brand of colorful pants sold at Sears in the 60's, specialized in husky sizes)

Metal Ruler (not really appropriate as they are not a metal band)

Do you have any suggestions?

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

New Signs

Roy Andersson

Ingmar Bergman once said that Roy Andersson makes the best commercials in the world:

They are pretty good. His film "You, the Living" looks pretty good too:

Monday, August 06, 2007

Satin Chairs

I've always loved satin chairs. I am currently trying to reupholster mine and instead of looking like this:

It has turned into a Rococo nightmare:

Kent news

Brick and I went to see Kent's band play.

Here is Kent if you forgot:

Kent is going to start painting with me and it's very exciting. His style can be described as tender-pop. This image from a 1956 issue of Jack and Jill has inspired him.

Yard Art Update

So the brilliant child who set up all those figurines in his yard has done it again. This time his parents built a low wall around their flower garden and let him permanently set his animals in place.

Creepy Photography

Here are some creepy portraits. Who ever took them and the people that bought them thought they were cute. I walk past these all the time during my lunch break.