People I Would Like to Steal From

October 31, 2006 at 8:38 pm (Uncategorized)

 I would love to have more visual content on here, but I am a sucky photographer and much too inept with Illustrator and the like to make funky graphics with ease and skill. So it would be so easy to find  fabulously talented artists and STEAL everything I could ever want. But I’m much too soft for that. Bigger companies I’m just scared of (they can track me down at night when I’m not wearing my tin foil hat), and individual little artistlets are just too fluffy to offend. So while I wait for everybody I like to get on Creative Commons or some other smooch-friendly deal, here’s a few links to funkiness. I’ll just pretend they’re actually on the blog and everything will be JUST FINE. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Monkey Employment Classification System

October 31, 2006 at 4:07 pm (work)

Charlton Heston and “Friend”

The MECS is not a system for classifying simian acitivities, but my very own ranking system for jobs, based on our friends, the monkeys. As famously not pointed out by Charlton Heston, monkeys are dangerous if armed, but they also offer important services for today’s busy executive. The MCES system is as follows: Read the rest of this entry »

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Three things today

October 30, 2006 at 10:00 pm (work)

1. Nerds with power. Scary.

2. I have found a job that incorporates several elements from my perverse childhood fantasies: a) lots of typing, b) getting up at strange hours, and c) categorising and/or organising. Also featuring later favourite, grammar-nazism. I’m finding it a little disturbing how well I’m adjusting to Dilbertistan.

3. Is it just me or is WordPress (fabulous though it is in many ways amen) slow?

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Cosmetics of Evil

October 7, 2006 at 12:09 am (politics)

My friend recently directed me to an ancient link about the labour practices of the cosmetics company Lush Canada. The article featured in a 2000 issue of A-infos, “a multi-lingual new source by, for, and about anarchists” (let the reader beware), and states that the workers at the Lush Canada manufacturing centre went on strike when their employer said they could not organise and actually fired some of the workers for joining a labour union. Allegedly. Read the rest of this entry »

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Eläkeläinen muistelee: Yliopisto

September 26, 2006 at 2:12 pm (Uncategorized)

Varoitus: Tällä ei ole mitään tekemistä Kalervo Palsan kanssa.

Varoitus 2: Kirjoittaja on akateemisesti koulutettu helsinkiläinen elitisti. Kirjoitus saattaa sisältää luokkasokeutta. “Yliopisto” tarkoittaa “Helsingin yliopisto”.

Kirjoitan tätä yliopiston koneella Humanistisen tiedekunnan kirjastossa. En voi olla miettimättä miten minusta sittenkin tuli tällainen ikuisuusopiskelija joka ilman mitään näkyvää syytä kuluttaa (n) vuotta elämänsä parasta aikaa tekemällä maisterintutkintoa. Nyt haluasinkin jakaa nuoremmalle sukupolvelle mietintöjäni. Oppikaa virheistäni, nuoret! Read the rest of this entry »

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Au revoir, Paris

September 11, 2006 at 3:09 am (knits, travel)

Le Maupertu

Just got back from Paris, and decided to open a flickr account to celebrate! Look at me, all Web 2.0-ing like it’s hip.

Tomorrow – New York! I’m planning to fight for my right to knit the Knitty “I Do” shrug on the plane with my safe, cuddly, non-threatening bamboo circulars. I mean, they’re bamboo! I bet the plane will have better karma for allowing bamboo as carry-on. Mm, bamboo.

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Tools of Procrastination: Webcomics

August 21, 2006 at 1:27 pm (web stuff)

There’s something very special about web comics. I used to think that part of the excitement of reading alt.comix type stuff was that they were difficult to get, the paper was a certain (usually cheap) kind, and the ink slightly smudgy. Rather like a die hard LP maniac tilting against CD’s, I thought comics on the web would be a sad and clinical affair – or just plain pointless. My first contact with webcomics was at school, must’ve been around 1995, when I found somebody’s bizarre art project about burning witches. I was not convinced.
Later I’ve come to love looking through comic artists’ webrings and collectives, because more often than not you find something interesting – check out KeenSpot or Blank Label Comics. Some of the comics, like Wapsi Square or the delightful gaijin-manga MegaTokyo, maintain that classic pen-on-paper look that can be so endearing (you can actually imagine the artist swearing and erasing and swearing and white-outing and swearing and scanning and swearing and tweaking). Others are unabashedly computer-generated, like retro-pixel creation Diesel Sweeties.

In my opinion, some webcomics work as paper versions, but somehow few paper comics work on the web. Take my beloved Too Much Coffee Man – it just isn’t the same! Ditto Red Meat. Also they try to guilt you into buying the books which kind of ruins the fun.

Anyway. Webcomics – it’s almost like reading.

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August 20, 2006 at 11:22 pm (Uncategorized)

I’m still rather finding my feet with the editor here. Started a new page to keep things neat and separate – the Results page is for stuff that I’ve made and want to make a record of. At this point it’s mostly knitting. Other things may follow. I like the idea of having separate pages, with the main page functioning more like a directory. Music page may have to be added. It is also starting to seem that I cannot escape Flickr much longer – I’d love to have a place to dump my photos where the people in them could see them but others would not have endless drunken low-lit snapshots of strangers inflicted on them. The least I should do is learn photoshop or equivalent.

Title of the post is from A.S. Byatt’s Babel Tower.

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Needless to say

August 19, 2006 at 9:28 pm (Uncategorized)

Everyone has a blog these days. Why? This is what I intend to find out. Is it the titillation of revealing your journal to the world or the ego-stroking rush of seeing your brain-baby in what has at least partially replaced print? Or something else entirely?

My attempts at keeping journals have been sporadic at best, often because I haven’t wanted to imagine an audience for my writing. I’ve always made a point of writing for the sake of writing, which of course often makes for unintelligible ramblings, incomplete sentences, and utterly obscure references. So this is my attempt to explore blogging as a way of keeping a journal. And I still find it impossible to imagine an audience beyond future me.

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