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a lecture + scoops

Today Esteban and I went to a lecture by German painter Charlene Von Heyl who was speaking at the USC Grad Art Department.  Charlene was witty, humorous, and an artist who inspired me to get in the studio and just MAKE.

Having just returned from three months of making work on a prairie Charlene joked, yet sincerely told her audience that SHE WAS NOT HERE TO TALK ABOUT PAINTING.

Her large-scale works are spontaneous but not. abstract but not. subjects but not. Basically, a great big contradiction of sorts that woo the viewer with it’s compelling mysteries.

I fancied her drawings and collages the most.


After the 2-hr lecture, 4 of us met up with my best friend, dancer, Kupono Aweau, who has been on tour with the hit t.v. show So You Think You Can Dance. After a few months on the road, the dance force has returned to where they started, here in L.A.  I squeezed a quick gelato moment in before Kupono leaves for San Diego tomorrow to continue the dance tour.

We enjoyed the funkiest of flavors at Scoops, a one-of-a-kind gelateria on heliotrope and a place girls make their boyfriends treat them to after a bad fight :/


Est and I had the olive oil+salty white chocolate, Kupono had his mango+zinfandel+lychee combo, former Miss Hawaii sisters, Jonelle and Ashley Layfield also had their choice of flavors.  Jonelle mixed cofee, coconut, rum, and brown bread, while Ashley went with the chocolate mollasses which when eaten tasted exactly like a ranch or as she put it “saddle”.  The tastes were right-on, and we enjoyed our individual amalgamations very much so.

Today was good. mmm.



murder for ratings.

I can’t believe it.


In TV world, there are an unlimited amount of choices– from reality TV to Martha Stewart the field is open, there’s a channel for everybody. But for producers out there: RATINGS ARE ALMOST ALL THAT MATTER. One particular team of producers in Brazil have taken ratings to another level and there take on it has got to be one of the most absurd/intense attempts at rate-boosting we have EVER heard of.

Here’s the story:

Sao Paulo– In one murder after another, the “Canal Livre” crime TV show had an uncanny knack for being first on the scene, gathering graphic footage of the victims of each crime. Too uncanny, say police, who are investigating the show’s host, state legislator Wallace Souza, on suspicion of commissioning at least five of the murders to boost his ratings and prove his claim that Brazil’s Amazon region is awash in violent crime. Police also have accused Souza of drug trafficking.

“The order to execute always came from the legislator and his son, who then alerted the TV crews to get to the scene before the police,” state police intelligence chief Thomaz Vasconcelos charged in an interview with The Associated Press.

The killings of competing drug traffickers, he said, “appear to have been committed to get rid of his rivals and increase the audience of the TV show.”


Enough said.

To read more follow this link http://www.wral.com/news/national_world/world/story/5774708/

gimme cucumbers *

Japan has done it again– having come up with another wonderful gadget for our world and this time it has to do with hearts, stars, and cucumbers. Yeah, that’s what I said…CUCUMBERS.


Here’s how it works:

When the cucumber is still small it is put into a heart shaped container and allowed to grow. In Japan they call it heart-stick and it can be found in supermarkets throughout Tokyo Midtown, Ropongi. Stars and Hearts appear when you cut the cucumbers and these shaped veggies can be used in your favorite stir-fry, or for the child in all of us it’s a perfect memento reminding us of how fun snacks can be!



Stay off your feet


a collection of odd footwear

Sandals, Flip flops, bare-feet: the LA heat allows many of us to wear things we would otherwise not be permitted to prance around in. In honor of LA weather, I’d like to share some odd footwear I’ve discovered…perhaps even keeping you off your feet and in a pool wearing nothing but your own footsies instead.

Enjoy the selected oddities, and DO BRACE YOURSELF.




What a way to go. A July flashback.
A 29-year-old man suffered a horrifying death when he fell into a vat of molten chocolate in mid-July.

Timothy Smith II of Camden, N.J., suffered fatal injuries after falling into an 8-foot mixing vat when he was loading chocolate at a Cocoa Services, Inc., plant in Camden. Smith, a temporary worker, was hit by the mixer’s agitator. Camden County officials say a co-worker shut down the machine and two others tried to pull him out, but it was too late.

And for the oh-so-curious…the chocolate was Hershey’s bound.

dining in the dark

Last night my friends and I ate in the dark (purposefully) at the LA restaurant OPAQUE.



Instructed to take off all watches, turn off all cell phones so as not to light up a single object in the room, we were in for quite an experience. At first, we made simple mistakes: picking up balls of butter in place of olives and tipping over a glass of wine. But this was all part of the bizarre experience. As explained by one of them, the food was tastier than ever because there were no distractions. All of the waitstaff are legally blind, maneuvering through the space with ease and grace! By the end of the evening one of them jokingly said that everything had soon become “finger food”.

I recommend this to anyone who wants to have a fine dine.

Dark dining restaurants are located in Paris, London and all over Europe and China. The first one was opened in Zurich by a blind minister. Menus are useless so diners order before going in. Three courses cost about $100, plus dry cleaning ; ) seeing that you’ll probably leave with some pasta sauce on your collar or lap!

8401 Sunset blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90069
(800) 710-1270
Open Daily 7pm-10:30pm

I’m so goth, even my t.p. is black! :_(

…at around $7 a roll for this toilet paper the results are almost as useful as a chalk drawing on white paper. And how can you tell what’s there and what’s NOT?

The elasticity of toilet paper’s price is a favorite topic amongst economists—but that’s not really what we’re here for {*BORING*}.

We’re here to say OMG OMG this toilet paper is $7 a roll! Either that’s really cool (the fact that one could indulge so much in such a stupid area) or it’s really terrible/totally crazy AND stupid that such a thing exists. But in the end someone probably has to do this…I’m sure somewhere out there exists the world’s most expensive blog…

Sometimes people with too much money are dumb? And sometimes dumb ideas make people rich?

I wanna know: HOW TO hold a snake

yes, a snake.

snake1. Um, it’s pretty common sense. Get some HELP people. If the snake is over 6 feet long, you’ll need another person there for sure. Many deaths and injuries are caused by a person trying to handle a large snake; if the snake gets scared, it may constrict, and you will need someone else to help get it off. If you’re smaller than average in stature, don’t even handle a 4-5 ft snake on your own.

2. So you wanna wash your hands before handling your snake. If you have scents on you that the snake may mistake for food smells, you could get a feeding response. (Uh Oh!) Snakes are not very bright and if your hand smells like your pet kitty then it may think it is a juicy tasty CAT.

3. Announce your presence. SCREAM if you gotta! Whatever you do you don’t want to surprise the snake when you reach in to pick it up, so use a combination of sound and touch to let the snake know you’re there. Gently tap the cage and look for a tongue flick to indicate that the snake senses something. Then touch the snake’s body gently (not the head).

4. This also ensures that the snake is awake. The best time to handle a snake is during a time of day when it is lethargic…sleepy eyes let you know it ; )

*TIP* Avoid handling a snake that’s just eaten or is about to shed.

5. Lift the snake. Slip one hand about 1/3 of the way down the snake’s body and begin to lift it up slowly. Put your other hand under the last 1/4 of the snake to support its weight fully. If it’s a constrictor snake, it’s likely wrap its tail around your wrist and forearm; let it do this. Just make sure it doesn’t coil around both hands, your neck, or your chest.

6. As you’re holding the snake, you can move around, just move slowly to avoid startling it. Stay calm and relaxed. Snakes like warm places so they might like to crawl under and around your shirt, it’ll be ok though. If your snake attempt to crawl onto a part of your body where you do not want it to go, or if it attempts to climb off of you, gently slide your hand under the snake and reposition its body till you feel fine again.

7. Keep the petting session short. Snakes are not social animals. A snake sees petting differently than dogs and cats. Prolonged handling can be stressful to them. Keep your petting sessions to 10-30 minutes a day. If you hold the snake too much it will get stressed.

8. Return your snake to its cage by slowly lowering it in. Let it move out of your hands to a branch or the cage on its own. Secure the lid when you are done, since snakes can be great escape artists.

9. Wash your hands again. Reptiles can carry germs that are not safe for humans. Immediately wash your hands when you are done handling your snake.

oh my, BIGFOOT!

BIGFOOT the truck
Bob Chandler, YOU BIG MAN YOU!

A former construction worker from the St. Louis, Missouri, Bob Chandler began building the first Bigfoot in 1975. We’re not talking about some mytholgical beast with fur, this ‘Bigfoot’ is THE orignal monster truck.

It’s so good!

IT makes the family smile (wife & kidz)bigfoot1

IT keeps a MAN working bigfoot2


GIVE me more!