Monday, June 27, 2005

inside the fish

because even i'm getting tired of all the nostalgia, i thought i'd call the attention of the fish to a few things i've been following on & off for some time.

a kind of character sketch:
i don't remember where i heard about the snowsuit effort, but it was definitely in the blogosphere somewhere, so i apologize for not giving credit.
i definitely want this one noticed though, intellectual copyright or no.
i used to make a point to talk as extensively as possible (e.g. however long i could stand it before really weird things would happen) to the local homeless population. i haven't really discovered one here in SI, & Manhattan ones are kinda a species of their own whose language i haven't learned yet. but in Atlantic City & New Brunswick i became very familiar with Crazy Bob on his bicycle, Crazy Mary for 50 cents or a dollar, Rocking-back-and-forth Man who talked to angels, & so on. & i've been known to trade cigarettes to strangers in exchange for taking their photo. but i've never really combined the two--& the Snowsuit Effort (wherever did the title come from) has been more than a little inspiring in that regard.


Rocking-back-and-forth Man.

it's not what it sounds like:
i'm at the point now where i don't listen to the radio, unless i'm in oldben's car & he's got the XM on, & i don't read Rolling Stone or any other music mags with the occasional exception of the slightly more credible CMJ, because i'm sick to death of crappy music, & hearing about crappy music, especially when there seems to be so much good music out there.
The Shins Will Change Your Life is an ongoing tribute to the hype that miasmically pours out of music critics like a drainspout out of the mouth of a gargoyle. if you read too much of it you have to occasionally remind yourself that these reviews were meant, in their original context, to be taken seriously.

snail-mail confessionals:
call it the renaissance of the postcard. me, i have a thing for postcards, & though my collection isn't on display at the moment, i've recently given some serious thought as to what i could do with it. some of this is the result of Post Secret, one of the most innovative things to be done with blogs so far, in my opinion. have a deep dark secret? something you'll never tell, except...maybe...you've thought about it...in perfect anonymity?
create a bit of art with it. design a post card to your secret. mail it in. say 5 hail marys & be absolved...

everyone does it:
everyone with a camera, anyway. The Mirror Project is an interesting experiment in self-portraiture & a fascinating glimpse into the way humans view themselves. & in case you're wondering, no, i haven't submitted yet. there's a particular photo i've been offhandedly looking for...

repeating myself:
i know i've mentioned them before, but in my mind anything that makes me feel even slightly politically empowered is refreshing. so: if you live in the states, investigate True Majority (founded by the inimitable Ben of Ben & Jerry's) & Save Our Environment. both organizations will send missives to our governing body on a variety of concerns. admittedly they both have a liberal bent, but, really, the environment's for everybody, right? all the fishies on this planet...

edit: there was one more i forgot to mention. there's a groovy website called graffiti archeology--which i can't seem to spell to my satisfaction right now--which has images of certain walls & underpasses over time. navigating the site's a bit tricky at first (at least for me) but worth it.
end transmission: 4:19 pm. excuse me there's something i must attend to.

7 little fish:

Blogger Carl V. swam up to say...

The Snowsuit Effort is a really great site. The pictures are very well done as are the little quotes from the person. Very interesting site.

I'd seen the postcards site before (I collect postcards as well) and its interesting but the cynic in me wonders just how many are "real" and how many are made up just for their shock value.

2:34 PM  
Blogger theleftsock swam up to say...

the images on that blog are....intense.

3:38 PM  
Blogger jenn see swam up to say...

i told them.
buggrit, buggrit, millenium hand and shrimp.

3:51 PM  
Blogger banzai cat swam up to say...

heh. though i don't collect postcards, i do appreciate and enjoy the effort in writing and mailing such things in an internet age. ditto with customized stationery for letters.

but then again, after reading nick bantock's "griffin and sabine", how can you not be inspired to take up such an effort?

unfortunately, my last partner swore me off so i've stopped doing so. ah well, such is life...

2:27 AM  
Blogger jenn see swam up to say...

carl v: i like to think that if someone goes to the effort to create the postcard & mail it in, then the statement contained therein is, if not true, than at least of importance to the designer. otherwise, why bother?

& what strikes me about them, & adds to the intensity, is that they all sound plausible, if odd or disturbing.

banzai: griffin & sabine? don't believe i know that one...

10:54 AM  
Blogger theleftsock swam up to say...

imitating life imitating art imitating life. my dreams have been haunting me and i cant sleep. i hate it when that happens.

1:48 PM  
Blogger jenn see swam up to say...

i was just thinking about dreams...have you tried counting sheep?

(sorry. had to.)

2:00 PM  

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