Saturday, May 24, 2008

38. Momentous Occasion

We've been testing Frank with the bark collar for just over a week now. Soren graciously volunteered to let us crate him at his apartment until we could be sure it was working. I wasn't terribly happy with the tape recorder I bought, so Matt rigged a baby monitor set up out of our cell phones. That way we'd know right away if he started barking, and we wouldn't have to spend hours listening to a tape playback. It's free for Matt and I to call each other, so we left my phone on speaker near the front of Frank's crate connected to Matt's phone, which he listened to with his Bluetooth headset. Also, to be certain that we'd know if the call dropped, and to keep the dogs company, we left the tv playing in the background.

Frank has passed every single test with flying colors. Not one bark in any of the times we've monitored him.

Today is the first day I have ever left my dog crated at home without getting a noise complaint. We took a bus to the U-District and were gone for three hours. And in three hours of Matt wearing his headset, all he heard was the television. Frank was silent the entire time.

I'm so proud of my dog. After two and a half years, he finally, finally gets it. I have my freedom back. No more worrying about leaving him in a hot car, or having to microwave a snuggle disc to keep the floor of his crate warm in winter. No more stressing over how I was going to come up with money for boarding, or having to drop him off with Soren before we can go out. No more screaming monster in my back seat while I'm trying to drive.

I'm free!

I feel a celebration is in order. It's a good thing I picked gold as my color for Meghann's monochrome party tonight...because today, nothing but champagne will do.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

37. Art Thief

Some people collect things like commemorative plates, or baseball cards, or other items which may attain some form of monetary value later on. Despite the appearance of my home, I hate any form of clutter, or clinging to items which serve no purpose. Unless those items happen to be so entirely awesome that their uselessness is canceled out by their coolness, like my turquoise rotary phone. The phone is actually still functional, except that I had my land line shut off, leaving it to exist as nothing more than a conversation piece. Though, I'm not sure it would even spawn a terribly interesting conversation. But it's really cool, so I don't care.

What I do collect is random images found lying around the internets. They tend to be pieces of art which I'd love to own in real life but couldn't possibly afford, or scribblings I just liked enough to save and look at occasionally. Most of them I saved and have no idea who the artist even is, or where I found them, as a great deal of them came up on really random image searches. I could probably figure it out, but I'm not going to bother right now.

These are some of my favorites:

This one I found posted on some modern design blog, but I don't remember what it was in reference to.

This one I believe, came from Flickr. I have it saved as "Robot Parade", but I have no idea if that was the actual title, or just what I saved the file as. I love the perspective, and saved him as an inspiration for possible future robot creations.

This is by an artist named Tim Biedron. It's called "Samuel and His New Haircut". I am particularly fond of the colors on his paintings, and the twisted proportions of the faces.

This is also by Tim Biedron. He does a lot of drawings and paintings, but he's also a tattoo artist. I love his pieces. They're beautiful. You can see the rest of his art here.

I have no idea where this came from. I assume it was made on a computer, but it looks like permanent marker, which I am quite enamored with. Which is part of what I like so much about Meghann's artwork.

I also do not know where this came from or who the artist is. I saved it as "Cricksipper Turnip", which I know I wouldn't have come up with, so I assume that's the actual title. I like it because it looks like something from a Dr. Seuss book.

This came from The artwork is what I picture to be the lovechild of really old Looney Toons and Tim Burton.

"Mr. Lamprey, Gentleman", by my friend John Schulz. I had originally intended to purchase this painting from him for $200, but someone else snagged it out from under me. In the end, it worked out ok, because I still got one of his paintings, only even better, it was free (thank you Janelle!). "At Your Service" hangs proudly in my living room, and I love it just as much.

This was actually a tattoo idea, though I doubt I'll ever do it. I'm not even sure it would come out well considering how detailed it is.
"Alice in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking Glass" are two of my favorite books of all time. This edition is from 1907, and is one of my favorite versions of the Alice illustrations. The artist is Arthur Rackham, and you can see the rest of the plates from the book here. I also really love the first edition Alice illustrations though, which were done by Sir John Tenniel.

Again, I don't know where I found this; I emailed it to myself from work.

This is by the same artist. I wish I had her hair. Desperately. I like the M.C. Escher quality these have as well.

Finally, "Get Up Mr. Blue". It's one of my very favorites. I don't actually know that that's the title, but I love him. No idea who the artist was. I like that because of the ink dots, Mr. Blue can be alive or dead. He's either got two eyes closed, or he can sort of be facing the viewer with small dot eyes open and a strange beaky mouth.

That's all for now...