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I had to drive to Grand Rapids today to get a new title for my van. They have the nearest Secretary of State that can print you out a title right away, instead of having to wait 7 to 10 days. Now that Iíve got it, I have no idea why they canít do this at every office; itís just a laser print.

The new title will go to the new owner; thatís right, Iíve sold my van. I decided to disregard eBay Motors and their $40 insertion charge for selling a vehicle, and just post it in the Everything Else:Weird Stuff:Slightly Unusual category. It seems that people usually just search for what they want anyway, so as long as you have the right keywords it doesnít really matter.

The women who helped me get the title at the Secretary of State was wearing a vest that had a collage of license plates on it.
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While I was in Grands Rapids I picked up some more Gocco ink. This week I made some Moped Army t-shirts with the Gocco printer and they turned out pretty good. I should of made more though, since theyíre all spoken for and we wonít have any to sell at the Stunt Weasel benefit show tomorrow.

I also picked up two cdís Iíve been wanting:

Desaparecidos - Read Music/Speak Spanish


matt pond PA - The Green Fury
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Things to do today yet:

Eat free food
• Modify TCUP to handle keywords better
• Play with Flash XML Object
• Listen to new CDís
• Make the Moped Owners Directory email people appropriately
• Watch the special features on The Graduate DVD

Shirts

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Today, Meredith and I have been together for one wonderful year.


 

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Iíve been starting to get back into ActionScript and Flash again. One thing that has always bugged me about Flash is the way that no matter how nice of code you write, itís scattered around all over the placeómaking updating and debugging harder than they should be. Well, thank god thatís all over with now:

FLEM
Flash API

Iím sitting in my apartment all alone, exclaiming things like yes!, and of course, that makes so much sense! while shooting off enthusiastic emailís to the creators of these fine programming aids. If you program in ActionScript, click the links above.
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I finished reading J.D. Salingerís Nine Stories today. This is a collection of short stories, all originally published in magazines like Harpers or The New Yorker. I can truthfully say that this is the best book Iíve read in a long time.


 

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This weekend was spent in ChicagoóI had some work showing at the Chicago Flash Film Festival. The event was on the top floor of this weird unmarked building in a place called Q Studios. It was kind of shady and rave style; we had a good time though. The festival was better than I thought it would be.

The work I was showing was Pink 46, which unfortunately couldnít be projected like most of the work there. They had two iMac’s running all the interactive pieces, which made them less of an event.

Meredith came along, and we crashed at Ivoís place for the night. This morning we met up with Vanessa for breakfast at Leoís.

Fíing good breakfast.
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Ivo at the California/Milwaukee El' stop

Meredith at the California/Milwaukee El' stop


 

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Last Friday I went to Naytís opening reception at The Space. Heís created a series of small red cubes, mounted on the wall with backlit holes in the front to look into them through. Inside are drawings on red ink. The next two photos are the viewerís perspective looking in, but a lot is lost not being able to see the boxes themselves. Itíll be up all month, go check it out.

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Monday I went to Ann Arbor to visit my brother and see a lecture by William McDonough, an architect who works in eco-friendly ways. Heís actually expanded into other products through his partnership with a Greenpeace activist turned chemist. He makes buildings that generate more energy than they use; cool themselves, etc. - all under budget. He has good ideas, founded in reality, which is refreshing.

My notes from the lecture (which are always a little off from the actual subject matter Iím hearing about) are:

  • What does it meant to be ďnot leavingĒ? What is does it mean to be ďnativeĒ? How do you approach things differently if you have that mindset?
  • Create retroactive design guideline for things you take for granted. I’d expand that to remembering to create design guidelines before starting anything.
  • Read silent spring. Iíve been hearing references to this book for a while, has anyone read this?
  • Commercial buildings designed to convert into living spaces (he does this; really interesting idea)
  • How do you find ďtrue southĒ?

If youíre interested, check out this article in Metropolis.
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So Iíve finally finished the Moped Army website. Whew, now on to other things. Also in Moped Army news, the belt buckles have arrived. Hell yeah.

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Iíve been watching a lot of cable news networks lately. I think this comes from wanting to have something to listen to but not always wanting music. Itís also something I do in the morning to wake myself up. One thing Iíve noticed is that you only really need to check in on the news about once every two days. Anything more than that and youíre just going to hear the same stories and theories repeated over and over again. Itís kind of maddening actually.
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Music Iíve been listening to:

Mates Of State
The Mercury Program
The Gentle Waves
Kind of Like Spitting
Les Savy Fav
Jim OíRourke

Iím going to be in Chicago this weekend. I hope I can find time to get to a record store. Kalamazoo is dying from record store thirst.


 

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