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October: Craigslist

1 Oct

So, as a person looking for both a job and a place to live, I’ve been spending a lot of time on this here website:

craigslist

When I’m feeling optimistic, Craigslist seems like the starting point for all sorts of potential stories, a great job I could get, a cool house I could live in, all these potential connections with interesting people just waiting to be made. Other days it’s a giant red flag factory full of sketchy “modeling” opportunities, people who have no idea how to pay for creative work, and barely-suppressed hostility. And sometimes you reach out but just never hear back.

But even when nothing good comes of Craigslist, it’s still a fascinating cross-section of the human experience. It could be a great place to launch a social experiment or participatory art project, or just gawk at the weirdos posting missed connections.

Good luck and welcome back!

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The Native

5 Jan

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Warm up those character generators my friends, because this year’s first prompt is The Native.
I’m currently out here in Clyde Park, Montana (i.e. middle of bumfuck nowhere) for a friend’s wedding that happened yesterday in Yellowstone. The temperature this morning was 0 degrees fahrenheit, there’s very little in the department of edible shrubbery, and I’m wondering one thing: HOW the DICKENS did people survive in this god-forsaken region of the planet?!
Turns out they didn’t just survive, but the natives of this area eventually found a pretty efficient way of life. But they were entirely molded by their environment, and there’s no question that they were a hardy breed of people because of it.
Native is definitely a relative term, and I think we’re all most certainly shaped by our environment in one way or another. But I think the concept definitely lends itself to some interesting character possibilities, so have fun with this prompt!

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Pictured: Not a native.

Guess Who Came to Christmas Dinner?

2 Dec

Christmas Final

December is here, and that can only mean one thing: Christmas. And that can only mean one thing: Christmas dinner. And that can only mean one thing: oddballs you may have never met or may be related to showing up to eat with you. Of course, all of those things can mean other things as well, but that’s not the point. Yes, this month’s prompt has a little bit of a tighter focus. Because while I think it’s cool to see what an extremely vague prompt will lead to, sometimes creativity blossoms most when held within certain constraints. And I phrased it in the past tense because by the time these go up Christmas will have already passed. So ruminate on a bizarre houseguest you may shudder or guffaw or marvel at their appearance at your solstice feast, or just take a photo of the weird uncle you didn’t know you had drinking straight from the gravy boat. And most importantly, have a merry Christmas!

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Dissonance in the Desert

1 Nov

Dissonance in the Desert

this picture turned out pretty cool considering I did it on late notice! A lot of the bits were inspired by my friends and also I had been thinking that it should have something related to the podcast “Welcome To Nightvale” (which you should definitely check out is you haven’t heard of it) The story depends on a lot of dissonant ideas so and I’d been listening to it a lot so I was glad I was able to get the desert feel as well as that bright fuschia color in the sound wave. Also the left foot purposely has six toes… to add to the strangeness…

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dissonance

6 Oct

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a : lack of agreement; especially : inconsistency between the beliefs one holds or between one’s actions and one’s beliefs — compare cognitive dissonance
b : an instance of such inconsistency or disagreement
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: a mingling of discordant sounds; especially : a clashing or unresolved musical interval or chord

So we just got back to school and it the first days back have been wonderful, it’s like we’re a family that has been separated against our will for the past three months, and the first day was like no time had past at all. Then as the days went on we began to feel the pull of little discrepancies, the changes that had happened in people’s lives over the summer, little changes like haircuts and weight loss, and bigger weirder unmentionable occurrences too. And while everything’s back to how it was in June, it’s also not. But nothing’s really interesting if it is always the way you know and love it to be and sometimes a little bit of dissonance can be intriguing and exciting. Dissonance can turn something that’s normally beautiful into something grotesque, or something plain into something stunningly gorgeous. So this month I’d like you to think about dissonance, maybe tweaking things out of the norm into something uncomfortable or maybe something better than before. For aural inspiration I’d like to provide you with a bit of Gypsy Jazz played by The Hot Club of San Francisco, who came to our school and performed and jamming concert last night. Jazz often uses dissonance to add spice to a song and while I don’t like spicy food I do like me some spicy music.

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I Scream, Man

31 Jul

I Scream, Man

I’m sorry if looked at this before going to sleep.

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June:Chance

1 Jun

June:Chance

a : something that happens unpredictably without discernible human intention or observable cause
b : the assumed impersonal purposeless determiner of unaccountable happenings : luck
c : the fortuitous or incalculable element in existence : contingency
2
: a situation favoring some purpose : opportunity
3
: a fielding opportunity in baseball
4
a : the possibility of a particular outcome in an uncertain situation; also : the degree of likelihood of such an outcome
b plural : the more likely indications
5
a : risk
b : a raffle ticket
— chance adjective
— by chance
: in the haphazard course of events