slow your roll

I have stumbled upon the work of Ky Anderson recently and it’s been one of my favorite things I’ve seen in a while:

99.9% of the time I am really unhappy about how my wrist is still not fully healed.  There is that .1% of me, however, that is glad that it makes me slow down.  I have to streamline my current activities because I don’t have the mobility right now.  Did you know how bad multitasking is for you? I read this sort of stuff about the internet and our society and it makes me sad.


not dead (yet)

An update:  After sleeping until 1pm yesterday and coming into work at 2pm, I feel much better!  I still sound like a waitress at a truck stop and hack up a lung every so often, but that’s okay!

The bad news is that I fell off the blogging wagon this week.  I will return on Monday for something a bit more comprehensive.

NEXT WEEK will be the last week of daily posts on marshmellow kisses.

As I have mentioned before, I am starting a second blog that will be updated daily and not have any of my work on it (not a personal blog).  I think it will be really fun.  It’s a blog about works on paper (but not limited to) and is named Brown Paper Bag.  Stayed tuned for all the links and good vibes!

Marshmellow Kisses will be updated on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays with work and other random musings.


over the sickly weekend

If you look at the post below, you can see the fruits of my labor this weekend.  I finished that piece on Saturday night.  Since that time,  I’ve been working on my other blog.  It’s not up yet, but here’s a sneak peak.  My affinity for brown paper bags has led me to name it that, Brown Paper Bag.  The blogs will focus on works on paper, but as you can see I’m not going to limit myself to just that.

There isn’t too much left to do besides figure out the format of the blog, mess around with the links/font and WRITE in it!  I’m really excited.  Stayed tuned.  Coming to you February 15.

This weekend I also got siiiiick.  We’re talking aches and pains, sore throat, coughing.  Lots of coughing.  Most of last night was spent coughing.  Today I am sneezing and am pained every time.   I have been popping tons of throat drops and taking lots of vitamin C.


in progess and blog talk

Wednesday already, huh!  Still chugging along on this piece:

I didn’t add too much to it last night, but there is another part (the giant man – I am redoing him) that I didn’t post.  That will be for FRIDAY, when I finish this.

Also I have been working on another blog to be launched around Valentines Day that won’t really be about me at all, but will be more about works on paper that I like. A more professional blog.  Marshmellow Kisses will still be around, but it won’t be as frequently posted in and will be more personal work than it is now.  Stay tuned!

With the new blog, I’ve been working through wordpress.org rather than wordpress.com.  It’s amazing the amount of content-managed sites that are built using wordpress.org.  Big names – CNN, People.com, etc., all use the wordpress source.


brought to you by css

This isn’t much of a post at all-  I have purchased the option to edit my CSS on my blog, so that’s what I’m going to try and devote most of my day to doing.  Hopefully by the end of this weekend I will have a revamp for my blog.

CSS is fun – pretty easy to learn and powerful!  You should all do yourselves a favor and become quasi-familiar with it.

EDIT: As you can see, the layout is very plain right now and some things break.  I’m working on it!


AOL becomes Aol.

I think a decent blogger is one that is up to the minute on the breaking news.  Look at Perez Hilton, for example.  He’s breaking those stories, probably sitting at his computer all day (having started early in te morning) just so he can be the first to report on a celebrity scoop.

I, unfortunately, am not that sort of blogger.  I’m not sure if it’s quite necessary for the kind of blog I have.  Regardless, I’m sure most of you have seen this out there already, but I find it very compelling so I thought I’d share the link. 

AOL becomes Aol.

The Brand New blog is a blog that compares old logos and idenities with the new redesigned ones.  The link above gives a great analysis of the new logo of AOL-  The company is breaking away from Time Warner (whom its been linked to for many, many years) and on December 10th will be on its own again… with its new logo.  I personally wasn’t crazy for their old logo but really dislike their new one. 

The Aol.  is paired with a myriad of pictures and is revealed through those images (which I find pretty generic and not at all engaging).  A large problem with the idenity in that it is a san-serif font (that anyone with a computer would have), and you’d then be able to slap Aol. onto any number of pictures (as was pointed out in Brand New’s review).  I can just see a site like Something Awful having fun with it. 

What happened to AOL?  I used the program in elementary school and loved it (and will always have a soft spot for my old AOL days)!  I used AOL Instant Messenger up until the time that I left for college.  It sort of dropped off the radar for me.  I moved on.  AOL didn’t really get any better and eventually became a free, probably in attempts to keep up with competitors.  The innovation and magic was gone at this point.  It looks as though that’s trying to be regained, but with this current reveal of their new identity, I’m not impressed.


a look into my reader

The proof is in the pudding, as they say.  If you want to know what I did last night,  look at the top of your screen.  I finished the graphic for the top of my page.

Google Reader is a big part of my weekdays.  I have been a bit better at reading a variety of blogs, but I thought I’d post some blogs that I really enjoy reading.  LINK TIME!

http://www.jonesing-for.com/ – Jonesing For… This is my friend Jessica’s (we went to high school together!) food blog.  She has some great food photography and recipes.  I make a lot of the recipes she posts.

http://seaofshoes.typepad.com/sea_of_shoes/ –  Sea of Shoes… I enjoy this blog because I find the girl, a 17-year-old named Jane, totally ridiculous in a very jealous way.  She wears fabulous clothes and gorgeous shoes.

http://luxirare.com/ – Luxirare… Her attention to detail with clothing and food is awe-inspiring.  And, if you want to laugh, read the comment section.  People WORSHIP her.

http://www.jilliantamaki.com/sketchbook/sketchbook.html – Jillian Tamaki is an illustrator based in New York.  She updates her blog pretty regularly and has some very lovely ink wash sketches, comics about her bad days, and shows her process between initial sketches and finished pieces.

http://grainedit.com/ – Grain Edit… Grain Edit is a blog/site that finds inspiration from vintage posters, books,etc from the 1950’s to the 1970’s.  I love looking at this site for inspiration.  The aesthetics of that time were heavy in to shapes, bold colors, and imagery you just don’t see as much anymore.  It’s updated very frequently as well.

http://www.designiskinky.net – Design is Kinky… A little bit of flavor from Australia.  Illustration and design.

http://www.idsgn.org/posts/ - idsgn… a design blog with a lot of design news and the big things that are going on in the design world.

http://friendsoftype.com/ – Friends of Type… if you like handrawn type, then you’ll probably really enjoy this site.  It’s updated frequently with hand drawn type – mostly phrases and not just the straight alphabet.  It’s a lot of fun.

http://mashable.com/ – Mashable… Mashable is a site dedicated to news about social media.  Up to the minute news about all things Twitter, Facebook, Apple, etc.


twitter

I signed up for an account with Twitter my sophomore year of college – 2006 – for an interactive media class that was all about user interface, social media, among other things.   We had to sign up for an account but we never did anything with it.   I never used it and hardly knew what the site was about.

Fast forward to several months ago when Twitter was becoming really popular.  I remembered about my lonely account and started tweeting again.  I am a fairly casual tweeter.  I don’t do it everyday, and most of my tweets are somewhat vague.  I feel like my twitter self is much more mysterious than my facebook self.    I think that’s why I love the site so much.  Twitter challenges one to creatively update within 140 characters.  How you express yourself is severely limited (unless you put the same thought into multiple tweet, which I don’t care for), so it forces you to be so much more selective in your word selection.  I guess what I’m trying to say about Twitter is that its creativity and customization lies within its constraints.  I enjoy the challenge of wording a sentence (or a thought) within that constraint.  It’s like painting with a limited color palette.

It’s an extremely interactive site and although a simple concept, has really blossomed into something much more complex and interesting.  There are trending topics that users can participate in such as #charitytuesday (people tweeting about charities they support).  People also tweet about the news as its happening, giving their opinions on the situation.  I have generally started looking at Twitter before I’ll look at CNN or NYTimes or something like that.  Twitter feed is more instantaneous and easier for me to navigate.  Since I’ve started doing this, the folks at Twitter have started giving short summaries about the trending topics going on.  If I want to have an idea of what is going on at that second, I go to Twitter.  I also follow news organizations on Twitter, which give me  headlines, too. 

I’ll be curious to see how Twitter continues to reinvent itself as time goes on and continue to keep itself relevant with new social media. 

Also: exciting stuff on the horizon!  Look for it in the coming weeks.


the dynamics of 9-5

saturday

Much to my chagrin, I am at work on a Saturday.  I normally do the 9-5 M-F thing, but circumstances beyond my control have found me to be sitting at my desk on a day I would normally be sleeping.  That, or perusing the farmers’ market for some challah bread for some cinnamon raisin french toast.  I don’t work for the proverbial “man”, though, so I am okay with picking  up the slack once and a while. 

Probably the worst part about working on Saturday is that I won’t see my gtalk regulars.  Gtalk, coupled with facebook and google reader, is a very important part of my work day.  I have people in different time zones that round out the work day nicely; it keeps the conversations fresh.

In the morning, I have my east coast people.  There are a select few that are online when I get in to work, and round out my chatting until lunch tme.

At noon, it’s 9am west coast time.  Stephanie Leung arrives at work and we chat until she leaves to take lunch.  Luckily, Laura Davis usually signs on (since she typically works 12n-8pm west coast time) and helps to finish my work day. 

Gtalk is not just a instant messenger – it is a science. 

I want to do more with my blog.

I really like the internet, social media, and, in general, things that bring people together.  I want to eventually expand this blog, and I have think I have figured out a starting point for it.  It includes:

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google reader

My relationship with Google Reader is a fickle one.  On one hand, I am delighted by its service:  it tracks all my blogs (including blogs of many family and friends) and alerts me immediately after they are updated.  I have a terrible memory and love blogs, so Google Reader is really doing me a favor.  Plus, having this while working at a desk is essential.  The longer my blogreel grows, the less time spent idly browsing Facebook.

Since I started using Reader, though, it has become apparently what kind of material I prefer to read.  A majority of my subscriptions are fashion blogs – more specifically the “what I wore” blogs.  If you aren’t familiar with this format, most entries are of girls posting pictures of what they wear each day, some little quip about the outfit, and then where they got each piece.

My initial curiosity had the best of intentions.  I have so many clothes as it is that I figured it would help me think about what I have and rework outfits. But, as the months have gone by, the opposite has happened.  I have started lusting more and more of what these people are wearing.  My online browsing/real life shopping has greatly increased.  It perpetuates my need for new, shiny clothes.   I find myself adding items to checkout, ready to pile the charges on my credit card.

It’s embarrassing, really.  I should be using Google Reader for good, not feeding my need for spending.  I should be looking to be come more informed about current events!  Using it discover new artist or see what’s happening with the Orphan Works Bill!  Instead, I wait in anticipation for My Style Pill to update.

It’s rather sad, really.

Non-sequitur:  A couple in the apartment complex across the street is either fighting or having an extremely animated conversation.  The man is half-naked as well.  It’s times like this I need binoculars!


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