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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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:
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!