Friday, August 28, 2009

Machine Lights and SciFi Tables

. Friday, August 28, 2009

Keeping with my theme of quasi-organic things , presenting Machine Lights, by Frank Buchwald, a freelance artist/designer out of Berlin German who has been focusing on lighting design exclusively since 2002.

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In Buchwald's own words:

For me, the idea of the machine lights developed over many years of dealing with the nature of modern technology, especially the mechanical artefacts of the industrial age. It is associated for me with the realization that an independent reality which withdraws itself from human access, exists behind the manifest appearances of mechanical objects and secretly determines the world of the machines. …

A common mistake of our time is the belief that machines are solely products and artefacts of human planning, design, and manufacture. Working on the machine lights was for me a guarantor and a constantly new examination of something hidden that interweaves and shapes the sphere of the machine like a secret principle…

The last piece is not part of the Machine Light per say, it's an earlier work, that resembles a bucket loader, to me at least.

I included it as a non-organiceque example of Buchwald's work that is still true to his philosophy that machines are beings with their own nature.

To see more of his work, visit his website.

The next piece comes from Sam Hewitt, a newly minted craftsmen out of the University of Lincoln(UK) with a degree in furniture design titled the SciFi Coffee Table.

I like the contrasts, notice the use of new technology (laser engraving) for the engraving vs. the traditional fan construction in the door.

Not-so Organic Flora


Did you know your not-always-friendly neighbourhood catgirl is drawing flowers? I really am, but not like that, it's from the Inorganic Flora series by Japanese illustrator Macoto Murayama, done in Adobe Illustrator.

I went through a digital art phase back in high school, but alas, life is all about choices. When you are 5-12 you dream of being a catgirl warrior princess/star athlete/super model/fashion designer/ vet /doctor/Goddess but as you get older you come to the sad realization that there are just not enough hours in the day to develop all your talents and not die of exhaustion/lose your sanity..... Not that I've ever been stable........

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Happy Women's Equality Day Mr. Kennedy, thank you and rest well.

. Wednesday, August 26, 2009

On this day (August 26) in 1920, the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote became law, Ted Kennedy had nothing to do with that, but he was instrumental in getting Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 passed.

Most people think of women's sports when Title IX is mentioned, and while high school and university athletics owe their existence to it, the law is much broader - covering everything from discrimination in fields such as science and medicine to other aspects of academic life such as access to health care and dormitory facilities.

My mother may have never become a doctor if it were not for Title IX, so she would of never met my father, and *poof* out of the realm of possibilities I go.

My interest in volleyball began when I was 11 years old during a family bike ride through North Avenue beach and came across a pro-volleyball tournament, dad asked if I wanted a better view and that's all she wrote. I probably would have never played high school volleyball if it were not for that random event, which would have never happened without title IX. So even if my parents did meet and have me, I would not be the same me.

Why does it matter? Obama plays basketball, never professionally or even as a college athlete, but its part of what makes him who he is. If he were a different person, would he still have become president?

And so ends one not-always-friendly neighbourhood catgirl's tribute to Edward Moore Kennedy, no sorrows as Hey We All Die Sometimes.

A not so new take on erotica.


I came across this while viewing the “The Ten Best Sex Toys” slide show in The Independent Monday.

Most of the items are overly refined takes on rather conservative stand bys (I guess hello kitty vibrators and triple penetration strap-on contraptions entries would be a tad much for prime time), but the Hot and Cold Ceramic Dildo, pictured left, caught my eye.

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Hot and Cold Ceramic Dildo - £109
Created in collaboration with ceramist Adele Brydges, this is an unusually sightly dildo, sealed at one end with a removable cork (just add cold or hot water in order to achieve the desired temperature).

The teaser was enough for me enough to find out more about the company that offered it, Coco de Mer , which turns out to be the world's first luxury erotica boutique founded and headquartered in London 's Covent Garden neighbourhood, with a US presence in West Hollywood, California and a soon to be open flag ship store in NYC.

While the "perversions" of the "aristocracy" are the stuff of legends, until recent decades, they too had to shop at seedy shops in the "bad" part of town, making do with low quality goods, not any more, perhaps we have finally reached the point where the fetishdom seen so often on the runways and in avant-garde photo shoots has come to high street

Luxury erotica boutiques are not your father's porn shop, nor your perpetually quasi-broke anti-establishment older brother/sister's head/punk/grunge shops, or even the brick and mortar outlets of the erotic E-tailers found on the web, they feature high quality goods ranging from designer lingerie and sex toys that double as works of art to rare books and salon culture in a very up scale atmosphere, espousing sexual empowerment, social activism, fair trade and environmental responsibility.

Jade Engraved Dragon Dildo £169
Jade has always been associated with sexuality and was traditionally offered to the gods as a symbol of enduring love

Catgirl: I'm soo getting one when they are back in stock.
Double Ended Dildo £800
Beautiful Hand Blown Glass double ended dildo by St Martins graduate Shiri Zinn.

Here is where they can use Catgirl and friends as technical advisors, look at the "stops" on that thing -just say NO to sharp edges.
Lizard Print Spanking Paddle £45
Coco de Mer's own spanking paddle, is made from exquiste navy blue leather with a beautiful lizard print. Heighten the experience with matching bindfold, cuffs, or flogger...

Serving Suggestion: Apply with vigour to the lower, fleshy part of the bottom to excite the erogenous zones. Vary the pressure of the spanking to keep your lover on their toes.

If you expand the picture by clicking you will notice it has a pattern, if you smack your victim....I mean parter correctly it transfers to their bum, so watch what you wear the next day:D

As the market is still new, and hopefully growing, there is plenty of room for new designers; Michael Brown's Dildo Shoes came to mind. The straps upon the forefoot, are made from black patent leather, and egg shell finish cream. to create a stunning contrast. The spikes are in two lengths, and can be interchanged, with just screwing them off and change them.

Talk about fetishware, En pointe shoes with functional dildo heels.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Random bunny post!

. Sunday, August 23, 2009

How many baby bunnies do you see in the picture above?

Saturday, August 22, 2009

The old woman and the water bottle

. Saturday, August 22, 2009

I decided to run down to the coffee shop this morning and visit with Jen as I have been spending most of my summer on the north side with volleyball and nana visiting.

Business is brisk on weekend mornings, as we have a great gimmick - Lexi the communal baby! People hang out in the shop just to watch Lexi run around, squeal really really loud, and answer NO to everything they say. Babies are soooo cute when they are not yours, ya hang out with them until they wear you out, then you give them back to their parents, everybody wins!

Soo I am sitting with Lexi the communal baby, who insists on slobbering all over my water bottle even though the shop has a million cups, including at least 4 of her own, and this old lady (who looked remarkably like the one depicted in the cartoon) starts going off about how stupid people are for carrying bottles everywhere like babies, how we are not going to die of thirst, how she is 74 years old ,and how generations of people got along just fine without them.

She then proceeded to comment on my unkempt hair, running outfit, running in general, colleges(I had on a U of Chi hoodie), asks about what I’m studying, which I simplified down to medicine, prompting her to go on this long triad against doctors ,how stupid they are , and how her sister is languishing in Athens, Greece as all the doctors have left the city because of the heat(don’t know, don’t wanna know, it would probably cost me IQ points)

Now I am use to people, usually guys, striking up inane conversations with me, but old people are the worst, but it’s never about the water bottle, or the doctors, or whatever the inane bitch of the day is, anymore than The Old Man and The Sea is about the marlin.

For the record, I hate Hemmingway; to me he’s an idiot savant who articulated the essence of redneck existence that he exemplified and tried to make it sound noble. I’m pretty sure he figured out that mentality is a load of rubbish, which is why he chose to go out the way he did, BUT his writing does illustrate the thinking patterns of those who share those values.

According to them, life is suppose to be this long hard road you are to drag your rugged cross down, and gosh darn it not only are young people refusing to drag crosses like the generations that came before them, they are *running* down a paved road with water bottles that spare them from the thirst(trials and tribulations) they had to endure.

But it’s more than that, we are Santiago’s boy - the living, breathing personification of life in all her glory, only instead of being servants, we are the center of attention and admiration, instead of revering them for their exemplary adherence to traditional values and their perseverance, we do not comprehend the meaning of their sacrifices, and go on to ignore, ridicule and pity them.

I do not wish to imply that the above is applicable to all elderly people, it is not, but I believe that it does include a substantial percentage of them, and I have no idea how to fix it.

It must be horrible to be staring mortality in the face knowing that the things you thought were so important no longer matter and never really did, to admit to yourself that you may have been conned into carrying some cross for somebody else’s benefit, but that the one-true-path you have been dragging it on without question, never veering left or right, turns out to be a meandering trail though a brier patch that dead ends in oblivion.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Fashonista Fridays - more than muppets

. Friday, August 14, 2009

One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art

-Oscar Wilde

Which is exactly what Jean-Charles de Castelbajac Fall line is all about, who doesn't love fashion that incorporates stuffed animals!

I mean come on, discerning viewers will notice that the model pictured on the right(click to zoom) socks match the colouring of the cat on her head!

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Animal earflaps! .I like the ash coloured hair theme as well.

More of the muppet pieces that have been getting all the press

(Left) Like the Kermit Collar, the animal punchkin is a bit much.

Street style, note the green-grey-orange schema, which leads into the next section and the title of the article.

de Castelbajac is more than muppets, he is best known for his artistic streetstyle that feature colours and patterns.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Proof that Sparklepires are indeed fairies

. Wednesday, August 12, 2009

From The New York Daily News

My gawd, Bella "No Life/No Brain" Swan looks just like Barbie! Gone forever is that utterly unexceptional average-looking lonely girl. She's been transformed into a princess by the very creepy, sparkly prince of control freakdom himself, Edward(pictured standing beside her in his oh so endearing possessive sorta way).

OK, if there is a silver lining to this twitarded story it's that Mattel has the decency to sell bad taste cheap, at $25 per doll.

Tonner(shown right) has been making a killing on obsessed teenage fangirls with more money than brains on their version for $160/doll, then again their no-brain Bella could pass for the one depicted in Stephanie Myery's really bad attempt at creative writing

Monday, August 10, 2009

All Hail Furi, Mighty Huntress!

. Monday, August 10, 2009

Today we honour my sister Furi,I'm an only child and she's been with me since I was a baby so she's the closest thing I have to a sibling, 19 years of meowing (that's 93 in kitty years).

Why are we honouring Furi today? I had gotten back from the beach and started to pick up the place (which is why Furi is pictured on the front steps instead of inside, it's kinda messy) when I hear this weird noise, followed by Sharky(my other kitty who will be featured one Caturday) chirping sounds and growls.

WTF, I go to see what it's about and Furi comes strolling over to me...with a mouse in her mouth! The weird noise being mouse squeaks....NO! Our flat is NOT a mousey hotel/flop house, they have to live outside.

Furi! Put the mouse down! Furi reluctantly does after I grab her mid section, but she guarded the mouse as I frantically ran around to find a box to put it in. Put mouse in shoe box, walked to park, freed mouse, walked home.

Get back home ....squeak squeak squeak......NO FRACKEN WAY, sure enough there is Furi with another mouse in her mouth giving Sharky the evil "*MY* mouse" look.....Coaxed mouse away from Furi, into box, walked to park,again, freed invading rodent.

Those rodents should be thanking their mousey gods that Furi, instead of Sharky, took an interest in them or I'd be picking out mousey fur out of my stuff...which would of been gross.

Sunday, August 09, 2009

National Institutes of Faith-based Health.

. Sunday, August 09, 2009

Francis Collins was unanimously confirmed as the head of NIH Friday, making America appear as the land of the religious dullards to developed world yet again.

While competent, sometimes exceptionally so, in his area of expertise, he has "missed it" on more than one occasion, as an administrator he is mediocre, at best, and as an advocate for biomedical science, someone please shut him up before he sticks his foot in his mouth...again.

It would be foolish to assume his obsession with reconciling genetics with his belief in an imaginary angry patriarchal, often genocidal, sky god would not influence his professional work, especially when he has gone on at length about how he sees the creator's work in it.

Consider the following ABC interview titled "Can Christianity and Science Coexist"

Gawd gave us two books

Once you've accepted the idea of a God, who is the creator of all the laws of nature, might, at unique moments in history, decide to invade the natural world and suspend those laws; it's not really a logical problem.