June 30, 2007

Gees!

As in, "g g g g g g g" gees.

And a goofy picture of Scott and I, just because. Because I like it.

June 29, 2007

Roberto the Robot

I was kind of tired of throwing away so much packaging lately (which generates more than 75% of the world's trash), so when I emptied this box of 12 Diet Dr. Peppers, I asked Scott if he wanted to make a robot out of it.

He said yes.

June 28, 2007

Characters

Make your own characters at the The Simpson's Movie website! It's mindless fun. Here's my favorite of the three I made:


Show me yours : )

June 27, 2007

Industrial Design Pasta


Chair pasta! Saw this on NOTCOT. This cracks me up, and I love it, and I think it would feel funny in my mouth. I wish I could buy some. See more of designer Adrien Rovero's work here, including a video of this pasta being made! Designers love chairs, seriously.

June 26, 2007

Life Goals

Check this off my list of things to learn to do in life: making that glorious "thop" sound by strumming your finger on the inside of your cheek. Thank you , Scott, for demonstrating & teaching me.

I was as happy as a toddler learning to blow raspberries. If you hear some thopping, it's probably me. I'm sorry you can't hear it, but I promise you I made the sound when I took these pictures:


Tell me something you've always wanted to learn how to do! I want to know! Have any cool skills you want to teach me? If anyone can tell me the trick to whistling, I'll be forever in debt to you. As of now, I can only whistle by sucking air in. It's really sad.

June 25, 2007

Bing Bing

Bing cherries, that is. They are delicious and in season! We bought a bag of them the other day and came across a peculiar cherry:
A conjoined cherry? I've only seen one of these things before, in 22 years. But today, upon closer inspection, we discovered that this crazy cherry wasn't the only one in the bunch.
There were a total of SEVEN conjoined cherries. Or 14, depending on how you look at it. This picture is missing one of the pairs because I ate it. It tasted fine. Although I did notice the conjoined cherries started to go bad before the single cherries.

So then Anne (my roommate) asks, does each pair have two seeds?
Yes. Yes they do.
This is what it looks like if you split one open.

So has anyone else noticed this in their batches of cherries this season? Are they genetically engineered to be this way? Is this desirable? And if so, why?

I find it a little disturbing, yet fun. And funny-looking.

June 23, 2007

Kites, Orchestra & Cheesesteaks

Yesterday made me so happy. I did kid-things and grown-up things and high-class things and low-class things.

I got ready for work, walked down to the green to meet Scott for lunch on the green, then decided it was too beautiful of a day to go work when I didn't really have to (I choose my own hours and the boss is out of town this week). I won't have that option soon enough, so I'm taking full advantage of it now. And it's so worth it.

So I visited some friends at DelaWorld, then Scott and I walked to the grocery store and bought ice cream cones and kites. We flew the kites all the way back from the grocery store, and got some really fantastic looks from strangers.

Then we hopped in the car and drove to Philly to see the Orchestra play Tchaikovsky. We got student tickets for $8. They seat you in whatever seats are open, and if people come late, you have to get out of their seats and the usher seats you somewhere else. Scott and I sat front row, 8th row, and in the most expensive seats in the house. Three different views! Perfect!

And I don't know much about orchestras, but I know that I loved it and I love Tchaikovsky. It's amazing how much of that music is so very recognizable.

And! Clover (new friend researching at UD this summer) took up some random guy on his offer for a free seat, because his wife couldn't make it. Turns out, he was the architect who designed the Kimmel Center (the building we were in)! He bought her champagne at intermission and told her she could stay in his villa in Madrid if she was ever there. Gave her his card and everything. And we know he wasn't lying because the guy running for mayor of Philadelphia came up and introduced himself and congratulated him on the beautiful building. Cooool.

After the orchestra, we walked a couple blocks to South Street and had Cheesesteaks at Jim's. I've now eaten at a total of 4 places for cheesesteaks in Philly, and let me tell you: Jim's is by far superior.

Doesn't it look gross and wonderful? [photos from google images]









Ice cream, kite-flying, Philadelphia Orchestra, and cheesesteaks. I'd say it was worth playing hookie.

June 22, 2007

$1 Per Meal

Today, one of my favorite websites, tastespotting.com, led me to this blog, Ceres Secrets. The author and her husband are taking the food stamp challenge: $3/day or $1/meal for 1 week.

She has been racking her brain to develop healthy meals, high in protein, that will keep her satiated throughout the day. Oh yes, and they are easy to make and, of course, very inexpensive.

Here's a picture of the week's worth of groceries:














She's also very sensitive to the fact that this isn't a game, and many people don't have to do this for just a week - but it's a way of life. She hopes that her recipes might find and help the people who really need them, as well as raise an awareness in those of us who are more fortunate.

I think I might try this. Also, I've always wanted to read Nickel & Dimed, but never have made it past the first chapter. Perhaps I'll do both at the same time. I'm going to pick a start-date and get back to you. I'm thinking of starting this Monday, the 25th.

I challenge you to try it, too. Does anyone want to do it at the same time?

It's also good timing because Robyn informed me (and everyone she knows!) that Wednesday was International Refugee Day. Check out her blog for more information on it - she's an excellent, passionate, and very interesting source on all of it. Annnd she's my friend.

We've had a few good talks (good as in good conversation, although difficult topics) recently about refugees and how difficult it is for many of them to make ends meet -money, language barriers, culture - everything makes it difficult. I stumbled across the PBS movie , "Rain in a Dry Land," the other day, and it really got me thinking. Interested? Tune into Sierra Leone's Refugee All-Stars on PBS/WHYY Tuesday, June 26th @ 10pm Eastern/9 Central - Robyn's going to Sierra Leone this September for five months.

June 20, 2007

Perk with Peter

Cool! Peter Caws (my fish fan) and I finally met up at Central Perk with the intention of talking for more than 90 seconds, and I finally signed the print he bought. It was a lovely coffee get-together which actually involved no coffee at all.

We brainstormed more possibilities for the fish & carrots series (which may or may not ever become a series). I particularly liked his idea of putting a nice triangular carrot (with stem) on top of a carefully arranged mass of minnow-like fish. Hmmm.

We talked about many other things including family, where we've lived, our experiences in the world of art, annnnd....

He asked me if I like Rock Music. I said no, because I wouldn't describe any of my favorites as "rock music," but I suppose we all have different definitions. Then he says, "oh, then you probably don't know the band that my son is in, but it's called Nada Surf."

Haha. I took a moment to think about that.

"Wait, what? Did you just say your son is the lead singer of Nada Surf??!"

"Yes." He was surprised at my reaction.

So cool! See, Nada Surf is one of my favorite groups. I've been a fan since I first heard it, freshman year. And he thought I'd never have heard of them...

Just one of those amazing small-world coincidences. He said he'd tell his son, Mr. Nada Surf, that the fish & carrots picture in their kitchen was taken by a fan of Nada Surf.

I love it.

Profile Photo

June 19, 2007

Chicken Piccata

Summer's here, so there's a little more time for cooking. So I got out the cookbook mom made me when I graduated from high school. Yum! Thank you mom!

Scott and I have been cookin together since he's in a dorm with no kitchen. And because we kind of like each other.
We don't have much chef experience (except for chopping up veggies as sous-chefs for our moms), but we are getting better and expanding our recipe-making horizons every day!

I'm not hardly sure you can call what I have a kitchen. The sink is less than 1 cubic foot, I think. But we're making it work. Think: ship kitchen. Airplane kitchen. Then divide by two.

Last night was Chicken Piccata, with a refreshing strawberry-lime blended drink, and a caesar salad with homemade crutons (made from the stale leftover heel pieces from our bread, just like mom taught me):













The only flaw? We forgot the parsley.

Anybody have good recipes to use that fresh parsley?

Scott's [professor is] Famous!

...For his work with chicken feathers & soybeans. Check out the article about SCIENCE in the New York Times! They're making the world a better place : ) Scott's researching more soybean/adhesive stuff with Professor Wool this summer at UD. Smarty-pants.

Also, check out Robyn's new blog. Everybody's got blog fever. Stay tuned for her five months in Sierra Leone!

My friends are changing the world ...perhaps not with their blogs, but with their research and massive amounts of passion. And I love them for it.

June 18, 2007

The Landlord

My all-time favorite viral video on the web to date.
Cracks me up every single time.

Warning: language & possibly offensive content.

Artist Darren Waterston

Mesmerizing Paintings:


This post is thanks to notcot.org
For more, go to darrenwaterston.com

June 17, 2007

Robyn & Rice Puddin'

Robyn and I decided that we are going to have a New York City Saturday sometime soon. This time, I'm planning out where I want to eat, because every time I go, it's last minute, and I end up eating some random place. There's nothing wrong with that, because I learn about new stuff too. But I always read these amazing articles about new restaurants in NYC, and it's time to try a couple. Yessss. Who wants to join us?


Here's the first possible restaurant on the list:

A few of my VC buddies ate there on a New York trip, and said it was deeeelish.

Random note: As of now, my only favorite NYC restaurant is Peep (I assure you it isn't a porn site or a strip club, although they try to make you think that with the music on there haha). Reasonable prices, great food, and a cheap happy hour. Yummmmy.

Have any recommendations or places you've been wanting to try?

June 16, 2007

Why do we trust them?

Squirrels, that is. We're afraid of rats and spiders, but not squirrels. Squirrels are cute, you say. And you happily watch them scamper along. But check out the evil beady eyes on this little rodent:


This is for all of my friends who think I'm crazy for being scared of squirrels. And no, smartasses, I do not search for scary squirrel news, but I happen to stumble upon it a lot, which tells you something: it's not uncommon for squirrels to attack.

So this, my friends, is why I have to second guess ever visiting Germany:

German Squirrel on a Rampage Injures 3 People 72-year-retiree Dispatches Rowdy Rodent with a Crutch

June 14, 2007

BERLIN - An aggressive squirrel attacked and injured three people in a German town before a 72-year-old pensioner dispatched the rampaging animal with his crutch. The squirrel first ran into a house, leapt from behind on a 70-year-old woman, and sank its teeth into her hand, a local police spokesman said on Thursday. With the squirrel still hanging from her hand, the woman ran onto the street in panic, where she managed to shake it off. The animal then entered a building site and jumped on a construction worker, injuring him on the hand and arm, before he managed to fight it off with a measuring pole.

After that, the squirrel went into the 72-year-old man's garden and massively attacked him on the arms, hand and thigh," the spokesman said. "Then he killed it with his crutch." The spokesman said experts thought the attack may have been linked to the mating season or because the squirrel was ill.

.................

And I know you might say, "oh, but that's unusual because the squirrel was ill." Don't you think it's probably pretty common for a squirrel to be ill? Not cool.

Not convinced? Check out this article about the black squirrel pack that killed a dog in Russia. Or this article about squirrels with the plague.

So that's my piece on squirrels.

June 15, 2007

Grass Egghead

For Easter, I bought eggs, soil & grass seed and made all my roommates make egghead people with me. I am sad that I forgot to take pictures of them when they were all alive - we had about 12 of them.

This is the only survivor, and my personal favorite:




















Help me think of a name for her.
Goofy crafts make me so happy.

You should make a grass egg head & send me a picture. I'll post it if you do.

Where I've Been

So I'm not really into these Facebook Applications, but Scott came across this one that I like a lot. You can color-code where you've been, lived & want to go. Funnnn. Thanks Scott : )

Blue is where I've been, red is where I've lived, green is where I'd most like to go:

Click the map if you want to see a larger image.

Looks like I'm a lucky girl (thanks to Mom, Mark, Dad & Peggy), but I also still have a lot of work cut out for me!

So who wants to go where with me?

June 13, 2007

Art Friends

My lovely & talented friends inspire me. This post is a tribute to them : )
Check out their stuff!

Kelly Conant (kellyconant.com)
Gorgeous selective color and a new way of looking at botanicals.














Rebecca Hussey (fivegoodgoats.com)
An eye for lighting, clean lines, and innovative compositions.

















Alison Medland (alisonyard.com)
Thoughtful, detailed design with a refreshing art history background.










Meg Isom (msisom.com)
Handcrafted, educational design that will make you want to play!
















Haley Smith (thisishaleysworld.com)
Quirky, fun, colorful design for change.
Check out her blog, too. It definitely inspired mine.

June 11, 2007

Fish Fan

One of my favorite people who I don't actually know made my day today. Peter Caws bought my Fish & Carrots photo three years ago:













We hadn't talked since he purchased the photo, but we had a somewhat random encounter at my senior sendoff dance, then I invited him to my senior art show (which he so kindly showed up to, and I barely had a chance to say hello!), and today he sent me this:














Along with this email:
An impulse, trying out my new Leica - technically and aesthetically way inferior to the original (which I'd still like to have signed)(You're not a vegetarian, I hope ...)

Peter Caws
University Professor of Philosophy
The George Washington University

Thanks, Peter!
And nope, definitely not a vegetarian.

Artist Crush












I have a crush on Nina Katchadourian.
She had work in a recent exhibition at UD.
Her talk was hilarious and inspiring.

Who are your favorite artists?












June 9, 2007

Fresh

A fresh blog for a new part of life. I'm excited.
And a little confused, lost, and nervous and scared.
But mostly excited.

So I graduated:












Marielle, Kelly, Becca & I, wearing our study abroad sashes, waving to Dad & Peggy in the stands. It was a great weekend and I'm so glad most of the fam could come :) Thank you thank you again, and thanks for all of the lovely cards from relatives! My apologies for not sending out an announcement - I was so busy designing my show that the last thing I had time for was designing an announcement. Perhaps a belated one will come if I ever find a real job.

More pictures here (thanks to dad!).

And what am I doing now? I have a temporary job for the summer, designing for University of Delaware Admissions. Specifically, I'm brainstorming, developing content for, and recreating the video/powerpoint presentation that University Admissions shows prospective students before they tour our campus. That's June.

In July and August, I'll be working on various design jobs for Admissions, UD/ART, and the University Honors Program, all while (hopefully) finding a design job in the Philly/Baltimore/DC area. St. Louis is still on the list of places to look, too. Oh yes, and I'm trying to tweak my portfolio & self-promotional materials until I'm happy with them, too.

Also, Admissions has gracefully offered me free housing for the summer, as part of my pay. If you need my address, please email me at Sarah.Erin.Rosenthal[at]gmail.com.

I plan to have some fun, too. I hope!

On another note, one of my goals after graduating is stay better in touch with the people I care about. It's too easy for me to get absorbed in whatever I'm doing and forget to catch up with all of you!

One of the ways I'll try to stay in touch is to keep this blog. I want to use it to journal, brainstorm, house ideas, document my creative process, and of course, to keep in touch with YOU.

Read if you wish, and pretty please leave a comment! I promise to respond! Especially if you leave your email on there.