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January 19, 2019

I had one of these Tibor Kalman paperweights

This picture is from the collection of MoMA, but I never thought of it as a museum piece. Mine was white lined paper, not yellow. It was a gift from my boss and I loved it, I thought it was really cool. I used it everyday, as a paperweight, until it fell too many times and the "paper" corners were cracked off. It got too shabby to keep, though obviously I wish I had it now. (I was checking to see if things sparked joy twenty years go.)

I got to meet Tibor Kalman in 1994 or so, in Rome. I flew over there with a woman who worked for Colors magazine and part of the trip was for her to visit Mr. Kalman at the office to meet in person. I just went along. I got to show him a copy of my fanzine and he said nice things. His office was like somebody's vacation house. I bet it's an AirBnB now. I also met the magazine's art director, Scott Stowell, which was funny since we sat together on the plane from New York a couple of days previously but didn't speak.

Tibor Kalman was a bit of a self-promoter, I guess, but I loved it. (I am too.) He made a lot of cool stuff. Some of it is dated but only because it made such an impression at the time that you can't separate it from the time. There should be more activist designers like him, really.

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January 18, 2019

My Cotton Bureau shirt designs are now available on demand

Cotton Bureau has come out with a new "on demand" line of t-shirts (not silk-screened, printed through some other process, but if CB is selling them I bet they're pretty good). If you missed out on these the first time, now's your chance! And in fact, any time is your chance, since, as the name implies, they are now available on demand.

I love you.

Here are the shirts.

I'm Holding In A Lot Of Anger

Bottle Cap

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January 17, 2019

a weird little rock and roll fact

If you put on the Replacements' Sorry, Ma, forgot To Take Out The Trash" in your truck CD player as you leave my house, you will be in front of the St. Vincent Guest House on Magazine Street when Westerberg first says "Johnny's Gonna Die..." which is weird cause I always thought that was Johnny Thunders' death-place but it was actually the St. Peter Guest House which is elsewhere in the city.

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December 28, 2018

One other year-end note

I forgot to mention in my year-end round up (see previous post), The Stacks appear to be done. We just can't get on everybody's rehearsal schedule enough, that's one big reason. The other is that my heart has just gone out of it. I notice I just don't really care much about music anymore. Additionally, I get a strong feeling that the world at large is not much interested in watching a middle-aged man learn to play guitar on stage. I'm tired of playing my old songs and don't seem to have the energy, time, or interest to write any new ones.

I do still enjoy playing "campfire" songs (simple three-chord country and doo-wop songs that everybody's heard and knows) so I hope to actually do more of that, and I would like to learn to play piano a little bit. So we'll see.

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December 27, 2018

hiya, folks

OMG have I been busy. The new job is GREAT (I worried I'd never say that ever again) but we are trying to bust out a lot of stuff for 2019. I hope we make it.

Gina and I have both been injured thanks to her getting a Nerf football, but we're both better. She did a bunch of recording with her recording band consisting of PJ Christie, Doug Garrison, and The Stacks' Andrew Donaldson. It's really good.

I have been reading a bunch of fat books, Bertrand Russell's very quaffable History of Western Philosophy and the Ta-Nehisi Coates-recommended Battle Cry of Freedom. Also taking lynda.com courses. Trying to deal with Wordpress changing their entire platform with the release of version 5.0.

My cat Sally is twelve now, I think? I love her more than ever.

I'm going to do some art real swiftly over the break.

I finished cutting up the downed tree in my yard; we have lumber for twenty yard fires. Come over!

I got all the way to the end of Portal 2 but haven't finished the final boss battle.

I got to watch my fill of Frederick Wiseman documentaries. Thank you NOPL and Kanopy.

One other thing: I broke the hell out of my own web site on Christmas, and if you saw it while it was broken, I apologize. (I accidentally deleted many pictures from it.)  As I often say, I could have fixed that faster if I hadn't been in such a hurry.

But thanks to all who visited my site this year. In 2019 I'm going to try to replace my dire social media presence with emails to my mailing list, so please sign up. I hope I can leave Facebook behind and still have an outlet for my stupidities.

This was a great year for me! Thanks to everyone who was a part of it.





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