I'm in a weirdly busy zone, not helped by the fact that I'm feeling fuzzy and early-coldish. So I keep forgetting to mention stuff that I really should mention.
Like: you may or may not have read about the Shopping Sherpa's amazing cargo cult arrival of an amazing amount of art supplies and books on the theme of art and design. I also was a beneficiary of that largesse, as there was a box amongst it with my name on it, as the secret donor is someone that I've connected with at some point (the mystery of all this is delightful). The box was full of yummies like a few Keith Smith manuals, and lots of handy book and journal instruction volumes. There were a few doubles with the books I've already got, so I gave them back to the SS to distribute (or keep in her new amazing library), but suddenly I have a really good shelf in my studio on books on books! So THANK YOU, secret person! I hope you are getting a warm and fuzzy feeling about being so generous.
Like: Shopping Sherpa also decided that I was the right person to share a free ticket to MicMacs at Dendy. In return I bought her some sushi and taught her how to play the Alphabet Waiting Game, which she played very enthusiastically, to my amusement. In the Alphabet Waiting Game, you try to piece together the alphabet from the text in the ads before the movie starts. It's harder than it sounds, especially if there are no ads by jewellers halfway through. In our version, signs and labels in the background of the ads are fair game, but others may disagree.
MicMacs is fantastic, but NOT FOR KIDS, even if it looks fun and quirky on the ads. It should be ok for young teens, but be aware that the first ten minutes are quite confronting, involving graphic death and shooting scenes. There's also some sexy stuff, but the violence is more shocking... and it's meant to be. This is a movie about arms traders, and it is deeply satisfying in the way it moves through periods of utter farce into a message that is real and deep.
Like: Edible Books Day is upcoming! 1 April is the actual day, but my book class at the art school are going to try to have a tea party next monday during class. I have to think of something fun but quick to do, because I'm driving to Sydney for the day on Sunday to attend the 70th birthday of my mother-in-law...
Like: I got Tim T's new zine! it's about a pornographic octopus, and it's hilarious. I'm not sure how or where he's distributing them -- probably Sticky? -- but if you want one, and you should, contact him at timhtrain - at - yahoo.com.au.
That should do, for now.