Monthly Archives: November 2012

Gobble Gobble Photos

[Atlanta, GA]   –   [Montgomery, AL]   –   [Destin, FL]

For Thanksgiving break my parents and I flew to Atlanta then drove to Destin for turkey, stopping in Montgomery on the way. It was my first time visiting Georgia and Alabama, so I took lots of photos. Here are some of my favorites:

High Museum of Art : Atlanta, GA

This museum is designed by Richard Meier and features an addition by Renzo Piano. If you don’t like art (or, like me, don’t understand it) go to see the building. It shows it’s age, but is still rather nice. Very clean.

Georgia Aquarium : Atlanta Georgia

This was… okay… It was the first and only time I’ve ever seen a live whale shark, which was spectacular. However, the aquarium seems to focus more on singing and friendship than it does fish…

World of Coca-Cola :  Atlanta, GA

What is a good thing I can say about this attraction…? It obsesses over the idea of the secret recipe of coke, then slaps you in the face with some crap about sharing and love being the secret ingredient. I would have loved more history, less Hollywood. There is a part where you try different soda from around the world, but it is identical to the one located in Epcot in Disney world and is significantly more crowded. Go to Disney world instead.

Fernbank Museum : Atlanta, GA

Westin Hotel : Atlanta , GA

Alabama State Capitol : Montgomery, AL

Seaside Community : Seaside, FL

If I didn’t dislike sand so much, I would consider retiring in Seaside. It is a planning marvel and is a gem of community design. It even has a slew of “roach coach’s”. I highly recommend a visit.

Destin, FL

What can I say about Destin? Beautiful white sand. Clear-blue water. Cute sea cottages. Its ideal… if you like those sorts of things

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I Hate Flying.

The title says it all. So while I was waiting for a connecting flight, I made some doodles and wrote a list. Here it is:

1. I hate people who gather around the entrance of the plane to board, when it isn’t even close to their turn.

2. I hate waiting.

3. I hate turbulence.

4. I hate people who bring deli meats and cheeses to make sandwiches on the plane.

5. I hate people who think its okay to laugh out loud at the book they are reading.

6. I hate people who order tomato juice.

7. I hate people who insist on sharing their life stories.

8. I hate people who think the rules don’t apply to them.

8. I hate pretty flight attendants.

9. I hate when people turn the lights on.

10. I hate when people close their windows.

11. I hate landing.

12. I hate that everyone seems so comfortable when I can hardly breath, let alone move.

This list portrays me as an angry person. I can assure you, that is not the case. There are a few things I do enjoy about flying:

1. I love seeing tiny cars zip around.

2. I love looking at patterned fields of crops from high above.

3. I love going to new and fantastic places.

4. I love flying over, near, and through clouds.

See, I’m not completely full of hate. Just mostly…

Also, Happy Thanksgiving!

just thinking

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A search for the Texas Vernacular: Episode 7

Arlington, Texas: My Backyard

Arlington isn’t necessarily a bustling metropolis. In fact, I’d go so far as to classify the entire city as a dense suburb that consumes the area between Dallas and Fort Worth. Architecturally it conforms to this title perfectly. The vast majority of buildings in the area are like the one pictured above. Big box retail and fast food chains populate the city, making it entirely automobile dependent. Very frequently a pedestrian will be confronted with a dead-end sidewalk that borders the street so closely that any enjoyment in exercise becomes stress induced by a mixture of fear and car exhaust. With all of that said, there are three buildings in all of Arlington that always make me happy. I just love them.

#1: Unknown Warehouse

Every time I drive by this building, it is dark out and an eerie green light shines from frosted windows that border the top of the structure. I’m convinced something sinister is happening within the building, however I am completely okay with whatever it is. This building could literally make up a plot for a 90’s, made-for-TV, Disney movie.

#2: River Legacy Living Science Center

It is very easy to forget that there are such things as trees and wildlife in a city that is so car dependent. The River legacy park is my one reminder of the existence of nature. I frequent the trails at the River Legacy park, and have visited the science center once. It is a pretty fantastic work of architecture that merits a second visit.

*Prepare for a side story*

**If you don’t care, skip ahead**

One time, while jogging on the trails in the park, I happened upon a woman who was bent over in a arousing manner. She was looking at me as I rounded a corner and continued to pose as I drew closer. She then stood up and apologized, claiming she thought I was someone else. So I forgave her and continued my jog. Ever since that interaction, the River Legacy Park has been a favorite location of mine. HAH!

#3: Evan’s Vacuum Cleaner Co

This is my all time favorite building in Arlington. It is a cathedral of vacuums. Its bright white glow and giant hanging vacuums always make me smile. If I were a man who owned a vacuum, I’m sure I would visit this building daily.

After preparing the photos for this post, I found that I still had the photo bug and took some photos around my room:

^As you can see, I still have plenty of books I need to read^

Better get back to it…

texas vernacular

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Art Rampage

WARNING: The art featured in this post may be offensive to some people

It is somewhat disheartening to go to the store and see a painting you like, only to discover that there are twelve others just like it in that very store, thousands in the USA, and millions across the globe that are extremely similar! While out shopping one day, it struck me that if I need or want something that has not been marketed, I can simply make it myself. It isn’t a very profound realization, but it has revolutionized the way I think about consumerism and customization (needless to say, I think about it very little). Obviously I won’t be manufacturing my own brand of sports utility vehicles or personal computers (look for the “OH-Pod” out this Christmas season), but since my last post about art, I have been on a decorating rampage. Here is some of the results:

I have gotten into a habit of making each art work a series that is printed, framed, and hung as a collection  The images below portray two of my idols. One is my attitude and charm coach, the other is my body-hair role model. Guess which is which?

Some are very plain very basic images that, when printed on a very small scale, look pretty cool and are one of a kind! However, at a large scale they become plain and boring…

This next example isn’t really art, but rather is an example of what happens when I get distracted. Plus, it makes me smile.

Lastly, some art that is somewhat embarrassing.

Being an adult male, I believe I am entitled to a bachelor pad filled with baseball memorabilia, comic books, and pin-up girls. It is no secret that I’ve had a celebrity crush on this blonde beauty for some time now. However, she has a nasty habit of always being nude in all of her photos. The gentleman’s solution was to Photoshop away the “R” rating(at least until it was “PG-13”). Here are the results:

That wasn’t so bad, right?

If you take anything away from this post, let it be that you should make your own stuff. Get creative. Personalize your walls. Customize your art.

De-Sexify your love interests…

Design Work

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