Help Debbie: Raising Money For My Mom

Help Debbie: Raising Money For My Mom

Help Debbie: Raising Money For My Mom

I don’t like doing this, but I need your help.

Last Thursday night I received a frantic call from my mother, telling me that her house was on fire. Honestly, I didn’t believe her at first, it’s one of those things that you hear but you can’t believe it’s true. Mysteriously her car caught on fire, we’re still not sure what happened, which in turn set the garage of the house she’s renting on fire. Ultimately, her car was completely destroyed and the home she was renting, which thankfully didn’t burn down, is uninhabitable.

Thankfully she had car insurance, but she had no renters insurance, so we’re not sure how much money she’ll actually be getting. She drove a 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix, so we’re not exactly optimistic. Currently she works at a local casino at a gift shop, since the economy crashed. She hasn’t been able to find a job as a secretary despite working as one for 20+ years. Unfortunately she doesn’t make much and doesn’t have any savings to fall back on. Currently she’s staying at my grandmother’s house (where I’m writing this from) and I’m helping her find a place to live. I currently take care of Kyle, Dottie and myself, so helping my mom is stretching me thin, so this is where I’m hoping you can help us.

We’re hoping to raise money to get my mom a new (used) car. We’re not talking about a Porsche, as she’s a simple lady. I’m thinking we’ll get something small and reliable like a Honda Accord or a Toyota Corolla so she can keep her job. Anything you can give would be helpful, there’s no donation too small. I’m not sure what else to do to help her, so I hope I could rely upon you readers to try and help us out. I don’t think I’ve ever asked anything from you readers, so hopefully you’ll do me a favor this once and give something.

All you need to do is click the link below, it links to my personal Paypal, and give something. I’ll be posting the names of donors (let me know if you don’t want to be listed) your amount and a link to your website/blog/wherever on this post, maybe some of you will be enticed by this. Thank you to anyone who gives: I so deeply appreciate it.

Help Debbie: Raising Money For My Mom

Help Debbie: Raising Money For My Mom

Help Debbie: Raising Money For My Mom

Help Debbie: Raising Money For My Mom

Help Debbie: Raising Money For My Mom

A huge thanks to these people for donating:
Ryan Coseboom – $25
Grant Custer – $25
Ronald Cox – $20
Kate Bingaman Burt – $25
Grigor Atanasov – $30
Darin Cavallero – $20
Matthew Scribner – $30
J3 Productions, Inc – $25
Eugen Sakhnenko – $20
Emmy McHugh – $20
Angelique Groh – $25
Danny Magnino – $10
John Stanbury – $25
Tony Proud – $20
Brook and Frances Shelley – $25
Monique Proctor – $20
Austin Radcliffe – $15
Eric Hillerns – $25
Jennifer Lorentzen – $25
Lauren Fundora – $45
Suzanne Smith – $20
Laura Frame Illustration – $15
Johannes Agerbo Haahr – $25
Sean Percival – $100
Aaron Garber – $30
Adam Puncochar – $50
Zach Bulick – $25
Anthony Shiver – $15
Matthew Herz – $20
Dana Robinson – $50
Grace Cooper – $25
Rachel Yonda – $50
Mason Plunkett – $25
Norman Chan – $25
JB Hartford – $25
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Armando Godinez – $25
Harpreet Padam – $15
Sanya Obsivac – $20
Michele Miller – $100
Kristi Ryan – $20
Mary Tamulis – $10
Kimberly Linn – $40
Nate Israel – $50
Petra Wennberg Cesario – $100
Eric Trine – $25
Andrea Cheng – $20
Eileen Tang – $5
Felix Herzberg – $30
Tobias Fonseca – $15
Karen Owens – $25
James Wright – $10
Carrie Patterson – $10
Kim Jae Seok – $30
Michael Robbins – $35
Grant Blakeman – $10
Joe Van Wetering – $15
Smoky’s Mom – $18
Daniel Tjoelker – $25
Nicole Reinertson – $25
Arnór Bogason – $25
Dan Matutina – $25
Michael Duskus – $20
Amy Stella – $25
Jenny Carr – $8
Hock Guan Song – $10
Amanda and Jon Tobin (Amanda’s website) – $10
Vinciane dePape – $25
Jennifer Talesfore – $10
Julie Molloy – $20
Kevin Dobson – $25
KeFe – $50
Brian Wade Scott – $10
Fredrik Broman – $30
Spit & Spite – $25
Edlynne Laryea – $20
Vincent Marjes – $15
Sawyer DeVuyst – $25
Karen Hiller – $10
Alexandre Le Goff – $35
Paul-Laurent Hughes – $25
Haigen Pearson – $30
Standard Motion – $25
Scott Ogle – $10
Matt Renskers – $10
Robert Vidaure – $20
Rebecca Cascio – $20
Yu Hayakawa – $10
Clinic Vitamins – $25
Ian Bauer – $25
Benjaman Horne – $15
Lisa Krug – $50

Bobby

October 10, 2011 / By

Mathew Borrett draws “Rooms”

Mathew Borrett drawing series "rooms"

Mathew Borrett drawing series "rooms"

Mathew Borrett drawing series "rooms"

Would you be surprised to learn that Mathew Borrett, the artist behind these images, has described himself saying “maybe I’m a frustrated architect?” He actually strongly considered studying architecture in college until he was roommates with an architecture student: “he always referred to it as ‘archi-torture.’ So I think maybe I’m happier to be an architect in my imagination. I get to do more exciting projects, I think.” Judging from these sections of fictitious spaces, I’d say he’s right. Other than getting more exciting projects, he also gets the freedom of poché, the freedom of a context that ends at the edge of the paper, and both the freedom and responsibility of drawing for himself. Mathew says he learned how to draw for himself only after college, when he realized he didn’t like the work he was making and decided to simply start over by making doodles for himself.

What is surprising is that he describes his drawings as “wonky” because he doesn’t rely on rulers and draws them freehand. That’s something I never learned how to do in architecture school and am quite jealous.

Alex

October 10, 2011 / By

‘Various Lives’ by Burning Hearts

'Various Lives' by Burning Hearts

Over the last few weeks I’ve been listening to a lot of music from the label Shelflife Records. To be honest, I rarely go out of my way to listen to a particular label but Shelflife really seem to have an ear for great bands and the music which they put out is strongly inline with my own tastes in music. One could say that the labels main aim is to release records in the US from great foreign indie-pop groups and over the years they’ve put out music from the likes of The Radio Dept., Thieves Like Us and Acid House Kings.

In many ways this is all a kind of extended preamble to simply introduce you to a great song from indie-pop stalwarts Burning Hearts who hail from Finland. Released back in early 2009, the track Various Lives (above) comes from the bands debut album Aboa Sleeping. There’s something so effortless in the vocals in this song and yet I find it so enchanting and mesmerizing. Certainly there’s a touch of Stereolab about it and fans of the likes of Camera Obscura and The Magnetic Fields are bound to really like their sound. Much like a lot of the music from the Shelflife label there’s a gorgeous timelessness to what they do and, if you ask me, this kind of hazy indie-pop sounds just perfect at this time of year. You can check out more from Burning Hearts online here.

Philip

October 10, 2011 / By

Escif, a street artist in the truest sense

Escif, A Street Artist in the Truest SenseEscif, A Street Artist in the Truest Sense

Escif, A Street Artist in the Truest Sense

Escif, A Street Artist in the Truest Sense

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You might call a lot of graffiti artist out there street artists, but when I see the work of a guy like Escif, he’s my definition of a street artist. His work reminds me a bit of Marcel Dzama, with his minimal color palette and potentially deep meanings to his pieces. I love that he chooses a different number of subjects, mundane things that most people can understand. It’s also so interesting that he chooses to do his paintings on public spaces, that they’re meant to be momentary, that at any time they could easily be painted over.

I’d suggest checking out this interview he did with Unurth which gives some insight on Escif and what he’s about.

Bobby

October 10, 2011 / By

Space Suit of the Week

Ansuman Biswas and Jem Finer wrapped in technicolor harem pants, bejeweled waistcoats and golden turbans took the mystic flight of the magic carpet in 2001 Zero Genie. Wonder by wonder, they reconstruct the history of human space flight. Their artist statement reads:

…The Zero Genies are just beginners. Poverty stricken, slightly uncoordinated, and yet noble, they are convinced that space travel is not the exclusive pursuit of the rich and rational Western world. They are here to show that a comfortable carpet and well-packed hookah will suffice.

The genies are flying from inside the magic lamp of Cosmonaut’s Training Center in Star City, Russia. More technically, the intervals of periodic weightlessness occur from the elliptical flight path relative to the center of the Earth.

The genies are stark contrast next to cosmonaut flight attendants in their blue jumpsuits. They recreate the narrative of human space flight, remove it from its conceived place in history books of western developed societies. Biswas and Finer are not supernatural creatures only to awaken from the pages of Arabian Nights and return to human form when their seconds weightlessness fleet- they are dreamers and believers who are only bound by the limits of their imagination.

Biswas and Finer are two of many artists that have explored creating art in zero gravity.
For more information as zero gravity art, check out the Zero Gravity Arts Consortium or Arts Catalyst.

Alana

October 7, 2011 / By

Space is the Place – Photos from the ALMA Telescope

Photos from the ALMA Telescope

Photos from the ALMA Telescope

These photos are currently blowing my mind. The 1.3 billion dollar Atacama Telescope snapped these shots earlier this week. Sitting on an Andean plateau 16,000 feet above sea level, the Atacama Large Millimeter / submillimeter Array (ALMA for short) is the most powerful radio telescope in the world. Using several gigantic antennae, it uses radio technology to peer deeper into space. This could never be seen using any technology that involves the naked eye. As they said themselves,

The Antennae Galaxies (also known as NGC 4038 and 4039) are a pair of distorted colliding spiral galaxies about 70 million light-years away, in the constellation of Corvus (The Crow). This view combines ALMA observations, made in two different wavelength ranges during the observatory’s early testing phase, with visible-light observations from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.

Our universe really is beautiful – even the things we cannot see.

Alec

October 7, 2011 / By

Dancing About Architecture: Continuity by Adriene Hughes (Video)

Continuity by Adriene Hughes

Continuity by Adriene Hughes

While touring the Hollyhock House, there was a clear divide within the group of us gathered to walk through the notable Frank Lloyd Wright project. There were the architectural enthusiasts, like me and you, and then there were our friends and family tricked into spending a lovely afternoon walking around an old house. As we enthusiasts marveled at the concrete entry door or the unique window designs, our travel partners felt trapped behind the massive door and starred out the windows into sunny Barnsdall Park. The docent talked about the details of the entry and asked us why we thought the ceiling height varied as much as it did. “Earthquakes?” from the back of the group; a man in the front of the group with a backpack and fancy DSLR camera enthusiastically asked “is it because, as we moved through the low space into the high space, he wanted us to feel like we were being birthed into a new kind of space?” The docent’s eyes glazed over, but the man continued “I read in a book about the prairie style, that he had this vision of a new America and that each of his houses was a kind of rebirth for the owners.”

I know that terrible analogies are not unique to architecture, but architecture may be unique in creating so many terrible analogies; my favorite being “Architecture is music, frozen in time.” A close second is “Talking about (Love/Music/Whatever) is like dancing about architecture.” Today, I may have stumbled upon a video that is just that: dancing about architecture.  Truthfully, I’m not sure what is happening in this video other than some very nice shots of the Salk Institute, some poetry and some dancing. What does it mean? I could guess, but I would have to come up with a new (and likely terrible) analogy. From the video’s description: “Continuity and acceleration are two mathematical concepts that relate the dancing body to space. This film unpacks the sensation of acceleration embedded in limits taken in the act of determining the continuous nature of movement.” So maybe it isn’t about architecture, just around architecture. Either way, the Salk Institute is a building I’d like to visit before I die. I just have to find someone to drag there.

Alex

October 6, 2011 / By

Beatriz S. González Jiménez photographs the Bardenas Reales

Beatriz S. González Jiménez

Beatriz S. González Jiménez

Beatriz S. González Jiménez

To tell the truth, I hadn’t seen too many images of the Bardenas until I stumbled upon these amazing photos of it by the Spanish architect and photographer Beatriz S. González Jiménez. The Bardenas is natural semi-desert in the southeast of the autonomous region of Navarre in Northern Spain.

This stunning landscape has been shaped over the years by erosion caused by water and wind, and González Jiménez captures the resulting canyons, plateaus and misshapen hills in all their beautiful forms and shapes. For me, the golden colors of the soil set against the saturated-blue of the sky look amazing, and Beatriz’s photos really capture the grandeur of these surroundings. You can find the complete set of photos online here.

Philip

October 6, 2011 / By

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