just a quick note

August 15, 2009

I found this fun website with online tools for kids. lots of drawing websites, stamps, etc. I don’t have a lot of time to write at the moment, but hopefully this can help you out!


and just in general, mrssmoke.onsugar.com is an amazing site. lots of fun new tools (we all know drea loves those!) to “make teachers nerdy”

love it.




  • sticky rice
  • 1 phat Pineapple
  • 1 of each: green, yellow, orange, red peppers (its too bad mother earth ‘ make blue or purple peppers c we’d have our rainbowpeppers
  • 1/2 green or yellow onion
  • minced garlic: 1 clove is plenty
  • 3 +cups of sugar snap peas
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup of chicken broth
  • 1 tsp of cornstarch
  • 3 tsp low sodium soy sauce (a serving or regular soy sauce contains all the sodium that a person should consume in a day)
  • salt-n-pepa
  • salt_n_pepa1

  • lawry’s seasoned salt
  • broccoli, peas, baby corn, carrots
  • Mini Shrimp: fresh or frozen, de-tailed and de-veined. Amount is based on how many people you are feeding.A heaping handful should be enough to ill you up.happy-shrimpbmp

what do i do now?

  1. Get your rice started in a rice cooker. For every one cup of dry rice in you will get 1 1/2 cups when cooked. And put in 1 1/2 cups of water for each cup of rice. Turn on the contraption and let-her-cook. http://www.wikihow.com/Cook-Rice-in-a-Rice-Cooker
  2. You may now begin chopping your vegetables. This is where your ‘artistic agency’ comes into play. You get to decide how big/small, fat/thin, short/long the pieces will be. I prefer to chop on a wooden surface because I hate the noise the knife makes on a glass one. Chop up everything, you want to use AS MANY vegetables as possible.


  1. You can mince your own garlic if you like, but you can also buy it in a cute little jar cuz that stuff can make your digits stinky for a like week.
  2. In a seperate bowl mix 1 cup of chicken broth, 1 tsp cornstarch, 2 tsp of soy sauce.
  3. Chop up your pineapple. Resist the urge to gobble it all up before putting it into your stir-fry, its worth the wait. I like to make little cubes appx. 1″x1″. HOW TO CHOP A PINEAPPLE
  4. Coat the bottom of a large pan with olive oil and set it at a medium heat level. (Stir-fry is traditionally done in a wok at high heat but since most people dont have high heat or big ol’ woks this recipie calls for a big ol’ pan.
  5. Saute several pinches of minced garlic. I like garlic so I put alot in.
  6. (If you do not wish to include shrimp, skip this step) Add in your (defrosted) shrimp and stir until pink.
  7. Add your peppers, onions, snap peas, and other vegetables. Turn and stir frequently for about two minutes so that all of the vegetables have been stir fried. This will start to smell deeeeeliscious!
  8. Add in your cornstarch/soy sauce/ broth mixture over the vegetables and put a lid on it for 1-2 minutes. The flavors will soak up and do a dance with each other. The liquid mixture will begin to evaporate.
  9. Add salt, pepper, lawrys, and other spices to taste. You may add a splash of soy sauce for more of a salty flavor.
  10. Lastly add the pineapple and keep stiring and frying for another 1-2 minutes.
  11. Remove all the contents from heat.

ENJOY! Scoop your rice onto a plate or bowl (1/2 cup of rice is an adequate serving) and add heaps of the vegetables. Again about a handful of small shrimps will be enough.

Also Recommended: reflexology, yoga, or eat a bunch of deliscious carrot cake with mounds of frosting.


The Story of Stuff

April 24, 2009


“From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It’ll teach you something, it’ll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever.”

Fun Facts from the Story:

• In the past 3 decades, 1/3 of the planet’s natural resources have been consumed.
• In the U.S. we have LESS THAN 4% of our original forests left.
• 40% of waterways in the U.S. have become undrinkable.
• The U.S. has 5% of the world’s population but consumes 30% of the world’s resources and creates 30% of the world’s waste.
• The average U.S. person now consumes twice as much as they did 50 years ago.
• We each see more advertisements in one year than a people 50 years ago saw in a lifetime.
• In the U.S., we spend 3–4 times as many hours shopping as our counterparts in Europe do.
• Each person in the United States makes 4 1/2 pounds of garbage a day. Twice what we each made thirty years ago.

They are working with Facing the Future a non-profit education organization that provides resources and action opportunities on global issues and sustainability for teachers, students and the public. They’re collaborating right now to figure out how to create a curriculum for use in classrooms.

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This video should abosolutely be shown to any group of people ESPECIALLY our students in conjunction with lessons that involve topics of: litter, pollution, recycling, repurposing, reusing, consumerism, and

the future.

marcel dzama and the royal art lodge.

The Royal Art Lodge was an art collective from 1996-2008.  The Royal Art Lodge was founded in 1996 by Michael Dumontier, Marcel Dzama, 
Neil Farber, Drue Langlois, Jonathan Pylypchuk, and Adrian Williams in Winnipeg, 
Manitoba, Canada.  Hollie Dzama and Myles Langlois have also been members.
Marcel Dzama:

born 1974; BFA University of Manitoba; currently living in New York City. Primarily works on small scale ink and watercolor drawings; costume design. Cover designer for Beck's "Guero", The Weakerthans' "Reconstruction Site" and They Might Be Giant's "The Else". Devestatingly handsome, and my future boyfriend. 
cute website about marcel, who has published two books with McSweenys

Time Consumers

April 8, 2009


1. Boing Boing is a blog that always has fun and interesting things to look at and read. The posts range from featured artists, to political stories/news. Check it out


2. Free Book Spot is a wonderful resource for books. They have thousands of uploaded books available for free. If your into tech, art, science, etc, this website is a must.


3. Inhabitat is a weblog devoted to the future of design, tracking the innovations in technology, practices and materials that are pushing architecture and home design towards a smarter and more sustainable future.


4. Moco Loco is a blog on contemporary design. It has all things sleek, shiny, and new. It also features fine artists. I love looking at modern design. Check out the site, and you will too.


5. Style2Ouf is all about the dance. Breakdancing, streetdancing, pop-lockin’, etc. What can I say “I Love to Dance”. Check them out and you my get the fever too.


6. Instructables is the ultimate DIY website. Are you interest in doing it yourself? Almost anything and everything can be found on this site. Give it a look, you might even want to contribute to it.


7. Endgadget is the tech site to get your fix. It features articles and photos on all the new tech and software, don’t be left behind, check it out.


8. Gizmodo is the gadget blog to beat. What can I say, I luvz me some fresh tech. So if you got a couple of hours to spare give it peek.


9. Seed is a magazine that combines some of my favorite things in life, art and science. If you are still wondering how those two subjects came come together check it for yourself, it’s sure to please.


10. TED is a gift to us all. TED is exactly what it promotes itself as, Ideas worth spreading. So go and look and spread.

Craigslist picture-32

A great resource for used cars, apartments for rent and even FREE items from owners


Slick’s Art picture-42

A prime example of how far an artist can take their portfolio site, as well as a fun Flash playground


Art Crimes picture-51

International graffiti, sectioned off by artists, cities, and themes. Also a great reference for graffiti supply stores and other artists sites


You Tube picture-6

Video database for great how-to’s, short comedy skits, music videos, and completely random fun


Breakdancing 101 picture-7

Want to learn how to break dance from home? Here’s a site that gives you step-by-step tutorials for moves ranging from novice to expert


Car Domain picture-2

For those auto-enthusiasts, this site is a venue to show off your custom show car, or promote your love for transportation


Threadless picture-10

Artists can submit a design, be voted on, and make money if their design is chosen to be printed and distributed on t-shirts


Kid Art picture-8

Check out the trash matcher section: Some projects that are more on the crafty side of things, but you can easily find fun ways to repurpose old materials


Google picture-9

A.K.A. the guru of all questions asked


Jon D. Neumann’s Art

Here’s my personal site displaying paintings and drawings from past to present


Reverse Graffiti

April 8, 2009


Alexandre Orion is an artist out of Brazil that incorporates graffiti influences, public art, and photography. 

picture-3What caught my attention most was his “Reverse Graffiti” video that I came across on youtube.com. Here he uses subtractive techniques to create a huge assemblage of stylized skulls by simply cleaning the dirt off the wall. This practice brings a lot of questions to the table regarding vandalism, definition of art, and even graffiti concepts according to the culture (illegality vs. his semi-legal approach).  In essence, he is not defacing any property, yet he is still manipulating a restricted area. By using products to cleanse the wall in a visually aesthetic way, he has broken the boundary of public art in a graffiti stylization by keeping it legal with the adrenaline pumped approach of stepping up without permission and giving the public a taste of his visual vocabulary. This can be formed into a great lesson of subtractive drawing. At least by being used as motivator to the ideas of how far art can go, it can show how someone can combine two extreme cultures and using them in a positive way.