Sunday, August 31, 2008

Blogger Comments And Sunday Art

I've had some people tell me the comments engine blows. Let me know if it works for you.

I also painted on Sunday. This one's a little PG-13 and it IS what you think it is. Ha. Ha. Was fun to paint too!

Next Sunday is the Art Association Gallery Walk. Apparently, there is art and culture in Harrisburg. I'd like to go if anyone wants to go. Maybe I'll ask someone out.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

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Monday, August 25, 2008

Latest piece of Artwork

I did this on Saturday. It was supposed to be a nebula, but as you can see, I went a little nuts because I bought 36 new colors that day and just had to try it out.

Plus I think I was still feeling some "side effects" (mainly time dilation) from Thursday evening's fun-filled activities and I kept zoning out as I painted. Oh, and at one point, the colors started dancing on the canvas which was cool although irritating. Thus, lots of red and orange and purple. There actually is black all the way under that. Sunday I applied a thick coat of glaze to it.

I'm finding I really like painting, even though to be honest, I don't think I'm all that great at it. But hey, it keeps me busy and occupied since lately, I really haven't felt like doing the Harrisburg Out and About Drinking scene.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Wednesday Night Painting

Yup, this is what I did.

This last one is the one I didn't start. Maybe this weekend.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

More Art Time at Terry's House!

Ok, not really a house, but you get the gist. Not sure what I was going for with this one. Bright, isn't it?

The Art School book I picked up 3 years ago off of the sale rack at B.Daulton. I think it was a good purchase, although I can honestly say I haven't opened it in awhile.


Nom Nom Nom!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Arts and Crafts at Terry's Home!

I had the urge to paint again. So I did.

Be honest. You won't hurt my feelings if you think it's hideous.

dumpster diving

On the heels of my totally awesome mirror that I painted on Sunday, today I found a perfectly good coffee table. I had been using a steamer trunk as one before.

Now I have a coffee table. Can you believe someone was going to throw this away? Amazing. There's not a thing wrong with it except for where someone stuck something onto the top--that can be scrubbed off with some soap and water.

Oh well. It's MINE now!

Yes I'm aware of how junky it already is. When you live in 550 square feet, every inch gets used. I've outgrown this place, no matter how much I toss so I think after October all my focus is going to be on putting lots of money away so I can get out of here when my lease is up next July, preferably sooner.

Picture was taken with my new digital camera, which apparently has resolution that's sharper then real life.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008


4 boneless porkchops
1 can of Cream of Celery Soup
a few tbsps of Worchester Sauce
half can of water (use the soup can)

preheat oven to 400 degrees. Put porkchops in baking pan. Pour worchester sauce on porkchops. Then pour can of cream of Celery Soup in pan. Add water. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until done.

then eat. I'll be eating this for a few days.

I served it (to myself) with whole grain linguine, which can be found in the organic section at Giant, although I'm sure Wegmans has the same linguine too. The linguine I made in a microwave rice steamer that has a pasta attachment.

This came about because I wanted to use Cream of Mushroom soup and didn't have any and I was too lazy to ride down to the Sayford Market to get some.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

What do you think?

My afternoon/evening plans were postponed a day so I painted a mirror frame. I found this mirror out by the dumpster about a month ago and was amazed someone was going to toss it. So I snatched it and today I painted it.

What do you think?

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Discussion Question Time

If we all move to electric vehicles and alternate fuel vehicles, what will we tax (or how will we tax) to keep the roads paved and the transit running?

I'm beginning to see that a lot of people ( the various "Green" bloggers at Daily Kos like dotcommodity and A Seigel) don't seem to have answered that question when they make their case (sometimes guiltmongering, but hey, do what you gotta do to make a point) for putting solar panels on carports for plug-in electric cars so they don't have to buy electricity generated from a big corporate utility and so on.

My coworkers had an argument from Williamsport well past Selinsgrove as we drove down US 11/15 from Towanda last Thursday about this and it sparked something.

Many Americans hate the gas tax, as we seem to hate all taxes. But I'll tell you what, you know exactly what you're getting with the federal and state gas taxes: paved roads. They may not be the best, as any Pennsylvanian or resident of the upper Midwest/Northeast will tell you, but they get paved when they can. Furthermore, myself included, we expect expanded transit systems. Or we expect the light rails (then called trolleys or interurbans) to come back after we ripped them all out after World War II. The money for that has to come from somewhere.

Gasoline has come down, because people stopped driving. Eventually it will continue its slow rise upward. I am firmly of the belief what's occurring now is an artificial bubble and not the End Of Civilization Due To Peak Oil, although the Peak is approaching if it hasn't passed already. At any rate, people stop driving, revenues to keep the roads paved stop coming in. Revenues stop coming in, roads don't get paved so then your fancy (although very fragile, I mean what's available in electric cars now look like Barbie cars or golf carts, no offense) electric car will be worthless unless they start building them like Hummers.

I'd like to have a cool serious discussion about this because it really should be on people's minds. We can all put solar panels on our carports and garages assuming we live in the suburbs where we can have a carport and/or garage, as most Americans do (and we'll discuss where city dwellers would plug in later.) We can all generate our own power so we don't have to buy from some evil corporate utility that probably isn't green and won't be for at least another 2 or 3 decades. But that doesn't answer the question on how the roads get paved if no one used gas to power their vehicles anymore. We're already seeing our revenues begin to fall and at PennDOT, this is seriously hurting our purchasing power.

I'll throw an idea and note I'm not for or against it. A Transportation Systems Sales Tax that everyone pays, no matter if they drive or not. Everyone enjoys the benefits of a functioning transportation system, otherwise you'd starve. Think about it. Or post your own ideas in the comments thread.

It's either that or we toll just about everything.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

i'm a superhero!

Your results:
You are The Flash

The Flash
Green Lantern
Iron Man
Wonder Woman
Fast, athletic and flirtatious.

Click here to take the "Which Superhero am I?" quiz...

Which is Better?

  1. Having a whole crowd and entourage of friends
  2. Just having a small close-knit group of friends

Just a hypothetical on a Sunday morning.