From the monthly archives: January 2011

Bugarach, France has become a place where people who believe in the apocalypse plan to take refuge.  Locals don’t really understand the phenomenon but believers think that the peak is one of the chakras of the world and its “mystical magnetism” will be the force that will protect them from whatever happens in 2012. Tweet

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Protest’s Old Guard Falls Behind the Young – in this article it said that in Liberation Square there was a “carnival like” atmosphere, and that protestors were taking picture in front of tanks, one painted with the slogan “30 years of humiliation and poverty”.  The young people mobilized the crowds, and the older guard is […]

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I really hope things work out for the best in Egypt and all the other revolutions that take place in the future.
This project has been good for me and I appreciate being part of it. I wish the best to all the future artists to come, enjoy yourself.

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When you’re crazy busy, what’s one of the first things you jettison?  The news. You catch a glimpse online, but stop to read nothing that isn’t essential.  I’ve been finishing work, packing and crating a shipment for a show in Los Angeles at Edward Cella which opens Feb 12.  All about sleep patterns…..which is a […]

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Last day with the paper and there is so much I don’t understand. What is this? Seems somewhat important. Tweet

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notLoire.net Tweet

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Day 31 – 1.31.11 XOXO Sale. Date with a Revoution. Week 4: It’s worth one more week! Repeat rules from Week 1, 2 +3. Week 3: Stick with the program. Repeat rules from Week 1+2. Week 2 Rules: Repeat rules from Week 1. Week 1 Rules: Manipulate front page image. Document with iphone. Tweet

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The increase of interracial marriages has created a multiracial generation that is growing exponentially.  This generation rejects the color lines that defined America for so long and chooses to embrace all of the cultures that they embody, however many that may be. Tweet

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Day 30 – 1.30.11 Ripped and Righteous. Egyptians Defiant as Military Does Little. Week 4: It’s worth one more week! Repeat rules from Week 1, 2 +3. Week 3: Stick with the program. Repeat rules from Week 1+2. Week 2 Rules: Repeat rules from Week 1. Week 1 Rules: Manipulate front page image. Document with […]

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Gifford’s Husband Faces Decision on Shuttle Flight Tweet

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It seems like arabs are finding a voice with shared resentments and a desire for both bread and freedom. This was one story today and this is my ode to finding a voice.

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1.30.11 Lorie Novak

January 30, 2011 by

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Reading the article today called, “Black? White? Asian? More Young Americans Choose All of the Above”… I was thinking that people want to simplify and have clear-cut ways to classify things, including people. Each individual though can’t fit into a box, we’re each a multi-dimesional world both same and different than each other. When I […]

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Day 29 – 1.29.11 Prodigal Son. Mubarak Orders Crackdown. Week 4: It’s worth one more week! Repeat rules from Week 1, 2 +3. Week 3: Stick with the program. Repeat rules from Week 1+2. Week 2 Rules: Repeat rules from Week 1. Week 1 Rules: Manipulate front page image. Document with iphone. Tweet

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A suicide bomb went off in a supermarket in Kabul, killing nine. And also, an injured man gets treated after suffering puncture wounds during protests in Cairo.

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Using Yoga to Help Cab Drivers Relax Body and Mind Tweet

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Inspired today to make a yoga mat by reading about Andrew Vollo, LaGuardia Community College’s director of the educational program for taxi drivers, and his efforts to bring the teachings of yoga to taxi drivers …”a demographic niche that needed it.” “If I get nine people in class, that is fantastic. They’ll learn enough exercises […]

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Day 28 – 1.28.11 Embrace. Central Park, Cushioned. Week 4: It’s worth one more week! Repeat rules from Week 1, 2 +3. Week 3: Stick with the program. Repeat rules from Week 1+2. Week 2 Rules: Repeat rules from Week 1. Week 1 Rules: Manipulate front page image. Document with iphone. Tweet

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There was (minor) filibuster reform!! Tweet

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I was looking through the arts section of the NYTimes today and came across an image of a collage by an artist that caught my eye…I cut it out and used it as the beginning inspiration for a free-form sketch. a bit of bright whimsical art in the gray winter from the gray paper. enjoy! […]

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Jen Lau 1.27.11 Game On

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Something is seriously wrong with me.  I looked at the front page of the paper today and all I could think of was that the main photo reminded me of a scene from a video game.  It really disturbed me that I made that connection because this in fact is NOT a scene from a […]

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Day 27 -1.27.11 #SnowstormPaperDeliveryFail No Paper Today. Tweet

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In Plants That Earn Their Keep scientists are developing plants that can detect minute amounts of TNT in the air, and drain of chlorophyl when they do.  The plants could potentially be used in airports or even outdoors and can sniff out TNT much better than bomb sniffing dogs. Tweet

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Revolt 1-27-11

January 27, 2011 by

More uprisings and protests against governments who’ve been in power a little too long. I think it’s great and i commend these people standing up against corruption. This one is in Cairo where ‘officers stormed the gatherings, they beat anyone who happened to be standing in the way’.

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In a statement after Tuesday’s clashes, [Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton] urged restraint but described the Egyptian government as ‘stable’ and “looking for ways to respond to the legitimate needs and interests of the Egyptian people.” “‘Stability’ is a very pernicious word” [Mohamed ElBaradei] said. “Stability at the expense of 30 years of martial […]

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Building on yesterday’s theme of variations/variety from the same material. I read today a review on “The Hidden Reality” by Brian Greene about parallel universes and the deep laws of the cosmos.  ”an infinite number of appearances with a finite number of outfits ensures infinite repetition…infinite variations of ourselves, our lives and our solar system”. To […]

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Do you still have any of your work you made as a kid?  How much did you keep from art-school?  Do you toss the bad stuff now?  NY Times has been hosting a series of articles about clutter, hoarding and ruthless tossing.  I’m in the last category, when in doubt….toss it.  Today’s “Mom, you’re one […]

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Day 26 – 1.26.11 Hello? In Alexandria Egypt, demonstrators tore down a poster of President Hosni Mubarak. Week 4: It’s worth one more week! Repeat rules from Week 1, 2 +3. Week 3: Stick with the program. Repeat rules from Week 1+2. Week 2 Rules: Repeat rules from Week 1. Week 1 Rules: Manipulate front […]

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Obama Calls for Cooperation, Innovation, Deficit Reduction. “Eager to show some budget toughness, Obama pledged to veto any bill with earmarks.” Tweet

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Hollaaaaa! 1-26-11

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Some people are’nt too happy with their new leader replacements. Like this guy who rips down a poster of the new guy in Lebanon. Below this photo on the same page was an ad hollering 70% offf.

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China is rapidly becoming a clean energy power. Tweet

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Whether with materials as a visual artist or with food ingredients as a home chef – I am always amazed at the possibilities of variety with the same material/ingredient. Today’s article in the Dining section of the NYTimes (“The Long Pull of Noodle Making”) was one of those examples—noodles…and to me paper is another medium […]

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Day 25- 1.25.11 Place Smile Here. Suicide Bomb Kills at Busiest Moscow Airport. Week 4: It’s worth one more week! Repeat rules from Week 1, 2 +3. Week 3: Stick with the program. Repeat rules from Week 1+2. Week 2 Rules: Repeat rules from Week 1. Week 1 Rules: Manipulate front page image. Document with […]

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In today’s Lack of Sex Among Wine Grapes Tangles A Family Vine, what grapes need is more sex, or DNA testing to make hardier varieties. Tweet

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All stories from the front page.There was a terrible bombing in a Russian airport that killed 30(a cold vicious act). The Chief of Tunisian Army pledges to support the revolution going on over there which I thought was pretty cool.And it’s not too cool in NY right now because you got icicles like these.

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Educating Teens on the Dangers of ‘Sexting’. “If they get caught, they could be charged with crimes including child pornography.” Tweet

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It’s Tuesday, and my favorite part of the paper comes out today…..the Science section.  An amazing story about chess experts, scientists use brain scans to figure out  why they are better, and what’s different in the way their brain processes a chess board.  Net-net, the best chess players simultaneously use their left brain for object […]

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Both Sunday’s and Monday’s papers contained stories referencing the difficulties and power dynamics of how cultural histories are recorded and presented. The Long, Thorny Path to a National African American Museum, NY Times, 1.23.11 Art Exhibit Stirs Up the Ghosts of Zimbabwe’s Past, NY Times, 1.24.11 Tweet

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1.24.11 Lorie Novak

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Art Exhibit Stirs Up Ghosts of Zimbabwe’s Past Tweet

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Footbwar 1-24-11

January 24, 2011 by

This is the smallest drawing i’ve done so far. There was a big story on the front page but the image was real small, it was this soldier in Iraq after 5 car bombs had gone off. Then the big image/headline was football. I would hate to think that most americans think that ‘if it ain’t football, it ain’t news’.

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There was a competition at a Colorado ski resort to see who could design a bridge that animals would use so that they did not have to cross traffic and risk being killed.  The winner was a landscape architecture firm that designed a bridge disguised by shrubbery and that would help to protect many animals […]

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I have always wanted to be a dancer and a lot of things I like watching because of the movement…the invisible lines drawn by it – like a basketball game. Today the article “The Dancer’s Line and the Artist’s Line Intersect in the Sand” really captivated me. In the article Roslyn Sulcas wrote how dance […]

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Day 24 – 1.24.11 The Jets Season Comes to an End. Reality Show. Week 4: It’s worth one more week! Repeat rules from Week 1, 2 +3. Week 3: Stick with the program. Repeat rules from Week 1+2. Week 2 Rules: Repeat rules from Week 1. Week 1 Rules: Manipulate front page image. Document with […]

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Obama’s Speech Expected to Stress Economy, Civility Tweet

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In the article The Thorny Path to a National Black Museum – there is a mention that the silk shawl that Queen Victoria sent to Harriet Tubman is one of the artifact that will be on display. Tweet

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An ex-agent with an agenda wields his own private spy network. He and his team pushed a plan to prove Hamid Karzai used heroin. I’m not sure what that plan would accomplish because its pretty standard for a president to try some drug like weed or coke, right?

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Day 23 – 1.23.11 Is Pink Necessary? to a National Black Museum. Week 4: It’s worth one more week! Repeat rules from Week 1, 2 +3. Week 3: Stick with the program. Repeat rules from Week 1+2. Week 2 Rules: Repeat rules from Week 1. Week 1 Rules: Manipulate front page image. Document with iphone. […]

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Horrifying to imagine setting yourself on fire.  But it does have a huge effect. In NYTimes…Self-immolation to protest repression as a long history. Tweet

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Obama Changes Course on Jobs President Obama taps GE’s Chief Executive to head the Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. Tweet

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I was thinking yesterday – what if other people’s memories of me (with me) at different points in time were stitched together…and them maybe interspersed with my own recollections of myself at different times. What would that life look like? What story of my life would others create from it? I read the review on […]

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In Time of Salty Slush, It’s Risky to be Near a Manhole Salt put down to melt snow and ice this time of year corrodes cables and makes them more susceptible to fire.  This can lead to a release of gasses that can cause manhole covers to pop off. Tweet

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Day 22 – 1.22.11 Day 22 Flying Blind. Unemployment is rife in the impoverished town of Sidi Bouzid, Tunisia. Week 3: Stick with the program. Repeat rules from Week 1+2. Week 2 Rules: Repeat rules from Week 1. Week 1 Rules: Manipulate front page image. Document with iphone. Tweet

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Afghanistan is a mess, i know Obama sent a lot of troops, but he’s not to completely blame. Here civilians wait for medicine and work. It is sad that civilians cant get proper medical attention when needed and who knows if it will ever be stable again. No Dice is just an expression meaning ‘no chance’ or ‘not your turn’.

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Every book in the NY Times Book Review and best sellers lists that I’d like to read. As a somewhat slow reader it takes me 2 weeks minimum to read a book. Would take me 32 weeks at best – 3/5 of a year.  Compounded by the new books reviewed every week… Tweet

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Day 20 – 1.21.11 Spartacus. Confronting the Nation’s Fiscal Woes… Week 3: Stick with the program. Repeat rules from Week 1+2. Week 2 Rules: Repeat rules from Week 1. Week 1 Rules: Manipulate front page image. Document with iphone. Tweet

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Scots Tell London, Hands off Our Clocks All of these slogans for and against keeping daylight savings time year round are quotes from the article.  (You should really read the article – it has some gems in it!) Tweet

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Used to be doctors would guess if you had alzheimers, and confirm the diagnosis via plaque in the brain in the autopsy after you’re dead.  Every one who has watched a grandmother, and mother begin to lose memory….not just the “where did I put my keys”.  But serious memory loss, begins to worry if it […]

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This is how I dj images. One image is a fake cop holding someone at gun point in Sudan, a man holds basket on head in Haiti, NY mets fan sad i guess, jewelry advertisement, a poll saying what is and isn’t favorable and random color, go dj.

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Blue Wall paying respects to slain Lakewood Police Office Christopher Matlosz. RIP Tweet

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Day 20 – 1.20.11 Walmart Dance. President Obama and President Hu Jintao. Week 3: Stick with the program. Repeat rules from Week 1+2. Week 2 Rules: Repeat rules from Week 1. Week 1 Rules: Manipulate front page image. Document with iphone. Tweet

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Secret Spaces, Far From Strife is a beautifully written essay by Andre Dubus III.  It tells of his childhood building treehouses, forts and igloos with his brother. Tweet

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1. his work isn’t that interesting and 2 he is trying to sue a small business in S.F. for selling bookends that look like balloon dogs. Although he has been taken to court 4 times over copyright issues and lost 3 times, he wants to try to pull this shit. When art becomes greed or anything else corrupt then it loses its identity as art. I think i’ll print 1000 of these and sell them for $1 dollar ea. just don’t tell Jeff.

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“Opening up an office space makes people interact more and, the thinking goes, be more productive…It makes you feel more loyal to a company if there’s some energy or buzz.” connect. in a beautiful open space. we are energized to work better. together. Tweet

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Martin Greenberg is planning to traverse the entire NYC subway system in 2 days.  This will prove daunting for the 58-year-old because he is both deaf and blind.  Inspired by his story I closed my eyes, plugged my ears and attempted to draw the NYC subway system by memory.  Apparently my memory is very shoddy…and […]

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Day 19 – 1.19.11 Look into my eyes. Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Tuesday welcomed President Hu Jintao of China. Week 3: Stick with the program. Repeat rules from Week 1+2. Week 2 Rules: Repeat rules from Week 1. Week 1 Rules: Manipulate front page image. Document with iphone. Tweet

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I’m sorry to say i wasn’t aware of this great photographer, Mr. Milton Rogovin. For over 50 years he took photos of the poor and less fortunate and championed them through his photos. I’m a big fan of this idea and he seemed to be pretty good at it. This is a guy from one of his photos and i added a random stock market graph that was on the opposite page.

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What is the U.S. city with the most gay parents? Jacksonville, Florida! Parenting by Gays More  Common in the South, Census Shows Tweet

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“Citizens and martyrs, the government is still the same.  We will protest until the government collapses!” Tweet

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“In Afghanistan, Insurgents Let Bombs Do the Fighting” – NY Times, January 18, 2011 Tweet

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Day 18 Bloody Theatre. The Latest Test of Stability in Haiti. Week 3: Stick with the program. Repeat rules from Week 1+2. Week 2 Rules: Repeat rules from Week 1. Week 1 Rules: Manipulate front page image. Document with iphone. Tweet

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Roles for women: Too Sweet Study finds many female film characters still just eye candy “Disney’s Tinker Bell cartoon character wasn’t part of the study, but observers have long wondered if the pixie’s tight-fitting skirts were too short on her hourglass figure.” Tweet

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This is a photo of a man protesting the newly formed government in Tunisia. There is a revolution going on over there, pretty important for those people. I decided to tatoo and surround him with not so important things in the newspaper except for the balloons, they were part of a ceremony in Tuscon.

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Buried deep in the article Makeshift Memorials Pop up in Tucson it says that Christina Green’s eyes were donated and saved the eyesight of two children. Tweet

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Curious about the note of pride expressed by those who rise before 5am to collect, read and digest the news for political power-brokers. And I thought, who reads the news for you?  I get my first taste on my phone and email from Mike Allen’s playbook.  Although today, the first story I read was about […]

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I think mathematics is an elegant language that explains so much about all of us and nature – from our internal organs to the arrangement of flower petals. But it isn’t really taught that way and so I found this article about mathemusician Vi Hart, Bending and Stretching Classroom Lessons to Make Math Inspire really […]

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I opened up my paper today and stumbled upon a section that I had never seen before- Metropolitan Diary.  There was a little story there about a guy who would take care of his neighbor’s pet goldfish, Sushi.  She was a young girl at the time so when he said he had taken the fish […]

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I cant stand it when companies or corporations prey on the disadvantaged. Like this guy and his wife who borrowed $5,000 for injuries and now owe over $18,000 to what their lawyer called “legal loan sharks..who take advantage of the meek,weak and the ignorant”. Corporate corruption is one of the main causes for the misery of the people.

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