Focus month: Optics

Sometimes, when I’m drinking or just being a jackass, I tell people “I gave the American steampunks* the monoggle.” Which isn’t necessarily true, though it’s probably at least a little bit close to what is truth (there were fancy-ass ones being made in Europe, that stupid word wasn’t being used so much though the design was, etc.). A lot of cameras go through our house and not all of them leave. I really like taking things apart and how lenses work fascinate me. I would use cold connections to make…

Focus month: the craft room, fin

Well, July’s focus wasn’t entirely a failure. I mean, it mostly was because here I am at the end of August, having just finished the basic goal (to tidy my craft area upstairs so I can actually use it). But I still finished it! I made slow progress in the earlier part of the month But hoorah, now it is done. I need to vacuum, and there are areas that need to be further broken down and tidied, but the primary issue—having no floor space and just junk everywhere, is…

C.O.P.S. class notes: Hello/Goodbye 08/20/11

I’m taking classes at the Conceptual Oregon Performance School this summer and I’m a huge nerd. Here are my notes from class and related links. This is a video based class so the majority of the links are videos. The Amateur As the class has already covered viral film territory the focus this class was instead on one specific film maker. American Movie: The Making of Northwestern Part one Part two Part three Part four Part five Part six Part seven Part eight Part nine Part ten Part eleven Coven…

C.O.P.S. Class notes: Audience as wind-up monkey 08/13/11

I’m taking classes at the Conceptual Oregon Performance School this summer and I’m a huge nerd, so I’m taking notes. These are particularly late for several reasons, one of which is that this was a particularly non-linear session and although I tried, I couldn’t really do it justice written out. I’d also found some cool things that referenced the public versus private space theme that the syllabus had said we’d be talking about, which we didn’t directly enough for me to figure out how to shoe-horn them in. Here are…

C.O.P.S. class notes: Hello/Goodbye 07/31/11

I’m taking classes at the Conceptual Oregon Performance School this summer and I’m a huge nerd. Here are my notes from class and related links. This is a video based class so the majority of the links are videos.   Gender & Punk Class notes/discussion topics:   “Gender & punk” being a loosely defined, small framework for a gargantuan range of topic Most videos are based in music rather than performance or art realm Old-school punk (definition of movement in hindsight, sensationalised after the fact) Iggy Pop interview on the…