Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Running: That's More Like It!

Okay, maybe not as fast as I'd like but it was definitely nice to wake up early and get my ass into the gym!  I feel best about my workouts when I'm able to eke out 5 or more miles.  NOT an easy thing to do on a treadmill!  Thank GOD they had The Hills on one of the screens.  That alone got me through a good 30 minutes. 

Monday, September 29, 2008

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Running: Slacker....

This is what happens when when you take a FIVE WEEK vacay from training...


Back at it!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Art: Almost, But Not Quite

Machines that Almost Fall Over from Michael Kontopoulos on Vimeo.

Quite possibly the most fascinating thing I've ever seen. Or not...

Family: The Princess Plays Soccer

Some snaps from my (almost) 5yo niece's soccer game last weekend!

She' s bad-ass...'nough said:

Her Game Face

Doesn't quite grasp the concept

Fairly certain

The next Julie Foudy

Kick-off stance


High-fives all around


For 39 more images of the Pink Ladies crushing the Lil Divas click here.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Photos: This Place...

Last week I had the pleasure of photographing the rehearsal of Jazz's upcoming solo performance, This Place. This Place explores the dynamics and impact of those who surround mental illness- the secrecy, regret, trauma, helplessness, legacy.

This performance will premiere Saturday evening, September 27th at DanceSpot in Silver Lake's Studio A Dance. Tickets can be reserved at
StudioADance.com. Hope to see you there!

To view the rest of the photos from rehearsal click here.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Burning Man 2008: The Last Camp

From Danger Ranger:

"After the street signs disappeared on burn night, the owner of this camp was unable to find his way home. He left the playa 2 days later. A week after that, the cleanup crew packed up his tent & his bike & his wallet & his car & his camera- along with a flash card containing 807 photos. "

Music: Daft Punk - Something About Us (Theremin Jam)

I experienced my first theremin last May at the Bay Area Maker Faire at which time I thought it was a pretty cool instrument.  After seeing this Daft Punk cover I've upgraded 'pretty cool' to 'bad ass'....DP can give anything street cred!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Photos: Wade's 2008 Laffalympics B-Day Celebration

Such a brilliant day. We, indeed, laffed A LOT!!! Yes, mostly AT people but isn't that what the Laffalympics are all about?!


Scout Master


Mad Hopz!

Please comply!

Perfect Rendition


Tea Cup Racing Champions

Did Not Practice Stopping!


2008 Laffalympians (and a cyclist)!

And, yet the fun doesn't stop here! For 110 more magical moments with this fine group of Laffalympians click here.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Wish List: The Motherlode!

I was perusing Etsy.com (keyword 'striped', natch) when I stumbled across the sweater of all sweaters. It's as if I've died and gone to sweater heaven, seriously! This piece of wearable art is not only made of my favorite colors but it has stripes AND ruffles, to boot! Oh my...Totally WANT!!!

Seller: DevilMadeMeDoIt
Price: $208.00

Friday, September 12, 2008

Photography: The Wait Is Over!!!

Photography: The Wait Is Over!!!
Originally uploaded by Sanctuary-Studio

My new D700 JUST arrived!!! W00t!!!

Art: A New Hope

A long time ago, in a political campaign far, far away, this poster was hanging in campaign offices across the galaxy…

…and these logos were on bumper stickers from Alderaan to Yavin:

(from Ironicsans.com)

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Music: Feist (Mocky Remix) - Fighting Away The Tears

Fighting Away the Tears - Feist

Photography: Practically Famous!

Schmap: Seattle's Olympic Sculpture Park
While I was away at the Burn I was notified by Emma Williams at Schmap that my image of Richard Serra's sculpture, Wake, taken at Seattle's Olympic Sculpture Park was selected to be included in their Seattle Guide.

Sanctuary Studio reprezent, yo!

Practically Famous...

Politics: Mine's BIGGER!

Mine's BIGGER!
Originally uploaded by Sanctuary-Studio

My Obama sticker is bigger than your McSame sticker! Eat poop suckah!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Burning Man 2008: Our Arrival...

Otter, Ops and I left So Cal for our Grand Playa Adventure on Tuesday August 19th late afternoon. We (meaning THEY) drove Big Lucy through the night and about 12 hours later we arrived in Gerlach, NV. Seeing as how it was around 4am'ish Wednesday morning we decided to pull into the gas station for our final fill'er-up before trekking the remaining few miles into Black Rock City. We pulled Big L right up to the pump and decided to crash for a while until the gas station opened in a couple of hours. About an hour or so later I awoke to the sounds of someone using the pump next to Big L. I peeked through the blinds only to realize that unlike past years the pumps had be upgraded and were now capable of taking credit cards 24/7. After our little nap and top-off we shot off for the Playa.

At this point the sun was creeping up over the mountains. The Burning Man Festival Welcome Home sign at the entrance of the event hadn't been installed yet so we nearly missed the turn off. After backing Big L up a few feet we started our 5mph crawl to The Gate. The one thing that sticks out in my mind about arriving at the gate at sunrise was how f'g cold it was that morning! Seriously see-yer-breath cold! The Gate Keepers were all bundled up and gathered around a burn barrel drinking a bottle Jack Daniels. Otter threw on his sub-zero handmade Otter coat and was in complete heaven. Then the gate procedures continued....since we were early arrivals we had to supply our early entry passes, tickets and photo ID's which then had to be taken away for verification. The Gate crew began inspecting Big Lucy for stow aways. It took (what seemed like) forever. I hopped out and starting snapping some pics, naturally. Once the Gate Keepers finally came to the conclusion that Big Lucy's enclosed bed frame was not harboring any sneakers we were finally allowed to pass.

I don't recall being greeted at Greeters station that morning. I'm guessing since it was so early in the week AND so early in the AM there were no greeters on shift yet. We pulled Big L right up behind the Greeters 'office' where we were to begin working at 10AM. By 10 o'clock greeters station was in full-effect. Collating the What Where Whens, Maps, Stickers, Tips sheets and Recycle tags for the following three days (8 hours a day) in an air conditioned box was an absolutely divine way to begin acclimating to the harsh Playa conditions. Since we were pulling full-time shifts for those three days Topless Deb gave us meal cards which allowed us to eat at the commissary. I must add that the Commissary food was STELLAR! This is the first time in 9 Burns that I actually noticeably GAINED weight on the Playa. There were tons of Vegetarian and Vegan options to choose from...even when I didn't have an appetite I'd throw down a full plate of yummy deliciousness. We never did rally early enough to enjoy breakfast in the mornings...but it wasn't missed. Even in the default world I'm not a breakfast eater.

The commissary was one of my favorite places to hang that week. I totally looked forward to meals if for no other reason than to people watch. It was nice to see so many familiar faces after a day or so. We sat a couple tables away from Larry Harvey one afternoon and saw tons of other recognizable faces from BMorg & Tribe.net. The one thing that was most apparent as I sat there each day trying to burn the beautiful mental images of the hustle and bustle of the commissary into my brain was that everyone had indeed spent the day WORKING. There were very few, if any, 'costumes', no fun fur, no bright/blinky/glittery anything....just wall to wall black, camo and khaki with the occassional yellow medical team tee shirt sprinkled amongst the crowd.

Okay, all for now. 
More later...

Monday, September 8, 2008

Burning Man: Homeslice (and Friends) Photo Links

Trip & Shutter @ Greeters Station
(Trip & Shutter @ Greeters Station photo by Otter)

I'll continue to update this post as more links come in!

Photos by...

Life: Always Room For More...

Life: Always Room For More...
Life: Always Room For More...
Originally uploaded by Sanctuary-Studio

One completely playafied Playa bike. One Playa coated Steampunked Homeslice camp layout map. Four full bags of groceries from Trader Joes. And yet there's still room for more!

It's called a Fit for a reason, yo!

Zoom Zoom!

Life: Sunday Brunch With The Grrrs!

Life: Sunday Brunch With The Grrrs!
Originally uploaded by Sanctuary-Studio

I left a fabulous Eastside brunch with the Lofties yesterday feeling so incredibly happy and content. It may have had something to do with the delicious meal Poop whipped up. Or it quite possibly had something to do with the fabulous smile on TheNewSlice's face (as shown above with his Yoda backpack). But mostly I think it had to do with the fact that they told me they're coming to Granite Pass for Homeslice Decom next month!!! Can't wait to be back in the desert with my 'Slice family!

Friday, September 5, 2008

Music: Chemical Brothers - Hey Boy Hey Girl (Remix)

Hey Boy Hey Girl (2003 Digital Remaster) - The Chemical Brothers

One of the highlights of my Burn was tearing it up on the Opulent Temple dance floor to this song. Was that a Freeland remix?! Oh my...it's already becoming blurry!

Burning Man 2008: Shiva Vista Project On Current TV

My brilliantly shining Playa Sister, A_delle, was in charge of coordinating performances on the Shiva Vista Project stage this year at Burning Man. In the clip above she's being interviewed by Current TV about her project. Brava, Lady...so beautiful, talented and well spoken!

A_delle had a somewhat trying time on the Playa this year. Commander and I witnessed her getting burned while spinning Poi Thursday night at a pre-event opening party. So scary. Fortunately her Reno-based Controlled Burn crew was super attentive to her every need. They de-flamed her not once but twice and ultimately ripped the accessory off of her which was causing the problem. I have no doubts that A_delle received the best care the Burner community could provide.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

DIY: Threadbanger Steampunks It Up....

How To: Steampunk Goggles-

How To: Steampunk Gloves-

How To: Steampunk Outfit-

Burning Man: Playa Battle Wounds

Burning Man: Playa Battle Wounds
Originally uploaded by Sanctuary-Studio

Someone just asked me about my leg and when I responded 'Thunderdome' they looked at me funny.


Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Burning Man 2008: Day One At Greeters Station

Burning Man 2008: Day One At Greeters Station
Burning Man 2008: Day One At Greeters Station
Originally uploaded by Sanctuary-Studio

I miss the Playa and my People. Post-Playa funk is slowly setting in...a good long hug right now would totally help.

Burning Man 2008: Homeslice Tower Erection


(If you look closely you'll see me pass through the frame at 1:13.)

Tuesday, September 2, 2008