darla is my sister. today is her birthday. when mom and dad brought darla home from the hospital, mom said that i had to care of my new little sister. i wasn’t even three yet. as the years went by we used bath towels for capes and pretended to be super heroes, woke up early to watch saturday morning cartoons, and ran through sprinklers in the summer. i can’t imagine my childhood without her. i love you sis.
beep goes the weasel is an interactive art project that angie wolford, matt hawkins, and i started last summer at the boulevard drive in. this summer we are returning to the boulevard (located at 1051 Merriam Ln, Kansas City, KS). the first two dates scheduled are may 9 & 30. we’ll also be playing at johnson county library july 11 and august 8. oh, and you can expect to hear some beeps at the overland park farmer’s market on a couple of wednesdays too.
two of my nieces stayed with us last weekend. saturday afternoon i took sara and mary lynn to a castle that jenny and i discovered last year. the three of us climbed to the top, took in the sights, and signed a geocache log. later i took this pic of sara near the base of the castle.
i just watched the history of future folk on netflix. it’s an independent movie about two aliens that were going to destroy everyone on earth to make room for their own species… but then they discovered bluegrass music and spared us all from a flesh eating virus doomsday machine. guess i’m not the only weirdo in love with space themes. hondo.
i had a few minutes in the last 48 hours to catch up on some other blogs that i’m writing for. the fifth in a series of how i got the rocket grant was emailed to nick and the gang at IUAH two days ago. if it’s not up and you only see four posts on that blog when you read this, just put everything on hold and wait for it… ok, i’m joking. it may a few days or weeks before they put it on their blog. i also uploaded an overdue post to the rocketblog that lets readers know what to expect from beep goes the weasel in 2015.
there is a light bulb on the west coast that hasn’t been changed since 1911. it’s inside fire station #6 in livermore, california— it is on now. i found out about it from 99% invisible, which is “a tiny radio show about design, architecture & the 99% invisible activity that shapes our world.” (quoted text from the show’s website). if you are wondering how a light bulb can stay on for so long, click here to listen to the story. the episode is about 16 minutes long. there is also a webcam aimed at the bulb that updates every 30 seconds. you can see it here. 99% invisible is just one of several awesome podcasts found on radiotopia.fm. check ‘em out.
ian and i went to the new screenland crossroads yesterday to see blade runner. it was the first time either of us had seen it on the big screen. after the movie we played arcade games from the 80′s. ian got high score on time pilot. i tried to get high score on donkey kong.
last saturday (february 28, 2015) was the first time vegetables were played at homer’s. beep goes the weasel is an art project where homegrown produce is hardwired to a laptop and then played like a synthesizer. angie wolford, matt hawkins, and i came in from the cold and added a theremini and two short films with the permission of rifftrax.com.
my life is not turbulent like a hurricane, but sometimes i need to be in a calm place. i was in that calm place today after hauling gear & produce to alex and nathan’s beeping birthday party this afternoon… and then angie emailed this image that she found on pinterest.
back in the autumn months of 2014 i knew it was gonna get too cold to play outside in the crossroads before long, so i made arrangements to do mondo beep indoors at IUAH. tonight we’ll set up the the boombox, synthesizers, and electrified produce (provided by the culinary center), and see who plays. if you’ve never been part of a retro sounding space invasion, now is your chance!