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friday robots: goodbye 2010

Here they are, the very last robots of 2010.  It’s been such a pleasure to bring you new robots every week this year, and I look forward to foisting another 52 or so robots onto an unsuspecting populace in 2011.

Remember: on New Year’s eve, when you’ve had your drink and smoke and injection, beware hitchhiking robots.  They may appear harmless, but once they pile into your beat-up station wagon they will commandeer your mind and force you to do horrible things in 2011.  Things like voting Republican, not recycling, loudly whistling at people you are attracted to and making statements like “Hey baby, I’ve got what you need.”  Don’t make 2011 a year you will regret.  Watch out for robots.

Be safe everyone, and I’ll see you next year!friday-robots-12-31-10friday-robots-12-31-10-2friday-robots-12-31-10-3
Photos used for these robots were taken in (from top to bottom) Oregon (Bend), California (redwoods), California (off the 101), California (APE in San Fransisco), Ohio (Orrville), Ohio (Oberlin).

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Scenes ripped from the headlines of my life:friday-robots-12-24-10

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lifelong dreams

My lifelong dreams:

1.  Be a professional cartoonist.
2.  Touch the rough skin of a real, live stegosaurus.
3.  Ditto almost any other dinosaur.
4.  Be Tweeted @ by Ashton Kutcher.
5.  Remix George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass so it doesn’t sound like Phil Spector barfed all over it.
6.  Become friends with at least one otter (river or sea, doesn’t matter).
7.  Punch Dick Cheney in his stupid face.
8.  Create everlasting world peace (this one must happen after #7, obviously).
9.  Rashida Jones.
10.  Find out if anything is living underneath the ice crust of Jupiter’s moon Europa.

Some of these may be far-fetched, but if you’re not dreaming big, you’re probably only dreaming about getting an eggnog flavored milkshake at McDonald’s.

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carver reads his poem

This week I ran a story about Carver the owl writing his first poem.  Writing poetry is as confounding to me as flying a fighter jet.  So I never wrote a poem for Carver.  The whole story is about the process of him writing a poem, and I didn’t think the poem itself mattered.

I thought wrong.

Due to popular demand, I present to you Carver’s poetry reading (in some parts of the country this would be called a “slam”).

In two parts:carvers-poem1 carvers-poem2

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friday robots: college edition

These robots are from my carefree college days.  The first was based upon the college seal.  I added flying squirrels, wine glass trees, faintly visible classroom windows, and an enigmatic stalactite left of center.

My first-year art professor asked me, “is it a commentary on race?”  I hated that art teacher.  No, I called it black and white because the drawing was black and white.oberlin-college-black-and-white-logo
Three years later, I finally decided to enroll in another art class.  After that first semester train wreck, I wasn’t so sure about art classes in college.  Boy, I’m glad I took a few more before graduation, because my two professors senior year were fantastic, for very different reasons.

These two robots were preliminary works for my final project.  It was to be a painting based on a collage, and I combined two things that interested me greatly: dinosaurs and Japanese Shinto architecture.  My final project painting was made from the top collage.  I liked it, and my professor didn’t even ask me if it was supposed to be about class warfare or the sexual revolution or anything.dinosaurs-shinto-shrines-oberlin

Happy Friday everybody!

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