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Mob of Waldos [Oct. 16th, 2006|11:54 pm]
It all started with an innocent question from Greg via AIM. He asked me if I knew where he could find a Where's Waldo hat. I tried a few queries in Google and Froogle, but the best I could do was pull up a couple of knitting patterns, and pictures of other people with Waldo hats. He wasn't about to knit one and neither was I, but I offered to sew one up for him out of fleece since it's a rare occasion that I get to connect with an old friend from the East Coast.

I ended up making 4 Waldo hats before I perfected the pattern and got the sizing right. I showed my creations to my brother and he casually mentioned, "You know, it would be funny if there was a flash mob where a lot of people showed up dressed like Waldo. It would be like the puzzle where there were thousands of Waldos and you had to find the real Waldo."

I thought it was a brilliant idea, so I decided to make it come true.


Mob of Waldos

Participate in the re-creation of the most difficult Waldo puzzle ever! Come out to the square across from the San Francisco Ferry Building on Saturday November 11th at noon in a red and white striped shirt and blue pants. This event will occur rain or shine. If it rains, we will congregate inside the Ferry Building.

For event details and costuming resources, visit the Mob of Waldos web site.

If you think this is a cool idea, please help to spread the word! The bigger the turnout, the more fun it will be!

Mob of Waldos web site
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FSM for Jane Kim [Oct. 16th, 2006|10:48 pm]


Artists for Jane Kim for San Francisco School Board

While the music plays and guests sip and snack, James Garcia will paint a canvas LIVE and it will be up for auction by the end of the night. A variety of large and small art objects will be auctioned, including a Flying Spaghetti Monster and Gospel Plush!

Art Mart (Corner of Hayes and Laguna)
580 Hayes St.
San Francisco, CA 94102

Saturday October 21, 2006
Doors Open: 7:00 PM
Music and Silent Auction: 7:30-10:00 PM
Live Painting and Live Auction: 8:00 PM

$10 to $20 suggested donation, but no one turned away for lack of funds!
For more information see event listings.

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How to make Flying Spaghetti Monster jewellery [Jun. 8th, 2006|11:41 pm]
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FSM ring

If you missed the FSM jewellery that was featured in my art collection at Lap-POP 2.0, you're in luck because I decided to write up a tutorial on how to recreate some of my masterpieces. :-p

1. Materials

  1. 1 pair of wire cutters
  2. 1 pair of round nose pliers
  3. 1 pair of longnose pliers
  4. 8 inches of 16 gauge floral stem wire
  5. 2 copper beads, 3mm in diameter
  6. 26 inches of 24 gauge, half-hard, silver jewellery wire
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Come see my FSM Art [Mar. 23rd, 2006|06:47 pm]
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I'll be unveiling my multimedia art collection entitled Touched by his Noodly Appendage at Lap-POP 2.0. The first 20-some-odd people who arrive will receive a Flying Spaghetti Monster Pin.


Presenting a night of performance, readings & art from notable APA bloggers and artists. Lap-POP! is an intersection between geekery, personal expression, and pop culture. Wifi a plenty. BYOG = Bring Your Own Geekery. (laptop, digital camera, camphones, etc. etc.)

Guest MC & Curator of Lap-POP! is Min Jung Kim
Visual/Showcase Artists Curated by Courtney Patubo

Performing Artists Visual/Showcase Artists Musical Performance

When: Apr 15, 2006.
Doors Open at 7:30 PM
Performances Begin at 8:00 PM
Intermission at 9:00PM

Where: Locus Arts - SPACE180 (map)
180 Capp Street, 3rd Floor (@17th Street),
San Francisco, CA 94110

Admission: $7-10 sliding scale

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Flying Spaghetti Monster Pin [Mar. 2nd, 2006|09:11 pm]

FSM pin

I'm giving away 5 handmade FSM pins. The first 5 next 4 3 2 people person who sends me a message expressing their desire for one of these and correctly answer a skill-testing question will get one!

All 5 pins have been given away.

I will be giving away more FSM pins at my art show in San Francisco this April. Stay tuned for more details.
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Flickr Pro [Jan. 24th, 2006|11:51 pm]
I got Flickr Pro today and while I'm not exactly regretting the long-overdue decision, I'm pondering what this really means for my presence on the web. First of all, I'll be able to have an off-site back up of most of my digital photographs. Seeing how I have 60-some-odd GB of digital photos, it'll take me a good 3 years before I'll have all of them up on Flickr.

I'm a bit weary of diluting the quality of the photos I have online, though. With Flickr Classic, I've carefully chosen the photos I've uploaded, reserving the honour for photographs of the highest calibre. With Flickr Pro, it's all about quantity, and everyone gets to see all the ugly photos that I take too. While I recognize the fact that I can easily mark all of my less refined work as “private”, it seems to me that it’s against one of the major tenets of holding a Flickr account. Besides, there are often times when my non-flickr-account-holding-friends request that I share all of the photos I’ve taken from particular events with them, because I’m always the designated photographer.

It’s also going to be a whole lot easier to cyber stalk me now. If pictures are worth a thousand words, any visitor will have access to countless volumes of my autobiography. I tend to be quite open about who I was in the past, but there’s a significant delay before I publicly reveal anything about myself in the present. It seems to be that it will be a good idea to start locking up older photos after a while so that my entire collection cannot be accessed simultaneously at any given time.
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(no subject) [Jan. 5th, 2006|01:31 pm]
Using retrievr you can search for photos on flickr based on what the photo looks like. Simply draw a picture of the photo you want and retrievr will try its best to find what you want.

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Flying Spaghetti Monster Plush Toy [Nov. 8th, 2005|12:37 am]

Flying Spaghetti Monster plush toy

For the uninitiated, Wikipedia states that "Flying Spaghetti Monsterism (FSM) is a satirical parody religion created to protest the decision by the Kansas State Board of Education to allow intelligent design to be taught in science classes alongside evolution."

Inspired by JM's Fuzzy Spaghetti Monster Halloween costume, I decided to make a Flying Spaghetti Monster plush toy to decorate my cubicle. However, Mike had bigger plans for my handcrafted effigy of the FSM. Now it's being sold on ebay to raise money for the National Center for Science Education.

Special thanks go out to MJ and Jackson at SFist for all the publicity!

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Raw inspiration [Oct. 9th, 2005|05:28 pm]
This weekend, I went to a rave camp at a private beach with one of my co-workers and his Burning Man buddies. The food was wonderful (BBQ beef satay and Pad Thai) the music was excellent (oontz-oontz-oontz...) and the people were friendly. A lot of the campers dressed up in zany costumes to make the atmosphere resemble that of a post-apocalyptic party, and music blared out of 6000 watt speakers at 90 dB as people danced all throughout the night. It was quite the surreal experience. When I woke up at 6:00 AM, the party was still very much alive. Those who were not dancing were huddled around the campfire for warmth and they seemed to be in "high" spirits.

I may sound pretentious, but it was at that moment that I realized that my streak of creative constipation is nothing to be ashamed of. I would much rather fumble about as I try to find my muse once more, than to experiment with chemically-enhanced ingenuity. I'm a straight edge visual artist and I'm proud of it.
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The fear of fitting in [Oct. 1st, 2005|12:52 pm]
It seems to me that the Bay Area is full of insanely creative people. Maybe it's just my luck that the majority of people I've met here happen to have constructive hobbies. In any case, I'm having trouble finding the inspiration to create anything of my own. I feel like none of my silly ideas are good enough, especially when held up against the extravagant productions of various individuals and art collectives I've happened to encounter. I feel so overwhelmed by the things I've seen because my eyes have been opened to a whole new level of creativity. I'm having trouble absorbing all the awesomeness, and it's putting me in artistic arrest.

It's easy to be creative when you're surrounded by people who are easily amused. For some reason, I've never felt any apprehension in being different amongst "normal" people. In the company of artistic people, I fear that my ideas may be too juvenile. My fears are silly and unfounded because "normal" people are the ones who are supposed to have high standards for what they deem to be artistic. Artists understand the artistic process and have a greater appreciation for the little things.

If I keep doing what I've always been doing, I'll be just fine... but I think I'm at a stage where I am seeking growth. Growing pains are difficult to deal with, but it's nothing that time can't heal. It's just that I'm growing impatient during this time. It's not enough for me to be modestly wacky. I have to know that I'm pushing the boundaries of wackiness. In the end, the only problem is that I'm not meeting my own expectations. I know I'm capable of doing more. I just have to figure out what "more" happens to be, before I can cure that creative itch.
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