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Sunday, September 17th, 2006
10:45 pm
The buying and selling of art really goes against the spirit of art. So by necessity, the purchasing experience is rigged to hide its true nature. There is no art "store". You might purchase at a gallery, but it is usually unclear at a gallery if the art is for sale or not. If it is clearly for sale or there are visible price tags, then the "art" is a) not an original work or b) the artist is a nobody and likely to stay that way. Also, there is not a single person pushing the product. Any questions you might have better start with the creation process. If you want to be a buffoon, by all means, launch into questions about cost, shipping, size, or anything of a practical nature.

We tried to purchase two Vinod Shah paintings (one beautiful, the other very cool), but we weren't allowed to take them with us. We were also dissuaded from paying immediately. Instead, they would only give us a verbal agreement, which was represented by a green sticker placed on the frame of the painting. We still have yet to pay for the paintings, but maybe now enough time has passed that we'll be allowed to do so.

To celebrate August's birth, I asked my husband for a Jogen Chowdhury painting. Just in time. Prices have skyrocketed in the past year. The Jogens for sale at Saffronart are equivalent to buying a Honda Accord or two.
Thursday, August 10th, 2006
9:00 pm
games
Where have all the good games gone? In the past year, I've only purchased Oblivion. 10 years ago, there were so many great games releasing each year, I couldn't even play them all, much less finish them. Currently, the game industry is stuck with big budget productions, so they aren't even really about game play anymore. It's such a shame.

The last game I played that really hooked me was NOT World of Warcraft. I was spoiled by the small mature, tight-knit community on Dark Age of Camelot. So when I was forced to talk to 13 year olds on WoW I just couldn't go on. My online names were Alizza and Cordelia. Cordelia is my default name when I really want to go fem. My username here, "soulshayde" is a reference to one of the more interesting characters to play on DAOC.

There's always a possibility I just don't get games anymore. I can't do "Dance Dance Revolution". I can't use a controller with 6 buttons, a pad, and a stick on it. And I certainly don't want to do the same thing over and over. That's just too much like life without a vacation!
Wednesday, May 3rd, 2006
11:45 am
apple boxes
Thanks to my sweetie's indulgence, I just received my new Apple Cinema display from the FedEx guy. I know Apple has been doing this for a while, but it's still shocking to see a lifesize picture of a product on a box. Especially when that box is bigger than my child. It's a beautiful box, but do I really want my local FedEx guy to see what a conspicuous consumer I am? It's embarrassing, I tell you!
Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006
11:55 pm
density
My friend told me about slash fiction yesterday. Just for fun, I looked up the last book I read that really impressed me and omg there is a slash community for it! I don't know why I didn't see the hints before. A boat of men, two best friends, and the main character's name is er, Hornblower.
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