Junior Mad Scientist – Lab Notes

Postcards from the Past

September 28th, 2007 by Weber


On November 14, 2006, I got myself a new Moleskine Reporter notebook.

There appears to be a whole fabricated mythos to the brand, which I bought into at the time. Silly me.

Though now I find that Neil Gaiman and Jonathan Carroll are Moleskine fans, both writing first drafts and logging other notes in the books. Better endorsements than those you can’t get.

Regardless of who loves them or the marketing baloney, the book practically begs to be written on, especially with a nice pen (more about I will post another day).

I filled pages from November through mid-June with writing only. I thought I was on my way to leaving myself an interesting notebook until I found out what other people were doing with their Moleskines.

After that, I started taping in pieces of the day: things I found, fortunes from cookies, bits of paper related to specific entries — and the thing above.

The “Juxtaposure” postcard was found in the Elk Grove Public Library’s copy of Mythic Image (704.947 CAM).

And, yes, it’s is really that magenta. It sure would have been hard to miss in your stack of mail.

Click the thumbnail to view the back.


Anybody know anybody who was part of the show, or went to this exhibit? Please send me some details. Thanks.

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Who’s the New Guy?

July 27th, 2007 by Weber

EDITOR’S NOTE: Please give a big JMS welcome to our foreign correspondent, Fosdick Bruingate.

A journeyman writer, Mr. Bruingate worked in numerous aspects of print, radio, and television.

In 2002, he became a fill-in movie reviewer on CFCF-TV Montreal. His witty reviews and easy manner gained ratings, prompting the station to name him their top critic. Within two short years, he’d become a regular addition to their daily morning show.

An on-air accident in 2005 left Mr. Bruingate injured and badly shaken. Though investigators ruled him blameless, “The Burning Emu Episode” became a constant joke to the public and fellow broadcasters alike. Unable to move beyond the specter of the incident, Mr. Bruingate quietly retired, leaving the public eye for more personal pursuits.

This, his on-site coverage of the 2007 San Diego Comic-Con, marks Mr. Bruingate’s triumphant return.

Welcome back, Foz. You won’t regret it.

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Worth 1000 (Web site)

July 6th, 2007 by Weber

A Clockwork Abe

“Cyborg Lincoln” by annihlist, from Celebrity Cyborgs 8

As regular readers to this site may have noticed, I tend not to post many links to other sites. I feel there are better link warehouses (e.g., BoingBoing) that showcase the rest of the Web faster than I can, and I’d rather spend the time creating original content.

That being said, I can’t pass up posting about Worth1000.com. This site runs topic-based contests for people of all skill levels to submit their work for review and reward. Categories include Photoshopped images, photography, the written word, and multimedia illustration.

You could spend days looking at the amazing art people turn out. Some of the contests are more successful than others (most the Dr. Seus entries were disappointing), though all are worth a look.

The best contest I’ve found so far is Vintage Products 6. Contestants were to re-imagine current products with older design sensibilities. The Honda Penny Farthing is a favorite.


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The Liberty of a Laptop

July 6th, 2007 by Weber


On the advice of the lovely and talented Stephanie (A.K.A, “the wife), I’ve joined the ranks of millions of Apple users. In her extensive experience the Macs have been easier to use, have fewer problems, aren’t susceptible to viruses, require less care and feeding, and are all-around better machines.

(One thing I need to make clear is that, the wife rarely gives me her unsolicited opinion. She knows I have definite ideas about what I’m doing and how I want it done, and lets me screw-up and fix my problems on my own. But when she decides to say something, I listen more to her than I do to anyone else. She’s piped-up only a handful of times in eleven years of marriage, and each time her advice has been sound. )

So I bought a MacBook.

We’ll see how it does, how easy it is to use. All I can say right now is — so far, so good.

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Happy Anniversary to my (much) better half

May 17th, 2007 by Weber


The photo was taken eleven years ago. The card was painted this morning.


I’m still crazy about you.

Love always,

The Guy In The Monkey Suit

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“Monster” T-shirts?

May 3rd, 2007 by Weber

Got an email last week from Fine Arts Guild member Holly Miller. She says she loves the STILL LIFE WITH MONSTER series enough that she wants “to print them out and make wallpaper.” She also thinks they’d make great t-shirts and sent along this mock-up to prove it.


My first official piece of fan art. Very, very cool. Thanks, Holly!

Makes me think I should get something going with Café Press. I’ll let you know when that happens.

Meanwhile, keep those cards and letters coming! And don’t forget to check out Holly’s art work here.

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