Monthly Archives: October 2008

Fear Friday Contest, Help out!

My friends Kyle Moore and Cyle Williamson submitted 3 pieces of work to the Greatest Fear contest by AMC. If they win, the video will be played on AMC on Fear Friday of 2009 and they’d receive a hefty cash prize for their hard work.

Help the guys out, the films are only a minute long and voting takes less than 3 seconds (it’s on the left in red).

Here are the links to the videos:

Video 1

Video 2

Video 3

You can vote for all of them, so do it!

Cool, thanks!


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Fischl and Weiss – “The Way Things Go”

Check out this piece by Fischl and Weiss, called “The Way Things Go.”

This is the only full version I could find.  Unfortunately it’s fast-forwarded, but incredible nonetheless. Mind the music.

There are some others on YouTube that play bits of it in real time without the music, check those out too if you’re interested.

I stayed the night in the “second most haunted” castle in Europe (second to Leap Castle) on Saturday night, Charleville Castle in Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

I’ll have some photographs on here soon.

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The Rocky Road to Dublin.

I watched this film The Rocky Road to Dublin last week, I thought it was fantastic.

Because of its revolutionary content, most cinemas prevented its screening from its release in 1967 to its re-release in 2004. Directed by Peter Lennon and filmed by Raoul Coutard, the film poses the question to the state of Ireland at that point in time,

“What do you do with your revolution once you’ve got it?”

I suggest you watch it if you can find it. I’m working on getting a copy of it myself.

That’s all.


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I’ve got some new work to put on here. However, the photography has slowed down a bit since the weather is getting progressively worse here. The majority of the time it is raining. It’s hailing right now.

Oh! Also, for anyone who was a little curious about my whereabouts, my Dad found this map that totally describes the location of Ballyvaughan and my school.

So here’s some new photographs, some people have asked how I have been taking these.

Some are taken by my friend Lizzie, who has a Drawing concentration here. It has been so great that she has been so willing to help me; I think it also worked out with her background too because I didn’t really want that kind of help from anyone familiar with photography.

The rest of the images were taken by myself, I devised a hundred-meter shutter release cable out of fishing line that I tie the end in a knot and weave it into the release on the lens. The tension of the fishing line is just right, it pulls enough to move the release and not the camera.

So yeah, here’s some new ones.

Oops! ^

There are those, I think I’m only satisfied with the first few. I figured I post the most of them though.

Also, Ryan wanted everyone to “check out my fuggin’ haircut… Jaeguh bombs.”

Unfortunately, no one could find any Bee Gees to play that night.

That’s it for now,


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The Weisman Scholarship Exhibition Opening is tonight from 5pm – 8pm CST

The photographs and audio piece from the series on my brother are in the show, along with work from some other really great artists:

Asher Danziger, Terttu Uibopuu, Sarah Louise Walker, Brooke Berger, to name a few.

above photograph by Asher Danziger

The Best in Show announcement is at 5:30 and I know they’ll have free and delicious refreshments.

You should at least go to eat.

Also, you may want to try checking out the Chicago Art Open at the Merchandise Mart, as it’s up for only a few more days.

It officially closes on the 19th. I couldn’t figure out if it still costs money to see it, or if that only dealt with the opening. If someone knows, let me know.

Here’s an article I found on this year’s artists in the exhibition:

Art Break – CAC Kicks it up a notch.



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Digital Reunion.

I decided to dedicate the past few days to using my digital camera because I’ve realized I basically lugged this heavy machine here for no reason.

I’ll give you a synopsis starting from Friday morning.

Friday is a great day of the week, most of the undergrads have Irish Studies class with Gordon D’Arcy, geologist, archaeologist, published writer, walking encyclopedia, a Renaissance man.

We start at 9:30 am with a lecture until 11:30, then have lunch and take off to a place in Ireland that exemplifies the content we discussed in the previous lecture.

This week we went to Corcomroe Abbey,

and the Kilmacdough round tower.

This (above) is Robert, he’s the campus coordinator. He overlooks and fixes every problem the school or anyone has, ever.

This (above) is George, he is the main driver during the Irish Studies classes. He may not look it in this bad picture, but he’s a really nice guy.

Unfortunately the weather was pretty bad so the day was cut short, but here are a few pictures of that day.

This is my friend Anna ^.

Gordon teaching ^.

Graves in the Abbey floor ^.

Gordon ^.

After class, everyone got back to school, went home, and took immediate naps. Friday was a really easy night, just came to school and drew for awhile with my friend Eliza. Then went home and passed out again.

Saturday morning was the beginning of the unbelievable weather for the rest of the weekend. Me, Lizzie, and Eliza went to the farmer’s market around 10 and got some great supplies for an awesome meal we planned to make later in the night.

When we got back we were skeptical about climbing the mountain because it had been raining literally nonstop for the 5 days before Saturday. But luckily, we decided to do it anyways.

We decided to stop and rest for awhile once we got to the top and found this valley that blocks the wind and has a mysterious wall going down the center of it.

Eliza ^.

Lizzie ^.

We kept walking and found this area that resembled the moon.

We then decided that we were just going to go all the way to the ocean and figure out if it would be possible to climb down that side.

The weather cleared up right when we got to the point of seeing the water.

Then we watched the most amazing sunset I’ve ever seen.

We climbed down the side of the mountain in darkness because of watching the entire sunset, which proved to be really difficult, but completely worth it. After getting down, we had a few mile walk home.

We got back and made pasta with a chili tomato sauce with stuffed olives and garlic bits added. Then made garlic bread with this sundried tomato loaf I got in the morning. It was amazing, well worth the wait.

Our plans for Sunday were to go to the city of Galway to meet Eliza’s sister to bring her back to Ballyvaughan but she unfortunately never made her flight because of passport problems. Having already booked the hostel and needed some supplies for school, we ended up going anyways.

We walked around in the still beautiful weather until we got hungry and then ate at some “Rodeo” something restaurant that turned out being great food for a good price.

We stayed at the “Sleep Zone,” €8.99, free coffee, tea, and internet, yes!

After dinner, we went out for a few pints at the Bierhaus and the Blue Note, two great pubs.

This morning we took the 10:30 bus to Ballyvaughan, the great scenery and weather continuing through today made for an great end to the weekend.

I’ll be sure to put the images not taken with a digital camera up on here as soon as I get them developed.

Take care,


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Recent Things.

Here are a few new images, some from a day trip with my photo teacher.

This one above and the next few are from a home that was abandoned in the 80s. It belonged to a man who managed the cars for a larger property owner. He lived above the garages. Once he died, his family took the valuables that they needed and left the rest.

There was a nearby Medieval castle, too. This was part of a side gate to it (below).

We also stopped at a place called the Strokestown Park house, it’s completely renovated and kind of touristy. But I did get some creepy pictures of the kids’ toy room.

Aside from that, here are a few new random ones.

Take care,


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