PHAMETRICS // 32

2015-03-11 22.06.20

Sorry this is late, but Matt came to visit and I got caught up in fun-having.

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FEAST FOR THE EYES>>

  • The Corrections. Jonathan Franzen. I have owned this book and have seen it for the longest time, but I finally checked it out and listened to it this month. It was so good! Franzen is so good at creating dialogue. I wouldn’t recommend it for everyone. It’s a close-up look at the dynamics of a midwestern family.
  • The Circle. Dave Eggers. Another good book that Eva recommended to me. I couldn’t stop listening to it but not for the reasons you might think. It’s a near-future science fiction book that gives you a eerie warning of the what the world might look like if we let the tech companies brainwash us into peering into every part of our lives as they get (and we give them) more and more power.
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Neil Gaimen. I asked my friend to recommend a book and he said one by this author. I don’t think this is Gaimen’s most famous book, but I thought it was pretty interesting. It was a fantasy book a little boy who’s family becomes plagued by an evil spirit.
  • The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Charles Dickens. This is Dickens’ last book and it’s actually unfinished. It was hard for me to get into and as a result I didn’t really understand what happened…Unfortunately I can’t recommend.
  • Freedom. Jonathan Franzen. Man, a lot of books this month, eh? I just started listening today so I have nothing to say yet. But I did really really like The Corrections so I’m excited.

ENTHUSED>>

  • Sweet Sarah is coming to see me this week! Well, she’s coming for someone else’s wedding, but same difference.
  • Matt came! It’s been two years since I’ve seen him and it was so great!! More on our adventures next month.
  • Graduating. GRADUATING.

COMPULSIONS>>

  • I’ve been working on version two of my thesis prototype and it’s been an addictive flow. This Friday I stayed up until 3 am working on it and then it was the first thing I grabbed to start working on when I woke up (yes, I slept with my laptop in bed). It’s funny that last month it almost killed me. Now I’ve recovered and have started working on it with gusto.
  • Playing this song over and over again. I know it’s super cheesy (super cheesy) but it makes me happy.
  • During Spring break my internet wasn’t working (which, yes, made me very angry) so I practiced painting instead. The painting above is supposed to be Gotthard Pass in Switzerland:
    2014-07-18 20.30.44 HDR

COMPUNCTIONS>>

  • My thesis paper was accepted into an academic conference. Now I have to edit it and…present. It’s also in Milan…
  • Working on my thesis…

SIGHTS>>2015-03-04 17.30.53-1

  • I saw Ellen Lupton talk at CMU. She’s a famous graphic designer and typography specialist. It was really heartening to know that she’s also a really wonderful presenter and funny to boot!
  • During Spring Break I also visited the Carnegie Art Museum again. But I have to say I didn’t enjoy it that much.

STORIES>>

  • Kill Bill Volumes 1 & 2. I just felt like seeing them again one day and I’m so glad I did. I love Quentin Tarentino.
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