Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Awkward Conversations

I live in a duplex and I am pretty good friends with my neighbor.  His name is Grant.

The other day I was sitting outside on my patio when Grant came over to chat. We were blabbing about how we both had ZERO interest in seeing this movie or this movie, when Grant (clearly he is my fellow contrarian) said that he had never even seen the movie JAWS. That made me laugh.

Grant also mentioned that there was a rat in his apartment. I made a frowny face when he said that. I am no fan of vermin, and I sure as shit don't want RATS in my apartment, which is adjacent to his. He told me that he liked the rat, that it is cute, and that he feels bad for it and doesn't want to kill it. HELLO!?!?!??!?! I asked, "Isn't that how Willard got started?!?!?!?!"  ACK!!!!

We laughed and then Grant paused and said, "Oh, by the way, my dad died on Thursday."

Aghast, I told him how very sorry I was for his loss. 

Grant replied, "Meh.  Don't be.  No love lost.  Frankly I have more feelings for the rat."  

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Food For Thought / Nom Nom

 doesn't he look like the Geico caveman?

Well this story (which I read while eating lunch!) by David Strege made me laugh:

Castaway that survived a record 438 days at sea is sued 'for eating crewmate'.

A fisherman who miraculously survived 438 days lost at sea has been sued for $1 million for allegedly eating his fellow castaway to ensure his own survival, the family of the deceased castaway contends, according to The Telegraph and other media outlets.

After drifting 6,700 miles, Salvador Alvarenga, 36, of El Salvador washed ashore in January 2014 on the Marshall Islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean after setting off on a two-day fishing trip from Mexico in November 2012. It was the longest any castaway had survived at sea.

Alvarenga had paid 22-year-old Ezequiel Cordoba $50 to accompany him.

When a storm hit, Alvarenga radioed the owner of the 25-foot boat demanding to be rescued. That message was the last words communicated to shore as 10-foot waves and the vicious storm knocked out the communications system and washed their supplies overboard.

Alvarenga and Cordoba survived several months by catching fish and birds, and drinking turtle blood and rainwater, but one bird they ate made Cordoba very ill. A poisonous snake was discovered in the bird’s stomach.

According to Alvarenga’s account, Cordoba refused to eat some of the raw meats that kept Alvarenga alive — perhaps because of the experience with the bird — and he eventually died.

Before starving to death, Cordoba made Alvarenga promise to not eat his corpse and to find his mother and tell her what happened.

Mr Alvarenga befriended the corpse, keeping it on the boat for six days and chatting to it, until he realized his own insanity and threw it overboard.
“I could see my death was going to be very, very slow,” he said.
But against all odds, he survived. Mr Alvarenga washed up in the Marshall Islands, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, in January 2014. Dazed and emaciated, he was found by a couple living on the island who took him in.

Two months later, Alvarenga visited Cordoba’s mother, Rosalia Rios, and delivered her son’s message. Alvarenga has always denied eating his crewmate.

The family’s lawsuit comes on the heels of the October release of Alvarenga’s book 438 Days: An Extraordinary True Story of Survival at Sea.

Ricardo Cucalon, Alvarenga’s attorney, told The Telegraph he believes the lawsuit is part of the family’s attempt at pressuring Alvarenga to divide the royalties.

Cucalon told The Telegraph that the book has done poorly in the U.S. with only 1,500 copies sold.

“Many believe the book is making my client a rich man, but what he will earn is much less than people think,” Cucalon said.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Jessica Harrison

Yesterday I was introduced to the art of Jessica Harrison via duncanjane on Instagram. I laughed when I saw the image she posted, and loved it. So I figured I would share the love and laughs with you too. :)

About the artist...

Born in St Bees in 1982, Jessica moved to Scotland to study sculpture at Edinburgh College of Art in 2000, going on to do an MFA before completing a practice-led PhD in sculpture in 2013, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Working with a wide variety of materials from ceramics and marble to paint and digital collage, her practice explores the mechanics of perception and a fallibility of observation through an examination of the interaction between the visual and the tactile.

Her interest lies in how we handle, interpret and navigate materials, objects and space and how this process can define the shape of the body. The things she makes propose a re-imagining of these definitions, offering an alternative shape to our perception of things, using the simplicity of materials to explore the complexity of the sensory body.