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Kind of sad children's books [Nov. 1st, 2006|10:08 pm]
The Mitch and Brown
[music |mary timony]

First, I would like to exhibit this Berenstain Bears' picturebook, which lauds the happy fact of consumerism in America:

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Halloweeeeeen [Oct. 29th, 2006|03:43 pm]
The Mitch and Brown
Halloweeen 2006!

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(no subject) [Oct. 29th, 2006|11:47 am]
The Mitch and Brown
[Current Location |dinosaur house]
[music |only in my mind]

Sitn and relaxn on the porch this mornn. This is what I got to see.
the Mitch


Yellow!!



Swoosh!!



Some like it hot.



These peas will fuck you up



This eggplant flower also serves as a street light for the bugs.



The ball.
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Halloweeny [Oct. 28th, 2006|12:01 pm]
The Mitch and Brown
I'm a part of the David's Pegasus-interpreted Rocky Horror cover band tonight at the Art Amiss Halloween show. Please come. Please don't make fun of my outfit. Please do the Time Warp.

Where? Garden Room on Dickson (in Smoke House parking lot)
When? 9ish
How? 6 dollars, which goes to the benefit of the next Art Amiss awesome show

love,
the brown
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Warning- Post deals with Vag [Oct. 21st, 2006|07:03 pm]
The Mitch and Brown


The Mitch and I are visiting Tulsa, and while in a coffeeshop bathroom, I was confronted by this advertisement (forgive me for not having a picture; there was not enough light):

Feel Clean, Fresh, and Confident

Are you frustrated and embarrassed by vaginal odor?


The University of Oklahoma is looking for women over 18 and in good health to help test the effectiveness of an investigative device that may help reduce or elimante vaginal odor.

Please call 918-599-0762 to see if you apply.


.....

You guys might just say, "Just one of them things," but any girl not totally disgusted and offended by this didn't read past "are you frustrated and embarrassed..." First of all, a vagina has an odor, just like the inside of an ear or mouth has an odor. Like a foot smells different from a hand. It's a freaking vagina. How can one expect this portal of life, pain, and fucking not to have a smell?

Now, don't get me wrong, sometimes a cunt gets to smelling ripe, but that's because either the gal hasn't taken a shower in a few days (which is liberating) or something really is wrong. In these cases, she definitely is not healthy (this study is looking for healthy women) and needs to eat some yogurt or go to the female doctor. Most important to realize, is that there is a difference between a good odor and a bad odor.

People use "odor" as an excuse. A cunt smells like a cunt, and you'd better like it. No one ever talks about the way scrotums and penii smell. They DO have a smell, and it's a little weird, just like the vagina/vulva musk. Sex organs, people, were designed to have a smell. Men will say that women smell "fishy". I myself have had a vagina for 23 years, and I've never smelled fish. Now fish, on the other hand, does have a bad odor (but have you ever heard someone say it smells like minge?)

The most importantly awful thing about this advertisement is that it preys on women's anxieties about their bodies, and especially about a part that they should feel totally ok with. The "feminine hygiene" industry has, der, created an industry based on this. Hopefully by this time, everyone knows that douching is the WORST thing you can do to yourself.

Investigative device-- I will not even comment on this.

As a woman, I am outraged by this attempt to eliminate vaginal odor. I like the way I smell. I'm not saying (as Justin joked) that I would make a perfume out of it. If the whole body smelled like the genitals, not only would it be hard to get anything done in the world, but it would be a little overwhelming also.

I will be calling this number on Monday, and will post what information I can obtain. If it is a serious scientific study brought about by curiousity about bacterial vaginosis or hormone replacement therapy, it is justified, but the way the advertisement is posed it sounds like a product research aimed at making women feel the need for one more thing they must buy in order to feel "normal".

Further Reading:
The book Pippi Longstocking has a delightful section in which a storeclerk tries to help her with a "freckle problem", whereupon the clerk get a surprising reply. I can't quite paraphrase it here, but I believe it's excerpted in the first chapter of Cunt by Inga Muscio.

Cunt by Inga Muscio. Now, some of it is hippie-dippie and man-hating, but some is really awesome.

Capitalizing on the Curse: The Business of Menstration by Elizabeth Arveda Kissling. I have not finished this book yet, but am intrigued. It can be checked out at the Springdale Public Library.
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(no subject) [Oct. 19th, 2006|08:59 pm]
The Mitch and Brown
[Current Location |dinosaur house]


Cheap-ass screen-print night was a success! Eight people showed up and things were made. Thanks to Beth for inspiring the craft. Following are some pictures of our stencils:Read more...Collapse )

Pretty much, you need:
tulle (fabric netting)
an embroidery hoop a little larger than your design
a black and white, high-resolution design
modge-podge
black sharpie
tiny paint brush for detail work

Tighten tulle into the embroidery hoop, then tape the picture behind the mesh. Trace the image onto the tulle, remove picture. Use modge-podge to fill in white area, making sure to leave all black areas clear. Let dry, use as stencil!

Craft night next week resumes at 8pm, when we will dedicate ourselves to Halloween costumes. Craft night fully supports the devil's holiday.

-the brown
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Hat Gallery! [Oct. 17th, 2006|09:48 pm]
The Mitch and Brown
[Current Location |still at the dinosaur house]
[music |fire don't care stopped practicing downstairs!]

Sorry for the third post in one hour. I am catching up. Here are some of the 17 hats we have created for the Knitting for Noggins program.Read more...Collapse ) </center>Needles to say, between knitting hats for babies and my and Alison's gossiping, Sam didn't want anything to do with the affair:

Thanks for the Dreamcast, Barry, I HATE YOU.


Also! I have a few pics from our anniversary party, which was awesome because all our friends were there.
Read more...Collapse )</center>Thanks to everyone who came, brought us personalized couple license plates, cookies, champagne, cards, tea, coasters, squash casserole, low-cut necklines, and dancing shoes. We're in love with you, too.

-the brown
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Clap if you believe in Justin! [Oct. 17th, 2006|09:25 pm]
The Mitch and Brown
[Current Location |dinosaur house]
[music |fire don't care is practicing downstairs- STILL]

Although this is titled "The Mitch and Brown" blog, it seems that the Mitch has been conspicuously abssent. At first I allowed this reluctance, owing to the fact that he cannot read or write, but now I am starting to feel like I am dancing by myself.

If you believe in Justin and want him to start pulling his own weight (at least to water down posts about Craft Night) please respond with any ideas or encouragement that might help him sack up a little.

Thanks,
the brown
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Cheap Screen-prints! Wednesday night! [Oct. 17th, 2006|02:17 am]
The Mitch and Brown
[Current Location |dinosaur house]
[music |fire don't care is practicing downstairs]

ATTENTION CRAFT NINJAS: Craft Night is henceforth moved until further notice to 8PM on Wednesday nights. This change is due to the fact that no one really arrives until 8PM anyhow, and it gives me thirty extra minutes to flit about the house nuts (what I do when I"m alone).

Tomorrow night will be a group craft night (those uninterested can still do whatever they want, but this will be fun, promise.) Beth is going to demonstrate a fast, cheap, and easy method of screen-printing for those of you (and me) who don't know about emulsion or have no real money. We'll provide some of the materials, but you must bring the following:

black and white image (for design)
embroidery hoop (big enough to fit around design)
big black Sharpie marker

The hoop, which can be purchased at any craft store or found at a thrift store, should be bigger than the design, which should fit in it. The big sharpie (or whatever big marker) is also a must. With these in hand, you will be able to make a suitable stencil for making t-shirts, patches, what have you. Fucking wow!

So, come tomorrow bearing supplies. Beth and I will supply modge-podge and screen. Call 466-7813 if you have any questions.

love,
amy
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(no subject) [Oct. 14th, 2006|03:30 pm]
The Mitch and Brown
[Current Location |effing library that eats my soul]
[mood |tiredtired]

Holy crap, has the Dino House been rockin'. I wish I wasn't too lazy to post pictures, AND that I could develop my own film (the Pony camera rides again!) Monday night's show was beautiful, and I love having Tony Presley stay at our house because 1)he looks like a movie star, 2)he's a fantastic performer, and 3)he always offers to do the dishes. I also enjoyed the show because it was the first house show we've had that a bunch of noisy, drunk people didn't come to just to chat loudly on the back porch and throw cigarettes into my flower beds.

Tuesday night, as evidenced in the previous post, I was feeling a little icky, but made it to Ms. Carter's for Forty Dollar Jug Night*. She made a splendid polenta dish with black beans, fresh avocado, cheese, and a collection of salsas. I ruined dinner with "Cake Batter" ice cream. If you see this in the ice cream aisle at IGA, DO NOT BUY. It is more like cake mix ice cream, and most of us finished ours out of a spirit of competition and masochism. We spent the rest of the evening thumbing through a crazy sculpture book of Alison's, which was really nice even though I know squat about art. We just looked and reacted and enjoyed the pictures. No scholarly discourse, no artistic dick-measuring. My artist friends are very lay-man friendly.

Wednesday, I again competed with Lost and Project Runway for time-slots. Craft night was a 4-gal affair, but we got a lot done. We made a group decision to start doing more diverse activities at Craft Night again, though everyone can still knit/crochet to their heart's content. I suppose if a member is especially motivated to do Knitting for Noggins, they can do a little on their own time. Halloween's coming up, and some people need to get going on their costumes. I won't tell you what we'll be, only that we could go by the names Spitty and Hugs.

Also! Beth Ibrahim will be showing people how to do 50 cent screen prints. If you are interested in this spectacle, just bring an image you'd like to print and an embroidery hoop big enough to go around it. Hoops are super-cheap. Also bring a black sharpie-- and that's it. We'll supply the mesh and modge-podge. Sounding weird? You'll be it is.

Thursday-- I slept a lot and bought flowers. Justin figured out cold fusion.

Friday was the Mitch and Brown 1-Year Anniversary Special, which meant lots of food, people, sped-up Michael Jackson records, me freaking out about not having enough food, me freaking out about having too much food, and Justin being pretty much fantastically supportive of my neuroses. Thanks to everyone who brought wine, champagne, coasters, flowers, cards, and food stuffs. Either we've got totally great supportive friends, or there's a rumor that Justin and I are going to give birth to the next savior.

Everybody go to the Delicious tonight for El Paso Hot Button. I hear it's.. er.. hot. Also, Happy B-day to Shannon Wallace.

love,
the brown
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