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Week 12- Brian Weeks

Posted: June 19, 2011 in Brian Weeks, Week 12

Endless Summer

How can you take what was the best (and worst) summer of your life and condense it into 80 minutes? Did we really listen to just 21 songs, over and over? (not really, but it’s pretty close.) This is a very personal selection of the greatest hits of one summer that seemed to never end… until it was gone.

It’s impossible for me to hear these songs more than a decade and a half later and not remember it all like it was still happening. Perhaps because it was such a monumental time in my life (coming out, graduation, turning 18) that each moment still feels so intense.

At the time, I kept a running list of the songs that were the soundtrack of the summer. I had planned to make a mix tape as kind of a snapshot of what we were really listening to, as opposed to the “Time-Life Music” compilation that would eventually be released and have little relevance to Summer 1995’s greatest hits. I never made that mix tape, but going through a box of old papers several months ago, I found the yellowed, battered piece of spiral-bound notebook paper as almost a time capsule of a very interesting time in my life…

I made a master list of the songs I wanted, using pretty liberal criteria for what could be considered “Summer 1995” – basically if I listened to it heavily anytime from April Vacation through the time school started back up in September, it was eligible. I whittled these down to a select 21 that would fit on a standard CD.  I downloaded any tracks I didn’t already have on my computer (some of these songs I only had on cassette, or on mix tapes from the radio).

I loaded all the tracks into a nifty little piece of software I have (that was free, I might add) that calculates the beats-per-minute of each track and sorted them from slowest first, eventually building to an up-tempo finish. I used to DJ, so this software  comes in very handy.

I then used a program called Audacity to edit the 21 stand-alone tracks into one continuous track. One song transitions into the next, each fading out into the new song. (Not every segue is perfect, some of the beats are a quarter-second off, or so, but this was my first attempt.)

Then, I used Microsoft Word 97 to create cover art that would look like something that could have been created with technology available at the time, and using a font that MTV used for a lot of their promotional materials back then. I found some pictures from that era where the year 1995 was displayed in the background – in two photos from my bedroom of collages I created then, and another from 1990 (?) where I was wearing a shirt we had all gotten in 7th grade that said “Class of ’95”.

To complete the package, I put the finished CD into an old-school generic CD jewel case, as shown in the top photo.  I’ve been working on this project for about 3 weeks now, and the audio has been finished for a weeks or so. I’ve been playing it almost constantly in my car. 🙂

If anyone is interested in the sound file, or a copy of the CD (if you’re into this kind of music, or looking for a sound track for a 90s theme party) let me know. This has been a labor of love. While Summer 1995 wasn’t the best summer ever, it was by far my most memorable. Now, the music can live on.


Week 12- Ashley Davene

Posted: June 19, 2011 in Ashley Davene, Week 12

I call this poem – Savoring

Here I am wrapped with Canyon Water

raise myself above – the water




slippery tongue savors

the moment as time

pivets down eclairs

sweet cream I lick from the tip of my

finger relaxed I

slink back in my chair

oh doubting mind that sings to

stay around oh believing ways

that say leave this town

How ready I am

to be one with the world

I never was a small town girl

thanks for knowing that about me

Week 12 – Betty Jarra

Posted: June 19, 2011 in Betty Jarra, Week 12

Flying Lesson 12

It is tough!
Everything is even grayer than the day before, raining already in the morning and I’m desperately bored. So bored that I think I don’t even have to avoid the boredom. Sleeping away the whole day feels like the best thing to do.
But I’ve got a long day ahead with a lot of things to do.
The flying lesson is a bit postponed and I start playing with the idea of ​maybe forgetting….

Finally I’m off to fix the stuff I need to do. Do some, then almost running late for a meeting with a friend who is helping me out, I even drive through a car wash that is conveniently located in my way.
In the middle of all of it, as I stand there watching the gray, I can see that it’s an insane gray but it’s not fatal.
I float up, a bit closer to the surface.
I drive home and decide, although it’s difficult, to go for a walk.
I will walk somewhere else cause it’s still pretty boring in my immediate surroundings, on a dirtgray Sunday evening.
I decide to take the tram. Walking Hornsgatan up as far I want to and the bus back home. Good!

When I start walking I tell myself (again) that this is a very special gift that no one else can give me and I can’t give it to anyone else either, it’s there just for me!
I get a little happier.

Even Hornsgatan it’s sort of boringly empty. There are some lonely men sitting by the window of pubs. A few couples munching pizza in otherwise empty restaurants along the way and some people, very clearly on their way home, with shopping bags or strollers.
What I like most along my way are the old houses. The warm-yellow light shining from their windows is for me equal with warmth and safety. “Home” and childhood in a very nice way. The modern houses on this street have,  strangely enough, a different kind of light, from other kind of lamps maybe…. a much more blue and cold light, or is it the windows, making the light so different?

I’m a little more than halfway when I get a sudden pain in my back. Stiff but somehow in the wrong place. I’m trying to stretch a bit but this stiffness is somewhere below my shoulder blades, above the waist, on the right side and it’s kind of difficult to stretch that part. Trying to walk in a different way for a while. I rotate my hips much more, but the problem isn’t hips. I rotate like hell but the tension is still there. Shaking my shoulders, but they are also quite OK. Maybe I need better shoes.
I walk a bit slower. It helps.
I definitely need to put a lot more  into this gift than to simply walk. I need to make sure that the tools for walking are working as well.
Maintenance of the aircraft!
Important lesson!

Just missed the bus so I walk a few more stops.
Usually when I miss a bus, it’s because there is a reason why the next one is better.
As I don’t have a valid bus pass I hope it’s because the bus driver on the next bus is a nice one.
And as expected the bus driver on the next bus doesn’t care about a ticket so I don’t need to walk over the long bridge to get home.
Just before I’m getting off I find a bus pass on the floor. I ask a girl with her dog standing next to me if she dropped it but she didn’t. I decide to take it with me and go with it to the ticket center the next day. If there is no owner registered I will keep it.
No need to run after a bus, the next one might be much better.

I believe I can fly



I think I uploaded the previous page…Anyway the next page in the Ghost Story.  Spoiler Alert: That guy is a ghost.  Also, she is wearing crocs, which is why her feet look so huge…

Week 12 – w.c. pelon

Posted: June 16, 2011 in w.c. pelon, Week 12
“Nut & Bolt Chess Set”

This week’s submission also serves as fellow geek Michael Sean Piper’s belated birthday gift, and is technically my first piece of art for the project:  I began its construction a few weeks before TGAP 3 began.

There are a number of versions of nut & bolt chess pieces on, where I discovered the concept while still deciding whether I would participate in the TGAP in a full or limited capacity.  I scoured the web for DIY sites & simple craft projects, and when I stumbled upon this idea I knew two things:  I was all-in for TGAP 3, and this chess set was going to end up with Mike.

Bishop & Knight

I started by mapping out the design of each piece on graph paper;  once I had compiled a comprehensive parts list, I checked  local hardware stores, Lowes,  and Home Depot, only to find that most of the pieces I needed were not very common, and those that I could find locally were too expensive.  I compared a few online retailers and found that had the best balance of selection and value for my purposes.

Rook & Pawn

At that point, I had a vague idea as to how I would construct each piece, but I was still agonizing over some of the details, so I made sure to order lots of extra parts:  specifically flat washers, hex nuts, flange nuts and external tooth lock washers.   A few weeks later, my big bag ‘o metal arrived in the mailbox, and I would spend the next six weeks (off and on) trying out different combinations of parts.

King & Queen

Having settled on a rough draft design for the pieces, the next step was to make the board.  I shopped around for some dimensionally cut lumber, but as was the case with the hardware, cost was prohibitive in most of the stores in my area, and I didn’t feel that a simple piece of wood would give the board enough character.  While  shopping for other art materials, I found a hefty butcher’s block and a nifty cigar box in an antique store. The owner cut me a deal and I walked out with both for $7.00.  (I have grand designs for the cigar box which may eventually surface in a future submission).

Butcher's block from an antique store in Ossipee, NH.

I sanded down the butcher’s block, masked it in painters tape, and cut the checker pattern.  I found a can of metallic bronze spray paint on clearance, and figured I could keep the cost down by using it for both the board and the dark colored pieces.  After I had spray painted the squares, I wasn’t entirely satisfied with the color of my freshly sanded block,  so I used Old English Scratch cover (the dark finish variety) to give it a stained appearance and sealed it with a spray on clear coat.

Once I had finalized the construction of each piece, I used super glue to attach flat washers to the base of any pieces that needed the threaded end facing up (King, Queen, Bishop, and Rook) and flange nuts as the base for the remaining pieces (Knight, Pawn).  I applied a small amount of super glue on the threads where each nut and bolt were joined to ensure each piece would maintain its appropriate height.

I sprayed half the pieces with the metallic bronze paint, let them dry, and applied a light clear coat.  If I ever make one of these sets again, I may go with the more costly option of building one side in steel/zinc and the other in brass.


I had a lot of fun working on this project, and I think it’s the best I’ve created for the TGAP thus far.  As it is the art project that convinced me to commit to THE art project,  and being that Mike is one of the co-founders of the TGAP and someone who continually inspires me to explore new creative outlets, I don’t think it could possibly have a better home.  Happy Birthday, Mikey!

This week’s submission is a rollerskate cake I made for (fellow Geek) Devin’s 31st birthday.

The cake itself is a vegan chocolate cake (the recipe is known by a few names: wacky cake, poor man’s cake, or depression cake) layered with a peanut butter flavored buttercream frosting.

This most-inspired flavor combination was by the birthday girl’s request.

I used fondant to cover the cake, and yellow string licorice for the laces. The wheels are fondant-covered RingDings.  Everything you see is edible!

You can see more of my crazy confections– including but not limited to a number of particularly geeky Star Wars cakes– at