Category Archives: Amused

Ripped Bloggingdice or something

“In the aftermath of shelter-in-place orders in California during the Covid-19 crisis, the Ripped Bodice bookstore in Los Angeles launched a “Build Your Own Care Package” program to stir up online sales this month. The shop has been closed to foot traffic with all events canceled since March 16, but the romance bookseller has already shipped more than 330 packages with a waiting list of over 800 customers.”
Care Packages Help Bookstores Amid Covid-19 Closures, by Jason Boog, Publishers Weekly, 27 March 2020

Wait… we have such a bookstore in Los Angeles? Am I always the LAST TO KNOW THESE COOL THINGS? We are SO going there if they’re still in business after all this pandemic stuff.
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New Normal? What New Normal?

Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.
John Wooden

“West coast street artist Hijack Art has created a mural of two soldiers fending off the coronavirus in the Pico-Robertson neighborhood of LA. ‘This particular issue involving the coronavirus and all the devastation it’s leaving in its wake, was a no-brainer for me,’ said the artist. ‘The fear and call to action of this pandemic has really captured the imagination of many in and outside my city.’ Located at the intersection of West Pico Boulevard at Reeves Street, the two characters in the piece are wearing Hazmat suits, while attempting to fend off the virus with a feather duster, Windex, hand sanitizer and a vacuum bearing a ‘No Covid-19’ symbol. It taps into the dire need for alcohol-based hand sanitizers. ‘It’s been a mixed bag of careless spring breakers, toilet paper hoarders, conspiracy theorists and hypochondria,’ adds Hijack. ‘I’m being told “it feels like we’re in wartime,” so I also wanted to add that element to the piece.'”
‘It feels like wartime’: how street artists are responding to coronavirus, by Nadja Sayej, The Guardian, 25 March 2020

Ah, the muralists of Los Angeles.
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And the Internets go on and on and on and on

The more I think about it, the more I realize there is nothing more artistic than to love others.
Vincent Van Gogh

“At the time, my friend Brian argued that if it came down to it, he wanted to be able to defend himself. That if he didn’t have a gun, he was really just prepping for his someone else, who could just come and take all his carefully curated supplies.”
The Case For Not Panic Buying A Gun, by Jacob Margolis, LAist, 18 March 2020

Gah.
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Oh Internet Oh Internet

“A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

“In the year 1930, John Maynard Keynes predicted that, by century’s end, technology would have advanced sufficiently that countries like Great Britain or the United States would have achieved a 15-hour work week. There’s every reason to believe he was right. In technological terms, we are quite capable of this. And yet it didn’t happen. Instead, technology has been marshaled, if anything, to figure out ways to make us all work more. In order to achieve this, jobs have had to be created that are, effectively, pointless. Huge swathes of people, in Europe and North America in particular, spend their entire working lives performing tasks they secretly believe do not really need to be performed. The moral and spiritual damage that comes from this situation is profound. It is a scar across our collective soul. Yet virtually no one talks about it.”
On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs: A Work Rant, by David Graeber, The Strike, Issue 3 The Summer Of… August 2013

The post that got a book deal for a great book.
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Oh Internets!

“As a longtime health care reporter, I see the unfolding coronavirus pandemic as representing everything I’ve read about — from the early days of epidemiology to the staggering toll of the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic — but had not covered in my lifetime.

“And still, I have been caught off guard by the pushback from top elected officials and even some friends and acquaintances who keep comparing it to the flu.”
This Coronavirus Is Unlike Anything in Our Lifetime. The Facts You Need To Know, by Charles Ornstein, ProPublica, 15 March 2020

“‘We buy valuable handwritings of Brigitte Bardot, Grace Kelly, Charles Lindbergh, Napoleon Bonaparte and other well-known personalities at worldwide auctions,’ says the company on Instagram. ‘And all this just to irretrievably destroy these precious artifacts [sic] for our new SEKRÈ luxury handbags. 📜✂️Insane? Maybe a bit, but we do it intentionally.'”

“The practice has been condemned by antiquarian booksellers. ‘Once a manuscript has been taken apart in this way it is lost forever. They are part of our shared history,’ said Sally Burdon, president of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers. ‘It is difficult to understand any motivating factor behind the making the Sekrè handbags beyond the single obvious one of seeking a point of difference to make more sales … Is this destruction really worth it? Letters and manuscripts give us an insight into the character of the author of the letter and a feel for the time when they were written. This can be said for both an important letter and even something as apparently insignificant as a shopping list or a thank you letter.'”
Bag firm adds ‘unique’ appeal by stitching in historical figures’ letters, by Alison Flood, The Guardian, 14 March 2020

What the f…? Huh.
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Sure and begorrah the internets

“My Poet loves words in a way that I feel is quite unhealthy and unnatural. She owns a dictionary decades old and so large she uses a small buffet cart to wheel it around our apartment like some invalid relative. For true fiction writers, words are just a kind of filling for the plot. A novel is like one of those mock apple pies made with Ritz crackers and cinnamon—and anyone who claims he can tell the difference is a damn liar!”
My Poet, by Naeem Murr, Poetry, July/August 2007

“L.A.’s hottest neighborhood is where the city’s existential crises have come home to roost.”
Gentrifying Highland Park’s War on the Middle Class, by Andrew Gumbel, Los Angeleno, 30 Jan 2020

“The decision by employees at crowdfunding company Kickstarter to unionize is a historic first in the tech industry, highlighting the growing trend of worker activism in Silicon Valley.”
Kickstarter union seen as breakthrough for tech activism by Chris Mills Rodrigo, The Hill, 20 Feb 2020

“Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) said Monday he wants to give monthly checks to low-income and middle-class Americans so they can afford necessities during the coronavirus outbreak.

“‘Let’s cut out employers as the middle men and get relief to people not in weeks but in days,’ Cotton wrote in a Medium post outlining his proposals for a Senate bill. ‘We should send relief directly to American families most likely to be in need — those in the bottom and middle tax brackets — to pay for rent, groceries, childcare, and other necessary expenses, as well as to spend at local businesses that are hurting during this crisis.’

“Cotton, who knocked the House-passed coronavirus response bill as too complicated, suggested the money could come from tax rebates or through unemployment agencies.”
GOP Sen. Cotton calls for monthly cash payments to Americans during coronavirus pandemic, by Brooke Seipel, The Hill, 16 March 2020

If this isn’t some kind of trap… this is my kind of Republican!
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The Internets of Cyberspace and Collages!

Framed Collage Sale, 2-5pm, Sunday, February 9, 2020 at 2716 North Broadway, #210, LA CA 90031

Luckily, the “Looking Away” collages were not what I was afraid they were. They were just letting me know it was time to stop making collages.

So I’d like to get the framed ones into good homes before I close the studio and put them in storage until… I have no idea until what or when. If you’re not in driving distance, I’m happy to ship FedEx Ground in the U.S., see below for a happy owner in Denver of “Man Walking”. You can see collages at www.Collage.GingerMayerson.com I’m sorry the website wasn’t working last time. A very small part of a very large website stopped working, and the whole thing was inaccessible, which was quite annoying. As far as I know right now, it’s working perfectly, if you’d like to take a look.

So, if you’d like to come by the studio all collages are going going gone for any reasonable offer.

Also I’m looking for someone to share the space, so if you or someone you know is looking for a nice sunny office/studio in Lincoln Heights, come by to take a look. Google map location: https://goo.gl/maps/E4SeN5CGAZhF6Mgt8

Hope to see you 2 to 5pm on Sunday, February 9, 2020.

Here’s a collage in the studio that looks much better in person. Come see it!

Stuff I found on the internet:

If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.
Lao Tzu

It has yet to be proven that intelligence has any survival value.
Arthur C. Clarke

Big girls need big diamonds.
Elizabeth Taylor

I’m afraid that if you look at a thing long enough, it loses all of its meaning.
Andy Warhol

There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.
R. Buckminster Fuller

A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five.
Groucho Marx

Quote me as saying I was mis-quoted.
Groucho Marx

There are three things you can do in a baseball game. You can win, or you can lose, or it can rain.
Casey Stengel

Internets, oh Internets

“Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.”
Pablo Picasso, The Impossible Cool, 3 Jan 2020

“Past, present, and future on view in a wondrous machine. Everything everywhere in every universe. Better than YouTube, but can this device bring happiness to a young slacker looking for love and life’s meaning?”
Drunk on Time, Storylandia, The Wapshott Press Journal of Fiction, Issue 32, Winter 2020


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Mary Worth, 31 Dec 2019

“What?” Mary recoiled in surprise. “Your doctor didn’t recommend stealing the pituitary glands of younger women? Dr. Jeff and I have been doing that for 300 years.”

If youth knew; if age could.
Sigmund Freud

Oh, love will make a dog howl in rhyme.
Francis Beaumont

I buy expensive suits. They just look cheap on me.
Warren Buffett

We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
E. M. Forster