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To do list

- Figure out why partitioning the tables on Entity ID didn't result in the performance gains we hoped for
- Memorize some more poems for a feature I'm doing in August in Greenville
- Decide whether to buy a mandolin to sit next to the (mostly non played very much) guitars
- Finish coding up the pages that will allow my art web site to start awarding cash prizes in a monthly image uploading competition
- Get the web site and screen printed posters put together for my third Zombie Mob this October
- Start designing the Gordon Freeman and Trogdor costumes I'll be taking to Dragon*Con
- Buy some milk

I have a weird life.

Bonus factoid: I am the first Google result for "columbia sc zombie".   :-)

I'm in a magazine :-)

A few months ago Columbia was graced with a swanky new arts magazine.  Mark Pointer and crew are doing an amazing job finding all of the neat Columbia artists no one knows about.  Even in the first few issues they've profiled some people I know (Natalie and the bellydancers, Nick and Sara of Half and Half), but most of the entries have been really talented people, right here in Columbia, whom I've never heard of.  It makes me proud of our city, and I hope they keep it up.

Well, the current issue is out, and it's gorgeous as ever, and it's got an article on VerseWorks!

Slam-mastah

Last September I began a poetry series at the Art Bar, called VerseWorks.  I've been a part of the spoken word/slam poetry scene since the fall of 2005, even competing with a team at regionals and nationals in 2006. I watched a couple of local venues go through growth pains, plan poorly, close down.  I had ideas about how I'd do things differently, but I have a rule:

"Don't bitch unless you're willing to do it better yourself."

So I'm trying to do it myself.

We began by doing shows twice per month (or sometimes three times - the "odd Tuesdays").  There's always an open mic, and on the first Tuesday we'd have an out-of-town feature, and the third Tuesday would be a "slam," or competition. 

I bought equipment - a mixer, a good microphone, mic stand, video camera, camera stand, cables, extra battery, tapes, clipboard, whiteboards and markers.  The camera got lost (don't ask), and I bought another one.  I got posters designed and printed by a local screenprinting shop (Half and Half is brilliant, by the way):

Spo-late-o

Yeah, I'm still catching up on Spoleto stuff.  And since then I have gone to a big poetry competition and seen my first ever roller derby, and ...

Gentle Reader, you shall have to accept that I will never catch up.

My new favorite contemporary artist is

Via codimension4, via peterbilt_47 ...

"You know how sometimes people on your friends list post about stuff going on in their life, and all of a sudden you think "Wait a minute? Since when are they working THERE? Since when are they dating HIM/HER? since when???" And then you wonder how you could have missed all that seemingly pretty standard information, but somehow you feel too ashamed to ask for clarification because it seems like info you should already know? It happens to all of us sometimes.

Please copy mine below, erase my answers putting yours in their place then post it in your journal! Please elaborate on the questions that would benefit from elaboration! One-Word-Answers seldom help anyone out."

1. Name: Christopher Michael McCormick.  My 'rents picked the number 1 and 2 names of 1974.  Very creative.  because there are a million Chrises in the world, I occasionally go by "Kit," or "Topher".  In poetry circles I seem to have picked up the stage name "Token Poet".

2. Age: 33. I am totally diggin' these early 30s, by the way.

3. Location: West Columbia, SC. Cheap redneck-y burb of a perfectly pleasant midsized southern city.

4. Occupation: codimension4 totally covered this better in his blog already. But basically I make big computers do fancy stuff with lots of data and it magically makes money for the state of South Carolina.  I usually tell people I get to solve puzzles all day, which is pretty accurate.  Lately I have to do a lot more people management than solving technical problems.  That shit be hard, yo.

5. Partner: I am currently dating 

The biggest little thing

So Jen and I went to Piccolo Spoleto last weekend to see the Bean dance (she's a little ballerina).  We stayed for the weekend and saw a lot of cool stuff, which I'm writing about as I find the time.
 
On Sunday we wanted to start off by looking at some visual art, but after reading the descriptions in the program, nothing much was capturing our imagination.  We ended up going to an exhibit called the "Mini Museum," almost as an afterthought.

And how lucky we were that we did, because it was one of the coolest things I've ever seen.

Richard McMahan is a savant. He possesses normal intelligence, but does weird obsessive things.  He owns over 100 silent films and has become a guru in silent film history. He makes meticulous period costumes by hand. He has memorized the cover of every National Geographic Magazine ever, and can usually tell you the contents of each month's issue.  And, he likes making copies of art.  Tiny, tiny copies.

In the last eighteen years (since he was 16 years old), Richard McMahan has made over 1100 tiny reproductions of artworks, from Egyptian artifacts and models of tombs to paintings to sculpture to furniture.  It's all so small that the whole collection fits into an exhibit that's the size of a large room.  The exhibit design itself was a neat multidisciplinary experiment, and the artworks were amazing. the Starry Night had tiny little Van Gogh-ish brushstrokes, Guernica somehow looked epic while being about 4 inches wide, and looking down into his tiny Egyptian tombs felt like being Anubis himself, thinking, "Not bad, guys. Well done."

Go check it out here.

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New T's!

Threadless has a sale, so I got me some new, um ... threads.

May. 28th, 2008

Occasionally I think of myself as an adventurous guy.  I like climbing stuff.  I'm hoping to skydive this summer for the first time.  I've been wanting to try hang gliding.  I occasionally drive through Five Points when all the drunk college kids are out. You know, on purpose.

But then I see something like this:

Shameless marketing ploy

So what I'm going to do (until I don't) is have one weird/cute/funny internet thing to make you wanna read my blog, then the actual blog.

 Cute Internet Thing (tm)
This is why all of us secretly hope our kids will magically be British.

Bizzee Rascal
The last few days:
Thursday night I took the Bean

Audio visual adventures

Thing the first
Check out these Muppet versions of movie posters. A few really well done ones in there.

Thing the second
I heard a story on NPR about the music of Alfred Hitchcock movies, and several people were What? What were they doing?Collapse )