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Just noticed this today on the subway:

Don't lean on door!'

Isn’t that weird? The Os are sideways, all of them. The N in lean is slightly shaved off on the right edge; compare it to the N in not. And the letters in lean don’t seem to have the same baseline.

What the hell is up with that? I thought it was some kind of pranked-up fake sign at first, but all of the Do not lean on door signs were like that.

Update: Here's a sharper photo on Gothamist earlier this year.

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Take a picture of yourself right now. Don’t change your clothes. Don’t fix your hair. Just take a picture. Post that picture with no editing. (Except maybe to get the image size down to something reasonable. Don’t go posting an eight megapixel image.) Include these instructions.


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[livejournal.com profile] bugsybanana found this colonizing our fridge. "It's like Palm Sunday!"

Great sproutin' onion!
Originally uploaded by Avram Grumer

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The bathroom door signs at my most recent workplace:


One for ordinary transgendered people, and one for transgendered UFO abductees.

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New subway display
Originally uploaded by Avram Grumer.

I've decided to start using flickr and taking more photos, what with having this handy pocket-sized digital camera and all.

I think you can see all of my photos here. Just a few so far; most of it's fake Nintendo DS game covers.

Took this one today, on the N train. New, all-electronic displays, which ought to solve the problem of a train getting re-routed and having a useless track display.

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Bring me the head of a pink, candy-stuffed horseHere’s a reason to be glad to be back at the office: A couple of the project managers were leaving, and we had a little going-away festival, complete with a piñata strung up from a ceiling fixture. Below you can see one of the departing managers having at it with an aluminum pole. Originally she was blindfolded, but those pictures didn’t come out so well.

Photo cut to preempt whining )

Yes, she was swinging that thing blind, surrounded by monitors and co-workers. We were all gathered around with that feeling of mixed dread and anticipation — Hope she doesn’t whack a monitor with that, but wouldn’t it be kinda cool?

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Snapped on Sunday’s trip to the Newark Museum:

Love & Long

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Seen on Broadway and 20-something Street, a few weeks ago:

scary dummy
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It’s happening faster than I’d thought:

Up to 114!
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Damn big hat
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The transit strike of 1980, photos courtesy of The New York Times.
The transit strike of 2005, photos courtesy of lots of people and Flickr.

(Me? I'm fine. I take Port Authority trains to work.)
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A scanner, darklyOK, just about everything is ready to go. Clié hooked up (required upgrading to the latest version of The Missing Sync, but that works great, totally replaces the old Palm Desktop), iPod working, camera working, various Perl modules installed, Apache and PHP working, remind and GeekTool working despite the warnings, everything tested and working but the printer.

Getting the scanner working today ate about an hour and a half, largely because of poor font choice by whoever designed the lid of the scanner. I downloaded the drivers for the CanoScan LIDE 50, when what I have is the LIDE 30. So, if I’d been doing any drawing lately, I’d be able to scan the art in tonight.

I’ve been going through old posts, adding tags. The sketch tag will get you all the drawing posts I’ve tagged so far. I noticed that I hadn’t posted any art since June. Yipe.


Jul. 12th, 2005 11:35 pm
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Sex, seafood, and Santa! )
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Once it because apparent that paying my taxes wasn’t going to pauperize me, I made a small investment in a new digital camera. My old one (a Canon PowerShot A10) was bulky and heavy enough that I carried it in my bag when I carried it at all, which was enough of a barrier to casual use that I hardly ever used it. The new one, a Canon PowerShot SD200, is about a third the old one’s size, small and light enough that it rides comfortably in my pocket. Good-sized monitor too.

In other news, Ground has closed. The owner sold it, and the new owner has sold off the old furniture and is redoing the whole place. It’ll be a café, which I assume means it’ll sell coffee, but whether it’ll have cheap coffee, as well as comfy seats and wi-fi, only time will tell.

Meanwhile I’ve been doing my local hanging out at Basic, up on Erie and 8th, near the hospital. The food and drinks are good, but the seats are all hard, and it tends to be loud. Not conducive to long sketch sessions. I need a new place to sling my ass while I draw.

The reason my camera and Basic show up in the same post is this odd bit of art hanging on the side of a building right near Basic:

Weird bat-head mandalla )
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Tiny aliens landed in my office and left a crop circle near my desk!

cue X-Files theme now )


Nov. 21st, 2004 07:28 pm
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(Both from here.)

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