Banksy’s “Sirens of the Lambs”

Banksy’s appropriately named artwork ‘Sirens of The Lambs’ sees 60 adorable stuffed animals hang limply and pathetically out of a salughterhouse-bound truck. Emitting high pitched screeches throughout the Meatpacking district in Manhattan, the audio guide for Sirens of The Lambs states that the work is “Making some sort of comment on the casual cruelty of the food industry.”

Blacksmithing +20

Last weekend, at the ASU Regional Farmers Market, I met Glenn Owen. Turns out Glenn is a local blacksmith and invited Daniel I to come to Parker Homestead for a live demonstration and see if we would like to join the local organization and learn the trade. Um, yes?! So, this morning we began our journey of learning to be blacksmiths. It was hot, even without the roaring fire of the forge, it was humid, it was smokey, but it was one hell of a time.

One of the coolest parts of the day was when we realized we didn’t have tongs for hot dogs on the grill, so one of the guys just banged one out in just a few minutes. How cool is that? You can see it in the making in the video at 2:08.

I can’t thank these guys enough for inviting us to come and learn from them. What an awesome experience. I’ll let the photos and video speak for themselves. If you’re interested in joining the organization, and learning this amazing and more and more rare trade, contact Glenn directly and he will steer you in the right direction.

Did you see this? I didn’t.

I just saw this online. It says it’s a McDonalds commercial, but I feel like I’ve been tricked. It just doesn’t seem like it. It feels like it should be an ad for Barnes & Noble. I’m so perplexed by it that I can’t decided if I like it or not. It doesn’t make me want to go to McDonalds, but it is inspiring.

Three guys, a kid & kayaks

It has been far too long since I’ve been in my boat and even longer since Craig, Yancey and I have been on an outing. So, we intend to remedy this problem on Saturday. We’re going to take a kayaking trip down South Fork and Spring Rivers. As it’s our first trip together, we’ll have Daniel with us, we’re not in the best of shape and we’re not really acclimated to outdoors activities yet this year, we have chosen a small 6 mile portion of the rivers with easy access to a camping spot on my family’s Spring River lot.

Watch this spot for photos and video on the flip side next week. Should be a hoot to look at.

Our route will be as follows (click to enlarge):

Free Vector Art: Baby Whale & Fish Toons

While I’m recovering from another hip surgery this week, I’ve been practicing doodling and I’ve decided to convert a few of the characters I’ve sketched into vector artwork. You can download an EPS of these cute aquatic creatures below. Have fun!

Download Free Vector Art (EPS 1.9MB)

Original Doodle:

#Terraria: Steven’s First and Last Time Playing

I just really don’t like this game. I know, I know. It’s “really similar to Minecraft”, but it honestly isn’t. The only thing that’s similar is that you dig a lot and the texture are a bit familiar. Other than that, it’s Minecraft-done-badly.

On the “annoyed me oh so much list”: graphics, side-scrolling in an environment with “3rd Dimension” objects, annoying sounds, counter-intuitive menus and interface. Waste of $9.99, in my opinion.