Kirkkitsch’s Blog

August 25, 2013, 12:00 pm
Filed under: Pop Culture, Technology

Having Apple TV, from time to time, I check out what’s new on Vimeo. For those unfamiliar (I was), Vimeo is like YouTube for the art crowd. I’m forever discovering beautiful, interesting stuff there! This is one of my recent favorites:

They All Want Cake…
November 13, 2012, 6:00 am
Filed under: Homework, Pop Culture

My first purchase for the cooler weather; I almost hate to refer to it as “Winter” since we never really seem to have one, here in Texas. Purchased at Threadless.

October 16, 2012, 6:00 am
Filed under: Home, Pop Culture

A while back, Chumley had a (thankfully, brief) urinary tract infection. Since she’s not actually producing the crystals that cause the urinary tract to bleed, I came to the conclusion that the culprit was the cheap ($1) cat food I’d bought her at the nearby dollar store. It was something I would buy in a pinch (i.e. it was what I could afford at the time her regular cat food ran out).

SO, now I make a concerted effort to stick to my regular brand. Surprisingly, PetSmart has some incredibly good sales on the varieties that I buy (Purina; yes, I’m one of those old ladies that remembers when the package used to look like this). I tried an organic brand from Whole Foods, thinking I was doing something good; it gave her soft serve poops. Not pretty. I refuse to shell out the kind of money brands like Science Diet and Iams are asking. And yes, I realize that a lot of animal enthusiasts will argue that “If you really loved your cat…” Sorry, no dice. I’m not shelling out $15 for a bag of cat food. Not in my world.

With that said, from time to time I visit a local friend who lives on the other side of town. On the way to his house there is a chain grocery store called Albertson’s; I don’t have an Albertson’s on my side of town. While I was there recently, I discovered a variety of Purina cat food named Be Happy. It was the same price as what I pay for other Purina varieties at the stores in my part of town.

I love packaging. How incredibly adorable is the packaging on this? I absolutely love every aspect of it, from the color choices to the illustration style, down to the font. I had to share it with ya.

Zombies & Pouty Pecs
October 15, 2012, 6:00 am
Filed under: Books, Pop Culture

I have a lot of stuff I want to get to this week, so some of these posts may be briefer than I’d normally like…but then with my tendency to ramble and/or go off on a rant, maybe not. At the very least, I’ll get to show you some stuff I’ve been thinking about lately.

Whilst in the grocery store, enjoying some down town (at 3am), my eye was caught by this title, amongst the other ‘Featured’ books. You gotta hand it to marketing/packaging: it’s a two-way street. It can be used for good & evil…and even used to the advantage of the otherwise aesthetically clueless; in other words, you know the doorknobs who allegedly pen (or more likely, ‘ghost write’) this propaganda, don’t have the imagination skills to cash in on both the zombie fad du jour and/or the Obama campaign posters of yesteryear. Kudos, graphic designer! Seriously. Continue reading

Vito: Veni, Vidi, Bitchy
September 18, 2012, 6:00 am
Filed under: Clippings, Pop Culture

Say what you will, but I have never been a big fan of drag. I realize it’s a staple of the gay subculture, but it’s just way too sassy/bitchy for my tastes. And yes, I realize that it all began with Stonewall. Oy. BOY! Do I remember. Anyway, this said, I admit that I do find the process fascinating. I’ve watched my fair share of seasons of RuPaul’s Drag Race, mesmerized by the costume challenges; i.e. each contestant given the challenge of creating an outfit out of Christmas decorations, thrift store finds and/or window treatments. I can’t sew to save my life, but I sit there spellbound by what these people can create out of nothing. Sometimes the creativity is astounding. Continue reading

She’s Crafty
July 2, 2012, 6:00 am
Filed under: Life, Pop Culture

I have a Flickr account to host the photos that I take. I also have Apple TV. Apple TV allows me to watch streaming NetFlix, YouTube, Vimeo, etc. on my television. In addition, I have the option of using my Flickr account images as the screen saver on my television. At first it was a blast seeing my photographs in rotation as my screen saver. However, over time, you grow bored with the imagery and long for something different. That’s where “import contact” comes in. It allows you to use your Flickr friends/contacts’ imagery as well! Continue reading

R.I.P. Don Cornelius
February 1, 2012, 6:00 am
Filed under: Newsstand, Pop Culture

Rolling – Don Cornelius, who created the long-running R&B and dance-music showcase Soul Train, was found dead in his home in Sherman Oaks, Calif., early this morning. He was 75. Law enforcement officials suspect suicide; the body was found with a gunshot wound to the head.

Trained as a journalist on WVON, an African-American talk radio station in his native Chicago, Cornelius conceived of Soul Train during the Civil Rights movement, noting there was no showcase for black music on national television. Soul Train debuted in 1971 and quickly became a popular stop for major acts such as James Brown, the O’Jays and Michael Jackson. Cornelius hosted the show from its inception until 1993; Soul Train ended its long run in its original form in 2006. Continue reading