Sunday, November 28, 2010

NYC, weekend of 10-10-10 pictures

Got Fallout: New Vegas finally and fell off the face of the Earth for a couple days. May have played over 7 hours overnight (slept from 7:30am to 10:30am, thanks insomnia). Where is Simon (the Anthropologist that I met outside of Penn Station) to tally all this up and make me feel awkward about my gaming?
Anyway here are my pictures of NYC. I was there for the weekend of 10-10-10, NYCC/NYAF (as previously posted, but re-posted in this set), the X Japan Concert and all the other things that came with the city...including the opportunity to purchase an entirely different kind of X in front of a McDonald's at 5am in Times Square if I had so desired.
No, I didn't take any pictures of the dealers, there were about five of them though. X, heroin, cocaine, weed? A man calling himself the Big Bad Wolf was in that McDonalds too. The on-going joke is that I could have sold poor Cheryl to the Big Bad Wolf if I had felt ambitious.
We did spend the night of 10-9-10 wandering Times Square and the surrounding areas without a hotel for the evening. It was a fantastic place of McDonald's, pubs that were open until 4am, the bag men who sold counterfeit handbags from tarps and more than a few tourists with big yellow death wishes. They were more than willing to tempt fate by standing in the road blocking the path of so many taxis for that perfect picture of sparkly capitalist utopia. Seriously, it was like flies to a bug zapper, or teenage girls to a Twilight vampire.
I did take a couple pictures of Times Square because it was oh so shiny, but did not stand on those elevated platforms to do so, and most certainly did not stand in the middle of the road.

First we have a rather dazed mirror picture of myself before leaving the hotel in NJ. (We stayed at The Madison in Morristown, NJ--It was quite nice, got a really good deal on for that night, and I highly recommend it, even though there was a Bachelor party going on across the hall that reeked of weed.) This is even before the night without sleep...

Now for everything else.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

NYCC/NYAF 2010 Pictures

NYCC/NYAF 2010 pictures, just a few.
Maybe I'll post something Thanksgiving-related later, but for now this is what I have prepared.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Photography: Abstract

Items from my photography class this Fall. My abstract project was probably my favorite aside from the collage project.

This one is a knife block, in case you were wondering.

Here are the rest of my favorites.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Poetry: 11-12-10


scattered along
industrial sites
grey specks
sharply grating

smashed head
seeds bound
stringy orange
strewn asphalt

bits pieces
red coagulant
exposed ribs
entrails highway

Friday, November 12, 2010

What I'm Reading

I've been working on finals, and that's about I'll share a list of what I've been reading through recently. Some I read for school and other items just for my own interests.

"Tales of Simple" Langston Hughes
"The Negro Writer and the Racial Mountain" Langston Hughes
"Blueprint for Negro Writing" Richard Wright
"Black Boy" Richard Wright
"Between the World and Me" Richard Wright
"The Bluest Eye" Toni Morrison
"On the Road" Jack Kerouac
"Holidays on Ice" David Sedaris
"Zombie Haiku" Ryan Mecum
"An Experiment in Misery" Stephen Crane
"The Damned Thing" Ambrose Bierce
"Ballad of Reading Gaol" Oscar Wilde
"The Ambitious Guest" Nathaniel Hawthorne

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Wilde and NaNoWriMo

So, I've been busy trying to collect my thoughts on how I'm going to finish out this quarter of school. In my down time I'm working on my NaNoWriMo contributions. My novella that I'm working on is actually a collection of my New York City travel adventures intermixed with surrealist flash fiction. I draw that parallel because my experiences in New York were arguable surreal. If you want to be writing buddies I am wildecross on that page...and you will soon see how I developed that user name.

I'm a nerd...*waits for the gasps to subside* I know, I know. Hard to believe isn't it. Anyway for Halloween I had three costumes and one of which was Oscar Wilde. If you are unfamiliar with his work you should click and educate yourself. Oh, and Netflix usually has two versions of "The Importance of Being Ernest" on there at any given time, and one version of "The Picture of Dorian Grey."
Anyway here is what he looked like...
Oscar Wilde

And this is me as him...


I entered a costume contest on with my pictures, so that's why I'm holding the signs...and now you can find me over there if you wish. I really need to centralize all of my internet presence. It's pretty far-reaching, so perhaps it may be a bit majestic once I have it all consolidated.

J. Lannan

Monday, November 1, 2010

When life gives you annoyance, long waits and near-death experiences...

...write poetry.
My day in poetry form.

Puppy Wuppy

Wet noses
soft hair
curly, wire,
and smooth
a friend
through and through

A hound
and a beagle
A walk to my car
bounding and free
and barking
I turn askew

They run

I don't really like dogs


Head-on avoidance
Bare fuel
Ten miles over
Two hours
Three minutes
Rounding up
I named it
And Grey
but they were grey
As are we all
a world of shades
Shiny black shoes
grey striped grit
two dollars
five levels
of affliction
if only we could hope
to live
so boldly


I like the roof
the world all around
the city lies before me
I am above them
except those
in the distance

Declaration of Inspiration

We, the artists
in a world that
we are mad
to capture fancy
and not forget
we will stare
life blinks
all fleeting