Monday, January 31, 2011

Pen Pals

One of my New Years resolutions is to start a pen pal exchange project.

The impetus of this is coming from two sources:

1) I spend too much time on my computer. Yes, I realize that I am writing about this on one of my three blogs. I need to not lose all use of my motor skills. My handwriting is getting worse. I used to to draw or paint everyday, and now I only do that once a month. Even when I draw, it's often using a stylus and Adobe Illustrator or Brushes on my iPad. There is something uniquely pleasurable about creating something with your hands that exists in real space.

2) As, I've mentioned several times on this blog, my friend Eric moved to the woods to do his thing this fall. He has since left and now is doing his thing in civilization. While he was there, the only way to communicate with him was through the mail. And while, I have a really hard time romanticizing secluding yourself (Eric didn't even know how the guy who invented Segways died!) or enjoying nature (ew), I thought this was a cool idea. I'll probably keep his letters for a long time (or at least until I move again (j/k)), but I am pretty sure I would have deleted the last email I got from him except that it prominently featured a chihuahua wearing a shirt.

The Rules!

1) I want to get as many people as possible involved because it will be more fun that way.

2) You can't write someone you know, either in real life or the internet. I want to cast a wide net. I am looking for a group of people of different ages, nationalities, and interests. I don't want it to just be a bunch of 20-somethings writing in Brooklyn writing a bunch of 20-somethings in Portland.

3) The letters must be handwritten or at least created using some sort of analogue tool. If you want to use a typewriter or screen print or cross stitch it, that's great. Use whatever you like, as long as you don’t use an electronic devise.

If you are interested please email me: saharloo at gmail with your address. I will gather everyone who is interested and pair them up.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Photoshopping Puppy Heads!

As I mentioned in earlier entries, I enjoy making my loved ones elaborate cards and things. And it is no secret that I love puppy dogs, especially their heads.


This card was for Mike, one of my roomies. He is Squirt's dad.

Click to enlarge.

Squirt is a very spirited Shih Tzu. He has doggie version of PICA syndrome and has chewed or completely consumed too many of foreign objects: a set of color pencils, Mike's razor, a dollar, a few paper towels, a pair of socks, a pair of tweezers, the list goes on. He has recently been breaking into my room in hopes that I will drop some popcorn on the floor again. Squirt woke me up before my alarm this morning in fact by barging in and Mike came in chasing him. You can't hit snooze on a moment like that.

It took Mike almost a day to realize that Squirt heads were spelling out his name.


This was made for one of my other roommates, Catherine. She is Coco's owner. I don't think I need to explain Coco to the regular readers of this blog.

This pictures speaks for itself.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Coco and Yassi: a Photo Essay

My sister, Yassi, has a habit of getting on my computer and then taking a shit ton of pictures on Photo Booth. During her Christmas visit, Yassi decided to let Coco, the world's best chihuahua, in on the fun. And, yes, Coco is wearing a fleece onesie. Yassi was kind enough to allow me to put them up on this very, very popular blog.

Comparing Coco to an avocado.

Comparing Coco to a miniature red onion.

Trying to eat Coco.

Interacting with own foot.