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All Packed

Suitcase I’m looking at my suitcase and wondering what security will think of it. For the monkey build, I’m taking my DeWalt radial sander, belt sander, three boxes of industrial hot glue and two shafts of nylon for milling parts. My other checked bag contains 8 bottles of Frameworks Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and a roll of 1/2 inch reticulated foam.

My clothes are in my carry-on bag.

For those keeping track, I leave Portland at 5:30am and arrive at JFK at 4:45 tonight. A car service will take me into the City to the studio to drop off the tools.

Some disassembly required.

We took a load of furniture down to our storage locker today. As we were packing, we decided to take the mirror off the vanity from Dr. Walker’s (my great-grandfather) bedroom suite. It seemed like it would be safer to move and pack. Then today, Rob noticed that it further disassembles; the shelf between the two sets of drawers pulls out, leaving us with two very small chests. The perfect, I say, the perfect size for bedside tables. So, we decided to store the rest of the vanity and take these two pieces with us. I’m delighted, because I really wanted part of Dr. Walker’s bedroom suit with me. The wardrobe is too big. We’ve got another bed, and the vanity was a throughly impractical piece for an apartment.

What’s interesting is that it’s easy to see that Dr. Walker did a repair on the vanity at some point, because there are glue marks where a crossbeam used to be. In its place are two small brackets. I wonder when it happened and if it collapsed when he had something on it, or if it just got loose and he decided to repair it.


Just to keep you up to date, here’s the website for, Serendib, the show I’ll be building monkeys for.

The Ensemble Studio Theatre

First Light Mainstage Production
Power. Sex. Status.
And that’s just the monkeys
David Zellnik’s SERENDIB is a witty comedy about a group of scientists trying to save the world’s most important monkey study. The scientists invite a team of filmmakers to create a documentary of their work and of the monkeys. But the guests prove to be more unwieldy than their hosts can handle. Combining puppet work and traditional theatre, SERENDIB ponders the line between empathy and anthropomorphism.

March 28 – April 22 , 2007
Tickets will be on sale starting February 1

Emily DeCola is designing the monkeys.

Two recommendations

I spent more time packing today and got a corner of the dining room cleared. Whew.

Also, finished reading The Android’s Dream, by John Scalzi, which I really enjoyed. Good clean fun, which is something to say for a book that starts with a chapter-long fart joke.

Rob and I took the bus over to Cinema 21 to see Pan’s Labyrinth. Wow. Highly recommend this to anyone who is a fan of dark fairytales. Beautifully acted, filmed and conceived. My only complaint is that woman sitting behind me was an idiot and didn’t turn her cellphone off. She also talked during the film. The film itself is very, very strong.


I went into the WRW recording studio today to get caught up on some of the audio work that I owe folks. I didn’t get it all finished, so Rob and I are hoping to head back down tomorrow at some point. (Thanks, Sam!) It felt good to get back in there, and I loved the material I was working with.

The rest of the day passed in doing sketches for book cover. I’m not providing the art, I’m just doing the layout, but I still call my rough layouts sketches as I dink around in the sandbox to see what I like.

As you might be able to tell, both of these projects are ones which are still in the hush-hush phases. I’ll pass the details on when I can. And now, I’m going to turn in for bed.

Insect Lab

Lepidiota StigmaJay Lake mentioned the Anthology of New Weird, which has a very cool clockwork bug on the cover. That bug is made by Insect Labs, which combines antique clockwork parts and actual bugs to create confections of neo-victorian clockwork. There are also some “higher tech” ones with LEDs. These are very, very cool. Go check out the butterflies, spiders and the rest of Insect Labs’ gallery.

In Portland? Want free stuff?

I’m emptying my basement. I have loads of stuff that aren’t going with us to NYC. If you are in the Portland, OR area and are willing to come pick things up, you can score on foam, ribbons, fabric, glue and lumber. Email me and I’ll give you my contact info.

I also have several boxes of marionettes that I inherited from an older puppeteer and I can’t take them with me. These are in various stages of completion. Some of the boxes are only parts. Many of the marionettes need to be restrung

I can’t bring myself to throw them in the trash.

These are good for an older child’s toys, beginners and collectors.

Life with a touring puppeteer: 1998, Day 7

Monday, October 12, 1998
Day Seven

Today started at 6:00am. It was very hard to get up. And it’s raining, of course it’s Seattle so I shouldn’t be surprised.

We had a very busy, full day as our first day of school shows. The first show was at 9:30 in, ironically, Marysville. Our second show was in the same town at 2:00. This was nice ’cause it gave us plenty of time for lunch. So we went to Safeway to kill time. Lo and behold they were doing flu shots. Since we are surrounded daily by little snot machines, I always get a flu vaccine. This is Joe’s first.

The past two days we’ve been having a little problem with static, that we thought might have been cause by moisture in our system. Specifically sweat in our wireless transmitters, so while we were at Safeway we picked up the appropriate protective device. Condoms, unlubricated. Then it was off to our 2:00 show.


I just got the pdf galley proof of “For Solo Cello, op. 12” which will appear in the March/April issue of Cosmos. Pretty! Full page art! In color!

Life with a touring puppeteer: 1998, Day 4

Thursday, October 8, 1998

Joe taping down a cordWe had planned on rehearsing yesterday, but spent the day doing errands or repairs instead. Today was much better. Joe and I both had meetings, but we were able to get some time in the evening to run the show all the way through. There are some rough spots, but most of it is where we are inventing business. Remember I told you that each team adds something to the show.

Today was also the first day to do the show with sound and lights. Joe set most of it up before I got there. Here he is taping down a cord to a light so that we don’t trip over it.

We do the voices live and some of the music as well. Here is Joe banging away on the jembe drum at the top of the show. During the rest of the show the music will be on a tape, since we’ll both have our hands full. We use a foot switch to start and stop the tape.Joe with drum

Different people have different feelings about the use of pre-rocorded sound tracks. Some companies will record the voices as well as the music. Having seen and performed both ways, I vastly prefer doing it live. If something goes wrong, and something always will, a tape will keep going, but a live actor can cover for the problem. Plus you can connect with the audience more.

Bone rings exchanged by couples

Thanks to -e- for sending me this link. This is freaky, amazing and wonderful, all at the same time.

The BBC news reports on an experiment at growing bone in the lab, which then spins out of the laboratory and into the hands of artists.

Couples are being given the opportunity to exchange jewellery made from samples of their bone grown in the laboratory.

Scientists obtain bone cells from wisdom teeth and then grow them on a “scaffold” material in the lab.

The efforts are part of a collaboration between scientists and artists aiming to learn how to craft complex shapes from bone tissue.

Examples are to go on display at an exhibition at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital in London.

Bones & Clones – Talebones #35

Talebones just announced the table of contents of #35. The cover artist will be Richard Pellegrino who is doing the fantastically cool “Painting a day” blog.

“Landing Day” by Michael Canfield
“Two” by Jack Skillingstead
“Mildred’s Garden” by James C. Glass
“Death Comes but Twice” by Mary Robinette Kowal
“Sweep Me to My Revenge!” by Darrel Schweitzer
“The Old Husband’s Tale” by Patricia Russo
“El Regreso” by Richie Narvaez
“A Little Animal Throb” by Andrew Tisbert
“Iron Ties” by Hayden Trenholm