Thursday, October 30, 2014

Office Creep

Today is a full day in the office. There happens to be a dog costume contest, so there are at least 10 dogs in the office. There was also a chili cook-off contest, in addition to some pretty extensive construction happening about 15 feet from my office door.

As you might imagine, I'm not exactly deeply engrossed in my work. But the surprising part is, as delightful as the three costumed dachshunds that just inspected my office may have been, what really pulled me in was this 10-minute spectacle of a construction worker calmly untangling about 30 feet of elaborately tangled cables and wires.

I was entranced.

Then it occurred to me what a creep I was being. So I captured a bit of my voyeurism on film.

Office Construction from Summer Grimes on Vimeo.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

When Consumer Research Turns to Cultural Research

In an effort to counteract a recent bout of consumer-itis I'm battling, I turned to Google to see whether or not my life would improve if I finally purchased the KitchenAid mixer I've been unreasonably coveting since my early 20s. I say “unreasonably” because, well, I guess I don't really actually know what to do with a mixer. I do know, however, that it is different than a blender.

I consulted Google. Because it's 2014. 

I didn't make it further than this because now all of the sudden I realize how much I want a crown. 

So, readers, here's the deal: don't you dare come commenting on my blog and bursting my bubble and telling me this is any other type of crown than the one I am daydreaming of

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Links for Lazy Writers Like Me

Pictured here is Edie in her new back-to-school sweatshirt

Maps maps maps maps maps.

Perfect for my morbid voyeurism: A collection of posts all about how people spend money.

So maybe some of these are just a little bit sad, but I love them so so so much.

Okay, these dumb hippies are almost too much. Or probably that's just my jealousy speaking.

Miranda July is a cool, weird filmmaker/project doer. She's now released an app that could get pretty cool if enough people get involved.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

‘Til You Use Me Up

If you can successfully emotionally manipulate me, I say good on you. Well done. 

Like, if you're a couple, and you're 78 and 83 years old, and you're walking past me on the street holding hands and then you—the wife-half of this eternally dedicated partnership—turn to wipe a smidge of strawberry preserves from the snow-white whiskers of the husband-half of this eternally dedicated loyal forever coupling? I salute you. You have not tugged these strings in vain. 

However, if you are the director of the Sarah McLachlan animal cruelty video—or, for that matter, the producer of a Sarah McLachlan song: for shame. You are a monster, and you have made a mockery of my compa$$ion.  

And if you fall somewhere in between that spectrum, I think what I can offer you is a shrug and pat on the back.

Because I love and hate this so much that I think I've spun the pendulum back to love:

Because it's not coy or clever. Not even a little bit. It is blatantly manipulative—but its flagrance somehow counteracts any shame- or guilt-inducement. And frankly I just respect it.

And you better believe I tried to adopt that 2.5-lb. chihuahua, Wesley. I had already renamed him Atwood. Or maybe I was gonna keep the name Wesley.

Either way, I salute you, manipulator. Or maybe I just wanted that freakin dog.


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