The Latest News from Xydexx
November 25, 2015. We had a busy weekend in DC with Rigel and his parents visiting a few museums. We went to the National Postal Museum, the Hirshhorn Museum, and the Renwick Gallery. I've started working on a new set of webpages called Vanished Troy Hill, which will document the buildings that were demolished to make way for the Route 28 expansion in Pittsburgh. This also reminded me that I need to update my Modern Ruins pages, so I've been getting the new template ready and assessing what needs to be changed. I might even add a few new pictures.
Earlier This Month
November 17, 2015
I went out and bought paint in preparation for painting the kitchen on Friday. Some of it I had to travel pretty far for, because apparently Benjamin Moore reformulated their paint a few years ago and few people carry it. We needed the extra paint for touch-up to ensure clean lines and such. Looking forward to having a newly-painted kitchen by Thanksgiving! I also sent out one of my mail art postcards. I still have more to send out, it's just a matter of addressing them and putting stamps on them. So many things to do, and not enough time.
November 12, 2015
I took a day off yesterday because I worked until the wee hours of the morning on Monday. What did I do on my day off? I finished a picture of Equivamp, the best Zebra! I love drawing their fursona.
November 5, 2015
Rigel and I looked at color swatches this evening and finally decided what color paint we're going with for the kitchen: Soft Bronze (Behr). Now we just need to schedule the actual painting and hopefully get it done by Thanksgiving. In other news, I put some finishing touches on an outgoing mail art postcard I'm sending out. I also made a new artistamp to go with it, commemorating John Butler Snook (1815-1901). Snook was an architect who designed the original Grand Central Depot as well as 287 Broadway. I have almost a dozen more postcards I need to send out.
October 30, 2015
I noticed a while ago that Route 28 on the north side of Pittsburgh was being expanded, and the long line of abandoned houses and buildings along it was, on Google Street View, demolished. I'm thinking it would be a neat idea to take inventory of what used to be along the road. All the buildings were demolished sometime after 2008. The scope of the project will cover Route 28 in Troy Hill from the 16th Street exit ramp to the 40th Street bridge. I will try to include whatever historical information I can find on the buildings as well.
October 24, 2015
Rigel and I concluded our kitchen countertop shopping adventures today. We've settled on a design and paint color for the kitchen. We're going with Desert Brown for the countertops and Benjamin Moore Woodstock Tan for the paint (we're finally getting rid of the green walls that I thought were ugly). Now we're just waiting for our new mattress to be delivered since our current one is about 15 years old at this point.
One of my newest projects planned is to make actual versions of Xydexx_ebooks. It's like Horse_ebooks but squeakier. I'll update the website with these once they're finished.
October 21, 2015
Coming soon to a website near you: Xydexx's Quotidian Adventures, wherein Xydexx (our hero!) gets drunk on history by investigating buildings that no longer exist and everyone's forgotten about. Excitement!
October 11, 2015
I've been doing a lot of research on 273 Broadway in New York City lately. It’s frustrating that I can find tons of photos of 273-287 Broadway from between 1850-1925 online, but from 1926-2006? It’s like nobody took any pictures for eighty years.
I have found some excellent resources for researching, however: One is OLDNYC.ORG, which plots historic photographs of New York City onto Google Maps. You can look at an intersection in New York City and see what used to be around it. The other is the New York Public Library's NYC Space/Time Directory, an effort to turn historic maps into a digital time travel service for New York City.
September 28, 2015
I haven't updated my website in a while and I really need to, so here's some mail art postcards I've sent out over the past year.
This one was inspired by Equivamp, who is the best zebra ever. The background is the inside of a junk mail envelope I've painted with watercolors. The zebra came from the wrapper off some Hammermill paper. I drew the wings myself.
Another mail artist sent me an envelope full of random papers. I used bits and pieces of the materials to create next three postcards. They were mostly made from magazine and book clippings.
Another mail art postcard made from materials sent by Jeff Crouch. The insert from a Pocahontas Sing-Along cassette made it into this one.
Other materials used included a Toy Story video wrapper. There doesn't seem to be any limit to what I'll end up using for mail art.
Here's a mail art postcard made from some newspaper clippings and a wrapper from a package of beet chips.
Latex rubber is always a good fantasy. -=) Here's some inflation instructions from one of my many inflatable pool toys and some text from a fetish catalog.
Make way for the new mice! A newspaper article on the movie Into The Woods and mice from a package of Haribo gummi mice make up this postcard.
A junk mail catalog and images from the Into The Woods article.
A lot of my junk mail gets repurposed into mail art. Here's a postcard made out of a modified ad for FIOS TV.