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Paper Cuts Over Perspiration

21st December 2011

The other day Alex and I were in my unheated apartment, shivering, with roughly a billion sheets of blank paper, a pair of glasses, the sun.

We were fucking FREEZING! Someone suggested getting a “sweater”(?) I don’t know what that is, but it sounds like a villain whos only power is to make you perspire. To which I say “Gross. No thank you.”

Anyways, out of desperation for heat, we nearly set the paper on fire but instead of being destructive, we found ourselves making the wiser decision to be constructive!

24 hours later, we had 100 copies of a ‘zine with the theme of “free”.

This free drawing lessons with Alex and free photos by me, along with free advice, free reviews, and free-dumb of speech and many other things are in our new zine!

Naturally, we’re giving them out for free on December 22nd (thats today, dummy!) at noon in front of Cotton Candy Machine in Brooklyn, NY.

Come by and get one from us in the Free-Zine cold! Hopefully Alex won’t have turned into an Alexicle and I will still be known as Chloe and not Snowy, by then.

As fun as freezing to death as a result of creating fun things your friend sounds, we’d rather not be swimming with the jellyfishes quite yet.

How to Make Spicy Pasta!

5th December 2011

The other day, Heather and I both had realized that it had been way too long since we cooked a meal. It turns out that cooking is an intimating thing to get back into so we decided to make it fun by sharing our recipes for a simple pasta dish!

Since Heather is vegan, I chose a simple, cheap, and vegan friendly recipe for a spicy pasta that I love. All of the ingredients work well at not overpowering each other and add enough flavor that you don’t really need to even add any salts, spices, or cheeses at the table.

Along with some extra virgin olive oil, you’ll need the following:

  • Start by peeling and mincing 5 cloves of garlic (I used a lot more because I LOVE garlic)

  • Take the seeds from the tomatoes and separate them from their juices

  • Break the tomatoes up into pieces, in the bowl (or chop them if you’re trying be civilized/ show off)
  • Strain the tomato juice into the bowl, disposing of all the seeds.

  • Heat up a pot on a medium heat.
  • Pour about 1/4 cup of olive oil in.
  • When the oil is hot, add the 5 cloves of chopped garlic.

  • When the garlic begins to sizzle, add the tomatoes and their juices.

  • and a large pinch of salt

  • Let the sauce simmer for 15 minutes on a low heat.

  • Then put the sauce into a food processor (or if you lack the proper cooking utensils an upright blender does the job) until it looks like less of a soup and more of a sauce.

  • Take 3 tablespoons drained and rinsed capers

  • and chop them up…

  • Take 1/4 cup of Italian parsley
  • Pluck the leafy part from the stems

  • and chop it up…

  • Same deal with the remaining cloves of garlic

  • and the olives
  • Into a heavy sauce pan over medium heat, pour 1/3 cup of olive oil
  • When the oil is hot, add 6 cloves of garlic
  • When that starts to sizzle, add 1 cup of the tomato sauce

  • Then add the capers, olives, parsley, and dried chile flakes.
  • And let it cook for 5 minutes

At this point, I add 3 chopped up filleted anchovies to give it a briny salty taste and let it cook for another 3-5 minutes. If you are vegan, I would suggest just adding some salt to the sauce at this point. If you’re just afraid that its going to make the sauce taste fishy, I promise you that it won’t so stop being a wuss and try it!

  • Take your pasta and throw it into boiling salted water for about 3 minutes.

Strain the pasta, add the sauce, and serve!


How To Make a Helpful Hand Turkey!

21st November 2011

I love Thanksgiving! I think I fully realized this last year, when I first laid out everything I was grateful for. It was so nice that I began to do it more often. I wish that remembering to be thankful, was this easy for more people but I know that its difficult for most.

Last Valentines day, I made some lovely flyers to place around New York. So after a lot of hand turkey talk with my friends, I decided to do it again! Sort of.

I made hand turkeys and wrote out cheap and simple recipes for Thanksgiving side dishes, as well as the address to the Bowery Mission, which offers food and shelter for homeless people.

Heres how you can make some hand turkey flyers:

All you need is some paper, tape, scissors, and markers.

Take off any jewelry to avoid accidently drawing a turkey that looks like it has tumors.

Trace your hand, silly!

Draw your turkeys head, feet, and 4 bones per poultry.

Also be sure to write out things that everyone could be thankful for. If you don’t know any recipes short & simple enough to be written on the back of a fake feather, then heres some alternative things that I felt people would be able to thankful for, that you could put jot down:

  • Having never wasted time watching Lost
  • Knowing someones phone number by heart
  • Being able to walk in heals
  • Knowing how to tie a tie
  • Being ok with the fact that Coldplay was, is, and will always be “not for me”
  • Not being allergic to my favorite food

Then cut around the turkey and each individual bone.

Fold the four feather things back and forth once, making them easier to tear

Tape the bone pieces to the back so that they appear hidden, until someone plucks a feather!

Gather your turkeys and some tape and head out to help people remember that theres always something neat to enjoy about life.




I’ve Been Exposed!

23rd October 2011

The other night before heading back from Vegas, my friend Jeremy walked out of the dollar store to present me with a bundle of glowsticks. I kind of nervously smiled, expecting this to be the punch line to another playful stab at my raver past.

I asked him ”So, what’s the plan for those?” to which he responded with “I don’t know, but probably something awesome”

Trying to find a good use for glow sticks sounded like a fun challenge, so while driving through the pitch black desert toward Los Angeles, I decided to pull off to what was probably the most desolate exit in all of North America to try something I had never attempted with my camera, before. Drawing with light.

Everything that was said as we got further from any sort of civilization, fit the bill for being quoted in the horror film that would be made about us (ya know, just two ravers lookin’ for a place to party), later on:

  • “This looks like a good place to pull over”
  • “Did you hear that?”
  • “It was probably just a dog”
  • “I’ll go check it out”
  • “We’re gonna need a bigger boat”

Another thing I said a lot for the first couple of minutes of showing Jeremy how to make a glow stick light up while twiddling with my camera was the term “bear with me”

It was the first time I had decided to play with long exposure so, like most things in my life, I learned though a couple of stabs at trial and error.

In order to achieve what I was going for, heres what I eventually switched my settings to:

I propped the camera on the trunk of car and made Jeremy stand in the road with the glow sticks so that I could use the manual focus, to find him. Then we just made some raver art!

(insert DJ unce-unce’s new dub-step album here)

Almost all of the shots were set so that we could hold the light, and flail around for 30 seconds, before the shutter closed. So we pretty much did the stereotypical things you would do if you were presented with this situation.

(from upper left, to lower right) Make a series of lowest common denominator shapes; tag your initials in the sky; do a fruity glow stick dance while your friend laughs hysterically at you for 30 seconds; and explain how cool nature is.

We also made several attempts at drawing the symbol for Jeremys band

I think looks pretty rad if you can see it like this instead of some buttholes floating in the sky.

Jeremy jokingly representing his being straightedge/ a documentation of the place where we found a buried treasure!

For spending an hour in the middle of a pitch black desert at midnight, I would say that we PAC’t in a a lot of fun.