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I Used To Be a Blogger… January 13, 2012

Posted by Mitchell in Art, Home, Yorling.

Until I Took An Arrow In the Knee

There’s no sugar coating it, this place is fading fast and won’t continue much longer. I’ve simply lost interest in doing the blogging thing anymore. But, I do have some few things to put up before turning out the lights. Let’s get to it.

Peter Lik

Last weekend The Parental Units & I went to our favorite Japanese restaurant (Hamada of Japan) but first we dropped by one* of the Peter Lik galleries at the Forum Shops.  The Parental Units loved the small Elements set I bought them for Christmas and wanted to see more of this guy’s work. As always his stuff never fails to impress and they were interested in perhaps buying something. Oddly the sales staff were not very engaging though and I actually had to initiate things. Long story short they went back the next day and sealed the deal on a larger piece. Click to embiggen and impressivify:


Apparently there’s an issue for some people with the Lik pic above though it looks fine to me. Try this link out instead: Peter Lik -Endless Flow

The size they bought is one meter on the long size and whatever’s the appropriate ratio is on the other. So, it’s big. And also unframed. The image is adhered like it’s under glass to a clear 1/8 inch thick plastic  top. The piece will actually float about an inch or so away from the wall sitting just above the Elements. It’s going to be stunning. And also surprisingly affordable (relatively speaking). They were given a lot of credits to their first purchase so that dropped the price down a fair chunk too. I guess they figure that once you start buying his stuff it will be hard to stop. I suspect they’re right.

*Yes, he has TWO galleries dedicated only to his photography in this VERY expensive mall. As someone who used to work in a gorgeous, yet failed gallery at the Forum Shops, and who used to buy from another gorgeous, and also failed gallery at the Forum Shops this is quite simply amazing. Not only that, he has at least TWO OTHER galleries at other casino shopping districts on The Strip. This guy is moving some serious product.


I’ve always been fascinated with magnets. These Buckyball things have consumed all my time and imagination lately. As I indicated previously I was frustrated with the small set I got for Christmas. I now have another three full sets of 216 and one additional 125 set in different colors (gold, black, nickel and blue respectively). All told that’s nearly 900 balls and I’ve enjoyed the expanded capacity to make stuff only hinted with the very small set. Here’s a few builds:

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Neat but painfully small. I’m already chafing even with the greatly expanded capabilities. Browse through youtube to see what people do with thousands of these balls. Amazing. One of the things I noticed about these big builds is the fact that almost nobody is using the Buckyballs brand balls. I looked into it and ordered a set from Zen Magnets who claim that they have the better product. I have to agree. Ball size consistency is a problem for BBs. With the basic set I have if you lay it out in a hexagonal sheet it will not lay flat like it’s supposed to. Zen Magnets lay flat. They’re somewhat more expensive since I have to pay shipping (as opposed to ordering from Amazon Prime) but they are a better quality, better packaged (with useful extras) product. I’m hoping to score one of their big Mandala sets when they next come available. It seems they sell out very fast though. Now I have a problem, I don’t want to mix my Zen Magnets with the inferior corresponding uncolored Buckyballs. I’ll probably just give that set away so it isn’t an issue. But…now I’m down a set of balls! Obviously I’ll have to order some more.

The Big Chair

Many years ago when I was still poor I bought a low-end yet very comfortable La-Z-boy recliner chair. I loved that chair and probably slept in in more often than the Murphy bed I had to pull out of the wall in my tiny studio apartment. Time and the cat took their toll on the chair & it’s looking a bit ratty. A couple weeks ago I dropped by a La-Z-boy showroom nearby. I thought perhaps they might be having a year-end or new year sale. Sure enough they were so I picked out a new, bigger and better chair in a nice burgundy fabric. The Crandell model in fact. It just got delivered this morning and is sitting in my library area, waiting for me go over there and start crocheting again.

That’s it for now. I’ll have a few more parting words before I close up shop though.


1. Lemur King - January 13, 2012

Aw man… (sigh)

Magnets are cool, they rock. If you want bigger ones at a good price, look up K&J Magnetics – big bad beefy suckers and they are plated, look good. Search for their 2″ diameter by 2″ tall monster. They have to specially ship that puppy.


Think of putting that near some ferrofluid…

The link for the parental-unit pic is a no-show. 404.

Mitchell - January 13, 2012

Yeah, I’d probably kill myself with that monster LK. I’ll stick (heh) with my little balls.

Try the second direct link. Hopefully that will work for you.

I have Skyrim, but I’ve not actually played it much. I have too many other time-sucks going on right now. I kept encountering that phrase everywhere and this is a good opportunity to jump in and use it myself.

2. Lemur King - January 13, 2012

Wait… until I took an arrow in the knee? You’re playing Skyrim? I need to catch up…

3. S. Weasel - January 13, 2012

<waves, wipes away tear>

I haven’t taken my arrow to the knee yet. I’ve got two games to get through before Skyrim. (Three games for Christmas. Geez, he really wanted to get rid of me, didn’t he?).

Mitchell - January 13, 2012

Howdy there Stoaty! It’s run its course.

Yeah, sounds like Uncle B. wants you out from underfoot for a while. 🙂

4. Nicole - January 13, 2012

I now see that you come by your Yorling talents via genetics. That is one awesome piece of art!

Will be sad to see you gone, but ya gotta do what ya gotta do. 🙂

5. Lipstick - January 14, 2012


6. jam2 - January 14, 2012


7. LC Aggie Sith - January 15, 2012

We. Are. Sad.

I do hope you will at least continue to grace our blogs with your remarkable wit. Meeting you Live And In Person™ is one of my goals for this year!!

8. Mitchell - January 15, 2012

Thanks for the kind words y’all but this place has a Lame-o-palooza for months. it’s time to acknowledge what’s been obvious for a long time: it’s run its course. I’ve got a couple more posts to put up before hauling out the mothballs though so there’s that.

Oh and I’ll still be around and leaving droppings on your sites so you’ll not be completely rid of me. 😉

9. SOYLENT GREEN - January 15, 2012

This news blows yak balls.
Without your interjections of artistry, I shall become an even more recalcitrant troglodyte than I am.
And what of LC? With whom shall she go a yorlin.’

Mitchell - January 15, 2012

In other news, area yaks reportedly in high spirits due to recent developments…

10. Pupster - January 17, 2012

You can’t quit. I only know 1 way of making deviled eggs, and it sux.

Mitchell - January 18, 2012

I’ll put up a few of the better looking ones before I go Pups! I have two I’m ready to try: pimento cheese & blue cheese and bacon deviled eggs. I ❤ cheese.

11. LC Aggie Sith - January 17, 2012

You know, you can change the site just a wee bit, making it an art blog, posting weekly about your projects.

Or giving a step-by-step lesson in art. That would be cool.

Mitchell - January 18, 2012

Yeah, that would be good…if I actually ever did anything. The new yarn-bomb post doesn’t count.

12. Steamboat McGoo - January 22, 2012

Sorry you’ve lost the desire, but understand.

I’ll miss you….

Mitchell - January 27, 2012

Aw, thanks McGoo! I’ll still be around the usual places. We’ll wave at each other.

13. Elzbth - February 5, 2012

Hey, I had a blog once. When it’s no fun anymore, it’s just no fun. Hope to hear from you elsewhere.

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