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"Slow Food" [Jun. 5th, 2008|05:58 am]
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This week I've been watching David Attenborough's "Life in the Undergrowth" series about insects. It's absolutely captivating. I can't get enough of David Attenborough.

I'm off to New York in a couple hours. I'll spend some time at MoCCA Comic Arts Festival this weekend, and the rest of my time enjoying the city. I'll be stepping onto the East Coast for the first time, so I'm pretty stoked. I'm coming for you, museums! Also my first time attending MoCCA. There've been a bunch of books I've wanted to buy lately but I've been holding off so I could get them signed and personally tell the artist I think they're awesome. I'm only bringing one backpack for the whole trip so hopefully everything will fit on the way home. Be good, everyone!

p.s. FYI, I'm not exhibiting, and I'm not bringing anything, so there's no business incentive in me telling you this. I'm just telling you!
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[User Picture]From: goraina
2008-06-05 01:26 pm (UTC)

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You're going to get a full dose of New York Summer Weather: 92-degree heat, humidity, and thunderstorms! Pretty much the exact opposite of San Francisco.

Have a safe trip, Jen! I'm excited to see you!
[User Picture]From: mao
2008-06-05 01:33 pm (UTC)

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I know!! I've been warned of this, but I'm still looking forward to it. See you and Dave, soon!
[User Picture]From: lula_vampiro
2008-06-05 01:28 pm (UTC)

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Have you ever seen a French film called MicroCosmos (original title, I think, Le peuple de l'herbe)? It is about various tiny creatures going about their lives—not quite a documentary, since there are maybe two sentences in the whole film, just an exercise in creepy-crawly-things-are-awesome-to-watch-in-the-original-sense-of-the-term-awesome. Aside from being a general cinematic triumph, it features the most heartbreakingly beautiful sex scene you will ever watch, and the participants are two bright blue snails. Your beautiful drawings remind me of it.
[User Picture]From: mao
2008-06-05 01:41 pm (UTC)

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You know, I think I saw it a looong-ass time ago but since I barely remember a thing it's probably worth watching again. Putting it on the list.

Have you seen the clip of leopard slug mating? Maybe gastropods are just really good at doing it.
[User Picture]From: stutefish
2008-06-05 04:24 pm (UTC)

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Your snail piece is so, so lovely. It reminded me of MicroCosmos too!

Life in the Undergrowth might be my fave David Attenborough series. Though the ocean one with the hagfish is a close second.
[User Picture]From: stutefish
2008-06-05 04:25 pm (UTC)

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[User Picture]From: lula_vampiro
2008-06-05 04:26 pm (UTC)

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Thank you so much! That was as beautiful as anything in Cirque du Soleil. Mammal sex has got some serious catching up to do.
[User Picture]From: rufftoon
2008-06-05 03:22 pm (UTC)

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Attenborough's name is attached to so many wonderful documentaries. I keep thinking of the lyre bird footage...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WuFyqzerHS8
Have a great time in NY! Despite the heat and humidity and all that. If you have time for a few museum, definitely the Met (though you may get art overdose! This place cannot be completely visited in one day there's so much stuff), and a small walk in Central Park is nice.
[User Picture]From: lennan
2008-06-05 04:52 pm (UTC)

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David Attenborough is absolutely awesome. I lived his show on the birds that built things. But you really can't go wrong with someone who will seriously try to make people understand and appreciate bugs.

Have fun at MoCCA!
[User Picture]From: quietrevolution
2008-06-05 05:13 pm (UTC)

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Ooo! That's very pretty!

Is Life in the Undergrowth the one that shows how slugs mate? I saw a clip of that on youtube a couple years back and Attenborough narrates it, and it's one of the most bizarrely beautiful things ever. I love Attenborough's voice! I wish he'd read me bedtime stories!
[User Picture]From: aspectratio
2008-06-05 06:33 pm (UTC)

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whenever I had to take the trash out at home, i would run out barefoot tiptoeing hoping not to crush a snail. i felt like it was a minefield in germany or something.

and it made me soooo sad when i accidentally stepped on one. as if killing them wasn't bad enough, but you were smooshing them in their house too!

enjoy NY!!!! LOTS OF GOOD FOOD!
[User Picture]From: aspectratio
2008-06-05 06:33 pm (UTC)

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ps. visit coney island before it is closed down for good!
[User Picture]From: plebiscite
2008-06-05 07:52 pm (UTC)

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Hit me up in NYC, my old number still works.
[User Picture]From: tiny_vice
2008-06-05 07:56 pm (UTC)

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david attenborough is a fantastic human being.
[User Picture]From: bottomlesspop
2008-06-06 04:01 am (UTC)

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we're just digging into Blue Planet. THE DEEP IS SO SCARY TO ME!
[User Picture]From: conga_chili
2008-06-06 07:58 am (UTC)

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Aw man, beautiful painting! The details.. @_O. Have an AWESOME FREAKING TIME IN NY!!!!
[User Picture]From: sunovermountain
2008-06-09 05:22 pm (UTC)

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I have to say that this is probably my favorite of all the things I've seen you post over the years. That painting is totally something I'd hang on my wall. Would there be a way for me to get a nice big print of this?
From: (Anonymous)
2008-06-14 05:28 am (UTC)

very slow food !!

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hi jen ! I like your blog.
the two snails are beautiful ! I have some snailes too in my terrace and feed them ... but they aren't so big like yours ...