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Lyrical Thoughts

The Male Brand for the 20-30 something?

I browse Pinterest and often stumble across masculine accessories and design schemes, but if you apply that principle to search engines, then I’m done. I need to go to bed. Why? Well, I’ve stumbled across a website called It hurts. “Gifts for men.” I give them props and must admire them for the concrete identification of masculine goods and how to present them. But oy vay…for me, this epitomizes the notion of men who want designer can openers but can’t open cans nor actually go camping. Now, I get it’s a thin line between function and form compared with when an individual actually wants to use an item versus their lifestyle, but it’s all a bit heavy on the image of ‘dude’/’man’/’guy’ items and less the items’ purpose itself.

I’ll dig up my post on male v. feminine form for decor, gifts, etc. – Seems only fitting.

I’ll note this isn’t new to me, and I’ve seen this before; especially because the average American male in their 20-30s normally wouldn’t even care about the ‘image’ of the item, let alone paying for a crate of them, but it’s a thing I’ve seen more and more of lately. I get the audience is women shopping for gifts for men. I get it’s folks with money. I get it’s a growing subculture of customized goods. Alas, in my quest to be decor-oriented and stylish, there’s a fine line between taste and tasty.

Too much salt here for me.


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Urban Planning and residence thoughts

I sit at Tastee Diner in Silver Spring, Which I’ve known exists but stupidly did not visit when I lived within walking distance. Regrets! Today I drove to see Jacob after picking up Ashley from her place then off to Owings Mills and back again. On route we visited Maple Lawn in Fulton, a urban style suburb with large homes and rowhomes and townhouses and probably some condos. Here’s my thoughts:



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Justin on: Gardening

So the summer sun has come, and with it my plants have begun the slow sad process of dying…unless I actually water them and research what to do with them! I can’t let dem marigolds die! No mama no!

Last night, at the “Walking Off the Artistic Cliff” event at the Brentwood Arts Exchange, I spoke with a woman about my potted plants. She said they’d die faster if they stay in pots, because they won’t have the same access to water and nutrients. Alas! Things I know but haven’t quite decided if I care or not. So, after a number of days, and seeing my housemate McKenna had watered my pots, for days now I’ve watered my plants and watched as they’ve come back to life. The lady recommends I buy portulaca, that it’s good for ‘desert sun.’ Hmm.

Coincedentally, my two new housemates Danielle and Will, have taken to hacking and conquering our weedy lawn, and so voila–maybe I will move my plants into the ground. Maybe the house can look nice for the last two months I’ll be there…OR, maybe I’ll say goodbye and let the house look the mess it is.

Random endless thoughts.

In any case, here’s a fun article on raised garden beds and how to make ’em.

Where do you like to get your work done?

On rainy-humid days like these, I find myself wondering where’s the dream-spot for me to get work done? Should I be at Riggio Design getting work done? Do I miss the old DSAG space? Should I be at UMD McKeldin Library or out at a park overlooking a view somewhere? Or maybe a friend’s cozy home where I’ll be comfortable but not distracted?

And then the idea of a cozy Starbucks hits me–or better yet, a small locally-owned coffee house would be even better. One like Potter’s House in Columbia Heights, or the now-closed Spotlight Cafe in Mt. Rainier, or what the College Perk in College Park apparently used to be. I enjoy a clean worktable amongst activity. The table itself should have some type of organic or stylistic element that allows me to really enjoy the area (i.e. a tall grass plant, a branch in the background, the side of the table is curved and has a beautiful wooden-finish, or it’s a sleek piece of white wood, etc…) Oh, and the desk is an L or U shaped desk (or a series of surfaces around me) so I can spread out. Behind this productive zone is a natural source of light and a tasteful artificial lamp (one that’s bendable?). My trusty tools are my laptop, my cell phone, my camera, my sketchbook, a book, and a comfy chair–for starters.
I’d like this magical space of mine to be a place where I can plug in all of my gadgets for free and one that naturally keeps me charged just by enjoying the space. Then, in this dream world of mine I might have a cup of something-delicious, a pillow for my head, a little sign greeting those around me, ohhh the list goes on. Oh, and I should mention I can easily swivel around this magical desk and quickly get up when I need to. My dream spot is a lot–but perhaps one day it can be a reality.

Of course, I work today so none of those are real possibilities, but I do know I love to be in stimulating and peaceful environments where there’s busy-ness in the background but not enough to distract me from my work. I suppose that’s why I like art galleries so much. I can be surrounded by beautiful artwork, natural light, and have the freedom to work on my own as well as collaborate with others.

Now I just need the perfect studio setting: The essentials will keep me happy: An orderly workspace, something organic, and a nice chair.

Here’s a random photograph that started it all, found on The Cool Hunter blog of Bangkok University Creative Center. Could you imagine getting any work done here? Some of the photos look really charging, other ones leave me a bit too buzzed-lime-green not to have a headache.

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