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Meredith Scheff

the CAN!CAN!CAN! Sandwich on IndieGOGO!

So there's this thing. It's called the Grilled Cheese Invitational, and it's pretty much what it sounds like. Their motto is 'Bread, Butter, Cheese, Victory!' and they're holding the last one ever this year. I'm competing and it's going to be great. This is about fun. It's about being weird and loving it. It is about the future of what grilled cheese will be, post-apocolypse, when all we have is canned foodstuffs. 

My sandwich is called the CAN!CAN!CAN! and it features canned butter, canned cheese and canned bread. It's going to be a ton of fun. To help fund my way in this endeavor I have an Indiegogo campaign that has some awesome rewards based on the graphic I've created to represent my dazzling creation. You should check it out. Watch the video, because it's seriously one of the funniest things I've done in a while. 

I'll be wearing a can-can outfit while grilling s'whiches. Because surely those will survive the apocolypse.

Check out my indieGoGo can-pain! 

 

Seattle rock show! 10/13: Ghost Town Gospel, The Mongrel Jews, and Thee Hobo Gobelins

 

 

This weekend (Sunday, October 13th) in Seattle THREE count 'em THREE of SPWS's favorite bands are playing together! The Mongrel JewsGhost Town Gospel, and Thee Hobo Gobbelins are going to be rockin'  it up at Ballard's 2 Bit Saloon. I'll be there, jumping around and having a good time, and if you're in the area (or not! I flew here! In a plane!) you should come check out a great folk-punk-hobo-rock-hoedown. Info here. 

 

G.I.Z.M.O Duck sculpture

This sculpture by Deviantart user Timbone is insane and wonderful. I love how much detail, effort,  and care went into a character who's tagline was 'blathering blatherskite'.

Beautifully made Neeman Tools video

One day, I'll give up this life of technology and live as a simple country woman; hewing my home from the forests around me. I'll produce artisan works and take absolute care in every detail; letting time slide by as I build each piece to perfection. 

Then I'll make videos like this to inspire the next round of dreamers. 

'International Orange', first new Firewater album in 5 years, out now

I honestly lament not finding and listening to Firewater sooner- I think my musical life suffered for their absence.  I'm a recent convert- maybe 2 years- but others have been waiting far longer to hear more of the klezmer-gypsy-rock that Todd A. and the slew of amazing musicians create.  It is powerful stuff; This is My Life, Borneo, and Some Kind of Kindness fequently gracing my speakers and playlists.  Just by the feeling it gives I'd liken them somewhere between Morphine for haunting lyrics, Gogol Bordello and Balkan Beat Box for use of Klezmer and Gypsy stylings. International Orange, out today, does not dissapoint. It's got the same verve, using hints of several genres to accomplish it's sound. Somehow even the sad, slow songs have a beat you can move to.    Link to the album on iTunes,    link to the band's site

The Ohio River project: BIGFOOT! The musical!

"Anyone wanna go down Ohio Rivr [sic] on a junk boat?" Asks Chicken John. He continues: "C'mon, u haven't made a mistake this big in a while". And I think: No, actually. I haven't. And the adventures I love to live (and tell) seem to be consisting of hanging around San Francisco for far, far too long.

There is is a Kickstarter, with such titillating rewards as: “Chicken John on your outgoing voicemail message” to “Crew member Jason Webley will call you up and sing a sea shanty, from the boat, backed by the Inconvenient Choir, either live or to your voicemail to be recorded forever.” (my personal favorite). This is happy mutanthood. This is important. This is art, and innovation, and music, and dammit, it’s fun. Help bring this into the world. Help us float down the Ohio, singing, with bigfoot, on a boat made of bullshit.

Bad-ass photo of the day

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Shannon O'hare of the Neverawas Haul and Zachary Rukstela of Kinetic Steamworks share a scotch.

 

Give this girl some cake: Steampunk Portal Gun

DeviantArt user ~Batman_and_Bananas created this beautifuly detailed full scale Portal gun . She didn't just stop there, however- she also made a pair of Portal Boots, Bunson Battery, and some wallets to complete her Chell cosplay. Excellent job! 

Super Adventure Club, I can't stop rocking out to you.

Are you feeling down in the dumps? Not feeling so awesome in your yoga pants these days? Do you have a serious lack of rocking the [bleep] out? Not enough zombies or unicorns romping through your music library? Well, there's good news, bucko. Super Adventure Club.

I'd liken it as pop-dance punk rock, kind of. Like if the Aquabats went to Tokyo, got down with some pop-electronic super-happy cosplay chicks from Harajuku, and then they raised their sexy music baby in San Francisco. Look, just listen to it. It's amazing. 

Their first album, ÜNTZ, is available on iTunes; their second Expensive, is available on BandCamp. If you have any worry that you might not have enough awesome any time soon, I'd get both. 

Here's a little taste. Taste it. 

Daft SteamPunk

I don't know much about the creators of these incredible costumes, except that they might be named Danny and Adam, they're my new favorite people, and that this photo is found on Flickr user LJinto's photostream.

 

Felted Sonic Screwdriver

In case you were wondering why I was up until 3am last night, the reason is this: Felted Sonic Screwdriver, modeled after the 10th Doctor's (David Tennant's) own. It does not go beep. It was not made from a linear piece of metal; It was, in fact, made from a big ball of fuzzy-wuzzy, felty-welty, stuff.  More photos under the jump. EDIT: It's now up on for auction.

 

On my wishlist: Accutron Spaceview

I'm rather endeared to the Bullova Accutron watch, which keeps time via a tuning fork mechanism (!) that drives the gear train. The watch also uses a one-transistor oscillator circuit, which qualifies it as the first 'electric watch'. As a special edition, Bullova released the 'SpaceView', with a clear face to see the mechanism. Incredibly lovely, don't you think?

The watch is far out of my price range (They go up on Ebay for $200-$300 in working order) and this is one time I'm questioning my instinctual response of 'too expensive? I'll just get a broken one and fix it!'.

Cross stitch made with conductive thread

I've done quite a few different types of e-textiles over the last couple years, but never done cross stitch. Of course, I can't make a project without a geek reference or a good pun (best case:both!) and the Ohm Sweet Ohm cross stitch was born.  

I've never done cross stitch before, but I decided I could teach myself. It's surprisingly satisfying- and not totally unlike drawing up circuit boards. In this 'board', the silver/grey colored thread is OhmSpun conductive thread, the batteries are underneath the battery symbol (lower left corner), ground plane goes off to the right (through the ground symbol) and up the right side. Both the 'Ohm' symbols are conductive thread. The positive follows up the red thread to the left. I'm selling the kits in my Etsy store.

Another photo and video after the jump.

 

Meet the Petrojvic Blasting Co.

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In a whirlwind of music and airfaire I found myself in Seattle very suddenly this last week; riding tandem bikes through the rain and busking. Somewhere in there - a few places in there- I encountered the Petrojvic Blasting Co.; an L.A. based jazzy/balkan/gypsy group. Accordians, horns, lyrics of shark gutting- there's really nothing I don't love. I can't stop listening to 'Princess Andy' and dancing  myself excitedly around the room. It was fantastic to see them live, but until then, I highly recomend their first album, 'A History of Public Relations Dilemmae'. 

Link to their album on iTunes. 

 

Flaming Lotus Girls fundraiser 'In the Red'

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This last summer I spend a good amount of time working with The Flaming Lotus girls, an industrial/large art group in San Francisco.  This year they (we, I suppose) made a sculpture called Timpani Lambada, the largest  they've ever built. The piece was amazing, and really a testament to the group's strength and skill-set. They've gone quite a bit in the red and are having a fundraiser with that them Saturday, December 3rd that will be an awesome event- music by Ambient Mafia and Space Cowboys; as well as an art auction and photo show. Additional details under the cut. Free to attend with donations encouraged. 

More info under the cut . . .

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