Category Archives: Fun

How to figure out if someone is a friend or acquaintance (a person review of Gini Dietrich)

*Note: there is a short plug for my friend’s book in this. I received a free copy a while back, but I also bought one because it’s great

The prototypical Gini Dietrich mischievous smile
The prototypical Gini Dietrich mischievous smile

You can only have so many friends.

This is one of those problems that we all face… the truth is, of the hundreds or perhaps thousands of connections you have online, how many of them could you possibly be sync’d with on a deeper level? You hit the upper limit pretty quickly, as anyone who’s blogged for personal or professional reasons can attest to.

And even more interesting than that, you don’t necessarily need constant contact to be good friends with someone. It’s not the frequency but the quality of the actual content exchanged between people that builds the relationship.

An acquaintance asks “how can I use you”

Lots of people talk about content and context and all sorts of buzzword-y marketing things, but most seem to get bogged down in basic transactions.

This is true of many of my acquaintances – people ask me all the time to share blog posts, contacts, what they’re working on, etc… and expect that if I liked something in the past that I’ll like whatever else they do. I’m not necessarily judgmental about this, it’s human nature, and I’m always happy to take a look.

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Two Bands You’ve Never Heard of Because They’re Full of Degenerates That Don’t Exist

The other day somebody commented that I seem serious all the time and asked if I ever engage in humor.

Heck yah! And I take that seriously too.

As proof I present to you two (fake) band reviews for one of my friend’s upcoming ‘zines, Bands! Vol. 4

Cripple Carl & the Gurgles“Portuguese Penguins in Nambe”

Well friends, fall has fallen and winter’s laying a heavy trip on your fingertips and you know what that means: time to be relegated to the back rooms of your favorite pastoral social parlour drinking orb of night beverages in a desperate attempt to retain your body’s standard issue lukewarm temps. But fear not, there’s help on the way in the form of renowned four finger surf guitarist Cripple Carl and his difficult to decipher backing band, the Gurgles.

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2013 In Review: Let’s get goofy, a new job wayyy up North, two albums + a tour, and I am secretly a 36 year old career woman

I already made a few resolutions and I really don’t want to jinx myself further so I’ve decided to skip right ahead to reviewing this year instead of 2012.

To set the scene…….it’s December 2013. Winter. Very similar to the previous year, and we’ve found out that due to a slight clerical error by Mayan Undersecretary of Timekeeping Ix Chel, it turns out the apocalypse is actually happening THIS year. Thanks a lot, Ix. What a jerk.

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Ok yes, I will have fun

My friends Sarah and Andy put together something called Fun-A-Day 2012. Apparently it’s been going on for about 8 years now, and if you want to learn more simply click here to go to the Artclash! Collective website.

For those of you who are in Albuquerque, once you’ve created your 31 pieces of art (don’t worry if you don’t do exactly one a day, it’s ok to catch up) there will be a unjuried show in early February at the Tan Gallery on 4th Street, just South of Downtown.

I’ve never done anything in the realm of capital A art, so I thought this would be a good way to get started without a lot of pressure.

I wasn’t sure where to begin, so I considered 2011 generally and what themes resonated for me. My friend Jesse Case Newcombe (who is a fantastic artist and musician) visited for a few days before Christmas, and we talked a lot about roots and growing and building community and one’s self.

Just before she headed up to Northern New Mexico, Jesse hid a very nice note for me and my roommate, and one phrase stuck out to me: “I hope the New Year brings you chances for deeper roots and new growth.” My mom passed away in September of this past year, and I’ve struggled with how to process the grief. But she was always big on roots and growing metaphors since she was an avid gardener and generally outdoors kind of person (for a thoughtful dialogue on that topic that she wrote click here).

For me, the relationship between my inner self and the world at large is well represented by a growing/tree/roots metaphor. I see the inner self / soul as the roots, which I have to pay attention to and help grow. The branches represent  things in the world and the friends and connections I have. Both are required for balance, and to grow a healthy person.

So my project for the month of January will be to fill up the tree you see above, partly with some personal items, and some small pieces of writing, and really whatever I feel I need to sustain growth. I’ll also be taking a picture a day and posting it on my Flickr account.

If you’re reading this and want to take part but aren’t sure what to do for a project, email me at JoeCardillo1@gmail.com or shoot me a line on Facebook and I’d love to throw around some silly/crazy/fun/executable ideas with you.