Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Change

I feel like this blog is not going in the correct direction. With being at school and having little free time to dedicate this, I have been overly selective with the missions I complete, choosing them for ease rather than the outcome. When I started this, I viewed it as a way to connect with the world, to bring unsuspecting people together, to make people notice things they normally wouldn't, to do different things.

I have completely failed at the majority of those goals lately. There is one mission that was posted early in the year that will require a huge chunk of time and planning, but it is the one I want to do the most. I have to be in Jacksonville to pull this one off, and with a month-long winter break ahead of me, I feel like I can accomplish it.

In the mean time, bear with me. In the next month hopefully I can do some of the more difficult ones that I have set aside in a folder on my desktop with the screaming title "REALLY WANT TO DO."

I hope I can pull this next one off, but there is a good chance that it will be a bust. Keep your fingers crossed.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Mission 27 - North Pole Sunset



I had no idea that a North Pole sunset would be so amazing. I don't know how I have lived my life and never even seen an image of this.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Mission 26 - David's Memory

I bought a memory of David's.




When I receive the memory, I may post it, depending on what it is.

This isn't really a "mission," but it part of another fun aspect of David's site: http://davidhorvitz.com/if/index.html

Monday, December 7, 2009

Mission 25 - The sky is on my ceiling





I now wake up, think of everything that is possible in my life and in the world. I turn over, and I see the sky.

Allison and I are thinking about covering our entire ceiling in images of the sky since we are enjoying this one little bit of it. David took a photo of the sky everyday in 2008. They can be seen here: http://davidhorvitz.com/2008_sky.html

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Mission 24 - I am SICK of waiting



I am sick of waiting for exams to be over. I am sick of waiting for people to get over silly grudges. I am sick of waiting for an idea. I am sick of waiting for free time to come back. I am sick of waiting for so many things.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Mission 22 REDUX - Obscured Face

I just searched "thusterbodle" on flickr. There are only a few posted:

User dstrausz


User M_Kinchloe


Click here to see the rest of the uploaded photos.

Mission 23 - Everything That Can Happen in a Day



The view from my pillow. Taking advantage of my new moon paper.



I am sending an envelope to David to get the newsprint version, and I will post that when I get it.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Mission 22 - Obscured Face





I was not a happy camper during this. My roommate thought I was crazy when I asked her to take a picture. "Hey, can you take a picture of me after I randomly cover my face in shaving cream, and cite a blog for the reason I am doing it?" She was perplexed. All the while my other roommate, Allison (who just started LettersFromAroundTheWorld.tumblr.com) laughed because she knew exactly what I was doing and why. But she didn't help. Thanks Allison. Thanks. It all got in my eyes and it stung horribly. Needless to say, washing my face has never felt more relieving than it did after this was done.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Mission 21 - Moon Paper



Here is my Moon Paper. I am using it in future missions that involve sending letters. And I wrote a letter to my brother on it. If only the moon was actually white like the paper...

Monday, November 30, 2009

Another Similar Project - Allison

My roommate, Allison, has watched me attempt to complete a number of these missions and she was most recently fascinated by Mission 6 - Returned Letters From Around the World. She watched the video I made showing everything that Kelly sent me from South Africa and she loved the idea. the chances of finding someone like Kelly to send something back is rare, but she is going to give it a shot and see what happens.

She has started a blog on tumblr (http://lettersfromaroundtheworld.tumblr.com/) to document everything she sends and receives.

Perhaps this weekend we will both be sending out a slew of letters.

Similar Project

Jenn Anderson is beginning her own blog, http://poproject.blogspot.com/, which is similar to David's in that its all a social experiment. Check it out.

First post:

"Monday, November 30, 2009
Address:)
Jenn Anderson
PO Box 236
Dousman WI 53118

Project #1. For a dollar I will take a picture of the sky, get it printed, sign in, mail it to you, then delete the file. You will be the only one to have this picture--ever.

Just a few reminders:
-Money you send covers the cost of the activity (like printing pictures) and postage. If after postage and the cost of the activity there is money left, I will mail it back to you OR keep it in an envelope with your name on it for future project.
-Make sure you include a return address (that's legible) on your envelope you mail me.
-Each project will last one week. I will post a new project weekly, usually on Monday or Tuesday. This means that your mail to me needs to be postmarked by the end of the week!
-This is for fun! Let's see how many projects we can do, and have fun while doing it:)
-Email is poproject@yahoo.com

Thanks:)
Can't wait to get mail from you!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Mission 19 REDUX - (1:22 Eyes Closed)

There are so far I think 11 (1:22 Eyes Closed) videos posted to YouTube. David's is here:



This one is my favorite out of all of them.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Mission 20 - Undoable



I was there in spirit.

Mission 19 - (1:22 Eyes Closed)





Let's pretend like its 1:22 on the dot and its completely silent... Alright?

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Monday, August 24, 2009

Mission 12 REDUX - Dear Mr. Post Man

I completely forgot to revisit this Mission. A few days after I sent the baggies with the cameras from Fort Lauderdale, I went home to Jacksonville and they had both arrived. Although no pictures were taken. I am not surprised since it is against the law, and unsafe, for post men to open mail, even in a plastic baggie.

Since that did not work out, I am going to try something different. I am going to buy two more disposable cameras, and give them both to my school mail men, and tell them to just go to town with it.

Still counts? Kind of?

Mission 17 - Unusual Animal Friends (aka Interspecies Friendship)

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The day that this mission was first posted, August 12, and I received a reply yesterday. This is the email:

"Unusual Animal Friends (aka Interspecies Friendship)

Selected by Suzie Silver

At one time or another, all of these images, and the links to the videos listed below, have been emailed to me by my mother, Elaine. The message is always “If they can do it (get along), than so can we.” As you may surmise, my mother and I are very different and do not always get along.

I think there is something to that in the attraction these images have for so many people. Animals are also very cute and fun to look at.

Besides the awesome cuteness factor I believe these images and stories remind us of a prelapsarian past where Adam could call the animals by name and the lion would lie with the lamb in perfect contented harmony.

Kitten and Fawn set to What A Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rooyt3ptNco

Elephant and Dog (Tara and Bella)
http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=4696315n

Kitten and Crow
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JiJzqXxgxo

Hippo and Tortoise (Owen and Mzee)
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x8v2xu_the-tortoise-and-the-hippo_animals
"

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Mission 6 REDUX - Returned Mail From Around the World

The other day I logged into Facebook and I was greeted by this friend request.

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Hopefully I will get the letter back, although I cannot remember what return address I used.... Hopefully Virginia. We shall see!

If anyone else found my letters, let me know!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Absence

I apologize for the complete lack of blogging lately, on all of my blogs. I am in the middle of moving back to Virginia, but when I get there I will have lots of free time to knock out some of the new missions, a lot of which I am very excited about. Give me a few days to transition, then everything will be back to normal!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Mission 16 - Oh, excuse me

I was able to mid-direct 14 people at Kennedy Space Center today. It was very easy to do since most of the people there are not looking where they are going, and just looking upwards at the rockets and whatnot. I did not want to be rude and get right in front o someone, but many times I was bumped into, and the person would look around, seeming somewhat confused.

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Mission 15 - Getting in the way

Today I was at Kennedy Space Center, and I though that would be the perfect time to meander about to walk into pictures. I never wanted to be in the very front of a picture, so I just walked along the background or just stood off to the side. There were a good amount of foreigners and I just pretended not to hear when they attempted to get me out of their pictures. It was great fun.

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Saturday, July 25, 2009

The other night I got these tweets from WeekendWarrior. It truly makes my day whenever I get things like this.

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Friday, July 24, 2009

Mission 5 REDUX - Mail the Sky

Along with the camera I received in the mail yesterday from David, I also got a picture of the sky sent to him from someone else. This is an amazing cloud picture taken from a plane. If you took this picture, let me know. I love it.

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Mission 7 REDUX - I Love Disposable Cameras

Yesterday I received my camera back from David. I could not have been more excited, and I immediately got the pictures developed. This is obviously going to be picture heavy.

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