Jobs in Maryland/DC?

I'm trying to move to Maryland by the end of the summer, so I'm desperately searching for jobs. Does anyone know of places in that region I could look into?

Ideally, I'd be working in graphic design, but I'm also looking into related fields like videogames to see if there's anything I could do. At this point, I'm also checking out secretary-type jobs so I can at least pay the bills.

I'd be moving to Annapolis, but I'm applying to places anywhere up to an hour's commute away- so, Washington DC, anywhere in Maryland, maybe even Virginia. If anyone can suggest places I could check out, I would really appreciate it! THANK YOU! <3

Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog

(Trailer available on the official website.)

Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog is a 40-minute, 3-part musical comedy produced for the Internet, telling the story of a low-rent supervillain, the hero who keeps beating him up, and the cute girl from the laundromat he's too shy to talk to. The movie was written by Joss Whedon and his brothers Zack Whedon (a lesser known television writer), Jed Whedon (a composer) and Jed's fiancée, Maruissa Tancharoen (an actress). (wikipedia)

Starring Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion, and Felicia Day. The episodes air on July 15, 17, and 19, and go offline at the end of the day on July 20.

I don't know how I didn't find out about this earlier. I'm really excited!

Reproductions - Charlotte Martin cover album

Charlotte Martin recently released Reproductions, an album of covers. Check out the track list:

01. Angel (Massive Attack)
02. Obstacle 1 (Interpol)
03. Constant Craving (k.d. lang)
04. Elderly Woman Behind the Counter In a Small Town (Pearl Jam)
05. Chocolate (Snow Patrol)
06. Bizarre Love Triangle (New Order)
07. Cherry-Coloured Funk (Cocteau Twins)
08. I Am Stretched Out On Your Grave (Sinéad O'Connor)
09. Urge For Going (Joni Mitchell)
10. Just Like Heaven (The Cure)
11. Song To the Siren (Tim Buckley)

The album's only available on tour, and her current tour runs for another week. It's $14, and I can hook you up with a CD if you're interested. I'm usually okay with sending an mp3 or two, but for some reason, I'm particularly protective of this album.

Edit: There are full-length streams of "Angel" and "Constant Craving" on Charlotte's myspace page.

"Chocolate" is an interesting cover- it starts out with just Charlotte singing over a Rhodes piano, and then everything else (including a kinda funky bassline) kicks in later. "I Am Stretched Out On Your Grave" is amazing live- it blew my mind when I first saw her perform it in NYC a couple years ago. I saw her play "Cherry-Coloured Funk" last weekend in Philly, and it was beautiful. The Pearl Jam and Cure covers were previously released online, so I'd already heard them, but they're two of my top favorites. "Obstacle 1" is one of my favorites of the newer tracks.


The Dark Is Rising

Uh, how did I not know about this movie until now? I remember being really into the series--it was the first boxed set of books I ever bought--and even though I can't remember the story at all anymore, I'm really really excited.

But I have a feeling I'm more excited about the idea of a The Dark Is Rising movie adaptation than about this particular movie. In fact, I just watched the trailer, and I felt weird. I don't know if it's just that violated feeling you get when one of your childhood favorites gets turned into a big commercial deal, but... It felt wrong. I think it bothers me because the visual environment I created in my mind while reading those books was based on the style of the cover illustrations, which have that warm, nostalgic feel, whereas the movie looks so modern and sleek that it feels cold.

Reading this brought back memories:

When the Dark comes rising, six shall turn it back;
Three from the circle, three from the track;
Wood, bronze, iron; water, fire, stone;
Five will return, and one go alone.

Iron for the birthday, bronze carried long;
Wood from the burning, stone out of song;
Fire in the candle-ring, water from the thaw;
Six Signs the circle, and the grail gone before.

Fire on the mountain shall find the harp of gold
Played to wake the Sleepers, oldest of the old;
Power from the green witch, lost beneath the sea;
All shall find the light at last, silver on the tree.

Now I really, really want to reread the books, but I'm already taking so much stuff with me on the upcoming roadtrip. But shit. I've got to read them. I'm probably going to watch the movie anyway, so I'm still excited. The Dark Is Rising and The Golden Compass both coming to theaters?? That sounds fucking awesome.


Animal Cooking Molds

When I was in a 100-yen store in Japan, I got these two really cute cooking molds with animals debossed on the bottom:

I tested them out a couple days ago while making pumpkin muffins, and I was disappointed to discover the molds don't seem to work well with baked goods.

Maybe something like flan would be better at maintaining the animal shapes?

I think I'm feeling guilty about overindulging with food in the past few days while not getting the exercise I'd planned on- I just glanced at the Mini-Feed on my facebook profile, and I instinctively interpreted "You have no recent activity" as criticism of my laziness.

I might still make a late post about the RISD classes I took and at least put up some photos or something.

David Choe

Yesterday, I started watching David Choe's online hitchhiking show, Thumbs Up!, and I'm now really interested in both the show and the artist. I had checked out David Choe's artwork before, as Corey Lewis is a big fan of his, but after watching the promo for the in-process documentary on him, I had mostly just identified him as "that insane, badass guy who punched himself repeatedly in the nose and then painted with his own blood."

I'm pretty sure I'm fascinated by him because of the stark differences between his personality/style and mine. He's confident and works quickly, aggressively, and dirtily. I wish I had his qualities as an artist and envy the strength of his personality, but I wouldn't be willing to accept the difficulties that are so closely connected with those things.

Lately, I've been wondering if the reason I've been so uninspired these past few years is because I haven't been feeding my brain enough of the right stuff. I realized I've been associating that possible solution with something I learned in Intro to American Government: the echo chamber effect, in which the output of the echo chamber depends on the nature of the input. It's nice to know I got at least one worthwhile thing out of that class.

I've also been considering that my lack of inspiration may not be something I'll get over and but may be something I'll struggle with for the rest of my life. Discouraging as that is, it'll probably do some good if I can just accept it. I used to be frustrated because I wanted to draw but had no ideas, but I've noticed that recently, I'll get ideas and write them down but the problem is that I won't begin or follow through with them. I hope being at RISD for a while will jolt me into a more productive phase, however briefly it may last.


Sketch Furniture and Michel Gondry fun

This project is a couple years old, but I just recently found out about it and am fascinated. I'm not sure if I'd want the finished product in my living space, but the idea is awesome.

Sketch Furniture by FRONT
"The four FRONT members have developed a method to materialise free hand sketches. They make it possible by using a unique method where two advanced techniques are combined. Pen strokes made in the air are recorded with Motion Capture and become 3D digital files; these are then materialised through Rapid Prototyping into real pieces of furniture."

The original video's not up anymore, but this seems to be a version of it:

Also just found out about this video with a guy portraying Michel Gondry on a MTV Cribs parody. The milk carton is my favorite part.