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I don’t know about you, but I am really excited about this year’s Part Time Punks Festival at the Echo. I didn’t go last year, but heard it was awesome. This year’s line up is pretty money, what with Medium Medium, Crystal Stilts, and Kid Congo Powers due to perform (among other highly-anticipated acts). But I’m signing on board just to see the Raincoats. This Brit post punk girl band produced one of my favorite albums of all time–a self-titled album that is raw, edgy, and unpretentious. None of the three band mates are music virtuosos, sure, but their energy is simply infectious and the wailing over the offbeat drumming is decidedly punk. If you get your hands on this album, you have to listen to The Void and Lola (a Kinks cover). Anyway, I hope they deliver.

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photo via Smells Like Records

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“The Clutch Chair” by Scott Jarvie

“Made from 10,000 drinking straws, the Clutch Chair is an exploratory research piece that passes comment on our disposable culture. The development process of this piece also informed that of the Clutch Light, both of which were developed from an observation of the structural characteristics of trees.”

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Though I’m taking a break from the Jamie project, I am still trying to maintain a healthy diet comprised of mainly whole grains, locally-grown fresh vegetables and fruits, and unrefined sugars. That last one has been tough. After all I devoted much of last month to this.

Last night, I made a Panzenella (bread) salad that consisted of La Brea Bakery’s pain rustique, grilled vegetables such as corn, bell peppers, red onions, zucchini, and fresh tomatoes, cucumber, tons of herbs, and a delicious dressing made from a walnut oil, mustard blend. This recipe was developed by my managing editor, Katie, who is kind of the queen of delicious grilled salads. I want to be the queen of something too.

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Here’s a snapshot of some oatmeal-wheat bran blueberry muffins I made not too long ago. It was sweetened with maple syrup and applesauce, with just a sprinkling of muscovado sugar on top for crunch. These were delicious (for what they were). I’ll post the recipe if I can remember it!

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My days and nights have been spent simultaneously improving my website and learning how to build one that’s not an eyesore. Picking up coding again, has been fun. I briefly toyed with website design in 1996, then as a sophomore in high school. My hiatus, what I call the “college years”, debilitated my html/java/css abilities. But like all things that come and go and that eventually return in my life… check out the semi-finished product here. (http://www.oddsplusevens.com).

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Web design isn’t my strong suit, but it’s certainly my friend Vanessa’s. Check out her website: vanessalam.net, which she also just completed this past week. She’s a talented designer! Check out some of the work she’s created…

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My best friend Diana, now a Berkeley Journalism grad student, also has been working on her portfolio, which can be found here: Systems of Operation. There are links to her other web ventures on the site. My personal favorite is her tumblr, which she updates frequently.

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Finally, my friend Robert, Bon Appétit’s esteemed art director, has been chiseling away at his. Robertfestino.com and this here offer a peek into all of the milestones in his design career.