Friday, May 15, 2009
As quickly as we arrived, we were gone. Well, almost. Matt drove East, Solomon and James flew North, and Mike will soon be trucking West. Goodbye, Biloxi. Sometimes I wonder if you were real or just one of those epic dreams like 'Alice in Wonderland'.
The road sign when you enter Mississippi reads "Welcome to Mississippi: It's Like Coming Home." Nothing could be farther from the truth.
Posted by James Thompson at 10:35 AM
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
After spending the last couple weeks insulated in our white-collar role as designers, we went back to the house we had been working on for a weeknight party. With most of the windows and doors in, it's slowly becoming more and more home-like. Sadly, we will be leaving right around the time that the wall board, plumbing and siding go up and won't see the finished product. But, hey, that's what Google Streetview is for.
Posted by James Thompson at 8:30 AM
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
swine flu, swine flu...ah a divine flu
by now it is common knowledge that the pandemic known fondly as swine flu originated within the studios of rapson hall. the reason? the cause? festering mold in studio sinks, multiple open compost bins, and desk drawers crammed with filthy abused tissues.
in their spare time, usually reserved for sleeping, the gold coasters discovered four cures for this pestilence. it took only one laughter filled, hair tussling, leap frogging, knife fighting night.
the cures in no particular order:
-for the individual-
*eat one lb of bacon for every hour in a day
*keep a pig within five feet of you for two days
*teach a pig spanish, time to fluency will vary depending on the pig
-for a community-
*fill one newly built mixed use building to maximum occupancy with swine
the image above has not been digitally manipulated, machines get swine flu too.
you are welcome.
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Today we decided that we deserved a day of relaxation after working hard all day on Saturday. So we took a 1-hour ferry ride out to a barrier island, Ship Island, which so small that you can see the entire thing from the dock. We spent the whole day basking in the sun, swimming in the surf, and exploring the abandoned island fortress. The air and the ocean were both in the upper 70s. Anyone in Minnesota, if they weren't already, should be sufficiently jealous by now.
Posted by James Thompson at 7:45 PM
Monday, April 20, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
On Friday, we took an afternoon field trip to Unabridged Architecture, a firm that does many projects in the region similar to one we're working on. First, they gave us a critique, then showed us around their house/office (which seemed straight out of Dwell magazine). Finally, we gave them a critique of one of their designs, then toured a building nearby designed by SHoP Architects. All of this after building a house in the morning and before eating more crawfish for dinner, then going to a bar for pool, darts, and karaoke. Quite a long day...no wonder we didn't do anything on Saturday!
Posted by James Thompson at 1:26 PM
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Despite the often painfully slow pace of construction, the house we're working on is coming along. Electrical is going in, and roof is being installed, and any day now there will be gypsum on the walls. Plus, the view from the freshly-laid tongue and groove second floor is pretty amazing. The Gulf, a beached shrimp boat, a sunken sailboat, two millionaire's trailers, and a canopy of oak trees...it's like a magical Bob Ross painting.
Posted by James Thompson at 10:08 AM
Thursday, April 16, 2009
These photosets are an attempt to visually describe the bizarro world that is Biloxi, Mississippi. Though the subject matter may seem unrelated or difficult to comprehend, the hope is that you can get a sense of what we feel as outsiders (total confusion). Plus, showing photos is easier than trying to put words to something we are consistently perplexed and amazed by. Enjoy...and share your thoughts if the moment strikes you.
Posted by James Thompson at 3:36 PM