Interesting fact: The nail was invented AFTER the hammer. Nails were made by blacksmiths (by hand), and on a good day one blacksmith could only pump out a mere few hundred.

It’s been an interesting week thus far, there wasn’t too much of a backlash from non-winners of the SWllc photo contest, but I’m glad to say they’ve opened up a thread on the forums to show off their still-great photos for the world to see. I was going to put them up myself, but they beat me to it (plus I’m lazy)! To clarify what made a winning photo, they were judged in two main categories:

1. Composition- how the shot was set up, clarity/color depth of the shot, angling, etc.

2. Creativity- how the CD case was used, humor, eye-catchiness, profanity…

So that’s enough about that. Also in band-related news, the boys are still on the road in full force and doing a great job blogging. Dave & I didn’t have a chance to meet up when he was in town, but our super-secret project is still in the works and should be rolling out as soon as we find the right recording equipment…have I said too much? Muh hahahah…

(photo by Paulami Naik)

And the winners are…

Thanks to everyone who participated in making this a really successful and enjoyable contest. There was an absolute onslaught of entries all of Friday and several right up until the 11:59 deadline. Well done and to those of you who are hearing about this for the first time don’t worry, you can still send me pictures of or relating to SWLLC album art…just don’t expect to win anything, or even a human response.

Okay, enough talking, lets announce the winners:

First place and winner of an All-Weather SWLLC Survival Pack, goes to Amanda Parks & her co-hort “Chinako”. I love this picture because it not only has a certain air of optimism about it, it’s also just two covers away from a Mac 10…rock on.

Second place undoubtably goes to Paulami Naik. This was one of the first entries received and stuck in my mind as an early winner. It’s incredibly subtle, yet unabashingly obvious. The captions are endless, and like the book The Indian in the Cupboard, who knows what this conversation would end up like.

CD Art: So, come here often?
Ceramic Bear 1: *to ceramic bear 2* I get the one with the axe…
Ceramic Bear 2: *to ceramic bear 1* Okay, I’ll take the one with the rifle.
CD Art: Ummm…

Third place goes to Kathryn Elizabeth DeTore for her majestic and mystifying picture entitled “Flying Without a Care.” I just love it and even as a seasoned photographer I wonder “How did she do that!?” The answer of course is a quick shutter and possibly some broken table lamps.

EDIT: Apparently I’m wrong. On second thought, it’s probably dental floss and elbow grease…ick.

It’s also worth noting a few honorable mentions. These people didn’t win anything this time around, but their effort is definitely worth a shout out. The first goes to
Lindsey Sherman for submitting 19 photographs. Each one was different from the last, and if was certainly a lot of work. Also gaining runner up props is Lisa Streit who didn’t send in 19 pictures, but certainly sent several good ones which just narrowly avoided the top three. Here’s my favorite from that group:

Spin cycle…get it? Muh hahahah…

Thanks again for everyone who sent in pictures and pulled out the album for a listen (or in some cases, took it out of the CD player for a few precious minutes). Stay tuned to the boys’ blog in the next few weeks as they’ll be providing near-daily updates. As for me, I’ll still be around. Rock on.


Happy Thursday to all, and to my college friends out there I’m well aware that Thursdays are the “New Fridays,” so enjoy. As you can see from the minor upgrade in the SWLLC page, My job here’s been turned relatively obsolete for SWLLC news since the guys have promised to blog EVERY DAY. Hah, I’ll believe it when I see it. But if they do accomplish this nearly impossible feat, somebody should buy them some sort of ice cream treat like the one that Napoleon eats in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure.

Not a whole lot to tell other than keep those photo contest submissions coming! There’s only til Midnight tomorrow 9/16 @ 11:59 P.M. PST to get em in. Special thanks to those of you who have ventured outside the house to take the shots, it really does make a difference to see sunlight every once in a while.

In other news Dave and I are meeting up this week (mostly because we’ll be in the same geographical location) and are working on a super-secret project that will hopefully get to be put up on the site by the end of the month. I’m not making any promises, but I can say that all your wildest dreams will come true.

Okay, I’ve got to update tax presentations now. Gotta love that English/Lit. degree.

*Insert crabs joke here*