Urban Alchemy

by bronxelf

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These are random moments in the life of an indecent designer and the city she loves.

To read my grudging babblings about design, click the button.

And can we really measure
If we think we're any better
than that skyline that goes on and on
forever, on and on...."

- Less Than Jake: Is This Thing On?

Everybody in this world wants the same damned thing-
just not at the same time.

-Chris Orbach: Jane

I could be condemned to hell for every sin but littering."

- Soul Coughing: Idiot Kings

I am a female, carbon based lifeform.
I am a New York City Native.
I am a Design Professional.
I take photographs.
I also sculpt, paint, create mosaics, and play with weapons.

And sometimes, I even dance about Architecture.

What I see, is what you get.

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Mosaic on the uptown side of the 50th St. 1 train station, Great Underground
13th Apr 2005, 23:25   | tags:,

Euphro says:

Nice picture. Has a pleasing "darkness" about it.

13th Apr 2005, 23:33

autumncat says:

Neat - almost creepy. ;-)

13th Apr 2005, 23:44

bronxelf says:

The downtown platform has a different one, also with an Alice in Wonderland theme.

13th Apr 2005, 23:49

Lyzardly says:

I love the Alice themed stations. One of my professors put on a museum exhibit called "The Other Side of Childhood: Nightmare Images in Alice's Wonderland." The main attraction? Pages from a version of Alice illustrated by Salvador Dali for his goddaughter. It was AMAZING!

Alice is much creepier than most people know. Especially those who have never seen or played American McGee's 'Alice.'

14th Apr 2005, 12:34

bronxelf says:

Have you ever played American McGee's Alice? (google it if you dont know what I mean.) Awesome game. I was going to go as Alice for Halloween a couple years ago. Mitchell, the guy who owns St. Mark's Comics thinks that's both the most perfect and scariest thing he's ever considered.


(edit) Note to Self: read entire comment before replying. Im such a dotk. Sorry. *L*

14th Apr 2005, 15:53

mat says:

I very nearly ended up writing a philosophy dissertation based around Alice. It's one of my favourite books ever, so much so I collect old/rare copies of the text. If you ever get a chance to buy/borrow/steal The Annotated Alice or The Philosophers Alice, I'd recommend them both.

American McGee's Alice was awesome. I played it on my own in a darkened room, wearing headphones.

Sprint fix is coming along, by the way. Getting rid of those borders automatically is going to be a nightmare, so I'm working on sorting out the text first. :)

14th Apr 2005, 15:57

bronxelf says:

I have a copy of the Annotated Alice.

Thanks for the help, mat. It's appreciated. I feel bad having uploaded so many shots in one go but some of them were from the Nikon and I didnt want to send the rest direct from Boingo. :(

14th Apr 2005, 15:59

Lyzardly says:


14th Apr 2005, 16:00

neel says:

Ah. I thought this post would be about web-browsers. Never mind.

But freak-o Alice stuff is cool too!

14th Apr 2005, 16:01

mat says:

hey, quantity ain't a problem - this site sits on it's very own dual P4-2.8Ghz huge server beast. It can handle anything you can throw at it, and if it can't, I need to know about it anyway, so you'd be performing important diagnostics for me.

Helping out with stuff like this Sprint thing what I'm here for - this is my job y'know :)

14th Apr 2005, 16:05

bronxelf says:

Hey Im still laughing no one has picked up on the GUE reference.

14th Apr 2005, 16:12

neel says:

As long as it's not a grue.

Oh - are you refering to the Great Underground Empire?

(note to self - also remember to read everything before posting comment...)

14th Apr 2005, 16:38

bronxelf says:

Bless you, neel. I was beginning to worry.

I used to work for Infocom.

14th Apr 2005, 16:40

neel says:


14th Apr 2005, 16:42

bronxelf says:


No shit, dude. I can take a photo of my Infocom Reunion t-shirt from '99 if you want...

14th Apr 2005, 16:47

Helen says:

If I were a book I would be Alice in Wonderland, according a a random online test (which is worrying). Obviously, I rely on the internet to find out such important things about myself.

14th Apr 2005, 16:48

Euphro says:

Post the link! (please)

14th Apr 2005, 16:49

neel says:


That's about the seriously most amazingly cool thing I've ever heard. Really.

And only today I found our library has five copies of Twisty Little Passages. Haven't played IF in too long...

14th Apr 2005, 16:49

bronxelf says:

neel: You know you can get all the old games online for free if you download WinFrotz and stuff.

Maybe I'll wear my infocom tshirt today.


14th Apr 2005, 16:51

Euphro says:

*Googles and feels brain accelerate*

14th Apr 2005, 16:51

Euphro says:

Oh dear, Amazon here I come, again...

14th Apr 2005, 16:53

Euphro says:

I'm a bit slow, and stuff, but I'm beginning to see how cool this is :)

14th Apr 2005, 16:56

neel says:

Oh yeah, but I've already got the Activism Masterpieces of Infocom set, and massive amounts of the gmd.de archives downloaderified.

I'm a bit out of touch with the current community, though. I still intend to release my own Inform game one of these days...

14th Apr 2005, 17:02

bronxelf says:

I liked it there. It was a fun job. I used to have in my usenet .sig "Official Infocommie: Present and Accounted for in the last days of CambridgePark Drive.

I was there the day the Activision takeover was announced.

14th Apr 2005, 17:05

neel says:

The end of an era. Wow.

14th Apr 2005, 17:06

bronxelf says:

For the record-- none of us knew. I mean even the big game designers didn't know. It was a total shock.

14th Apr 2005, 17:09

Euphro says:

Were you one of the 16:
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14th Apr 2005, 17:13

bronxelf says:

Nope. I was just a lowly games tester.

And I recall the original number as being 11.

Not that if I had been I would have gone anyway-- no way I was going to California. Which was a notion, I might add, I should have remembered some years later. It would have saved me two years.

14th Apr 2005, 17:15

Euphro says:

I played Zork on a Vax in my first job. I lost sight of it after about '84. One forgets how much things have changed. Cool to have been a part of a history-making thing :)

14th Apr 2005, 17:20