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Here are some of the inspirations and time-wasters that I've found myself involved in since January of 2008. I will try and update this list periodically if nothing more than a reminder to myself of things I once enjoyed and possibly have since forgotten.
The format is as follows, with the most recent at the top of the list:

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DATE:         
    mo/ day/ yr
READING:         
    literature, magazines, etc
LISTENING:        
    music
LOOKING:        
    art
WATCHING:         
    films, tv, etc
INTERNET:         
    sites (hopefully listed as links
MOOD:         
    general disposition, notable feeling or thought
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DATE:          
    5/ 11/ 17
READING:          
    Rome (Robert Hughes)
    Sappho's Leap (Erica Jong)
    Klingsor's Last Summer (Hermann Hesse)
LISTENING:         
    Mozart (anything, but mostly the chamber music)
    Parachutes
    Mount Eerie
LOOKING:         
    Etruscan art
    Irving Penn
WATCHING:          
    Archer
    Planet Earth 2
INTERNET:          
    Met Museum Collection
    NEW Google Earth
MOOD:          
    Not used to the fit of the world these days on a few levels
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DATE:         
    12/ 29/ 10
READING:         
    Dance, Dance, Dance (Haruki Murakami)
LISTENING:        
    Pure Guava (Ween)
    Symphony no. 4 (Gustav Mahler)
    Brighten the Corners (Pavement)
    At the Pershing (Ahmad Jamal courtesy of Adam Hopkins)k
LOOKING:        
    R.B. Kitaj
    Antonio Lopez Garcia
WATCHING:         
    Modern Family
    Charlie Chaplin's THE KID
    Fantasia 2000
    Persepolis
    True Grit
    The Fighter
    The Kings Speech
    The Black Swan
INTERNET:         

MOOD:         
   Enjoying loose leaf tea & salted, chocolate almonds
    Trying to up my salads to curb the holiday grease

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DATE:         
    04/ 29/ 10
READING:         
    Mental Floss Magazine
    rereading BLUEBEARD by Vonnegut
LISTENING:        
    The Extraordinaires - Short Stories
    Sidney Bechet
    Jonsi - new album and upcoming concert
    David Bazan - going to see his house show next week
    Stravinsky - going to see Petrushka next week
    Ween - Cucaracha
LOOKING:        
    Jing Wei Woodcuts
WATCHING:         
    new banned MIA video - viewable temporarily HERE
    Brothers Bloom
    Inglorious Basterds on my iPhone last night
INTERNET:         
    engrish.com
MOOD:         
    my throat gets dry in the middle of the night,
    though I am still sleeping soundly

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DATE:                     
    03/ 11/ 10
READING:              
    Mental Floss Magazine
    Underground (Haruki Murakami)
    The World as I See It (Albert Einstein writings)
LISTENING:            
    Avett Brothers (myspace page)
    Johann Johannsson
    Toby Goodshank ~ Mogo on the Gogo (live)
LOOKING:              
    the paintings of Roger Shimomura
    Gustave Courbet
WATCHING:           
    Dexter Season 4
    Doubt
INTERNET:             
    ex libris library
    print blog with some great info as well as imagery
MOOD:                   
    wishing the rain would let up so my newly tuned bike could be happy
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DATE:
    2/ 28/ 09
READING:              
    East of Eden (John Steinbeck)
LISTENING:           
    Michio Kurihara
    Songs of Nao
    HassleHound
LOOKING:              
    William Wegman sketches
    George Washington Crossing the Delaware (Leutze)
WATCHING:           
    True Blood
INTERNET:            
    ai-ap.com
MOOD:                   
    liking my half beard,
    wishing that i could taste things again
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DATE:                     
    1/ 2/ 09
READING:              
    patriotism (short story by yukio mishima)
LISTENING:           
    john zorn's crucible
    saya
LOOKING:              
    jillian tamaki
    leslie (spy) ward,
WATCHING:           
    the fifth element
INTERNET:            
    jilliantamaki.com
MOOD:                   
    lower back is sore
    liking the taste of tea
    trying to figure out if socks AND slippers is too much
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DATE:                     
    12/ 20/ 08
READING:              
    blind willow sleeping woman (murakami)
LISTENING:            
    trevor dunn trio convulsant
    saya
LOOKING:              
    abshalom jac lahav
    tugboat printshop
    william wegman drawings
    claus oldenberg sketches
WATCHING:           
    scrubs reruns
INTERNET:             
    click the links in the LOOKING section
MOOD:                   
    full and happy that i have a 2 week vacation
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DATE:                     
    12/ 1/ 08
READING:              
    mcsweeney's issue no. 27
LISTENING:            
    john coltrane live blue train in 1961 stockholm
LOOKING:              
    ivan billibin
WATCHING:              
    the office
INTERNET:             
    www.radiolab.org
    wikipedia list of unusual deaths
MOOD:                   
    enlargenned stomach post thanksgiving makes me feel not full when i should
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DATE:                     
    11/ 21/ 08
READING:              
    sputnik sweetheard (haruki murakami)
LISTENING:            
    scott tuma
    fatlip
    khachaturian cello concerto
LOOKING:             
    irving amen woodcuts
WATCHING:           
    the office
INTERNET:             
    www.friendsrecommend.blogspot.com
MOOD:                   
    busy with woodcuts and wanting a fall-like weekend afternoon
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DATE:                     
    06/ 23/ 08
READING:              
    the short stories of O. HENRY
LISTENING:            
    joe jack talcum,
    PWRFL power,
    gogol bordello,
    dan deacon
LOOKING:               
    rich kelly art (from the chapterhouse philadelphia cafe/gallery)
WATCHING:           
    scrubs
    who killed the electric car
INTERNET:             
    thefwa.com,
MOOD:                     
    ready for august. wanting a smoothie.
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DATE:                     
    04/ 14/ 08
READING:              
    phillip pullman's THE SUBTLE KNIFE,
    lonely planet's COSTA RICA
LISTENING:            
    kimya dawson
LOOKING:               
    leonard baskin prints
WATCHING:           
    no direction home (martin scorsese's dylan documentary)
INTERNET:             
    fiammapiacentini.com
MOOD:                     
    in the mood to wear shorts with a sweatshirt
    wanting to run around a bit
    longing for some friends close by
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DATE:                     
    02/ 18/ 08
READING:              
    nothing
LISTENING:            
    BLUE DANUBE - johann strauss,
    YAEL NAIM
LOOKING:               
    PAINTINGS OF THE LOUVRE
WATCHING:           
    HOW'S YOUR NEWS documentary
INTERNET:             
    adamhopkinsbass.com
MOOD:                     
    appreciating president's day, productive
    happy about the weather and riding bikes
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DATE:                     
    02/ 05/ 08
READING:              
    Syllabus for Woodcutting class at Brooklyn College
LISTENING:            
    HOWS YOUR NEWS
    FALLING LEAVES - lullatone
LOOKING:               
    Leonard Baskin woodcuts
    DaVinci portraits
    Jacques Hnizdovsky
WATCHING:           
    no time
INTERNET:             
    hackleys.com,
    tomvirgin.com
MOOD: 
                    
    ON 3 HOURS OF SLEEP AND VERY TIRED
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DATE:                     
    01/ 30/ 08
READING:              
    METAMORPHOSIS - franz kafka
    THE BOOKS OF ANTONIO FRASCONI
LISTENING:            
    DISTORTION - magnetic fields
    pedro the lion
LOOKING:               
    Antonio Frasconi woodcuts
    Margaret Adams Parker woodcuts
WATCHING:           
    HOUSE new season
INTERNET:             
    www.margaretadamsparker.com,
    www.imcclains.com,
    www.dpprints.com
MOOD:                     
    NERVOUS TO BE BACK IN SCHOOL
    NOT HUNGRY
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DATE:                    
    01/ 21/ 08
READING:              
    PICASSO
LISTENING:            
    a hawk and a hacksaw,
    coltrane classic quartet disc 2 and 4
LOOKING:               
    Laurens Alma Tadema's AFTER THE DANCE
WATCHING:           
    KEN BURNS JAZZ DISC 10
    THERE WILL BE BLOOD
    GANGS OF NEW YORK
INTERNET:             
    FRANCIS NEWTON SAUZA,
MOOD:                     
    APPRECIATIVE OF PEOPLE LIKE MARTIN LUTHER KING JR IN THIS WORLD
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DATE:                     
    01/ 18/ 08
READING:              
    THE ACME NOVELTY DATE BOOK - chris ware
LISTENING:            
    BOSSY - kelis
    DI SANTA RAGIONE - toby goodshank
    FUN HOUSE - the stooges
LOOKING:               
    CHRIS WARE ART
WATCHING:           
    KEN BURNS JAZZ DISC 10
INTERNET:             
    BIGACTIVE.COM ,
    DOUGDUBOIS.COM ,
    YASSERAGGOUR.COM
MOOD:                     
    PRODUCTIVE
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DATE:                     
    01/ 17/ 08
READING:              
    THE SONS - franz kafka,
LISTENING:            
    NIGHTHAWKS AT THE DINER - tom waits
    RITE OF SPRING - igor stravinsky
LOOKING:               
    JOSH POWELL PALINDROAM PHOTOS
WATCHING:           
    MASDAR INITIATIVE VIDEO
INTERNET:             
    PETSMART.COM
    PALINDROAM FLICKR
MOOD:                     
    SLOUCHY
    READY TO DE-BEARD
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DATE:                     
    01/ 11/ 08
READING:              
    THE SONS - franz kafka,
    THE OXFORD AMERICAN - magazine
LISTENING:           
    THE MOLDY PEACHES
    MAYO THOMPSON
    DAN HICKS AND HIS HOT LICKS
    DANIEL JOHNSTON
LOOKING:               
    ROGER SHIMOMURA
    ANTONIO FRASCONI
    DIEGO RIVERA
WATCHING:           
    JUNO
    SCRUBS
INTERNET:             
    HACKLEYS,
MOOD:                     
    TIRED OF BEING AT WORK
    READY TO PLAY SOME MUSIC THIS WEEKEND
    HAPPY.
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PRIOR to 2008
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NEW/REFOUND INTERESTS:
    Aesop's Fables
    Wikipedia
    Synaesthesia
    Coney Island
    better posture
    proper breathing techniques

LISTENING TO:

    Romeo & Juliet Ballet Op. 64 (Prokofiev)
    Stardust (Louis Armstrong / Django Reinhardt / Artie Shaw)
    Interstellar Space Interpreted (Nels Cline)
    Midnight Vultures (Beck)
    Alice & Blood Money (Tom Waits)
    Ravenous Soundtrack
    Hoots and Hellmouth
    Mar (Ultra Dolphins)

WATCHING:
    House
    Ken Burns Jazz Series
    Man Vs. Wild

READING:
    Don Quixote (Cervantes)
    The Diamond as Big as the Ritz (F. Scott Fitzzgerald)
    Box of Bunny Suicides

INSPIRING ART AT THE MOMENT:

    Lorenzetti (Ambrogio and Pietro - Sienna Art circa 1300's-1400's)
    Karl Weschke
    David Hockney
    Jacques Hnizdovsky
    Lorenzetti Brothers
    Side-Show Poster Paintings
    Max Beckmann Paintings
    Judith Supine / Brendon Fagan Paste-Ups
    Carlo Crivelli Paintings
    Chris Ware sketchbooks
    Franzie with Doll (Erich Heckel)
    David and Goliath (Edgar Degas)
    Celia (John Graham)
    Assassination of Emperor Maximilian (Eduard Manet)
    Blue Nude (Matisse)
    Pierre Puvis de Chavannes
    Larry Rivers