The Pencil Today:


“This is my rifle. This is my gun. This is for fighting. This is for fun.” — Gunnery Sergeant Hartman


Jared Loughner. James Holmes. Wade Page.

Second Amendment Beneficiaries

Three mad hatters who found it easy to get their hands on guns.


Here’s how I waste my time. How about you? Share your fave sites with us via the comments section. Just type in the name of the site, not the url; we’ll find them. If we like them, we’ll include them — if not, we’ll ignore them.

I Love ChartsLife as seen through charts.

XKCD — “A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language.”


SkepchickWomen scientists look at the world and the universe.

IndexedAll the answers in graph form, on index cards.

I Fucking Love ScienceA Facebook community of science geeks.

Present and CorrectFun, compelling, gorgeous and/or scary graphic designs and visual creations throughout the years and from all over the world.

Flip Flop Fly BallBaseball as seen through infographics, haikus, song lyrics, and other odd communications devices.

Mental FlossFacts.

Caps Off PleaseComics & fun.

SodaplayCreate your own models or play with other people’s models.

Eat Sleep DrawAn endless stream of artwork submitted by an endless stream of people.

By Samira Elk on Eat Sleep Draw

Big ThinkTapping the brains of notable intellectuals for their opinions, predictions, and diagnoses.

The Daily PuppySo shoot me.

Electron Pencil event listings: Music, art, movies, lectures, parties, receptions, games, benefits, plays, meetings, fairs, conspiracies, rituals, etc.

Brown County Career Resource Center, Nashville — One day course: Basic photovoltaics, solar energy; 9am-5pm

People’s ParkLunch Concert Series: The Mizfits; 11:30am

◗ Corner of Sixth and Madison streets — Tuesday Farmers Market, Music: Shahed Rafiuddin; 4-7pm

The Venue Fine Art & GiftsDemocratic candidate for State Senate Mark Stoops; 5:30-7:30pm

Muddy Boots Cafe, Nashville — Indiana Boys All Star Jam; 6-8:30pm

Buskirk-Chumley TheaterRufus Wainwright; 8pm

The Root Cellar at Farm Bloomington — Team trivia; 8pm

Bear’s PlaceThe Natives, Cocunuts, Mr. Hipster; 9pm

The BishopTerrapin Flyer with Tom Constanten of the Grateful Dead; 9:30pm


◗ Ivy Tech Waldron CenterExhibits:

  • “40 Years of Artists from Pygmalion’s”; opens Friday, August 3rd, through September 1st

◗ IU Art MuseumExhibits:

  • Qiao Xiaoguang, “Urban Landscape: A Selection of Papercuts” ; through August 12th
  • “A Tribute to William Zimmerman,” wildlife artist; through September 9th
  • Willi Baumeister, “Baumeister in Print”; through September 9th
  • Annibale and Agostino Carracci, “The Bolognese School”; through September 16th
  • “Contemporary Explorations: Paintings by Contemporary Native American Artists”; through October 14th
  • David Hockney, “New Acquisitions”; through October 21st
  • Utagawa Kuniyoshi, “Paragons of Filial Piety”; through fall semester 2012
  • Julia Margaret Cameron, Edward Weston, & Harry Callahan, “Intimate Models: Photographs of Husbands, Wives, and Lovers”; through December 31st
  • “French Printmaking in the Seventeenth Century”; through December 31st

◗ IU SoFA Grunwald GalleryExhibits:

  • Coming — Media Life; August 24th through September 15th
  • Coming — Axe of Vengeance: Ghanaian Film Posters and Film Viewing Culture; August 24th through September 15th

◗ IU Kinsey Institute Gallery“Ephemeral Ink: Selections of Tattoo Art from the Kinsey Institute Collection”; through September 21st

◗ IU Lilly LibraryExhibit, “Translating the Canon: Building Special Collections in the 21st Century”; through September 1st

◗ IU Mathers Museum of World CulturesClosed for semester break, reopens Tuesday, August 21st

Monroe County History Center Exhibits:

  • “What Is Your Quilting Story?”; through July 31st
  • Photo exhibit, “Bloomington: Then and Now” by Bloomington Fading; through October 27th

One thought on “The Pencil Today:

  1. Susan Sandberg says:

    While I’m on medical leave, all hell breaks loose in the wing-nut, criminally insane, gun-toting community! I’m gonna rant a little, what have I got to lose? I hate guns. I hate gun violence in America. I’m sick to death of it! It has been a long time since Columbine and still the NRA has a death grip on this country. What’s it gonna take, folks? People are dying here, randomly and systematically. Who is to blame? All of us who can’t rally the courage to take this problem on and stand up to the 2nd amendment bullies. It’s a different time, a different place and we’ve got to wake up to some hard realities about our public and personal safety. Love your guns, hate the gays, praise be to your spiteful God? I’ve had enough of all of ya!! And thanks for Richie Havens – I feel much better now!

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