Year Long Projects

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These “Take a picture of yourself” everyday for X years videos are starting to pop up everywhere now. This one is interestingly different
Year of the beard
Corey Fauver took a picture everyday of his beard growing out, but he did it while “walking” through his college campus. 

These “Take a picture of yourself” everyday for X years videos are starting to pop up everywhere now. This one is interestingly different

Year of the beard

Corey Fauver took a picture everyday of his beard growing out, but he did it while “walking” through his college campus. 

! This is CRAZY. 
Happy Meal Project
An artist purchased a happy meal and decided to take a picture of it everyday. Photo caption reads:
“McDonalds Happy Meal. Purchased fresh from McDonalds on April 10, 2010 and have been photographing subsequently ever since. Its sitting on my coffee table with nothing covering. it. No bugs, no mould, no smell, nothing.”
AND IT STIll looks that way over 5 months later. 
Highlighted in Refinery 29 :

It’s pretty much conventional wisdom that you don’t head to McDonald’s for a healthy treat. And, if you’ve seen Fast Food Nation, you’ll know that the chain’s offerings have got a whole lot of icky ingredients. Though we don’t really like to think about that while munching on a Big Mac, NYC artist Sally Davies did, creating the Happy Meal art project that provides evidence that Mickey D’s food really is the worst shiz you can put in your body. Davies took a Happy Meal sized burger and fries, put it on her living room table, and as Bravo says, decided to “watch what happens.” She photographs said meal every day, and 137 days into the project (with no end in site), the results are remarkable in the fact that they’re really unremarkable. To our eyes, the burger and fries look exactly on the same on day 1 as on day 137. Hungry yet?

! This is CRAZY. 

Happy Meal Project

An artist purchased a happy meal and decided to take a picture of it everyday. Photo caption reads:

McDonalds Happy Meal. Purchased fresh from McDonalds on April 10, 2010 and have been photographing subsequently ever since. Its sitting on my coffee table with nothing covering. it. No bugs, no mould, no smell, nothing.”

AND IT STIll looks that way over 5 months later. 

Highlighted in Refinery 29 :

It’s pretty much conventional wisdom that you don’t head to McDonald’s for a healthy treat. And, if you’ve seen Fast Food Nation, you’ll know that the chain’s offerings have got a whole lot of icky ingredients. Though we don’t really like to think about that while munching on a Big Mac, NYC artist Sally Davies did, creating the Happy Meal art project that provides evidence that Mickey D’s food really is the worst shiz you can put in your body. Davies took a Happy Meal sized burger and fries, put it on her living room table, and as Bravo says, decided to “watch what happens.” She photographs said meal every day, and 137 days into the project (with no end in site), the results are remarkable in the fact that they’re really unremarkable. To our eyes, the burger and fries look exactly on the same on day 1 as on day 137. Hungry yet?

Developer Project52 

Welcome to Project 52: my harebrained attempt to record and release 52 songs over the course of one year.
The rules are simple enough – I have to post a new song on my blog every week for an entire year starting on September 6, 2009, my 34th birthday, and ending when I’m 35. I’ve been writing and recording music for the last 15 to 20 years and it’s occurred to me that I haven’t done a whole hell of a lot with it, so hopefully this is what I can say that I accomplished by the time I was 35.

Developer Project52 

Welcome to Project 52: my harebrained attempt to record and release 52 songs over the course of one year.

The rules are simple enough – I have to post a new song on my blog every week for an entire year starting on September 6, 2009, my 34th birthday, and ending when I’m 35. I’ve been writing and recording music for the last 15 to 20 years and it’s occurred to me that I haven’t done a whole hell of a lot with it, so hopefully this is what I can say that I accomplished by the time I was 35.

Clouds 365 Project
Two years and running! 

From Multimedia Artist Kelly DeLay
The Clouds 365 Project represents my commitment to do something creative every day. Beginning July 1, 2009, I will shoot an image or video of clouds every day for 365 days. On days that are cloudless or rainy, I will have to stretch creatively to illustrate the day. There are no rules, I just want to react and see where this project takes me.

I love when he gets creative.

Clouds 365 Project

Two years and running! 

From Multimedia Artist Kelly DeLay

The Clouds 365 Project represents my commitment to do something creative every day. Beginning July 1, 2009, I will shoot an image or video of clouds every day for 365 days. On days that are cloudless or rainy, I will have to stretch creatively to illustrate the day. There are no rules, I just want to react and see where this project takes me.

I love when he gets creative.

Ants in my scanner!
Francois Vautier has been scanning an ant nest in his scanner for the past 5 years. 

Ants in my scanner!

Francois Vautier has been scanning an ant nest in his scanner for the past 5 years. 

As a new-to-SD gal, when I found this 365 project, I was so excited!
http://thesandiegoproject.com/
I was looking for the name of this singer I’d heard at a gallery-walk-art-thing, and happended to stumble on this site. What a coincidence. They don’t have all the details up yet (as far as I can tell), but it *seems* like they are trying out new things every day.
Great start guys! Blogging is hard, but keep it up!
Update: found the descriptions page.
“
jacques and i, are about to start a new ant farm! no, seriously, i mean, we are, but we’re also about to embark on an intense year of challenges, some likely unanticipated, but what we plan to do here is blog about those which have been hand selected.
who we are: two twenty somethings. engaged.
what this is about: this should be the first of 366 blogs. we’re committing the next twelve months to challenging ourselves and each other in unique ways….for the sake of a challenge with the hopes of bettering ourselves, and hopefully making the lives of others better. the premise is simple, every month, we choose one challenge and then spend each of the next thirty (28-31, depending) days fulfilling that challenge.
why are we documenting: to keep ourselves on pace. to stay honest and motivated. and ultimately, to chronicle this hectic, exciting, memorable year.
where: earth. mostly san diego.
when: jan 1, 2010-dec 31,2010
in the past, we’ve taken on monthly challenges with no particular organization.  because we acknowledge that life’s daily challenges generally make us more appreciative and better adjusted adults, we figure setting out to explore new challenges might actually make us better people. in the long run.
these are some of our ideas for the next twelve months. each task would be completed once every day for the entire month.
1. eat one food you have never eaten
2. spend only $5/day (food, beverage, and entertainment)
3. listen to an album you’ve never heard, in its entirity
4. 30 minutes of exercise, doing a different activity
5. write someone a letter
6. use your mobile for ONLY phone calls (no texting or e-mailing)
7. allow only (an amount to be determined) of waste/trash
we have a list of about 25 ideas, but we don’t love all of them and we’re always looking for inspiration, so if you come across this and you’re game for a laugh, challenge us, play along, and share your experiences.
for the month of january 2010, we have chosen to start off simple, to get into the swing of things (WHILE LEARNING HOW TO BLOG), so our challenge:
visit a park, museum, restaurant, bar, theater, ice rink, smash shack, or any place we’ve never been.
and we’re off!”

As a new-to-SD gal, when I found this 365 project, I was so excited!

http://thesandiegoproject.com/

I was looking for the name of this singer I’d heard at a gallery-walk-art-thing, and happended to stumble on this site. What a coincidence. They don’t have all the details up yet (as far as I can tell), but it *seems* like they are trying out new things every day.

Great start guys! Blogging is hard, but keep it up!

Update: found the descriptions page.

jacques and i, are about to start a new ant farm! no, seriously, i mean, we are, but we’re also about to embark on an intense year of challenges, some likely unanticipated, but what we plan to do here is blog about those which have been hand selected.

who we are: two twenty somethings. engaged.

what this is about: this should be the first of 366 blogs. we’re committing the next twelve months to challenging ourselves and each other in unique ways….for the sake of a challenge with the hopes of bettering ourselves, and hopefully making the lives of others better. the premise is simple, every month, we choose one challenge and then spend each of the next thirty (28-31, depending) days fulfilling that challenge.

why are we documenting: to keep ourselves on pace. to stay honest and motivated. and ultimately, to chronicle this hectic, exciting, memorable year.

where: earth. mostly san diego.

when: jan 1, 2010-dec 31,2010

in the past, we’ve taken on monthly challenges with no particular organization.  because we acknowledge that life’s daily challenges generally make us more appreciative and better adjusted adults, we figure setting out to explore new challenges might actually make us better people. in the long run.

these are some of our ideas for the next twelve months. each task would be completed once every day for the entire month.

1. eat one food you have never eaten

2. spend only $5/day (food, beverage, and entertainment)

3. listen to an album you’ve never heard, in its entirity

4. 30 minutes of exercise, doing a different activity

5. write someone a letter

6. use your mobile for ONLY phone calls (no texting or e-mailing)

7. allow only (an amount to be determined) of waste/trash

we have a list of about 25 ideas, but we don’t love all of them and we’re always looking for inspiration, so if you come across this and you’re game for a laugh, challenge us, play along, and share your experiences.

for the month of january 2010, we have chosen to start off simple, to get into the swing of things (WHILE LEARNING HOW TO BLOG), so our challenge:

visit a park, museum, restaurant, bar, theater, ice rink, smash shack, or any place we’ve never been.

and we’re off!”

A Book A Week
"I read mostly literary fiction, occasional non-fiction, some mysteries, and a few fantasy novels. I’ve read a book per week for over 25 years. That’s a lot of books."
Wow, this is a great organized place to get great book ideas! Check out tags with book ratings such as “Grade A”, and categories like “Tavel writing.”
Her top favorites for the last few years
2009 Favorites
Daphne by Justine Picardie
When Will There be Good News by Kate Atkinson
People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
 
2008 Favorites
Away by Amy Bloom
City of Thieves by David Benioff
One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson
Run by Ann Patchett
The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
 
2007 Favorites
After This by Alice McDermott
The Night Watch by Sarah Waters
The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett
The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon
 
2006 Favorites
Ursula, Under by Ingrid Hill
Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi
Unlocking the Air by Ursula Le Guin
The Last of Her Kind by Sigrid Nunez
This is Not Chick Lit Edited by Elizabeth Merrick
The Final Solution by Michael Chabon
Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link

A Book A Week

"I read mostly literary fiction, occasional non-fiction, some mysteries, and a few fantasy novels. I’ve read a book per week for over 25 years. That’s a lot of books."

Wow, this is a great organized place to get great book ideas! Check out tags with book ratings such as “Grade A”, and categories like “Tavel writing.”

Her top favorites for the last few years

2009 Favorites


2008 Favorites


2007 Favorites


2006 Favorites