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Crispy Lettuce :: Thoughts, art and lettuce by Ryan


Noise Pollution for Giggles

If you haven’t seen the Gimme Pizza song slowed down, you should.

Ok, now that you have lost your mind and feel like infecting others, here are some ring tones from that video. Thanks to @QU1CKF1X for putting these files together.




If you happen to be on an Android based phone, you might want to install Ringdroid. This will give you full control for setting sound notifications and ring tones. Some models, like my Samsung Vibrant, don’t expose all the notification controls by default.

Did this make you think of some audio you want to capture and make in to your own ring tone? Go to and suck the sound right out of the internetz!

Now go create some noise pollution!


Adventures in Light Writing

And no, that doesn’t mean sitting around writing pancake haikus vs writing a novel (you know who you are!). I’m talking about drawing images with light!

I’ve tried light writing out before, but after an experience at the birth of 2010, I wanted to try some more elaborate drawings. Having minions to draw for me turned out to be a lot of fun. This is what happened the first time around. @bodhiquest and @cypressrising were the scribes who helped me create this photo.

I used to live next to a photography buddy, but now we find ourselves on opposite sides of the bay. To make collaboration easier, we decided to try out some light writing on our own but with a similar theme.

These shots were basically our test run to try out some ideas and practice this style. What kind of background should we shoot on, what would get drawn, how do we direct the scribes, etc?

by @AnnaChipman (feat. @hammins)

by @crispylettuce (feat. @QU1CKF1X)

At this point, we had only tried having 1 or 2 scribes. It was time to up the ante and get a whole group going. Throughout this process, Anna and I had been getting good practice shooting in this style. However, it was just as important that our scribes were now versed in the ways of light writing as well!

Here is what we came up with.

by @AnnaChipman
(feat. @hammins, @bodhiquest, @hschulte95, @crispylettuce, @QU1CKF1X)

Trying to keep your place in the air, especially when you are trying to keep track of where someone else has already drawn, is difficult to say the least, lol. We had a lot of fun! Thanks everyone!


Pay It Forward

To Abe, Bryce & Dave

I recently experienced a lot of encouragement and support from two wonderful friends of mine. It goes a long way to combat discouraging thoughts, procrastination and despair about ones situation in rough times. It can be a call to action that gets the wheels of the mind turning again and inspires you to get back on the horse. I’m not talking about generic “be all you can be” or “believe in yourself” comments, but the type of attention that only someone who knows you can give.

I’m addressing you guys specifically because I know you’re in the same boat as me. We are all trying to make it on our own right now: starting businesses, selling our talents and trying to carve out a place in the world for ourselves, on our own terms. This brings on a roller coaster of doubt, anxiety and excitement that makes it tough to stay on track.

I have known each of you for a long time. I have worked with all of you in one capacity or another - so I say this from experience. You each have something to offer the world and you’re on the right path. You can make it as an author, Abe. You can make it as an artist, Bryce. Your business will work, Dave (and so will your music). Keep going. We’re in this together.

If you aren’t one of the three people I’m addressing, you might be asking yourself why this is an open letter. I’m simply suggesting that you encourage a friend. Now!