My Brother’s War

March 28, 2010

I’ve been meaning to post about this series by Jessica Hines.  She began documenting letters and ephemera from her older brother who went to war in Viet Nam.  Her book ‘My Brother’s War‘ has been made into a book on Blurb.

Thinking about it, Jessica was very young and like we were young when the war happened, we didn’t understand much of what was going on. It was not until later that we have the curiosity that cause us to look back. In some cases that incident haunted us later.


The Last Thousand Years

March 28, 2010

Evan Hecox did a series of paintings about Vietnam call ‘The Last Thousand Years‘ which was inspired by a recent trip to Viet Nam.  The artist has traveled to other urban foreign places then works a series around it.  The paintings look really modern and flat.  A lot of them look like prints.  There is a great emphases on the color red and yellow.

Here’s a video / studio visit drop on Evan Hecox by Architip.

Evan Hecox from Arkitip, Inc. on Vimeo.

I was partially correct to say that it was like a print. It seems Evan starts out the background like a print then builds upon it with steel nib pens, brushes. The video should the process he used to make laptop case for a company call Incase. Incase have commission artist to do these wonderful sleeves. I want one.

It’s getting close to tax time again. I recently found out about a tax credit. For the First-time homebuyers or those who have not owned in the last three years can qualify to receive up to $8,000 tax credits.  The government has extended the policy to include homebuyers who have lived consecutively in their home for five years in the past eight years and wish to move on to another property.  So with this extension being advertised, realtor company also warns us that the government well by run dry.  Hurry and find that binding contract (I assume this to be the Sales Agreement) by April 30, 2010 (close by June 30, 2010).  I worked in the mortgage industry last year as a loan processor.  We experience a wonderful spike in the number of loans of qualified buyers.  There was a rush to get in before the dead line.  It has help the home buyers and the industries of mortgage offices and realtors alike.

Who can qualify?  Income limits are now $125,000 for singles, $225,000 for married couples with a $20,000 phase-out of the credit for both.

For more information please visit:

Home Buying Tax Credit


Note: This is intended to provide an overview only – for specific information or individual concerns, please contact your lawyer, accountant and/or financial advisor.