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[S2E6] Pet Project

Laura's currently in the middle of a multiyear project to document every one of Pittsburgh's 739 staircases, traversed by generations of the city's industrial workers and residents using only her Polaroid Spectra. That project started as a personal creative endeavor, but soon requests and offers started pouring in. She's not only gotten a lot of for the MiS.Steps Project, she has a very nice side hustle giving walking tours of her beloved staircases, and that's something she never would have expected. What you're about to learn from Laura is that being an artist isn't just about the tools or the topic or the industry. It's about paying attention to what calls to you and believing that you can make a difference not just to you, but to a community. Even an entire city. Laura calls herself a full-time artist and a full-time employee, which she's been since the beginning. Did I mention she got her first full-time job as a sophomore? I think that's what I love most about her. She doesn't think you have to try to fit all the pieces of your life into one pie. Have two pies. With that, I give you Laura Zurowski, on making it as a full-time artist with a full-time job.

[S2E6] Pet Project

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Terri Trespicio:Clearly, you're drawn not just to creativity, but to art and community, and those things go hand in hand, and a sense of place. In 2017, of course, you started MisSteps: Our missed connections with Pittsburgh's city steps. Talk to us a little bit about that project. Tell me about how that...

Laura Zurowski:I started posting them on Instagram and I told a couple of friends. Originally, this wasn't a big project. Over the last three years, it's definitely become a big project. Within the first three months, Pittsburgh Magazine contacted me and said, "Hey, we hear you're writing about the city stairs and doing this project. We want to interview you. We want to do a story."

Laura Zurowski:Very quickly it went from a project which was just kind of like a little pet hobby type thing to oh boy, all of a sudden I have a lot of people that are emailing me and I need a better website. There were all of these things that happened, and it's been really a very fascinating last three years. The project itself is going to take five years. I have not quite two years left ahead of me to do it, but over the last three years, there have just been hundreds of people that have approached me to do different things. Whether it's leading neighborhood tours.

Laura Zurowski:Just so much positive energy. As a result of that, when I say the project kind of keeps getting bigger and bigger, is that it's something that it's, like I said, it started out as a very personal creative endeavor, but then as I've continued on and as the three years so far have rolled by, it's really prompted me to dig into so much more than me. I'm so happy I found that book.

Terri Trespicio:One question I have is, does it also matter if the project is paying your rent or your mortgage, but I have to ask, you put a lot of time into this. Is it just kind of something you do because you're passionate about it and that's that, or is this kind of your job now?

Terri Trespicio:Yes. I think it's really important, because another thing we say is oh, we need to have followers, oh we need to be critically acclaimed. The other this is this; that we think we have to make money from it or that it has to offer profit in order to be worth it. The fact it, you just said it. You said, the project is close to paying for itself. There's a difference there between oh, I pocket money and I make extra side money from doing this. That's not why you started this, but the fact that the work is starting to pay for itself because of the kind of attention, you've brought people out of their homes.

Laura Zurowski:Exactly. I've created an experience for myself. The majority of everything that I have to do for this project is really enjoyable. I look forward to doing it. That's part of the whole thing. I'm also enjoying the whole process and enjoying all of the learning.

When Zeep is giving a speech to the miniverse's inhabitants, Rick then asks the President about scientists working on projects similar to the microverse. When Zeep finishes flashing a V-shaped hand gesture and telling Morty that he told the people of the miniverse that it meant "peace among worlds", Rick gets Morty and Zeep to meet Kyle. Kyle explains the concept behind his project that is similar to the microverse and miniverse's. However, unlike the two, the teenyverse is not advanced to the point of supporting complicated societies. When he gets the gist of Kyle's invention, Zeep gets on Kyle for making something that's amoral but as he's lecturing Kyle, Zeep realizes that Rick created his universe. When confronted by Zeep, Rick begins to fight Zeep. On the side lines, Kyle begins to realize that Rick created Zeep's universe who created Kyle's universe which then reminds Kyle about how he couldn't make it to his father's funeral due to him working too much on his project. Not noticing how devastated Kyle was, instead of comforting him, Morty begins to make cracks about how science is a real "mistress" and only realizes the severity of Kyles mental state when he commits suicide by flying his cube ship into a nearby mountain side, leaving everyone else trapped in the teenyverse. The surviving three then live in two separate cave-like holes in mountains with Rick and Morty living in one and Zeep alone in the other. Morty suggest that they work together to get out of the teenyverse, but Rick and Zeep refuse to cooperate. The two scientists then start to have a feud, causing Morty to finally lose patience and leave Rick so he can live with the tree people.

Months later in the teenyverse, Rick and Zeep both have advanced technology and continue their struggle against each other. As Rick and Zeep have an equally match battle destroying both of their mech-like wooden suits, the tree people surround them with Morty as their leader (although Morty disagrees and says that they have no leader). Morty then guides the two rivals to Kuala, the spirit tree. But as soon as he notices the rest of the tree people aren't listening, he tells Rick that he's been driven to near madness as the tree people are vile, unsanitary savages who eat their own children because they believe it makes their trees bear larger fruit. Morty confesses that he missed his home and had become so desperate for sexual relief that he masturbated to the sight of a particularly curvy piece of driftwood. Finally, Morty declares that he's done waiting around and tells Rick and Zeep that they're going to put aside their feud and create the technology necessary to get them home. Naturally, Rick and Zeep once again begin coming up with excuses not to work together. This time, however, Morty doesn't take "no" for an answer and orders the tree people to force Rick and Zeep to work with each other. As they do so, Rick and Zeep begin to grow a bond as they work on the project over their similarities (such as Zeep comparing Ricks alcoholism to his own opioid addiction). Before the two succeed and warp themselves out of the teenyverse, Morty turns to the tree people and tells them all off, saying, "You guys are the fucking worst! Your gods are a lie! Fuck you, fuck nature, and fuck trees!". Returning to Kyle's lab, Rick asks Zeep about the drinks he promised back at their makeshift lab. Zeep slowly walks backwards into an elevator to try and escape, but Rick puts his foot in the doors. Zeep kicks Rick out and rushes up the elevator, prompting Rick and Morty to have a great race with Zeep to Rick's ship, ending with Rick and Morty arriving at the ship (and Rick admitting to Morty that he secretly implanted him with chip and injected his blood stream with nano-bots that gave him the power to turn into a car). After one final fight between Rick and Zeep with Rick winning, Rick and Morty exit the battery and go out for ice cream with a greatly-traumatized Summer. Upon getting the ice cream, however, Rick discovers that the ice cream made has flies put into it due to the treaty, which leads to an argument between Rick and Summer about if the change was the ship's fault or not. Outside, the spider queen can be seen peacefully enjoying her ice cream while hanging from a thread of web.

This takes them to an old Cadmus facility that was condemnedafter an explosion, but also where Connor was created. When inside the buildinghe notices a project Rakshasa which has not comic origin but since it wasmentioned is has to mean something, right? But Eve goes on to explain that shelied, there are some bad science experiment and they happened here at this facility.She takes him to a door that pretty much only he can open and inside are thepods of the twelve failed experiments before him.

In "Arpanet," The Americans really highlighted its time period, more overtly than perhaps ever before. "Arpanet" itself references what's considered "the first internet," a Department of Defense project that used TCP/IP to create an information network for use by scientists, academics, and the military. In The Americans, Philip uses "a bug the size of a rat" (also known as, essentially, a USB the size of a Mac LC) so that the KGB can monitor American communications, another clever way the show marries its fictional world with the real one. Hit the jump for why you should always squeeze your anus before you answer a question.

In the previous episode of Victoria, Albert had a meltdown about everyone being a whore and wearing too much makeup, Victoria got knocked up for what feels like the 19th time, and the Most Likely Gays finally saw each other naked. Will Albert's next pet project be inventing makeup remover wipes? Will Victoria hate her new baby for looking like an amphibian again, or will she find a different reason? Will the Most Likely Gays join a nudist colony so they can hang out naked all the time without homophobes sending them to jail? Only one way to find out! On with the show! 041b061a72


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