To Grass As in: in honor of nearly all meanings of the word as a noun, move into the place of the proverbial snake, and the verb.

July 30, 2016

Considering English comedians coming to Lithuania

Filed under: Observation — Tags: — Chad Damon Stewart @ 3:24 am

I have a feeling that it was a lot more business than funny.

July 20, 2016

Doodling the one-eyed spider

Filed under: Creation,Image — Chad Damon Stewart @ 2:50 am

Project - Drawing 3-1311662075-1I’ve been drawing this in the margins of notebooks from the time I was listening to lecturers in college to now as I listen to my own students. It’s always a one-eyed spider, but sometimes the eye is blue and sometimes green. It happened to be the first thing I did on my phone’s new drawing app, so I thought I’d put it up.


February 7, 2011

Pondering fatherhood

Filed under: Observation — Chad Damon Stewart @ 3:01 am

This is the strange result of a serendipitous confluence of children’s dental hygiene products and would have never hung in my home if I weren’t a father.

April 21, 2010

Browsing children’s consignment stores during an extended vacation in the USA

Filed under: Observation — Chad Damon Stewart @ 12:40 am


December 15, 2009

Finding interesting objects in my in-laws’ house

Filed under: Observation — Chad Damon Stewart @ 8:02 am

I was extremely happy to discover that what I thought was just a simple thermometer to measure the temperature of my son’s bath actually measures temperament.

November 10, 2009

Shopping and going to restaurants

Filed under: Observation — Chad Damon Stewart @ 8:53 am

One of the more amusing aspects of my daily life in Lithuania is reading the English on products and menus. I am certainly not denigrating Lithuania or Lithuanians for especially improper use of English; these sorts of confusing phrases can be found all over the world where English is used as a second language. And, after all, not a particularly large percentage of US citizens can even begin to use a second language. However, when I read Lithuanian potato sausages called “intestines with potatoes” or potato dumplings called “zeppelins”, I find it funny. “Beef in own juice” is just one of those product names that make me laugh. I haven’t tried it yet.

November 8, 2009

Playing with my equipment and the first part of an unfinished piece of music for my wife

Filed under: Audio — Chad Damon Stewart @ 9:10 am

Asta’s Song Intro

The same music plays three times in this mp3. The first pass is the standard pickup sound from my Godin Multiac Grand Concert SA, while the third and final pass is the sound of a software synthesizer meant to sound like a string quartet playing the MIDI data from my Axon AX 50 guitar-to-MIDI controller connected to my guitar with a 13-pin cable. Playing between those two passes is a mix of the two.

November 6, 2009

Walking through a mall in Lithuania’s fifth-largest city Panevezys

Filed under: Observation — Chad Damon Stewart @ 7:34 am

The toy store from afar.

The toy store from afar

A little closer.

A little closer

Right there.

Right there

The pictures say it all.

November 5, 2009

Faith healing

Filed under: Opinion — Chad Damon Stewart @ 9:17 am

I recently performed a faith-healing on my two-year-old son’s stuffed puppy. Usually I feign veterinary skills or at least explain the need to take any ill member of his fabric menagerie to a veterinarian, but this time I needed the bathroom fast, so I simply placed my hands on the little toy canine’s head and cried out “you’re healed” in my best impression of a stereotypical evangelical preacher.
As I mused on my little mockery of that spiritual nonsense, I realized that even doing just pretend science is a more arduous task than doing pretend religion. Science is a rigorous and methodological examination of truth, while religion, astrology and all that nonsense have no such standards. And after all, those metaphysical systems are, in the end, all pretend.

May 20, 2009

Advertising for a Chinese restaurant in Vilnius, Lithuania

Filed under: Observation — Chad Damon Stewart @ 11:20 am


Living in Lithuania, though it has already been a total of nearly ten years, I am forced to face many unfamiliar and, often, disturbing cultural differences. In fact, this particular ad, which I think would be impossible to find anywhere in the United States and which I photographed just over one year ago, really sets the tone for this blog, and, in fact, was partially what inspired me to create it. This Chinese restaurant is actually a relatively new one in a popular Lithuanian chain that mainly sells pizza.

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