New Money, Old Money, and Inflation



Does anyone else find it interesting that the United States has had monochromatic money for so long, that part of the re-birth process of our economy is adding some color to our bills? It’s a type of “fiscal redecorating”. In the past the changes have been subtle reds and golds. The new Benjamin’s colors are as vibrant and creative as the accounting behind those mortgage backed securities.

I’m intrigued to see how, as the United States prints more money and attempts to climb out of debt, we face the issues of inflation, job creation, and environmentalism. Personally I’d like to see a significant investment in infrastructure, specifically high speed trains.

Oh, and check out http://www.newmoney.gov for more info and some pretty slick visuals.

Pete Ippel Attains One Million Dollar Valuation and Files Registration Statement with the SEC for an Initial Portfolio Offering



VENTURA, Calif. – April 01, 2010 -After numerous talks with financial advisers, Pete Ippel has opted for an Initial Portfolio Offering.

Ippel announced today that he has filed a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a proposed initial public offering of his Class A common art. A portion of the art will be issued and sold by Ippel, and a portion will be sold by certain stockholders in Ippel.

A registration statement relating to these securities has been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission but has not yet become effective. These securities may not be sold nor may offers to buy be accepted prior to the time the registration statement becomes effective. This release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any State in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such State.

Pete Ippel Million Dollar IPO

Pete Ippel Million Dollar IPO

Artist Pete Ippel Featured in Living Bond Society Newsletter



The international social fraternity, Phi Delta Theta recently interviewed Artist/Athlete Pete Ippel in regards to his unique philanthropic gift. Feel free to download and read the Living Bond Society Newsletter – Fall Winter 2009.

Pete’s gift to the Fraternity is quite unique. In addition to naming Phi Delta Theta as a beneficiary of an IRA, he plans on providing Phi Delta Theta with artwork. After reminiscing about the Fraternity house at Cornell—the plaques on each of the doors with names of past tenants, the knight statue, and so on—Brother Ippel decided to donate his artwork as a nest egg to pass forward.

“I may not have huge stacks of cash to donate but I do have huge confidence in my art…,” he says.

“It’s like buying stock in [myself]. I’m a talented artist—here’s the artwork I made at a particular time in my life and it’s a gift.” With his apparent zest and love of life, Pete Ippel has proudly joined the Living Bond Society.

“Phi Delta Theta has been such a great experience for me,” he says, “that I want to support it and keep it going for those that come after me.”

During his tenure at Cornell University, Pete’s efforts with the social advocacy group Renaissance and the New York Alpha Chapter of Phi Delta Theta resulted in many positive changes on campus including development of the CU Tonight Commission, creation of concerts and a greater variety of activities (Slope Fest) during the Slope Day celebration, and establishment of the first alcohol-free fraternity housing on Cornell University’s campus.

SPUD Local & Organic Delivery is Fantastic



I was first told about SPUD (Small Potatoes Urban Delivery) and their Fresh Harvest Box from a co-worker who has a forty minute commute and picks her son at daycare on the way back home.

Local and organic delivery

Local and organic delivery

Her life is hectic and she mentioned that one of her saving graces was not having to go to the store to shop. She said she was sampling new foods by eating what was in season and expanding her cooking repertoire…all because of the little purple bin that was delivered to her door each week.

After listening to my co-worker’s high praise, I decided to check SPUD out and upon signing up I received a discount on my first five orders. The Harvest Box is a local, organic delight that’s delivered to my home every Thursday. The ease of use at which I fill my orders is astounding, and I can pause my delivery any time I go out of town for business or vacation.

In the past, I have found it challenging to create and prepare meals that are both satisfying and fast. Formerly, I ate mostly frozen entrees at home and actually ended up eating out a lot (delicious and expensive in San Francisco). I never considered myself a great cook (I found out later it was because I was cooking hungry), and as an athlete I enjoy eating healthily.

SPUD has helped me grow as a chef because fresh food demands to be used within the week before my next delivery. I have begun to plan meals around my deliveries and have found the recipes on the SPUD site quite helpful.

My method for cooking begins as I walk in the door like a ravenous beast and will usually start with fresh fruit or some raw veggies to stem the tide.
I relish the fact that I can pronounce all the ingredients on the products that I buy, I then choose a recipe and begin preparing my meal.

I’m also really impressed how much SPUD supports the local community, and makes it easy for it’s customers to participate in the company initiatives. I had been planning to do spring cleaning with my housemates, and we were going to donate our clothes, but it was a bit of a hassle because none of us had time to get the car and carve up our day.

SPUD simplified the process by picking up clothes in the bins that I hadn’t yet returned and then donated them to a great local cause. Presently spud is collecting school supplies and clothing for children to be donated to the Willie Mays Boys and Girls Cub.

Recently I’ve sampled local delicacies including grass-fed ground beef from Drakes Bay Family Farms (who are committed to sustainable agricultural and land management practices). In addition I also enjoyedKicks Cookies which were absolutely delightful…crisp, scrumptious, and produced in San Jose.

To sum up, this is why I like SPUD:
I have one less errand to run
It’s easy to modify an order
The produce is fresh
The products are local
I support my community

I highly recommend giving Spud a shot…it makes your weeks easier, you eat healthier, and you’ll enjoy opening your box..trust me.

The “Office” Side of Art



Here are some lecture notes from “All You Wanted to Know About Art” Summer 2003.

  • Keep regular business hours.
  • Size counts.
  • Make mailing list to send stuff to galleries.
  • Create a history of applications.
  • Write thank you notes.
  • Stay in touch with folks who know your work.
  • Layer idea of community and patronage. It’s bigger than just a purchase.
  • Encourage a personal relationship with the artist.
  • Take the lead.
  • Make slides and color printouts of your work to send in to galleries.
  • Send the best slides, rather than the best work, and send prints also.
  • Send in accompanying list with with a paragraph about each slide, still, or video.
  • Make sure your “First name, Last name” Internet search is good.
  • If not, clean it up and if no hits, sign up for sites or make your own.
  • Increase name hits, your name is very valuable.
  • Art in America annual guide shows places to sell art.
  • SFMOMA has groups exhibition spaces.
  • Work first on the long list of CV.
  • Don’t be “over exposed”.
  • Don’t give different prices, have consistency.
  • Think about supply and demand, career level.
  • Size is the only objective pricing strategy, bigger is more.
  • Visit galleries to do research on art pricing in your community.
  • Art commissions: consultants charge 25%, galleries 50%, non-profits 10%.