Sunday, October 31, 2010

MARCEL THE SHELL WITH SHOES ON, and other stuff...

    The other day a lovely gal introduced me to Marcel. He is the cute cuddly shell that happens to wear shoes. Having enjoyed Marcel, I decided to seek out his creator and learn a bit more about him.
    His name is Dean Fleischer and yes he has a degree, a point he makes very clear on his website, in fact his degree is in movie making! Surprise, surprise! He lives and works out of Brooklyn, NY. Dean is currently working editing a IFC television show called FOOD PARTY. I watched an episode and was literally blown away! This show is one of two things 1. Off its rocker nuts! (or) 2. Pure and utter genius. It is for you to decide. Either way it's something to be experienced. So that you may do so I've taken it upon myself to include the pilot episode. enjoy!

NYTVF 2008: Food Party

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Minimalists... go figure!

    I was at a friends house a few months back watching some terrible movie about something I cannot remember... something science fiction. Anyway, it was terribly done and we became distracted looking online at minimalist movie posters.
    I had never herd of them until that night, although I do remember being guifted a Modest Mouse minimalist poster when I was in high school, at the time not knowing what it was of course! Needless to say that night, looking over countless posters such as these displayed above, I was immediately impressed at the information that could be portrayed with so little.
    There are literally hundreds of these posters online for viewing pleasure or purchase. Here are a few links where you can find them.

Bad "A" boys, a bad "A" girl and a bad "A" movie!

     Some of you may remember The Kinks they sang that song... you know that song, the song! "Lola la la la la Lola..."! No it doesn't feature Kanye West! Anyway, I found this super rock star picture of them. Pretty sweet huh?
    Moving on! The Kinks wrote one of my most favorite songs ever! Its called Nothin' In This World Can Stop Me. It just so happens that one of my most favorite directors ever used this song in one of his movies, that now happens to be one of my most favorite movies ever! Here is that scene, that happens to be one of my most favorite scenes in the movie, with the song in it...

    So after The Kinks made that sweet song and after Wes Anderson used that song in his super sweet movie, a super bad "A" girl named Feist covered that song live, and blew my mind grapes!

Feist - That Girl (Kinks Cover)

Drive-In Theater Intermission clips 23

    Lately, for one reason or another, I've taken an interest in the local history of my current place of residence, Idaho. It could have something to do with the fact that I'm kind of bored, I can't seem to sleep or I'm just looking for something to do. For whatever reason in my research I stumbled across this little gem. I had been researching the oldest functioning drive-in movie theaters in Idaho and on one of the pages was this video of old intermission adds. I found them to be quite nostalgic and entertaining. I hope you enjoy!
    As far as I can tell, based on my arduous research, the oldest functioning drive in theater is The Spud Drive-In located in Driggs, ID. It has been in operation since July 3, 1953. Just in case you were wondering...

Drive In Intermission Clock snack bar clips

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

One more reason why you should grow a mustache! Haters!

    A month ago I fell ill with the flu. Subsequently I was kicked out of my place of living and spent a week crashed out on a friends couch. Over a relatively short period of time I began to grow some scruff. Mostly due to laziness, I allowed the scruff to evolve into a relatively respectable patch of hair.
    One evening I was called into work and my boss commented on my appearance, and I was coerced into "cleaning up my act". So I turned my grizzly appearance into a mustache or moustache if your Canadian. I decided to balance it out with a mini soul patch( reference Zoro, Don Juan or Elliot Smith if you need a visual).
    After allowing my mustache to mature a bit I began to research mustache care and maintenance. I discovered the AMI(American Mustache Institute) along with a few other websites I feel less inclined to mention. The one I was most impressed with was Movember.
     The story behind Movember starts as any great story would start, with a few Oz's sitting around a table with a few pints of Australian beers. What evolved from that fateful evening in 2003 was an organization of men world wide that raise awareness to men's health and the fight against cancer. They accomplish this goal by bringing back man's greatest symbol of manhood... the mustache! The name Movember was created by smashing the words mustache and November. Basically, MoBros as they call the growers grow the mustaches starting on the 1st through the month of November and the MoSisters(the women that support the men in their quest) help retrieve donations for each grower.
for more information on Movember, how you can participate, or just check out the sweet site, click the link below:

Movember - Every man deserves to grow a little bit of luxury

to learn more about Movember click below and visit the site:

Love & Craft

A few months back I stumbled across a video of a company of chocolate makers named Mast Brother's Chocolate. They Impressed me so much with their love of their craft. I have always been a person to appreciate the creation of things by hand. I find beauty in it. It represents, to me, the potential that our creator has put into each one of us.

to check out the Mast Brother's Chocolate website click the link below

Sunday, October 24, 2010


    The other day I was listening to NPR online at something like 4am, and I came across an interview with Jim Jarmusch the director of a film I had previously seen called Broken Flowers starring Bill Murray. I remembered back that I had really enjoyed the movie primarily for the soundtrack. Jarmusch had chosen some particularly interesting music.
    Listening to the interview I discovered that Jarmusch created an entire character just because he really wanted to incorporate the music into the movie. By creating the character of Bill Murray's neighbor as a man from the geographic location that the music was derived, he was able to give reason for its presence in the movie.
    After listening to the rest of the interview I researched a little about the music. The artist is a man named Mulatu Astatke. Born in Ethiopia in 1943, Astatke was musically trained in London, New York and Boston and was Astatke was the first African student to be accepted into Berklee College of Music.
     He later recorded his first two albums, Afro-Latin Soul v.1&2 in New York. To say the least, the man's music is just crazy good! If you have the means, I highly suggest checking it out. Here's a sample to wet your whistle, click on the link below.
    To listen to the interview with Jim Jarmusch on NPR click the link below.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Nuevo Mexico: VendrTV

    Just in case you were wondering where the remaining members of The Shins went after James "home wrecker" Mercer broke up the band. Here is a little clip I found about former Shins drummer Jesse Sandovai. Eat it James Mercer! Literally!

A useful nugget of joy...

I found this the other day when I was researching how to sew neckties, and I thought, for one, it was very aesthetically pleasing and secondly that it was quite a useful piece of information. It's something that every good man should know.

Here's a poloroid from the Band Of Outsiders collection just for added affect.

Jonny Quest - The Mystery of the Lizard Men 1

    The Person that posted this on youtube made it impossible to watch it straight from my blog. It's possible to press play and then watch it straight off of youtube. By the way, it's worth the hassle... I love the style of artwork and the storyline is priceless! Why don't they make cartoons like this anymore?
P.S.-My mom used to crush hard core on Johnny Quest! Can you imagine what I would have looked like if it had worked out between them?

Jonny Quest - The Mystery of the Lizard Men 2

Jonny Quest - The Mystery of the Lizard Men 3

Jonny Quest - The Mystery of the Lizard Men 4

Sunday, October 3, 2010

I was almost hit by a car...

    I was on a Sunday evening bike ride when I was almost hit by a car. The driver must have not been paying attention to what he was doing. I'm sure he wasn't being I recognized the fellow right away, and he was the type of person that would be lost in thought a million miles away... As My life flashed before my eyes this song popped into my head and it made me feel really good immediately! It was strange! I didnt even have time to feel scared...

Here's to you Mom!

I saw this video and immediately though of my mom. She is the best thing to ever happen to planet earth...