Sunday, December 27, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Here's Mr. Ilya M******'s thoughts on FARKEL:
"the cosmic significance though, i fully believe in that. there's a certain zen aspect to the rolling of the dice, as well as the cruicial strategy of deciding whether or not to keep pushing your luck with each subsequent roll or to just end your turn and potentially let the next roller capitalize on your score (or roll your "karmically tainted" dice and lose their turn!).
"if you really wanna make it 'interesting' start putting up money for each game. like everyone throws in a dollar and plays for the whole pot. then, smoke some pot to imbue each dice roll with cosmic significance. there are no coincidences in farkle. justice is not blind. she's just resting her eyes."
who wants to play for money money????
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
an art show curated by Vanessa Wade Lang, featuring: Ryan Hudgins, Shelbi Chew, Tyler Ball, Rachael Lang, Erin Tanner, David Weinburg, Jean Nagai, and another fella Ness can't remember the name of.
Monday, December 07, 2009
Friday, December 04, 2009
how did I never see this before?
Nervous Norvus was the performing name of Jimmy Drake (1912 in the Oakwood district of Los Angeles, California – July 24, 1968). His novelty song "Transfusion" was a major hit in 1956, as was a second song, "Ape Call," released later that year.
The lyrics in his song called "Transfusion" concern careless drivers who (cheerfully) receive blood transfusions after each accident. Graphic sounds of a car crash are included after each verse. Each stanza concludes with the refrain "Never never never gonna speed again" followed by lines such as "Slip the blood to me, Bud" or "Pour the crimson in me, Jimson." The song was banned on many radio stations of the '50s. The song was later played on the radio by DJ Barry Hansen, which reportedly led to Hansen's eventual nickname of Dr. Demento.
Monday, November 30, 2009
I had several Thanksgiving Dinners this past week, but after the first one last Tuesday at Mykey's we played a game called HOT DICE. Mykey was obsessed and had a new gleam in his eye. It's a gambling game & I've never considered myself a gamblin' man... so I stuck what felt right and for this Ness (Skeletor) accused me (Battle Cat) of being a boring player. But check it out! I WON!
Saturday, November 28, 2009
maybe this will work: http://www.yooouuutuuube.com/v/?rows=36&cols=36&id=io2W1bNtZYY&startZoom=1
Monday, November 23, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
This documentary is a really great telling of the classic Union Workers VS the Corporate Ogre story in America. These strikers also have great style.
this is amazing, but try not to listen to the music that some jerk put to it
Directed by Billy Wilder
You Can't Kiss Away A Murder!
It's Love And Murder At First Sight !
Walter Neff: "That was all there was to it. Nothing had slipped, nothing had been overlooked. There was nothing to give us away. And yet, Keyes, as I was walking down the street to the drugstore, suddenly, it came over me that everything would go wrong. It sounds crazy Keyes, but it's true, so help me, I couldn't hear my own footsteps. It was the walk of a dead man."
Such a well an excellent movie w/ a really great screen play by Billy Wilder & Raymond Chandler. The two of these men hated each other however and after watching a documentary about this film, I found it hard to believe that they even pulled it off! Ness & I tried watching the 70's made for TV version that pretty much uses the exact same screenplay and scene for scene and it was horrible! Barbara Stanwyck was so good at being evil in this movie and her blonde wig is so funny.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Dir. Ken Russell
I only went to the Olympia Film Festival twice this year (bummer), but luckily I caught this rare screening of The DEVILS. All the film reels were broken up which left 20 second pauses in between and made it seem like I was missing out on ... something ... but it was so dark, funny, and intense. The cinematography & set design were really something and Oliver Reed & Vanessa Redgrave were brilliant.
Monday, November 16, 2009
This is a photo of Ness' family on her Mothers side, the Wade's. The color, lighting, and clothing of the whole gang is amazing. I just wanted to post this picture cause I liked it so much.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Smokey is getting his shots and losing his nuts today, & I'm sittin' at school writing about this guy.
In other news, Johnny Burnette is one of my new Rock n' Roll heroes!
Saturday, November 07, 2009
Smokey has been living w/ us for a week now and for the most part he's been the best kitten I've ever met! And look at the progress the other cats have made by accepting him into their little bed of fluffy royalty!
In other news, I am off to Ian Bickelhaupt's for a FALL BURGER BALL! He got 2 lbs. of meat from Stewarts.... it's gonna be amazing. This morning I had my first training for packing cheese at the West Side Food Coop and it was really fun. The Gouda Bacon & the Wasabi Horseradish were by far the best! mmmm cheese.
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
This movie is hilarious, ridiculous, and really well filmed. But the end kind of sucks. It was based on that book I AM LEGEND. I never saw the re-make w/ Will Smith... but it probably sucks anyways. The best part of this movie is seeing him drive around LA when it's completely empty.... and Heston's bad acting in scenes by himself. The poster for this movie rules though.
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
Monday, November 02, 2009
This is Smokey. I adopted him from Sarah Cass, who basically rescued 3 kitties who were malnourished and eager for love from loving humans. Sarah & Joel A. D. could not keep all 3 kittens in their adorable little love shack and noted that our house would be purrrfect for a kitty in need. I was hesitant, but after one little cuddle encounter I decided to bring him over for a visit to see how he liked it, & he immediately ran around, fell asleep, and seemed right at home. How could I say no? Look at this little dude! Could you say no?
Benny P. came up for Halloween/Tyvek times (which was awesome) and he suggested that Smokey would be a good name for a little gray fluffy guy and after I saw the KOKO & SMOKEY poster at Christina's it just seemed like the right thing to do. Here's that Koko & Smokey poster...
we also really wanted to name him Alfred Pennyworth.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Directed by Fritz Lang
Adam Hardaway at Rainy Day recommended this film and I knew I had to see it when I noticed Raymond Burr was in it! It's no METROPOLIS, but it is an entertaining murder mystery with Nat King Cole (he's only in the clip above)!
Sunday, October 25, 2009
His film was actually not nearly as disturbing as I had imagined it might be and after hearing about the way the film was written (written by the Steven C. Stewart, the man who plays the villian in the story, who actually died before the film was finished) during the Q & A it became a lot more intesting in retr0spect. The film was really well made though. Excellent cinematography and set design. Also, both of Crispin's parents were in the movie and they looked so bizarre, especially his father. The Q & A was really interesting and it went on forever.
After the Q & A we stood in the longest line ever to get a chance to get his autograph and ask him some questions. I couldn't believe how slowly the line was moving! He literally talked to everyone for at least 10 - 15 minutes! .... and later Brent, Ness, & I watched that Simpsons episode DEEP SPACE HOMER to cleanse the palate of the mind.
Directed by Stanley Kramer
I got a used copy of this from Rainy Day cause I had never seen it and I'd heard it referenced quite a bit. I was surprised how short this movie is... only 80 minutes or so. Not quite as good as the other Marlon Brando movies of the 50's, but it has a lot of really great scenes.
Friday, October 23, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
I got one of these at a garage sale yesterday for $3!!! Except mine is a 60 in 1, not 100. 60 being the number of experiments.
Army Dreamers has always been a favorite though.
Friday, October 09, 2009
if anyone would like a cassette copy of this just let me know.
Thursday, October 08, 2009
Directed by John Carpenter
This is just one of those movies I don't know how I missed until now. I really want to see the original film made by Howard Hawks (I didn't even know he did sci-fi!) called THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD. Apparently, in Hawks' version, the Thing doesn't imitate other life forms, rather duplicates several clones of itself!
THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD (1951)
Dir. H. Hawks
This story comes from a novella from the 30's called Who Goes There? by John W. Campbell, which J. Carpenter made his film faithful to. THE THING didn't do well in theater's due to the fact that it came out the same time as Spielberg's E.T. the EXTRA TERRESTRIAL. Bummer. Also, THE THING is the first in Carpenter's Apocalypse Trilogy ... followed by PRINCE OF DARKNESS & MOUTH OF MADNESS. I must see them all.
Wednesday, October 07, 2009
I first heard this record at Exiled in Portland, OR & CJRD bought it immedietely. I hesitated cause it was almost $30... but when CJRD insisted it ruled and made me a tape I was stoked. Then I heard the tape he had made and it was totally unlistenable for some reason... I just decided to buy it on LP. This song Troublemaker is the shit!
Thursday, October 01, 2009
Ida Tarbell, exposed Rockefeller's ruthless tactics and their destructive effect on smaller oil businesses. Tarbell's exposé fueled negative public sentiment against Standard Oil and was a contributing factor in the U.S. government's anti-trust against the Standard Oil Trust which eventually led to its breakup in 1911. Rockefeller had also put her father and brother out of business w/ his ruthless business approach.
Monday, September 28, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
...& speaking of FLUFFY! look at this guy! Apparently, Walter really likes horses now. We told him we'd get him a pony.