Thursday, December 30, 2010

Year in Review


Favorite Music
Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles (2010)
Wolf Parade - “Expo 86”
Beach House - “Teen Dream”
Boise Cover Band - “Unoriginal Artists”
Magnetic Fields - “Realism”

I didn't have much for new music. A little cause I didn't like stuff, but mostly cause I never bother looking for new things these days, except for random songs from video games and soundtracks, or songs from mid-90s indie rock bands covering other mid-90s indie rock bands.

Boise Cover Band is Doug Martsch's Cover Band. He does Ashes to Ashes by David Bowie on it. Manny sent me it in an e-mail so I bought the album for $3 on Amazon. I gave it to Rob, cause CDs take up a lot of space.

Favorite Movies

Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World
True Grit
Youth in Revolt
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part I)
Hot Tub Time Machine

Uh, I was going for 5 on these lists, so I left off Inception and Kick-Ass. I haven't seen Tron yet. I hear it has bad reviews but I think I know what to expect. But when I was a kid I came away from seeing the first Tron thinking how I would never want to be stuck in a video game cause it would a) be very long and boring and b) I could die at any moment.

True Grit's amazing and I would highly recommend it to anyone.

Favorite Movies I Missed but Glad I Found

Two Hands 1999
The Importance of Being Earnest 2002
Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express 1974
Casanova 2005
Matinee 1993
High Noon 1952

To figure this one out I had to consult my Netflix queue. I watched so much stuff, but only rated 4 things five stars (this is why I don't own a TV). "Two Hands" stars Heath Ledger in an Australian crime film. The Poirot in the 1974 "Murder on the Orient Express" isn't as good as David Suchet, but it has an all-star cast (but the newer David Suchet version is way better).

Favorite Television Stuff
ESPN’s 30 for 30
Secrets of the Dead
Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple Series 5
Agatha Christie’s Poirot

I have a television but there's no antenna and we don't have cable, so most of my new TV watching comes from PBS online.

Favorite New Books
Moomin: A Tale of Two Families
Scott Pilgrim (Vol 1-6)
Charley Harper (an Illustrated Life)
Moomin: The Complete Tove Jannson Comic Strip (Vol. 5)
Almost Silent by Jason
Skim by Jillian Tamaki
Birchfield Close by Jon McNaught

I didn't buy very many new books this year cause we were busy collecting Edward Gorey books, but these are the ones I especially enjoyed.

I've been reading the Complete Peanuts. I was collecting them as they were coming out but I never got around to reading them until this year. Peanuts is the first thing I really discovered on my own an loved as a kid, and I read most of these strips from checking out the old books from the Benjamin Branch Library when I was a kid.

I also bought a bunch of Tove Jansson books. My favorite is one I picked up at Kinokuniya which is just a retrospective of her work. It had photos I never seen before and side-by-side comparisons of her line drawings and paintings of the same images.

Reading Scott Pilgrim's the best, especially ditching work and reading it in bed.

Favorite Trips

Providence, New Bedford, Salem, and Portland, MA.
San Jose day trip with Rob Williams
Los Angeles (both times)
Train ride to Portland, OR

Favorite Moments
Being on the Train with Marci to Portland.
Seeing Strength with Friends in San Francisco.
Celebrating Marci’s Birthday by going to Japantown and watching two movies.
NLCS game with Dennis and Derek.

Favorite Eats
Braeburn Apples
Strawberry Jam
The Rainbow Roll at Kirala on Shattuck.
California Sushi on MLK and University.
Suzu Noodle in Japantown.
J's Oyster Bar in Portland, ME.
Arinell's Pizza on Shattuck.
Las Flamas in Santa Clara.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Fresh Water by Virginia Woolf

I found this at Pegasus Books on College while waiting for Marci. It was in the humour section which I never thought to check. The Edward Gorey covers are kind of getting harder to find in person for me. Mostly cause we have so much. That and they're not so easy to scan for while going through stacks of books looking for the Anchor symbols on the spines. I have a short list of books I want to find that are in the mystery section but I've only found three that way.

The Scott Pilgrim Video Game Soundrack is in my Head when I'm Dreaming

Friday, December 10, 2010

Arkansas Black Apples

Arkansas Black Apple
We picked up two of these at Berkeley Bowl today. They're very pretty and are super crisp. They were part of the produce special.

This winter my favorite apple is the Braeburn Apple, which I guess originated from New Zealand. One of it's offspring is the Jazz Apple which I don't particularly like. Last year I went through several apples testing which one's I like, but I pretty much settled on Pink Ladies and Braeburns.

I get into conversations of favorite fruits a lot these days. I don't know if it's a turning 30 thing or a Berkeley thing. But, yeah. If you're in a grocery store you should go for one of those Braeburns.

I grew up hating apples cause all I ever had were Granny Smith, Red Delicious, and McIntosh Apples. Last year I went through a tried a new one every week and make a note of why I liked it or not. I think I watched a documentary on Apples and since there was such a variety there had to be one I like.

I know pears are related to apples, and I kind of like them sometimes. But only with pork chops.

BTW Marci's been looking for a Pink Pearl Apple but we haven't found one yet. Here's what it looks like:

I got the image from here.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Higglety Pigglety Pop! - Preview Clips

Spike Jonze has produced a new live-action/animated adaptation of Maurice Sendaks Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More to Life. The film will be included on the Blu-Ray release of Where The Wild Things Are.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

"Feeling Better Already" Double Punch (San Francsico, CA)

Double Punch "Feeling Better Already"
I'm in a Group Show that opens up at Double Punch in the City, on Saturday the 10th.

These are the paintings I made for it:
For Double Punch

I might switch out one, but yeah.

The show includes:
Travis Millard, Albert Reyes, Nate Van Dyke, Jesse Ledoux, Ryan Bubnis, Parskid, Christopher Cox, Shawn Wisenant, Nas Chompas, Sidney Pink, Ryan De La Hoz, Scott Greenwalt, Tom Haubrick, Jared Schorr, Ken Garduno, Mia Christopher, Corey Smith, Tyler Bewley, Max Kauffman, Greg Kenton.

111 at 111 Minna (San Francisco, CA)

I'm in this show that opens tonight. Uh, I know that's pretty late notice. I'll be doing Sketch Tuesday on the 14th, so if you go then you can see the show, and you can buy a sketch from me pretty easily.

I made this painting:
For 111 Minna