Friday, September 2, 2011

Image of the Day

A photo of the recently discovered DIAMOND PLANET.
Via Reuters:
Astronomers have spotted an exotic planet that seems to be made of diamond racing around a tiny star in our galactic backyard.

The new planet is far denser than any other known so far and consists largely of carbon. Because it is so dense, scientists calculate the carbon must be crystalline, so a large part of this strange world will effectively be diamond.

More here.



LØV by Vanessa Bruno, a FW2011 video lookbook featuring Kate Bosworth. Not exactly sure what is going on here but it looks cool.

Click here to see Vanessa Bruno's past video lookbooks.


More pics from our trip last week – these are all in the Swinomish Channel.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

And Now

Trailer for
Phonography: The R. Stevie Moore Story.

I must admit, even at the risk of losing all musical credibility, that I had never heard of R. Stevie Moore until Larry Mizell Jr. mentioned him to me a few months back. This despite the fact that since roughly 1967 Moore has self-released over 400 albums. He has just begun touring for the first time and will play a very special in-store performance at Wall Of Sound Records tonight, 6PM sharp, before his show tonight at the Vera Project.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Image of the Day

. Jonathan Hudak: Lips, 2011, from a new series called It's Vivid on view at {far4} in Seattle. Opening party this Thursday, September 1st, from 6–8PM.

Histoire de Serge


Trailer for Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life.

Comic book artist Joann Sfar interprets the life of ’60s pop star Serge Gainsbourg (née Lucien Ginsburg to Russian- Jewish parents),1928–1991, beginning with his childhood years in Nazi-occupied Paris, through his early years as a painter and jazz musician (brushing shoulders with Boris Vian), to his life as a wildly popular singer-songwriter, notorious bon vivant, and lover of some of the world’s most glamorous women. Gainsbourg’s two-sided personality (narcissistic and self-loathing) and his over-the-top antics with Brigitte Bardot (Laetitia Casta), Jane Birkin (Lucy Gordon), and beatnik icon Juliette Gréco (Anna Mouglalis) share the screen with a giant puppet alter-ego: a scary, libidinous bad-boy who personifies all of Gainsbourg’s worst proclivities. Featuring many of the musician’s greatest hits, with Eric Elmosnino as Gainsbourg and, in a cameo, Claude Chabrol as his record producer. Never have so many Gauloises been smoked to such great effect.
If you're in New York, it's showing for two weeks starting tonight at Film Forum. It comes to Seattle in October, and other cities can find their dates here.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Pacific Standard Was On Vacation

And now we're back. Last week Emily and I took our boat up to the San Juans in an attempt to take a first proper vacation since that massive roadtrip move from New York to Seattle in Fall 2008. If you aren't from here, the San Juans are a chain of 172 islands in the Salish Sea.

Kind of a weird trip in that we got stuck on Lopez for three days with engine trouble (I know, rough life... but not what we had planned).

Still, the weather was perfect and we made it out to Jones and Stuart Islands for two nights at the end of the week. And:


Here are some other pics:

Emily at the wheel

Prevost Harbor on Stuart (the second boat from the left on this side of the dock is us)

Lopez Island

iPhone photo of the sunset on Lopez

Our campsite on Jones Island

Downed tree from the 1995 storm on Jones

On Jones we met these people from Bellingham who had the same model of boat as us (1980 Boston Whaler Revenge). It's kind of a rarity so it was cool to talk to them about modifications they had made, etc. Yes, we're becoming boat people.

When I was younger I wanted to pilot one of these small ferries. Oh well.

M/V Buster ("I know the blue parts are land")

Johns Island

Speiden Island

Barnacle remains on wood

Roche Harbor on San Juan Island (beer, ice, and we were out)

Geodesic Dome house on Stuart

Big ol' jellyfish near Satellite Island

The San Juans have the best tide pools of anywhere I've been.

More cool modern houses on Stuart. I used to kayak by these all the time – the fronts flip down and you can walk out on them.

Bedwell Harbor on Stuart

Hank's in Friday Harbor

Crab humor ha ha ha

A good vacation message

I'm sorry to report that on the last day – literally, when we got back to Everett and were getting ready to put the boat back in – we were trying to dock in a fast current and Emily fell in, dislocating her shoulder in the process.

Still, setting that and the engine trouble aside, it was a phenomenal trip.