Archive for January, 2010

Why I do not even bother looking at canvas tents.

January 29, 2010

One of the golly-gee fun things about getting ready for burning man is asking what you should do. And then trying to figure out, out of the 200 different, often conflicting answers, what you should do.

In every discussion on tents, there is the canvas crew. Nothing else will do.

“The best investment you’ll ever make is a Springbar or Kodiak tent. Trust me.”

They do look cool – esp. if you pick up one made for SCAdians.

Great for camping in rainy weather (not applicable on the playa, as far as I know) and the heavy walls are known for holding up in the wind.

Here is why I don’t want one:

In every post I make about tents, I talk about suffocating. There’s no windows for air flow.

They’re too heavy and big. I know people that camp in one (on the playa and other regionals). It’s a bear to fold up and takes up a lot of space. And is heavy. Too heavy for me.

On the playa, to keep dust out as much as possible you have to keep the doors closed. So it’s a little dark and claustrophic for me. The walls are great, keeps dust and wind out like a charm, but not any more so that the nylon walls on my dome.

…that’s about it. Plus, they’re expensive and I couldn’t set it up by myself. I need something lightweight, easily transported and easy for me (short and mechanically uninclined) to set up by myself.

IE, my EZ Up!

Fits great in the backseat for stacking, super easy to carry and pack up. Stores easily in a closet (just stand it up in the back corner). It looks bigger in that picture than it is.

This seems to fit my needs (except for the windowlessness – I stand corrected, 4 Unzip-able windows complete with integrated mosquito nets).

but another thing I don’t like is a bunch of guy lines poking out everywhere. 

I could just make my own…now, where did I put the number for that blacksmith??


I never drink alone.

January 28, 2010

I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the food.

I never worry about being driven to drink; I just worry about being driven home.

W. C. Fields

I need a fridge full.

January 28, 2010

These hearts are awesome. I would love to run around biting and spitting them at people.

Movies all the live-long day

January 27, 2010

Priceless – French good guys often have this big sad-eyed look. I really can’t stand Tatou’s character, making it hard to watch. Well, and the sad sack is an idiot, throwing his savings away on a whore. So, it’s not worth watching for the art of cinema, the lead characters are borderline disposable, and it isn’t funny. I skipped to the end, I guess they end up in love (after she teaches him how to grift rich women) and all’s well that fini’s well. Dreck. I officially have never seen a movie Tatou was in that I liked, and her name is now one that, if attached to a movie, will encourage me to not see it.

Vanity Fair: Reese – can’t take the accent seriously. The British one or the French one.

More background info (such as why she speaks French) than the BBC version but overall…it’s like they tried to go Balzach/Moliere with tragedy.  Pull a Lehrman on a classic tale. Also, poorly cast. The dance number (I mean, uh, ballet performance) was just silly and improbable.

Netflix guessed I’d rate it 2.7. They were .7 off.

Blindness – I read the book, and watched most of this in fast forward. I just noticed at the 16 minute mark it is two hours long.  The book is very bleak and horrible, I can’t imagine it’d be a good movie. The nut of philosophy that sort of buoys the story isn’t exactly the sort of thing – as philosophies tend to not be – you can build a movie around. I skimmed it til the end, to see if they kept the book’s ending.   They did.

 Skills Like This – Maybe I’m just not in a movie watching mood. The lead couple is somehow likable (and easy on the eyes) so I kept watching until it said I didn’t have enough memory to continue. So when I logged back in, I picked something else.

 Kiss of Death – Having recently seen Happy Go Lucky, I’m reminded of it (both Mike Leigh)…a movie not really about some people so much as showing their lives for a period of time. Not necessarily any sort of “point.” Or “plot.”  Kept on watching mostly for the vintage British kitsch/clothing factor. Plus, the fun of watching funeral business pre-mandatory glove wearing and such.

 Tell No One 

 Really good sdtk.  “Old school?” Good ol’ fashioned murder mystery. No big car chases or over-violence for the sake of gorey special effects. Also one of the best expository montages I’ve ever seen.

Dorkness Rising – Ok. Mountain Doom on their soda cans. I like it.

“You cast a fourth level spell on a zero level peasant.”

The “monk” waves a Jedi palm when he tries to convince people of something.

I almost feel like this could be some sort of documentary, about the lost art of role-playing. F WoW! This is how REAL MEN play.

It’s actually funny – as in, I’m laughing because they want me to. Not laughing at them for being horrible.

 My RPG background? I never thought I was cool enough to hang out with those kids. I did get, finally in college, to play some White Wolf games. The only female, yes. A total n00b (not sure what the word would’ve been back then), yes. And I LOVED it. And I was good at it.

 Clerics. Ninjas. Zombies (“Are they zinjas? Are they nombies? I don’t know!”). Pirates (“Everything. Is better. With pirates.”). Skinny, hairless blonde women. They really know their demographic.

 I’m guessing they all work in movies, maybe, and sent a call out to friends for help…because there’s a fairly large cast of extras, decent costuming/sets/props, and the special effects don’t suck. At all.

 “I’m NOT evil I’m chaotic NEUTRAL.”

“You’re a whore.”

What Just Happened? – I made it 20 minutes before looking for something else.

Electric Apricot – “IF you really want to stick it to your government you don’t even have to vote. Just put a bunch of stickers on your van.”

Choda Boy cameos.

They mock everything from Burning Man to jam bands to Aliester Crowley.

It struck me while watching that people who don’t “get it” (jokes about hippies and music festivals)  might actually be able to take this seriously, as a documentary.

The focus is scattered, mocking the festival scene, bands/musicians – easily the weakest scenes in the movie are Electric Apricot in the studio, recording their first ablum. The opening scenes of festival goers and band member introductions are well-paced and funny. The studio is same ol’ arguing over instruments, timing, women in the studio, etc. Not funny. Esp. when they go into “social harmonization” therapy. It finally picks back when the band  arrives at Festaroo and the focus goes back to montage sound bites with festival goers, other musicians, etc. Their hit single, Are you Going to Burning Man, is fairly the nadir.

Naked States is good.

I appreciate what he says, about “making it” in the art world. I found it interesting that bikers, whom one might think would be happy to get naked and extend a metaphorical finger to society were the most uptight, but some sweethearts in the middle of nowhere agreed to pose. Of course, the burners in BRC were all late for their shoot.

January 27, 2010

I briefly discussed “sexy” cotumes before, yet somehow, they keep hitting rock bottomer. Sexy martini was a stretch, true, but let’s see how worser it can get, shall we?

Sexy Wolverine!

Sexy Optimus Prime!

I have got to figure out how to be sexy for Halloween. There’s already sexy drug dealer, sexy donut, sexy eating disorder…what’s left? Sexy aborted fetus? Sexy earthquake victim?

January 25, 2010

January 11, 2010

Some of these sketches are just flat-out fantastic. This one, though

Is flat-out amazing. Is flat-out in a thesaurus? Anyways.

I  HAVE those tapes. They are some of my favourite tapes. I have…gosh, a lot of tapes, because some of them are not available on CD, but most of them are mixes. Like all my German tapes from living in Germany 1993-1997! I mean, it was really the height of music – electronic music, for that decade.

My friend told me I looked like Blumchen. It was AWESOME.

And that’s just the techno.

RaRA ah ah ah…a badder romance…

January 11, 2010

I wish I had this kind of time, and these kinds of friends.

Esp. hysterical, the Beanie Baby and dude in the bathtub. I love that they didn’t bother to remove any of the products in there. The cheap vodka. The macbooks frozen on the scene from the original video. All of it. Oh, and the hula hoops! Ha!

I got a new ring tone…

January 10, 2010

I love Joy Division. And a lot of NIN. So I feel mildly sacrilegous, but this amuses me

As does making this my mom’s ringtone

I just wish people’s ringtones would play when they text, too. I could do that on my Motorola Karma, but not my LG Xenon.

Here are some pictures of the bicycle display at the S.C. State Fair 2009

January 10, 2010

For riding on ice


I rather fancied this one. Needs more unicorn.

Old school headlamp

The exhibition was upstairs, where the children’s art usually is, that’s just a view of what was below where I was looking at bikes (bad sentence, bad!).

Looks like a bed frame, no?

Just like the kids are into these days!

Not a gangster expression!

There were some pretty cool versions of this sort of bike @ Burning Man this year

How do you get on and off these things?? I found the picture of the woman interesting:

Her face and hair didn’t match the timeframe of the photograph.