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December 10, 2016

By @christhebarker :

more info. Lets hope thats pretty much it for this year.

advent day 10

"I don't have to outrun the lava, Abbey, I just have to outrun you. Or am I thinking of bears? I'm often thinking of bears."
--Mark Trail as imagined by Voshkod on the Comics Curmudgeon
"Donald Trump and Vince McMahon have worldviews and business approaches shaped by similar experiences. They understand how pro wrestling and its carny traditions can make money off of 'marks' the unsuspecting fans who don't know (or don't care) that it's a con."
--Chris Kelly and Brandon Wetherbee on Slate, on Donald Trump and the lessons he took from his time with Professional Wrestling
Aargh. I've done a ton of scanning with my eyes on the prize of just having less clutter - but I have trouble plucking up my courage to get rid of the physical material, especially the photos, even though they're carefully scanned, and even as I recognize that the cursory glance I gave each piece as I scanned it probably represents more attention than it would have other gotten otherwise.

Any advice? Dumping them all in a garbage bag seems like such an ignominious end, even as they'll live on in digital form.

Blender of Love

December 9, 2016

advent day 9

December 8, 2016

advent day 8

December 7, 2016

Wears a hat of someone else's choosing
A sunset lover
Smooth elbows
A man with specific mannerisms
Sleeps diagonally
A perplexment
Rides the carousel
An evening botanist
Classically athletic
Wears a light wristwatch
Gives a careful handshake
Gives too much change for a dollar
A fluent swimmer
A keen-eyed birdwatcher
Fond of his mother
Built on an uncertain foundation
A real jackdaw
Avowed bachelor
A gentleman of the piers
Born with the caul
An aesthete
In the way of uncles
He throws a party with an open guest list
Son of the moon
A boy from Eton
Always rings twice
Has a silk bathrobe
Not quite up-to-code
He hitchhikes instead of taking the bus
Stays ahead of the game
A skillful mountain climber
Salutes another flag
An upside-down chimney-sweep
--from code words for 'gay' in classic films

advent day 7

"I feel like one of my life goals should be getting a lifesize cut-out made out of me. Would you want one?"
"You're such an only child."
--Me and Melissa

December 6, 2016

advent day 6

December 5, 2016

advent day 5

December 4, 2016

advent day 4

"I'm a hick," I recall saying to him.

"No," Harrison answered. "You think you're less than you are. You're a smart hick." And then, "You have the eyes of a doe and the balls of a samurai."
--Carrie Fisher, "The Princess Diarist"

December 3, 2016

advent day 3

november 2016 new music playlist

December 2, 2016
A shorter than average list, sadly I didn't hear much new music in Malaysia. 4 stars in red, check out the video for Carment
  • Carmen (Stromae) Oh man this video is brilliant! I was just enjoying the song.
  • Play It Right (Sylvan Esso) I dig the intensity of the dancing.
  • Birds (Thomas Sanders & Dodie Clark) Cute little duet.
  • Get Ugly (Jason Derulo) I watched "Absolutely Fabulous the Movie" on the plane back from Malaysia... it opens with this song. Fun video here.
  • The Jeffersons Theme Song (Janet Dubois) Ripped this off of youtube... man is it fun to sing along with. I think I'd like to try to arrange it for band.
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Opening theme (Fox) Only 20 seconds, wish it was longer.
  • Black Beatles (feat. Gucci Mane) (Rae Sremmurd) The background for the mannequin challenge.
  • Black Hole Sun (Ramin Djawadi) Player piano cover from Westworld.
  • CariƱito (Los Hijos del Sol) School of Honk plays this song.
  • Paint It Black (The Rolling Stones) There was a great orchestral cover of this in Westworld, but I decided I like the original. Another candidate to do in band.
  • Smokin & Drinkin (Danny Brown) Fun hiphop, infectious chorus.
  • We Shall Not Be Moved (Mavis Staples) Old protest song.
  • How Can You Mend a Broken Heart (Al Green) I think I actually heard of this in in the Sex in the City movie... his "lalalalalalalalala" is crazily sensual.
  • Rise Up (feat. Tom Morello) (Cypress Hill) Kind of goofy 90s hiphop but I like the Donkey Kong reference.

"The phoney electoral college made a laughing stock out of our nation. The loser one!"
--Donald Trump, on Twitter in 2012 when he wrongly thought Obama lost the popular vote. Presumably he meant "won".
Very mixed feelings about Trump scotch taping his tie.

advent day 2

Ugh, vague feeling of remembering "Oh I should put this down someplace where I'll remember it" followed by less vague feeling of being pretty sure I didn't.
The 52 Things I learned in 2016. Whoa.

December 1, 2016

advent day 1 Once again, I made a virtual advent calendar! An original little digital toy for each day leading up to Christmas. You can comeback daily to see what's unlocked.

second best photos from malaysia trip 2016

November 30, 2016
KL kitty on pipes.
Booth at the KL Central Market
We had a lot of coconut water. If they're cut a certain way you get this kind of weird but convenient membrane left, not just a gaping maw to stick your straw into.
The Batu Caves. The conjunction of rock formations, human-made temples, and greenery was striking.
Monkey silhouette outside Batu Caves.
View from the KL Tower
At the KL Tower - a number of places had those glass-bottom floors you could walk over. Great shot of Melissa.
George Town is famous for its street art.
Panoramic Slice from top of pagado at Kek Lok Si.
View from Penang Hill.
The SkyBridge in Langkawi was quite a nice piece of engineering.
Irregular steps carved out of the stones near the Temurun Waterfall in Langkawi

--from Concept art of vehicles driven by Toads from Mario Strikers Charged. via Supper Mario Broth
"I think I just summarized my life philosophy really succinctly to my roommate:
'you do what you gotta do. and sometimes you do it in heels'"
--Anna Anthropy

best photo from malaysia trip 2016

November 29, 2016
In the Guan Di Temple in Kuala Lumpur
The Sri Mahamariamman Temple of Kuala Lumpur
The Batu Caves
Street shot in George Town, Penang
Colorful building and cars in George Town.
One of the Clan Jetties at George Town.
Monkey at the Andaman Resort in Langkawi
Hidden waterfall in Langkawi
View from Panaroma Langkawi
Kuah night market in Langkawi
Temurun Waterfall, Langkawi
Monkey alongside steps to Seven Well, Langkawi

"Relationships are all about asking people to hold things."
--Melissa. (This was especially true in the context she said this, the airport, as we both played that game of 'Ok do I have everything? Ok do I still have everything? Let me check again. How about now?')
My iPhone 6 was sort of on its last legs so I upgraded - but I went for the iPhone SE, which is the old iPhone 5 body with a 6S camera. There's something great about that old form factor, how easy it is to manage for quick camera shots etc. (Remember when smaller was considered better for electronics?)

November 28, 2016

I accidentally broke a cool Fred and Friends Equal Measure Measuring Cup... unfortunately they don't seem to make it anymore.

Some of those facts seem unbelievable! Multiple billions of grains in 2 1/2 cups of flour???

November 27, 2016

#NonSwingStatesMattter #AllStatesMatter

Liberal view: the electoral college was set up to give slave states more say and generally punch above their weight on a national level

Conservative view: the electoral college stops politicians from just sucking up to big urban areas and running on their issues.