Posts from February 2008

Thursday, 28 February 2008

Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)

The broad outline of the story makes it sound like a dark piece of horror: a man becomes consumed with murderous revenge, but when his revenge is spoiled (seemingly forever), he turns his frustration to a series of basically random victims. But Burton infuses so much quirk into the story that it becomes almost a rollicking good time… [Read my full review here]

Categories: Movie Reviews.

Tuesday, 26 February 2008

The Kind of Weather that Makes for Cool Photos

Yesterday (Monday) as I was driving home from work there was this incredibly dark cloud directly overhead with a super-sharp edge to it, running southwest-northeast. After I picked up Carrie and took her home I rushed outside and snapped this photo (taken at about 1:30 in the afternoon, facing due west):

Them’s dramatic!

Then this morning after parking I started walking to work when the sunrise caused this really vivid orange color to appear over the Cascades. I kept walking until there was the top of this cool downtown T-town building between me and the mountains, and then I took this photo (taken at about 8:55 AM, facing southeast from near 539 Broadway, Tacoma):

Them’s priddy!

Categories: Pictures, Weather.

Saturday, 23 February 2008

Oh Baby, You Got What I Need, But You Say He’s…

Almost every day that I work in downtown T-town, I park a few blocks away where there is free, all-day parallel parking. Near where I park is a building under construction (they only have 1½ more stories to go).

Yesterday (Friday) after work as I was walking back to my car I passed this construction site. Suddenly, from about five stories above my head I heard someone start belting out the chorus to Biz Markie’s famous song Just A Friend entirely out-of-tune and at the top of his lungs.

Very amusing.

Categories: Life, Music.

Friday, 22 February 2008

Someone Took a Bite Out of the Moon

And I watched it (well, parts of it). This is when it was being regurgitated back into the sky after being eaten.

Categories: Pictures.

Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Evolution is Funny!

My pal Jason over at jeffthefish.com has for a few months been making periodic posts about hilarious Creationist quotes and other inanities. They’re very funny in a sad/infuriating way, and Jason has a rather funny, dry writing style. Take a read: Evolution at www.jeffthefish.com

His recent post about letterboard misspellings is also very funny.

Categories: Links.

Sunday, 17 February 2008

Looking Forward to Movies

Y’know, it’s kinda shaping up to be an exciting year for movies I wanna see. Let me run down some of them here (just thinking out loud—feel free to look these up on imdb):

• Diary of the Dead
• Be Kind, Rewind
• Run, Fatboy, Run
• The Forbidden Kingdom
• Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay
• Iron Man
• Son of Rambow
• Speed Racer
• Indiana Jones & the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
• The Incredible Hulk
• WALL•E
• Hellboy II: The Golden Army
• The Dark Knight
• The Untitled X-Files Sequel

And that just basically gets us through the summer.

Categories: Movies.

Saturday, 16 February 2008

In a Round-About Way

Earlier this week I was going through all of my They Might Be Giants music to see what I still needed to get in order to have a “complete” collection (knowing full well that some songs are impossible to get right now, like Monsters of Mud) of studio recordings by Them. In researching, I discovered that not only do They have a podcast (which I knew about and enjoy), but they’ve been doing a video podcast for kids as well!

It’s hosted by the Puppet Johns and they play a couple of videos from their two most recent kids’ album-slash-DVDs, Here Come the ABCs and Here Come the 123s. I’d seen most of the ABCs before, but I’d never seen the 123 videos.

One video in particular, the one for Eight-Hundred-Thirteen Mile Car Trip, struck me as being particularly well designed (and passably well animated for a low-budged flash video). So I went to This Might Be a Wiki and discovered that it was designed & animated by someone named Pascal Campion.

A quick Google search turned up not only a website for Pascal, but a blog as well! I have to say, I really dig his style. It has kind of a Maurice Noble vibe, but is still very individualistic. He’s got great lines and a phenomenal sense of color. He’s actually done a handful of videos for TMBG, including some on Venue Songs and ABCs.

Art by Pascal CampionIt’s safe to say that he’s one of my new favorite artists, and I discovered him in a very cool round-about way.

Categories: Artists, Links, Music, Pictures, Videos.