Posts categorized “Pictures”

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Christmastime Adventure in Downtown Seattle 2016

Animated Avery!

Animated Avery!

Last Sunday we three in the fam went on a fun excursion to Downtown Seattle for the afternoon. Here’s what we did:

  • Parked beneath Pacific Place. Parking there is only $6 on Sundays!
  • Walked out through Barnes & Nobles and down 5th Ave (with quick stops in Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters) to our first stop:

The Fairmont Hotel

At the Fairmont Hotel lobby.

At the Fairmont Hotel lobby.

The Fairmont does this thing where they completely deck out a suite with Christmas stuff and metric tonnes of teddy bears. They call it the Teddy Bear Suite. Behold the cuteness:

In the Fairmont Hotel Teddy Bear Suite.

In the Fairmont Hotel Teddy Bear Suite.

In the Fairmont Hotel Teddy Bear Suite.

In the Fairmont Hotel Teddy Bear Suite.

In the Fairmont Hotel Teddy Bear Suite.

In the Fairmont Hotel Teddy Bear Suite.

In the Fairmont Hotel Teddy Bear Suite.

In the Fairmont Hotel Teddy Bear Suite.

In the Fairmont Hotel Teddy Bear Suite.

In the Fairmont Hotel Teddy Bear Suite.

In the Fairmont Hotel Teddy Bear Suite.

In the Fairmont Hotel Teddy Bear Suite.

After the Fairmont we:

  • Walked up 6th Ave towards Westlake Park, where they have:

The Downtown Carousel

At the downtown carousel.

At the downtown carousel.

After the carousel we:

  • Headed upstairs at Westlake Center and got on the:

Monorail

On the Monorail.

On the Monorail.

The Monorail took us to:

Seattle Center

Where we got lunch in the Armory and Avery watched the model train go ’round and ’round its miniature village.

At Seattle Center.

At Seattle Center.

At Seattle Center.

At Seattle Center.

At Seattle Center.

At Seattle Center.

The Spaced Needle.

The Spaced Needle.

After Seattle Center we:

  • Took the Monorail back to Westlake
  • Walked back up Pine St to:

Pacific Place

Where they had these letters that were conveniently setup in such a way that Avery would look completely adorable on them:

At Pacific Place.

At Pacific Place.

FUN DAY!

Here’s all where we went: Thanks, Gorgle Morps!

Categories: Animated .GIFs, Articles, Christmas, Life, Pictures.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Describe Myself in 3 Fictional Characters

There’s a thing going around the internet right now where you’re supposed to post the pictures of 3 fictional characters that, when combined, best describe you as a person. I think there’s even a couple hashtags for it. Yeah: #3FictionalCharacters or #ThreeFictionalCharacters. Anyhoo, I did one. Here it is without comment:

Sam Weir, Bumblebee, and Balki Bartokomous

Sam Weir, Bumblebee, and Balki Bartokomous

Qualifier: Original cartoon Bumblebee only, not any of the other versions of the character.

Categories: Life, Pictures.

Monday, 14 March 2016

Electric NoNo’s Tour Kickoff at Conor Byrne Pub

Electric NoNo Tour Kickoff Poster

All those spaceships in her head…

I actually went out last Friday night! Gasp! And to Seattle, no less. A big thanks to a couple lovely people who dragged old, tired, dad Chris up to Conor Byrne Pub in Ballard to help see off Electric NoNo as they start their latest tour.

A quick note on Sebastian and the Deep Blue (the opening act) first: they somehow managed to cram 10 people onto that tiny Conor Byrne Stage! I managed to get most of them in one photograph, take a look:

Sebastian and the Deep Blue at Conor Byrne Pub.

All the people, all the lovely people…

You had three different types of saxophones, a trombone, a violin, a drummer, a bassists, two guitars, and one vocalist-only. That’s P.C. (“Pretty Crazy”).

Then up came the Electric NoNo!

Electric NoNo at Conor Byrne Pub

Jared+Dom = YesYes

Of course I managed to make a couple of animations…

Dom Cortese of Electric NoNo

Take off your shirt, Dom!

Electric NoNo at Conor Byrne Pub: Animated!

I already made a “YesYes” pun, didn’t I?

One thing became extremely evident whilst watching Electric NoNo: The really, really kick ass. And “Lickin’ My Wounds” is one of the best rock songs written in the past couple of decades, really. Take a wissen:

This was a tour kickoff show, right? To where are they touring? Why down to the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas! They’re going to be performing in a showcase of Seattle artists alongside some other extremely awexome peoples:

Seattle by Southwest showcase at South by Southwest music festival

Seattle by Southwest!

Take a look at that lineup! Not only Electric NoNo, but also my favorite Julia Massey and the wondrous Prom Queen! I actually know a few more musicians who are performing at SXSW on a different bill: G.O.L. (Gentlemen of Leisure).

G.O.L. (Gentlemen of Leisure) at SXSW

I know the guy in the middle front and the guy in the back right!

If I were a religious man I’d say I was “blessed” to have so many kickass musicians in my life.

Thanks for a great show, Electric NoNo, and much good fortune on your tour! If anyone else is going to SXSW, be sure to try to catch the Seattle X Southwest showcase on Friday and the G.O.L. on Saturday!

Categories: Concerts/Shows, Music, Pictures.

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Hello, EMP

Y’know, that great-big Experience Music Project museum thingy up in Seattle? Well, since I actually live in this state and am not a tourist, I’d never actually been there. Until last weekend! But the reason we went this time was not to see all the musics stuffs. It’s because they have a Hello Kitty exhibit, and both my daughter and my niece loooooove Hello Kitty.

It was pretty interesting!

I did not know she lived near London.

I did not know she lived near London.

The most important part of the Hello Kitty timeline.

The most important part of the Hello Kitty timeline.

Fun fact: the Smurfs are all 2 apples high. So Hello Kitty is 2.5 Smurfs high. I think we should all use "Smurf" as a measurement of height from now on.

Fun fact: the Smurfs are all 2 apples high. So Hello Kitty is 2.5 Smurfs high. I think we should all use “Smurf” as a measurement of height from now on.

We all live in a kitty submarine...

We all live in a kitty submarine…

All sorts of random crap with Hello Kitty's face on it. My favorite here is the Hello Kitty paper shredder, for all your adorable document destruction needs.

All sorts of random crap with Hello Kitty’s face on it. My favorite here is the Hello Kitty paper shredder, for all your adorable document destruction needs.

Nothing beats Hello Kitty motor oil, though. It makes your car's exhaust smell like cat breath.*

Nothing beats Hello Kitty motor oil, though. It makes your car’s exhaust smell like cat breath.*

Delicious?

Delicious?

"Papa, Hello Kitty has a snake on her head!"

“Papa, Hello Kitty has a snake on her head!”

This guy.

This guy.

My favorite part of EMP, though (to nobody’s surprise), was the Science Fiction Museum in the basement. It has some great artifacts.

O HALLO THERE HAVE YOU HEARD OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST?

O HALLO THERE HAVE YOU HEARD OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST?

Tiny war of the tiny worlds.

Tiny war of the tiny worlds.

"This is Ripley, the last survivor of the tiny Nostromo, signing off."

“This is Ripley, the last survivor of the tiny Nostromo, signing off.”

Leeloo Dallas multi-pass. MULTI-PASS.

Leeloo Dallas multi-pass. MULTI-PASS.

That pistol on the right was held by Sir Patrick Stewart. That needle tried to stab Agent Dale Cooper.*

That pistol on the right was held by Sir Patrick Stewart. That needle tried to stab Agent Dale Cooper.*

Darryl Hannah wore this Pris outfit on our first date.*

Darryl Hannah wore this Pris outfit on our first date.*

They also have fantasy and horror sections, which are inherently less interesting to me, but there were some cool stuffs:

Elderberries smell good.

Elderberries smell good.

As the world falls down...

As the world falls down…

They also had the mask of Hellboy’s personal Death from Hellboy II, but I neglected to take a poto of it.

They also had an Indie Game hall where you can play a bunch of new indie video games, and a Jimi Hendrix exhibit that had a bunch of his suitcases and passports and travel documents and stuffs like that.

EMP is an interesting place! But it’s pretty durned expensive to go there.

*This is a lie.

Categories: Articles, Life, Pictures.

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Merry Christmas Eve Eve 2015

Merry Christmas Eve Eve from me and Totoro!

King of the forest? King of my shirt!

King of the forest? King of my shirt!

And, of course, Mary Christmas Eve Eve from Paul & Storm, the only musicians to my knowledge who have written a song about Christmas Eve Eve:

Categories: Christmas, Music, Pictures.

Friday, 10 April 2015

(Animated) Band in Seattle: JM+FFD

This band really IS in Seattle!

This band really IS in Seattle!

Wednesday evening I went to the television taping of an episode of “Band in Seattle” because I knew some of the people in the bands! Specifically Julia Massey & the Five Finger Discount.

Also that episode were Smokey Brights, who were very good! I don’t think I’d seen them before, but they seemed familiar. I think that’s because most of the band members were also in other bands, and I’d seen some o’ those. An unusually cool thing about Smokey Brights is that it is a five-person band (which is unusual in itself these days), and four out of the five sing. There were many songs that featured full four-part harmonies!

I did not manage to take good enough photos to make an animated .GIF out of them. I did, however, make this cool little collage:

A collage both smokey and bright!

A collage both smokey and bright!

So here is probably the most-epic animated .GIF I’ve made yet. It’s of JM+FFD. It’s over 5 MB. And it features subtle camera movements and everything!

The Epicness of Animation!

The Epicness of Animation!

There you have it. I’ll let you know when this episode of “Band in Seattle” airs.

Whelp, we’re off to Portland for the weekend. We’re gonna go to OMSI and the Oregon Zoo! I’ll try to take mucho de photos and tell y’all ALL about it, ‘kay? ‘Kay!

Categories: Concerts/Shows, Pictures.

Friday, 3 April 2015

Photos from Grit City Grindhouse of Kye Alfred Hillig & Julia Massey

Did you miss last night's music show in Tacoma? FOR SHAME!

Did you miss last night’s music show in Tacoma? FOR SHAME!

‘Twas a great music show last night in Tacoma at Grit City Grindhouse! I’d never been there before, and it turns out to be a very cool venue. It’s kind of a warehouse space behind a skate shop. There’s a li’l skate pipe/ramp off to one side in there (a quarter-pipe maybe?) and everything! It was an all-ages show and kids under 10 got in free, so it turned out there were about half-a-dozen kids running around and going crazy in front of the stage for much of the show. It was like a mosh pit for kids. A moppet mosh pit?

There were three music acts. The first one was Pete Jordan and two other members of Cloud Person. The be-bearded Mr. Jordan sounded a bit like a cross between Mike Doughty and folky sea shanties. Sorry I didn’t snap any photos of them, but it was mostly because I was enjoying the music and also because I was distracted by the junior mosh pit in front of me.

Next was Kye Alfred Hillig, who mostly did depressingly-lyric’d, folky, guy-with-acoustic-guitar stuff. But his lyrics were intelligent and very clever and sometimes rather funny. One of my favorite lines was, “My young love was as blind as Ray Charles.” Mr. Hillig also had absolutely excellent between-song banter going on, where he would make an assertive declaration and then immediately say that it was a complete lie. He also made some jokes about how his songs weren’t really kid-friendly. Very funny, and a nice contrast to the mostly-depressing content of the songs.

Wait... you mean that song wasn't about Clifford the Big Red Dog!?

Wait… you mean that song wasn’t about Clifford the Big Red Dog!?

Third was Julia Massey & half of the Five Finger Discount (only Dom on drums). The FFD is in-between bass players right now. Geoff left toward the beginning of 2015 and they have a new one, but they haven’t played live with him yet. He wasn’t there because he was on a cruise or something lame like that. Pfffft, excuses. Anyway, Julia + Dom is still a great show, and they played TWO songs Carrie & I had never heard before, both of which were excellent.

And, as is my nature, I made an animated .GIF of them for us all to enjoy:

And check out that great lighting!

This is one of the better animated .GIFs I’ve made. And check out that great lighting!

So in conclusion: Good show. And it started at 7:00 so it was pretty much wrapping up by 9:00, which was great for a couple of old people who have a baby and need to get up the next day to go to work.

Another conclusion: Good venue. It’s nice to know there is another place in Tacoma where good musics can happen now. Although I’m not entirely sure why there is a painting of Marvel Comics interdimensional supervillain Shuma-Gorath on one of the walls…

Samesies?

Samesies?

Categories: Concerts/Shows, Pictures, Tacoma.