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Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Open Mike Eagle’s #Ferndayoff: A Follow-Up

I noticed late last week that my website traffic was blowin’ up. Take a look here:

March 30th: Daaaaaaaaaaang.

March 30th: Daaaaaaaaaaang.

Looking into it, I realized that 99% off that traffic was from my post about Open Mike Eagle declaring himself the new Mayor of Ferndale, WA. I was already aware that Mike had re-tweeted the link to the article, but I quickly discovered that it hadn’t stopped there.

Mello Music Group (who have released some OME musics) tweeted a link to my post as well:

That tweet in itself was re-tweeted 15 times. That would seem to be enough to account for the traffic spike. But then, the very City of Ferndale itself tweeted:

To which Mike succinctly replied:

Mike would expand his stance on Instagram:

I tweeted about how my website traffic was blowin’ up over all this attention, and the City of Ferndale rather cheekily tweeted a response:

Also at one point over the weekend somebody I’d never met posted a link to my post on the Faced Book.

Well, it looks like as of today my site traffic is back to normal (i.e., nobody reading this), but it was a fun little explosion while it lasted.

Categories: My Famous Friends, Pictures.

Monday, 27 March 2017

The New Mayor of Ferndale: Open Mike Eagle

Sunday night Open Mike Eagle had a musics show in Seattle. I kinda wanted to go, but (a) it was a school night, (b) I’m old, and (c) by the time I got around to looking at tickets it was already sold out.

I was kinda bummed to miss him this time around; he’s always very entertaining. Well, it turns out he entertained us all on Saturday when he had to make a very unscheduled stop on his tour in the town of Ferndale, WA (just north of Bellingham):

Mike Instagrammed the whole adventure of his “Ferndayoff” so I’ll let him tell it in his own words and photos:

so you know that thing that everybody knows about how you have to bring your passport to enter canada and everybody knows that? well i forgot i knew that until i woke up on a tour bus about an hour away from the border like an easily avoidable bad dumb dream. so i wont be rapping in vancouver tonight (sorry. i failed the part of the test where you have to bring a passport). i will however be hanging out all day in a magical place called ferndale washington trying to see how quickly I could be the mayor. #ferndale #ideservethis

ferndale what are you doing? you cant call a place this. #ferndalewa #ferndalewhy

ferndale i dont know what the fuck this is. i must investigate. #ferndalewa #ferndalewtf

the drive through tattoo parlor/ home decor investigation is on hold for a moment because im afraid that this dairy queen is also the local high school. as the new mayor i cant stand for this. #ferndalewa #getittogetherferndale #ferndayoff

blanket bill tho #ferndalewa #ferndalehistory #ferndayoff

hearing whispers questioning the legitimacy of my mayor-ness. as you can see this is a very secure voting system and has not at all been tampered with. now let’s get back to fixing ferndale. #ferndalewa #mayormikeeagle

about to get this tattoo as i have been informed that it is the ferndale city crest. #mayorofferndale #ferndaleforever #ferndayoff

was not kidding. ferndale forever. #ferndalewa #ferndayoff #mayormikeeagle #mayorofferndale

im being told that the mayor has to wear this every day and i suddenly dont know if i can do this.
and yes i know i already got the tattoo but look at this. this is way worse.
#ferndalewa #ferndalesgonetoofar #ferndayoff

I attempted nightlife in ferndale. it was not good. Saturday night in ferndale was a lot like Saturday morning except the sun was gone. I was able to get one of the four local uber drivers to give me a ride back to the mayor’s quarters at the super 8. he was also the high school gym teacher and he tried to sell me these books he wrote. i declined and decided that he’s the mayor now because I was officially creeped out and had to leave town. #ferndalewa #ferndayoff #ferndalephysicaleducation

I’ll never forget you ferndale. I made a handful of very odd decisions in you. im in seattle now tho and its way better. #ferndalewa #ferndayoff

Mike will be in Eugene, Oregon doing musics tonight, so any all y’all down there should try to check him out. Maybe he can become the mayor of Eugene, too??

Categories: Pictures.

Monday, 13 July 2015

My Favorite Comic-Con Moments 2015

So San Diego Comic-Con is over, and there were lots of big announcements and blah-blah-blah Star Wars blah-blah-blah Batman v. Superman blah-blah X-Men Apocalypse blah-blah. You already know all about all of those, so I ain’t gunna get into ’em.

These are the things that happened at Comic-Con that I really enjoyed:

Junior Braves of the Apocalypse

A friend of mine had a comic book signing at Comic-Con. I still can’t get over that!

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I mean, even did previews of this book. Hooray Michael Tanner! I <3 my famous friends.

Conan Goes to Comic-Con

The opening segment of Conan O’Brien’s week of shows filmed at Comic-Con was undoubtably the best part:

Joss Whedon’s Twist

Now that Joss Whedon is no longer the shepherd of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he has time to do projects for himself for a change! First up: an original comic book about an original character:

Joss Whedon's Twist

Joss Whedon’s Twist

Joss Whedon had (unsurprisingly) my favorite single quote of the whole weekend when he described the book:

Basically deals with the most important moral question facing us, which is, why isn’t there a Victorian Female Batman? [1]

Steven Universe Extended Theme Song

There was a Steven Universe panel. And this happened:

I made the mistake of watching that during my lunch break at work last week. Fortunately no one else was around, so I didn’t have to explain that I was crying about a cartoon.

Marceline Sings!

There was an Adventure Time panel, which also contained Rebecca Sugar, the creator of Steven Universe. See, she worked on Adventure Time before starting Steven Universe, and she wrote a bunch of the most memorable songs for them. And she’s written a new song for Marceline. Whose voice actress, Olivia Olson, also just happened to be on the panel. So, y’know, she helped out:

Ash vs Evil Dead

I do believe this speaks for itself. Let me know if you’re confused about anything:


And, of course, one of my favorite Instagram accounts: Wrongplayed, that purposefully (and hilariously) misidentifies the various cosplay of the con:

So that’s what I enjoyed and/or am looking forward to. How about you?


Categories: Cartoons, Celebrities, Comics, Featured Posts, Music, My Famous Friends, News, Round-up, TV, Videos.

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Mystery Day Trip #5: Slug Bugs, Steamrollers, and Cyclops Pickles (an Instagrammed Adventure)

I'll explain later...

I’ll explain later…

This past Sunday a bunch of my friends and family went on our fifth Mystery Day Trip! What’s a Mystery Day Trip? Well, I’ll explain (if you already know, you can skip this part and go straight to the main event). In the morning you get together with a bunch of friends and family. Everyone brings a day trip itinerary: a small handful of things to do during the course of a day. Generally there are some restrictions, like the whole day can’t cost more than $20 per person, or your destination can’t be more than a two-hour drive away from your starting point, the whole trip can’t take more than about nine hours. Y’know, stuff like that.

All the itineraries get put in a hat or bag or whatevs, then someone (preferably a cute kid) draws an itinerary from the bag, and that’s the one that gets done that day!

This was the 5th Mystery Day Trip. The previous ones included:

  1. A Tour of Japanese Gardens in Seattle
  2. “Circle in the Sound” — Taking the ferry from Seattle to Bainbridge Island, then driving back to Tacoma down the peninsula, exploring on the way.
  3. Exploring the Issaquah area, including Cougar Mountain Zoo and Boehm’s Candy Factory!
  4. Exploring Olympia, including the Olympia Farmer’s Market, the Heritage Park Fountain, and Wolf Haven International

Of those four trips, THREE of them were designed by either me or Carrie. So we didn’t bring any itineraries this time; we like to let someone else have the glory now and then.

We met at Bluebeard Coffee at 10:00(ish) AM and randomly chose an itinerary. Mystery Day Trip #5 was a bit different than the others: it was an in-town day trip!

(Side note: all the photos in this article are embedded Instagram photos. If they’re not showing up for you, well, try using a different browser or something. I dunno.)

Mystery Day Trip #5: Artsy Tacoma!

Stop #1: WW Seymour Botanical Conservatory at Wright Park!

The WW Seymour Botanical Conservatory is a lovely (though small) arboretum in Wright Park in the Stadium District of Tacoma (just west of Downtown). This day they were actually having a very cool exhibit. Local schoolkids had designed animals that were then created in blown glass and distributed among the foliage!

There were also some real-life animals, in a little Koi pond in one corner:

And, of course, plenty of conserved botanicals:



This was my favorite kid-designed animal, though: The Slug-Butterfly-Firefly:

You can see the glass versions here, resting on the leaves:

And there were some pretty flowers…

And some pretty people! Especially those two in the middle:

Stop #2: Wayzgoose!

Wayzgoose is an annual gathering of printmakers that happens at King’s Books in Tacoma, kinda right between Stadium District and Downtown. Why is it called Wayzgoose? It’s some old-timey word. Anyway, there were printmakers galore, selling their prints and also having fun little activities where kids could make their own simple prints in a variety of simple ways.

There was also printmaking using a steamroller. Y’know. As there always is:

A couple of really cool prints came out from under that steamroller. One was of the old, defunct Never Never Land amusement park that used to be in Tacoma, and the other was of a giant octopus (and was labeled, helpfully, “Giant Octopus”).

By the way, the Never Never Land amusement park is a fascinating story in its own right, but not one for right now. You can see what happened to a bunch of the figures that used to be in the park, though. It’s kinda creepy.

The inside of King’s Books was a bit of a madhouse. It was P-P-P-PACKED. Especially packed was a line for the Beautiful Angle poster makers. Apparently you could make your own Beautiful Angle poster or something? I dunno, we had a bunch of kids with us so none of us felt like waiting in a line like that.

Also, Carrie ran into about fifty people that she knew.

Stop #3: Lunch Break at Freighthouse Square’s Food Court

Freighthouse Square is an old freight house (of all things) near the Tacoma Dome that was transformed a long time ago into a kind of shopping mall. I guess it’s kinda like a very small (and much lower-rent) version of Pike’s Place in Seattle, but without all the food & produce vendors. We didn’t go there to shop; we went there because there’s free, unlimited parking in the parking garage, and there is a food court where we at our lunches (though most of us packed our own picnic lunches).

And one other reason: Freighthouse Square is one end of the Tacoma Link Light Rail route, which we boarded after lunch to head to our final destination…

Stop #4: The Museum of Glass!

I’ve lived in Tacoma for almost 15 years. That’s longer than there has been a Museum of Glass, and yet I’d never been there before (except for a friend’s wedding reception that was held there, but that doesn’t count).

Once you get off the light rail Downtown, you have to walk over Highway 705 across the famed Bridge of Glass (above) to get to the museum.

The Museum of Glass isn’t just static museum; it’s a working museum. That big, weird, cone-shaped structure on the south end of the building is actually a functioning chimney. Inside is a real-life hot shop where real-life glassmakers ply their craft.

There are stadium-riser seats you can sit in and watch these crafstpeople at work, and a “narrator” of sorts tells you what’s going on and answers questions. This day they were making big (12″) glass balls in Seahawks colors for some sort of corporate gift. It was very interesting to watch, especially when of the people had a spare minute and decided to make a glass horse. Just because.

My favorite part of the museum, though, was the hallway in the back where (you’ll notice a theme here) kids had designed artworks, which were then recreated in glass! There were several good ones, such as a Loch Ness Monster with a pig’s head and a tank made out of candy. But this was my favorite: The Neon Green One Eyed Cyclops Pickle:

In the back of one of the exhibit rooms we stumbled upon the very cool “Look! See? The Colors and Letters of Jen Elek and Jeremy Bert” exhibit. In the very back was a whole wall of light-up letters that you could take down and arrange howsoever you saw fit. We just had to take advantage of that:

Finally, after exploring the museum some more the kids started bottoming out (and it was about 5:00). The Museum of Glass was the last stop on the itinerary. So we decided to call it a day and head on back home. On the way out of the Museum we were met with a lovely farewell:

This was a very interesting Mystery Day Trip in that it wasn’t so much a trip as it was just a tooling around town. But still, we did a bunch of things in our own backyard that we’d never actually done before. I’d never been to Wayzgoose or the Glass Museum before. But now I have. Thanks to Mystery Day Trip!

They’re really fun. All y’all should plan your own Mystery Day Trips. Or let me know if you want in on our next one. You never know where you’ll end up!

Categories: Featured Posts, Tacoma.

Friday, 13 December 2013

The Holiday House: Christmas 2013

It’s Christmas time in the city!

Categories: Holiday, Pictures, Tacoma.

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Rappers in Prescription Glasses: Moving at the Speed of Internets

Open Mike Eagle Can't See but He Can Rap

Open Mike Eagle Can’t See but He Can Rap

Yesterday my pal Mike Eagle posted on instagram the above photo of himself wearing glasses with the innocent and funny caption, “Somebody make a tumblr called rappers in prescription glasses.”

Well, approximately 11 minutes later this mysteriously appeared on the internets:

So far it has photos of Eminem, Jay-Z, The RZA, and more (including the pic of Mike of course).

I really like living in the future, where someone can snap their fingers and somewhere on the internet their wish will be granted as if by future magic!

As Mike Eagle put it himself in this follow-up instagram picture: “Nothing is faster than internet magic.”

Categories: Future Living, Links, Pictures.