Thursday, November 26, 2009

Pumpkin Time

The time has come for pumpkin pie and turkey and all that good stuff.

Monday, November 23, 2009

A lot about Sherlock Holmes


I've been thinking a lot about Sherlock Holmes lately. I know not why. He keeps appearing everywhere I look.

We downloaded some readings for our long trip up north. It was awesome to listen to the old radio renditions of the Conan Doyle's stories.

The Final Solution by Michael Chabon

I also picked up The Final Solution in a thrift store the other day not knowing what it was about. (Just liked the cover and Chabon) After reading it, I found Sherlock again. The book tells the story of the old man and his last case.

Oh my fault, I thought this was Rocky LVII

In my research I discovered that they are making a big-budget Sherlock film. How's that for timing? I saw the trailor. I don't know what I was expecting. It looks like they've completely missed the point. Wasn't Sherlock about brains and details? It's Hollywood of course, because Sherlock has been transformed into sex and explosions.

Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce have to be the coolest names in the biz

I love the mystery and intrigue of Sherlock Holmes. He's the precursor to the Dick Tracy and all the Noir stories that I love so. I got so inspired reading and watching these old films that I decided to write my own story. I don't know that I can be so clever, but I’ve been enjoying the idea at least. I even woke up in the middle of the night and cloistered myself in the lighted closet to write. I’ve never produced any fiction longer than a few pages, so this should be interesting.

Friday, November 20, 2009


We are excited for x-mas, because last year we didn't get one. So here's a list of things from Happy Day to get some spirit for the season.

  1. Go Ice Skating
  2. Watch It's a Wonderful Life, make spiced cider.
  3. Exchange gifts
  4. Make Christmas Cookies for friends.
  5. Find Mistletoe, hang it in our house and kiss under it.
  6. Address and Mail Christmas Cards
  7. Go to Borders and Pick out one new Christmas CD.
  8. Go to The Nutcracker
  9. Handel's Messiah Sing Along
  10. Leave out wooden shoes on December 5
  11. Go to the Oakland Temple to see the Nativity
  12. Make Thick Hot Chocolate and Homemade Marshmallows
  13. Host a Christmas Sweater Party
  14. Put up a ribbon sash for Christmas cards
  15. Donate canned goods
  16. Give neighbors a present
  17. Put up a wreath
  18. Make a Gingerbread house
  19. Make a popcorn garland
  20. Make hot chocolate and read The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
  21. Sing (or listen) to favorite Christmas songs
  22. Drive around to see neighborhood lights
  23. Go out and see public light display
  24. Read Christmas story 
  25. Open a gift (new stocking or pajamas or pillowcase)
  26. Make a family traditional dessert
  27. Eat out at a festive restaurant
  28. Go to a seasonal movie
  29. Tell stories of childhood Christmas around the fire
  30. Have a romantic candlelit dinner by the Christmas tree
  31. Make decorative sugar cookies
  32. Sign up to purchase gifts for a needy child
  33. Host a Christmas dessert party
  34. Write out a Christ-centered goal to start early for the New Year
  35. Have a movie party (classic Christmas clips)
  36. Go to a Christmas Concert
  37. Attend City tree lighting event
  38. Have a full traditional breakfast while listening to Christmas music

Awkward photo from

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Paul Nicklen on NPR

Paul Nicklen's book, Polar Obsession

J sent me this great NPR interview with Paul Nicklen, an Arctic man - born and raised - who shares some stories from his new book Polar Obsession about his dangerous and really funny forays in the Arctic and Antarctica.

Listen to the interview here

He tells a great story about a vicious Leopard Seal, who after asserting her dominance for roughly half an hour, tries to become friends by bringing penguins of varying tastes for him to eat. It's so funny; you have to read about it. Amazing photos too.

What about this one? Do you like this one?

Ram Neung Khynom

An awesome girl from Phnom Penh sent me this! Now I can learn the lyrics and act like I can sing along ha ha right right.

Ram Neung Khynom means Dance with me as far as my shaky translation goes.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Sarah Jaffe wishing she was Clementine Jaffe


New song finally. It's been like a drought in this house of i102fly.

"I wish my name was ....Clementine"
Sarah Jaffe: Clementine

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

This is a rug for all seasons

From Angela Adams. This is possibly the best rug I've ever seen!

If it were in my house, I would eat, sleep, read, write, roll and frolic on it at all times. In a few weeks it would probably be black. Just like the real forest floor. Decomposed soil.

Fairy Dress

Yucca Leaves and Flowers, Thorns.

Nicole Dextras works out of British Columbia. She calls this collection Weedrobes summer, part of her sculptural work, which she refers to as Ephemeral art. The intricate pieces are constructed with flowers, leaves and twigs. The pieces are based on the idea that nature is impermanent. "These images speak to the temporal quality of our lives and our relationship to the environment."

I love this. It looks like something an elf would wear.


"This is a intake well hollowed out in glacier in Antarctika. Sun light gets here through 5 meters of ice and gets amazing blue color.

Antarctica could be one of the most amazing places on Earth."

I agree, I'm interested in going if anyone wants to fund a trip.....


Tuesday, November 10, 2009

La Vie en Rose - Edith Piaf film

I saw La View en Rose a few nights ago. The lead actress playing Édith Piaf, Marion Cotillard was excellent, but I have one very major gripe about the film.

It seems trendy now to tell a story in flashbacks and fast forwards. In some cases, it creates a little mystery by keeping the viewer guessing. I agree it can be interesting. My view is that this technique works best for mysteries, detective, and arthouse films, where the viewer is trying to piece together the story.

This was a biography. It seems filmmakers have lost the ability to distinguish genres. I've seen this in too many recent movies. The directors think that a film cannot be creative or contemporary without splicing every scene.

In this film, it was incredibly distracting. One minute she was in a wheelchair, the next dazing the world on stage, the next a child. Cotillard was fantastic, but it was so messy. I never got to see the evolution of her character. The pace of her life was completely disrupted, as was the character Cotillard worked so hard to convey.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Making Guacamole

The food of the Mayan Gods. I could eat my weight in it. And I plan to. Since I've returned, I've been having stomach problems. So this week and for the next couple I am doing a full-on (to steal a phrase from my Aussies) cleanse program. AKA a diet from hell, requiring all the self-discpline of a Samurai. Maybe not that much, but eating only veggies is a challenge. Thank goodness for Guac

This is my recipe for delicious Guacamole:

2 ripe avocados
1/2 red onion, minced (about 1/2 cup)
1-2 serrano chiles, stems and seeds removed, minced
2 tablespoons cilantro leaves, finely chopped
1 tablespoon of fresh lime or lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
A dash of freshly grated black pepper
1/2 ripe tomato, seeds and pulp removed, chopped

Garnish with red radishes or jicama. Serve with tortilla chips.

1 Cut avocados in half. Remove seed. Scoop out avacado from the peel, put in a mixing bowl. (See How to Cut and Peel an Avocado.)

2 Using a fork, mash the avocado. Add the chopped onion, cilantro, lime or lemon, salt and pepper and mash some more. Chili peppers vary individually in their hotness. So, start with a half of one chili pepper and add to the guacamole to your desired degree of hotness. Be careful handling the peppers; wash your hands thoroughly after handling and do not touch your eyes or the area near your eyes with your hands for several hours.

Keep the tomatoes separate until ready to serve.

Remember that much of this is done to taste because of the variability in the fresh ingredients. Start with this recipe and adjust to your taste.

3 Cover with plastic wrap directly on the surface of the guacamole to prevent oxidation from the air reaching it. Refrigerate until ready.

4 Just before serving, add the chopped tomato to the guacamole and mix.

Serves 2-4.

Harper's Magazine


We just subscribed to Harper's Magazine. It's the second-longest running magazine in publication!

I was talking about it over dinner the other night when someone asked, "Is that a Women's magazine." I wouldn't consider Harper's Magazine a women's magazine.

I didn't know it, but apparently there's a long running battle to distinguish Harper's Magazine from Harper's Bazaar.

The battle is full of quippy remarks by the literary snobs that read Harper's Magazine. How funny are they?

Regardless I like the magazine. It's a good mix of articles: some literary, some political, some commentary. I like that they publish especially interesting sound bytes from radio, online discussion excerpts, media dialogue, all sorts of eclectic, sometimes funny, sometimes sad and very poignant tidbits.

They also make a list of entertaining statistics.

I was first turned on to the magazine by an article written by Mark Slouka. His essay on the "Dehumanization" of education was very interesting. Even though I didn't agree with everything he said, his writing was very good.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

An Unfortunate Naming


1 - poopoorama2 - SamFloyd 3 - jeffreywithtwof's

I ran upon some fun posts on some of the design blogs that I read. Polaroids are a constant obsession. It's that dreamy feel that everyone loves. Well the adoration is so much that bloggers have officially dedicated this week to polaroids.

One pretty major problem..

They've christened this 'roids week

Roids....just doesn't lure me in : D

by paranoiagirl by journalismo

Friday, November 6, 2009

Selling a deadly disease just to make the profit...

After lawsuits from American victims, Bayor and Baxtor Pharm Companies knowingly sold HIV infected blood (for hemophiliac patients) to Japan, France, and Spain...just to make a buck.

The Guardian Article

Baxter is making the swine flu vaccination

You could not PAY ME to get that injection

Drawing aerial cityscapes from his memory!


Stephen Wiltshire, an artist from London, took a 20-minute helicopter ride over New York and then drew the entire thing FROM MEMORY!

It's just amazing and says something about the capacity of our brains when unhinged.

Everywhere I've seen this news post, they've mentioned first and foremost that he is autistic, even before his name. ("Autistic artist, Stephen Wiltshire..."). I don't know why that kind of bothers me. I guess, to me it's the equivalent of saying, "HIV positive athlete, Magic Johnson….“ or “Parkinson’s victim, Michael J. Fox….” In this case, his condition is something that might follow up or give grounds for his special talent, but he is the main point, not his autism.

**He's drawing the NYC skyline in the studios at Pratt! Arrgh, that they would do something cool like that when I was there...


Yes Men


A film that I am looking forward to seeing.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Control Panel

New navigation control panel for my website

It works too! Test it out at
then tell me how it loads.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Nice necklace

I had this as an idea for a gift. But then I started thinking - I don't want them to think that I am implying they are a whale. Although being a whale, wouldn't be half bad. You're only foe is the beach and oil off... see how I can turn a good thing. :p
Sold at emil kozak.

Helsinki's Tiny Tim Urbanwoodelf

I somehow found myself on a website about Helsinki style. And then I saw this guy.
I just really like what he's got going there.

A Good Post Secret


Monday, November 2, 2009

From the woods..

We spent a great weekend up in the mountains, where I belong. There's a magical place called June Lake tucked into the Eastern Sierras. We stayed in a little cabin and I wandered out into the woods with my camera and words from Stephen Harrod Buhner's book The Lost Language of Plants, in my head.

"From Wakan Tanka, the Great Spirit, there came a great unifying force that flowed in and through all things - the flowers of the plains, blowing wind, rocks, trees, birds, animals - and was the same force that had been breathed into the first man. Thus all things were kindred, and were brought together by the same Great Mystery.
- Luther Standing Bear

“Because human beings are generated out of this same substance it is possible for human beings to communicate with the soul or intelligence in plants and all other matter and for those intelligences to communicate with human beings.
- Buhner

Human beings are only one of the many life-forms of Earth, neither more nor less important than the others. Failure to remember this can be catastrophic for individuals, nations, and peoples.
- Buhner

"Invisibility perplexes American common sense and American psychology, which hold as a major governing principle that whatever exists, exists in some quantity and therefore can be measured...When the searchers failed to find the soul in the places where they were looking, scientistic psychology also gave up on the idea of the soul."
- James Hillman, "The Soul's Code"

"A vast pool of practical knowledge about plants, animals and ecological patterns exists within the traditions, languages, stories, and oral histories of indigenous and peasant cultures worldwide - but this ..wisdom is vanishing even more rapidly that nature itself."
- John Tuxill, "Nature's Cornucopia: Our Stake in Plant Diversity"