Monthly Archives: December 2009

Christmas List

If I don’t wake up on Christmas morning with one of these in my stocking, Santa better stay away altogether. It’s called a fennec fox and they live in Saharan Africa. I seriously just want to grab those ears and go Lennie on this little guy.




Winter Solstice

I love the shortest day of the year, only because it means the days are going to start getting longer! I read in National Geographic that the oceans are still retaining heat from summer and so that’s why today isn’t the coldest day of the year. In a month or two, look out!

I can’t wait for summer solstice, when everone in Seattle gets naked.


Avatar

I watched Avatar this weekend in IMAX 3D and was genuinely blown away even though the plot seemed like a cross between Fern Gully and Dances with Wolves. I was also annoyingly distracted with the constant usage of a modified version of my least favorite typeface, Papyrus. Apparently a $300 million budget doesn’t include thoughtful type design.

Still, the movie itself was one of the most entertaining movies I’ve seen in theaters this year. To say it is “visually refreshing” is an understatement. It truly is unlike anything you will ever see. I loved it. That is all I am going to say.


Hipster Chronology

I thought this image in Paste was pretty great. It makes me wonder what 10 more years will do.


Top 5 Favorite Holiday Albums

Every year I soothe myself from the annoying news stories of holiday stampedes by breaking out these favorite albums. In all honesty, sometimes I just listen to them to listen.

1. Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers: Once Upon a Christmas
Dolly’s my girl! And this album is the best!


2. Sufjan Stevens: Songs for Christmas
There are so many fun new holiday songs on this 5 disc holiday extravaganza. My favorites are “Get Behind Me, Santa!” and “Come On! Let’s Boogey to the Elf Dance!” Sufjan’s renditions of “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” and “Silent Night” are also nice.


3. The Carpenters: Christmas Portrait
Ever since I was a boy, I listened to The Carpenters’ holiday album. Karen Carpenter is amazing. I mourn her every Christmas, because this album is butter and I wish we could have had her around longer.


4. John Denver & The Muppets: A Christmas Together
This album is hands down my favorite childhood collection of holiday music, and I still love it. The real heroes of this album are Miss Piggy and Janice, my favorite Muppet bitches.


5. Mariah Carey: Merry Christmas
One word: damn.


Decorating for the Holidays

I finally decorated my Christmas tree (bush, shrub… whatever) today. Taylor made the cloud and rainbow ornaments as well as the felt garland. Jonathan helped by making a felt bird and I made a felt airplane. However, my Betty White and Estelle Getty ornaments felt right at home in the tree. I’m still working on Bea and Rue. Christmas could never be Christmas with those dear friends.

So festive!










Thank You

I made a quick Thank You card for my aunt Barbara today. She gave me a really amazing Christmas card this year… with a prize.

Monkey Day

I’m not kidding; December 14th is Monkey Day. According to the official website, Monkey Day is a day to “scream like a monkey and throw feces at whomever you choose.” Please be on the lookout, people! I don’t want anyone I know getting hit with feces.

Monkey Day was also created to generate animal rights awareness and contribute to actual organizations. Attached are some of my favorite monkeys:





Christmas List

I constantly search for back copies of COLORS, my favorite magazine. If you ever find any, buy them. I’ll pay you back.


Shelly

Happy Birthday to my old friend and former roommate, Shelly! Thank you for teaching me the 5 basic tanning positions (I’ll show you later) and about gross boys in Abercrombie jeans and tennis shoes. I miss you lots. I’ll never forget the time I almost peed on your face.


Christmas List

I pray to get my hands on a pair of these USB warm gloves. Now if they made a USB warm Snuggie, I just might fall over dead.




Passion Pit

I attended Passion Pit’s overdue concert at the Moore Theatre last night in Seattle. While I danced, sang, and gladly made fun of annoying people that insist on clapping in double-time to every song, I left feeling put off by the Moore Theatre and their super-duper stupid staff. Why can’t they tear that place down and put up a nice Hardee’s or something?

Passion Pit themselves entertained like mad. I particularly loved “Let Your Love Grow Tall” and “Eyes as Candles.” I would love to catch them again when the venue allows the audience to actually move around to the music. It would be nice.


Human Rights Day

Happy Human Rights Day everyone. Please don’t ever be intolerant, racist, sexist, homophobic, et al. But especially today.










National Brownie Day

Happy Brownie Day everyone! No matter how you like ‘em!


Ryan

My friend Ryan celebrated his birthday this last weekend.

Photographing a 6’7″ man jumping around the Salt Flats is not something you get to do everyday. Lucky for me, I got to do just that and more with a bunch of friends while visiting Salt Lake City. The attached pic was a highlight.

Happy Birthday, Ryan!


Christmas List

“Big Love” continues to be one of my all-time favorite TV shows for a single reason: ChloĆ« Sevigny. She amazes me.

I realize the Season 3 DVDs won’t be released until January 2010, but I’m putting it on my Christmas list now because I’m sure I will buy it with the money my paren…err…Santa gives me. I want it now!


Ma Vie en Rose

I finally watched the Belgian film Ma Vie en Rose (My Life in Pink) last night and do highly recommend it.

The story revolves around a cross-dressing 7-year-old named Ludovic and a neighboring community of family and acquaintances with varying degrees of tolerance and cultural anxiety. The film captures the innocence around Ludo’s pure and misunderstood inclinations and focuses on the fear and childishness of the adults in the community.

My favorite moment occurs when Ludo encounters Christine, a rugged tomboy who shoots slingshots and dresses like cowboys. She provides Ludo, his family, and the film’s audience with an alternate perspective on a difficult situation, and ultimately teaches us the blessing of true tolerance and love.




National Cotton Candy Day

If you need an excuse to gorge on cotton candy, today is the day. Australians call it “fairy floss.” CUTE!

Happy Cotton Candy Day, everyone. I’ll let you know when it’s National Root Canal Day.


Christmas List

The ONLY reason I’ve been a good boy this year is so Santa will stuff my stocking with this amazing Dolly Parton box set. Crossing my fingers.


Jen

My cousin, Jennifer, celebrates 32 years today. Here we are in California when we were kiddos.

Happy Birthday, Jen. You’re wonderful.


Wear Brown Shoes Day

Today is Wear Brown Shoes Day. I hope we can all find time to pay tribute to our brown shoes and the brown shoes that have gone on before us. And let us also give thanks to the wonderful brown shoes in the sky that give us so much.


Precious

I liked Precious but the impressionistic poster attached below had a greater affect on me. The film itself depicts Precious’ difficulties in an extremely detailed way. Whereas, the poster leaves much more up to the imagination. The disconnect between the film and the poster bothers me, as I wish the film would have used poetic implications and symbolism instead of literally piling on the nasty details of Precious’ unimaginable afflictions.

My favorite part of Precious was Xosha Roquemore, who plays Joann. “Heeeeeyyyyy!” I can’t stop thinking about her voice, personality, fashion sense, lovability… what a dreamboat! SPIN-OFF!

Check out Precious if you can. It’s worth watching Mo’Nique say “breastseses” like David Alan Grier on “In Living Color” and Mariah Carey was good enough to make me sing “Hero” during the closing credits.


Casey

My good friend, Casey Moriyama, was born 33 years ago today. I’ve known him since high school and he was also my favorite roommate in college. Lucky for me, because he replaced my obnoxious roommate that used to sand cherrywood spoons at 2 AM and eat a gallon of frozen peas afterwards while talking to his grandma about AutoZone.

Casey loves teryaki and used to sing in the hip boy-band, Eclipse. He used to snore but had surgery to fix it. Just ask his wife, Suzy (we all call her “Deaf Suzy”) and she says the surgery worked like a charm.

Happy Birthday Casey! I wish we could play James Bond instead of go to work.


Virgin Jerri

This tattoo is amazing. Unless it’s really not supposed to be Jerri Blank dressed up like the Virgin Mary.


Sara

Speaking of turkeys, it’s Sara DeAraujo’s birthday today. doot dadoo…

Sara is a good friend and former roommate of mine. I love her tons. She recently got engaged to Sam “That’s-Where-You-Put-Your-Hog” Atkinson and I couldn’t be more excited for them. I’m also honored they asked the dear Reverend J-Fun to come out of retirement and perform their wedding ceremony. The wedding will be on July 3rd, 2010 so obviously I’m already making preparations. I don’t dilly-dally with wedding stuff.

Happy Birthday Sara!
Oh, and Britney Spears too!