Monthly Archives: April 2004

New Street Art Mystery

A while back I posted a couple entries wondering about this painted girl that I'd been seeing around, and it turns out it's not a girl afterall. Two weeks ago, the Stranger had this cover image where I immediately recognized the style of the kids. It's a local artist Parskid (the big headed kid) who does a bunch of stuff around the city.

The next mystery is this guy…

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One other sighting so far on a large yellow sign on the freeway. Definitely some difficult locations for these, but who is he?

Long Weekend, Little Done

This kinda fell apart on me for a number of reasons. Oh well. At least I got the hang of my camera and my malfunctioning video editing programs a bit. The other participants came up with some great stuff. I pretty much gave in to frustration and tiredness, and wished I spent more time outside during the gorgeous weekend.

Cordoba and Granada

The last two cities in my whirlwind tour of Spain were Cordoba and Granada. We stopped in Cordoba for just an afternoon and one night. Just enough to get a quick feel of the city. It had a lot of the similar sights as the other cities, and a spectacular Cathedral interior, but as a whole we weren't all that impressed, having just come from Sevilla. Take a look at the photos.

Granada was the last stop, and we got there by mid-morning to make it in time for our Alhambra ticket entrance time. The Nasrid Palaces inside the Alhambra grounds only allow a certain number of visitors per day and limit visiting time. We had gotten tickets in advance, but it still took us forever to figure out the intricacies of the entrance time system. After the Alhambra we settled into our hostel, where the owner delivered tea to us almost every time we stopped in. Granada was set in the hills, just a short distance from the Sierra Nevada mountains, which made for a very different feel compared to Sevilla and Cordoba. We enjoyed wandering around the city, up the winding streets, finding hidden cafes and restaurants. Granada also has a large Muslim presence, so there were a ton of Arab craft stores and tea houses throughout the city. I loved the feel of the whole city and the when it comes to Spanish cities I could see myself living in, Granada and Barcelona are probably a tie. Take a look at the photos.

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24 Hour Video

Andy is attempting the 24 hour comic starting tomorrow at noon, and I will be doing a 24 hour video. No, not a video that is 24 hours long. We decided that at least 12 minutes long is a good length. All of the writing, shooting, editing and any post-production will all be done within 24 hours, finishing at noon on Sunday. Jed is working on a video too, and Karen will be writing a 24 page paper. Who else is in? Good luck to all.

Sevilla

After three nights in Barcelona, we took a short flight down to Sevilla, in Southern Spain. We were in Sevilla during Semana Santa (Holy Week), when the city is host to dozens of religious processions leading up to Easter. These consisted of long lines of purple, white or black-hooded people processing through the narrow, cobblestone streets, leading elaborate floats of Jesus or the Virgin Mary. My sister and I caught processions of 3 different Jesuses and 3 Virgins. Since Semana Santa is such a big holiday week in Spain, many native Spaniards had the week off and were visiting Sevilla for the processions. In the early evenings, the tapas bars were always full of Spanish men in their church suits, drinking, eating and… drinking.

Sevilla as a whole, had less of an international city feel, and more of an old, authentic (albeit a bit touristy) Spanish feel, and it had some stunning sights. Take a look at the photos.

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New Lopolis

Last night I got a new design up for www.lopolis.com. It's just the barebones skeleton right now, but it's the direction I want to go for my main site. Simple, focussed on creative work, and very easy to update. I'm planning on adding a few subtle graphic touches, and reviving a semi-daily log of still image work, ala daily.lopolis.com which is long since dead, and never really achieved what I was aiming at. The “very easy to update” bit will come with some relatively simple PHP work down the road, so as to avoid relying on the messiness of Movabletype and the hacks required to get updates working the way I want. Right now it's only achieved “easy to update”. The focus now is on more content and creative work. Time to start cranking out some videos.

TV Turnoff Week

*UPDATE*
Most of the arguments against TV Turnoff Week are covered in this article, In Defense of Television. Yeah, some good points and they do make sense. If I were a loyal watcher of a few good TV programs then maybe I'd feel justified in skipping TV Turnoff Week. Instead of watching a few shows regularly, most of my TV watching is just that, “TV watching”. Surfing from channel to channel, watching whatever I find, staying on this channel for a bit, then moving on to that channel… Because of the way television programming is structured, channel surfing works perfectly at keeping you engrossed for entirely too long, as you get more and more comfortable watching whatever shows up. After this kind of watching I don't feel any more satisfied or content with the way I spent my time, so for this reason and this type of TV watching, I'm turning the set off (or ignoring it, as the case may be) for the next week.

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I'll be participating in TV Turnoff Week this week (with the exception of last night because A) I didn't know it had started and B) I was sucked in to watching the 14!? inning Mariners game). I'm pretty sure I can't convince all of my TV addicted housemates to join me, so it'll be more like, “TV I'm-Not-Going-to-Watch Week” for me.

The Adbusters TV Turnoff site

The official TV Turnoff site

Page 23, 5th Sentence

bq. The man drinks the wine down to his middle finger, and his face looks puffy with dark chin stubble.

Diary, Chuck Palahniuk

Directions:
1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 23.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.

via Andy

Barcelona

My itinerary map was off by a little bit, so here's the quick order of the trip before I barrage you with pictures. Arrived in Barcelona on Sunday the 4th, spent 3 nights there. Flew to Sevilla, where we spent 3 nights. Train to Cordoba for one night. Bus to Granada for 2 nights, and then flight back to Barcelona for the last night, before the return trip nightmare.

First are the pictures I took in Barcelona. I pretty much played tourist in each city, so expect a lot of pictures of buildings, churches and more buildings. Take a look at the photos.

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I'll be putting the rest of the trip pictures up soon. Stay tuned.

Street Art in Spain

I took more than 300 photos while I was in Spain, so I'll be posting a lot as I get done sorting them.

First up is the collection of photos of street art that I took. Almost every free wall or alley-way in Barcelona had some sort of tag, grafitti, stencil, poster, or elaborate mural covering it. I could have taken more than 300 photos of street art alone. There must not be nearly the penalties for grafitti there that there are here, and there are also signs up in certain areas saying something along the lines of “Grafitti OK area”, where a lot of the more elaborate work showed up. Sevilla and Cordoba were much cleaner, and had less of a raw urban feel in areas, so there was very little street art. Granada had a good mix of urban and old-city feel, plus a ton of alleys winding through the hills, so there was more art that showed up there. The last 6 photos are all from Granada. Take a look at the art.

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Home at last

Was up at 6AM Spain time (which is 9 hours ahead of Seattle) yesterday, Wednesday. Flew from Barcelona to Madrid. Flight from Madrid to NY had technical problems, did a u-turn back to Madrid. We didn't get a second plane until 4 hours later, rendering my connecting flight in NY completely missed. Got a new connection and hotel voucher for a Ramada for the night and went to sleep at 10PM Eastern time (4AM Thursday, Spain time). Woke up at 4AM Eastern time (1AM Pacific time) this morning to catch the hotel shuttle to the airport, and got my flight at 7AM Eastern, arriving in Seattle at 10AM Pacific. Now I have to head in to work for a few hours, and it feels to me like some-ungodly-fucking-time o'clock.

Un viaje para dos

Yo salgo a Espana manana, pero no es un viaje romantico, porque es con mi hermana.

Debajo es una carta de Espana y las destinacciones para mi viaje.

Big orange are my flights there and back. Green lines are train rides (although, we may be flying from Barcelona to Sevilla, I'm not sure). Blue dotted are short flights. I can't remember whether Granada is still in the itinerary or not, or whether we return to Barcelona from Cordoba.

I won't pretend that I know enough Spanish to finish this post in it. So, things will be quiet here (if not dead silent) for the next week and a half while I'm gone, but I promise a crapload of pictures when I return. (And yes, I'll try to stay off the trains with bombs under the tracks)

Adios, amigos!

PS – Nellie McKay was probably one of the best, if not THE best live performances I've seen.

PPS – Hellboy was a really fun, smart, damn good, action-packed superhero/comic movie.

Boobalicious

For the month of March I got more than 300 hits from search strings related to Janet Jackson's boob. I think last month's janet jackson's boob round-up helped a lot. Looking at all of the different ways that people search for this one thing makes for an interesting search engine usability study. Maybe I'll compile the master list next month.

Some of the more amusing non-Janet boob related strings:

* dan savage shaved pubic
* chamois on a stick
* penis cheese
* big tit swimteam
* breathing underwater hamsters
* cadaver or blades or spastic or mediterraneanizations or dream
* do hamsters have dreams
* fat alcoholic grandpa photos
* how much art can you take
* old poopy cars
* panama whores
* swim cap tits
* trees with branches
* world record giant crab picture

And yes, I got one search string from someone searching for “excavator bucket”, which you could probably guess from the second comment on this page.