Photo of the Day

•June 4, 2022 • 2 Comments

Rick took this photo. Cool, huh?

Animation: Como te quiero

•May 15, 2022 • 1 Comment

Directed by Cossa. Music by Khruangbin.

Found on Everlasting Blört.

Give That Wolf a Banana

•May 14, 2022 • Leave a Comment

It’s Eurovision time. Here’s Norway’s entry for this year, by Subwoolfer.

A Piece of the Storm, by Mark Strand

•April 19, 2022 • Leave a Comment

A Piece of the Storm

by Mark Strand

From the shadow of domes in the city of domes,
A snowflake, a blizzard of one, weightless, entered your room
And made its way to the arm of the chair where you, looking up
From your book, saw it the moment it landed. That’s all
There was to it. No more than a solemn waking
To brevity, to the lifting and falling away of attention, swiftly,
A time between times, a flowerless funeral. No more than that
Except for the feeling that this piece of the storm,
Which turned into nothing before your eyes, would come back,
That someone years hence, sitting as you are now, might say:
“It’s time. The air is ready. The sky has an opening.”

Mark Strand reading the poem

High Desert Weekend

•April 4, 2022 • Leave a Comment

We drove to Central Washington this weekend to visit some high desert spots, lush and green at this time of year. We hiked all around the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge and tried out our new phone cameras.

Ben Paris Restaurant Wallpaper

•March 26, 2022 • 2 Comments

There’s a new hotel in the old Eitel Building in downtown Seattle, and the ground floor restaurant has cool wallpaper.

Pike Place flowers and seafood design by Kate Blairstone.

  

Mural by Kyler Martz.

Souvenir design by Kate Blairestone.

A Treasure Hunt

•March 20, 2022 • 6 Comments

I have some old friends whose birthdays are both in April, and I’ve put together a treasure hunt for them. They aren’t on the internet, so I have no fear this post will spoil the surprise.

I’ll mail them a couple of letters, followed by a notebook that contains a small key, and finally an X-marks-the-spot map. The spot is about five miles from their house in rural Washington state, and there they’ll find a waterproof ammo can.

scroll, map, ephemera, and a book sealed with wax and The Yellow Sign

ephemera

clay bits

papyrus scroll, The Weighing of the Heart. Please note Cthulhu is officiating.

a copy of a fragment of John Dee’s translation of the Necronomicon, hand sewn in the Italian manner

The teaser letters and notebook help explain the contents. I’m especially pleased with how the scroll turned out. It took months to draw & color the papyrus. The scroll itself is just a mop handle with a couple of drawer pulls for end caps.

Though it’s unlikely, I worry that someone might find this thing before they do, so on the day I send the map I’ll also drive the 250 miles (400 km) necessary to hide it. I think they’ll like it.

Dedicated to Dave and Molly, written in Dead-ite font. Klaatu Barada Necktie.

Stromae on the French News

•March 10, 2022 • Leave a Comment

I got Stromae‘s new album, Multitude. It’s really great.

Here he is live on the French nightly news (click cc for English captions).

Digital Art from Ukraine on Etsy

•March 10, 2022 • Leave a Comment

Artists and crafters from Ukraine might not be able to ship physical objects abroad right now, but their digital art is available instantly on Etsy through a digital download search, and your payment is instantly available to the artist.

I bought these beautiful scanned paintings in super high-resolution images (not posted here).

 

From seller KuchmiyArt

From seller softwhitetrail

Find tons more digital art from Ukraine here.

Winter Day at the Arboretum

•February 13, 2022 • Leave a Comment

The winter garden at the arboretum is in full bloom.

 
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