I'm up in the woods
March 28, 2009, 8:38 am
Filed under: Listen

Recent Vintage Book Finds
March 26, 2009, 7:34 pm
Filed under: Books

Here are some recent books we’ve picked up at estate sales.First is a classic Boy Scouts’ hand book, I remember reading my father’s as a kid.

There’s always some old gardening books.

And this great book about man and automobiles with great diagrams

Errol Morris for High Life
March 24, 2009, 8:44 am
Filed under: Beer

Much has been made of Errol Morris’ commercials for Miller High Life in the years since they were released, but I still can’t get enough of these commercials. To be honest I haven’t seen any of his other movies like The Fog of War and Gates of Heaven but I love these commercials. I will have to get to those films sooner than later, Roger Ebert called Gates of Heaven “one of the 10 best films of all time.”

With summer times on the horizon, I know there will be some High Life in my future.

Ms. Vernal Equinox
March 21, 2009, 12:15 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

Meant to post this yesterday in celebration the sun’s axis tilt being neither away nor towards the sun. It is the day where we have equal parts night and day, a balance. After the equinox there will slowly be more day then night, more heat.¬† Its a great day and I can almost feel the even tilt in the axis . While this usually indicates spring is on its way, and it is, last night it went down to 20 degrees.


Recently I heard about a myth that says you can stand an egg on its point durring the equinox. Apparently this is true, but you can also stand and egg on its point any other day of the year with some patienents.

New Tattoo
March 17, 2009, 10:29 pm
Filed under: Art

Been thinking of getting a new tattoo soon, commemorate graduating from grad school, and well its been awhile since I recieved my last one (also my only tat). Came accross some images recently that I have found particularliy beautiful and they got me thinking.leonard-baskin-edit

This first image is a work by Leonard Baskin, I believe its part of his prophets series, I was recently informed that he lived in Amherst MA. Not sure if I would get all of these guys, or just one.


This image is by Ben Shahn, not his most well known print or drawing but I really like the lion like line drawing that is in the background. I think it would make a great tat, just lines no shading. Here is another possible lion by Shahn, I would remove all the background layers and just get to line drawing of the lion.


And here is just one more painting by my new favorite Jewish surrealist Samuel Bak. i don’t think I could get this tattooed, but if I wanted a full color and like 50 hour tattoo I would consider one of his works.


Object(s) of Desire : VW Vanagon Westfalia
March 15, 2009, 1:41 pm
Filed under: Object(s) of Desire

My love affair and want for one of these beautiful creations has been growing over the past few years, and lately I have been searching hard for a good deal on one. You’d be surprised on the resale value of these things, they retain their value even when they are in so-so shape. Anyways one day, hopefully sooner then later I will acquire one! And now for some fine examples of this specimen via flickr.

Some of these photos come from www.gowesty.com , a company that sells parts and refurbishes old Vanagons. They do beautiful work, but I can’t still believe the prices on some of their vehicles, kinda insane. I’m gonna have to find one for a lot cheaperl!

These images seem to capture the Vanagon in its nature setting. Not sure exactly why I like them so much, except probably that they  quirky symbol of adventure and of road tripping, something I have always desired for. Maybe one day, or perhaps just for lugging childen around town. Either way it be fun to do it in one of these.

More Tandem
March 13, 2009, 5:55 pm
Filed under: Bicycles

Here are some more flickr finds to wet the whistle, soon I will have ours together to ride and I will take some photos.

Samantha and I need some outfits like these guys have, then we will ride across the world on our bike!

Arrival of the Tandem
March 12, 2009, 11:10 pm
Filed under: Bicycles


Tonight our Schwinn Tandem will be arriving via amtrak from Philadelphia at 8:47 exactly. A gift for our wedding from my brother and his wife, we will ride it in good health. Samantha thinks we will ride it to the farmer’s market, I just hope we ride it. It is a beast of a bike with the weight to match, gonna be fun going up the hills around the area. Here are some teasers of what to expect, until I get it put back together and take some photos.


Steve and I walk
March 10, 2009, 5:36 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

Steve and I walk. These are some pictures from our winter walks, figure I should get these out before spring time comes

Winter light

Eastern State
March 9, 2009, 12:56 am
Filed under: Architecture

Recently visited Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia. The place has been allowed to decay since it was closed in 1970. It is a pretty amazing prison located in a dense urban center, even though when it was built it was basically surrounded by farm land. As it sits now the place is best for taking pictures, I could have skipped the tour.