Friday, 21 January 2011

video vendredi - coolest skate video ever

k, so i don't know much about skateboarding, but my husband knows enough for both of us. he tells me that Rodney Mullen invented this style of street skating, and that mr. Mullen 'destroys' the young man in the video above. just so ya know. that aside, i happen to think this is the coolest skate video i have ever laid eyes on. the music, the clothes, the fluidity and fred-astaire-like grace of Killian's moves. i've watched this thing like five times already. i could watch it all day long.

Monday, 17 January 2011

thank you tenniscoats!

i arose this morning in a dreadful state of melancholy, only to find out when i checked my facebook page that today is what's known as "blue monday". this is the first i've heard of it, but it seems some british dude has worked out some kind of 'scientific' formula by which he's devised that today is the most depressing day of the year. sounds like a load o malarkey to me. neverthless, i've had a terrible time trying to shake the blues today. so, in defiance of this silly man's silly theory, i hit the internet in search of a little piece of joy to make me feel better. and i found one:

Friday, 14 January 2011

wayne white

Aw Cmon

Good Looking People Having Fun Without You

what i wouldn't give for half an hour o shootin' the sh*t with this guy. Wayne White is a painter, art director, illustrator, puppeteer and banjo player originally from Chatanooga, Tennessee. he's won 3 emmies for his work as a designer on Pee Wee's Playhouse, as well as MTV and Billboard awards for his work in music videos, such as Peter Gabriel's Big Time. Wayne also works as a fine artist, creating, among other things, the 'word paintings' you see here. these paintings feature oversized text integrated into reproductions of vintage landscapes. i realize this stuff might not be for everyone, but i think they're unspeakably awesome. there are over two hundred of these gems on White's website varying greatly in style and content. most are humorous, but some are poignant, even sad. i suggest you head over there and flip through them right away.

Tell Me You Love Me


if you live in California, Wayne's currently doing a one man biographical show complete with banjo and harmonica playing at Largo, every Tuesday in February.

Walks Into a Beck Concert and Says Whats This Suckass Shit

Thursday, 13 January 2011

all the king's women #27 - shelley fabares

Shelley Fabares has been acting since she was 3 years old, and first became famous for her role in the long running 60s sitcom The Donna Reed Show. the attention this role brought Shelley -life long friend of Annette Funicello- the opportunity to record two top forty hits, one of which (Johnny Angel) climbed to number one on the billboard charts in 1962.

in 1963, Shelley took a break from television to pursue a career in film. it was during this time that she appeared in Ride the Wild Surf with Barbara Eden and Susan Hart...

and not one, but three Elvis films: Girl Happy (1965), Spinout(1966) and Clambake(1967). Elvis once said that Shelley was his favourite actress to work with. perhaps because they shared an interest in music as well as acting?

Fabares returned to television in the 70s, appearing in numerous shows and made-for-tv movies. some of my readers may be a bit young to remember, but Shelley is probably most know for her role in the tv series Coach with Craig T. Nelson :)

Shelley married record producer Lou Adler in 1964, but the couple separated two years later and were divorced in 1980. in 1984, Fabares married actor Mike Farrell (B.J from M.a.s.h.) and is stepmother to his two children, Erin and Michael.

in October 2000, Shelley received a life-saving liver transplant after being diagnosed with autoimmune hepatitis.

Monday, 10 January 2011

shame on me

January 8 has come and gone and i've neglected to post my annual birthday salutation to the greatest entertainer who ever lived. shame on me. two days ago would have been Elvis' 76th birthday. in honour of the king, here are some of my favourite rare photos. happy belated birthday Elvis!

Friday, 7 January 2011

forgive me, but i love these

this may prove a slightly contraversial choice, but i think these sweatshirts by Mishka are some kind of awesome, and i kinda want one. perhaps Oscar Wilde can help back me up:

Imagination is a quality given a man to compensate him for what he is not, and a sense of humour was provided to console him for what he is.

Amen, Oscar my man.

seth armstrong

how i wish i could paint like the extraordinarily talented artists i've featured here over the years. californian Seth Armstrong's talent is no less enviable than any other. my favourites of his paintings are Night Kitchen (above), and Pissing on Ireland (below). see more of his work here.

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

where the hell am i?

i'm feeling a bit disoriented today. back at work after two blissful weeks of vacation, grumpy and light-headed from the stupid newyear's diet i'm subjecting myself to, and totally unclear as to what i want to do with the slip-n-slide of a brand new year stretching out before me. lucky for me, i tend to count my birthday as an annual day of reckoning more than january first. and with that but a month away (february 8), i'll be working on this year's list. it's an awfully big birthday for me this year, so i've a lot of thinking to do. in the meantime, i'll just keep eating rabbit food n birdseed and snapping at strangers 'til i can't take it anymore :/
hope you all had a happy and safe holiday season. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

R.I.P. Pete Postlethwaite (February 7, 1946 – January 2, 2011)