Today is (obviously) Halloween, but we got the party started yesterday. In the afternoon, we took the kids to the annual Halloween Carnival at the neighborhood park, and Georgia was able to put on her full costume for the first time. Georgia has wanted to be a cat for Halloween this year since about five minutes after Halloween last year, and Allison has been working on making it for weeks. I think it turned out great, personally.
After the kids were off to bed, the grownups put on our costumes, and got ready for the costume party we were hosting. Sonrisa Trippe had spent all day working on the Tardis door, to go along with her Amy Pond costume, and I think it turned out amazingly well. Dean Trippe was Batman (naturally), and as for me and Allison…?
Allison makes a fetching Princess Leia, don’t you think?
As for me, I kept telling everyone I wasn’t dressed as Captain Kirk, I was dress as Captain Roberson, dammit.
But I wasn’t the only member of Starfleet in attendance. Robert Wilson IV and his wife Tiffany drove down from Dallas to join in the fun, though they’d opted for a more Old Skool look than my New Movie version. Still, we’re all one big happy Starfleet, as Khan said.
All in all, we had a fantastic time. Thanks to everyone who came! And today we’re finishing the decorating of the Halloween cookies, mutilating a pumpkin–erm, making a jack-o-lantern, that is–and going door to door begging for candy. What could be better than that?
October 31st, 2010 | Category: Uncategorized | Comments are closed
Julian West has made a video for my old friend Chris Cannon‘s “Night Falls,” a track off his album vine street, which you can download for FREE. Give it a listen, and then go check out the rest of the album.
October 27th, 2010 | Category: Uncategorized | Comments are closed
So I give you, for the first time I think, Hulk the Druid (a celtic primeval force of nature), Captain Amerigo (from the New World), Thor himself, and an unknown mysterious clad-armored gladiator known as Iron Man . Tigether they are The AVENGERS, EARTH’s FIRST HEROES and they fight evils and undead armies. How does that sound?
Over on the Bleeding Cool site, the cover and description of the long-awaited next installment of Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill’s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century has been posted. Behold the awesome:
CHAPTER TWO takes place almost sixty years later in the psychedelic daze of Swinging London during 1968, a place where Tadukic Acid Diethylamide 26 is the drug of choice, and where different underworlds are starting to overlap dangerously to an accompaniment of sit-ins and sitars. The vicious gangster bosses of London’s East End find themselves brought into contact with a counter-culture underground of mystical and medicated flower-children, or amoral pop-stars on the edge of psychological disintegration and developing a taste for Satanism. Alerted to a threat concerning the same magic order that she and her colleagues were investigating during 1910, a thoroughly modern Mina Murray and her dwindling league of comrades attempt to navigate the perilous rapids of London’s hippy and criminal subculture, as well as the twilight world of its occultists. Starting to buckle from the pressures of the twentieth century and the weight of their own endless lives, Mina and her companions must nevertheless prevent the making of a Moonchild that might well turn out to be the antichrist.
And speaking of Thomas N. Perkins, he’s just released a new art book for the iPad and iPhone that’s available through the iTunes Apps store. There are details on Perkins’ blog, and speaking for myself I can say that I paid full price for it and thought it was worth every penny. Just jam-packed with awesome!
October 1st, 2010 | Category: Uncategorized | Comments are closed
“Walt said that I knew about colors he had never heard of before.” -Mary Blair
Mary Blair is an influential artist who, with a few brushstrokes, defined the look and feel of a Disney movie. Her bold color choices and unique art style is instantly recognizable, seen in classics such as Cinderella, Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, and more. Blair also worked on designing park attractions, unquestionably seen in It’s A Small World, which is purely her both in style and concept. She also illustrated many Little Golden Books, such as I Can Fly. There is no doubt that Blair’s stunning style still influences film today.
“The way she painted—in a lot of ways she was still a little girl. Walt was like that… You could see he could relate to children—she was the same way.” -Rolly Crump
I sped by this sign on Powell boulevard, and couldn’t quite believe what I’d seen. A few days later I saw it again and strained to read the words correctly. “Husky or Maltese Whatever” ?????? What in the heck? A pet shop? A bizarre direct translation from Vietnamese or something? The next time I drove by I picked out the word “restaurant”. I’m further baffled by this. I can’t think of one reason in the whole world why someone would give this name to any shop, let alone a restaurant. Well I googled it, and found there are a whole lot of people who are similarly intrigued. AND I found out WHY it is called this!!
First, here are two links to others who couldn’t believe their eyes :
The restaurant got its name as the result of a miscommunication between the owner and her accountant and the instinct of the Vietnamese former inmate who painted the sign.
The reason it never seems to be open is because the owner, Limin Tian, who goes by the nickname Abby, only opens the eatery in the winter months. In the spring and summer, she makes more money selling crepes out of a trailer in the shadow of the Fox Tower downtown.
“Just like there’s different kinds of dogs, there’s different kinds of food,” she said, making her first crepe of the day recently at Snow White House on Southwest Ninth Avenue and Yamhill Street. “If you have good food, people all love it. Same with dogs.”
Tian signed a 15-year lease for a restaurant in the Powell Center strip mall at Southeast 36th Avenue and Powell Boulevard, not too far from where she lives, early last year. Trying to think of a name so her accountant could register it and file for a county health license, she mentioned how much she loved her dogs, Sparkler and Fluffy, and how nice it would be to include them in the name.
“Which one?” her accountant asked.
“The husky, Maltese, whatever,” she said.
He filed the papers.
So she planned to change the name on the sign. The artist she hired, Tom Nho of Portland Signs Studio, argued against that. Something about Nho Ñ his willingness to paint the sign by hand, his six years in a Vietnamese prison, something caught Tian’s attention.
“He gave me confidence,” she said. “I’m never going to change it.”