Where have we been in 3 weeks? We have watched about 10 movies on airplanes that all were really bad, been to 5 different countries, saw fjords, mountain towns, oil museums, Hawaiian beaches, drank Mai Tais, got felt up by crafty Norwegians, saw lots of street art, appreciated oil money just a tad, found flying over London to be pretty great sightseeing, learned not to leave your resort, Italian gas station coffee is the real deal, pizza may be better in San Francisco, our cat likes to vacation as well, Norway’s Food Story is excellent, read two books, began to love Bon Iver just a bit more, found Phil Collins is soothing as shit, learned Italians love Noel Gallagher, and came to the conclusion that the key to life is $15 bottles of water and a population of 5m with oil. And we are back.
Remember when we went to Montreal? The people at Drawn and Quarterly were so nice an helpful. They made us a list of the best poutines in the city. The store was pretty great too. Like a little slice of San Francisco in Brooklyn in Paris. We miss them.
Born This Way is a pretty great new blog created by “Paul V.” He lists in the About section: “A photo/essay project for gay adults (male and female) to submit pictures from their childhood (roughly ages 2 to 12) – with snapshots that capture them, innocently, showing the beginnings of their innate LGBT selves. It’s OUR nature, our TRUTH!” Enjoy!
Designer Michael Princip is taking it upon himself to redesign the football helmet. The reason is two-fold. First, in terms of design, he segments portions of the helmet in order to dissipate concussion-giving shocks. Second, business and making money.
ESPN reports “Princip doesn’t want to compete with them — he hopes to sell or lease the Bulwark concept to one of the established helmet brands and then be part of the development team that brings it to market.”
A pretty great idea, considering our favorite player, Aaron Rodgers, gets concussions, two this year in fact, and this would help the guy out and maybe win a Super Bowl for Northern California by way of Green Bay.
In hindsight, this was a pretty great album, and the French Kicks have had a pretty solid indie career, and to us, nothing tops this title track from the 2004 album, The Trial of the Century. A very appealing song way beyond the typical indie fanbase, we are surprised this song didn’t end up on some romantic comedy soundtracks over the past few years. Maybe it was in a Kate Hudson movie, we may never know.