Thursday, September 30, 2010


Episode #23.2: James Yorkston & Adrian Crowley - "Take The Skinheads Bowling" (by Camper Van Beethoven) from Off The Beaten Tracks on Vimeo.

2 videos in a row but I think it is worth it.

I just have not been making the time I need to draw. This means I have not been taking the time to think, reflect, prayer, gin myself up around the business of living. I am working on this but not so you'd know. In the meantime there are all these grace notes - in the songs, in some stretching at and away from work, in learning what I subconsciously learned in the recesses over the past year. Most all of this is delightful and more than anything else I am dippily grateful.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

happiest stumble of the year

I stumbled across this here, while learning about ukuleles.
Happiest stumble of the year.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

super sad true love story

I really wanted to write more than, 'I really liked this book, which thrillingly lives up to its title' and I will, but not yet and probably not on this book. Here's the NYT instead.

time magazine

Raises more questions than it answers (and not really in a very good way).

Something more personal next.

Monday, September 20, 2010

I did not draw this...

I found it here. It is by the wonderful Sylvain Chomet and is the screensaver on my computer at work. The return to employment has brought on a flurry of emotions that I have not even yet articulated to myself - certainly not blog ready. And the evenings suddenly seem short (and the weekends full of celebration). But there will be more drawing and whatever else-ing goes on here. I miss it.

The Illusionist from Berwick Film & Media Arts Fest on Vimeo.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

a page of whatever comes out

My first thought on scanning this page was, What a random set of thoughts, readings, images and viewings go into informing my days, moods, outlook, further thoughts. But I realized fairly quickly that there is really no randomness to this and that there might be a fairly narrow range of influences working on me at any given time. Actually this page has very few sources. Brueggeman and Alec McGarry come out of what I am reading at the moment. Nothing random about that - it is rare that I don't choose what I am reading next. The newspapers I check in with every day sparked just about everything else. No idea where the Australian came from - combination of my head and hand, though I am not sure what why.

No major point to this. I think of myself as open and curious (some days less so than others) and ready to read, listen to, draw, or watch whatever people throw on my path. For day to day reading/listening/watching choices I have favourite sources I go back to again and again - blogs, magazines, authors, filmmakers. I assume I am like most people this way. But am ready to be challenged if not.

this charming man

Eddie Campbell Reading - July 2008 from Jessa Crispin on Vimeo.

I am marveling my way through the Alec Book at the moment and found this very charming man on video at his own blog.

on the ethiopian restaurant wall

Copied on to the back of a receipt at the end of a good meal with good friends.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

on getting a job

more bread

No pictures were taken when I was cooking for the film shoot. But a few days later I made some pizza with the leftovers. The simplicity of the whole thing makes me a bit weepy.

Then you just add a layer of cheese.

Bake it for just too long and it tastes great.

Other things which really make me smile at the moment.
I am greatly honoured to be included on this list of Pip's.

And take a look at this interactive feature based around an Arcade Fire song and your childhood - wild and wonderful.