Early Morning Hallucinations


Molotov Cocktail

Image Courtesy of e-How

How I'm describing one aspect of my life at the moment: a Molotov cocktail.

The Molotov cocktail, also known as the petrol bomb, gasoline bomb, or Molotov bomb, or simply Molotov, is a generic name used for a variety of improvised incendiary weapons. They are frequently used by rioters due to their relatively easy mode of production.
- Wikipedia

The key takeaway: just because something seems relatively easy to build doesn't mean it can't be massively destructive.


The Awesomeness Manifesto

Speaks for itself.
The Awesomeness Manifesto

Lost in Translation

Funny Persian translations:

Don’t look at me left left (don’t look at me the wrong way)
I hit the ground and my father came out (I fell and hurt myself)
You don’t know salt (you are ungrateful)


Bon Iver takes on The Fillmore

This one probably makes it onto my the Top Five Shows of All Time list...

Five favorite moments:

  1. Justin Vernon's "little brother" Mikey* covering Graham Nash's Simple Man.**
  2. Vernon, solo beneath a spotlight, for a moving performance of Re: Stacks. He skipped this one in last year's show at Outside Lands, so I was pretty happy he made up for it this time around.
  3. He wrapped the pre-encore show with a little audience participation I can actually appreciate. The crowd joined in for the repetition in The Wolves, climaxing in a mighty yell. Screaming = the ultimate release.
  4. As a band we only have, like, ten songs. So you know, we gotta stretch em out." - JV
  5. "Anyone like House of Nanking? I had lunch there today... the best lunch probably ever." - JV. Man knows his Chinese food.

* thanks to Wikipedia, I know Mikey is not Vernon's younger brother, but his former guitar student.
**Watch it for yourself:


You're Invited: Join the Recessionista Club

Get on the cash saving train! CH and I are living by new rules - see below:

1. Don't talk about Recessionista Club. What? No! Talk about it, brag about it. It's cool to save big bucks. (insert Comcast commercial)

2. It's okay to eat nothing but Cheerios for two weeks instead of returning your new jeans.

3. People make money in lots of creative ways. You can too. Try:
  • Focus groups: Ecker Research or Fleischman Field Research (Bay Area only)
  • Sell your clothes: Cris for high-end, Crossroads for everything else
  • Sell your DVDs: These will be worthless soon, so you might as well sell them now. Digitize with Handbrake and save to your hard drive, then bring them to Streetlight or Rasputin. If you sell more than 10 at Rasputin they'll give you a coupon for a free slice at Blondies. Cash + free dinner = big score.
  • Babysitting: This is a cash cow. Tax free, upwards of $15/hr and access to premium cable for an evening.
  • Tutoring: I haven't tried this one but apparently you can make serious cash helping 6th graders with their math homework. Assuming you can do 6th grade math. Questionable...
4. You don't have to shell out tons of money to have a good time in this city:
  • Art events: First Thursdays at 49 Geary offer fine art, and often free wine and snacks. Some auction house sales and openings will as well.
  • Free movies in Dolores Park
5. Two words: Trader Joe's. Stay the hell away from Whole Foods for the love of god. Unless of course you're going for the Chicken Chili Verde. Hidden in the soup section, this tasty treat offers enough food for 4 meals for only $12, and it comes in a cute Mason jar for you to keep.

6. Black beans: Dirt cheap and nutritious. Check out my old Brian's Beans post for a good recipe.

7. If you work someplace with a kitchen like CH and I, make the most of it. Leftover breakfast foods like a bagel with peanut butter make a pretty satisfying (and free) lunch.

8. Take the bus. Not as glamorous or efficient as a taxi, but your wallet will thank you. Use the extra time to dig around in your iPod for forgotten favorites. Or better yet, read a book. (novel concept, pun intended)

9. Shop in your own closet. You might be surprised what you find and what can be easily cropped, pinned, tucked and rolled to look cooler than when you bought it.


Pilgrims Do It Better

Lisztomania (Classixx Version) - Phoenix
Melo Do Tabacco (XXXChange Remix) - Bonde Do Role
Public Enemy - Mapei
2 Of Amerikaz Most Wanted - 2Pac w/ Snoop Dogg
Heartbeats - The Knife
S'Vive - Bibio
Lady Don't Tek No - Latyrx
It Gets Your Body Movin' - Suckers
Brother 3:57 - Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Southern Point - Grizzly Bear
Sweet Disposition - The Temper Trap
Tidal - Imogen Heap
Crystalised - The xx
Angels -Wax Poetic with Norah Jones
My Love - JJ
Behind the Mountains - Japancakes
Higher Ground - Weekend Players
Keeping Warm - We Were Promised Jetpacks


Happy Labor Day Weekend!

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Galactic Center of Milky Way Rises over Texas Star Party from William Castleman on Vimeo.