"Not everyone with a good idea is outspoken. Give quiet people the opportunity to speak."
As many of you know, a hobby of mine outside of my technical vocation has almost always been carpentry and toying with architecture. My wife and I occasionally take free time and discuss ways we could design a house to build in Seattle that is very affordable and sustainable but also meets our needs as a young family with kids.
I plan to dive deeper into some of our thoughts, intentions soon.
Although I understand some legitimate reasons why it happens, I’m still quite annoyed when artists release good tracks with sub par or totally awful artwork.
While I won’t commit to making something cool everyday, I did take some time today to create a alternate cover for Imogene Heap’s “Hide and Seek”.
I use Instagram quite regularly. Ok, daily, I admit. It’s a great way for me to quickly record my kids lives. I only wish my parents had the technology to easily capture those moments…
That said, we all have different reasons for using the platform, some better than others. The thing we all care about at the end of the day is the photos and secondarily the conversations that follow in comments.
Instagram’s overuse of blue, UI stylization and separation seems quite antithetical to the point of the platform. The addition of the cycling “insta-board” was cool but in the end it just seems like added clutter.
I’d love to see them take a cleaner approach and let the content itself do the talking.
The work of Eyvind Earle is truly timeless, looking so current it could have been painted yesterday by a mature artist we’d flock to gallery openings for… but Earle passed away almost 13 years ago.
His lifetime of work continues to inspire with its imaginative, dreamlike scenery; confetti-like array of colors across the canvas; and for the many influential film works he helped create. If these landscape paintings look familiar, we’ll tell you why.
“For 70 years,” Earle wrote in 1996, “I’ve painted paintings, and I’m constantly and everlastingly overwhelmed at the stupendous infinity of Nature. Wherever I turn and look, there I see creation. Art is creating… Art is the search for truth.”
Born in New York in 1916, Earle got his start in art at the young age of 10 when his father challenged him to choose between reading a 50 page book or painting a picture each day – showing early vigor, the young Earle chose to do both. Just 4 years later, at 14, he had his first solo show in France. Living his life in a bohemian fashion, he later bicycled across the US, from Hollywood to New York, paying his way with 42 watercolors. It was in that year, at age 21, that he began to move away from the realism that had dominated his work and on to the style we know him for today.
It was in 1937 that Earle’s career really took off: he opened a solo show in New York to a highly enthusiastic audience, and two years later sold out the same gallery. Then, in 1951 he joined Walt Disney studios as an assistant background painter. Impressed with his work, Disney put him on projects like Peter Pan, and Lady and the Tramp; but to see his work fully expressed, check out Sleeping Beauty, where he created the styling, backgrounds and colors for the entire film. You can learn more about this master of the 20th century at eyvindearle.com.
I’ve been trying my hand at dessert drinks lately. So far, this is the only one I’m pleased with. Here’s how I make the “Brenda Lee”:
- 3 cups of vanilla ice cream
- 4 spoonfuls of Libby’s Pumpkin Pie filling.
- 1 shot of Bailey’s Irish Cream
- 1 shot of Kahlua Coffee Liqueur
- 1 shot of Cruzan Aged Spiced Rum
Mix this all up until smooth enough to drink. Add a little milk if it helps soften the ice cream. Also, leaving the ice cream to thaw a bit before mixing helps.
Top it off with whipped cream, tiny chopped pecans and a dash of cinnamon.
"There will always be someone better than you
Even if you’re the best
So let’s stop the competition now
Or we will both be losers…”
Losers by The Belle Brigade
Listen to the whole song here.
I’ve been extremely busy lately. Nothing makes a long day less miserable than good music. I’ve really been enjoying the new work from Bon Iver, Arcade Fire, Mindy Smith, John Vanderslice and Jimmy Eat World. Bon I’ver has a cover of Peter Gabriel’s “Come Talk To Me” out. You definitely need to check it out.
Come Talk To Me - Bon Iver
Thank God, there’s still people out there making good music.