I stumbled upon the site for the French architecture firm emmanuel combarel dominique marrec architectes while on the ol' world wide information superweb. I wish I knew French, because then I could tell you what these buildings are. In any language, they are pretty damn amazing. The first one looks like a big LEGO buiding. I wanna live in a big LEGO building. Enjoy.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
I found this flyer at a coffee shop, and couldn't believe it. This girl was a victim of a hit and run on her bike, and is now stuck with the massive medical bills. She is having a fund-raiser at the Balazo Gallery in SF this Friday to help pay for it all. People from all over have donated artwork and handmade goods for her to sell and auction off. Pretty rad. Check out her blog for more info... and ALWAYS look for cyclists when you are driving.
This has been a Public Service Announcement from The Kitchen Table.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Skateboarding is officially dead.
Yup, that's right. You are looking at leather and ostrich "special" edition skateboards. The geniuses over at the French chapter of mini-lifestyle magazine Frank151 teamed up with luxury leather goods maker Jacques Ferrand to create these. Ree-diculous!
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
I just got an email from Corie about this competition.
More than 11,000 possible whale names were submitted but we are now down to the last 30 possible whale names...which ones will be given to the wonderful humpback whales currently travelling on the Great Whale Trail?
Choose your favourite name from among the 30 and hit the submit button at the bottom of the page. You can only vote once but you can ask as many friends to vote as you like.
The obvious choice is Mr. Splashy Pants. If you were a whale, wouldn't you want to be called Mr. Splashy Pants. I would. Now, Mr. Splashy Pants currently has 70% of the vote, but we need to make sure it is chosen. Please vote.
My friend Jeremy has just released a collaborative limited-edition 3 skate deck series between his company Superfishal and Upper Playground. For each deck, he collaborated with an artist that he admires - such as (from L to R) Michael Sieben, Todd Bratrud and Pushead. Check them out here.
Here are the last 10 random iPod songs that have graced my ears this morning. Enjoy.
Planes Mistaken For Stars - Little Death
Planes Mistaken For Stars - Say Not a Word
El-P - Deep Space 9mm
Bad Astronaut - These Days
Jawbreaker - Seethruskin
The Good Life - Always a Bridesmaid
Pat Benatar - Outlaw Blues
Alkaline Trio - This Could Be Love
Descendents - Iceman
Aesop Rock - One Brick
P.S. - Don't forget to send me your last ten songs and a photo!
P.P.S. - Yeah, that's right... Pat Benatar. What?! I keeps it real.
Monday, November 26, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
My friend Anna (a.k.a. Miss Appleseed) is an awe-inspiring writer. The honesty in her writing about life and love is rivaled only by her ability to paint a picture of the often less-than-perfect world around her. Thanks for sharing your daily thoughts, Miss Appleseed. It doesn't go unnoticed.
If you are looking to be moved or inspired, spend some time on the Miss Appleseed blog. Enjoy.
Here is an excerpt from financial sunset...
yesterday, i walked instead -
missed the crowded train to
join the crowded streets where
foot traffic moves along like
an impromptu urban ballet
i work at imagining the beauty in it:
until there are white washed picket fences
where their faces should be,
leaning weary and haphazard in front
of a glass and rebar sunset.
And go watch the trailer for Heima, the new film by the ethereal Icelandic band Sigur Ros. It is the most beautiful film I have seen in a long, long time. After many years of touring, the band returns to their native Iceland to play a series of shows in small towns. The film documents their experience of going home, and the need to do so. From interviews with the musicians to the random landscapes, the scenery is unreal. Each shot looks like a painting. If you are not familiar with their music, now is the time. Below are some stills from the film. Enjoy.
Monday, November 19, 2007
To this day, I still believe that Jawbreaker's 24 Hour Revenge Therapy is the greatest album ever recorded. The now-defunct San Francisco (more specifically, Mission) three piece truly changed my life in 1994 when a friend gave me a cassette with this album on it. But it wasn't just the music, it was Blake Schwarzenbach's ability to tell a painfully personal and emotional story. In my head, I always pictured him writing the lyrics while sitting on a fire escape with a beer and a smoke, most likely after breaking up with a girl. It forced me to do a lot of thinking, reading, writing and soul-searching... even at the age of 17. Schwarzenbach is the greatest lyricist (or poet) since Bob Dylan. To learn more about Jawbreaker, check out this brief overview. Enjoy.
"I rode down to the tracks.
Thinking they might sing to me.
But they just stared back.
Broken, trainless and black as night.
Climbed out onto my roof.
So I'd be a poet in the night."
Sunday, November 18, 2007
The song Writer's Block from my friends HIJK came up randomly on my stereo this morning and the lyrics are truly amazing. Maybe it's the gloomy Sunday morning, but they really made me stop and think. I hope it inspires, reminds, or helps you in some way.
I've never suffered through writer's block,
but now I've discovered a real life crutch.
Called loss. Some call it love.
It's just one reason why I'm leaving.
I've never suffered. Why should I?
Last I heard, your real life was all on track.
(There's no looking back)
It's the reason why I'm leaving.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
I spent a couple of hours today cruising around the Bayshore district of SF. I used to spend a lot of time taking pictures on weekends in this maze of anonymous warehouses and dead-end alleys. Its a great area because you never know what you will run into out there... just keep your eyes open. More to come later. Enjoy.
Found some modern art.
Ran into the Homeless Church bus. This bus visits the various homeless camps around China Basin and tries to help some folks out.
A quiet scene.
Will Reba McIntyre stop at nothing to keep her career going?
Someone found a random piece of meat and felt the need to point it out... and I felt the need to take a picture of it.
Oooh, somebody's in trouble.
Alice and a cow with a giant diamond. How very urban.
Note the homemade cross hanging on the right.
I love this Nat piece. It looks a lot like Naka's work.
Something about this door and weird hubcap-looking things really grabbed my eye.
Great corner of graf.
Hey... is that Gandhi?
Yup... it's Gandhi!
I've heard a few things about that tramp, Dawn.
I have no idea what this Keith Haring reference means.
I've seen Por Vida popping up all over town. I'm a fan.
ALERT was blowin up Bayshore.