February 29, 2008

McMenamin's St. Johns Pub

Music | Haitian Flight Song by Charles Mingus

Patty Daddy writes another Cheeseburger review, while Hambahga Stakee shoot the photos...

February 25, 2008


Music |

Helvetica, not the font, but the movie. It does tell the story of how the font has become the most popular in the world and how perfect it is - told thru the eyes of designers and artists and those who created it.

I have to mention though that there is a use for Zapf Dingbats, as told by David Carson... priceless!

February 24, 2008

Sunday in the Park

Music | Let's Stay Together by Al Green

Memories are made by the time we spend together...

The weather in February is rarely anything to brag about, but the last few days have been spring like. On this Sunday morning, a time I'm not usually with my daughter, we made breakfast together, watched a few cartoons and rode our bikes to a faraway park. The extra effort to reach our destination only made it sweeter. Today, I realized this is what Sundays are always supposed to be like...

Dara and her bike

Iconic D

My kid

February 17, 2008

Best Sandwiches in America

Music | A concert at the Lincoln Center by Wynton Marsalis

The Best Sandwiches in America - Esquire

I've been to a few of these places, but it sure does want to make me travel... The Maple BBQ Pulled Pork especially calls out!

February 16, 2008

Asta and Rocko

Music | Lean on Me by Bill Withers

Asta has been around for almost 11 years. He is still the same puppy he was when we took him in when he was around 6 months old. Asta has a new friend, Rocko, who is a very wise looking 8 year old. New friends and best buddies...

February 13, 2008

Jake's Grill

Music | Love Song by Sara Bareillis

In continuing the reviews for Portland Hamburgers, I went to Jake's Grill, which I usually do once a week. Their Happy Hour includes this delicious 1/2 pound cheeseburger with fries, crisp lettuce, onions, tomatoes with amazing pickles, all for a $1.95. Usually 2 black and tans rounds off this amazing meal and I roll home quite satiated! The wait staff is top notch, with Waldo here showing off her great smile! Gino behind the bar pours some great drinks!

We'll have to wait a few days to see if I make it in the Portland Hamburgers blog...

update: Portland Hamburgers

February 11, 2008


Music | Blindfold by Morcheeba

The world passes you by if you wait long enough...

Sad News...

and a Memorial...

I'm really sad that I never got my project off the ground using Polaroid. One can only hope that another company will purchase the rights to manufacture this great film.

February 04, 2008


Music | Afro Blue by John Coltrane

Leslie Burns-Dell’Acqua suggests 10 things to do to get your creative motion moving.

* Go to an art museum. Exposing yourself to other art made by other people can inspire your little grey cells.

* Watch a movie. No, a slasher film won’t cut it but it doesn’t have to be some obtuse art film either. For example, the new boxed-set for Blade Runner has long sections talking about lighting and even if you only watch the movie, you’ll get visually inspired. Or how about anything by David Lean…

* Draw. Even if you draw like a 5-year old on a Tilt-a-Whirl it’s great for the creative synapses. You could play a game like “Add aline” where one person doodles something then the next person adds onto that then another person adds on to that (or the first personagain), etc.

* Write. Journaling is great for the creative brain. Anyone read The Artist’s Way? Even if you don’t go for her techniques, the idea of writing–hand writing–makes your brain fire differently and that caneasily contribute to fresh creative thinking.

* Shoot something new every day for a month. This can be done with acell phone camera or whatever you want. Just shoot. Don’t think.Don’t put up all sorts of rules about how or where to shoot, just shoot. You may just capture something that you’ll want to explore further in your “real” work.

* Read a novel. This is surprisingly helpful. I can almost always tell who reads a lot and who doesn’t just by looking at a body ofwork. If you have a reading disorder (and many creatives are dyslexic) then listen to audio books. Non-fiction is good too but usually people sacrifice reading for pleasure (novels) and need to re-find that creative medium.

* Learn a new instrument. Many photographers are also musicians of some sort and while playing your chosen instrument is also good, learning a new one challenges your brain a bit more and that helps create new connections.

* Take a class. Not a photo class (though, again, that is also good) but something different like cooking or poetry or dancing. Like the last suggestion, this creates new neural connections and that keep your brain “fresher” (thus making zombies everywhere rejoice).

* Get exercise. This one is especially true if you have ADD/ADHD.Exercise helps improve blood flow to your brain and rhythmic exercise (jogging, swimming laps, even cycling) works much like meditation to help focus your thoughts.

* Get some nookie. I know, it sounds cheesy to mention sex but having sex can inspire your creative brain. Think about Picasso–that man was notorious for it and he made great work. There really is a connection there, and it works for women artists too.

I'm on it!
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