Archive for September, 2009

PhotoBlogJammin’ Found Film.

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

Some time ago I came across a small collection of 35mm film kicking around the house which needed to be processed.  Out of five rolls, I knew that one roll was somewhat recent, but of the others, I had no idea how old they were or what was on them.  What I do know is that all pictures were shot with one of the following three cameras.  1.  a 1960′s Miranda Camera.  2. A Pentax SLR from the 1970′s.  3. A Fujifilm 35mm point and shoot. The cool thing about all of these cameras is that you don’t know what you are getting.  They are like Holga’s in that respect, but without all of the hipster street cred.


Airplanes!  I remember taking this one.  I was out walking with my niece and nephew while visiting their town.  They live close to an Army base so there is a constant flight pattern overhead.  The kids were taking me and my dog on a walking tour of all their playing spots and forts located in a small remaining forested area encroached by a new subdivision.  I hope they don’t lose those trees.  I do recall them taking me to see an old car door in that forest . . . just an old rusty car door, but the neighbourhood kids played around it all the time.  It’s a car door in the woods, why not play around it?  Kids are awesome.


This is the alleyway behind our current studio.  We are just up the red fire escape on the right.  We have used this alleyway for legitimate photo shoots at least once.  We should probably use it more.


Follow Up.

Monday, September 28th, 2009

This is great.


Friday, September 25th, 2009



Fucked Up.

Friday, September 25th, 2009

I am saying this publicly. I am happy that Fucked Up was awarded this years Polaris Music Prize. Although, I wonder if holding that opinion places me in the minority of people who think the same. After browsing through the bands blog and linking to this article, and browsing the comments, it would appear maybe that is so.

If you have listened to punk rock at all in the last twenty years, you have probably come to realize that the Chemistry of Common Life is a great record. However, punk music isn’t the most easily accessible musical genre, those who don’t understand it can be so quick to write it off as nonsense. Ah, but what does it all matter?

Fucked Up was honored with a great award here in Canada, in doing so, the anonymous internet shit talkers have come out of the woodwork to voice their displeasure (which they have done, some people can be awfully mean). It is satisfying, though, a band who has received heaps of adoration in the US, the UK, and throughout Europe finally getting some recognition back home. Canada needs to do more of that.

Speaking of which, did you hear that Metric song in this weeks episode of Entourage?

The Road.

Thursday, September 24th, 2009


Saturday afternoon, whilst talking about Nick Cave, Graeme and Steve asked me if I had read The Road by Cormac McCarthy. I replied no. You should read it, they said (in unison). Not having read any Cormac McCarthy, and failing to read the synopsis on the back cover (when I had finished the book I realized I didn’t read the synopsis on the back cover, so I read it then). I didn’t know what kind of book I was getting into.

While not being entirely dissimilar . . . The Road isn’t too much like any book I have gotten into. I enjoyed it a great deal and think you may enjoy it as well. However, I will say, like a good Joy Division record, you might not want to venture into it on an already sad, rainy day.

Maybe have some kittens or puppies around to play with shortly after reading.

There is a film adaptation coming out soon, I haven’t Googled much about it, but I think it may have played at the Toronto International Film Festival. You can watch the trailer here.

Buy the book here.

P.K. Ripper

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

My first legit bmx bike arrived on my doorstep in 1981 (Santa brought it). It was a mini P.K. Ripper. I still have the original receipt tucked away in a shoebox of random childhood things. I wonder, how did I end up with the receipt? I was 6 years old in 1981. Now, I’m pretty sure I heard talk of this earlier, but this is the first good shot I have seen of it. A fixed gear version of the P.K. Ripper. I would maybe ride this.

p.k. ripper fixie

Of Cycling Caps.

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Picture 10

Yikes.  $90 for a Cycling Cap? Does that seem outrageous?  I guess it costs a lot of money to look like Eddie Mercx (from the neck up) while riding your fold-up bicycle on the streets of NYC . . . or when you are frolicking around a trainyard.

Sidebar: The only appropriate time you should be frolicking around a trainyard (if you’re not a hobo catching a lift) is if you are drinking beers with Bunk and McNulty, or if your name is Kevin Bacon and you need to dance your frustrations out because you are discouraged by the town, the cops, the cowboy, the preacher, the girl, and the length of time it is taking Chris Penn to learn learn rhythm.

Anyway, remember kids.  A cycling cap is nothing more this.  or better yet: This:


Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009


This is a rather nice glimpse into the amount of work/revision stages which go hand in hand with nearly every design project under the sun.  Well, almost every design project   There is a new Sports Bar by my house, their sign could have benefited from a revision stage or two.  Anyway, the article is good. Click It.

This Will Make You Feel Good.

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

It would be worth a post based on the usage “Awesome”, but it is more than that.  This is one of those nice things that make you feel good.

Awesome Book Tour from Dallas Clayton on Vimeo.


Monday, September 21st, 2009

Paris Sports Complex

If I was a kid living in Paris who was into sports, this kind of place would get me stoked to shoot baskets.  Link