Monthly Archives: July 2009

Random Drawing

Here’s something I drew on my iPod while bored. I call it “Boy Chasing a Butterfly”.

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Iron & Wine’s Flightless Bird, American Mouth

You know those times when you know that you have some sort of special memory tied to a particular song, and you really don’t know what that memory is until you start thinking about it, and then when you realize what the memory was, you feel like a train just ran over your heart? Well that’s the way I felt about Iron & Wine’s song Flightless Bird, American Mouth. For some reason, the song sounded intensely familiar when I listened to it a while back, and I could not for the life of me figure out the feeling of bittersweet warmth that could only partially be explained by the melodic qualities of the song. So through my powers of deduction, I tried to figure out where I had heard this song before.

Here is my thought process: The song uses a waltz-style 3/4 beat, and the most famous waltz that I know is the Blue Danube Waltz, which was written by Johann Strauss, who was born in Austria, and Adolf Hitler was also born in Austria, and Hitler rose to power in Bavaria, and in Bavaria there is the Neuschwanstein Castle, which was the inspiration for the Disney Castles, the most famous of which is located in Los Angeles, and recently Conan O’Brien moved to LA, and the Tonight Show had Chicago on two nights ago, and Barack Obama is from Chicago, and President Obama recently had a Bud Light with officer Crowley and professor Gates, and Bud Lights are usually served at college parties, which often end up with someone crying their heart out in a drunken mess, tears are often associated with rainy days, it’s very rainy in the Pacific Northwest, you take Northwest to travel around the US, I like to travel on airplanes, I like to travel to Prague, Prague is used as a location for many movies, movies including Blade and Underworld, which have vampires in them, vampires that are awesome unlike the sparkly vampires of Twili-OH MY GOD I HEARD THE SONG IN THE PROM SCENE FROM TWILIGHT! NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! WHY, IRON & WINE, WHY???

I associated warm happy feelings with Twilight. I feel dirty now.

Also, I just checked my iTunes Genius Recommendations for the song. There are two Linkin Park songs. And a Britney Spears song.

Word of Advice

Pay attention to what you’re writing in French class. Or you might find that your teacher is very curious as to why you would want be a dolphin if you were an entree, or why you would want to be a tuna sandwich if you were an animal.

The Horse Gelder – The Vigilante

Think Sin City, especially that scene with Bruce Willis and that Yellow Bastard. And cry. Continue reading

North Korean Photo of the Day

Here’s a picture from the time I was in North Korea. It’s a little bit of writing carved into the living stone of the glorious Mount Geumgang, mountain of 12,000 peaks. Actually, both North and South Koreans agree on that bit, so I assume it’s true.

They really have nothing better to do except terrorize the world...

They really have nothing better to do except terrorize the world...

The writing roughly translates into:

“Chosun (Korea /the Korean people are sometimes referred to as such in North Korea), be proud of the glorious time when you were able to to serve Comrade Kim Il Sung, the greatest in the 5000 years of our history (the entirety of Korean history), as your Great Leader!”

This particular piece of writing was carved on July 8th, 1994, the day Kim Il Sung died, so I guess it’s in his memory.

A Poem I’ve Come To Appreciate Of Late

I saw a reading of this on the literature program with Conan O’Brien, and I really thought it was deep and thought provoking!

Here it is, an untitled poem by S. Palin who, according to speculation,  left her last job to run for Poet Laureate in 2012.

Soaring through nature’s finest show

Denali, the great one, soaring under the midnight sun.

And then the extremes.

In the winter time it’s the frozen road

That is competing with the view of

Ice fogged frigid beauty,

The cold though, doesn’t it split

the Cheechakos from the Sourdoughs?

And then in the summertime

Such extreme summertime

About a hundred and fifty degrees hotter

Than just some months ago, and

Than just some months from now, with

Fireweed blooming along the frost heaves and

Merciless rivers that are rushing and carving and

Reminding us that here,

Mother Nature wins.

It is as throughout all Alaska that

Big wild good life teeming along the road

That is north to the future.

I could try for a million years, and I could never ever write anything like that. You betcha.

There’s a Smiley Face in the Top Right Corner

Why is that?