1:11 am, Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

Some cool stuff I’ve found recently:

  • Outlet Shirts > District Threads. District Threads is my absolute favorite brand for casual shirts and sweaters. Till now, I’d bought them from Andrew Christian via Amazon. But Andrew Christian sucks — they charge too much, don’t tell you what’s out of stock, delay shipments for weeks without explanation, and employ some people with poor English skills. Outlet Shirts, on the other hand, is cheap and responsive.
  • Glukoza. Really great Russian singer. Listen to her Schweine song and tell me that’s not catchy. Everything on her Moskva album is pretty good.
  • Cube Farm, Hamsterrolle, Polarity, Unexploded Cow, Jacob Marley Esq., Agricola, Treehouse. Some board games I picked up. Here’s a Flickr thumb of Cube Farm:

    Cube Farm

    Oh, and I started tracking my board game collection — see the new link under “Stuff” in the sidebar?

  • World of Goo. Awesome game. They just released it on Steam today. It’s like a real-time version of Armadillo Run with Gish embellishment. Or if you’re not familiar with those, it’s like Loco Roco with bridge building. Right now I’m on the second level of Chapter 3 and my Goo Corp. tower is 17.5 meters tall. The music is great too, very Danny Elfman-y.
  • Little Britain USA. Hilarious continuation of the BBC series. It’s on HBO — the third episode aired last night. They’ve had some neat cameos; Paul Rudd was on the last one.

I’m going to Coos Bay, OR for four days on Wednesday. My mom and I are taking a train to Portland (at 5:30 AM!), then switching to a rented car for the second half of the trip. I’ll take lots of pictures.

Heather made some really fantastic taquitos for dinner tonight. I’m not normally big on them, but these were excellent. Especially with the sour cream, lettuce, and guacamole. (Lettuce and guac? I never would’ve thought of combining those with taquitos, but turns out it’s very yum.) Also, my mom made some terrific turkey pot pie for lunch today so I ate especially well.

Oh! Hanwool came down the weekend before last! He moved to Redmond (from Los Angeles) cuz he got a job with Nintendo and he came to visit for a couple days. It was great. We played games pretty much nonstop and brunched at IHOP. He even played in our Saturday night D&D game (and picked up the 4th edition rules really quickly). A couple pics:

Bunch of us playing TTR    Hanwool smirking

Also, Logan made me this amazing painting about a month ago. It took a while to get it framed, but now it’s hanging in the living room. He said he got the idea from my blog’s header art. Pretty great, right?

Logan's Upsidaisium Painting

Speaking of art stuff, here’s a Venture Bros. commission I got from Stephen deStefano (art director/storyboard guy on the TV show):

Venture Bros. commission by Stephen deStefano

And some random Jenga/my new desk pics, why not…

Matt and Logan playing Jenga    Built-in desk in the den    Matt and Logan playing Jenga 2

What else? Brett and I staked (guywired) all the trees because we were having some big winds a little bit ago. I really like making stuff with 3/32″ steel cable and ferrules. Did you know a bolt cutter works just as well as a swaging tool? The trick is to crimp with the metal stop. Alright, time for bed.

5 Responses to “#960”

  1. Amy:

    RE:District Threads: Good resource and they even carry Longhorn orange!

    RE: Logan’s Painting: WOW! Logan! You are seriously talented! is this water color or gouache? fantastic work, and perfect for Hank’s place!

    RE: Trees: also i’m glad you guy wired the trees, i admit i was a little worried.

  2. JediBear:

    A little off-topic, but something happened and I lost just about everybody’s number. Could you give me a call so I can get yours written down again?

  3. Logan:

    Hank neglects to mention that picture is hanging where I left a big black mark on his wall from an out-of-control swing with a ping-pong paddle.

    Thanks Amy. Like most people that paint, I suffer from an overzealous self-critique gene, and don’t do as much as I probably should. It is watercolor with pen and ink – I use a ton of layers, so a lot of areas do look more like a gouache would.

  4. hjo3:

    Re: Robert: Oh np, it’s on my Contact Info page in the sidebar.

  5. JediBear:

    So it is. For some reason, it hadn’t occurred to me that you might do that. Posting phone numbers on a website tends to invite the kind of calls you don’t want. Any trouble with that?