Some things I think about these days

Mar 24

Buy this record. Bill Patton :: A New Kind of Man

An exciting new product from a singer songwriter type from Seattle, Washington where they know what things are supposed to sound like. According to a website, it is recommended for fans of Skrillex, so okay, let’s go!

Amended to say buy it here:
http://versicolor.limitedrun.com/products/524992-bill-patton-a-new-kind-of-man

"Are you okay? Walked back from burritos and saw you getting hassled by the man. :-/"

- Text I sent tonight after 1am.

Dec 7
Dec 7

"The Awakening"

I think I maybe loved this, but then, there are a multitude of sins that a period piece and fancy English accents may cause you to overlook. A good suspenseful elevated horror film with a “The Others” twist that - unless you’re my boyfriend - you don’t entirely see coming. Watched it twice just to see if the ending was obvious after all… Though there are a handful of unnecessary callbacks that make it border on ham fisted in the sense that it doesn’t appreciate that the audience may have the attention span necessary to catch all of the little details. A dropped shoe, a broken glass… And again, and again. Still, most impressive was the attention to detail in the tools of the trade for a post WWI ghost hunter; levels of detail that just boggle the mind. Lines to be tripped, bells to be rung, cameras illuminated by phosphorous, atmospheric sensitivities to be measured… All terribly romantic in a steampunk sort of way.

Nov 27

One more mile ‘til the road runs out.

um everything about this is perfect. everything. 
Nov 24

um everything about this is perfect. everything. 

Priorities are hard things sometimes; you focus on something that you think is important, dedicate a lot of time to it and discover that you were on the wrong track the entire time. Sometimes a priority is just a distraction from what you know that you should be doing.

For me, my priorities have been a little skewed of late; too much time being a perfectionist in all the wrong areas while the things that were actually important - the things that I thought would be waiting for me if I just got everything else just right - were slowly (and now rapidly) sliding away from me.

It’s not too late to stop the slide though; work better, harder, faster on the things that actually matter and maybe you can salvage a life from all the muck that you’ve waded into. 

Go for a walk. Look at the sky. Or the ground. Or a fucking leaf. It doesn’t matter. Just find a way to step outside of your life before it’s too late and you wake up alone and working middle management in a job that chides you that you were never good enough for your dreams.

Is that what you want? No? Aight. Go change some shit then.

Nov 24
Priorities
Nov 5

To have known her then… All the hubris and the promise and the brilliance. Joan Didion, Patron Saint of Southern California; 1972.

"I’m utterly unsuited to the task of telling you how to live a happy, disciplined writer’s life. I’m a slow reader, a deliberate tortoise of a thinker rather than the intellectual gazelle I would like to be; I’m undisciplined and unhappy writing and expect to be until the writing stops. I find a remarkable number of things to do in a day much more compelling than writing. I could give you absolutely sterling advice on how to avoid writing, how when you run out of things to do other than going to your desk and writing, when every closet is reorganized and you’ve called your oldest living relative twice in one day to see what she’s up to and there isn’t an unanswered e-mail left on your computer or you simply can’t bear to answer another one and there is no dignity, not a drop left, in any further evasion of the task at hand, namely writing, well, you can always ask your dentist for a root canal or have an accident in the bathtub instead."

- Tony Kushner via the New Yorker

Nov 5
Sep 20

I like to believe that an impressionable young Joan Didion happened upon this and began furiously scribbling notes… And thus, an entire career was born. Also, is it somehow comforting that things have changed so little in 40 or so years? We’re still here, still erasing our past and barely taking notice of the present while we sketch outlines of the future, believing that we’re in the vanguard when truly we’re merely a cautionary tale. Los Angeles is a tale of revisionism and reinvention, and all of our creativity is balanced by the threat of destruction; earthquakes, wildfires, mudslides, coyotes stalking the streets while we sleep - it’s almost biblical - which is what makes it magical and dreadful and everything that we love and resent.

Anatomy of Los Angeles (1969) French TV (by modcinema)

Sep 17

sick. frank ocean’s video for pyramids; insanely good work from he and nabil as per usual. 

fyffest:

TICKET GIVEAWAY FOR FYF FEST: 
Reblog the poster for your chance to win a pair of weekend passes to the festival. Two winners will be picked at 12:00pm on Thursday, June 21st. 
And remember that tickets for FYF Fest go on sale this Friday, June 22nd at 5:00pm. For more info on the fest click on the poster
Jun 20

fyffest:

TICKET GIVEAWAY FOR FYF FEST:

Reblog the poster for your chance to win a pair of weekend passes to the festival. Two winners will be picked at 12:00pm on Thursday, June 21st.

And remember that tickets for FYF Fest go on sale this Friday, June 22nd at 5:00pm. For more info on the fest click on the poster

white walkers!
legovignette:

Winter is coming!
Apr 27

white walkers!

legovignette:

Winter is coming!

Lately I’ve developed a creeping sense of guilt that I’ve been neglecting this little outpost of mine on the internet. Not only that, but the last three posts have all  been related to Game of Thrones - it started with the dire wolves (it always starts with the dire wolves) and then there were the Legos (which I love, mind you), and there’s likely to be a fuck ton more Legos.. In any event, I’ve been feeling some pressure to contribute something original here that isn’t just lazily and haphazardly shilling for George R. R. Martin and the HBO Network.

Speaking of the HBO Network, did anyone catch Girls this past Sunday? I think that it’s starting to get good and I feel like I may have judged the pilot too harshly - anyway, pilots are hard fucking work. If you can take a premise to a pilot to a series to one, two, etc seasons, well… Good on you. Hard fucking work. Speaking of pilots, did you catch Veep (VEEP?) - so good. I just love Julia Louis Dreyfus and I not so secretly believe that she’s incapable of doing bad work.

Anyway, that’s my ramble for the day, and hopefully sufficient to assuage the guilt that I was feeling in doing little other than re-blogging the creative efforts of others. That said, if you’re not following LegoVignette - do so immediately. I can say with great authority that there is some great stuff on the horizon, and that they’re only going to get better. 

Love,

Dakin

PS. I love that new Fiona Apple single! It’s like Joanna Newsom and Coco Rosie made out and made a baby that sings like Fiona Apple. Also, I know that you don’t make babies by making out… I mean, c’mon.

Apr 25
A Break From Your #GameOfThrones Programming
he would have been  luckier if you weren’t.
legovignette:

He was lucky you were here.
Apr 25

he would have been  luckier if you weren’t.

legovignette:

He was lucky you were here.

Apr 24

these just keep getting better and better! 

legovignette:

Ah, the things I do for love.