A non-Portlander friend asked me where the X in PDX comes from…
The Panama Canal, which connects Pacific & Atlantic Oceans, officially opened 100 years ago today. #palindromes #patterns
Sneak peaks of the 2014 MapHawk cover art for the Venice/Santa Monica/Marina del Rey/Mar Vista and Silver Lake/Los Feliz/Echo Park/Atwater Village maps.
My Equal & Opposite branded bike lock is going to be the envy of all Pedalpalooza this year. Now I just need the antique Penny-farthing to match it. It’s so opulent, it’s like the My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy of bike lock design.
#SteamPunk’d or #DreamPunk’d?
If you’re a designer who makes shirt pockets that don’t fit standard sized smartphones, you’re failing your job.
An open letter to all social network users…
It’s better to post for yourself and have no followers, than to post for followers and have no self.
"What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember it."
~ Gabriel García Márquez
Another great quote attributed to Gabriel García Márquez: "No llores porque ya se terminó… sonríe, porque sucedió."
I had always heard this was a Dr. Seuss quote (“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened”), but evidently it seems two incredible people liked to quote the same brilliant proverb.
Viva el Gabo! I am not crying because you’re gone, I’m smiling because you happened.
Some clever magician has stuffed equable Luna into their top hat and pulled out ardent Mars once again.
With only a few hours to go (from the time of this post) until the first of four consecutive full lunar eclipses, here is a simple one page calendar with dates and times of the complete tetrad of forthcoming ‘blood moons’ (from April 15th, 2014 to September 28th, 2015).
All times represent the moment of maximum eclipse, and are in Pacific Daylight Time.
North Americans, get excited for the first blood moon of a tetrad that begins the night of April 14th/15th (that may be the most cryptic sentence I’ve ever written).
A blood moon is the crimson consequence of a total lunar eclipse and takes its name from the color which the moon turns. The tetrad designation comes from four of these eclipses happening consecutively, they’ll be occurring throughout the next two years and will all be viewable from North America.
If you’ve never seen a total lunar eclipse, it results in the moon turning the color of a fresh brick doused in gasoline, set to flame, and viewed through an atmosphere of Russian nesting dolls containing the smog of Los Angeles, Mexico City, and Beijing. The final scarlet shade at its peak is something that could have inspired a few swatches on Dalí’s palette (sí sí sí, mis amigos, Blood Moon Rojo, can you see it here in the jirafa ardiendo?).
The first time I saw a full lunar eclipse was sometime in August of 2007 at four in the morning in San Diego, California, standing outside a club where Eugene Hütz was performing a DJ set. We all wandered from the club to the street, our eyes fixed on the sky and our jaws resting on our chests. Gypsy music over 808s spilled out the front door while we quietly wondered who the magician was that stuffed equable Luna into his top-hat and pulled out ardent Mars. The moment smelled like fresh rose water and the dirty zils of an old tambourine and it’s something you can’t forget without the aid of an unlicensed neurosurgeon and a hammer-drill.
The forthcoming blood moon is occurring at 2am, April 15th, for the east coast of North America, and 11pm, April 14th, for the west coast and will peak an hour later. Mark your calendars. If you have the opportunity, it’s something you won’t want to miss.
ALERT: April Fools’ Day has been moved to April 31st for maximum fooling power this year. Mark your calendars!
Ever notice that fantasy baseball is more or less Dungeons & Dragons, only using baseball players instead of dice? I threw together a quick t-shirt series illustrating that idea, just in time for the start of the season!
Designs available for most of the top fantasy players in the MLB, including Trout, Miggy, Goldschmidt, McCutchen, Kershaw, Gonzalez, Cano, and more to come.
'Work' is what we do
to pass the time while waiting
for spring days like this.
(photo taken at the Portland Japanese Garden on Monday, March 24th, 2014)