Come over for a potty!
I took a screen shot of the awesome new trailer for "Batman:The Dark Knight" where it totally gives away that it was filmed here in Chicago. It probably wasn't a secret to those of us living here, but I thought they might disguise it more with CG to make it look more like Gotham. Anyway, I was extremely excited because I totally see my apartment building in this shot. I included a daytime shot of the same area taken from the Sears Tower for comparison's sake. Check out some of the past posts about my building if you still don't believe it. Living in downtown Chicago is awesome.
This has got to be one of the saddest pictures I've ever taken.
One of my favorite paintings in the Chicago Art Institute, from one of my favorite painters of all time. This photo really shows off the qualities that I love about Van Gogh's work. The use of intense color and thick luscious brush strokes. Everyone should do their own self portrait, whether it's just in pencil, crayon, fingerpaints, or even ShrinkyDinks!! Give it a shot. You may learn something about yourself. Hopefully more than just that your left ear is crooked.
There's a water park in downtown Chicago. Actually it's a fountain made of two 50-foot glass block towers with video projections of random faces. Although actually named 'Crown Fountain', it is known as 'The Spitting Fountain' since every few minutes a jet of water shoots out of their pursed lips. The spray lands in a shallow reflecting pool between the towers, which is crowded with hundreds of barefooted screaming children. In an effort to avoid the insanity, I shot these pictures at night. The progression of photos is an homage to the art museum scene in 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' where the camera gets closer and closer to the Georges Seurat pointillism masterpiece 'La Grande Jatte' until all you see are the individual brush strokes with no sense of the overall picture. Strange that I would use this fountain to do an homage to that film, seeing as that scene was filmed only a block away in the Art Institute of Chicago. Anyway, enjoy the pictures.
Yeah, Yeah...I know it's been a long long time since my last post, but it was not due to lack of effort. Blogger changed stuff around a while back, now known as Blogger 2: Electric Boogaloo, and this new incarnation is about as good as that movie. I tried to post many times, and either had weird errors or was told to log-in again which would never work. Oh well, let's hope I've given them enough time to get their heads out of their Blog-holes.
Evan "tagged" me with some sort of chain blog thing. It involves answering the following questions and then passing it on to three other blogs. I don't recall there being any sort of catastrophe or punishment inflicted upon me if I just ignore this, but hey, I've got nothing better to do. Well, I could always use more sleep....Naaaah!!
Three people/things that make me laugh:
Sarah Silverman's new ad, where a group of people are out at a restaurant and someone farts, then they all laugh and take turns farting, except silverman who tries, only to reveal "I pooped". Gets me every time. Um....knowing there are people who call themselves 'Pianists' instead of piano players. Louis CK's Shameless special totally killed me. I literally died choking on a Spicy tuna roll during it.
Three things that scare me: Shopping at Borders and ABBA starts playing over the loud speaker, memory loss, and ....
Three things I love:
My family & friends, Bingos in SCRABBLE, walking down Michigan Avenue and seeing the 'Adventures in Babysitting' Building. (It's actually called the 'stone container building', which I sometimes call the 'box cutter building', or the 'box container' building, all of which are fine)
Three things I hate:
ABBA, traffic, alarm clocks
Three things I don’t understand:
The stock market, flavored water, and why I like broadway musicals but don't usually like other people who like broadway musicals.
Three things on my desk:
A pad of graph paper where I am secretly practicing writing in Devanagari script (Hindi), A wind-up Jay Jay the Jet Plane, and crumbs from God knows what.
Three things I want to do before I die:
Work at Pixar, or at the very least take a tour of Pixar and chain myself to John Lasseter. Be called a 'Pianist' for the right reasons, ie play the piano like a pro and not just a mispronunciation of 'penis'. And finally finish Diablo 2 for cryin' out loud.
Three things I can do:
Make the best devilled eggs EVER, juggle random objects (preferably not sharp), and recite the entire Willy Wonka screenplay from memory.
Three things I would like to learn:
I am constantly trying to learn other languages. So far I have studied Spanish, French, German, Japanese, and most recently Hindi and all I have to show for it is the ability to count to twenty in 6 languages. Je suis le maird. Still on that piano learnin' fix, so that would be good. And maybe some time management/focusing skills would be a good idea to learn, seeing as how I'm writing this at 4:30 in the morning.
Three favorite foods:
Spicy tuna rolls, but only once every few weeks, because once I have it I usually say something like "I dont want to eat this ever again", but usually end up having it again in a few weeks. Maybe that should be in things I don't understand. Hmmm. Let's see...Oh Yeah! An aged filet mignon with bernaise sauce. Or is it bearnaise? I don't care, it'll give me the padoodles either way. And last but not least, Chicken Brian from Carrabas. Need to take the Metra to the suburbs for that. I'll be right back...
Three beverages I drink regularly:
I dropped a rare coin at the bottom of a Coca-Cola can. I swear, that's the only reason I drink the stuff. I can quit any time. No problem, really. I quit all the time. GET OFF MY BACK!!! Um...oh yeah, gallons of water. And chocolate milk in any form, including NesQuik powder with skim milk (formerly Quik until some marketing major wanted to punch up the Nestle "branding strategy"), those 'Milk-chug' things, Yoohoo, or the leftover chocolate sludge at the bottom of a bowl of Cocoa Pebbles.
Three TV shows/Books I watched/read as a kid:
The Electric Company "HEY YOU GUYS!!", 3-2-1 contact "The Bloodhound Gang" and The Great Space Coaster "No Gnews is good Gnews with Gary Gnu" all melded together. Saw the movie "Watership Down" and peed my pants when Fivel starts tripping out screaming "The field...is...covered with blood!" Definitely traumatizing. I think I liked the Gummy Bears for some reason. "Bouncing here and there and everywhere". I liked crappy Saturday morning cartoons based on video games. Remember Pac Man, or Dragon's Lair? They both had weekly series that I was addicted to. Holy crap, that's way more than three and I barely scratched the surface.
Sorry it took a while for me to post another entry. Notice that I didn’t say “write” another entry, as I wrote a few since the last that were gobbled by an evil and apparently hungry spell checker. Discouraging to say the least, so I gave up for a while, not thinking I could re-create the comedy gold I had written before. Now where was I…
This is where I live. Isn't it frikkin sweet!?!
Today, I actually said to someone "If worse comes to worse" instead of "If push comes to shove" or "worst case scenario". I've been doing that a LOT lately, just totally screwing up or combining cliche phrases. A few favorites are "Half of one, six-dozen of another" instead of "Six of one, half-dozen of another" and "Let's start at ground one" combining "Back to square one" and "ground zero" and maybe even "start at the top". Sometimes I make no sense at all, but I think people know what I mean and refrain from correcting me just to be nice. Or they think I'm a brilliant innovator in phrase turning, like Fergie from the Black eyed peas, who recently made up the word "pronunciated", a combillection of "pronounce" and "enunciate." Combillection? See. I can do it too!
I'm SO mad right now. (well, not really, but it's much more dramatic to start it that way)