Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Everyday Carry

This post is inspired by EDC. I found the site to be amusing for a little bit. It's amazing how many people on there carry knives and some still carry hand guns. Yikes. Not sure why anyone needs a gun anymore but whatevers.
  1. Manhattan Portage Messenger Bag - If I go anywhere in the city I always bring it. I've had it for a few years and I don't think it shows any signs of wear.
  2. Yankees Cap - Self explanatory.
  3. J. Crew Card Holder - I used to have a bifold wallet and it hurt my ass continually so I slimmed down to a card holder. My ass is glad.
  4. Amazon Kindle - This thing is great. I have the 3G model and I can get a new book or newspaper anywhere with it. Also books are much cheaper on it. I can't imagine reading on an iPad after I spend my day working on a computer. This gives my eyes a rest.
  5. Guitar Pick
  6. Burt's Bees Chapstick - Never go anywhere without it. I might be dependent on it. People say this happens but I'm not sure if it's actually true.
  7. Sharpie Pen
  8. iPhone - Not really much to say. My home button is dying though so that's sad. The Yelp app is great if you don't have it.
  9. Oris BC3 Watch - Love this watch. It's an automatic and will never need a battery. It also keeps great time.
What items do you carry?

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Listen to: Foster the People

Not the best album in the world and reminds me a lot of MGMT's Oracular Spectacular but it will make for a decent early summer album.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Listen to: The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith

Two good podcasts from Jeff Goldsmith: Wet Hot American Summer, and Midnight in Paris with Mr. Woody Allen himself.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Rough Guide to Woody Allen

Recently I saw the new Woody Allen flick, Midnight in Paris. Michelle and I were discussing the film and to my amazement it was her first Allen experience. I suggested that she needs to see many more of his films to understand really how amazing his work is. Although I don't want to pose as an aficionado I have seen a few of his films and would like to present a rough guide to some of the better Woodie Allen Films.

To begin I would suggest Allen's newer work, so probably watch Vicky Christina Barcelona, Match Point, and Midnight in Paris. All good films. He is so good at making his location look beautiful and showcasing it for all that it is.

Next would be Annie Hall which he is most well known for and may be the birth of the modern romantic comedy, and Manhattan. Both are great movies from his early career.

And the last set Hannah and Her Sisters, Crimes and Misdemeanors, and Husbands and Wives. Three wonderful existential romantic comedies.

Woody Allen is probably one of my favorite directors. He has to be included in the list of best screenwriters. His ability to direct and script comedic timing is brilliant. There are still quite a few movies that I need to catch up with though: Interiors, Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex but Were Afraid to Ask, Stardust Memories, Zelig, Manhattan Murder Mystery, and Bullets Over Broadway.

Sunday, June 19, 2011


Living room

Cit Field

No I did not google 30 Rock and copy this, but I did steal the photo angle.

View of Yankee Stadium's field from Monument Park.

Monument Park

Macarons from Bouchon Bakery. I liked the blueberry cheesecake flavor.

Charles and I getting ready to go for a ride.

View of Manhattan from Astoria Park, a short ride from where I live.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Badass Cinema

Listen to: City and Colour

Not a new album but it gets me goin', City and Colour - Bring Me Your Love.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Baseball Past & Present Blog

From guys over at Baseball Past and Present, here is a good article about how some players probably needed perfect timing to reach their status.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Hangover 2: First Disappointing Movie of the Summer

If you find yourself sitting on the couch watching tv and you see the Hangover 2 preview you probably experience a burst of happy emotions...stop it. Hangover 2 was not good for several reasons. When the characters consistently tell you what they are about to do or what they are doing while they are doing it, it gets old and unnecessary. 

If you want to surprise us then do so. This is similar to the first but I find it to be different I guess, if you're doing something crazy you don't need to tell us it's crazy just do it.

And lastly Zach Galifianakis was funny in the first movie because he didn't push it too far. In sequels there are some instances where less is better, the saying isn't "more is more" for a reason, probably because it sounds dumb, it's redundant, and it is dumb...Oh well. It would have been nice if they had some set of lines that they thought would be nice for Zach and were like, "See what you can do with these, if they don't work just improv it." Of course they might have done that. I think they just wrote him to be more idiosyncratic when it would been more interesting if he mellowed out more or something because he actually had friends now.

So this movie wasn't really for me. I didn't think it would be a great comedy like the first one but I was hoping for a little more than what I got out of it. I would recommend renting it when it releases on DVD. I don't think it's worth $10. Just go see X-Men twice this weekend.

As always comments are appreciated.