Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Well that's great if you live in Fargo


The other night I was lamenting the fact that those of us who live out here in sunny southern California have little use for the Snuggie. It’s kind of a shame as that thing looks totally awesome! The perfect thing for a sedentary lifestyle.

But then I thought why must there be only one Snuggie? Introducing, some new Snuggies I think might be nice:

The Snugg
The Shortsleeved Snuggie for warmer climates

The Lugg

A Snuggie with legs

The Shugg
A Snuggie with short legs

The Smogg
Short legs, short arms—like a smock. This one’s an LA exclusive.

The Snuckie
Lighter and packable, for travel.

The Snoogie
Full-size Snuggie only with a hood for really cold places

The Floridogg
For Florida. Short arms, short legs, bedazzled to be damned and likely made of velour.

The ol’ Robe-on-Backwards
The poor man’s Snuggie

And this is just kind of awesome:

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Hail Mary


Whitney and I have somehow gotten into watching the Bachelor again. This has happened before but somehow it's happened again. Don't ask me how. I'm ashamed to even mention it in such a public place. But try as I might to laugh it off, I find it fascinating.

Here are these people who for whatever reason have decided their best shot at love is to go on a game show and fight it out for a guy whom they've idealized to the point where ain't no one ever gonna meet them expectations. It's like throwing a hail Mary with your life. Like your back is against the wall and you need a game-changer!

Of course you get the fame searchers and the desperate-to-get-married types but then you also get these damaged girls which are great. Just red flags left and right. Just got out of an eleven year relationship? Perfect! Biological clock ticking off the wall? Even better! Desperate to leave your life in Chicago behind and can "start immediately." Oh wait, two of those were the same girl. And she's gone now.

All that being said, my personal money is on the Jillian girl. Molly's a close second. Stephanie wears mom clothes and that chick from Dallas just seems young and immature. I don't even know what to think of that Naomi girl.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Ok, ok, ok

First off, thank you all for sticking with me. I honestly couldn't value the three or four of you that read this more. Second, sorry it's been so dormant recently. Like all of you, I've been busy and as you no doubt know some things inevitably do get neglected.

And, of course, there was the election. That was something and just so, well, American. I've always thought the English did State pomp well but we put on a pretty good show ourselves. I got up early that morning and watched the whole thing. And then every possible commentary from every possible news outlets. Whitney and I even had a inauguration party that night and made "El Presidente" cocktails. They were delicious.

We kept remarking in the days leading up to the innauguration as the news seemed to get somehow worse every day and my agency was laying off like 15% of our staff that if Obama wasn't days away from taking over I can't imagine how dire it would all seem. Somehow I still feel like we've got a fighting chance. At least something to believe in. And sometimes that's really what you need most. If nothing else, hopefully this reminds the world that you never count America out.

Between all the economic talk and current state of things, I suppose I've been throwing myself into my work and trying to make myself of use. These things can sometimes be opportunities. Fortunately, we've been out of the office for a couple months and just churning out work. Here are two of the spots I've been working on. The first is the Hellboy one we shot in Budapest.
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The second is one called "Bankrobbery" and I believe it's slated to start running tomorrow. I think it came out pretty funny.
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There's a third we're working on right now. I'll keep you posted. If you checked earlier you caught it as I mistakenly posted it.

Saturday, January 03, 2009

The Best of 2008


As crappy as we'll all probably remember 2008, a lot of good things happened not last of which was pulling our heads out of our asses and electing Barack Obama as our president. That alone is reason enough to believe 2009 will be better. There was also some killer good music in there. Below is a pretty solid little list of my favorites from the year. I didn't pick an overall favorite but those first three albums are pretty solid contenders. The songs, however, are just in alphabetical order but those David Byrne and Brain Eno songs are probably the best songs I've heard in a while.

"Everything that happens will happen today
and nothing has changed, but nothing's the same
and every tomorrow could be yesterday
and everything that happens will happen today."
- David Byrne

Happy New Year.

Albums of the Year

Raveonettes - Lust Lust Lust
David Byrne and Brian Eno - Everything that happens will happen today
My Morning Jacket - Evil Urges
Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
MGMT - Oracular Spectacular
She and Him - Volume One
Girl Talk - Feed the Animals
TV on the Radio - Dear Science
The Walkmen - You & Me
Gnarls Barkley - The Odd Couple
Dr. Dog - Fate
Kings of Leon - Only by the Night
Little Joy - Little Joy

Songs of the Year

You - Atmosphere
Modern Guilt - Beck
Timebomb - Beck
The Story I Heard - Blind Pilot
Something Is Not Right With Me - Cold War Kids
Life In Technicolor - Coldplay
Home - David Byrne and Brian Eno
Everything That Happens - David Byrne and Brian Eno
Life Is Long - David Byrne and Brian Eno
Strange Overtones - David Byrne and Brian Eno
Your New Twin Sized Bed - Death Cab For Cutie
WannaBe In L.A. - Eagles Of Death Metal
White Winter Hymnal - Fleet Foxes
Place out on the ocean - Jamie Johnson
Tomato In The Rain - Kaiser Chiefs
Closer - Kings of Leon
Crawl - Kings of Leon
The List - The Knux
The Next Time Around - Little Joy
Time To Pretend - MGMT
Kids - MGMT
Alice - Moby
It Makes No Difference - My Morning Jacket
I'm Amazed - My Morning Jacket
Touch me I'm going to scream (part II) - My Morning Jacket
No Baby I - Old 97'S
Color Of A Lonely Heart Is Blue - Old 97'S
100 Yard Dash - Raphael Saadiq
Black/White - The Raveonettes
Aly, Walk With Me - The Raveonettes
Hallucinations - The Raveonettes
Lust - The Raveonettes
Dead Sound - The Raveonettes
Black Satin - The Raveonettes
With My Eyes Closed - The Raveonettes
You Are The Best Thing - Ray LaMontagne
Black & Gold - Sam Sparro
Shove It - Santogold
Why Do You Let Me Stay Here? - She & Him
Halfway Home - TV on the Radio
Oxford Comma - Vampire Weekend
Love is Noise - The Verve
In the New Year - The Walkmen
Canadian Girl - The Walkmen
Dreams - Whiskeytown (Strangers Almanac reissue)
Luxury Liner - Whiskeytown (Strangers Almanac reissue)