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as you can see from this fabulous makeover, there’s changes in the air – and it’s not justÂ aesthetical. I’m not sure that’s a word, but this wine disagrees, so we’re going to go with it for now.
for the past 3-4 months – along with finalizing the book, getting it ready for Amazon and iPads and the masses [who else is there, really?] – myself and a few others have been going back-and-forth on a little [now big] idea I’ve had for the better part of 5 years. that new title on the header bar might give you a clue…
it’s a really good idea and is in no way original, but it still just might work. there’s still not a lot I can say about it, which is tough, seeing how I’m crap at keeping exciting news a secret, but I can tell you it’s exciting news. I can also tell you that all of your wildest web dreams are about to come true – I’m about 72% sure of it.
here’s also what I can tell you:
- the OMKOS and rough sundays podcasts have all been archived and will be back here.
- I’m getting back into making little movies.
- I miss local live music.
- my current Flickr is messy.
- I am constantly blessed with meeting the most interesting and wonderful of people.
- there’s another book being worked on.
- and an app.
okay, so I was going to space all of that out over the next few months, but this wine is too tasty.
basically, what I’m saying is this:
check back often.
excuse the mess.
and get ready to see something pretty fuckin’ cool.
… are up here.
stop by and stuff.
it’s a good place.
[nyc, that is]
and what a fine town it was to shoot.
more soon on the 206, but if you ever have a chance to visit during summer [read: not too rainy time], do it.
well, thanks, little nephew of mine.
it’s been a helluva year, since my last birthday…
- Josie and I spent my 34thÂ cruising on Absurdity in the South of England, if you learn to sail, you can have her [boat].
- after that, I went to go see Nico [he'll be a quasi-uncle to you] in Paris and had the time in Paris that everyone wants.
- but I got into a little bit of trouble with the U.K. government, and had 30 days to leave.
- so, naturally, I dragged Josie to Vietnam. to live.
- we stayed there for a few months, but ended up going ourÂ separateÂ ways. she to Australia to work. me to Oregon to finish a book.
- a few months into my stay in Bend, I finally got to meet you. and that very day, I started writing another book.
- a month of so after that, I flew to Perth to see Josie for her birthday. we took a campervan around wine country. it was fun.
- a few months later, I left Bend for a month in Oklahoma and the promotional run of the book would be released. it sold out.
- a few weeks after that, I got the call that I never thought I’d get – I was about to take a job in New York
fuckin City!Â I’ve now been here a little more than 4 months and it’s been amazing. I’ve been sending you little postcards and stuff, hopefully one day you’ll be able to check them out.
- my birthday was spent with a lot of friends. which, considering how short I’ve been here, should tell you how lucky I am.
… so there you go, nephew – it’s been a fun 34th year. you just started walking and by the time my 36th [ugh] rolls around, you might even be able to talk with me on the phone a little bit. a lot of your and my birthdays will be spent on the phone, but I’ll try and make that up to you.
so, thanks for the card and the cheeky little grin. I showed this to a lot of people here and they all thought you were amazing.
and I think so too.
anyone who’s followed this little blog for a while can testify to my complete addiction to the Eastern StateÂ PenitentiaryÂ in Philadelphia. this was my 4th time to go and it keeps getting better. hands down, the creepiest and most wonderful manmade place in all of the States, and one of my top 10 places ever. you can find out about this gem online, but it doesn’t do it justice. for a taste, revisit this scene in 12 Monkeys, as it was filmed inside here. Steve Buscemi gives the audio tour. and it’s amazing. to date, I’ve shot it on the LeicaÂ and now on my iPhone.
… for many, many more shots, click here. and, again – go see it.
… are up here, but there’s only a handful. a large amount of little piccies from Eastern State Penitentiary are on the way. I hope you like them, because I like you.
as you may, or may not have seen, this humble little website was down over the past few days. I’d like to think that it bothered you and suddenly the realization of what a fucking amazing blog this is resonated and you now appreciate it even more.
just let me think that, ok?
anyway, it was just the start of some major things to come. in a few short months, this will stop being only a blog and turn into something much bigger. there is currently a team of people working on it and very, very soon, it’s going to be a full-fledged living site, with more stuff than you can even imagine.
I can tell you that all of your dreams will soon come true.
here’s a few of the things you’ll be seeing:
- a photo gallery of my shots, with a very easy way of buying prints. my flickr is all over the place with screenshots and ripped images, etc, so this will make it easier to buy whatever prints you might want.
- a podcast area. I have all of the old OMKOS and rough sundays shows and will be putting them up, plus launching a new one here in the next 2-3 months. and it is, to date, the most wonderful show I’ve ever put together. it’ll be a bi-weekly show.
- videos. these are things that I’ve never been able to devote enough time to, but once a month or so, I’ll be releasing 2-3 minute shorts.
- a shopping area. the amount of things I’ve accrued over the years from different parts of the globe is insane. I always said that ‘someday, I’d put ‘em up on ebay’, but why do that when I can just sell them on my own site? stuff from all over the world.
- a forum. maybe. we’re kicking around this idea. am open for suggestions on it.
… those are the things that aren’t a secret.
trust that there’s going to be some other big stuff on the way.
I’m kind of excited, except that I’m really excited.
every time I go to write something, I usually don’t write something because writing takes effort. and I’m trying to enjoy the downtime between this book being officially released [read: on Amazon in the next few weeks, ebooks, etc.] and the next one starting. it’s a collection of short stories between Dec ’08-present. I’m looking forward to starting it, and I’m looking even more forward to being done with the first one. did you know I’ve never even read it? it’s sitting right next to me, as I had to reference it for a slight design change, but I’ve never picked it up. I should though, it’s a good book. but I digress…
this shall be the most random of catch-ups. I’m doing it more for me than you, but that shouldn’t come as a shock:
- it’s a shame we lost in the final minutes of the Women’s World Cup. it’s a shame we don’t give a shit. but well-played [for the first 108 minutes, at least], girls. you actually made female professional sports exciting. weird.
- the Vespa Saga continues. that actually deserves its own post and I will – as soon as I’m official – post the entire headache. if I do it now, I’ll just be annoyed.
- speaking of annoyed. I can no longer hide my insane jealousy for Mel and Nick’s choice to put their stuff in storage, quit their [very successful] careers and took off sailing the world for a few years. the only thing that outdoes my envy is myÂ intrigue. and respect.
- this has been a favorite summer song for some time, and it is again this summer. hey, you should make it one of yours.
- oh! the second day in Philly I wanted to tell you about? the crazy castle [yes, castle. see below] we went to, built by the eccentricÂ tile-maker James Mercer? one of the coolest places in the States, I kid you not. the website doesn’t do it justice. well worth a day trip from Philly. no photos allowed inside, but I got a few of the exterior.
- the hair stylist convinced me to get something called a ‘keratin blowout’ done to my locks. I’m still confused to what happened.
- the ’101 best sandwich’ attempt died out [shocking!], as they were all a] more than $10 and b] beginning to not be within walking distance from my office.
- I haven’t picked up my Leica once since moving to NYC. this hipstamatic stuff is brilliant.
- ah. yes. photos and NYC – that reminds me. took a shot of this the other week and made a point of going back when it was open. one of the coolest shops I’ve ever been in. worth a trip to Park Slope. am pretty sure it’s a Dave Eggers project.
- speaking of iStuff. if you have an iPad, download this. Brother Scott did the music for it and it’s been charting for weeks now on Apple.
- while I’ve always been mildly interested in the occult, reading ‘The Serpent and The Rainbow’ has elevated my curiousity in voodoo and black magic to a point of virtual hopelessness. I’m obsessed. have never seen the film, but have it downloaded for when I’m done.
- speaking of things to watch, I get about 40 minutes a week of time to do it, but Californication is one of the smartest shows ever to come out of the States. season 5 especially.
- this also looks amazing.
- NYC is a fucking fun town. has anyone ever said that before?
- I rarely drink beer these days. if you email me, I’ll let you in on the best kept secret in the wine world. I’m buying it by the case and would love to say ‘and I’m even dropping some weight in the process’, but no. it is good, though. and cheap.
- please stop using photos of your child for your profile picture on Facebook. Brother Cohn wrote last year that ‘I’m friends with you, not your child’ and it caused a shitstorm. why? I don’t know. photos of your kids on Facebook? of course! photos of you + your kids in your Facebook profile? sure! photos of your kids as your profile photo? no. stop it. it’s weird.
- this little blog is about to have some major changes happen to it. I’m kind of excited. I hope you like it. it’s cool. and exciting… thus, the excitement.
- a copy of my book was handed to Annie Clark [St. Vincent]. I’m totally keeping an eye out for her next album to see if I’m mentioned.
- I’m turning 35 in a few weeks and change. please don’t forget.
- this is a fun town.
- see ya later.