Saturday, March 26, 2011

Walking and the Sights

Other than watching Lost, flailing at work, and doing yoga obsessively, the one thing I have been doing is walking in my neighborhood – Capitol Hill.  The neighborhood has a good diversity of ages, incomes, etc.  It is, however, populated with a good number of 20 and 30 somethings and some of them are slightly deviant and artistic. I know because I see the fruits of their labor everywhere and enjoy them and document them.  For those of you who are “friends” on Facebook, some of these photos will be familiar.  There are a few new ones in here though.

These photos are examples of the art/graffiti to be seen around Capitol Hill if you are observant. I hope you enjoy them.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Jean-Pierre Jeunet is a French writer/director that makes amazingly visually-appealing, dream-like films.  He has an eye for the fantastical. A couple of his films are mainstream: Alien: Resurrection and Amelie. But his best work is a little under the radar.  Below are descriptions of two of the most visually delightful films I have seen.  They are dark and quirkily funny.

Delicatessen (1991) – written and directed by Jeunet (with Marc Caro)

Post-apocalyptic surrealist black comedy about the landlord of an apartment building who occasional prepares a delicacy for his odd tenants.



The City of Lost Children (1995) – written and directed by Jeunet (with others)

With a mad scientist kidnapping children to steal their dreams, only brave young Miette and a kindhearted circus strongman (Ron Perlman) can save them. Part fantasy, part nightmare…

This one is a bit more disturbing than Delicatessen.  The mad scientist is creepy.

Dominique Pinon is the guy in the photo below (multiplied by four).  Jeunet employs Pinon in all of his films and this guy, with his distinctive face, is exuberant and perfectly suited for surrealist films of this kind.


Last night I watched Micmacs (2009)

Jeunet takes a satirical look at the global arms trade with this foreign-language comedy starring Dany Boon as Bazil, who rallies his friends to take down weapons manufacturers responsible for his father's death. Bazil also discovers a dump into an underground haven for cool tools and sculptures crafted from discarded junk.

Since this post is going a bit long, I’ll just say that this French-subtitled film is worth watching.  However, the Onion review sums up my overall feelings towards the film, “Longtime Jeunet fans may be a little disappointed at the film’s feather-lightness, which admits almost none of the grimness of his Delicatessen or Lost Children…” 


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Dusty and Lost

I've been checked out lately - still watching Lost.  I'm almost done with season two and am watching (on average) two episodes per night.  I can't stop thinking about how bad they all must smell and where the women get their mascara.  Similarly the men never grow beards but are never clean shaven either. Whatever, it's not as if any other part of the show is believable.

I'm not here to talk about lost.  I want to make you all aware of an important event coming up: the 2011 Road Dust Best Management Practices Conference. That's right in November of this year road dust afficionados will descend on "dusty" Las Vegas.  Conference goers can look forward to a special treat:

To better serve our road dust community, we will also have a Specification Showcase as well as offer a training session on (1) How to Put Down Product and/or (2) Understanding Dust Plume Opacity. Vendor displays and the unveiling of the Road Dust and Fines Management Institute will round out this highly anticipated 2nd event!

This post is the second in a series to spread the word about important and cutting edge transportation research.  Enjoy.

Sunday, March 6, 2011


Reflecting on this weekend I’m discovering how unproductive I was.  I had goals! but only met two: do the laundry and go to yoga.  Although, I can’t complain because I did get out of the house and enjoy myself with some wonderful friends. 

This is my weekend in pictures.

Friday: Inanimate creature found at a restaurant.

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Saturday: Animate creatures - Athena and Emily.

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Sunday: Inanimate creature on the trail.  An omen?

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