June 2009 Archives

Thoughts on MJ

I imagine this is what it felt like when Elvis died...weird, surreal. You just kind of expect entertainment giants like that to live forever.

How weird is it that Elizabeth Taylor outlived Michael Jackson?

I watched a bit of CNN's coverage yesterday and had to turn it off because it was so sensationalistic, it was like watching Access Hollywood or something. So focused on the tabloid angle and the negative stuff. Practically nothing MJ did the last 10 years is going to be remembered, it's all about the music and entertainment legacy he's left. Nice to see other artists pay tribute to the talent that he was.

Top 5 Michael Jackson Songs (in chronological order)

  1. Rock With You
  2. Don't Stop Til You Get Enough
  3. Billie Jean
  4. Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'
  5. Smooth Criminal


Note to self: "borrow" sister's copy of Thriller on vinyl.

Counting Blue Squirrels

Latest project, appropriately called Electric Blue Squirrel. This came about after attempting to watch the squirrels that live by the train tracks where I work. Little bastards blend into the scenery, so I decided they should be electric blue so that I can see them, which is really kind of pointless because my actual office has no windows in it. Electric Blue Squirrel also sounds like the name of a 90s alt rock band along the lines of Dishwalla. Or maybe that's just me.

While stitching this up, I convinced myself that it's too big, especially for its intended recipient, the S.O. And since he's the main recipient of my work (the Kobe piece is now in his "man cave" with the l33t hax0r one), I may just keep this one for myself and take it to work. Then I can squirrel watch all day.

I'm having a bit of stitcher's block right now. I'm planning to make some gifts for friends/family for my trip back home next month, but the ideas just aren't flowing. So at the moment I've got nothing to work on...boo.

On a lighter note...I finally bought something from Etsy...

Presenting...Bun the Jacabunny! Kit Lane's work makes me happy. I pretty much freaked out when I saw him and snapped him up accordingly. Now I just need to clean my dust magnet desk and possibly find a better place for him. Even so, my desk just got much cuter.

Yay Lakers

This is what makes watching all the games, postgame coverage, and (far too much time) reading sports blogs worth it...


I'm going to have alot more free time on my hands now.

Stitch Story: How to Spell Kobe

Back in March, my mom came out to visit and was conveniently here for a Lakers-Spurs game (she's a very very casual Spurs fan). At one point during the game, Kobe did something that made her say....

She of course meant it as an insult to Kobe for his arrogance/show-boating/unstoppableness, but the sentiment can really be taken either way, which makes it even funnier.

This was my first time working with metallic/light effects thread. Ugh. What a pain that was. I think the picture makes it look worse than it actually is, but there are some puffy stitches. I was just trying to get through it. I think it's going to be a long time before I try metallic thread again.

Required Listening: June

So 2003 wasn't so bad, although it certainly didn't live up to the hype I manufactured in my head. These next few years (2004-06) should be interesting because I think they are hands down the worst of the decade overall. Not to say there weren't good albums released in those years, but the overall level of quality sunk to its lowest (particularly in '04). But here's the 2004 albums I'll be listening to:

  • Black Keys- Rubber Factory
  • Franz Ferdinand- Franz Ferdinand
  • Interpol- Antics
  • Keane- Hopes and Fears
  • PJ Harvey- Uh Huh Her
  • Sondre Lerche- Two Way Monologue
  • Sonic Youth- Sonic Nurse
  • Tegan and Sara- So Jealous
  • John Vanderslice- Cellar Door
Since I'm at the halfway point of the decade, I'll also be re-listening to some albums from previous years that I think require more attention (see below). And post a list of the albums that have been fed to the Smoke Monster so far.

  • The Black Keys- Thickfreakness
  • Interpol- Turn on the Bright Lights
  • Muse- Origin of Symmetry
  • The National- The National