Photo: Universal Pictures
Thursday, June 30
Wednesday, June 29
At the Edinburgh Film Festival this past weekend, Nokia held a screening for the eight finalists of its Nokia Shorts Competition. With more than 600 entries and a $10,000 grand prize on the line, the competition produced some surprising results. Nothing was quite as impressive, however, as the film shot by winner J.W. Griffiths. His two and a half minute short entitled Splitscreen: A Love Story was shot entirely on his Nokia N8 mobile smartphone and takes viewers on a split-screen journey through two of the world’s most iconic and romantic cities. Watch for yourselves to see why Griffiths’ film took home the prize.
See all the eight finalists over at NokiaShorts2011
DISCLAIMER; I worked at the EdFilmFest for a few years/seasons/summers in a purely admin capacity (read; great parties, met Sean Connery, still have friends from that time). Sidenote; it is the world's longest continuously running film festival.
Anyhow, the Edinburgh Film Festival caught not a little flak this year (ouch) and though I was not there to see any of the successes or "challenges", they continued with their tradition of gritty programming and introduced some inventive commercial partnerships with Nokia (as above) and Cutty Sark (they did an event to power the projector by pedaling). Anyhow, I have nothing but good memories and hope they can rekindle the flame of former years. That cameraphone short though above... next level, I skipped over it when the news broke. V v smart to use a split screen, essentially doubling the quality of the images -geddit?
Monday, June 27
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Wednesday, June 22
...the same spacious design as our one man tent, only wide enough to accommodate 2 big people, or if you're feeling snuggly, even 2 big people and a child, or possibly even 3 smaller sized people. The variations are nearly limitless.
The tent has two doors and two vestibules for stashing gear, fully taped seams on the fly, and just one pole that snaps together and is simple and efficient to set up. The eye shaped window allows for a view of the forest canopy. It weighs about 6 lbs... -Buy at PolerStuff
Via their super secret email (that anyone can sign up for) they note a product coming out called the Duffaluffagus Duffle. Just show me where to sign... #greatname
Soon (I think) Poler will be releasing more; their sleep bag, magic tarp, retro-y backpack, a ton of soft goods (thoughtfully in kids sizes too). Good people trying to provide the tools so regulars can get outside and enjoy it.
Tuesday, June 21
Great, slightly older Detroit. I find it hard to date these things, not a ton of info online but from the darker collar, no internal pocket and no branding on the zipperpulls I'm guessing late 70's? Had one that I believe was 60's; that had straight cuff stitching (and that is now curved)... The duck material used as a hanger-loop (rather than later nylon) is a date mark as well... again, not sure of the cut off date on that. Then external branding, love those folded, inseam labels. More washed than worn I think, quite soft. New ones cost around $75, this cost half.
As part of their design of a new 'experience space' in Shanghai for whisky brand Johnnie Walker, creative agency LOVE created a series of commemorative edition bottles, referencing the Chinese decorative style of blue and white porcelain... via CreativeReview
Honestly JW is not my go-to but these porcelain bottles (only 1,00 made) look great.
Saturday, June 18
Things my father taught me: how to shake a martini (aged 7), milk a cow, drive a tractor, tie a bow tie, sharpen a carving knife, polish shoes, make an omelet (hell, how to build a hen house, raise chicks, pluck feathers, keep a ‘chicken bucket’ under the sink for food scraps, collect the eggs THEN make an omelet).
“Pops” or more properly, my father, Dr. Fox arrived in Boston from England in 1974 with family in tow. English born and bred, sartorially he was preppy through and through; at that time shopping at the Co-op and JPress in Harvard Square, or Brooks Bros. and Filene’s downtown. Fast forward a few years and we have moved to cocktail-culture / summer-resident ground zero; southern Vermont. Southern VT was also ground zero for aging dairy farms, aging farmers and at that time a huge need for a community medical center. Pops answered that call.
Sure he’ll drive you crazy at a museum reading every scrap of literature but he is in turn a fountain of knowledge. Insane. I have actually called him rather than Google something. I do get my appreciation of hi/low style from him though, which is really a preppy trait in a sense, use it up, fix it up and wear it out… He’ll turn up to a town meeting in his torn tweed jacket (pockets probably full of old nails or his pipe) and muddy wellingtons, plus a yellow OCBD and bowtie, probably whistling. About 5 years ago he did break a lifelong streak and get a pair of jeans, but true-to-form he has patched and re-patched that pair ever since. A cook, botanist, farmer, beekeeper and musician, but foremost a country doctor… he sets the bar pretty high. Anyway, let’s not get sappy here, onto the clothes…
Exhibit B. OK, It must be said, this is a damn good picture of the old man (hey!) but 2 hip replacements and recent rotator cuff surgery have slowed him down quite a bit.
This is almost 20 years ago now, playing against southern horse traders and some Argentinean stable guys.
Friday, June 17
Drop forged from alloy steel, bit sharpening is by hand. Handles, selected for grain orientation and density, are grade “A” American hickory, white sapwood, or red hardwood. Axe heads are lightly oiled and left unpainted.
Council Tools say, "It is not for everyone but rather for those who seek the best." [my itals -ed.] Every component is made in USA.
The first product in the line is the 4# Premium American Felling Axe (Dayton Pattern) with hickory handle (pictured). $165. Next will be an upgraded version of their Hudson Bay Axe. For those following along, Council Tools are the current source for the Best Made felling axe.
Thursday, June 16
Trapper John: ...without olives, a martini just doesn't. quite. make it.
Epic early scene where Trapper (Elliot Gould) pulls out the jar of olives from his parka...
I didn't see the movie version of M*A*S*H till I was maybe a teenager, and the first half (the fake assisted suicide) was a little intense, think I might have turned it off. Need one of those woodsy camo Jones hats like Hawkeye (Donald Sutherland) sports. Or Col. Blake's lure-studded Kromer. The football game at the end occupies a good quarter of the movie, had forgotten that. #stencilledsweatshirts
The TV version of the show was my babysitter in the late 70s though. The story of an eccentric doctor who preferred martinis and came from New England? I could relate to that character-type. The officer's club bar, all ramshackle with Christmas lights etc, realise now that has ingrained itself in my mind as inspiration for a
The novel M*A*S*H is good, and the sequel M*A*S*H Goes To Maine isn't bad... the rest not great. BTW, Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce, great name...
They are also continuing the Series 1889 line they started this year (which is not related to the 1989 Centennial stuff); e.g. chambray shirt and jacket below.
If you have been following along, since almost day 1 of this blog I have posted about Carhartt pieces that evoked some kind of fuzzy memory for me or were shorthand for rural/woodsy. But I would have to think Carhartt's continued reliance on imagery of the American worker is risking becoming disingenious, as since 2009 not-all/less-than-half/maybe-even-only-10%-now of their manufacturing is done domestically -via WSJ (read the comments section btw, essential). Yes they employ around 1,300 American workers still (fact from their Facebook) but the brand had a faultless workwear pedigree until these changes; i.e. Union made in the USA. The comments from consumers [former -ed?] on Carhartt's Facebook page are pretty strong on this issue... perhaps an example to discuss for any social media advisors?
I rarely go negative on 10e, but this particular issue touches a nerve -I mentioned the same thing in the post over at Details. OK, now back to regularly scheduled programming.
Tuesday, June 14
Old news if you haunt Pitchfork, but here is a day in the life (off-stage) of B&S... pretty great.
It is the official video for the forthcoming Belle and Sebastian single, Come on Sister, from the album, Write About Love (Rough Trade/Matador). Directed, Filmed & Edited by Paul Fegan [who then uploaded it to Vimeo -ed.], includes concert footage filmed by The Forest of Black and Glen Thomson.
Monday, June 13
1. Ames Tru-Temper steel-barrow. 6 cubic feet. Not easy to get made in USA 'barrows; usually the wheel is imported, sometimes the handles, these come close I believe. Plus, stealing idea from the NYT, fill this thing w/ ice and tonic for later...
2. Slate stakes/row markers. There are a lot of these around, these happen to be by Ancient Graffiti in Vermont. $36 for 6.
3. LLBean rubber moccasins. Great for gardening. Same price or less than Muck boots and you can wear them out and about afterwards; just hose them off. What, you were gonna buy crocs?
[sidenote: these run big imho, def order a 1/2 size down.]
4. Sipsmith Gin. Distilled in London. Sis is in the drinks biz, says this one cooler than the other side of the pillow... Cue the G&Ts.