Neil discusses his love of a good flannel shirt. The fashion industry just never got him... Big new documentary from the BBC screening tonight in the UK. More here. Or listen to RustRadio now.
Friday, October 31
Thursday, October 30
Guilty pleasure here, no not drinking bud... pipe gloves. Above, old Burton's, who were in early on this idea, though i remember people using crosscountry gloves quite a bit in the springtime before anyone made gloves especially for the task. Anyway...have a bit of a thing for these now and the designs are getting ridic'. Had been looking for the below from Drop and just found them now, they were actually last year's (not sure they ever made it out??) but love the Levi's homage. Found them for $15 from REI.
The game changers were Danny Kass and Grenade Gloves though. Remember 2001; Danny took the top spot at the USOpen fronting Grenade Gloves as his sponsor... the beauty of it was, he didn't even wear gloves. The gloves hadn't even been made at that point. Still the Grenade crew had already sprayed/bombed the grenade logo over every mountain in the US...and there was no actual product. Brilliant. Further reading. They have really legitimized (ironically) the category of "glove company" in snowboarding. [NB: i am not affiliated w Kass and co. at all... he did yell "Open Season baby!" into the camera once though... nice young man.]
Still like to be an old codger and wear lifties or old chainsaw gloves though... especially on the busy days.
Wednesday, October 29
John Buchan (1st Baron of Tweedsmuir) wrote the The Thirty-Nine Steps in 1915, but the 1935 Hitchcock film, The 39 Steps (note slight name change) may be more familiar. Criterion has a fantastic blog that abstracts the movie; stills and commentary. (Criterion Collection release available here). I love it as an early thriller, and soft spot for me due to the Scottish locations. We lived for a while near Tweedsmuir, in Broughton, now home to the John Buchan Center.
Want to read it right now?? You betcha... Bartleby lets you read the full text online here; an awesome resource.
Weather turning so time for these monsters to get dusted off. Hiking boots from Scarpa. I thought this was somehow linked to Scarpa Flow, but no. SCARPA is Societ Calzaturiera Asolana Riunita Pedemontana Anonima (meaning Associated Shoe Manufacturing Company of the Asolo mountain area). Bday present from last year, thx brother.
Tuesday, October 28
Golf. So much better a) in the British Isles b) in the 60's
If you have not read Goldfinger... do yourself a favour and read the golf chapter at least.
"Golf... is the infallible test. The man who can go into a patch of rough alone, with the knowledge that only God is watching him, and play his ball where it lies, is the man who will serve you faithfully and well." -P. G. Wodehouse
Monday, October 27
Sunday, October 26
Friday, October 24
Pissed i left the camera at home... this early a.m. walked through Harvard Square and saw a huge new install (done last night??) from Shep (obey) Fairey and co. There a few pics at their official blog. Shot below from my phone does not do it any justice. Installation is about 15 different designs, some 10footers...plastered squarely across the old Greenhouse. It is pretty big, the crappy photo below is about 1/4 of the total size.
In homage to the great ACL blog, i also swung by the JPress shop in Harvard Square and found Pops' Christmas present. Stitched squares not printed, natch'.
Some previous 10engines posts lost in the mists of time:
That Winter Look
Old Man Winter
What to look forward to: more Boston-centric posts (just had a fantastic walk through the fish/veggie market. Ok, half of the produce is from India and Mexico and uses banned pesticides but hey, it is cheap...)
I'll be following any news of the Julie & Julia movie closely.
The upcoming Pawlet game supper.
The Tintin movie.
Cowhide-label vintage Lee jeans.
Thursday, October 23
SeeqPod - Playable Search
Where do John McCain and Barack Obama stand on agricultural issues? Farm Aid has done some digging and produced a table to look at here. There is further reading on Obama's site under Rural Issues, which includes rural health challenges e.g. meth' use. I had trouble finding the area on McCain's site that dealt with rural and farm issues, if someone sees it please send the link.
Wednesday, October 22
Pet peeve: use of "it's got". Use "it has". "It(ha)'s got" is redundant.
Tuesday, October 21
Monday, October 20
I have been "warming the icecubes" for Pops ever since I was old enough to figure out 2/3 and 1/3 (wet gin martini...shudder). Taking a different angle, these are the things that make or break a 'tuni, a see-through, a silver bullet...for me. A generous and well made twist (use a peeler, and avoid pith at all costs), sufficiently chilled everything and shaken, cold liquor. Optimally the glass is filled to the absolute rim, pushing the limits of the meniscus surface tension. Shake until hands stick to the shaker, and when I look down at the resulting cocktail I want to be reminded of Shackleton. Shaken martinis are also more effective in deactivating hydrogen peroxide than the stirred variety...essential obviously...further reading.
A point that is lost with many bartenders is the twist of the twist (more of a pinch really IMHO). The action allows a spritz (with a healthy plump lemon almost a viper spit) of lemon oil, that is visible on the surface (as below).
Sunday, October 19
Many professions and activities have a key idea, and second cut is something to understand in ag/rural areas. When/if/how much hay can be produced on that essential second growth. If you have never had to deal with some freekin cowboy hauling winter-stored hay all the way from a neighboring state then please read. I don't think the flats in VT even get 3rd cut. Love this image from last year's snowboard ppp. Yeah Chris. Check the body symmetry of a wee boy w/o a care in the world running in a hay field and Rotax sliding over a bale... that is what it is all about.
Wednesday, October 15
Not the Sox chances... though this might not bode well...the Citgo sign is on fire...right now.
[update Oct. 20: Sox out, but were almost one swing away from taking it, and plenty banged up. Last we'll see of 'Tek?? He practically won game 6 between the throw out and then the homer.]
Tuesday, October 14
Sunday, October 12
Saturday, October 11
Friday, October 10
Thursday, October 9
I love the post office, here and in Britain. Sending a letter hundreds of miles away in 48 hours for 50 cents...amazing. Just found this story- "While working for her degree at Glasgow School of Art Harriet Russell decided to find out exactly what lengths the men and women of the Royal Mail were willing to go to to ensure the safe delivery of her missives." Instead of addreses the illustrator made puzzles for the mailcarriers. And they were up to it.