May 21, 2007

corn on the cob
You may recall that a couple of months ago I mentioned I was working on a cookbook project. Details were still under wraps a bit at the time, but now I'm getting rolling for real and am pleased to announce it:

Head on over and check out The Vegan Bachelor. The tagline I'm working with is "Vegan Eating Demystified," because the idea is to write a low-stress, low-budget cookbook for folks who'd like to eat vegan food – for whatever reason – but don't have the time or the money to get into crazy ingredients and recipes, and who don't feel like completely changing their lifestyle just because they'd like to eat better.

There are only a handful of posts up right now, but the number will grow steadily over the next few months. Eventually, if all goes according to plan, the whole project will be assembled into a factual, actual book. One you can buy in stores and everything.

Please check it out, bookmark it, offer up suggestions, etc.

May 16, 2007

Couple of things...

First and foremost, today marks the release of the first issue of Left on Mission, a new comic book series created and written by my good friend Chip Mosher. I've been following this series since Chip first sent me the script to review, which was...I don't know. Ages ago. It's great to see it out there, and I encourage everyone to check it out. It's an espionage thriller of sorts, but more interesting than that description alone implies. Worth your time and money for sure, and when have I ever steered you wrong?

Second, kottke hipped me today to this interview with writer Jonathan Rauch, which touches on a host of issues relating to politics, identity, and intellectual honesty. Highly recommended.

Finally, I posted a few weeks ago about new music that I had been digging. In that post I mentioned leaked tracks from both Dinosaur Jr. and Wilco, and mentioned that the digging of leaked tracks should be a precursor to actually buying the album(s) when the time came. I did that today, hoofing my ass to Best Buy to pick up "Beyond" by Dino Jr. and "Sky Blue Sky" by Wilco. That's my way of trying to make the give-and-take work. They gave, I took, I gave.

It would have been just as easy -- and maybe even easier -- to download both albums for free. That would not have been cool.

May 10, 2007

This article is an absolute must read for anyone working creatively today:

The Secret of Apple Design

There are so many fantastic quotes that I'm hard-pressed to pick just one to point out. But I'll try:

"The businessman wants to create something for everyone, which leads to products that are middle of the road," says Brunner. "It becomes about consensus, and that's why you rarely see the spark of genius."

It's one of many passages worthy of deeper consideration. Just as importantly, note the way the piece is written. The first two paragraphs create an immediate sense of intrigue, deftly suggesting that the article will end up being less than it actually is while leaving you wondering what might come in paragraph three and on. The writer also knows his audience – people who are likely to understand the Apple mythos and want to know more about why and how it works.

All in all it's a fantastic read.

(via kottke.org, ever excellent)

May 9, 2007

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago how stoked I was about Mumble Magazine. Nothing has happened since then to dampen my enthusiasm. In fact, quite the opposite. The content has been spot-on, including a wonderful profile of Rebecca Westcott, an artist whose life was tragically cut short.

Check out the latest promo postcard (click for larger version):

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While I'm at it, I wanted to pass along this photo (again, click for larger version):

Eye of...?

Kind of hard to look at, I know, but I find it fascinating. I pointed my camera phone straight up at the sun on a beautiful, clear day and this is what it gave back to me. There's something vaguely unsettling about it.

May 3, 2007

Like many of you, I watch Road House every chance I get. Tonight I finally got curious enough to go digging around on the internet looking for more info about it, and so of course I started at the Wikipedia page.

What I found there, much to my surprise, is actually an amazing piece of writing.

Whoever put it up managed to do two difficult things quite well: strike the perfect tone (in this case a kind of knowing distance) and explain plot accurately and economically. In fact, the 800 or so words (I didn't actually count) used here to describe the film say pretty much everything there is to say. A sample:
Dalton rips Jimmy's throat out in the ensuing fight, mirroring an incident that occurred years before. In revenge, Wesley declares that he will kidnap and murder either Wade or Elizabeth if Dalton doesn't leave town. He flips a coin to decide who will be murdered. When Dalton finds Wade dead (it was tails), he rushes to confront Wesley in a final showdown.

Rigging his car to crash into Wesley's house as a distraction, Dalton sneaks into Wesley's compound and proceeds to take out each of his thugs one at a time. Wesley finds Dalton hiding in the trophy room, and the two fight until Dalton pins Wesley and threatens to rip his throat out. But Dalton takes pity on him and sees the error of his own violent ways; he turns his back, giving Wesley the opportunity to attack again. Doc shows up just in time to watch as the townsfolk Wesley has bullied over the years come to Dalton's defense, repeatedly shooting Wesley with their shotguns and then hiding the evidence. The police arrive but make little effort to investigate the matter. The town is finally freed from Wesley's tyranny.
Rather impressive.

I also found this site, and the less said there the better.