Friday, April 30, 2010

I can has Diploma?

Finished my last final of undergrad today, nextup I have commencement at the end of next week. Pretty excited to be done with classes and finals, the last couple weeks were pretty stressful. Not to sure how I feel about having to start looking for a job and finding a career and all that sort of stuff. Luckily I have a couple months of travel plans scheduled which will keep the real world a way for a bit longer.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Monday, April 26, 2010

Friday, April 23, 2010

Black Ink

I went to Beacon Hill yesterday to stop by Uncle Pete's, and on the way I passed by a store I often totally forget about. Its a shame because this store definitely has a lot to offer. I first found out about Black Ink after eating lunch in Beacon Hill with my parents. On the way past the store my dad spotted a Tintin poster in the window and we had to go in. My dad was a huge fan of Tintin, and definitely passed it down to me. I still remember being on vacation, driving somewhere interesting, and being too enthralled in reading to care what was out the window.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Monday, April 19, 2010

Lake Sunapee

Spring is in full swing, which means many trips home to get the boats ready for summer. Today Sunapee is pretty similar too every other rural New England lake. Families pour in from Massachusetts with their pontoon boats in tow for a day of swimming, fishing, and tubing on the lake. For attractions and lodging there are few motels, ice cream shops, and a handful of stores selling souvenirs.

At the turn of the century the lake was a much different place. The train tracks brought passengers directly in from New York City. Massive Hotels loomed over the nicer harbors and beaches. Complete with large outdoor patios and basement pool halls. Three steam boats ferried people from the different hotels to a casino located on one of the larger islands. Unfortunately or fortunately, depending on your perspective, the passenger car changed this forever. One people were no longer bound by the stops of the railroads traffic to the Sunapee area steadily declined, and the hotels, bars, and steamboats disappeared. All that remain are the three lighthouses that once guided the steamers at night.

View of Blodgettes casino from the beach

Ben Mere hotel in Sunapee harbor

Train tracks lead right to the steamboat landing

The Soonipi hotel

Mail delivered by boat

Another view of the casino

Friday, April 16, 2010

Triumph TR4 vs. MG MGB

Both the Triumph TR4 and the MG MGB are classic British roadsters, actually I consider them THE classic British roadsters. Every time I see someone cruise by in one of these with the top down on a warm summer day I want to hunt down a cheap one to restore. Which is better, I haven't decided, and probably never will. Either one would be more than welcome in my garage.

Trimph TR-4


Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Alice's Adventures Underground

Over at one of my favorite sites, 10engines, James has dedicated the next 24 hours to bookmobiles and the power of local libraries. Local libraries are such an underrated resource its absurd., even in college I have friend who have never checked a book out from the library. Its nothing more than a place to study for most people. Luckily my parents taught their value at an early age when they pointed out the amazing selection of not only books, but music and movies that my small hometown library had. Even now when I'm going home for a weekend I tell my dad to pop down the library and pick up a movie he thinks I might like. At first thought it would seem that the Internet with its instantaneous access to so much media and information would put an end to the power of libraries, as information becomes so much easier to find and most media can simply be downloaded. Luckily for all of us libraries around the world have embraced the power of the web and have began to upload amazing digital collections. These collections are responsible for a ton of the amazing photos found on this blog and on many of the blogs located in my favorites list.

One recent addition to the digital collections of the British Library is the original manuscript of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. Originally titled Alice's Adventure Underground, all 91 pages of his work are scanned in great detail for your viewing. Having access to things like this is something that would be so
outlandish 10 years ago its mind blowing. Some images from the manuscript are below.

Making of 98.5%

The Making of 98.5% from Steve Lambert on Vimeo.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Deathbowl to Downtown

A soon to be released film chronicling the evolution of street skateboarding from a NYC perspective.

Tim Doyle

Tim Doyle is an Austin based print maker whose work reaches out to your inner nerd. Since 2001 he has been doing amazing original work and posters for touring bands and for the always awesome Alamo Draft House. Doyle has recently entered full force into the comic world and is the owner of a small chain of comic book stores. He has been doing comic work for Lucas Film, Hasbro, and IDW, and he has also created his own comic, The Intergalactic Nemesis. In 2009 he stopped being a for hire print maker and began work for his newly founded company Nakatomi Inc. where him and two other artists now produce all sorts of nerdtastic posters, t-shirts and other items.

The many faces of Bill Murray

Twin Peaks


He-Man the good guys
He-Man the bad guys

Tim Doyles addition to the Lost series

Ghost Busters

Blade Runner

For those who don't know Troll II is the "best" worst movie ever