Top 50 Movies

I have been sitting on this post for literally years. I don’t know what I’ve been waiting for but now I’ve finally decided to post it. I would just like to say that I reserve the right to update (add or subtract) movies as I see fit.

As is the case with several posts I’ve written, this is more for me than it is for you. I always feel like I’m going to forget what my favorite movies are so I decided to finally make a list. However, rather than rank them, making the process more difficult, I’ve decided to simply put them in alphabetical order. More specifically, these are movies that make my heart ache after seeing them and wish I were doing more, or rather make me want to do more with my life. I’m sure this list will change as I’ve no doubt forgotten some or put in others that may not really deserve to be here. But, nevertheless, here it is: (49 so far w/ 15 question marks- ones I’m not sure deserve to be here)

Adaptation

AKIRA

Alien

Almost Famous

Antichrist

Artist, The (?)

Big Fish (?)

Black Snake Moan (?)

Breakfast Club, The (?; too easy to say it’s your favorite)

Cool Hand Luke

Cloud Atlas

Darjeeling Limited, The

Enter The Void

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Exit Through the Gift Shop

Fight Club (?; too easy to say it’s your favorite)

Finding Nemo (?)

Frances Ha

Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The

Gone Girl

Gone in Sixty Seconds (?)

Her

Inception (?)

Interstellar

Jackie Brown

Juno (?)

La Haine

Lord of War

Lost In Translation

Man On Wire

Matrix, The

Metropolis (anime)

Midnight In Paris

Monsters, Inc. (?)

Moonstruck

Nightcrawler (?)

No Country For Old Men

Panic Room (?)

Public Speaking

Rushmore

Senna

Shawshank Redemption, The

Synecdoche New York

THX-1138 (?)

Unbreakable

V for Vendetta

Waking Life

Wall-E (?)

You’ve Got Mail

—Some were too obvious to include

Star Wars (original trilogy; too easy to say it’s your favorite)

Indiana Jones (original trilogy; too easy to say it’s your favorite)

Back to the Future (all encompassing; too easy to say it’s your favorite)

James Bond (all encompassing; too easy to say it’s your favorite)

Godfather Part I, The (?; too easy to say it’s your favorite)

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Subway Symphony

It’s rare that when given the opportunity to skip an ad before a YouTube video that I don’t take said opportunity. However, when I saw the following ad, I thought it was poignant for 2 reasons. 1) it features LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy, a guy and a band that I’ve gotten more interested in over the past several months and 2) it features the MTA, a subway system I am now very familiar with after having spent the past 6 months living in NY and learning it.

The idea is that since the MTA is supposedly going to switch from a swipe based card system to a tap based one (apparently not till 2019), that they might as well make the sound of the beep when you tap your card, be a pleasant one. So that is what James Murphy is teaming up with Heineken to try and do. I love this idea and have thought for a while now that the MTA should switch to a tap based card system like the T in Boston. In his words: “someone’s going to make a chip that beeps on the next system… that’s a given.  All I’m asking for is the chance to help make that beep something memorable.”

If you’re down with this idea, go to Subway Symphony dot org and sign the petition.

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23 Weeks of Bond

So, as usual I am a few weeks behind on this. I was listening to the Tested podcast and they mentioned the fact that starting that week, there would be 23 weeks until SPECTRE, the next James Bond film, was released. This meant that you could watch one Bond film each week until SPECTRE comes out. Hence the slowest, longest, and most drawn out marathon ever was about to begin.

I Pitched the idea of marathoning the bond movies over the coming weeks to my sister and a couple of my friends. They thought it was a good idea and so last Friday, we kicked off the marathon with Dr. No. Ever since listening to the James Bonding podcast I have been wanting to re-watch all of the bond movies. This realization was the perfect excuse to do just that.

The main reason why I wanted to post this was for any other Bond fans out there. If you didn’t already know about this “23 weeks” thing, now would be the time to start watching the films.

Dr. No: I’m not going to do a post for every movie, but, I thought I would just briefly go over my/our game plan for the next few weeks.

This first week I had my friend Dan, as well as my sister, come to my house at 8pm. Dan brought beer which made it feel that much more official. We then popped in Dr. No and watched it without much peanut gallery commentary, which was great. After the movie was over, me, Dan and Kyra listened to the James Bonding podcast Dr. No episode while playing the The World is Not Enough video game for N64.

I think the plan is to alternate each week, he come to my place, I go to his, back and forth until SPECTRE. I really hope we actually do keep up with this plan because it could be really fun as well as allow me to catch up on the Bond movies, something I wanted to do anyway.

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You’ve Got Mail Excursion

Two warnings/heads ups:

1) this is only for “die hard” YGM fans as there are some “deep cuts” -in other words jokes that only people very familar with the movie would understand- in this blog post

2) I want to apologize that this isn’t as thorough as it should be. I wanted to flesh it out more but I got lazy. Also, I’ve been putting this off for so long that a lot of this information is no longer relevant in terms of the dates it’s referencing.

You’ve Got Mail is legitimately one of my favorite movies. While crashing at Steve’s apartment, we somehow got on the topic of YGM and the next time I was home, I brought it down to watch with him. Well, this past Wednesday I finally got around to watching it. I have a weird thing with movies I really love where I can’t watch them too often or else I ruin them. Luckily I had waited the perfect amount of time so that it felt new again.

I don’t know why it took me so long to go on this excursion. Perhaps I was waiting for the movie to be fresh in my mind but I’m glad I did. One of the key ingredients that makes YGM so great is the soundtrack. Every place I went on the excursion brought up the musical cue for what plays at that location in the movie.

One thing that surprised me was how close every location was in relation to one another. I feel like the characters are so lazy, they never seem to have to go more than a few blocks to get to where they need to go. Regardless, this didn’t ruin the magic, it just surprised me.

YouveGotMail_mapHere is a map of the Upper West Side with highlighted locations from You’ve Got Mail.

I took the B train to 72 street and then walked a few blocks south to begin my journey.

The Shop Around The Corner (106 W69th Street)

TheShopAroundTheCornerThe Shop Around the Corner is actually La Mode an organic cleaner.

Starting at the most southernly point of the map we come to La Mode, the business used to film the fake store front of The Shop Around the Corner.

Gray’s Papya (2090 Broadway)

GraysPapya

Next on the list is Gray’s Papya. This is where Joe Fox (Tom Hanks) and Kathleen Kelly (Meg Ryan) meet towards the end of the movie and get hot dogs before they split off, in order to meet again at the 91st Street Garden.

Verdi Square – “I keep bumpin’ into you.”

[Verdi Square; I didn’t get my own photo for this location… sorry]

Just across the street I found myself at Verdi Square. This is where Joe and Kathleen stop on a bench; him eating pretzels and her eating a fruit.

79th Street Boat Basin – “Hello New Jersey!”

[79th Street Boat Basin; I didn’t get my own photo for this location… sorry]

Working my way north, I headed west towards the Hudson River and the 79th Street boat basin. This is where the Fox II (Nelson Fox’s boat) and Fox III (Joe Fox’s boat) are docked. I had unknowingly biked past this a few weeks ago while on an epic ride. Additionally, this is the place where Joe meets with his father after they’ve both been dumped and this song plays.

Ocean Grill (384 Columbus Ave)

[Ocean Grill; I couldn’t get my own pic because there was scaffolding in the way]

After a short detour through Riverside Park I made my way east to Columbus Ave and the Ocean Grill. This is the restaurant where Kathleen and Joe get lunch as they begin to become friends.

Zabar’s (2245 Broadway)

Zabars…orange you going to give us a break by zipping this credit card through?” -Joe Fox

Next I headed back to Broadway and north one block to Zabar’s. This is the grocery store where Joe sweet talks the cashier into allowing Kathleen to use her credit card to pay for her groceries despite being in the “cash only” line.

Cafe Lalo (201 W83rd Street)

CafeLalo“Do you think we should meet?” -Joe Fox

A few blocks up I found myself at Cafe Lalo. This is where Kathleen waits for her pen pal (email pal?) NY152 to show up but instead is confronted by Joe Fox who, unbeknownst to her is NY152. This is when Joe finds out that Kathleen is Shopgirl, the woman he’s been talking to on the internet.

328 W89th Street

KathleenApartmentKathleen Kelly’s apartment; the one on the left

Further north we find ourselves at W89th street. Simply put, this is none other than Kathleen Kelly’s apartment. Just FYI, between this location and the next I popped off at another spot from the film. However, I felt it was best to save that location for the end of the blog post.

210 Riverside Drive – Joe Fox’s apartment

[152 Riverside Drive]

A bit further up brought me to 210 Riverside Drive. This is one of the locations where the film opens up. You might be wondering why I went here and not to 152, his “actual” address. The reason being that apparently they shoot the exteiror for 152 at 210 for some reason. 152 doesn’t even have an awning in real life.

The weird thing about where he lives is just how close he lives to Kathleen. They are literally only a couple of blocks away from each other. They make this apparent in the opening of the film when they’re both walking to work and you can see the other walking several paces behind. I guess strangers don’t really talk in NY but it seems weird that they would live so close and never run into one another.

—Other Locations

I was fortunate that the DVD had some really in depth special features. One of which pointed out all of these UWS locations, taking a lot of the leg work out of my scavenger job. However, it doesn’t explicitly point out every location.

Fox Books (W17th Street and 7th Ave) – on the DVD extra Nora Ephron (the film’s writer/director) explains that Barney’s was closing down and so they were able to use the space to build the Fox Books set.

H&H Bagels – this is where Joe Fox has his little speech about the flour cloud that gets poured into basement. Unfortunately the location featured in the movie has since closed down. However, that didn’t stop me from going to H&H Midtown Bagels for breakfast.

The thing that sucks about the old H&H location is that, similarly to Kathleen’s speech about what will become of her store once it’s closed down -“soon it will become something very depressing, like a Baby Gap”- H&H is now a Verizon store.

94th Street between Columbus and Central Park West – this is where Joe takes Annabell and Matt to the little fall fair. Fun fact, when I went to check out the area, I ran into a spring festival/street fair one block over! What are the odds?

Riverside Drive and W111 – this is where Kathleen talks with Christina before entering Birdie’s apartment(?). I forget if that is exactly what is happening when they are talking but this is definitely where it takes place.

W111RiversideDrive

W78th Street between Columbus and Amsterdam – this is where Kathleen and Joe part ways before meeting at the end of the movie.

91st Street Garden – This is where Kathleen finally meets NY152 and realizes that it was Joe all along.

91stGarden“I wanted it to be you, I wanted it to be you so badly.” -Kathleen Kelly

Now that I know where it is, I’ve passed it several times on my bike. I had been to Riverside park a bunch before but it wasn’t until I brought down the DVD and opened it up that I realized where spectfically they were standing (it’s highlighted on the inside cover). If you didn’t know, Riverside Park is huge.

Lastly, I just wanted to say thank you to the late Nora Ephron for this fabulous movie.

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Publishing Hope

So for a while now I have been sitting on a couple of “finished” and unfinished pieces of material that I thought would make for great books. The thing is, I never knew the best approach as to how to get a literary agent and how to get published and all that jazz. Now however, thanks to things like e-readers, ebooks and iBooks author I am able to get my material into format that looks like a book but also gives it a chance of getting published.

Yesterday I listened to the Tested podcast episode where Adam Savage chats with Andy Weir (posted below). In it, Andy chronicales the journey his book took to becoming a major motion picture. He essentialy lays out a road map for would be authors, such as myself, to follow. Does it garentee sucess? No. However, if give me a better jumping off point than I’ve ever had before.

The following are notes I’ve taken to sumerazie what I feel were the importan “plot points” or take aways from his journey. This is more for me, but I also that that if people didn’t want to listen to it, they could just reference these plot points. hope it helps.

-Andy started by just writing all the time on the internet. He had gained thousands of regular readers by the time he started writing The Martian.

-When they liked his stuff -he serialized his material- they could sign up for his mailing list and get updates when he worte more

-He then wrote a short story that got “millions and millions of page views”

The Martian was just one of the things he wrote; he just decided to write a serial about a guy who gets trapped on Mars

-He posted a chapter at a time and fans would come up with corrections as he went along; he soon gained experts and editors in different fields

-He told his fans that he reserved the right to go back and change things if he thought of a better idea or if corrections needed to be made. In other words none of his material was set in stone

-Then he would get emials from people that said “Hey, I really like The Martian but I really hate reading it in a bunch of web pages, can you make an e-reader version?”

-So, he made an e-pub and posted it on the site

-Next, he got more emails from people saying that they like the book, “I’m glad you put it in an e-reader format but I’m not very technically savvy and I don’t know how to download a random file from the internet and put it on my e-reader. Can you just post it to Kindle […] so I can just push a button and get it?”

-He then looked into Kindle Direct Publishing; you just post it up there, you set what you want the price to be, set what you want the royalty to be, and then that’s it

-He wanted to make it free but Amazon doesn’t allow you to do that, you must charge at least 99 cents. The lowest you can set your share to is 30% and the lowest price you can set is 99 cents

-Now people could read it on his website, they could download the e-reader file for free, or they could pay 99 cents to have Amazon put it on their e-reader for them

-Within a month or two more people had bought it from Amazon than had downloaded it for free and soon it started getting reviews on Amazon, it started doing really well, word of mouth helped it to spread and then it finally made it into the top sellers. He was able to surmise that compared to others, his was selling “abnormally well,” about 300 copies a day

-Then it made it onto the sci-fi top ten and it made it into the technical top ten, once it got there he said, it really spiked because undecided readers look at the top tens and just download whatever looks sort of interesting

-From there it got the attention of Random House -Crown Publishing

-An editor at Crown Publishing said he wanted to make a print edition but he wanted an opinion from outside the company so he talked to a colleague of his who was a literary agent and had him take a look at the material and tell me if he thought it was publishable

-The agent said “yes I thing its publishable” then he went to Andy and said “do you need an agent?” to which Andy said he did (need an agent)

-The agent then turned to Crown Publishing and said “lets talk about how much you’re gonna pay for the thing”

-The same week they closed on the book deal he closed on the movie rights with Fox

Now granted his stories were specific to his situation and there were many factors that played into his success. However, this is, in my opinion, a good jumping off point for where I could potentially try and start a side career as an author.

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The Martian Trailer

Those of you familiar with this blog know that last summer I read the book The Martian by Andy Weir. Despite the fact that I found the childlike nature of the main character intolerable, overall, I liked the book. I was aware at the time the there was a movie in production but here, now, finally is our first official glimpse.

First takeaway: “I’m gonna have to science the shit out of this.” Second take away: it looks really good. Now I’ve been dooped by good trailers in the past, but this one truely seems promising. The visuals combined with the score at the end got me to tear up the first time I saw it… and that is just a trailer. Fingers crossed this will be a good one.

—Governors Island – didn’t need a separate post to write about it

UmbrellasGovernorsIslandUmbrella art installation at Governors Island

I started my Tuesday by going to Governors Island. I had been wanting to check it out for a while so it was cool to finally check it off the list. The ferry that gets you over there costs a negligible $2, however it seems odd that it costs anything at all considering that the Staten Island ferry, which goes much further, is free.

Regardless, upon arrival there is an instant sense of calm and quiet. It feels like you’ve stepped off into Colonial Williamsburg. I don’t know if it was because I got there sort of early or if simply no one goes there but it felt empty. The front area has a bunch of rundown historical houses along with an old fort. Towards the back there is a huge field where that are some art installations, a tree house and a makeshift mini-golf course.

Off to the side there is a more modern and developed area with a nice playground and well maintained paths that wind through tall grass. Hidden in these paths are wide open areas with hammocks. I grabbed one (they were all empty) and chilled for a bit.

After that I circled back to the playground area. There were these two log obstacle course things that I tried out. There were much more difficult and terrifying than I thought they’d be but fun nonetheless. GI was pretty small and after a couple of hours of exploring I’d pretty much seen it all. I then hopped the ferry back to Manhattan and made my way to work.

—Cooper Hewitt Museum

After work I made my way to the Cooper Hewitt Museum to check out the How Posters Work exhibit. There was some sort of “free museum day” event happening at all of the museums on “museum mile.” They even shut down a section of 5th Avenue and everything.

Poster, LIGHT/YEARS: Poster for the Architectural Leagues Beaux Arts Ball, March 13, 1999, sponsored by Artemide, 1999One of my favorite posters from the How Posters Work exhibit at the Cooper Hewitt Museum

Unfortunately, because people like anything that’s free, the place was a zoo. I basically went in, zoomed through the exhibit and left. It seemed cool and I would have liked to stay a bit longer but I couldn’t handle the amount of people that were in there. However, you can’t beat free I guess.

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Denny

Since this is technically a bike blog I would not be doing my duty if I didn’t report on this.

Denny is a bike that fills a lot of needs I didn’t know I had. Things I like: the integrated U-lock/handlebar, the fact it can be unlocked with an app, the integrated front rack, the integrated blinkers, the integrated front light, the integrated rear light/brake light, the belt drive (chain), and weirdly the tires.

Things I don’t like: the e-assist and the gears which I wouldn’t use. Additionally I wonder if the front rack comes off. Though I like the lights and think the rack could come in handy, I feel like it would be nice to have the option to take it off. I would loe to test drive it and if it were reasonably priced (like $1,000) I would seriously consider buying it.

Seeing this bike made me think of a couple of ideas. One, I feel like since there are already electronics being used to power the lights they could also integrate a bike computer which would be able to display things such as your speed and mileage. Additionally, something I’ve thought of for a while is the ability to use your pedal power to generate electrical energy that would allow you to say for example charge your cell phone while riding your bike.

I’ve also been thinking that having the platform on the front would allow you to mount things like a stereo or a Go Pro now that you have a nice flat surface to work with. Lastly, one of my concerns is “how up to standards” their handlebar locking system is in relation to brands such as Kryptonite.

While attending the Kryptonite lock safety seminar at the New York Bike Expo, one of the complaints they brought up was the fact that their locks are very heavy, however, they did not offer a solution. Just today I was thinking, and I’m sure that it’s probably in the works, either Kryptonite or some other company should develop a carbon fiber U-lock. It would not only be very light, it would also be very strong.

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Belated Birthday

So if you didn’t know or figure out by the previous post, June 4th was my birthday. A month ago, on May the 4th be with you, I sent out a mass e-mail to about 30 of my friends, inviting them to come to a birthday celebration on Saturday the 6th (yesterday). Since last year was such a bust, I wanted to try and rectify it by giving people way more than enough notice to clear their schedule and to be able to attend.

However, as the date approached I was getting more and more “No’s.” I was beginning to re-think my decision and was almost going to cancel since I didn’t think that pretty much anyone would come. But, I figured it’s a Saturday night, regardless of my birthday I should probably go out and have fun.

I had planned an epic six bar bar-crawl including: Culture Club, 230 Fifth, the 40/40 Club, Bowery Electric, The Back Room and The Alligator Lounge. I had no allusions about how unrealistic it was but I figured, shoot for the moon, maybe reach a painting to the moon perched slightly out of my reach. (<–a failed attempt at humor).

So, as we reached the hour of departure I had six people that were maybe going to meet up at the first spot, Culture Club. Luckily, a few days ago, a friend -Nina- of the girls at whose apartment I am staying came by to crash for a bit. So, at around 8:30pm Nina and I left their apartment and made our way to CC. I was glad that if no one else showed up I’d at least have one person to hang out with. Granted a person I barely knew, but still I’ll take what I can get.

We arrived at Culture Club a little after 9pm only to find that it was apparently closed… forever! I texted the people who were potentially coming to let them know Nina and I were going to instead start off at 230 Fifth. In response two gal friends decided they weren’t going to come; one because of work getting out late and the other because of a lack of money. Another said he was at a different bar trying to “close” with a girl so he was as good as a “no.” Another said she would be on her way soon and the last said she’d come after she ate.

Off to a great start, Nina and I made our way down 5th to 230. There was a pretty long line to get in but it moved really fast. Once inside, we took the elevator to the bar on the 20th floor. The place was really posh. Not the type of spot I would usually find myself in. It’s where the “beautiful people” go to verbally masturbate with one another. There were a bunch of “bros” and business men and woman; “young professionals.”

By contrast, there were also a good amount of tourists, you could tell by their accent. Clearly these people had googled “roof top bar new york” and clicked the first result. I can’t hate though, that’s exactly what I did. It is undeniably a tourist attraction. No self respecting New Yorker would actually ever go there. But I am not a self respecting New Yorker, I’m basically a tourist myself and I wanted to go to a spot where I could drink a beer on a roof and look out at the city, and that is exactly what I got. Plus the weather was beautiful so I really couldn’t complain.

After grabbing drinks (I got this grapefruit beer that was really tasty) and heading to the roof, Nina and I chatted for a bit until we got a text from our friend Hannah, one of the girls whose apartment I’m staying at. She was getting in line so we made our way back down to the club area to meet her at the elevators. After we met up and she got her drink, we went back up to the roof. A random bro was kind enough to take our picture. This was the crew for the rest of the night.

230FifthNina, myself and Hannah on the rooftop bar at 230 Fifth

Despite the fact that the place was packed, we found a place to sit. I grabbed a second drink and we planned out the rest of the night. I said that though I did sort of want to check out the 40/40 Club for the novelty of it, I was willing to forgo it. As it is we felt out of place there and felt that 40/40 would have just been more of the same. I was also fine with passing on Bowery Electric as we had already been there.

The only two other places on the list were the Back Room and The Alligator Lounge. Since I go to the Alligator every other Friday for karaoke we decided to skip it. Thus, the next spot we went to was the Back Room. I was totally cool with this as I’d been wanting to check it out ever since getting to NY and the girls liked the fact that it was a speakeasy. Also, it was featured in the FOMO episode of Broad City.

After a bit of a screw up with the train, because the F wasn’t running, we ended up taking the Q to Canal St. It meant we had a bit more of a walk, but again, the weather was great and we were in no rush. We eventually made our way to The Back Room.

I was a little disappointed by the fact that there was a bouncer at the sidewalk entrance because it sort of ruined the mystique. After getting your ID checked, you then walk down these stairs that lead to an ally that leads to an opening and another set of stairs with a door at the top that leads into The Back Room.

TheBackRookOverall idea of the look and feel of The Back Room from the “second” level.

TBR is not only a speakeasy themed bar but it also actually used to be a speakeasy, which to me makes it a little cooler. Just as was the case at 230 Fifth, no self respecting New Yorker would actually ever go there, it is purely for the novelty. However, it was still pretty rad. The cocktails are served in tea cups as to not arouse the suspicion of any undercover cops and the beer is served in a coffee mug. If you get a bottle it is served in a brown paper bag.

After standing by the DJ booth for a bit, we sniped an opening at the couch across the room. We sat and chatted for a bit and just enjoyed the atmosphere. We decided after finishing our one drink each to grab a 99 cent slice of pizza before making our way back to Brooklyn. However I didn’t let us leave without getting another group photo.

TheBackRoom2I look super drunk in this pic, however, I assure you I was squinting because of the super bright flash on my phone. Additionally, I insisted we take in pic in front of the painting of the naked lady. It reminded me of the first room from the Haunted Mansion.

Upon leaving I expertly navigated us to a nearby cheap pizza joint. I had been there before with another group of friends but was amazed that I remembered where it was/how to get there since a) that was a month or two ago and b) I was not leading the group that night.

After grabbing a quick slice we made our way back out to Delancey where Hannah hailed us a cab. I would have been fine with taking the train because I’m cheap, but she paid for it so I don’t really care. Although I do sort of feel obligated to chip in so that might have to happen, oh well.

So what have I learned from all this? Basically something I should have known from the beginning but failed to listen to myself yet again which is this: don’t plan parties for yourself! Don’t plan any events of any kind ever because no one is ever able to come to your events. This is not a “Oh, feel bad for me” statement, it is simply the truth. I have had plenty of lessons in this and have not learned from any of them.

Perhaps now I finally will. Don’t get me wrong, it was a fun night and I’m glad it happened. I’m not mad at any of my friends who weren’t able to show up. I’m also genuinely not upset or bitter about this. I just need to give up trying because these things just never work out for me; FACT.

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Ten Years Ago

Ten years ago today -June 4th 2005- I turned 16. For my party I asked my friend Dave to make me a dance mix. The following track is the introduction he recorded to the mix. Hopefully YouTube won’t mute it.

I thought it would be appropriate to post this for nostalgia sake; it’s hard to believe this is 10 years old! For another, after loosing Dave this past November, it is great to have something with his voice on it. It’s, for me, a great way to remember him.

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Interior Design

As is occasionally the case the following is basically just a list of things that I don’t want to forget about so I mashed them up in a post. Ever since talking with my fellow bike instructor about converting a shipping container into a house I’ve been thinking a lot about potential future living situations.

The first thing I was reminded of was this treehouse video I found a while back. I forget now how I even stumbled across it, but I feel like the thought process that goes into these is similar to the thought process of a shipping container home. There is little space so it forces you to only have the bare essentials.

Next, while looking at something completely unrelated, I came across a cool furniture company. Vitra is a German(?) furniture company with sleek modernist/minimalist design. The feel like they are a more upscale version of the furniture one would find at IKEA. They also remind me of Knoll and Herman Miller.

This is definitely is the style of furniture I want to have in my future shipping container home. Which, by the way I feel like a shipping container home is such good alternative to buying a home or building a new home. The structure is already there and they only cost ~$5,000.

Then you just need to get a plot of land, add heating, water/plumbing and insulation (right?). Then just add my Vitra furniture and my Big Chill fridge and we’re good to go. I feel like you could do all that for $50,000 – $100,000, which if my estimates aren’t completely off, is not bad at all.

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Next is this image that I randomly came across a while back that has stuck with me ever since I saw it. If I do end up living in a furnished shipping container, I would love to stagger the height of the containers so that on the second level I would put my bed and it would be lofted, looking out into the rest of the apartment. Also this, which I’ve referenced before.

Lastly, while on my Monocle magazine bender last week, I came across the following video. Though it doesn’t totally fit in with all of the other stuff I’ve mentioned, the segment that really stood out to me was the bit about the redesign of Terminal 3 at Narita Airport.

A couple of other things/notes to future self: Mikili bike storage, or Knife and Saw bike book shelf. Buzz words to tell house designers; industrial design, subway tiles, garage/auto body shop, exposed brick/concrete/metal, letterpress, typography, swiss design, Puma shipping container, Boxpark (Google it), Fab dot com, and Big Chill refridgerator

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