Monthly Archives: January 2010

them cats are no joke!

I recommend turning the sound off and turning the awesome up. My only wish is that Bonnie Tyler’s “I Need a Hero” was playing during this clip. That would make my whole day. Trust me, it doesn’t take much.


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my daily B-roll

Recently, these are some of the sites I like to hit up daily. It’s a mixed bag of funny, fashion, travel and news.
I tend to mix them up regularly. But for now:

Street Boners and TV Carnage– guy from Vice. potty mouths. inappropriate humor.

The Selvedge Yard– style. commentary. cool stuff.

The Impossible Cool– pictures of people you wish you were.

Cold Splinters– the great outdoors keeps getting greater.

Matador– travel community.

4Q Conditioning– great skater. awesome motorcycles. nuff said.

The Accidental Extremist– travel uh-ohs. big time.

A Time To Get– good cars. good clothes. great style.

The Kitchn and The Home– one for food. one for design. i need a little of both.

IO9– sci fi geek out sesh. fo sho.

Gadling– more places i want to go.

There are of course more. There are also the usual biggies: HuffPo, NYT, DiGG. But that’s enough for now. Right-o.

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D.C. Soul

Awesome segment on NPR about D.C. soul and funk. Small batch pressings. Limited numbers. Sold from car trunks. Social commentary and good times. Reminds me a lot of how hardcore was. An enthusiastic DIY ethic and a love for good music no one else was making.
The segment got me online and searching. Although I already enjoyed a lot music from the era, I missed out on a ton of smaller acts that never got beyond the local venue and local fame. Not every track was a hit. But, the message was important. Many were attempting to convey life growing up in the areas of the poor and disenfranchised in a time of civil and social unrest. These are voices a nation never heard.
Rock anthems preaching peace to muddied free love junkies had its place. But so did lovelorn croonings of heartbreak and gospel choir calls for equality.
The smooth sounds of the soul funk Sixties.
Please, take a slice, and pass it on.

Midwest 45’s make sure to go to each state’s page and then to the various 45’s, all of which have samples. Also, check out the radio playlists.

NPR story.

Site with a lot of history to read on clubs and acts of the time.

Soul Sides some interesting crate digging, variety and hearty appreciation.

Some sample jams:

Henry Ford with Brothers of the Ghetto

The Opals

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Hankering for Hinkle’s

“Hinkle’s Hamburgers is a revered Bloomington eatery whose straightforward motto is “We Grind Our Meat Fresh Daily.” Famous for its burgers, Hinkle’s has grilled the “Hinkleburger”, a burger consisting of fresh ground chuck, fresh onions, pickles, salt and pepper, since opening in the 1930’s.” Bloomingpedia

I love this place. Cheeseburger. Fry. Chocolate shake. It is exactly what you want when you want it.
Swung through today. Ordered. Tipped. Went to peruse the paper while waiting at the counter.
The ladies proceed to discuss how polite I was. They expressed how uncommon it was to hear in there. I was absolutely amazed. I did nothing more than say please and thank you. I was casually courteous and polite. Nothing special. But apparently that is no longer the norm.

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The right light.

I am constantly reminded that I need to always carry my camera. Or at least invest in a better phone/camera package. A beautiful reddening winter evening sky. Good temp. Beautiful night for riding. The red of the setting sun just making it up the hill and past the roofs to wash over the city hall on the town square. Beautiful. Enough to force me to stop pedaling and appreciate. In the midst of grey winter days and frigid nights that fall too early, the right light can change everything. Mood, perspective, outlook. I pedaled the rest of the way home a little lighter in my heart.

sorry, it was better in person.

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NPH would do that

Such an underrated and seriously hilarious show. Plus, NPH’s Barney is awesome.

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“Brother’s Keeper”

More than a crime documentary, the film focuses on a small rural community caught up in murder accusations concerning a family of farming brothers. The Ward brothers were four illiterate, simple and sweet country brothers living in a tiny dilapidated country home until one brother dies in bed of questionable circumstances. The inquiry that follows draws in the entire community and calls into question the style of living common to impoverished rural areas.
The film highlights the dim views and cultural misunderstandings held by modern outsiders when looking upon the unchanging life of a poor and poorly educated farmer from a different era. It’s also an incredibly sweet and sad story of old men lost amidst the politics of locals and outsiders alike, thrust into the public’s eye, and ill prepared to deal with the repercussions. Men who had spent an entire life content alone and working hard to survive. Men who understood land and soil and cattle and turkeys and each other. Simple men better left to themselves.

Link to articles about the brothers and the supposed crime.

The articles give a great understanding into the brothers’ backstory within the community and of the events following the crime, providing better context to accompany the film.

“Delbert Ward, the youngest of the brothers, grew up poor: no indoor plumbing, no modern appliances, no phone, no Christmas tree, no birthday parties.
From early childhood, he slept in his clothes and shared a bed with his older brother Bill to stay warm. The boys worked the farm. With their father dead, they had no choice.”

“They kept a handful of sheep on 35 acres of grassy, roller-coaster hills. The boys were pushed through the system and dropped out of Stockbridge Valley Schools around age 16. Delbert twice was promoted on age. In his final year, he missed 135 days. As an adult, Delbert’s education level would be diagnosed to be third grade. If asked to read, he’d say he misplaced his glasses.”

“Roscoe, the oldest, was known to see women and go out drinking. Lyman, four years younger, grew up shy in the presence of outsiders; he wouldn’t even enter some restaurants or stores, staying outside while his brothers ate or shopped. He also went through alcoholic periods. Delbert generally walked in the shadow of Bill, who ran the family farm and, for the most part, the family.”

“The meaner kids wouldn’t let them sit on the bus,” he said. “They said they smelled too bad. But it was all because they were poor. Back then, if you were poor, you were nothing. And I can’t see where that’s changed.”

Quotes are from the linked articles.

p.s. I apologize for the trailer. It’s truly terrible and horribly misrepresentative of the film. Also, the trailer narrator is ridiculous. His tone doe not match up with the actual film at all. Awful. But unfortunately, there weren’t too many to choose from. Sorry!

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