So a couple weekends ago, I went to the wedding of Bobalicious and Miss Alicious, down near Rye, Colorado, about three or four hours from Denver. It was fantastic. It was held at a YMCA camp in the hills; tons of trees, rustic cabins, hills, etc.. Just about all of my favorite people in the Denver/Boulder Burning Man/freak community were there, so it was like a huge family reunion. Pictures up eventually.
One thing that I thought was cool was that apparently they did the whole thing with no outside vendors. Leeeee officiated. Krissy did Michelle’s hair. Dazer Lave and his partner and a bunch of other people volunteered to do all the cooking (for a hundred or so people!). Music and entertainment were set up by other folks. The camp was run by Michelle’s brother or something. I mean, of course they spent money on stuff, but there was no caterer, no florist, no “wedding planner,” no reception hall rental, no hired DJ… How cool is all that?
The other thing was that we were all dressed in “playa formal”—that is, still fun and freaky, but nice. I was probably one of the most “normally” dressed people there, in a tuxedo jacket/shirt and a kilt.
Inglorious Basterds (2009) - I really liked this; maybe not as much as Jackie Brown or Pulp Fiction, but more than Reservoir Dogs. Not nearly as gory as some people were saying. Four stars, outta five. (Denver Pavilions)
Ultraviolet - I get that there’s “suspension of disbelief,” but this just asks you to suspend too much. Not my thing, I guess. Two stars, for good sets and costumes and action. (DVD on loan)
The Man in the White Suit (1951) - Yay, old Ealing comedies! Alec Guinness was great in this, even with the deus-ex-machina ending. Four stars. (Netflix)
Moliere (2007) - Eh. Trailer looked good, but it was just okay. Three stars (Netflix)
Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008) - Way better than Chasing Amy. Cute, funny. Three stars (Netflix)
The Ice Harvest (2005) - You’d think with both John Cusak and Billy Bob Thornton, this woulda been better. But just okay. Two stars. (Netflix)
Cargo 200 (2007) - Creepy Russian film set in 1984. Creepy, and more creepy. Three stars for what it was. (Netflix)
The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. (TV) - Never saw this—I was out of the country during its one season—but it was pretty good. Fellow Bruce Campbell fan Alan loaned me the box set. It was pretty good, but I don’t see where it would have went if it went beyond one season.
He’s Just Not That Into You - It was okay, but ended up being really predictably chick flick. Three stars. (DVD loan)
Apparently it was last week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly magazine that included a BUILT-IN COLOR VIDEO SCREEN in one of the ads! Damn, I missed it—I just stopped by a store and they’re already selling the next issue. Well, I’m sure it will be in other magazines, I just wanted to see (hack?) it. Yeah, the screen was tiny, and it just showed one ad…but a TINY FLAT COLOR VIDEO SCREEN! In a MAGAZINE! How cool is that?! Shame it had to be used for advertising, but…
I wonder how much the screens cost. Imagine a jacket (or body suit) covered with the screens, wired to a portable microcomputer, and hacked into showing whatever images you wanted to show (wire all the screens together so you can show one big image on dozens of little screens). Sunset. Water. Old black and white clips of Fred Astaire dancing. Psychedelic colors swirling. Video games. No, wait—flickering flames, all over your jacket! Any other ideas?
UPDATE: An article I found sez: “Only Los Angeles and New York City subscribers will be greeted by the ad…” so I couldn’t have found it in the stores, anyway. Ah, well. Seems the screens may be around $12 each, too, so buying dozens of them to sew onto a jacket would be prohibitively expensive. File it under “Ideas to do when technology catches up with my awesome creative genius” :)
Fixed the flat tire on the bicycle (hopefully…we’ll see when I get out of work!), then rode to Five Points and got a new license plate. Took all of five minutes, including wait time, and the woman was super-friendly and helpful. Cost was $4.17. Yay, Denver!
I got my weeks mixed up. The Red Elvises are playing next Thursday, not this Thursday. Good, I guess, ‘cause I’ve got lots to do before the weekend, but I was looking forward to the concert. Will have to look forward seven days more…
Also, rats x 2. I forgot to bring in the paperwork I need to get the replacement license plate at lunch. Will have to do that tomorrow for sure—I need the mortorcycle this weekend!
Aargh. Running late this morning, and come downstairs to a flat tire on my bike. Had to haul the still-playafied backup/snow bike out, which still gets me there way faster than the bus, but isn’t nearly as fun to ride. Also, I have to ride over to Five Points to get that new license plate for my motorcycle at lunch. I guess on top of everything else I need to do in the next couple days, I need to patch my tire. *sigh*
So I was really bummed on coming back from Burning Man, to find out that someone had stolen the license plate off of my motorcycle. Grrr. The one good thing is that I hadn’t put the new year sticker (that I’d just paid $45 for) on it, so whoever stole it only has it valid for a month or so. I’m wondering if it’s because of the jump in registration price (a year ago, registering my motorcycle was just $15 or so; then with the price hike it jumped to over $40), and someone couldn’t be bothered to pay the registration, so they just steal other current license plates.
Anyway, I was thinking I’d have to pay another $45 to get a new registration, but it looks like I may just have to pay like $7 to get a replacement plate. Yeah!
I also filed a police report online, just in case someone uses my plate on their motorcycle as they blow up an orphanage or something, and stupid Denver Police want $10 if I want a copy of my own police report. The one that I filed online, where I did all the work and no actual cop had to touch. Fuck.
The Asian-kawaii store Gimme Gimme Pillow Toast is closing their storefront and going to an online/occasional-IRL model. They’re having a storefront closing/webstore kick-off sale this Saturday the 26th from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m at 445 S. Saulsbury in Belmar.
I’ve always wanted to go to this store; this will be my last chance, apparently.
The Red Elvises are playing at Quixotes (2637 Welton St., Denver) on Thursday, October 1—they play rock and roll/surf/rockabilly with a Slavic twist. They were also the band in the movie Six String Samurai. I saw them in concert several years ago and we all had a lot of fun. Anyone who wants to join us is welcome.
Rocky and I bought our tickets for Mexico, next March! A pretty good deal, at $307 each for a round-trip ticket to Mexico City. We’ll fly in there, then take buses and visit some of the old silver-mining cities in the hills north and west of Mexico City: Queretaro, San Miguel de Allende, and Guanajuato. I can’t wait!
Saturday the 19th I’m going to a wedding way way out of town. Saturday night (in Denver) the Starz Film Center “hosts writer/director/star Cory McAbee and a rip-roarin’ double bill of his new space/western/musical STINGRAY SAM followed by his cult hit THE AMERICAN ASTRONAUT.”
I LOVEThe American Astronaut, and would love to see it again, especially as a double-bill with its sequel. Damndamndamndamn. If you’re not going to Bobo and Miss Alicious’ wedding, you should go see these movies.
At Camp Videogasm at BM, I saw some of the 48-hour Filmmaker Project films. Some had been made at BM; others were from other cities’ competitions. The one that had me LOLing was Mimes of the Prairie (5:36). Hilarious!
"At one point, there was a mime for every eight settlers on the open prairie. Or every six settlers, if you count horses as settlers."
At the Titty Totter, the two guys running it (with megaphones) were hilarious. At one point, they were trying to get this one guy to take off his sarong. He kept refusing. “Come on! Take it off, motherfucker! Look, I’m taking mine off! Do it! DO IT!” He still refused.
"Fuck you, you no-sarong-taking-off-motherfucker!"
I was so very organized this year. I even went through the What Where When events guide and for each day made a list of things that I might want to do, in case I found myself with time. Here, for example, is the list of possibilities from Thursday:
6:00 - Greet the Dawn
8:00 - 5K run
<9:00 - Sign up for Art Car Tour
9:00 - Breakfast of Champions (free pancake breakfast)
11:00 - Bloody Marys at the Lamplighters*
Noon - Learn to Blow Fire workshop*
12:30 - Body Percussion
1:30 - Snow Kones (with bizarre and unusual flavors)
3:00 - Silk Screening workshop (couldn’t find this camp)
4:00 - Brain Jello Shots
4:00 - Thursday Tea (a fancy British-style tea party)
4:00 - Critical Stilts (I thought this would be a good photo op)*
4:30 - Unicycle gathering (ditto)
5:00 - Bike Riders gathering (foot-down and other bike games. Couldn’t find.)
7:00 - Retro music at Slutgarden camp*
7:00 - Zombie bar crawl (lurch?) at Zombeez camp
8:00 - Something with puppets
8:30 - Aerial Bondage performance
8:30 - Tiki party
9:00 - Mashup party*
9:00 - Party at Mystikal Misfits
9:00 - Showing of the BM 48-hour filmmaker project’s films from this year
9:30 - Tiki Raid (people from the tiki party raiding a goth camp and putting leis on the goths!)