Archive for December, 2009

Bonne Annee 2009

December 30, 2009

JibJab’s year in review

December 29, 2009

What a year it was.

My Weird Mind

December 28, 2009

Some people hear voices, thankfully I’m not one of them. Instead I see faces. Is this any better? I think it is, because they kind of make me laugh. To illustrate the point on this blog I’ve posted my t.v. remote as I see him. He’s kind of a cross between a Monk with Fu Manchu and a happy Smurf with the droopy cap. I know I’m weird, I accepted this fact long, long ago. Things that normal people laugh at don’t do anything for me. For instance, most sitcoms with the canned laughs and constant one liners bore me to death, but a Fu Manchu Smurf on the back of my t.v. remote I find humor in. I always kind of wonder what he’s so happy about though.

…Selamat Hari Natal, Boas Festas, and a Happy New Year!

December 24, 2009

Mele Kalikimaka, Feliz Navidad, Joyeux Noel…

December 23, 2009

We’re off for the Christmas holiday. I leave you with a couple days of Mr. Bean.

Ramona Falls – ‘I Say Fever’

December 22, 2009

This is a super cool video.

Alaskan Tow Surfing

December 20, 2009

Here’s something I’m surprised I haven’t seen more of yet, tow surfing in Alaska. One of the guys on the video comments that at first he didn’t believe Alaska had big surf. For real? The guy is from Brazil, and therefore english is his second language. I’m going to assume he meant good for surfing big waves and give him the benefit of the doubt. Anyways, it’s a fun video. Check it out.

Ghostland Observatory – Piano Man

December 15, 2009

This is a great song. I really get into Ghostland Observatory. This performance was at the Triple Door in Seattle for KEXP. If you get a chance drop by their website. I think they are the best radio station on the planet. I spent some years in Seattle going to art school and have an obvious fondness for this unique radio station.

Ghostland also covers a Prince classic, Darling Nikki at this performance. It’s pretty great. When I was a kid, my brother got two Prince ‘Purple Rain’ albums for Christmas one year, and he gave me one. I had to promise my mom that I wouldn’t listen to this song. Mom, I know you read this, so heres my confession. When you tell your child, “don’t listen to this”, there’s a good chance they probably will, and I did.

Julian Wilson Going Big

December 10, 2009

The term Julian Wilson going big may not be an uncommon term to the surf mags these days. Usually they are talking about his Sushi Roll airs or some other aerial feat he’s up to, not his abilities on a longboard. I just happened across this footage of him competing in a longboard contest at First Point, Noosa Heads. In an interview with him I once read that he has longboard roots from surfing those legendary logger preferred rights. I could see Thomas Campbell having a Julian Wilson section in one of his surf vids after watching this.

Noosa Heads holds a dear place in my heart. I lived there for two years and helped a bit at the local high school. I think Julian was attending that school when I was there. I actually painted a double-decker bus that was a mobile teen hang-out. That was probably 10 years ago now. Being a big critic of my own work, I would do a much better job on it these days.

Kauai Recap

December 5, 2009

Kauai was a great time. Lots of relaxing and catching up with old friends. Ryan and Lois Ann (friends from way back) had quite the Thanksgiving gathering that included a turkey cooked Kalua style. Another highlight was hiking into an incredible spot to view the Na Pali Coastline. We also surfed, snorkeled, and ate a lot of great food. Wow, it was a much needed time away.

The reason all this was possible was because I had an art show at A. Ell Atelier. Angelique is another old friend and I was honored to have a show at her establishment. It was a great turnout. Many islanders came out and showed their support. The photo above is of a fire-dancer named Lauren that performed for the event. My lovely wife took this photo.