Bad stuff: I’m missing a close friend’s birthday bash because I’m too ill (hacking cough, nasal congestion, achy joints, general fatigue) to go out and I’m not sure if I’m going to be well enough to participate in a couple of very cool things on the agenda for tomorrow
Good stuff: I’ve finally found some down time I can use to write another post in my Good Stuff series. That is, if I can stay awake. I’ve been dozing off all day. So let’s see how far I’m able to get with this list of things I’ve come across lately and have really enjoyed but for whatever reason they didn’t make it into their own blog posts on here, my tikichris-to-go Tumblr blog or one of my client blogs.
Artsadmin Sweatshop: I sat in on a free Artsadmin “Sweatshop” about funding to get some advice about a fledgeling project I’m working on. It was an amazingly practical use of my time. If you work in the arts (or aspire to), keep these workshops in mind. Big thanks artist buddy Maria Arceo for letting me know about all the great things Artsadmin is doing!
Berry Bros & Rudd’s Bourdeaux 2011 En Primeur Tasting: I attended this annual tasting and sipped my way through a lot of fantastic wines. If I could only choose one, it would without a doubt be the 2008 Domaine de Chevalier Rouge, Graves. Gorgeous earthy, spicy nose. Damn I wish I had the money to invest in wine – give this Bourdeaux a few more years and wow!
Caledonian Park Clock Tower: This really deserves it’s own post but I’m too swamped. Last week, I went up 150 year ago Caledonian Park Clock Tower, I even got to wind it (almost pulled out my back doing so too!). I know the clock keeper, the ever inspired (and inspiring) Alfie Dennen. You can follow @callyclock on Twitter (and you should). If you’re friendly enough and with genuine interest you might get the chance to go up in the tower as well.
Panda! Go, Panda! Picked this DVD up for cheap on Oxford Street the other day. One of the first works by anime masters Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki, it’s sweet little story full of whimsy and even a few hilarious moments. If you’re a fan of My Neighbour Totoro, a number of elements that make that movie such a gem are delightfully evident in Panda! Go, Panda!
The Walking Dead: A completely different viewing experience to a cutesy movie about a little girl and her panda friends, season one of The Walking Dead is as engaging as it is dismal in its account of the zombie apocalypse. What I didn’t realize when I purchased the season DVDs was that the show was set in my old home state of Georgia. Yee haw. I got a good laugh watching how the filmmakers used Atlanta and rural Georgia as the backdrop for the zombie horror drama.