#99 Top 5 Books of 2014

In no particular order.

  1. Stiff – The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
  2. Lamb – The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal
  3. Gravity’s Rainbow
  4. The Good Luck of Right Now
  5. Cryptonomicon

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2013 & 2012

#98 Denver Library Sale Haul

The Denver Library Winter sale is going on for the next 2 days, here’s the link –> http://www.dplfriends.org/events/

And this is what I ended up taking home, and keep in mind I don’t have a car yet. But it was totally worth it.

  1. The World is Flat
  2. Lamb
  3. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
  4. Ape House
  5. Sex and the City
  6. Northanger Abbey
  7. Hyperbole and a Half
  8. Out of Oz
  9. Sophie’s World
  10. The Lost World
  11. The Astrologer’s Handbook
  12. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  13. The Horizon Cookbook
  14. The Silmarillion
  15. Freakonomics
  16. 100 Lessons in Classical Ballet
  17. Pattern Recognition
  18. Before the Beginning
  19. The Outlaw Trail
  20. Michael Jackson’s Complete Guide to Single Malt Scotch
  21. Holy Blood, Holy Grail
  22. Blade Runner
  23. The Origin of Species
  24. The Catcher in the Rye
  25. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-glass
  26. James Herriot’s Dog Stories
  27. The Great Gatsby
  28. The Return of Sherlock Holmes
  29. Frankenstein
  30. Guide to the Colorado Ghost Towns and Mining Camps
  31. I am America (and so can you)
  32. The Art & Science of Wine
  33. Mark Wilson’s Complete Course in Magic
  34. Canning & Freezing
  35. Esquire Party Book
  36. The Book of Kells Painting Book
  37. Les Ballets De Monte Carlo
  38. I’m Just Here For More Food
  39. Absolut Book
  40. Myths and Legends of Ireland
  41. Take us to Your Mall
  42. Black Bart Says Draw
  43. I’m Flying, Jack… I Mean, Roger
  44. The Return of  the Lone Iguana
  45. Scandinavian Mythology
  46. Western Garden Book
  47. Fashion Sewing for Everyone
  48. The Sweater Book
  49. Easy Knits
  50. Kid Knits
  51. Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!!
  52. The Polar Express
  53. Trans-Siberian Orchestra-The Lost Christmas Eve
  54. The Brian Setzer Orchestra- Dig that Crazy Christmas
  55. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy- Everything You want for Christmas

#97 Lessons Learned from Constructive Criticism part 1

This past week included some performance reviews. One on the kitchen and bar aspect and another on the movie aspect. I’m going to focus on the movies aspect in this post, specifically hosting.

I recently started hosting movies again, and have done 3 so far and have finally gotten some feedback. Add more personality and cut down the information in half.

More personality is an interesting piece of feedback, usually it’s the opposite. My writing is very stream of conscience and since I write how I talk I usually get notes about dialing down my voice. The one aspect of writing that everyone else in school had issue finding, voice. But apparently I have been dialing it down during presentations. So I need to reach into my Rocky Horror hosting days of sass and underwear and dig our more anecdotes.

Editing down and cutting information has always been a problem of mine. Once I start researching and finding facts I get really excited and I want to share everything with everyone. The first incident that I can remember that showcases this is was in 3rd grade. We had a simple biography project, take a single biography from the library and then write a short biography and present it to the class. So basically it was a summarization exercise. I was in the lower reading group, because I could not read out loud worth shit. I chose a book on Dr Suess, it was about 1/3 inch thick with illustrations, and I tried to include everything into my paper. However this feedback is the first time I have noticed the correlation.



#96 Marvel Dress

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Mcalls Pattern M6027
Fabric from Joann’s
Main dress Marvel Retro Comic Cotton Fabric
Lined with Marvel Retro Breakthrough Cotton Fabric

#95 Vlog intro part 2


#94 Trying out a Vlog format

#93 Have Mercy

Back in Allen Hall the Journalism building at the University of Oregon my senior year there was a short quote about creativity that some fellow advertising students cut out of cardboard. It was beautiful.

As I was cleaning my room I was struck by how much cardboard I had accumulated over the past 4 months, so I decided to cut it into something meaningful and tape it to my wall.

77739_10152096008278207_2420161266565710304_o Its an easy DIY as long as you have the cardboard and a sharp exacto knife. Now my letters are a little wonky but thats because I free-handed Wisdom Script instead of printing the quote and taping it to the cardboard base. You can obviously use any quote, I found this one on Pinterest (apparently it’s a song). But even though I’m not really religious it resonated with me.