It took an hour or two for us to arrive at a rickety dock in the middle of nowhere, but at the end of the dock were two tubs which the locals had created using rocks and cement. I’d estimate the water—which came bubbling out of the rocks—was about 104 degrees F, which is to say absolutely perfect. We would lounge in one of the two tubs until we got all light-headed, and then we’d dive in the ice-cold fjord and swim around a bit. … [Read more...] about The British Columbian Wilderness and the Baddest Water Filter Ever Built
While the band’s music has aged exceptionally well, Soundgarden is remembered today for appealing mainly to knuckle-dragging mooks. I think there are two reasons for this. The first is Audioslave. Chris Cornell’s post-Soundgarden band sounds superficially like Soundgarden—mostly because of Cornell’s distinctive King Shit Of Fuck Mountain vocals—only Audioslave is far more bombastic and totally sucks. We might as well lump Cornell’s undistinguished solo career in here as well, though I’d rather not say much else about it. While it should be noted that making a terrible album with Timbaland that literally nobody in the galaxy enjoyed will tarnish your musical legacy, and that committing unholy acts on the carcass of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” will make even staunch Soundgarden fans embarrassed for you, I’d prefer to spend my time talking about how Cornell, at his best in the ’90s, was a powerhouse singer and the … [Read more...] about Part 5: 1994: Kurt Cobain is dead! Long live Soundgarden!
Intermediate workPom Poko, which is as rich and complex a fable as any of Miyazaki’s more familiar works. The film’s protagonists are the tanuki, a race of raccoon tricksters familiar from Japanese mythology. With a story that pits the manmade destruction of the tanukis’ natural habitat against the species’ out-of-control overpopulation, the movie roughly parallels Miyazaki’s environmentalist concerns. But the tanuki are hardly a benevolent or wise race. In a bid to stop the development of Tama New Town, an enormous housing development built outside Tokyo in the mid-1960s, the tanuki use their shape-changing abilities to infiltrate humankind and cause sometimes deadly mischief. As they watch the news on a trash-picked TV set, the tanuki cheer a delay in construction, their cries drowning out the announcement of several human deaths. The historical setting means the tanuki are doomed to failure—Tama New Town, which houses some 200,000 Japanese, will … [Read more...] about A guide to Japan’s Studio Ghibli, home of Totoro and
It’s so hot, puppy feet fry instantly on the sidewalk If you live in one of the areas affected by the heat wave, don’t let your dog or cat go for a stroll with bare paws. And definitely don’t let your kids do it. As the National Weather Service in Sacramento points out, air temperatures over 100-degrees mean that an asphalt surface could be as hot as 167-degrees. An egg will fry at 144-degrees. Ground beef will cook at 160-degrees. At 167-degrees, the NWS says, “skin is instantly destroyed.” … [Read more...] about It’s So Hot in Arizona Right Now, Puppy Feet Are Frying
Jesse Hassenger I have to admit: I don’t really drink or, as such, get hungover. But I do often feel crummy in the morning, because I have an infant daughter. She’s generally a pretty good sleeper who has been experimenting recently with staying awake, which means sometimes on the weekends we both need a morning nap. If I have the wherewithal in my grogginess to turn on the TV and there isn’t 40 minutes of some movie I want to half-rewatch on HBO, my go-to on demand selection is Broad City, because I hardly ever manage to catch it during its first run. It’s a habit that began during my paternity leave, and I’m not really sure why. I’m still not fully caught up on the show, and I haven’t watched the episodes in order at all, but there’s something comforting and soothing about sinking into the show’s surreal version of my beloved New York City as my tiny broad slumbers on my chest. No electrolytes necessary! … [Read more...] about What do you watch when you’re too hungover to function?