“First Nations” is the preferred term to refer to the original inhabitants of the region (think “Native Americans” in the U.S.), and they still have a strong presence there. Our guides, Chris Nelson and Clyde Young imparted local lore and legend and told us the stories that go along with the carvings as we went. At the end of the trail is the crown jewel of the petroglyphs: a series of massive boulders all completely covered in carvings. It was really quite breath-taking. Our guides shared a First Nations song with us, which I used for the video above, and sent us on our way. … [Read more...] about The British Columbian Wilderness and the Baddest Water Filter Ever Built
The perception is that Cobain’s suicide represents the momentum-shifting Billy Batts moment in the history of popular ’90s alternative rock. In Goodfellas, the murder of Billy Batts (played by well-traveled ass-kicker Frank Vincent) by Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, and Robert De Niro signals a tonal shift from the swinging times of ’60s mafiadom to the pitch-black and cocaine-fueled hell of crime life in the ’70s. Exhilaration turns to apathy, and honor becomes a cheap joke. Similarly, Nirvana’s abrupt demise seemed to point toward darker times ahead. In reality, the emergence of bubble-grunge bands like Stone Temple Pilots and Candlebox already suggested that ’90s alt-rock was rapidly becoming a closed circuit; where a record like Nevermind had once been an instrument of personal awakening to underground culture, which opened a whole other can of worms about what was and wasn’t valid in the media’s tidy representation of society, STP’s … [Read more...] about Part 5: 1994: Kurt Cobain is dead! Long live Soundgarden!
Certain aspects of Ghibli’s films inevitably get lost in translation. While it’s commendable that Disney’s DVDs regularly include the original Japanese-language tracks as well as their star-studded English dubs, it’s unfortunate that the subtitles (or rather, “dubtitles”) simply replicate the English dialogue, which is sometimes significantly tweaked in order to make the films more palatable to an American audience. It’s far better treatment than Ghibli got in earlier decades; Disney learned its lesson from the fan outcry that arose when Miramax announced plans to release Princess Mononoke with only the English audio track. But the movies still suffer from schizophrenic treatment at Disney’s hands. Pixar’s John Lasseter, who has been Miyazaki’s most vocal champion, pays tribute in video introductions on some of the discs, but Miyazaki’s presence is otherwise ignored in favor of highlighting the films’ American … [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?