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A Taco Told In Texas

A Taco Told In Texas from David Gorvy on Vimeo.

“A Taco Told In Texas isn’t really about a taco. It’s about a guy with an eighth grade education who became a millionaire. And then he lost it all. And then he became a millionaire again. And then he lost it all. Again. And then he bought a used shipping container on Craigslist and started slinging the best tacos you’ve ever had out of it.”

This is brilliant. I wish I was still working in Texas, I’d love to eat one (or more) of these.

[via Uncrate]

A Very Stable Genius

Randy Rainbow’s YouTube Channel is chock-a-block with great Trump parodies. That said, the one embedded above is an incredible takeoff on The Major-General’s Song from the Gilbert and Sullivan light opera, The Pirates of Penzance.

Here’s more information on The Major-General’s Song including the lyrics which are hard to understand in the video embedded below.

Here’s the same song from a production of The Pirates of Penzance recorded in Central Park, New York around 1980. Note Kevin Kline and Linda Ronstadt moving around the stage before the major-general does his number:

I love that Randy Rainbow decided to use this song in his Trump parodies. My post here is not to make light of the damage Donald Trump is doing to the United States and to the world, but to show off one of the better Trump parody makers around.

When Steve Bannon got fired as Trump’s advisor, Randy did an incredible parody: Yes, We Have No Steve Bannon (based on: Yes! We Have No Bananas).

Sigh…

PS: If you’re into Gilbert and Sullivan I highly recommend the movie: Topsy-Turvy about their relationship leading up to the premier of The Mikado, one of their masterpieces.

A Japanese Photographer’s View of Life in His Family’s One-Room Home

A Japanese Photographer’s View of Life in His Family’s One-Room Home

Meoko Fujii at The New Yorker has posted an incredible collection of the photographs of the Japanese photographer Masaki Yamamoto that are part of his new photo book: Guts.

Guts documents his seven-person family’s life in a one-room apartment in Kobe, Japan. This is a gritty but fascinating glimpse of a kind of life that few of us will ever experience but it’s not so foreign that we can’t imagine it. This is amazing work and once the book is in wider circulation I hope to get it.

Remembering Gary Burden

Gary Burden, who was part of the birth of American rock and roll in the 1960’s has passed. The New York Times has a remembrance:

Gary Burden, Designer of Famous Album Covers, Dies at 84

Here’s a fantastic video of Gary Burden being interviewed while driving up Laurel Canyon Boulevard as well as Mulholland Drive in Los Angeles.

[via Gary Sharp]

Welcome Home(Pod)

This video has been making the rounds and I’ve watched it numerous times; it’s brilliant. Director Spike Jonze put together a great music-video ad for Apple’s HomePod (speaker) featuring FKA Twigs (an English music star and dancer).

She’s an excellent dancer with serious modern dance training and the choreography is brilliant. Notice how she moves walls (and other things) the way we pinch, spread our fingers, and swipe to move windows and objects on our hand-held devices (iPhones, iPads, etc. this is an Apple video).

I posted about another fantastic music-video commercial Jonze did for Kenzo World (perfume) in 2016 here.

Here’s that video saving you a click (grin).

Jonze is amazingly good. His movies include Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Her, and many others. When you think about his work, it’s all high quality but definitely outside the box.

More Lost Arrow Spire fun

A few interesting things I forgot to put in my post on Climbing the Lost Arrow Spire. If you hunt around on the internet in various nooks and crannies you’re bound to find a lot more.

Lost Arrow Spire, Tyrolean Traverse from Mark Smiley on Vimeo.

Mark and Janelle Smiley doing the Lost Arrow tip and Tyrollean traverse back. The Smiley’s are an adventurous couple and worth following: Blue Square Productions.

Here is a collection of their excellent videos.

Here’s a blog post by ? And Shirley Choss that documents this couple’s climb of the Lost Arrow Spire and Tyrollean traverse to get off. It’s 2004 so not super up to date but a lot more up to date than my 1976 climb: Lost Arrow Tip.

They’ve done a lot of climbing all over the world over many years: Choss climbing images.