Every Hall of Famer

A new project for a new year. Among others. I’m going to be drawing each of the 293 members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame (in chronological order, naturally). Follow me! And I made a facebook fan page for the project where I’ll be posting some fun, random Hall of Fame / baseball stuff in addition to the blog feed, if you’re into that sort of thing.

I posted this comic on my livejournal on this date five years ago and guess what? It’s still awesome!

I posted this comic on my livejournal on this date five years ago and guess what? It’s still awesome!

Dave Eggers’ World Series Drawings! Via my good friend and very good writer Sarah.

Dave Eggers’ World Series Drawings! Via my good friend and very good writer Sarah.

Having some fun remembering my favorite videos from the 90s, inspired by Pitchfork’s list. This one didn’t make their countdown but is a favorite of mine. Chan was hypnotizing. Once I was at a party where we put the Matador collection of videos in, and my friend Brad and I just rewound this one over and over and over again.

The brilliant Brian Coldrick's sloth, Hoffman, 'enjoying some music.' 
Inspiration for my future sloth tattoo.

The brilliant Brian Coldrick's sloth, Hoffman, 'enjoying some music.' 

Inspiration for my future sloth tattoo.

Miss USA. Hahahahahhahahahahaha!
Via Tom and Lorenzo’s Miss Universe 2010 National Costumes post, which is hilarious and amazing all around, and which Miss Larissa brought to my attention. I think we all owe her a debt of gratitude.

Miss USA. Hahahahahhahahahahaha!

Via Tom and Lorenzo’s Miss Universe 2010 National Costumes post, which is hilarious and amazing all around, and which Miss Larissa brought to my attention. I think we all owe her a debt of gratitude.

And in the dark we will take off our clothes and they’ll be placing fingers through the notches in your spine and when all is breaking everything that you could keep inside.
Via Copyranter.

And in the dark we will take off our clothes and they’ll be placing fingers through the notches in your spine and when all is breaking everything that you could keep inside.

Via Copyranter.

the story of this song

my new project. one song and one very short story — related in my head if not in yours, every day. follow me if you’re interested! yeah!

Making music for a cause, Oberst and friends unite - Omaha.com

This is the first and only time I’ll say this: “I wish I was in Omaha.”

Lullaby For The Working Class was one of my favorites when I was deep into Saddle Creek bands, and I miss the Desaparecidos and still treasure my “Read Music, Speak Spanish” album and my Desa t-shirt from their show at Emo’s in 2001. Plus Gillian Welch, Cursive, and “special guests”? Exciting. And for a great, meaningful cause. 

Coco still looks funny with a beard.

Cool Tools: The Best Magazine Articles Ever

This is why I love the internets.

the moomins meet bento = my heart parts exploded into happy faced shaped pieces all over the place.
via epicute.

the moomins meet bento = my heart parts exploded into happy faced shaped pieces all over the place.

via epicute.

Local Bookstores, Social Hubs, and Mutualization « Clay Shirky

"This group believes, in other words, that book buying is a widespread activity while internet access is for elites, the opposite of the actual case."

Sad but true. For now, Austin is lucky to have so many rich people who can choose where to buy books (and records and groceries), many of whom choose BookPeople. IMO, BP still banks for a few reasons: the staff, the events, and an almost altruistic (and perhaps even misguided) devotion from it’s community. It’s like the ideas in this article about becoming a nonprofit are already how the public in Austin views BookPeople, except that BP is not actually structured that way at all. That’s for the best for someone like me who takes an immense amount of joy in having a beautiful, spacious bookstore in my community, but I wonder how long it can last.

I am surprised that this post didn’t touch on the idea of smaller local businesses taking advantage of the rise of online bookbuying, ala Powells. I think this could also be a huge factor. BookPeople has been very slow to adapt to the internets the way that Powells has, but the baby steps have finally become more like toddler steps in the last year or so, with the improvement of the BookPeople blog, the development of the twitter page, etc..

Anyway, after living in Austin for twenty years and working at BookPeople for almost half of those, I have a lot of opinions about bookselling and bookstores. Some of them aren’t pretty. That said, I love independent bookstores and I really hope that the best ones can find a way to make it. I don’t think letters to the Justice Department are helping.


Owen Pallett covers Guided By Voices

Owen Pallett covering Game of Pricks, via The Onion AV Club. Best to just skip to about 1:40 for the actual cover, unless you’re a big fan of Owen talking — which I am, of course, but I realize everyone may not be.

There are a bunch of other interesting covers here, with more to come (including Superchunk, NMH, and my favorite Cure song (can’t wait!)). Thanks to John for the tip.

Ivan ‘Pudge’ Rodriguez
Upper Deck card, 1994.
Presented without comment.
(via nerdbaseball)

Ivan ‘Pudge’ Rodriguez

Upper Deck card, 1994.

Presented without comment.

(via nerdbaseball)

Oh but I did definitely want to show you guys all these Link bobby pins I got at the Austin Renegade Craft Fair. Ooooo la la. Made by Pixel Party.

Oh but I did definitely want to show you guys all these Link bobby pins I got at the Austin Renegade Craft Fair. Ooooo la la. Made by Pixel Party.