25 April 2008

New Pics

Originally uploaded by cleartrampoline

I posted some new photos today at flickr. Check it out. And if you happened to notice that some photos are not there anymore, it's because I decided to slim down, and only display a few of the ones that I wanted to share, sort of refining my portfolio if you will. :)


I'll admit it, I checked out this film because I heard about the remake starring Joshua Jackson of "Pacey from Dawson's Creek" fame. I thought, hm, that sounds cool, what's the dill? And IMDB informed me it was a remake of an Asian horror film, (remaking Asian horror is all the rage these days). Well the purist that I am was like, well, if I'm gonna see the remake with Pacey I'll have to watch the original first.

Glad I did. It was awesome. Shutter is the story about a young couple, a photographer and his girlfriend, who get in a hit and run accident and begin to see strange things in photos and in life.

My knowledge of Asian horror is pretty limited... to like, Chan-wook Park films (if those can be considered horror?) and Ju-on. But one thing I've noticed, and I don't want to make a blanket statement here... but I guess I will. Asian horror films (vs. their American counterparts) seem to have a lot more in the ol' style department.

Which I love. Shutter was full of style. It was pretty, from the color palette to the cinematography. And I didn't find it particularly scary, but I have to say that it was one of the best horror films I've watched of late. Maybe horror films don't have to scare you to the point of not wanting to ever turn the lights off and go to sleep to be considered good horror films. But that's just me.

24 April 2008

Thoughts on Kombucha


I'm kinda half in love and half in hate with Kombucha.

A. I like it, because its healthy and good (for the most part).

2. I do not like that its so expensive to buy, and that I'm just not brave enough to brew it on my own. I guess that's my own problem though. I should try it.

d. I bought one today that is citrus-y and I like it a lot, but I kinda get wigged out by the kombucha chunks. Is it just me, or do you find it weird to be drinking a liquid and then come across a mass that is a semi-solid? I don't know, I guess that's why I don't like Bubble Tea either.

Q. Maybe I'm not used to carbonated drinks since I don't drink a lot of pop, or hardly any at all, really, but Kombucha kinda gives me the, 'excuse me, but I need to burp a little' feeling. Which I think has to do with the carbonation, but maybe its something else.

Anyway... yeah. Kombucha. Where do you stand on the wonder drink?

I have this song stuck in my head.

And it kinda sucks. 'Cause it kinda hurts. But I'm ok. Mostly.

Artist: Colin Hay
Song: I Just Don't Think I'll Ever Get Over You (Garden State Sound Track)

I drink good coffee every morning
Comes from a place that's far away
And when I'm done I feel like talking
Without you here there is less to say
I don't want you thinking I'm unhappy
What is closer to the truth
That if I lived till I was 102
I just don't think I'll ever get over you
I'm no longer moved to drink strong whisky
'Cause I shook the hand of time and I knew
That if I lived till I could no longer climb my stairs
I just don't think I'll ever get over you
Your face it dances and it haunts me
Your laughter's still ringing in my ears
I still find pieces of your presence here
Even after all these years
But I don't want you thinking I don't get asked to dinner
'Cause I'm here to say that I sometimes do
Even though I may soon feel the touch of love
I just don't think I'll ever get over you
If I lived till I was 102
I just don't think I'll ever get over you

23 April 2008


Yesterday was my birthday. 27. That sounds really old. But yet, when I have cake at my grandmother's house and hang out with my family, I don't feel so old. I feel like a kid again.
Birthdays were always fun when we were growing up, and they are pretty much done the same way now as the were then, dinner (your favorite Mom meal, like Stroganoff or Chicken Broccoli Bake), followed by cake and ice cream and presents at Grandma & Grandpa's. Pretty mellow. But that's how I roll. Sometimes. Sometimes I roll like... like rock-n-roll. But that's another story.

This just makes me smile


I'm excited to see this show, cuz, you know. Joss. JOSS!

21 April 2008


Originally uploaded by cleartrampoline

It was so beautiful yesterday. Which is weird, because it also hailed. But for a while it was really sunny and beautiful.


I made Gloria two mixes for her birthday. I forgot how much I love to do that. Especially tapes. I need to make some tapes. I didn't make her tapes though. CDs. Check out the track listings below if you're interested.
Remember when you are first seeing someone and you make each other mixes and its so sweet and romantic and somewhat snobbish because you are trying to show the other person how rad your musical tastes are and yet how you can make them a mix they are going to like while also adding your favorite songs and putting them together in a theme or some other coherent way that takes hours and hours? Do people still do that?

Best News Headline of the Day

Stinky manure smell engulfs London

18 April 2008

Double Mountain

Jody and I went to Double Mountain yesterday after work for some pizza and beer. It was fun. The place was packed, as per usual, the beer was good, as per usual, and the pizza was delicious, as per usual. I guess it was a pretty typical Double Mountain visit, although things just aren't the same there since my dear friend Meg moved on to the big city (she used to be a bartender there, the perks of having a friend bartender are always grand).

We had the pale, and then I had a half pint of the IRA and Jody had a pint of the Kolsch. I had a taste of the new IRA from the Wood (or maybe it's not new, I just hadn't had it before). It is made in whiskey casks, and dang, you could smell the whiskey on it from a foot away. I made the wise choice of not having a glass of that (I'm sort of a light weight these days). All in all a lovely way to spend a couple hours after work.



17 April 2008

it's not easy being green


This dog is freakin' out! Just kidding. She's yawning. Ha!

ghost rachel

ghost rachel
Originally uploaded by cleartrampoline

I don't know why for sure, but I really like this pic. I had to really crank out the levels in photoshop, but it gave it this painting quality that I really enjoy. Pretty cool.


cinema chairs
Originally uploaded by cleartrampoline

Check out my new grayscale photos just uploaded to flickr! :)

16 April 2008


Yesterday Jody and I tried out a recipe we found at Simply Recipes for a Spinach and Orzo Salad. It was fraking delicious! We made a few tweaks of our own, used a little more spinach and olives and used fresh basil instead of dried, and a little extra vinegar, but dang. It was awesome.

Check out our pictures from this fun event below. My only regret was that I didn't have my camera to take some gorgeous pictures with, so if we look pale as a vampire, it's the flash on the point and shoot canon, I swear! I'm totally tan in real life. Kidding!

I think I want to start, like, a cooking club, where we make one new recipe a week, or a month, or however often it turns out to be, but the whole point will be getting people to try new things and think creatively about cooking and working with a recipe that's a little more involved than "follow the instructions on the back of the box".

Here I am mixing our ingredients.

And here's a close up.

And here's Jody opening a bottle of wine.

And here's a completed meal shot. We had some delicious garlic bread that we put under the broiler with garlic butter and Parmesan and some marinated artichoke hearts to round out our meal. It was spectacular. All the ingredients complimented each other so well. The onion and the pine nuts, the olives and the feta. Simply delicious. :)

15 April 2008

I have a new obsession.

The website Colourlovers. It is very cool. Check out my profile to see some of the color palettes that I've created. Just another creative venue for me to stretch out to. You can create color palettes and patterns and give them cool names and look at palettes and patterns and colors that other people have created. So cool.

14 April 2008


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Isn't this the cutest hamster you ever saw? Yeah. He/She's not so bad. Hamsters are so cute. I wish I knew if Maeby was a boy or a girl. Not that it matters either way, you know, cause Maeby's just a hamster, after all.

11 April 2008

Have good weekend.

Found Again.

Originally uploaded by cleartrampoline

It's back. Only this time it's three blocks away from its previous location. There is no sign of its friends. Bummer.

chop sticks 1

chop sticks 1
Originally uploaded by cleartrampoline

More chop sticks from Sushi Okalani. The lighting in that restaurant is super rad.

chop sticks 2

chop sticks 2
Originally uploaded by cleartrampoline

This is from sushi okalani. I had some yummy sake sashimi and a midori roll today for lunch. I love fridays!

10 April 2008

Droid Fan

Is it just me or does my fan look like a droid from star wars? Shouldn't it be in the jawa's sandcrawler instead of my office?

lament and regret

So I know regret is an all too well discussed topic of conversation. I don't regret anything because it's gotten me to where I am today is one of those common cliches. Is regret such a bad thing? I mean, I guess if it is consuming your present day life, sure, that would be bad. But having a little regret over missed opportunities or things that went wrong or bad or that you would simply do over again if you got the chance, that teaches you something you can take with you when you make future decisions. Maybe that's the same thing as saying I don't regret anything because it's gotten me to where I am today just with the acknowledgement of regret.

Anyway just something I was thinking about today, and it has nothing to do with major things like, I wished I'd finished my degree in Art instead of English or I wish I'd studied better in school, no, my big one is that I never saw Elliott Smith. I mean, sure, I never saw Zeppelin, or Nirvana, or the Beatles, but I could have seen Elliott Smith. A number of times. And I didn't. It was always like, oh, Elliott Smith is playing, we should go. And then it would be like, nah, we're too busy, we'll catch him next time. Ha. Next time. Silly us. Maybe I've lamented about this before, but I'm lamenting it again.

Is lament the same as regret? I lament a lot of things. But today I regret never getting to see Elliott Smith in concert.

From Answers.com
To feel regret.n.
A sense of loss and longing for someone or something gone.
A feeling of disappointment or distress about something that one wishes could be different.

To express grief for or about; mourn: lament a death.
To regret deeply; deplore: He lamented his thoughtless acts.

08 April 2008

ah, curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal

there's no place i can be, since i found serenity... and battlestar galactica... and buffy the vampire slayer... and the dark tower... and other rad stuff, like tarantino movies and veronica mars and the cure and radiohead... and other stuff that is rad like kittens and pizza...

could battlestar galactica be any radder? maybe. but its pretty dang rad.

North Oak Brasserie

I went to North Oak Brasserie for lunch today. It was good. I had one of the lunch specials, Deep Fried Gnocchi with a Marinara sauce with soup and salad. It was delicious. If you are ever in Hood River I would totally recommend you go to North Oak. Especially for lunch. Very reasonably priced, great food, and a pleasant atmosphere. What more could you ask for?


I can't explain it, but this is just cracking me up today:

Edit: You aren't getting the full effect. He's not dancing. He should be dancing. Dang.

07 April 2008

slacking off

Sometimes I think that if it weren't for doodling I would go crazy. It used to be a very helpful tool when I was in school, I could concentrate without actually having to concentrate, wait, that doesn't make sense. I could listen semi-attentively without loosing focus. It helped me focus. Well, now that I work at a job where I'm at a computer all day, I find that I doodle when I get creatively bored, or just bored in general. Which, in essence, is just being off task. I figure I spend a little too much time every day either doodling or blogging. On the one hand, this is very bad. Because that means that I am not working on work, but on the other hand, it is those little breaks throughout the day that make it possible for me to keep working, hour after hour, day after day, week after week. If it weren't for those doodles and blog moments, I would be really miserable. And, I think that exercising my creative mind in the doodle and blog way actually helps my work, which is the mildest and most generic form of creativity usually, (some people call it a style, I call it boring), and I can actually come up with something great that people will actually like. So, I guess what this all boils down to is that I'm just trying to justify my slacking off, but whatev. :)

geek geek geek geek

so, i was just looking at things, you know, the internets, and stumbled on some coolness, like adam baldwin is going to be at the emerald city comicon. which, dang, i wanna get jane's autograph. anyway who wants to go? jeffrey brown is going to be there too. and i'm sure many other peeps that are too cool to come to our itsy bitsy portland con, like, lee adama aka apollo i mean jamie bamber, and julie benz, you know, if you're into geek celebs. oh dang, and wil wheaton. wasn't he in stand by me? or star trek or something. ha ha. :) oh celebs.

04 April 2008


Ok. Here are some pics from my new camera. They are ok. I stumbled upon this flickr group that had photos all taken with a camera like mine and they make me look like a monkey taking pictures. Although it gives me motivation. I really like taking portraits. I think I want to concentrate on advancing my skills there for sure.

dog river 3

dog river 1

dog river 2


And, completely unrelated, I found this awesome info about elvis (click here for link)

The Elvis TCB (Takin Care of Business) Oath translation.

More self-respect, more respect for fellow man.
Respect for fellow students and instructors.
Respect for all styles and techniques.
Body conditioning, mental conditioning, meditation for calming and stilling of the mind and body.
Sharpen your skills, increase mental awareness, for all those that might choose a new outlook and personal philosophy.
Freedom from constipation.


All techniques into one.
Elvis Presley 8th
Applying all techniques into one.

*** Elvis fancied himself a Kung Fu master among other things...

03 April 2008

Love. This. Movie.

This clip is from Rio Bravo. John Wayne is the boss. And Dean Martin and Ricky Nelson sing real pretty. Check it out!

Do It Again

This song is so rad.


I got my new camera. it was love at first sight. I can't wait to see what she does. :)

I can't help but thing of that line "so rich and full of life" which I can't remember what its from and I may be miss quoting it but it just seems fitting.

02 April 2008

Geekin' Out

Anybody got any ideas as to what its gonna be titled? I can't wait to see a trailer. Hopefully they will have one up soon.

The Four Preps- 26 miles

This is awesome. Although I'm pretty sure they are lipsyncing.
Romance, romance, romance, romance.

01 April 2008


Walking up State Street today after lunch I saw at least 5 playing cards within a 5 block walk. Last week I found two. They seem to be multiplying!


Something about desaturating pictures just really makes them look like they are from some 1960s pamphlet or something. I likey. Check it out.

flower 2

flower 1