Seven Magic Mountains without Instagrammers

Laugh all you want, it’s getting harder and harder to go out and take photos of places and things without being obstructed by those “doing it for the ‘gram.” To that end, I have pretty much given up on sunsets and now primarily aim for sunrises as my golden hour of choice (see also my trip to the Anza Borrego Serpent). One thing that has often bought my eye (hat tip to Monty Python), on the road to Las Vegas, is of course, Seven Magic Mountains, plunked down in the Nevada desert just outside of Vegas itself, by the artist Ugo Rondinone.
  

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[Late] Car Thoughts: The LA Auto Show Has Become a Car Lot

Remember when auto shows had amazing concept cars? I barely do.
One of society’s greatest achievements in the 21st century was coming up with an pejorative that is totally utterly completely and without question gender-ethnic neutral where you can sling it without being accused of being an “~ist.” That term is: “Basic.” And basic is the best way to describe the 2018 Los Angeles International Auto Show.
  

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Movie Thoughts: The Making of Harry Potter

Back in 2015, I made the impulsive decision to travel to England for a day to visit Banksy’s Dismaland art exhibit (for a future post…), but my entry was timed, so I opted for an evening visit. This meant I had time to kill prior to heading out to Weston Super-Mare and the Tropicana to be bemused. Fortunately, a little giant thing was on the way: The Making of Harry Potter at the Warner Brothers Studios in Leavesden.
  

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The Nautilus Submarine from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea at Tokyo DisneySea

Travel Thoughts: The Mysterious Island at Tokyo DisneySea

This post is the first in a series that I’ll roll out over time related to my trip to Japan in 2013. I opted to start with The Mysterious Island, one of several lands that make up the gobsmackingly amazing theme park that is Tokyo DisneySea. Mysterious Island gets first billing as it is centered around a topic near and dear to my heart: the classic Disney movie 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
  

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Car Thoughts: The Ferrari Museum, Maranello Italy

Not too long ago, I decided to visit Italy, and being a car nut, I had to stop at as many car museums as I possibly could which, with national holidays I had not foreseen, meant only one: The Ferrari Museum (aka La Museo Ferrari). What I also had not foreseen, was that the factory museum for one of the most famous and storied marques in the history of motorsport, would have a series of rotting and vandalized fiberglass body shells displayed out in front.
 
“Classy…” said no one ever.
  

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Thing Thoughts: OMG Shoes – A Retrospective

Shoes have been the bane of my existence. Given that I’m not cool or a fashionista(o? Er? Ist?), I’ve never been able to wear snazzy hype beastie footwear (ie shoes that just look bonkers), but that certainly hasn’t stopped me from trying either.  
  

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The Last Jurassic Park Ford Explorer

It’s not uncommon for theme parks that leverage movie properties to create replicas of items to put in theme parks. Often artifacts from summer blockbusters and tentpole films are too intrinsically valuable to a franchise to sacrifice to the wear and tear of theme park display, however this Jurassic Park Ford Explorer bucks that trend.
  

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Geek Thoughts: Here’s Why LA Comic Con is Better Than San Diego Comic Con (and also why it’s not)

This past weekend I had the good fortune to attend L.A. Comic-Con (formerly called Stan Lee’s Comikaze) at the LA Convention Center. There were things about it I liked instantly when compared to my newbie experience at San Diego Comic-Con earlier this year. I had heard profiles of it as a convention when it was referred to as Stan Lee’s Kamikaze and press was quite positive as people had tired of the intensity and shift away from comic bookiness that San Diego underwent before returning to its roots (as I have heard it has in recent years).
  

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Category Archive

Der Drachenstich

It walks. It roars. It burps fire. It is fifty feet long and fifteen feet tall. It is a dragon, and its name, is Fanny.
 

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Star Wars and the Power of Costume

When I heard that Star Wars and the Power of Costume was going to be coming to the Denver Art Museum in Colorado, much like Dismaland, I immediately set about planning a trip there.
 

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Dismaland

In July of 2015, I was sitting in a hotel room in Melbourne,  Australia, watching the news, as I prepared to go out for the Gertrude Street Projection Festival, when I saw news confirming that Banksy was building Dismaland.

Drone footage displayed the tattered castle and the tweaked tractor trailer. Right then and there, I decided I was going to go
 

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At Home With Monsters

Guillermo Del Toro makes movies that make money, and so, Guillermo Del Toro makes money, and when you make money, you can start collecting things, and so, Guillermo Del Toro did that. He collected the hell out of things from Sci-Fi, Horror, Fantasy, and action films, along with a trove of related art and literary works, and he then proceeded to create a retreat for himself in California called Bleak House in Southern California which he filled with the stuff.

Then, I speculate, one of four possible things happened
  

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AT HOME WITH MONSTERS

Der Drachenstich

It walks. It roars. It burps fire. It is fifty feet long and fifteen feet tall. It is a dragon, and its name, is Fanny.
 

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Star Wars and the Power of Costume

When I heard that Star Wars and the Power of Costume was going to be coming to the Denver Art Museum in Colorado, much like Dismaland, I immediately set about planning a trip there.
 

READ MORE                                                                     See the Movies

 

Dismaland

In July of 2015, I was sitting in a hotel room in Melbourne,  Australia, watching the news, as I prepared to go out for the Gertrude Street Projection Festival, when I saw news confirming that Banksy was building Dismaland.

Drone footage displayed the tattered castle and the tweaked tractor trailer. Right then and there, I decided I was going to go
 

READ MORE                                                                     Go Art

 

At Home With Monsters

Guillermo Del Toro makes movies that make money, and so, Guillermo Del Toro makes money, and when you make money, you can start collecting things, and so, Guillermo Del Toro did that. He collected the hell out of things from Sci-Fi, Horror, Fantasy, and action films, along with a trove of related art and literary works, and he then proceeded to create a retreat for himself in California called Bleak House in Southern California which he filled with the stuff.

Then, I speculate, one of four possible things happened
  

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