Friday Five- Sloths from Space!

Why do short weeks feel so long? I was off Monday so I spent the day absorbed in various space adventures and writing poems about space. Seems like from the moment Bowie died there’s been a lot of cosmic energy tingling my fingertips and everything I write reaches the galaxies. Among the stars- good place to be.

The five things I’m loving this week include sloths and space. If anyone can create a game about sloths in space, I will get on board as writer, editor and big idea-er! Can we make this happen?

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1. Sloth art! A coworker snapped a ceramic sloth at a coffee shop in Brooklyn and I waiting for her at her desk with a litany of questions. After the slothterrogation, she wisely returned to the coffee shop and picked up a card for me. That’s the story of how I discovered the whimsical slothtastic art of Not From Caves.

2.Out There Somewhere. This game is so wonderfully challenging and the music reminds me of a fist-pumping-Taio-Cruz-at-the-Jersey-Shore era jam. It’s short, but worth a play. My goal is to get really good at it and do speedruns. Maybe.

3. FIGHT MILK! Fight like a crow. Made fresh by bodyguards (and Charlie).

I just watched It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia in its entirety and cannot recommend it enough. I rarely love a whole show, but these characters are such engaging, awful people and so representative of Philly I’m always cracking up. Every ep is gold.

4. Speaking of Philly, I’m going back for my 2nd year of running the Hot Chocolate 15k (that’s 9.6 miles)! I’m raising funds for charity here (note they don’t take AmEx or Paypal). Throw a few bucks in to help Ronald McDonald House Charities and keep families with sick children focused on the health of their kids. Please donate if you can and share the link either way!

5. The Deadly Tower of Monsters. As a fan of the 70’s era B film aesthetic, I’ve been waiting for this game. And it’s on sale! Star in your own Sci-Fi cult classic and battle REAL monsters that TOTALLY don’t have zippers on their backs. The “director’s commentary” makes a solid addition. Hilarious! Good writing! (Have I mentioned my dream of writing a game? Any artists/devs/musicians out there? I’ve already got a few solid story and character concepts. Just saying.)

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Friday Five – Art & Loss

This was a week filled with sad news. Aside from losing David Bowie and Alan Rickman, I lost my Uncle Buddy. He was 91 and the last of his group to go. But we’re still here and need to keep going forward. Here’s five things I’m loving this week.

  1. Obscene Art History Tours. The fam paid a visit this weekend so I took Mom, Sis and StepDad to MoMa where I proceeded to insult classic works of modern art until my mother cried with laughter. I have a deep love and appreciation for art. I routinely ask for museum memberships as gifts because I love spending long afternoons sitting among art while I write or analyzing various works. Seeing The Persistence of Memory up close in real life gave me chills. Art doesn’t have to be intimidating or pretentious. It’s just as fun to walk around and point out buttholes in still life paintings.

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2. Pocket Mortys. You knew this would be on the list again. It’s a super solid Pokemon parody featuring Rick and Morty. However, my favorite part of it has been picking apart the spelling and grammatical errors because I’m a word nerd.

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3. Peach. I’m obsessed with this sure-to-be flash-in-the-pan new social network. It’s a fun way to share photos, what you’re doing/watching/playing, where you are, what you’re thinking and tack a gif onto it all at once in a minimalist feed with no ads (yet!). You can find me on Peach as Carneyvorous, of course.

4. Journal. The idea is to write, make or doodle something every day. It’s not as easy as you’d think. I did this last year and made it until the end of July. The year before, I made it through March. This year, I’m going to do this. I use a 2016 Daily Moleskine Pocket notebook in purple obviously because it’s the color of royalty and insanity. The pocket size is ideal for this project because it’s extra portable (no excuses!) and a smaller page is less intimidating. The goal is to keep it positive and rewire my brain to stop jumping to dark places filled with negative thoughts. So far I’ve drawn my positive attributes as a fruity cocktail, written a poem for David Bowie, penned letters to former lovers and taped powerball ticket origami onto a page as tangible proof of HOPE. I’m in a very noncommittal place this last year so this is my commitment!

5. This quote.

“A film, a piece of theater, a piece of music, or a book can make a difference. It can change the world.” – Alan Rickman

Friday Five: Ch-ch-ch-changes

Nothing gets my hips swaying like a melancholy baritone. Saxophones immediately transport me to darkened alleyways glimmering with post-rain mystery. Cellos sound like the comfort and anxious energy of a small dark room. With my body rocking like a perpetual pendulum this week, here are five things I’m loving!

1. You Bred Raptors? I was introduced to a friend of a friend’s band this week who play experimental instrumentals under a name referencing Jurassic Park (albums include Grant, Hammond, Lex & Tim and Muldoon!). Obviously, I was way down for this. It’s three dudes who play a monster 8-string bass, drums and cello. They wear masks which change with each song. A lot of their stuff sounds like scores for unwritten cult films or video games. I highly recommend you check out them out!

2. I just bought this badass bodysuit and cannot wait to rock the hell out it.

3. Blackstar- Happy Birthday, David Bowie! Bowie hath gifted us with a new album today and I’m pretty much diggin’ it. I was lucky enough to score tickets to Lazarus, a stage production Bowie co-wrote inspired by The Man Who Fell to Earth by Walter Tevis, so I got to hear Michael C. Hall sing some of these new songs with incredible Bowiesque precision a couple weeks ago. It was marvelous. Just a bloody brilliant piece of theater. Check out Blackstar, get tickets to Lazarus if you can and come to Bowie’s birthday party tonight at Rough Trade NYC.

4. Pocket Mortys. LOOK, guys. LOOK AT ALL THE MORTYS.
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I’ve never gotten excited over a mobile game before and most of me still wishes this could be on steam or 3DS or ANY platform other than mobile… BUT this combines a game style I love with a show a adore so I’m going to allow it. Out next week on iOS and Android.

5. I got the criffiest crif dog ever.

Lil Ma and cheesy tots from Crif Dogs

Lil Ma and cheesy tots by Crif Dogs

Shut up. I go to the gym 5 days a week so I can eat bacon wrapped hot dogs smothered in peanut butter and topped with potato chips with a big ol’ side of cheesy tots. Some things are just worth it, guys.