ar·cane (är-kān') adj. requiring secret or mysterious knowledge;

Posted in musings/writings/creations by arcanedufresne on November 2, 2009

Finding joy and amusement in daily life’s seemingly innocuous quirks makes me realize how great life can be if you just live and enjoy it.

Halloween Manifesto

Posted in musings/writings/creations, the funnies by arcanedufresne on November 2, 2009

Do me a favor and read the caption below this picture from the Cedar Rapids Gazette and tell me what is hilariously wrong with this.



Posted in photography by arcanedufresne on November 2, 2009

The annual November 1st self-potrait. This is the face of the creative process.

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The xx – xx

Posted in Uncategorized by arcanedufresne on November 2, 2009

The xx have perfected a stripped down approach in which the guy/girl tandem vocals (provided almost effortlessly by Romy Madley Croft and bassist Oliver Sim) become a lackadaisical love affair that draws you further into its simple complications with each track. Bass lines and drum machine beats create a steady groove that your vital signs manage to fall in tune with as the album progresses. Reverb-laiden guitaring filters in and out, perfectly filling the epic spaces created by the rest of the instrumentation. The album was self-produced by this band of 20 year-olds and the minimalism shines through while they also draw subtly on soft R&B and even hip-hop as one of the standout tracks, Basic Space, sounds as if it were produced by Timbaland in his off time from making bangers.

Listen to Basic Space.

xx provides so many gems for the immersed listener and this album could potentially be even more delightful when pumped through headphones. There is so much hidden in the negative space of the album, from the lingering warble of bass notes to the minute decay of drum machine beats and the staccatoed, echoing guitar lines. The band manages to infuse enough change from track to track when they switch from a more “pop” song like VCR to the bass driven Islands to the meandering Crystalised. The xx sneak up on you and get under your skin and once you give it a listen, you will have it repeating for weeks.

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Franky The Masher

Posted in art by arcanedufresne on November 2, 2009

The Monster Squad All-Stars have another member as of last night. Two down, two to go.






I may have to try to take a better picture of the drawing because this one doesn’t do it justice.


Posted in love, sports by arcanedufresne on November 2, 2009
I don’t even know if we can justify looking this cocky, but damn it feels good to win.