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Justin Vernon and Annie Clark – Harvest Moon

Posted in music by arcanedufresne on January 31, 2010

Fitting in quite nicely with my Neil Young kick, Annie Clark of St. Vincent and Justin Vernon of Bon Iver are captured here performing their rendition of Neil Young’s Harvest Moon. Well played, indeed.

Rambo and Space Invaders

Posted in accomplices/associates, video games by arcanedufresne on January 31, 2010

I had been craving a vintage arcade adventure lately, and when something like that is not quite at your disposal, you have to take what you can get. Which, in this case, means Tyler and I had a Dave & Buster’s bash yesterday afternoon. Although, I am still craving some pinball like mad, so if anyone knows of a pinball machine or two in my vicinity, drop me a line.

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Posted in inspiration, love, photography by arcanedufresne on January 29, 2010
It’s Friday. Get Wild. Love Life.

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25¢ Please!

Posted in work by arcanedufresne on January 28, 2010

In an attempt to curb bad habits, we have made a swear jar today out of my Green Lantern paint can. You will be charged a quarter per curse word, so it will cost you if you turn our area into a swearea.

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What are you supposed to do with the money from the jar when it’s full? Donate it to charity? Buy lunch for people who swore the least? Throw change at people? Go to the arcade?

Mixtape by Luke Snellin

Posted in love, movies, music by arcanedufresne on January 28, 2010

If you are finding it tough to make it through this slow Thursday afternoon, this is guaranteed to make you smile. I want to live like this every day. Thanks to Luke Snellin for creating the short film and it’s nice that for leading me to it.

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Americanzi

Posted in clothing/fashion, iowa, sports by arcanedufresne on January 28, 2010

Thanks to Mook and blackheartgoldpants for this one. I want to buy one.

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Middle East – Blood (Video)

Posted in music by arcanedufresne on January 27, 2010

I found the video to one of the saddest, most beautiful songs ever.

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Cliff Kaufman can do kickflips

Posted in history, iowa, skateboarding by arcanedufresne on January 27, 2010

When I first started really getting into skateboarding in high school, Transworld was really starting to hit their stride with their skate video releases at the time. To this day, Modus Operandi and The Reason will forever be two of my favorite videos of all-time. The collection of skaters, the soundtrack, the montages; they were all so fitting and inspiring for that time in my life and the summers were spent skating from sun up to sun down (and beyond) in the blazing Iowa summer heat and humidity. I still find myself thinking about skating our local spots: The Motor Bank, The Loading Dock, The Handicap Ramp, The Pool and The Pit. I think about tricks that were done (even being amateurs, inevitably someone threw down something dope), the times we had and definitely the altercations that we encountered (Birdman, People Live Here Blob, Full of Shit Kid, etc.) simply from riding on a piece of wood with some skates on it, man.

The reminiscing is a product of listening to Neil Young lately, which in turn lead me to playing Built To Spill and if there is one band that was a constant throughout skate sessions throughout the years, Built To Spill was definitely it. Built To Spill lent their tracks to Transworld for Cairo Foster’s part in The Reason (Carry the Zero) and Marc Johnson’s part in Modus Operandi (The Plan). Marc Johnson is one of the most entertaining skaters to watch both as a personality and with his aptitude on a board. His style was fluid and smooth, technically adept and creative. He patched together sick lines on the regular including some of his trademark tactical manuals. I plan on digging out Tilt Mode, Man Down, Yeah Right, Fully Flared and Modus Operandi this weekend and having a Marc Johnson tribute. Call if you want to join. Wear your Westmar Connection shirt if you’ve got it.

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With the exception of Brian Anderson (sorry Burns) this is my Big Three:
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Posted in skateboarding by arcanedufresne on January 26, 2010

Worster

Posted in inspiration, love, travel by arcanedufresne on January 26, 2010
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