Jan 23 – Night of the (Los) Iguana
Of all the days I was going to be in London, this was the only one Lin was actually working. In a practical sense, what this meant was that she was up and out of the house early, leaving me to fend for myself. So since I was on vacation, I lounged around for a bit, made myself some breakfast, and called Rasa and Monki. All of which took me to about 9:30am. When I relax I really relax, huh? Continue reading
Categories: Cities, Europe, Friends, Personal, Theater, Travel
Tags: Brixton, clapham, David Bowie, Dorfman, Ian Rowland, London 2020, National Theatre, neil gaiman, Ocean at the end of the Lane, puppets, Sister from another mister, Theatre
So… A few months back, say around May or June, I got an offer to cover Magic Live for Magic Magazine. The problem of course was that the baby, who had yet to be born, was due July 1st and going off to Vegas for a magic convention with a 6 week old at home didn’t particularly strike me as the best idea in the world. But I really wanted to go. But 6 week old baby. Continue reading
Categories: Adventure, Personal, Travel
Tags: Banachek, Careena Fenton, Erica Vanlee, friends, friendship, Gene Anderson, Grndl, Ian Rowland, in the heights, Joseph Daniels, las vegas, lin-manuel miranda, London, Lynetta Welch, magic, magic magazine, magician, Six Muldoon, Theatre
So one day my friend Ian Rowland directed me to the site of his friend Gianni Sarcone, a designer of optical illusions. Specifically, the post on How To Create Monsters & Mythological Creatures. That’s an example over there to the left.
Once you see the method, like a number of magic tricks, it is deceptively simple. And yet, the results are awe inspiring. As someone who has a penchant for the idea of urban fantasy (I’d love to write one, just don’t quite see it so instead, I read ’em) all I can see are a number of powerful beings trapped in static forms or natural figures waiting to make themselves known in that luminal time between dark and light.
Maybe you’ll be able to find inspiration here. Or maybe you’ll just enjoy some clever photography. Either way, it’s definitely worth a look.
One of the great things about living centrally located in Europe is that nothing is very far away – and generally not that expensive to get to. If you’re like Monika, you can find amazing deals (she boasts about a roundtrip from Sweden to Italy, via Frankfurt, for little more than a euro each way). But even if you don’t have her luck, you can get some pretty amazing deals which allow you to see new countries or revisit old ones. Continue reading
Categories: Adventure, Art, Cities, Friends, Monki, Personal, Speck, Theater, Travel
Tags: alice in wonderland, catherine tate, Ian Rowland, Jonathan Kearns, lewis carroll, Miss atomic Bomb, natural history museum, Speck, v&a
Tuesday was our last full day in the Big City and we still had a full day’s use of the CityPass to take advantage of so naturally, we were once again up and out early in the day. This time, our destination was a bit outside the city center and was looking like it would take close to an hour to get there: The London Motor Museum.
Categories: Adventure, Art, Cities, Europe, Friends, Personal, Travel
Tags: batmobile, CityPass, DMC, Ian Rowland, London, london 2014, magic, Van Gogh, Westminster Abbey