Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Back in Austin

Originally uploaded by Edward Melendez
We're back in town. The Boy is on the mend, but like his folks is definitely tired from the NM trip.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Train Ride to Lamy

I do recommend the train ride from Santa Fe to Lamy, NM. The food is an ad hoc affair, but very good New Mexican fare like green chile stew can be had from a vendor set up outside the Lamy depot. Beautiful countryside in the winter and the hippest train engineer ever.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Snowy Morning

It looks like the antibiotics kicked in. Santiago is in a much better mood. Even up for some shenanigans in the snow at the grandparent's house. We've still spent most of the day recuperating, but we're planning dinner out and hopefully a trip downtown to see the luminarias.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

So, yes indeed, Santiago has an ear infection, but the MD suspects pneumonia, so we got to experience chest x-rays and life's rich pagaent at the only 24hr Walgreen's in the area. Ever wonder who hangs out at a drugstore on Christmas Day? Seriously odd folks, like the guy in the picture with the holiday themed wheelchair. Another patron overheard at the pick up counter: "who denied her valium? The doctor? The insurance company?"  Ah, the humanity!

Xmas Day in Corrales

Happy holidays to anyone reading this. We're probably taking the boy to see a doctor today. He's pulling on his ear and he's still a little cranky.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

The Trip to ABQ

I think everybody is ready for a trip. I have just begun to decompress from work and might finally be in the mood for some relaxation. The Xmas eve crowds at the airport aren't bad at all. Feels like less than a typical weekday morning. Maybe this is one of those examples of the economic slowdown, but it sure is nice when you're traveling with a kiddo.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Why I Like Whole Foods

Originally uploaded by Edward Melendez
They pay a living wage to their employees who, as a result, have the time to work on their artistic and political passions.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Coolio, The Graduation Show from 301, In Its Full Glory

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Improv 301 Graduation

There we are, a bunch of kooky improvisers. I'm the guy not wearing glasses on the right.

Friday, August 15, 2008

s @ amy's

The Boy and I spent the evening together while mom was a good citizen and neighbor. Santiago is starting at a new school next week (Primavera Montessori) and we're all coming back after I traveled a whole bunch.

The Gluey Brothers: Rio Vista DVD Trailer

My favorite New Mexico band still (sort of) in existence.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Bragging on The Boy...

boy @ zocalo
Originally uploaded by Edward Melendez
We had a great weekend together. No, I didn't do enough "work," but we got in some swimming, some great together time and some good times singing and dancing with friends. We're very fortunate to have such a charming, engaging and imaginative son. There really are some weekends you wish could go on forever, or just a couple more days...

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Oh My God (Official Video)

This is pretty cool. Thanks, SFJ. What would I do without your guidance to the hipster currency?

Friday, June 27, 2008

R.E.M. - Supernatural Superserious

I used to have an unhealthy obsession with REM until the late 90's. After that I sort of fell off. I'm liking this though.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Monday, April 21, 2008

The recent uptick in big-box projects and proposals in the Crescent City, fueled by tax subsidies and other costly giveaways, has left owners of smaller home-grown businesses in related industries gritting their teeth and bracing for hard times.

They might not have a champion in City Hall, but an Emmy Award-winning journalist is working to shine a light on their situation with his documentary film-in-progress, "Independent America: Rising from the Ruins." The final feature-length documentary is scheduled to be ready for national broadcast by early fall.

Dig It

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Film Preview: Rising from Ruins

"Independent America filmmaker takes to the road again in search for the story behind the recovery of New Orleans in “Independent America: Rising From Ruins” Independent film director and Emmy Award-winning journalist, Hanson Hosein, leaves behind his pregnant wife and travel partner in Seattle as he takes to the regional roads for a 3,000 mile journey to investigate how Mom and Pop businesses are doing in post-Katrina New Orleans."

Powerful stuff from people I'm proud to know.

dig it

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Moose in the Marigny

One of my old conspirators from Critical Mass days, Moose, is having an art party at Mimi's in the Marigny on April 9. You should go.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

A Blast from the Past
A found a stack of these while cleaning out some clutter the other day.

I am so proud that the organization is alive and well and in great hands.

Friday, March 14, 2008

momovelo, you are missed

As I was admiring a fine commuter bike I saw on the street yesterday, I was reminded of the late, great momovelo. momovelo was a bike shop in Berkeley run by a guy named Kai and it was one of the most clever niche retailers I have ever seen. Kai put together bicycles to suit the flaneur crowd. momovelo used well made and unique components but had a classic quality; these weren't the showy, gadgety bikes you see the masses riding around in. These were objects of utility and beauty simultaneously. Kai's website featured pictures of them in urban settings – one bike, a spartan looking city bike in robin's egg blue was pictured with some type of squash attached by bungie cords to its rack, as though its owner was returning with an impromptu purchase from a farmer's market or roadside stand. Great stuff for those of us who see bikes as some cross between work tools and slightly mystical objects.

His retail shop was a stylishly decorated boutique, with a small stock of affordable bicycles and accessories displayed like art and usually some sort of obscure psychedelic chanson music playing as you sipped an espresso. His website featured a vast selection of cleverly sourced items – Swedish military surplus straps that could be repurposed as reflective pant leg protectors for riding your bike in street clothes or clever bags for carrying your Moleskine and camera. One got the feeling that bike racers, the lycra and spandex bicycling crowd, were a different market and were possibly aliens to artful, leisurely and practical cycling. momovelo was also an early importer of some of the more interesting European and Japanese bikes, all fine examples of utilitarian beauty.

The heartbreak of momovelo is that I believe Kai was too good at his marketing. Disclaimer: all of my impressions are subjective and completely unsupported by facts.

I have no first hand information about momovelo's disappearance, but my guess is that the web site was very appealing to a small but fervent group of people. I have heard complaints online of late orders and general dissatisfaction with the service provided, but I sensed unplanned demand, not malfeasance. I myself was an eager customer who was frustrated in my attempt to buy one of momovelo's beautiful bikes. I imagine that this boutique maker of bikes was too successful in tapping this underserved market and ended up being quickly overwhelmed by the response. I ended up having my own built from scratch and I definitely got close to the ideal of a momovelo bike, but only after a very long and arduous search for every piece. That bike, unfortunately, was lost in the floods of Katrina and I still miss it.

But the lesson I take from all of this is that of understanding where you want to scale to. We can end up being much more successful than we want to be, or should be. From my one trip to the momovelo, I got the feeling that the owner wanted nothing more than to do a little work, share some stories and connect with a small number of people he could talk to face to face who shared his passion. The web may have been the wrong way to ply his craft. While I appreciate that while a web site may seem like a business necessity, sometimes commerce on steroids can be too much when all you want to do is trade in a few items of enduring beauty.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Sunday, January 06, 2008

The Subtle Beauty of Lunch Hour Walks
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An Excuse to go to Gingerman and Stay Too Long

alex at gingerman
Originally uploaded by Edward Melendez
Alex came to visit his brother, who's working here in Austin. Sure, it's no NYC, but Gingerman sure has a lot of beer.