Monday, December 14, 2009

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Monday, October 19, 2009

Allagash Brewing Co. in pictures


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From a tour of Allagash in Maine last month.

[Flickr album]

Monday, October 12, 2009

MICRO PIGLETS




[source]

Friday, October 02, 2009

Meal Ticket Video: Appetite for Awareness




Originally posted here.

Neal made me do the bit at the end.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

The vanity plates of Maine


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There are more vanity plates in the state of Maine than anywhere I've ever been. Here are but a fraction of the ones I saw during my time there.

My favorite: The temporary "DE TRUTH" tag.

That, I'm guessing, is why he is de truth.

Here's a link to the gallery on Flickr in case the Pictobrowser doesn't work for you.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Going to Maine for awhile



I'll see y'all. I might be tweeting pictures of lobsters and so forth, though.

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Saturday, August 08, 2009

I got on Papyrus Watch



By submitting shots of the credits of The Haunting in Connecticut.

Love the headline.

Friday, August 07, 2009

Jay Chou will be Kato in The Green Hornet



After a worldwide search, Jay Chou, the multi-hyphenate singer-actor and a star throughout Asia, has joined the cast of Michel Gondry’s The Green Hornet in the iconic role of Kato, it was announced today by Doug Belgrad and Matt Tolmach, presidents of Columbia Pictures.

Michel Gondry, the film’s director, added, “Jay is incredibly unique and charming and fights like a wild dog! When I filmed him next to Seth [Rogen], they had such great chemistry, and I knew the movie will be great."

I hope he wears that outfit throughout the entire movie.


A Perfect Getaway review



Twisty twisty twist twist.

Monday, August 03, 2009

Marigold Kitchen Farewell Dinner


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Chefs Steve Cook, Michael Solomonov and Erin O'Shea collaborated on this six-course tasting, marking the end of the crew's involvement with the West Philly BYO. Cook and Solomonov own Zahav, and are opening Percy Street Barbecue at 900 South Street this fall with O'Shea at the helm.

Larger version of the menu.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

This is the closest I'm going to get Mad Men-ing myself



I guess they didn't have that many Asian people Asian facial features back then.

Big Boi from OutKast meets a penguin




(h/t Kibby)

Monday, July 27, 2009

Sunday dinner at Bibou


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Great dinner tonight at Bibou in the Italian Market. Wanted to share the pics, and also test out this revamped Pictobrowser system.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Denzel is the dude, but you already knew that


Denzel Washington stunned staff by stopping at the Rita's at Island and Passyunk Avenues with an aide and a bodyguard, and he let on that he is staying here this summer.

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For the record, Washington gave the kid at the counter $50 for two cherry gelati and said, "Keep the change."


[Source and photo: The Insider]

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

January Jones in Interview



HAIR.

Mad Men Season 3 starts August 16.

(h/t Aaron)

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Nobody puts Toccara in the corner



Except, of course, the state store employee who needs to move her life-size Lady Hennessy promotional stand-up out of the way to vacuum.

(photo: Michelle)

Friday, July 10, 2009

I responded to the insane Transformers 2 guy

The other day, I received that amazing bit of hate mail about my Transformers 2 review.

Response here.

I Love You, Beth Cooper review



C- because the boys at least try.

Who are these people who find Hayden Panetierre hot? She looks like a Mii.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

That guy



U.S. President Barack Obama (C) and France's President Nicolas Sarkozy (R) take their places with junior G8 delegates for a family photo at the G8 summit in L'Aquila, Italy, July 9, 2009.

(h/t Marc)

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Good idea? Bad idea?



"MacGruber," the recurring "Saturday Night Live" skit that parodies "MacGyver," is one step closer to going before cameras as a big-screen movie.

Ryan Phillippe is in negotiations to star in the feature, with Val Kilmer in negotiations to also join the Relativity Media production. Will Forte and Kristen Wiig are reprising their roles from the skits.

[...]

Forte and [director Jorma] Taccone wrote the parodies with John Solomon. The trio wrote the feature script, which takes the story in a completely different direction from the skits yet remains strangely familiar: The legendary, much decorated MacGruber is pulled out of retirement as a monk in Ecuador by a colonel, who needs him once more to fight on behalf of his country. This time the mission involves going up against the evil Cunth, who has a nuclear warhead; the mission is personal because Cunth killed MacGruber's bride.

If Richard Dean Anderson doesn't have a Leonard Nimoy-in-new-Star Trek-size cameo I'm going to protest by calling out of work and watching all my MacGyver DVDs in one sitting.

Good sausages from the prodigal pig




Retro Comedy: The 15 Creepiest Vintage Ads Of All Time

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

texts from last night my friends Mike and Justin

(410): Yoo 10 pm History channel special on invisibility cloak

(410): Sounds cool figured id share lol amazing what u get from reading the newspaper lol

(443): hahaha costello sent me a text to watch the the history channel tonight at 10 on invisibility cloaks..hahahahaha

(443): i am going to watch it too! NOT! -borat

Blogger hates Facebook because Facebook is all sexier than Blogger

I have a setting that converts all the posts I do here on Trapper Juan into Facebook notes. Plenty of people leave comments on Facebook, but no one ever comments here. (I have something of a theory about this — the logic may be slightly flawed, but my guess is that this is because people visit Facebook, while no one ever, ever visits this blog ever.)

Anyone know of a way to set it so comments from Facebook notes appear back here, on the OG posts? Is that even possible? It doesn't seem like it would be but figured I'd put it out there.

Monday, July 06, 2009

Why I don't like being CCed

A few days ago, I received an e-mail blast from a local photographer. I'd never met this dude before, but I guess I was on his contact list because I work at CP. The purpose of the message was to announce that he was heading abroad, and he wanted to let people know that he'd be posting travel shots on his blog.

Since I didn't know the guy, I disregarded it.

Yesterday, I got this reply-all:

Dear [x],

Last September I answered an ad you placed on craig's list. You had agreed to take professional quality photos of my family at my house in early October. My children and grandchildren were coming to visit. My daughter and her family were coming from Alaska and my son and his wife and daughter were coming from Virginia. We spoke many times leading up to the date you were supposed to come to my house. I explained at that time this was the first time in 10 years that our whole family would be together and it would probably be several years before we would all be together again.

At that time you seemed to understand how important it was to me that I get this family picture. You assured me many times you would be there. On the appointed morning you did not show up. I called you and the first time you answered your phone and then hung up. It sounded like I woke you up.You never picked up your phone after that. Luckily, we were able to make an appointment that day to get a professional picture at the local mall, although we would have preferred the backyard pictures we had arranged with you..

I say luckily because my granddaughter died suddenly on Dec. 1, 2008. The date of our picture was the last time I saw her. Please keep in mind when you make a commitment to someone it is important to keep it, as it has consequences reaching more people than you can imagine. Although I do wish you have a good time in [y], please remove me from your e-mail list.

I'm not sure if this person meant to send this e-mail to the 700-some-odd recipients of the photographer's initial blast, but I can say, with absolute certainty, that I now think that this photographer, whom I have never met, is a total asshole. Thanks, CCing!

Hey, TMZ. Never thought I'd say this, but tasteful and understated headline work there. Seriously.


Billy Mays Funeral -- Death of a Salesman

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Ronco




I was delighted last month when I spotted this pic of Ron Artest hugging some random children at Ihawan, a Filipino barbecue joint in Woodside, Queens. (Crappy shot, but click to enlarge.)

More recently, I decided to start following Mr. Artest on Twitter. This was one of the best decisions I've made in a minute:



I asked my dude Doron, with whom I discuss many NBA-related issues, if he thought Ron the Laker was a good idea. "His presence will embolden Kobe to be a dick," Doron said, "and they will pretend to be friends even though Kobe thinks Ron is a certified lunatic."

He's absolutely right and I cannot wait. Don't be surprised if Trapper Juan morphs into Trapper Ron sooner rather than later.

RELATED:
10 Best Ron Artest Quotes in Video

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Friday, July 03, 2009

An amazing bit of hate mail in response to my Transformers 2 review

In my short writeup of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, I discussed how I thought the characters Skids and Mudflap were ridiculous and rather racist. It seems like many movie people felt the same way — even Harry Knowles at Ain't It Cool News, who characterizes himself as a "Michael Bay apologist."

This City Paper reader, apparently, did not take any of that into consideration before firing off this amazing screed to my editor. I've bolded my favorite parts!

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Seriously, in response to your Movie Critic's review of Transformers...Drew Somethingorother. Leave it to a critic to pick up on racial stereotypes. You can totally call a mexican a shrimp taco if it adds to my theatregoing experience and he's IN on the joke. Hmmm...Low-brow.

Funny, it's a CHILDREN's cartoon. If it was so fucking unhealthy, why air it for years and then make a huge budget movie about it? Not to mention me and my friends, white, black AND mexican; every other kid that played with the fuckin' toys growin' up. Mudflap and Skidz were podnahs!!! Not street hustlers. Insofar as much as this guy trashes a seemingly racially unmotivated cartoon that probably brought more kids of racially diverse backgrounds together... this guy, NOT Michael Bay seems to have the problem here. The sales from this movie do not indicate that ANYONE is offended...well, with the exception of Mr. Drew Whatshisname. I do not appreciate HIS stereotyping...I mean, was there ever a more fitting use for the accusation of hypocrite?? Was I the ONLY one reading this detritus spewed forth by a bitter old man that hates summer movies? He is clearly lost on what transformers is. I'm sure if they didn't like being "stereotypes" they woulda been something else. They were, after all..."TRANSFUCKINGFORMERS" I think that they were fine being mudflap and skidz. Instructed? Dated JIVE-TALK? Conical RICE HAT? DRY CLEANER?? Seriously?? Hmmm...someone's got some issues, dated fuck. IT'S A FUCKING CARTOON. Much like you. IDIOT. FUCKING HYPOCRITE. You should be embarrassed. You, too, Editor, why don't you do the city and the public at large a favor and edit both of your useless, fun-sucking, racist selves outta that fuckin' paper? Why don't you transform yourselves into an opinion that anyone gives a remote shit about?

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I'm so flattered that I think I'm going to spend my July 4 calling all the Mexican people I know "shrimp tacos" to see if they're "in" on the joke.

Just my luck

Tuesday:



Thursday:



Alright fine, so my wisdom teeth surgery was scheduled long before I encountered Riley the Black Cat chilling underneath the ladder my landlord is using to fix the yard stick-length crack in my living room ceiling.

After taking some Percocet, I decided that I looked like Bib Fortuna if Bib Fortuna was made of diapers.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Overheard at Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen



"Riiiigghht."


- a woman behind me during a scene in which several characters teleport to Egypt

I need to update my blogroll



Can someone tell me which blogs and sites I read regularly?

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Friday, June 19, 2009

In related news, my 2008 tax return was $26

RIAA Wins $1.92 Million Verdict In Music File-Sharing Case

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) could be $1.92 million richer after a federal jury Thursday ruled a Minnesota mother of four who downloaded 24 songs violated music copyrights.

The massive verdict in the nation's only filing-sharing case to go to trial, found Jammie Thomas-Rasset, 32, "committed willful violation" of the copyrights. The verdict was to the tune of $80,000 for each of the 24 songs Thomas-Rasset downloaded from the Kazaa file-sharing network. Among the downloaded songs were tunes by popular acts like Gloria Estefan, Sheryl Crow and Green Day.
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Food fans on Facebook



Check out my new food photo album,
a big-ass collection of shots, many with relevant article linkage.

Above: crab empanadas from Chifa's lunch menu.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Michelle took this picture of me earlier today when I was knocked out on anesthesia



I was completely f'ed up thanks to an IV sedative the oral surgeon administered before pulling my wisdom teeth. The teeth still haven't been pulled. (Long story.) I guess Riley the Cat decided to use me as a bed, only to protest angrily later when someone took a candid photograph of him.