That’s right… Spacecraft has moved to a new location. We found ourselves in an opportune position when former Miami Vice star, Don Johnson, aka “Crocket” was evicted from his secret lair on the waterfront in Ballard, Seattle. With a view of the ocean, shag carpet, a spiral stair case and a setting straight out of a 80’s porno set, the new Spacecraft office is a perfect place for us to plot the takeover of what is RAD.
Hit us up if you are in Seattle… we’ll let you take us to lunch at the legendary Paseo Cuban Sandwich shop just a few doors down.
Check the photos:
The front office
The hall of Spacecraft art
Mango's new corner office
The "Girl's only" bathroom
The meeting room : magic wallpaper
Home cooked lunch
Thanks to all the interns for helping with the move :: Enjoy
We recently received some photos of our Bali production manager Dewa’s beautiful wedding in Bali.
Dewa gave me a few insights into the ceremony, which took place in December at Dewa’s parents’ house.
As the usual the Balinese person gets married (pawiwahan or nganten) it must be done the ‘proper way’ which means in front of the whole village. If a man is living in his own place it will be at his house, if not at the home of his parents, the new wife moving in immediately. When people get married in Bali, the man takes responsibility as a member of society. He gets the right to speak at a Banjar (the community body) meeting and must take on social duties, such as attending the temple ceremonies and taking part in the community activities. In this way other members of the Banjar will come to recognize him as an adult and he will have the opportunity to take on more responsibility in the Banjar.
Hindu wedding ceremonies are rich in tradition; between elaborate entertainment (with storytellers!) ritual and food, it sounds like magic. Dewa provided me with a few highlights:
- The wedding ceremony begins with a Memadik process, where the groom’s family meet with the bride’s family to ask the bride if she wants to marry the groom. If the answer is yes, the bride will go with the groom to his family’s house.
- The groom’s family arranges and pays for the wedding; the date set well in advance on a propitious day. Wedding guests are often entertained by professional storytellers and musicians. Enormously detailed rules govern dining and seating arrangements.
- Usually the bride and groom offer food to one another, then simulate such domestic duties such as washing, cooking rice, and cutting bamboo. Prayers are intoned, and then the couple eats together in public, feeding each other. This is an important symbolic act, as in former times only married men and women were allowed to eat food together in public. The priest then performs a ritual purification and blesses the couple.
- With the wedding process in Bali, both families will unite, not simply the bride and groom… This is why there is always many people attending a ceremony.
Devi takes part in the family business in Bali that makes our magic hand-knitted hats, making her an important part of the Spacecraft. Congratulations to Dewa and Devi for making it happen.
Commander Sullivan reporting from the dark and wet regions of Alaska. Since our last update we have spent an unearthly amount of time locked in our stationary living vessels. The Pan Pacific jet stream has taken aim directly at our crew and has barraged us with storm after storm. We have seen the stars come out a few times at night, but the clear skies are gone by the time we are set to depart in the helicopter at dawn.
The best chance we had for a flight mission was the morning after my rock and roll concert in the guide school at the Pioneer Bar, when, after going to bed at 3:30 a.m. with raining skies, dawn broke to clear skies for miles. There is some truth to the saying “drinking it blue,” especially here in Alaska. Someone must not have done their share of self-sacrifice, though. Justin Hostynek, the commander in charge of the video division, had opted out of the ceremonies that night, so maybe blame could be placed on him for the clouds rolling in as we approached the helipad. There’s no arguing with Mother Nature up here. You get what you get.
Avalanche conditions are now at an all-time high after a series of storms that packed copious amounts of precipitation and winds. So even if the sun does come out for 24 hours, intrepid is the soul that first sets foot on some of the bigger exposed slopes.
My sarcastic favorite of this past week was when Camera Technician Jake Price and I stood atop one of the funnest lines we had ever planted our flags on, 2 feet of pow, ready to rip it until the Video Squad leader forbade us to ride it so as to save it for the “real” riders. The lookdown on that one was one of the hardest ever to walk away from. At this point our tracks would have been well covered as there is most likely upward of 6 feet of snow on top of it. I will attach some visual proof of Jake looking down it so one might have a taste. Can I have some cheese with my whine?
During this earthlocked interim we have been keeping ourselves busy in various manners. Gigi has been having lots of arts and crafts time, building snowmen/women and doing lots of stop frame photography and Super 8 filming for the new movie he is working on with Jake Price. Jake Blauvelt has his femme-bot, Kristin (who is also working as a guide with one of the outfits), so we don’t see too much of them on the down days (wink , wink). The rest of us are just lonely Cosmonauts awaiting our next deployment and wishing that our femme-bots were here, too.
We recently had some communications with base and it appears we will be having some new arrivals by early this week from the European Sector and the Seattle Satellite. Officers Blair Habenicht, Wolfgang Nyvelt and Nicolas Muller should be arriving by Tuesday if the launch shuttle can penetrate the thick clouds of this viscious storm cycle.
Scott Sullivan (foreground), Jake Price, Gigi Ruf (seated)
Spacecraft Commander Scott Sullivan reporting from the outer reaches of the North American sector.
Traveling with the Absinthe Films crew we set up camp in Haines, Alaska.We were trying to escape the warmth that has plagued the Pacific NW winter thanks to El Nino and it looks like we suceeded.
However it is only February and the conditions are similiar to what we would normally find in late March early April. It sounds like it has been a really warm winter up here as well, but luckily we can get high enough in our “whirlybirds” to get up to the goods. We are a tight but productive unit consisting of Jake Blauvelt , Gigi Ruf, Absinthe’s filmer Justin Hostynek,Volcom’s Jake Price and myself. Short of being some kind of miracle we somehow arrived to find bluebird conditions for 5 days straight (rare in these parts). Excellent snow conditions, stable avalanche conditions, and a small crew made for some hyper productivity.
Jake Blauvelt is riding the new snowboard that was a collaboration between Ride and Spacecraft called the High Life. All tests of the board so far have proved positive. Blauvelt is riding like an Alaskan vet Even though this is only his first time up in Alaska riding the giant exposed slopes and spines is new to him. Luckily he is following in the tracks one of the great masters, Gigi Ruf. Gigi has been riding in AK consistently for the better part of the last decade and his unique ability to be creative on such technical terrain is in a class of its own. Both riders excel at freestyling in the natural terrain and I am happy to report that we have not built a single cheese wedge booter during the whole trip. The jumps are as clear and free as a newborn babies conscience.
We are currently sitting thru our first extended bad weather period, its a great time for the crew to heal up and refresh a bit. Today we took over the local radio station for 2 hours and the airwaves belonged to us. Everyone took over the microphone controls at one point and dropped some classic cuts on the masses of Haines. Yours truly played a brand new song on the air live and pumped up my concert that is going down at the infamous Pioneer Bar tonight,I’m anticipating it will go into the wee hours of the morning since the bars don’t close until 5 up here.
Reports from the snow gods are that we have received possibly several feet of snow so far out of this storm. I guess we will be saying goodbye to the snow stability that we have enjoyed thus far. We will most likely be tiptoeing around on some low angle slopes when the sun finally pops out again .
Spacecraft is like a fine wine, the older it gets, the better it tastes, or the better it looks in this case.(CLAIM!) Here is another preview of the spring 2010 line.
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