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18 Sep


Bally go in the hole. Tiny toons gettin after it……

A Discourse on the State of Recreation

9 Sep

You may be asking: “Why does the world need yet another useless distraction to delude the general public from the real task of engaging in an honest relationship with the possibility of life’s potential?”

Certainly, we must consider the legitimacy of any proposed use of the valuable, and limited amount of time set aside for recreation these days. When we look at the relationship between the time spent pursuing the necessities of food, shelter and economic solvency – versus the time allotted for other activities (such as recreation and/or spiritual or philosophical exploration)  it becomes clear that we have only a small fraction of a chance at discovering a true sense of self outside the realm of survival. In spite of this large discrepancy we, as humans, seem to experience a compelling draw towards the intangible. An ineffable sense that there remains something to be seen –  a real value to life that remains grounded in the raw, purely differential nature of the world. By this I mean to say that what has been “known” or become “boring”, has constituted mainly that which we understand by its generalization – its suppression into a concept that can be repeated ad nauseam until any sense of joy or awe has become impossible. It is this process of generalization, or expectation, that truly diminishes our ability to see the true nature of reality- namely, difference and repetition. Life is full of difference. We never wake up able to retain a serious sense of continuity, everything around us is reminding us of the true state of nature: change. Yet the world we have constructed is obsessed with repetition. Every time we go to work, school, game – we are presented with the same building, the same hierarchy, the same people as if any of these things really repeated themselves in any real sense.

People are getting older, bricks are eroding into the sea, power relationships are evolving – literally everything you take for granted is in a constant state of flux. Yet, ironically, most of us define the purpose of our lives as happiness – a state produced not through an endless series of repetitive meeting of goals, but  an indescribable sense of the rarity of life itself. Therefore, returning again to our initial question of exploration: “Why does the world need yet another useless distraction?” we can see the important distinction operating in the inquiry. Interestingly enough, the fact that recreation becomes considered “useless” actually allows us to see its ‘usefulness’ (insofar as we seek happiness.) For too long we have accepted an understanding of recreation as simply a way to fill our free time, a delusional gap between the working day, and the attempt to find and secure a mutually beneficial relationship for emotional security and genetic propulsion.

We propose a new approach to the game, we propose a fight. A fight against the exhausting effects of expectation. A fight against the suppression of creativity and exploration of new spaces. We believe in that strange and unknown place inside of you that generates new music and new paintings. You don’t own it. You cant sell it. But at some point in your short life you have felt free. Free from someone telling you what your philisophical graffiti might mean. Therefore we create. We recreate. We putt.

Join us.

Miniature golf’s long, strange journey though time and culture…

19 Aug


  • Romantic Era Emergence (1867-1916): associated with romanticism, meticulously landscaped courses with lakes and trees. Built to resemble nature and to imitate the natural golf course-esque attributes, only smaller.
  • Post-Romantic Classicism (1916-1926): Geometric shapes, time-saving, yet still artistic.  Made from natural materials (real grass, endemic species, stepping stones).
  • Sterile Minimalist (1926-1950): Often constructed from material on hand, little or no landscaping, low overhead cost, constructed on rooftops and parking lots; can be prefabricated.  Once mini-golf became adopted by the masses, it became more of a packaged product than art.  Indoor courses. Scientific management. Mass Production/Fordist approach.
  • Cultural Rennaisance (1950~1990): Creative cultural icons, courses reflected iconographic symbols of imagination, became more difficult and complicated.  Multi-leveled, complex, unique, synthetic, family-oriented, mom-and-pop/individual ventures. The apogee of mini-golf as an art.
  • Corporate MiniGolf (~1990—->): Losing artistic aspects, but is dictated rather by surveys and demographics for maximum profit.  Like the movies, the funding goes to the money making venture, and not the most socially beneficial. Conglomerated with other mass-marketed entertainment ventures. Associated with amusement parks. Not an experience, but a game. With the downfall of the economy, miniature golf becomes more popular, but also less artistic. See articles on FEC’s and UEC’s.

Bill Hader spotting in SF…

15 Aug

The man himself was standing in a pedestrian line in the Ferry building. He ordered a $7.50 blue bottle coffee in this voice….

Cereal – California = Flakes

14 Aug

“California is like a box of cereal. Get rid of the nuts and fruits and you still have the flakes!”

– Jay Leno



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