March 2008 Archives

Guns, gold & gathering clouds


(Images from the top: the Armed America book project; the Gold Bar in NYC; the photogragraphy of Amy MacWilliamson)

March 15, 2008 | 07:46 PM | Permalink
The food of emotions & thoughts

This is not a fast thought. From beyond organic farmer Joel Salatin:

"You know what the best kind of organic certification would be? Make an unannounced visit to a farm and take a good long look at the farmer's bookshelf. Because what you're feeding your emotions and thoughts is what this is really all about. The way I produce a chicken is an extension of my worldview. You can learn more about that by seeing what's sitting on my bookshelf than having me fill out a whole bunch of forms".

Quoted in Michael Pollan's must-read The Omnivore's Dilemma.

March 15, 2008 | 07:37 PM | Permalink
String theory & the yellow plastic duck


String ducky is an delightful short video describing string theory, by Sandy Chase.


March 11, 2008 | 12:07 AM | Permalink
The fashion photography of Bruno Dayan


March 10, 2008 | 11:47 PM | Permalink
The pharmaceutical life of drinking water

Pour yourself a glass of water and ponder the potential implications:

"A vast array of pharmaceuticals — including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones — have been found in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans, an Associated Press investigation shows. To be sure, the concentrations of these pharmaceuticals are tiny, measured in quantities of parts per billion or trillion, far below the levels of a medical dose. Also, utilities insist their water is safe. But the presence of so many prescription drugs — and over-the-counter medicines like acetaminophen and ibuprofen — in so much of our drinking water is heightening worries among scientists of long-term consequences to human health."

AP probe finds drugs in drinking water.

March 10, 2008 | 11:26 PM | Permalink
The art of David Choe

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March 08, 2008 | 05:12 PM | Permalink
The Chanel mobile art container

Chanel's iconic quilted bag morphs into a nomadic blobject building, by Zaha Hadid.


March 08, 2008 | 05:01 PM | Permalink
The art of Maleonn

Aethereal. Bizarre. Cool. Disjointed. Extravagant. Funky.


March 05, 2008 | 08:04 PM | Permalink
China design now

Not a Taschen book but an exhibition running at the V&A in London.


March 05, 2008 | 07:58 PM | Permalink
Seedling suburban slums

Does a shift in aspiration to walkable urban environments, heightened by the sub-prime crisis and rising energy and heating costs, signal the start of the decline of the American suburb and its plywood McMansions?

"At Windy Ridge, a recently built starter-home development seven miles northwest of Charlotte, North Carolina, 81 of the community’s 132 small, vinyl-sided houses were in foreclosure as of late last year. Vandals have kicked in doors and stripped the copper wire from vacant houses; drug users and homeless people have furtively moved in. In December, after a stray bullet blasted through her son’s bedroom and into her own, Laurie Talbot, who’d moved to Windy Ridge from New York in 2005, told The Charlotte Observer, 'I thought I’d bought a home in Pleasantville. I never imagined in my wildest dreams that stuff like this would happen.'... For 60 years, Americans have pushed steadily into the suburbs, transforming the landscape and (until recently) leaving cities behind. But today the pendulum is swinging back toward urban living, and there are many reasons to believe this swing will continue. As it does, many low-density suburbs and McMansion subdivisions, including some that are lovely and affluent today, may become what inner cities became in the 1960s and ’70s—slums characterized by poverty, crime, and decay."

The next slum?

March 02, 2008 | 09:53 PM | Permalink
The 1st Ballardian festival of home movies


March 02, 2008 | 08:07 PM | Permalink
Be water


The height of cultivation is really nothing special. It is merely simplicity; the ability to express the utmost with the minimum... hack away the unessential.

March 01, 2008 | 01:10 PM | Permalink
Running the numbers - an American self-portrait

Chris Jordan's Running the Numbers - An American Self-Portrait is simply awesome:

"This series looks at contemporary American culture through the austere lens of statistics. Each image portrays a specific quantity of something: fifteen million sheets of office paper (five minutes of paper use); 106,000 aluminum cans (thirty seconds of can consumption) and so on. My hope is that images representing these quantities might have a different effect than the raw numbers alone, such as we find daily in articles and books. Statistics can feel abstract and anesthetizing, making it difficult to connect with and make meaning of 3.6 million SUV sales in one year, for example, or 2.3 million Americans in prison, or 410,000 paper cups used every fifteen minutes. This project visually examines these vast and bizarre measures of our society, in large intricately detailed prints assembled from thousands of smaller photographs. The underlying desire is to emphasize the role of the individual in a society that is increasingly enormous, incomprehensible, and overwhelming."


March 01, 2008 | 01:07 PM | Permalink