Thursday, May 31, 2007
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
From March 10 through April 22, 2006 the Joseph Bellows Gallery hosted the first West Coast solo exhibition of Minnesota photographer Thomas Allen.
Allen's photographs are inspired by his childhood experiences with pop-up books and View-Masters. After cutting figures and images out of illustrated pages of old books and vintage fiction novels Allen then cleverly rearranges and juxtaposes the forms to create a 3-D tableaux. Then he carefully lights his subjects and photographs the scenes.
At left is a detail from Stacked (2003).
To Serve (and Protect?)
Monday, May 28, 2007
This News Makes Me [Blank]
Charles Nelson Reilly (of Match Game fame, shown here as 'Josie Chung' from X-Files and Millennium) died May 25 2007.
Friday, May 25, 2007
Thursday, May 24, 2007
A Recommendation From a Cheap-ass Brit
Veronica Mars Mission
Now there's this over on E!:
"CW president Dawn Ostroff technically has until June 15 to make a final decision on whether Veronica Mars will return midseason."
I hate to admit it (and it is a slim reed to cling to) but perhaps this is why when I tried to get an account over at the CW Message Board it told me that 'No new accounts are permitted at this time"?
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Drive, He Said
Richard Burton reads a Dylan Thomas classic ("Under Milk Wood") in director Noam Murro's beautiful new VW spot, Night Driving. Music by Cliff Martinez ("Don't Blow It").
Hush, the babies are sleeping, the farmers, the fishers, the tradesmen and pensioners, cobbler, schoolteacher, postman and publican, the undertaker and the fancy woman, drunkard, dressmaker, preacher, policeman, the webfoot cocklewomen and the tidy wives. Young girls lie bedded soft or glide in their dreams, with rings and trousseaux, bridesmaided by glow-worms down the aisles of the organplaying wood. [...]
You can hear the dew falling, and the hushed town breathing. Only your eyes are unclosed, to see the black and folded town fast, and slow, asleep.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Oh We Has Troubles (Right Here in River City)
To counter-act the sad/happy LOLcat from the other day I am happy to present (to my knowledge) the first LOLkirk:
Fwd: Time to End This. Time for What is Next.
From: email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: May 22, 2007 7:54 AM
Subject: Time to End This. Time for What is Next.
Not sure what will happen to me next so you need to know when I broke into Linderman's files in Vegas a few weeks ago, I came across the name Kaito Nakamura several times.
We should learn more about him.
I found this site: www.yamagatofellowship.org.
Monday, May 21, 2007
Join in the Hype
We started bring home mugs from Starbucks with 2 from England (London and United Kingdom) added to it with one from Hawaii and then sort of stopped as the mugs got harder to find and (IMO) uglier. Their latest set (The "Architect Series") is a slight improvement over the last round but not by much. After San Francisco and Atlanta (to keep things in even-numbers) we thought we had finished.
But then this: "Starbucks honors San Jose . . . for its skyline" shows up in yesterday's paper.
Friday, May 18, 2007
London EMT Saves Cat
From Diane Duane comes the first-person report from a London EMT who saved a cat found in a house-fire:
""Hello Control, erm... This is going to sound weird", how best to phrase this? "We have no human casualties at this call, but I do have a very sick cat with smoke inhalation, I'd like to take it to the 24hr vet hospital at Wanstead. Mainly so that I can sleep tonight. Can you ring them and let them know that we are on our way please?"
"Now some folk will moan that we used an ambulance to look after an animal - but this 'patient' was the only one who actually needed an ambulance that night, we'd been dealing with drunks for much of the shift. So if you want to moan, then moan away - but it was good for the mental health of my crewmate and myself."
"I'd like to just say a big 'Thank You' to the Control staff who let us run to the vet hospital and also to the vet hospital staff who helped us out. Also thanks to the crew that gave Control the phone number to the hospital. Because of them I can hit send on this posting and can sleep soundly knowing that we did the best we could."
(Their blog, previously titled, "Why I Hate Humanity" is now called 'Random Acts of Reality")
Thursday, May 17, 2007
New (Yorker) Cartoons at iTunes Store
The Last 10 Seconds
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Send Us a Key to Your House While You Are At It
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Green Umbrellas for a Green Cause
To kick off the start of summer, top Hollywood celebrities who share Starbucks passion for the environment have transformed a series of Starbucks green umbrellas into works of art.
Fwd: Important Message from Primatech Paper
Monday, May 14, 2007
Save the Cheerleader, Save the World
Sunday, May 13, 2007
This One Goes to all the Mothers Out There
Friday, May 11, 2007
WSJ: Last Harry Potter Ends Spin-offs
accessories, so did the Harry Potter books.
The Wall Street Journal takes a look at how this might all be ending
with "Last Hurrah for 'Harry' Offshoots? As Series Draws to a Close,
Market for Related Books May Well Spike, Then Fade"
Thursday, May 10, 2007
This Is Not the Disneyland You Are Seeking
Disney bosses are in crisis talks with the owners of a 'fake' Chinese version of the famous amusement park.
The Shijingshan Amusement Park included a raven-haired woman with seven men in elf suits, a 'Mickey' mouse and other Disney-style characters.
Deputy general manager, Yin Zhiqiang, said: "The characters in our park just look a little bit similar to theirs. But the faces, clothes, sizes and appearances are different."
Read more at Metro.co.uk
Der Eisbären, Knut!
Engadget:Japanese vending machine offers free drinks for watching ads
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
He Was Once a Little Pile of Grey Goo (Gumby!)
"New 3-D printers that transform three-dimensional plans online into solid objects could be in homes soon" says NY Times.
I think that they need a bit more work before they'll be good for anything other than an internal part or a battery door on the back of a mobile phone.
Let's hope they keep on working on these, however. Is Neal Stephenson's "The Diamond Age," closer than we think? (Read the book)
Monday, May 07, 2007
Flying Cars and Punch Cards
Friday, May 04, 2007
Enjoy a free drink on Peet's when you bring in a friend!
Walmart vs. Emo (Ontario) Hipsters
regularly to pick up bargain-priced merchandise in bulk by buying at
Sam's Club, the warehouse chain owned by Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
Upon their return, they then post signs on the shelves of their
Cloverleaf Grocery touting their prices as lower than Wal-Mart's.
Kevin Groh, a spokesman for Wal-Mart Canada, acknowledged that Sam's
Club was built to serve small businesses such as the Cloverleaf
Grocery, but Wal-Mart believes its name is being misrepresented in
the Loneys' advertising.
Thursday, May 03, 2007
A dancer for money
I'll do what you want me to do
I'm your private dancer
A dancer for money
And any old music will do
Not sure how this is a 'warm-up' for more tours unless she has no plans to do any singing at those either.
Seems like these people paid to go see a Britney impersonator (who just happened to be Britney). Hope they got what they paid for.
Tuesday, May 01, 2007
Where You From?
I heard the Vatican is pushing hard to make John Paul II a Saint on the logic that Saints from 'our times' would have more meaning than those from long ago. They found a nun in France who claimed she was cured by his help thus giving a 'miracle' to put on JP's application, which sounded all very fishy to me.
Today I read Jon Carroll and find he has his doubts as well, he just is more articulate than I am: