While I may not know or understand many things Japanese I do know that if you make a trash bag shaped like a bear I will be your fan for life. Thank you Japan!
I have always been attracted to Italian Botanical Illustrations, and recently saw more of Karl Blossfeldt’s photography here and here. I really enjoy seeing people’s ‘collections’ and this would fall under art and collecting which is always a couple of steps up in my book. The backgrounds are also amazingly rich. I dare you to not to look at all of these!
Leslie Miles is an online curator of sorts whose mission is to not be everyone’s tenth favorite blog, but rather ten people’s favorite blog. From what I’ve seen so far I think he’s put together some gorgeous image collections that he bases around a single word. While he’s not my favorite blog I do think I put him in my top ten. :-)
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A while back I mentioned about a new version of Windows coming for all you PC using designers out there. Well a beta has been leaked if you want to be adventurous. The screen shots show it does look ‘ok’, but I still prefer Apple’s approach to os design (go figure). (Zdnet)
Mr. Gladwell is back with a brand new bag and I know you’re not gonna spend all Saturday at Borders reading for free being all creepy so check this video and get the cliff notes about Fleetwood Mac, getting your hustle on, and a fantastic reason for why you may not be famous yet.
Or rich or creatively fulfilled or whatever it is you spend your life working for.
Thirty years ago, American film audiences pressed low in their seats as a massive white wedge of machine parts passed overhead. With the release of George Lucas’s Star Wars, the smooth, silvery flying saucers that had dominated postwar sci-fi became embarrassing reminders of an obsolete vision of the future.
Lucas envisioned a World of Tomorrow dominated by black, white, and gray; hard-edged, massive, and inorganic forms, covered with a salty acne of apparatus. The film’s visual program was a departure from the saucers and occasional capsules writ large that sci-fi audiences had grown accustomed to, but its colorless symmetrical ships should have been recognizable to at least a small portion of its audience — those familiar with contemporary art.
In a 1967 essay on minimalism, Clement Greenberg, America’s most influential critic, could have been describing Star Wars: “Everything is rigorously rectilinear or spherical. Development within a given piece is usually repetition of the same modular shape, which may or may not be varied in size.” Greenberg rejected minimalism as pedestrian. “Minimal works are readable as art,” he wrote, “as almost anything is today, including a door, a table, or a blank sheet of paper.” Perhaps because of its fantastic nature, the Death Star has never been recognized as an essential work of minimalism — but it is one. Its destruction has never been acknowledged as a turning point for modernism — but it was one.
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I have left Windows behind me and I am not looking back. That being said, I know many people still prefer Windows over Mac. Whatever floats your boat right? So you may find this preview of Windows 7 interesting. Microsoft is fairly confident this will crush Vista and bring back your faith.
They lost my faith around the time of Windows 2000…
Joseph Delappe is reenacting Gandhi’s 240 mile â€œSalt March to Dandiâ€? on a modified treadmill which powers his Gandhi avatar in “Second Life” as part of an installation at Eyebeam. Delappe will be completing his virtual/physical journey on April 5th. It is interesting to think of how other, ‘every day’, users of Second Life would participate with a Virtual Gandhi. Furthermore to think of the possibility of having something along the lines of a virtual NYC marathon! More screen-shots can be found here.