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Archive for June, 2007

Not TV

Saturday, June 30th, 2007

For something a bit less predictable than TV, but pleasurable in an eye-candy sort of way, 3 links to visuals that might intrigue you: For the designers, via Cool Hunting, there’s wind to light, an installation that “illustrates alternative energy sources in the form of a cloud of LEDs. Mini wind turbines power the lights […]

Soul-Crushing Stalinesque Architecture? Memory Trip, New Hip, & Heritage

Friday, June 29th, 2007

For anyone who was certain that all those super-ugly”commie blocks,” built in East Berlin during the height of the German Democratic Republic’s most intense enthrallment to Stalin, would get the chop after the Wall came down, here’s an explanation for why they’re staying: Warum “die Kultbauten am Alexanderplatz” nicht abgerissen werden. It’s a short (under […]

Social class on social networks: and style?

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

danah boyd has a new article out called Viewing American class divisions through Facebook and MySpace, which everybody seems to be reading (and, looking at her blog, commenting on — two hundred comments and counting…) Basic thesis: facebook attracts more upwardly mobile college-bound types, while MySpace attracts non-college-bound, possibly declasse or lower-class or outcast-type kids. […]

Yoo-hoo! Mark Zuckerberg, can you see my face(book)?

Saturday, June 23rd, 2007

I registered my Facebook account on September 8, 2006, admittedly spurred by the fact that it was developed by a smart young guy at Harvard, Mark Zuckerberg. (Ok, so by September 2006 Mark had long dropped out of Harvard! Nonetheless, that old school loyalty worked its magic…) I was part of the “Harvard network,” but […]

Ubiquitous Place(s)

Thursday, June 21st, 2007

In the last couple of weeks, I’ve read many interesting things about “the local,” a topos (literally!) that’s being mined in the wake of our lengthy infatuation / fascination with “the global.” I suppose it’s about time — maybe you can’t be general without being specific, and vice versa. Trendwatching kicked things off in early […]

Johnny Five: “Life in Transition” and “Johnny’s Cave” on NYTimes video

Friday, June 15th, 2007

It’s only 9 minutes long (not counting the 15 second commercial that comes first), but Life in Transition, a video produced by the New York Times about Johnny Five, a homeless man also known as The Mayor of Ogden Avenue (in the Bronx), who probably has schizophrenia as well a drug addiction, is one of […]

My “yes, minister” moment…?

Monday, June 11th, 2007

So many interesting things I should be commenting on, if only to have some trace for my own overburdened memory… Things I’ve been reading, in books and online; events I’ve been able to attend, spoken words, conversations: all ephemera. And yet themes emerge. If there’s a metaphor, maybe it’s that I’m skating not on thin […]

Wow… (Body by Dance — Nike)

Friday, June 8th, 2007

An amazing ad for Nike on YouTube, must see. (Click through — I can’t seem to be able to embed YouTube videos here.) (found via if! from PSFK, who got it via Buenos Aires Spotting. Thanks, guys!) (PS/edit: in particular, if you want more background information on the ad, click through to Buenos Aires Spotting […]

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