Friday, October 07, 2005
Okay, nerd alert! But can I just tell you how much enjoyment I get out of my vintage star wars (from burger king) glasses. I use them for "everyday ware" because their too cool not to use. And can I also tell you how cheap these things are. I bought mine for $5 bucks each! What tha! These puppies are vintage from my childhood...it's crazy. So if you're inspired by my kick ass collection of cups, then have it, they're all over ebay, like this set here.
Has your favorite TV show ever "jumped the shark"? What's that you ask? Back in the day, an episode of Happy Days had the Fonz jumping a pool of sharks on his motorcycle. So what you say. Well, from that point on, everybody knew the show was out of ideas and going down hill. Now there's a great site that takes people opinions about when a show has "jumped". Lot's of titles and good commentary, definitely worth a look. Jump The Shark
Ah, the power of sharing! Have you really checked out Flickr? (I have a link here for my photos) But Flickr has a cool new service called Interestingness...I know, silly name, but cool feature. It allows you to view the top rated photos for a week, or even of the day. The images here were ones I found "interesting". How about you? Check it out here
Thursday, October 06, 2005
Ever notice the wheat paste and spray paint designs around your city? Want to find out who made what? Check out this link to view LA street art, but you can also find your city in there too.
It's about time you paid more attention to your surroundings. Happy Hunting.
If you're in LA, then you really should check out this great play:
Dead soldiers return from war. Some are in coffins and some walk among us. How does killing another human being dehumanize the human spirit?
Los Angeles Theater Center
514 S. Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013, CA 90013
Wednesday, October 05, 2005
Well, I feel kind of bad because Edward Burtynsky is the first artist I have featured that I don't really think makes great work. He's known for oversized prints of fairly bland imagery (in my opinion). However, I am interested in his latest topic: China. Here is a link to view some of his photographs. Warning, I do find this "China project" a little dubious. Anytime, some rich white guy from Ontario (correction) goes to China to take pictures of factory workers, it kind of makes me cringe. But check it out, some of the shots are kind of interesting.
If you're really bored, or really twisted (like me) you'll enjoy viewing Rosie O'Donnell's personal pictures on Flickr It seems a lot of the photos are her backstage at her show, Fiddler on the Roof Yes, that's Harvery Feinstein...and yes that picture is hilarious. Oh, and Rosie, what's up with all the photos of Katrina victims?
I have found a really interesting blog out of Taiwan, called the Leaky Pen. The commentary is sharp and insightful. I'm sure you will find the explanation for this image interesting. The young woman is a betel nut "vendor", what's that you ask? Well, go to the leaky pen to find out. He also has a great review of Taiwanese filmmaker, Tsai Ming-liang's latest film, The Wayward Cloud. Enjoy...
Could it be actual Punk Rawk, that's good? Check out These Enzymes' song over at their label's site, doghouse records. They just released an ep, which can be had for cheap. Great spazmatic rhythms, growling, and screaming, plus these guys know what makes a great T-shirt, skulls and bunnies...Here is a review of the band, plus a T-shirt link. Enjoy.
Tuesday, October 04, 2005
This is a fantastic idea! I know I will become a subscriber, and if all goes right, perhaps even a contributor. The idea is simple, have some of the best short films from all over the world sent to directly to your home. There are so many talented filmmakers without a venue, but now there is. And it's only $36! for the quarterly jounal. Wow, that's a bargain. And you can totally be in on the ground floor, issue no. 1 came out today! Check out the journal of short film, to get your copy, it's really worth supporting. Filmmakers all over thank you.
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Famima? Well you'll probably be learning soon enough, because the Japanese convenient store chain plans on invading with up to 250 stores in the next 3 years! The very fist store in their invasion opened here, in West Hollywood. I got to check it out last month and was mildly impressed. Assorted sushi, instant noodle, snacks, and drinks are their staples, but there was also stationary and other household goods. The place had definitely been designed for westerners, with some key Asian products missing. I guess I was hoping it would be more faithful to the Asian stores. I had a salmon rice ball and the tiramisu, both were tasty. I want to endorse this place more, as I love the concept of the East/West fusion store, but looking around on their website creeps me out a little. "Pop/Hip/GenX"...Please Famima, don't make me feel weird about shopping with you.
Okay so this post is way late. It's about the show, Little Boy, at the NY Japan Society this summer. Little Boy examines the culture of postwar Japan through its arts and popular visual media. Focusing on the youth-driven phenomenon of otaku (roughly translated as “geek culture” or “pop cult fanaticism”), Takashi Murakami and a notable group of contributors explore the complex historical influences that shape Japanese contemporary art and its distinct graphic languages. The show’s title, Little Boy, is a reference to the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945, thus clearly locating the birth of these new cultural forms in the trauma and generational aftershock of the atomic bomb. Here
is an article about the show with some images also for those who missed the show, you can buy the catalog for sixty clams here.
Patricia Piccinini is the kind of artist who you just marvel at. Her work doesn't reside in any one medium, and everything looks a bit familiar, and a bit creepy. Mutant Genome projects, sci-fi environmental protection, or creepy culture critique, she has it all. Oct. 22 she is opening a new show at Robert Miller Gallery in NY, called Nature's Little Helpers. And what lovely helpers they are...
Monday, October 03, 2005
Hooray for the bloggers in China, they're not all being blocked! I found this couple who is teaching in Chengdu (the Du, as we like to say) which is a city very near where Angie and I were. To be honest, it's really the big time compared to our little town, but these kids have made a nice site documenting daily life in the "Motherland". Tomatoe egg noodle is just the kind of project I wish I had to document my China experience. Oh yeah, and they have a little video showing their first Chinese apartment...better than anything I ever had. Enjoy...
Thinking about Halloween? Cool, me too. Then you're going to love this, a page of build your own "papertoys", all with great Halloween ghoulish Horror. I had to include this "Splatterbot", but I really like the haunted houses and cemetery dioramas. Check everything out here!