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silence, minimalism

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

my mood lately: I want minimalism, something slightly cool and removed

Illinois, Birds Over Lake Michigan by Arthur Lazar via a perfect commotion

I want just the sound of the fan, grey silence

Silent World by Michael Kenna via lushlight

crisp and stark, quiet

Silent World by Michael Kenna

lunch counter protests – Civil Rights, Rand Paul and faces and actions to remember

Friday, May 21st, 2010

(via A Short and Incomplete Civil Rights History)

I’d never seen this image of students staging a sit-in at a lunch counter in 1960s Mississippi before today but it brought tears to my eyes – both at the gloating, self-satisfied glee of some of the people pouring food and drink on the protesters and at the protestors own calm, if pained, dignity (also the blond on the left looks striking like one of our former student interns).

This image was posted at Andrew Sullivan’s Daily Dish as part of an on-going discussion of Rand Paul’s recent comments against the Civil Rights Act. As always, Ta-Nehisi Coates’ thoughts on the matter are well worth reading as well.

Like others I’m just staggered that someone who opposes the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Fair Housing Act has been elected in this country and has any place on the national stage. It’s easy to become disheartened and to look around and see the embrace of hates, prejudices and bigotries as a cancer in this country (and other countries) – to see the faces of those men in that picture pouring food and drink on other human beings (or just looking on) repeated in contemporary politics. I have to remember too the faces of those three protestors in that crowd – their incredible dignity and strength; their justness and their cause; their willingness to act for what they believe – and to remember that this exists now too.

excellent writing advice

Saturday, March 6th, 2010

5. Keep a copy of Islands in the Stream by Ernest Hemingway on the left hand side of your desk. Keep Fitzgerald’s The Crack Up on the right. When you get stuck, pick them up and pretend that they are having a fight, like you used to do with your GI Joes. Just sort of bash them together for a while.

from 10 rules for writing (dogless, well-nourished) fiction by Lynn Coady


kind of icky, kind of awesome (fat and muscle)

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

Since I saw this kind of icky and kind of awesome image at mc’s amazing fitness blog, begin to dig, it occurs to me over and over again and is actually a bit of an inspiration to get on the exercise machine in the morning.

Things I read the other day and meant to post (buggy and squishy cyborg)

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Technically, you’re already a cyborg. If you keep your cell phone with you most of the time, especially if the earpiece is in place, I think we can call that arrangement an exobrain. Don’t protest that your cellphone isn’t part of your body just because you can leave it in your other pants. If a cyborg can remove its digital eye and leave it on a shelf as a surveillance device, and I think we all agree that it can, then your cellphone qualifies as part of your body. In fact, one of the benefits of being a cyborg is that you can remove and upgrade parts easily. So don’t give me that “It’s not attached to me” argument. You’re already a cyborg. Deal with it.

– Scott Adams (via the daily dish)

Ok, so I’m a sucker for the term “exobrain”. I do hate to be away from my phone for too long and having grown up with Star Trek and Star Wars and other Sci-Fi as such constant cultural references I think I’m more inclined to think “cyborg?!! AWESOME!” (and then be vaguely disappointed with the end product since if I’m a cyborg it’s a dangerously beta, buggy, squishy one) than to be worried. So though I can’t completely agree with the idea, (using a shovel doesn’t make me a backhoe), I was amused at the notion.

and on the other side of the idea, the iPhone as object that desires to be used:

“Pet me, touch me, love me, that’s what I get when I perform”, one of several great images in the “Sociology of Objects” set by the ever-fantastic Stéphane Massa-Bidal

dream house (decorating castles in the sky)

Sunday, January 10th, 2010

ffffound is an amazing collection of images – a subset of which is interior design and amongst which are several I find very appealing. I realized I had started to kind of pull together images of some kind of alternate reality dream house.

What’s interesting, I suppose, is how close and perhaps moreso, how far, the above are from how I’ve decorated my own real house. One big difference is I’d never have a animal skin rug. I also really favor red oriental rugs (as opposed to neutral or rugless floors in these pictures) and display more artwork – features I love but which detract from the minimalist vibe I seem to desire.

Things I saw today (minimalist joyful pleasure-making)

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

Zimoun : Sound Sculptures & Installations | Compilation Video V1.5 from ZIMOUN VIDEO ARCHIVE on Vimeo.

a quite lovely and soothing sound/art video by Swiss artist Zimoun, (aptly) titled: minimalist joyful pleasure-making (via moon river)

Around the same time that I saw the above I saw a great image (via the ever-amazing nevver)

Perhaps I’m a bit too minimalist in my tastes or already moved by the mundane but I think the radiator is plenty beautiful without a fez.

Things I saw/heard today (“I got words for this and the way it fits: It’s all about the light and the sound around it.”)

Saturday, September 12th, 2009

I tripped across Emily Wells (via somerequired)

The music is beautiful and unique and her husky voice contains just the right ache and elan for perfect accompaniment.

The lyrics are great too:

Fair thee well and the requiem mix
I got a loan shark and a quick fix,
For those I left behind,
In a suitcase of fire flies,
Find ya, I wanna treat you right,
Never leave you beggin and cryin.
Coming down the mountain in a wet carriage,
Full speed like a spent marriage.
I got more than enough to keep me whole.
For once I’m not slightly out of control.
Got crazy dreams when it breaks morning,
Everyday, a requiem.
These morning dreams are just like memories:
Late night, starring through the trees.
I got words for this and the way it fits:
It’s all about the light and the sound around it.
Fair thee well and the requiem mix I
Got a feather bed and a couple of tricks,
For those I left behind.

Things I read today (“In a clumsy effort to seduce her”)

Saturday, September 12th, 2009

“In a clumsy effort to seduce her, I attempted to explain the evolutionary advantages of sexual reproduction to a female friend the other day.”

– Laurence Hurst, Professor of Evolutionary Genetics, University of Bath “Three’s a crowd

I confess this approach would probably have really appealed to me (both the clumsy and uber-geeky, intellectual aspects) – though my own failing is, of course, that my first reaction would have been to explore the line of reasoning rather than tilting my head and batting my eyelashes or whatever it is that women who know how to get seduced actually do.

Things I saw today (music by birds)

Saturday, September 12th, 2009

Another lovely little ‘mental health break’ video via Andrew Sullivan:

Birds on the Wires from Jarbas Agnelli on Vimeo.

I realize birds on wires is something of a recurring theme for me on my tumblr feed as well (I love tumblr but wish there was a way to tag things)