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November 9, 2011

"10 Bullets" — Tom Sachs

From an October 28 WSJ magazine interview with Sachs: "Creativity is the enemy."

It is impossible to overstate how much I love this movie and its philosophy.

One of many gems from the film: "Follow this guide carefully and you probably won't be fired."

I could SO work for Sachs.

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Christmas Tree Hat

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Acrylic.

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$34.

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Lovage Me Tender — Kate Galassi's waycool blog

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I happened on it when she followed me yesterday on Twitter.

If my world tour ever makes it out of Charlottesville up to Brooklyn I'm hoping for a dinner invite.

Her blog Lovage Me Tender (clever, what?) — photos from which appear above and below — makes me want to lick my screen.

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On her site she writes, "My name is Kate. I love food. Mostly I just love produce. I work in New York City as a produce buyer for a restaurant in Brooklyn. I also throw big dinners, made almost entirely from local food. This is a site about the things that inspire and excite me. I hope you like it."

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Note added 5:52 p.m. today:

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November 9, 2011 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

OCD AOK buttons

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"Instructions for use: Wear with pride."

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By artist Matthew Hoffman.

1.5"Ø.

Set of two as pictured: $2.

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BehindTheMedspeak: Thilde Jensen's "Canaries" project — pictures of chemical sensitivity

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Following on yesterday's post about WiFi refugees in the mountains of West Virginia comes a September 18, 2011 New York Times photo essay about people whom Danish photographer Thilde Jensen calls "human canaries, the first casualties of a ubiquitous synthetic chemical culture."

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Above and below, photographs of Jensen's rusticated life from a Times slide show featuring her "Canaries" project.

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Below, excerpts from her explanatory text that accompanied the photo essay.

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In 2003, when I was living in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, I suddenly developed a severe sensitivity to chemicals. It cut short my work as a documentary and editorial photographer.

The urban life I had previously navigated with ease became a toxic war zone. I fled the city and lived in tents and trailers, and under the open sky, for two years, then built a house where I live, in Truxton, New York.

For seven years, I entered "civilized" places with great care. I had to wear a respirator to go to supermarkets, doctors offices and banks.

Of course, I started photographing others with the same condition. To my surprise, an otherwise invisible subculture of people emerged who shared this isolated existence.

This life often carries a long trail of loss. Marriages fall apart, friends and family pull away.

Many people with chemical sensitivities end up living in remote areas, away from neighbors' chemical use. Others are prisoners of their homes, with advanced air filter systems to keep outside air from contaminating their breathing space.

 

November 9, 2011 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Chinese Gong

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"Its sound is undefined, true. But it does have a certain solemnity suited for all sorts of purposes, depending on the vehemence of the person beating it."

From the website:

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A simple, traditional, hand-manufactured Feng gong from Wuhan.

It is made of an alloy that contains a lot of brass.

The edge is flat and not beaded, a feature highly unusual for a product from this origin.

The head of the wooden gong beater is tightly wrapped in cotton.

Comes with a strap to hang the gong.

Gong: 55 cm Ø; weight: 2.3 kg.

Beater length: 33 cm; weight: 170 g.

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€169.

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"Money" — Mel Bochner

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His 2005 painting is currently on display in the National Gallery of Art East Building tower in Washington, D.C., part of a new show up through April 8, 2012.

[via the Washington Post]

November 9, 2011 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Ostrich Pocket Nap Pillow

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Via reader Leah O who wrote, "Purchases by men = some. Purchases by women = none."

I'm not going there.

From Kawamura Ganjavian:

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Working patterns are constantly evolving. We gradually spend more time in our working environments, and this in turn means that we often need to make work and rest fully compatible within the same space. Some cultures have assimilated this concept more naturally than others, but in general the workplace has rarely adapted to this new working-resting paradigm.

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Ostrich offers a micro environment in which to take a warm and comfortable power nap at ease. It is neither a pillow nor a cushion, nor a bed, nor a garment, but a bit of each at the same time. Its soothing cave-like interior shelters and isolates our head and hands (mind, senses and body) for a few minutes, without causing us to leave our desk.

November 9, 2011 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

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