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January 8, 2019

"Concrete Traffic"


A 1957 Cadillac Sedan De Ville, encased in 15 cubic yards of concrete.

In a nod — conscious or unconscious, there's no way to know now — to the past, the German artist who created it in 1970, Wolf Vostel, located it right smack in the middle of Chicago.


From Atlas Obscura:


Casual observers could be forgiven for mistaking this object, which is in a parking space in the University of Chicago's Campus North parking structure, for a representational sculpture of a car.

In fact, it is an actual car — a 1957 Cadillac Sedan De Ville, to be exact — encased in 15 cubic yards of concrete.

Named Concrete Traffic, the piece was created by German artist Wolf Vostel in a January 1970 "happening" at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA).

Vostel was associated with the international art movement Fluxus, with which Yoko Ono (whose 2016 installation "Sky Landing" is located in Jackson Park, approximately 1.5 miles away) was also affiliated.

After six months on display at the MCA, the artwork was moved to an outdoor location in the Hyde Park neighborhood at 60th and Ingleside, where it remained for over four decades.

Eventually, Chicago winters began to take their toll on the piece, and in 2016 it was moved (below) to its current location inside the parking structure.


If you crouch down, you can see the original whitewall tires, hubcaps, and underbody of the vintage vehicle.

January 8, 2019 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)

American regions, based on commutes

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The boundaries of American metropolises, decided by an algorithm.

[via PLOS ONE and Atlas Obscura]

January 8, 2019 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

What your phone background reveals about you


From the Guardian:


We don't often get an unvarnished view of celebrities' private lives, but on Wednesday we caught a glimpse of One of the Best Relationships of Our Time.

I talk, of course, of Mary-Kate Olsen (twin of Ashley) and her husband, Olivier Sarkozy (brother of former French president Nicolas).

Paparazzi pics revealed that Mary-Kate’s phone background was a cute pic of the couple.

The "shockingly average" choice was met with approval by Vogue and New York Magazine.

But what does your phone wallpaper choice say about you?


Remember when Paris Hilton wore a T-shirt with her face on it? I do. I think about it quite a bit. (Miley Cyrus did the same). This is the digital equivalent.


Stock photograph of rain drops? A macro image of a flower? These are the backgrounds of busy, busy people who don't have time to change the default wallpaper. Or your mum or dad, who don't know how to change the settings.


Lots of people go down the Mary-Kate Olsen route. The only issue is if one of the couple has an adorable pic as their background... and the other doesn't. What if Sarkozy has a tricolor? Still, changing your wallpaper is far easier than altering a tattoo from, say Winona Forever to Wino Forever — just ask Johnny Depp.


People don't even need to fumble about in their wallet to show you their kids, any more. They are right there staring out of phone screens, their features obscured by apps. But it's cool — I will gaze at your baby, which looks exactly the same as all other babies, as long as I can show you my cat. (See below.)


The phone background of single people, and why not? Pets are the best. A pet is never not cheering, so carrying one around in your pocket seems like a fantastic idea. Might I also recommend two different pictures for lock screen and background? DOUBLE THE PET.


Really, the best option. It can be Saharan dunes or a sunset across the Aegean sea. But it can also be a vista of the city from your local park. This is the background for anxious people, who like soothing scenes. And isn't that all of us?


[via Milena]

January 8, 2019 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Food additives banned in Europe but not in the U.S.


• Yellow food dyes No. 5 and No. 6, and Red Dye No. 40

• Potassium bromate and azodicarbonamide (ADA)

• Brominated vegetable oil (BVO)

• Bovine growth hormone

• BHA and BHT

• Ractopamine

Back story here.

January 8, 2019 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Iron Tape Dispenser


From the website:



Babaghuri's iron tape dispenser combines an elegant, simple design with the craftsmanship of a master in the art of traditional Japanese nambu tetsu (cast iron).

Finished with a pure black Urushi (lacquer) glaze, the dispenser make a stylish addition to any desktop.


Features and Details:

• Requires 3"Ø core tape spool

• 5.1"W x 4.7"H x  1.8"D

• Made in Japan

• Weight: 4 lbs

• Cast iron



$163.23 (tape not included).

January 8, 2019 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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