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May 19, 2019

"Untitled (for Leo Castelli)" — Part 2


This past Friday's 4:01 p.m. post featured Donald Judd's 1977 iconic minimalist piece consisting of five identical concrete boxes, which was purchased by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and has since resided in its outdoor sculpture garden.

boj reader Gerard Van der Leun commented yesterday, "They need graffiti and urine stains to be finished."

To that end, I had my Crack Research Team®© take a deep dive to see exactly how these boxes have fared after 42 years of Los Angeles sunlight and smog.

Not very well, if the description by Los Angeles Times art critic Christopher Knight, in a piece published May 13, 2019, is to be believed.

He wrote,

Take Donald Judd’s 1977 "Untitled (for Leo Castelli)," a reinforced-concrete sculpture composed of five empty boxes, each 7 feet square. Nothing separates the industrial forms' insides from their outsides, erasing traditional claims that art is an outer exposure of an artist’s submerged inner life. Utterly impersonal, the anonymous modular geometry creates a sleek object emphasizing contemplation. A viewer observes himself observing.

Minimalism was a classic anti-art strategy, annulling every established trace of modern abstract art by slamming on the brakes and reversing gears. The Judd is a prime example.

Or, it was a prime example. Badly damaged now, the sculpture has been quietly crumbling away in LACMA's east garden for years, edges chipped, surfaces scaly, and rusty rebar exposed like the ribs of a decaying carcass.

(If you find a dead body in the street, decency demands covering it with a shroud. The same goes for a dead sculpture in an art museum’s garden. LACMA should be embarrassed.)

An illustrative photo taken by Knight to accompany his story leads this post.

Finally, I couldn't resist this 2012 photo which I found on flickr.


Besides being charming (it's one of a series of family photos), it also gives you a sense of the size of the boxes.

May 19, 2019 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

How to camouflage your AirPods

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From "The 20 best AirPods tips and tricks" on iPhonehacks

Disguise Your AirPods With a Decal

One way to protect your AirPods from being stolen is to disguise the case.

You can add a decal that makes it look like a dental floss container or Tic-Tac box, at least from afar.

Etsy has a huge range of such decals.

May 19, 2019 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

WhoSampled & Discogs

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Above, two websites Ben Sisario — a New York Times reporter who covers the music industry — mentioned as being essential for his music jones.

WhoSampled looks like this:

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Discogs like this:

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Fair warning: there goes the day.

May 19, 2019 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Floods in the U.S. since 2008


[via the Washington Post]

May 19, 2019 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2)

1TB microSD card

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That's a lotta bits.

From the Verge:

SanDisk's 1TB Extreme microSD card is its largest ever.

Its lineup of Extreme cards advertise 160MB/s read and 90MB/s write speeds.

As such, it's the better choice over SanDisk's Ultra microSD card if you capture a lot of 4K video.

File transfers and load times should be a little quicker, too.


May 19, 2019 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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