Thursday, April 30, 2009

Sneaker Quote

I am thinking of a nice "Woody Allen escorts Betty Ford" kind of sneaker.

From Time (!):

"The sneaker is not so much an object as an idea, a symbol of values that America has always taken pride in: social and physical mobility, practicality, informality, even rebellion (such as when Woody Allen wore a pair of Converse high-tops to escort First Lady Betty Ford to the ballet in 1975)."

Can't find a good pic of this right now.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Want to get ahead? Sleep in

Late Riser's Club: Not just a member, I'm the president... Full article here.

...there are no “late-riser” special discounts or idioms such as “the night owl catches the worm.” That's because of societal pressures, says Prof. Peigneux, co-author of the study. Those who hit their stride at midnight are often required to then get up early for work or school. They may appear to be lazy or unmotivated – but are really just sleep-deprived.

“If you allow them to live on their preferred schedule, then they can outperform the morning types,” he said.

The study measured the part of the brain that is home to the circadian master clock that operates according to a day-night cycle. Sleep pressure dampens the circadian signal, and activity in this area decreases the longer the person is awake. The night owls were more resistant to sleep pressure.

Also see : Guido Sarducci

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Bolinas = Pussy Galore

terroirNY Thackrey Aquila Sangiovese went back to the Blood of Jove concept. If Tuscany=Beatles, then Bolinas=Pussy Galore.

Friday, April 24, 2009

" 'I am because I am accessible' - does not, repeat, not, put an end to my aloneness but rather intensifies it"- James Hillman

45 RPM

"The single must be a distillation of one's powers, the most exciting slice of noise a person can cram between the lip of the disc and the edge of the label,"
-Mac McGaughan, Superchunk

Skip Steps 1 & 3

Via Tullycraft

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Thing I Wish I'd Thought Of

Yep. That's my Airport Express.
As promised, originally uploaded by merlinmann
The 140: "Tiny Houses book release party last night. Mimi
name checked our 550 sf Terroir Book Court:"

Mimi killed it. Great, compact book about great compact living arrangements.
THE Junot Diaz interview (so far):

"10 yrs ago I would have never had a chair like that. I always bought a spine mangler."

"You’ve said that Oscar Wao wasn’t your only novel since Drown, it was just the only one that was any good. What was wrong with the other ones?

JD: Set a person on fire, throw them off the Empire State Building, then have them run over by a train. To give a triage of what’s wrong with those books, we don’t have enough time."

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Among Twitter accounts I would follow: Groucho Marx, Wittgenstein, Nietzsche, Quentin Crisp, Picasso, Jonathan Richman, Albert Ellis, Marinetti...


Crayon, Secret Goldfish. Streaming, no MP3 link around. The vinyl ep is one reason I keep that rotting old turntable and some Groove Glide in the studio.

The song is only 2:45, but it loops so you can listen to it for a full 8 hour session if necessary.

Here's a Crayon MySpace link for more.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Mass Ave MP3

Willie Alexander, Mass Ave. Why is the first album out of print?
via Flavin.

Born To Anti Rock, Rock, Rock

Further note on questioning one's convictions...

"Anti-rockist", anti hyperbolic comics. These are subject to the usual, perhaps shallow paradox that they are phrases which mean something only to those who not-so-secretly want to _really_ rock.

Post meaningless spectacle, post shoegazing, dust off that glittery jumpsuit and those Kirby ink dots, embrace the fact of performance, of the humility of the entertainer, the storyteller, cartoonist.

Johnny Marr:
"There's an interesting mythology about the pop music I grew up with in the 70s. Everyone wants to demystify themselves now and say "I'm just a regular guy". Well, I don't mind of not being thought regular... Pop music should be for people who don't buy into that ideology!!!!"

Attack One's Own Convictions

"A very popular error -- having the courage of your convictions. Rather, it is a matter of having the courage for an attack upon one's convictions." Nietzche

It's going to be interesting to see a critic of the cultural/commercial uses of the term "terroir" at Terroir on Wed.

"In short, billions of dollars depend on acceptance of the concept of
terroir, whose most important mineral component is therefore a very large
grain of salt."- Sean Thackrey

This all brings to mind Ben Shahn and Karl Shapiro's writings about the use of art as "culture". That culture is the social, political and economic use of art; exchange value rather than inherent kicks.

While I don't think that a wine bar called "Typicity" would be as sexy, I see Thackrey's critique as refreshing. As with much spicy/salty/mineral and nutritional laden language, the word "terroir" may have a shitload of baggage, but that's the shadow side of it also possessing historical/cultural/associative power.

Never Mind The Baggage, We're Going With Fucked Up Declarative Language, Undeterred By The Nattering Nabobs! BUT: A good sharp kick at the wheels of this bike will keep us awake on this ride.

Cool Rusty Sheds

"Basically this is a very hip version of a trailer with a shed on top" WSJ article here.

I don't know if I am ready for my Arthur Two Sheds Jackson moment. But how liberating to think of this.

I really want to start a NY Jewish IKEA that would have product lines like IRV and YANKEL. 

"IRV: 18-piece dinnerware set

"SKUPSKY: modular, short, cranky bookcases"

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Awards... Are You Pondering What I'm Pondering, Pinky?

"I don't wanna be a poet
'Cuz I don't wanna blow it
I don't care 2 win awards "

D.M.S.R. Prince
I usually quote Prince, I don't care to win awards... but let's be real here. My nomination from the James Beard House for Best Restaurant Graphics is cool.

My Mom has something nice to tell her friends for a change & this is a good thing.

A friend had a good point: an award from your client base is more meaningful in design than one from your design peers in that one is being acknowledged for the utility and relevance of the design. Rationalizations abound.

It's clear to me that Terroir is a unique project, and that Paul Grieco, David Flaherty and Jared Friedman are each respectively responsible for being part of the band--using Stephen Levy's comparison of the iPod team to a rock band in The Perfect Thing as a jumping off point. You can't be a shredding guitarist or turntablist without an ensemble.

No matter what, we will pimp the tshirts at the event. Stickers! Too!

Jared modelling the pink number.

Matt Stinton, male model

Sample misprints are cool