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Fringe Politics Meet Art History

Steven Heller on anoth­er Glenn beck gem:

In a recent broad­cast, the res­i­dent pro­pa­gan­dist at Fox News takes Rock­e­feller Center’s vin­tage pub­lic art and archi­tec­ture to task for pro­mot­ing Com­mu­nism and Fas­cism through murals, friezes, and engrav­ings bear­ing sym­bols that sub­lim­i­nal­ly project vile val­ues.

Pol­i­tics aside, just watch­ing the video, what is Beck’s point? That oil mon­ey funds com­mu­nist rev­o­lu­tion? That he is as good a pro­pa­gan­dist as the com­mu­nists?

The mind reels at his delu­sions.

Memorial, 7 years

Memorial

Twin beams of the Tribute in Light in lower Manhattan, as seen from the Promenade in Brooklyn Heights.

1 Year in New York City

Brooklyn Bridge 5

Lisa and I on the Brooklyn Bridge, taken some time in 2004. (I realize that it was not taken in the past year, but it’s a great photo!)

I can’t let this pass with­out a men­tion – last Fri­day was the 1-year anniver­sary of our move from Cam­bridge to Brook­lyn. Since then, we’ve start­ed new jobs, recon­nect­ed with old friends and made new ones, and had an all-around great time.

I miss Boston from time to time, but couldn’t be hap­pi­er liv­ing and work­ing in New York City. Why would any­body live any­where else?

MTA Service Changes Posters

The MTA’s Ser­vice Changes posters are get­ting more and more inde­ci­pher­able… This F-train one from this past week­end was a doozy, but we man­aged to make it back and forth from Man­hat­tan with­out inci­dent.

A 3rd Climber

Peel

Workmen remove a flyer left behind by David Malone, who climbed the New York Times Building several hours before.

For the third time in five weeks, some­one has scaled the out­side of The New York Times Head­quar­ters. This time, how­ev­er, it was over and done before most of us got out of bed:

Unlike the two pre­vi­ous climbers, this one — iden­ti­fied lat­er as David Mal­one, a 29-year-old activist from West Hart­ford, Conn., who stud­ies Al Qae­da — did not attempt to make his way to the roof. Instead, he unfurled a ban­ner around the fifth floor of the 52-sto­ry build­ing, before climb­ing a few more sto­ries.

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Ladytron @ Terminal 5

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Ladytron performing at Terminal 5.

I’ve been known to make some blan­ket pro­nounce­ments over the years – such as, “I don’t like cov­er bands,” only to be proven wrong lat­er. What I dis­cov­ered was that I quite loved cov­er bands when they play music that I like, as opposed to the baby boomer prog rock and frat boy dri­v­el that you usu­al­ly hear.

Apply the same les­son to light shows… fan­cy lights at rock shows always seemed ridicu­lous to me; a ston­er cliché. Ahh, but fan­cy light shows accom­pa­ny­ing music that I love? That’s awe­some!

Ladytron is one such band. As good as many of their records are, their live shows are some­thing bor­der­ing on the tran­scen­dent. Now, I real­ize that it is noth­ing new for elec­tron­ic bands to have light shows synced to the music, but what is impres­sive to me about them is their seri­ous­ness about play­ing real instru­ments, live, in the room. It brings a lot more ener­gy to the show.

But, it has me won­der­ing… how do they sync the lights so per­fect­ly? It’s almost like there is a com­put­er with a line-in feed, pro­cess­ing every­thing as it’s played.

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Alain Robert, climbing the New York Times Building

Nev­er a dull moment here at the Times… Today, we wit­nessed Alain Robert climb the New York Times Build­ing on 8th Avenue fac­ing 41st street. I took this with my iPhone on the 21st floor:

Alain Robert

He scaled up the ceram­ic rods that are affixed to the out­side of the build­ing, attract­ing hun­dreds of onlook­ers inside the build­ing, as well as down the street.

City Room has more about Alain and this stunt, includ­ing the news that he was arrest­ed by NYPD after reach­ing the roof – 52 floors up from the street.

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Google Earth in 3D

Google Earth now has 3D-build­ings, and it’s real­ly fun to play with. Here is the Times Build­ing, where I work:

Times Building

A 3D rendering of the New York Times Building in Midtown, as shown in Google Earth.

If you have Google Earth installed, see it for your­self. Or, try land­ing on the deck of the Gold­en Gate Bridge, (just zoom in).

There seems to be data for a lot of cities, includ­ing my home town of Buf­fa­lo, and for­mer home of Boston.

Subway Love

Lisa’s photo on Gothamist!Anoth­er Valentine’s Day relat­ed post – Lisa’s snap­shot of this note in the Car­roll MTA sta­tion made it to a post on Gothamist!

The orig­i­nal is avail­able in her Flickr pho­to­stream.

She is kind of a big deal, ’round these parts.

Lunch with The Destroyer

In the paper

This morn­ing, Lisa and I had lunch with her Grand­ma and Grand­pa, who vis­it­ing this week­end from Buf­fa­lo. Grand­pa Dick is a retired pro­fes­sion­al wrestler, who used to be quite big in Japan. In addi­tion to win­ning numer­ous wrestling titles, the masked “Destroy­er” was a star on the most watched com­e­dy show in Japan’s tele­vi­sion his­to­ry, along with Wada Akiko. But he also was famous in the West – Deb­bie Har­ry of Blondie sport­ed some camel-toe in a t-shirt from Dick’s bad guy alter-ego, Dr. X… Hott.

So, we ate a ton of Japan­ese food while Dick enter­tained the chefs and wait­staff with his antics and Japan­ese lin­guis­tic skills. The shot above is of a Japan­ese news­pa­per.

More pho­tos, and a video of The Destroy­er wrestling a bear, after the fold.

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On Video

I didn’t make any excit­ing res­o­lu­tions this New Year, except to get back to my fight­ing weight, and land a more per­ma­nent design job. Look­ing back on 2007, one thing that stands out is that my Flickr pho­to­stream final­ly became a more real-time pho­to reflec­tion of my life, with the con­ve­nience of my iPhone and its unlim­it­ed data plan. Sure, the qual­i­ty of my pho­tog­ra­phy might have dete­ri­o­rat­ed, but I’ve always pre­ferred to shoot from the hip any­way. The iPhone suits what I want to do with Flickr.

But for 2008, I’d like to make one small res­o­lu­tion: do more with video. I bought a new point-and-shoot cam­era that does OK VGA video, (Canon Dig­i­tal Elph SD750), so I want to put it to use. It’s out­put is a lit­tle grainy, espe­cial­ly in low light, but I think it suits what I want to do with it.

Here is a lit­tle idea that I got while walk­ing around the Meat­pack­ing dis­trict this past week­end: the The­o­ry store on Gan­sevoort street has these amaz­ing pul­sat­ing col­ored lights in the win­dow – so I shot them, and then looped them in iMovie, set to The Knife’s live arrange­ment of “Heart­beats”:

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The Island at the Center of the World

The Iowa Cau­cus results last night got me think­ing about the many com­pet­ing polit­i­cal cul­tures present through­out Amer­i­can his­to­ry. Indi­vid­u­al­ist vs. com­mu­ni­tar­i­an, rich vs. poor, urban vs. rur­al… but, at the core of our nation­al psy­che is this ten­sion between the lofty ideals set forth by the Founders, and our attempts and fail­ings to live up to them. For every shin­ing exam­ple of Lin­coln, FDR, and Mar­tin Luther King Jr., there are gen­er­a­tions of back-slid­ers who prey upon fear in order to gain polit­i­cal advan­tage. Sure, to every­thing there is a sea­son, but I’m glad to see that the vot­ers in Iowa embraced hope and reject­ed cyn­i­cism, on both sides of the polit­i­cal spec­trum.

The Island at the Center of the WorldHis­to­ry is writ­ten by the win­ners, which is why Amer­i­cans tend to think of our colo­nial past and demo­c­ra­t­ic begin­nings as built upon and in reac­tion to Eng­lish insti­tu­tions alone – but the sto­ry is a lit­tle more com­pli­cat­ed. It’s not often that I do book reviews, but I just fin­ished re-read­ing The Island at the Cen­ter of the World, The Epic Sto­ry of Dutch Man­hat­tan and the For­got­ten Colony that Shaped Amer­i­ca [excerpt] by jour­nal­ist his­to­ri­an Rus­sell Shorto, and want­ed to rec­om­mend it to any­one look­ing for some inter­est­ing read­ing on the ori­gins of this coun­try.

The tra­di­tion­al telling of colo­nial Amer­i­ca focus­es almost exclu­sive­ly on the Eng­lish colonies in Vir­ginia and New Eng­land. But, Shorto reminds us that the Dutch were the first Euro­peans to set­tle the island of Man­hat­tan, and built some of the most last­ing ideals and insti­tu­tions into the fab­ric of Amer­i­can polit­i­cal and cul­tur­al life.

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AIGA/NY 2007 Holiday Party

AIGA/NY Hol­i­day Par­ty: DANCE/DANCE/DANCE
SUNDAY, 9 DEC ’07 from 6:00–10:00PM // Snacks, drinks, danc­ing, and a live auc­tion by auc­tion­eer­ing expert extra­or­di­naire, John Hodg­man.

I am not a mem­ber (yet), but think­ing about going. It’s worth it just for the wrap­ping paper.

UPDATE: My one pho­to of John Hodg­man is below the fold.

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Village Academies/Esquire Event

We attend­ed a fundrais­er for Lisa’s work last night, hon­or­ing Bill Cos­by and oth­ers. It was held in Esquire’s swank Esquire North pent­house on Cen­tral Park North, and the mag­a­zine is also fea­tur­ing Vil­lage Acad­e­mies founder Deb­o­rah Ken­ny in this month’s issue:

In six years, Kenny’s vision has grown into a trio of char­ter schools under the rubric of Vil­lage Acad­e­mies, locat­ed in New York precincts where a mus­cu­lar pover­ty has thrived for gen­er­a­tions. The num­bers alone tell a com­pelling sto­ry. Local­ly, pass­ing rates for sev­enth-grade math hov­er around 30 per­cent. At HVA, the rate is a stun­ning 96 per­cent.

Cast mem­bers from Gos­sip Girl showed up, and Tyler Hilton played a few songs, (who played Elvis in Walk the Line John­ny Cash movie).

midtown office + loved ones

At least the ladies look good – Matt and I have taken better pictures.

More pho­tos below the fold.

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Rooftop Legends

In High School, I was always jeal­ous of oth­er kids who knew exact­ly what they want­ed to do with their life – it took me until half-way through col­lege before I real­ly found my call­ing, which explains my lib­er­al arts degree.

So, I’m amazed that there is a Design High School in the Low­er East Side. It has a pret­ty inter­est­ing mis­sion:

We believe that when stu­dents are engaged in the process of design­ing, they are learn­ing to observe, seek prob­lems, iden­ti­fy needs, frame prob­lems, work col­lab­o­ra­tive­ly, explore and appre­ci­ate solu­tions, weigh alter­na­tives, and com­mu­ni­cate their ideas ver­bal­ly, graph­i­cal­ly and phys­i­cal­ly.

And they even invit­ed artists, stu­dents, and staff to cre­ate stree­tart on the roof of the school. Here is a video, from Rock­et­boom:

Very cool stuff.

MUJI & CB2 in Soho

MUJI opening

MUJI opened in Soho yes­ter­day, and if the crowds were any indi­ca­tion, peo­ple are excit­ed. The shop has a nice mix of nice­ly designed inex­pen­sive clothes and house­wares. maxwell­gilling­ham­ryan has a video tour on vimeo.

More pho­tos of MUJI, and the new CB2 store next door, after the jump. [from iPhone]

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Free Wi-Fi in Midtown

Holy iPhone grail! Who needs to wait for muni-Wi-Fi?

Crashing an Open House

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A new Robert Scarano “luxury” condo building at 326 State Street, in Boerum Hill.

A week or two ago, I walked past a new Robert Scara­no “lux­u­ry” con­do build­ing at 326 State Street, in the north­ern reach­es of Boerum Hill. This past Sat­ur­day, Tyler and Sarah were down from Boston for a vis­it, and we walked by again – and they were hav­ing an Open House. Why not have a look? [from iPhone]

More below the fold.

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Surreal

Surreal
They were clean­ing the Broad­way-Lafayette sta­tion last night. It always struck me as a par­tic­u­lar­ly filthy sta­tion, so I sup­pose this is good. But, peo­ple were walk­ing through the suds, slip­ping around – the MTA must have some good insur­ance. [from iPhone]

Halloween 2007

In 3D!

We cel­e­brat­ed Hal­loween a lit­tle dif­fer­ent this year – by watch­ing Tim Burton’s The Night­mare Before Christ­mas in 3D. Thanks to Bec­ca for the idea, and for get­ting the tick­ets.

I haven’t seen this movie since it came out almost 15 years ago, but it real­ly is an ani­ma­tion clas­sic. The stop motion method looks just as cut­ting-edge and inspir­ing as any­thing done by Pixar in the past few years, and I love the many homages to Beetle­juice and oth­er Bur­ton films, (details here). [from iPhone]

We saw it at the Pavil­ion Park Slope, but I think that it is up in oth­er the­aters around the city this week. More pho­tos below the fold.

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Carroll Gardens Featured on Gridskipper

Grid­skip­per put togeth­er a nice fea­ture on our neigh­bor­hood in Brook­lyn, includ­ing a snarky com­par­i­son:

Car­roll Gar­dens fea­tured on Grid­skip­per
Car­roll Gar­dens is quaint, and for those in love with the West Vil­lage but who sim­ply can’t afford to live there, it will do.

I’m not sure that I agree with this – we chose to live in Brook­lyn over Man­hat­tan, and I would argue that the neigh­bor­hoods to the north (Cob­ble Hill and Boerum Hill) are prob­a­bly more fit­ting equiv­a­lents. Also, with few excep­tions, Car­roll Gar­dens is still very much a fam­i­ly neigh­bor­hood. Sure, it might be chang­ing, but take a walk down our street dur­ing the day, and you’re going to see a lot of old men who’ve lived there for 50 years, as well as kids play­ing on the side­walk. Err, maybe that is what the West Vil­lage is like.

Still, can’t deny that Car­roll Gar­dens is awe­some, and rel­a­tive­ly afford­able, con­sid­er­ing the restau­rant and bar options – we rarely make it into the city on week­ends.

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Promenade

Lower Manhattan

Lower Manhattan

Had a love­ly walk along the Brook­lyn Heights Prom­e­nade, on a fall day. [from iPhone]

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Vamoose Bus

I know what bus I’m tak­ing now, when­ev­er I need to get to Boston or DC:

NYC-Boston bus offers free wi-fi, and reser­va­tions
…will pro­vide rid­ers with free WiFi on its leased bus­es, which are equipped with routers. Vamoose is sell­ing one-way reserved seats for $22.

Free wi-fi and a guar­an­teed seat, for $40 round trip? Done.

More at Vamoosebus.com.

Saturday Scoot

Narrows

We unchained the scoot­ers this after­noon, and mean­dered around Brook­lyn in the sun. Not too many days like this left. [from iPhone]

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Heights

Heights

A sleepy Sun­day after­noon on Atlantic Ave. [from iPhone]