Friday, December 07, 2012
Treme & Two Kinds of Music
"There are two kinds of music," Duke Ellington once said, "Good music, and the other kind." You see the same thing in the HBO show about post-Katrina New Orleans, Treme. Hip hop, be bop, bluegrass, traditional New Orleans jazz, the latest New York jazz and the latest pop - it's all good in New Orleans.
Architects could learn from musicians.
Friday, February 17, 2012
Because the problem young women in America have is too much love and too few anonymous, palate-cleanser* one-night stands
Descriptions after the jump
* 'He was the sorbet."
"She's right, one night only and then he melts."
"I don't know, I'm just. I'm so glad I did it, it made me feel ...
Friday, October 14, 2011
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Mayor Mike visited Zuccotti Park, now Chase CEO Jamie Dimon should invite #OWS to Occupy Chase Plaza - and help with tents, hot food etc.
"I'm convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You've got to find what you love." Steve Jobs
Bought 2 arch guides in Amsterdam. More than 30% of bldngs on both lists since 1940. Have they been to Amsterdam? #ArchitectsAreIdeologues
From Amsterdam on a perfect day: When the Dutch ride Vespas, the noise is a pleasant summer drone. Italians? A raucous cacophany!
“There’s class warfare, all right,” Warren Buffett said, “but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.”
Strikes me @ ps1.org/calendar/view/… that many New York urbanists have an ideological rejection of New Urbanists based solely on style (Pt 1)
Yo! The 20th century is over—we don't have to be "Modern" anymore
Duchamp's urinal was "created" 94 years ago. Must we still pay the consequences today? #bringbackthebeautiful
Beautiful architecture speaks to the senses Lot of contemporary architecture speaks to intellect Without common sense the intellect is dumb
I've lost what little patience I had for new architecture that supports alienation, anomie, depression, misanthropy, nihilism ... and ego.
New Urbanist-leanings of Guggenheim Lab paint democratic vision of a civic ideal. What is your civic vision?: bit.ly/pU99ii RT@NewUrbanism
Paul Newman talks about urbanism - and gets it all right bitly.com/vvpnew
Andrew Sullivan asks if we need more roads (hint: "no) bit.ly/2manyrds
@NAHBhome: old days of selling sububan houses like hotcakes are over. In new world, we have too much sprawl and too little walkable urbanism
Curbed shows Starchitects' houses but skips all the Starchitects who live in traditional buildings like Rem & Zaha http://bit.ly/starchi
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Tuesday, April 12, 2011
"There will always be women in rubber flirting with me."
Sunday, March 13, 2011
1) CUT the amount of money the state gives to towns and cities the governor doesn't like. 2) Next, allow the governor to declare towns and cities that are struggling because he withheld funds from them to be in a crisis. 3) Allow the governor to give himself emergency powers, so that he can dissolve the town he drove into bankruptcy. 4) Put the town under corporate control. NB) Don't talk about any of this while running for elected office.
I first ran across this type of New Republican in the 1980s. My father was heavily involved in town government in his small town, the only town in Connecticut that had voted for Goldwater. Suddenly, there were Boomer Republicans who, without any discussion within party ranks, sued several of the town's Republican leaders on charges they almost certainly knew were bogus.* But several of the leaders resigned rather than go to the expense of going to court, and the Boomer Republicans then successfully ran against the "corrupt, Old Guard" party. Once they were in office, it turned out that they were more conservative than the politicians who had left office. A few years later, Lee Atwater used similarly dishonest tactics against Presidential candidate Mike Duakakis.
Ever since, we have seen a lot of this. The "vast right-wing conspiracy" against Clinton's moral failings (for behavior that the White House press had previously considered off limits), the "swiftboating" smears, the Birthers, and all the talk about Obama consorting with known terrorists are all examples were attempts to substitute slander for discussion of issues. The absurd apogee may have been reached when Governor Palin called Senator Obama an unqualified celebrity.
Tuesday, July 06, 2010
URUGUAY V HOLLAND was live and free on the internet today, at espn.com. It looked better on my 24" iMac than any picture on any tv I've ever owned. And did I say it was free?
Meanwhile, mlb.mlb.com wants me to pay to watch the Yankees on my computer, then pay again to watch on my iPad, and then again to watch on my iPhone -- and if I haven't also paid a cable company that carries the Yankee's YES network, they'll black out out all Yankee games on all three.
What's wrong with letting me pay the Yankees and MLB $200 or $250 directly for the season? In my case, they're leaving a lot of money on the table.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
BBC: The Genius of Design, Episode 1
POSTSCRIPT: For 24 hours, the BBC put the first episode of The Genius of Design on the web. Then they took it down. They don't seem to believe that information wants to be free (or that one free episode can get you to buy the other ones from iTunes).