Archive for May 2006



Stephen Jones Millinery. His hats are stories.

Posted at 10pm on 5/31/06 | no comments; | Filed Under: art & artists | read on


Why I love YouTube

Old school Skid Row! (There’s a 10 second black at the top before you get to the video. LT, BE SURE to take it through to 03:31)

Gn’R live at the Ritz circa 1988.

Axl and Sebastian’s duet at the Hammerstein last week. The quality sucks – their heads are big pixels. (ffwd to 02:25)

Posted at 12am on 5/28/06 | 1 comment | Filed Under: music | read on


My, what big plumes you have.


The latest ebay aquisition is another etching by Alexandra Dvinitninova. Sir Lancelot du Lac. It’s difficult to see the detail in this scan, but there’s a lacey overlay of tiny, delicate flowers throughout. Exquisite.

Posted at 12am on 5/26/06 | no comments; | Filed Under: art & artists | read on


A flower for Victor Noir



A story flashed through my mind when I came across this photo of Dita Von Teese kissing a statue, but nothing close to the real story behind this statue.

The photograph is by Christophe Mourthe. I found it on this cool French blog with a very long name – the blogger of which informed me of Victor Noir’s tomb and his female cult following!

Noir is buried in Père Lachaise, the Parisian graveyard where Jim Morrison and Oscar Wilde are also buried. Oscar and Jim seem to get a fair amount of posthumous attention as well… The stories those groundskeepers could tell. Juicey potential for a novel or screenplay.

Posted at 11pm on 5/23/06 | 2 comments | Filed Under: photography | read on



Check out this cool print by Ashley G. that I bought at Etsy. (I came across Ashley’s work on Soulemama.) A worthy addition to my collection of tree prints…


Posted at 11pm on 5/22/06 | 2 comments | Filed Under: art & artists, etsy | read on



IMDB has the soundtrack listing for Sophia Coppola’s Marie-Antoinette. She really *is* mixing her chocolate and peanut butter.

Gang of Four: “Natural’s Not In It”
Dustin O’Halloran: “Opus 17”
Windsor for the Derby: “The Melody Of A Fallen Tree”
The Radio Dept: “I Don’t Like it Like This”
Aphex Twin: “Jynweythek Ylow”
“1st Menuet Pour Les Guirries et les Amazones, 2nd Menuet”
The Radio Dept: “Pulling Our Weight”
Air: “Il Secondo Giorno Instrumental”
The Radio Dept: “Keen On Boys”
“Aux Languets D’Appollon” (From the Opera “Platee”)
Bow Wow Wow: “I Want Candy (Kevin Shields Remix)”
Siouxsie and the Banshees: “Hong Kong Garden”
Bow Wow Wow: “Aphrodisiac”
Bow Wow Wow: “Fools Rush In (Kevin Shields Remix)”
The Cure: “Plainsong”
New Order: “Ceremony”
Squarepusher: “Tommib Help Buss”
Phoenix: “Ou Boivent Les Loups”
Adam Ant: “Kings of the Wild Frontier”
Aphex Twin: “Avril 14th”
The Strokes: “What Ever Happened?”
“Tristes Apprets, Pales Flambeaux” (From the Opera “Castor & Pollux”)
Dustin O’Halloran: “Opus 36”
The Cure: “All Cats are Grey”

Heavy on the Bow Wow Wow and The Radio Dept. (Here’s a playlist on LastFM.) Despite the naysayers, I remain in full support of this once and future experiment. Sofia talks here about how she used history as a loose backdrop, and basically, created her own personal fantasy rock opera. This isn’t about historical accuracy. This is one woman’s decadent dream!
Posted at 5am on 5/21/06 | no comments; | Filed Under: film, music | read on


Art is everywhere





There are all these inspiring art/design blogs popping up like Lena Corwin’s blog and port2port (I love what she writes here about art, everyday living & emotion.) I think I could post every day about a new design/art blog that’s inspiring me. Reading them has conditioned me to tune into my surroundings. I’m taking a lot more photos, and generally, more aware of *hidden* patterns and design everywhere – just walking around becomes an art project.

(photos: Laurie’s lobby door in Brooklyn, grate in Mountain View, cafe table, and my grandparent’s bedroom chair.)

Posted at 2pm on 5/20/06 | no comments; | Filed Under: art & artists, my photos | read on


Um, volcanoes are exploding all over the place.

Merapi in Indonesia is erupting today.

Tungurahua in Ecuador just erupted.


A lava fin, about the size of a football field, is growing from the center of Mount St. Helens.


Karymsky (Russia’s largest) and Bezymyanny both blew a few weeks ago. Ubinas recently erupted in Peru, and Mt. Bulusan exploded in the Philippines.

The Ring of Fire has been a wee bit active these past few weeks. . .


Posted at 2pm on 5/15/06 | 1 comment | Filed Under: environment | read on



My toaster caught on fire as I was looking at Brooklyn Vegan’s photos of Axl Rose and Sebastian Bach singing a duet at the Hammerstein Ballroom. No kidding. Flames billowed out from the toaster… all the smoke alarms in our house were screaming. I think it was a pyrokinetic reaction.

I shudder to think what would’ve happened if this duet went down about 16 years ago. As LT put it: *Dying. Melting. Dead.*

Posted at 10am on 5/15/06 | no comments; | Filed Under: music | read on



Call me old-fashioned, but the whole artificial rain thing creeps me out.

Though unusual in many parts of the world, China has been tinkering with artificial rainmaking for decades, using it frequently in the drought-plagued north. Last month, another artificial rainfall was generated to clear Beijing after the city suffered some of the fiercest dust storms this decade.

Whether cloud-seeding actually works has been the subject of debate in the scientific community. In 2003, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences questioned the science behind it as “too weak.”

I tell ya, the singularity is near.

Posted at 12am on 5/12/06 | no comments; | Filed Under: environment, the shift (of ages) | read on

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