Archive for June 2008

6.27.08

{artist} balint zsako

 

Yes, yes and yes! I’m smitten with Balint Zsako’s lush, opulent collages, so classic but with an edge. Makes me want to chop up some old art books. Thanks to Phantasmaphile for another fantastic find.

 

Posted at 1am on 6/27/08 | 4 comments | Filed Under: art & artists | read on

6.25.08

the sweetest voice

I was humming Shudder To Think’s “Appalachian Lullabye” from the First Love, Last Rites soundtrack all day yesterday as I transitioned back to the slower rhythm of life after a fun-filled, but thoroughly exhausting trip to NYC. This is one of THE most lovely melodies you’ll ever hear, sung by the enchanting Nina Persson (of The Cardigans.) It’s the perfect soundtrack for a lazy summer day far from the city. This ‘homemade’ music video captures the feeling perfectly.

“Appalachian Lullabye” is the first track on a mix I listen to when I’m in the mood for sweet, pure voices that are a little high, but can carry a melody with delicacy. Songstresses included are Nina Persson, Mirah, Marissa Nadler, Emiliana Torinni, Coralie Clément and Ingrid Michaelson. Any suggestions for sweet voices to add to my playlist?

Posted at 1pm on 6/25/08 | 10 comments | Filed Under: female voices, music | read on

6.24.08

leaping greenly spirit of trees

I’m copying the clever Pia and providing a soundtrack for this summer walk through the city – a classic song that will always remind me of days of youth and warm weekends spent carousing the city…

Isn’t it extraordinary how the green heart of the city throbs with life during the summer?? We watched hundreds of turtles swimming at Turtle Pond and found strange lichen growing from the bark of trees deep in the Rambles of Central Park – such a sharp contrast to the concrete jungle with its barren skyscrapers and their black, lifeless windows. This trip, we couldn’t resist spending much of our time strolling the lush green spots we know and love like Poet’s Walk above and the secret garden below (where we sit beneath the relic of an old church and eat cupcakes from the infamous Magnolia Bakery.) I can’t divulge the location because it’s a neighborhood treasure, but I’ll tell you via email if you want to know ;)

Alas, a walk down memory lane, literally. This was my old block in the West Village and one of the places I miss most. I love how every summer the greenly spirits manage to possess the cityscape wherever they can!

Posted at 11pm on 6/24/08 | 9 comments | Filed Under: my photos | read on

6.23.08

empire state city

Had to post this stunning, vertigo-inducing photo taken by Peter from the top of Rockefeller Center as a storm was blowing over! Click it to see large. Sadly, the twin towers would’ve been rising up out of that empty space to the right. For me, this photo captures the Empire State’s lone responsibility (once again) to represent NYC. The Chrysler Building may be more glamorous, the Citicorp more modern, but really, no other building embodies New York better than the good, old Empire State.

Posted at 11pm on 6/23/08 | 3 comments | Filed Under: music, photography | read on

6.23.08

exactly

 

 

 

Posted at 4pm on 6/23/08 | 2 comments | Filed Under: music | read on

6.18.08

nyc

Greetings, from NYC :) I unintentionally took a little break from le blog these past couple of weeks. I was seduced away from the computer by the summery weather and then an unexpected sojourn to NYC. Yesterday, I snapped these cute window displays somewhere on 5th, and the below pics were shot today from the Top of the Rock, the new observation deck at Rockefeller center. Expensive, touristy and so worth it for INCREDIBLE views of the skyline from midtown Manhattan!

Posted at 10pm on 6/18/08 | 6 comments | Filed Under: my photos | read on

6.4.08

tornadoes of light

I just went over to BLDGBLOG and earlier today he linked to this video of giant tornadoes erupting from the sun. Synchronicity.

Posted at 10pm on 6/4/08 | 3 comments | Filed Under: environment | read on

6.4.08

solar claw

See that claw like protrusion at the bottom left? Ten Earths could fit into that fiery claw. (Go here to see this photo larger.) The photo was taken about 8 years ago from a sun-orbiting satellite. These coronal mass ejections are rare, but occur more frequently during solar maximum or the peak of the sun’s 11-year solar cycle when the magnetic fields of the sun shift and change. What’s crazy is that these solar maximums can release so much solar energy into space (equivalent to a million hundred-megaton nuclear explosions) that once the waves reach Earth they can cause massive power surges, knocking out power stations, radio communications, satellites, cell towers and GPS’s (think airplane navigation.) Meaning, a big ole solar storm could bring our modern way of life to a screeching halt in moments. In 1989 the entire Quebec power grid collapsed in 18 seconds leaving 6 million people in Canada and the Northeast US without power in the middle of winter. (Scientists are also finding that the solar cycles may greatly affect the warming and cooling of the planet, triggering warming trends and mini ice ages.)

The next solar max is predicted to be a doozy – the most powerful solar max in 50 years. Can you imagine how much more technologically dependent we are than we were in 1960??

The solar storms are headed our way 2011-2012. There’s that date again ;)

Posted at 2pm on 6/4/08 | 3 comments | Filed Under: environment, the shift (of ages) | read on

6.4.08

i love the nightlife

Remember The Night Life of Trees, the handmade book that Julia over at Book By Its Cover was raving about? I picked up my copy from the book store the other day and practically forgot to breath as I flipped through the pages. The production is exquisite.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a book (a new book) that comes close to this kind of quality and artistry. Almost immediately, I ordered another copy (I am so greedy!) from which I will tenderly remove a couple of pages to have them framed. (Sinful, I know. I am a destroyer of books.) Usually, if I love art inside of a book, I’ll scan it and keep the book in tact. But, this books is special because each page is screen printed by hand on handmade paper, making each page an original print.

BTW, this is the third book I’ve found on Books By Its Cover that I absolutely cherish. In case fellow book fiends are interested, the other two are Keiko Minami: Bonheur (had to get a friend in Tokyo to find this because I couldn’t buy it online, though it’s available here as of now) and Blue Deer and Red Fox, a sweet little book that touches the heart and brings a tear to the eye.

 

 

Posted at 1pm on 6/4/08 | 5 comments | Filed Under: art & artists, books & writing | read on

6.2.08

{artist} ana dora

I’m going to share a secret and her name is Ana Dora. She’s an artist based in São Paulo who makes the loveliest botanical etchings/aqua tints produced on her hand press. She sells them on ebay here. There’s nothing for sale at the moment, but she usually has four or five limited editions listed at any given time. I’ve ordered her prints and the quality is excellent. And, the best part… the price is so, so right. Ana’s prints are usually listed between $10 and $20 US dollars. Talk about affordable art for any budding collectors out there!

Posted at 3pm on 6/2/08 | 2 comments | Filed Under: art & artists | read on

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