Archive for December 2008

12.29.08

stroll through central park

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12.29.08

holiday flash

Singing wolves and boxing polar bears at Bergdorf’s.

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12.20.08

pine cones

Stunning hand-sculpted porcelain pine cones from coe&waito found on Oh Joy!

I wonder if spray painting the genuine article a soft white or ivory (not to bright or chalky) could possibly come out looking half as beautiful? String these up and they’d make some beautiful decorations for the perpetual tree :)

Can you tell I am tree-deprived? I think this is my third post in just as many days about decorating trees. Unfortunately, my two furry friends will allow no such thing until they are older (I hope.) How do people safeguard their Christmas trees from leaping, swatting, gnawing beasts of the feline variety? Advice?

Posted at 11pm on 12/20/08 | 5 comments | Filed Under: home | read on

12.20.08

berry xmas

I pulled this from Thanksgiving table setting from Style Files (I think it could work just as well for Christmas), just to remind myself how a simple sprig of berries makes anything look perfectly charming and festive! Love the colors and textures too.

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12.20.08

a wham! xmas

I couldn’t resist posting the above photo because it’s the perfect segue into one of my all-time favorite Christmas songs and video* (they don’t make ’em like this anymore.) This song with it’s little jingle bell track in the background puts me in the most jolly Christmasy mood. Reminds me of a time when Christmas was the biggest deal ever.

*Please note that at 2:09 George’s ex-lady love thinks he is lasciviously eyeing her across the table, but c’mon, it’s clear who he’s really looking at…

Photo: haligonian_shift

Posted at 10pm on 12/20/08 | 6 comments | Filed Under: music | read on

12.19.08

poladroid (!)

I just spent an hour (that I should’ve spent packing) transforming old photos of mine into “Polaroids” using POLADROID. Go over to Pia’s for the details about this free download for Macs. So much fun! I’m obsessed and feeling a renewed zest for some of my old throw-away photos.

Posted at 3pm on 12/19/08 | 3 comments | Filed Under: my photos | read on

12.19.08

the gloaming

We got caught up in the most magical twilight a couple of weekends ago. Standing on a bluff just off Pacific Highway 1, a fine wintry mist melded the sky and sea together into an opalescent almost monotone pallet (I half expected a phantom ship to sail out of the pearly mist.) As the sun slipped below the sea, twilight emerged with a surprising shock of purple and pink – such an unusual transition of light, mood and color. That mother nature, she sure knows how to shake it up.

Posted at 11am on 12/19/08 | 4 comments | Filed Under: my photos | read on

12.18.08

lil’ xmas tree

My friend Kate snapped this with her cell phone and I think it’s the cutest little Christmas tree I’ve ever seen. So simple and easy (those are little cardboard circles) yet so perfectly festive! And if you use recycled cardboard, it’s eco-friendly as well :)

Posted at 9pm on 12/18/08 | 5 comments | Filed Under: home | read on

12.1.08

heart in mumbai

Photo: Boston Globe

Via

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12.1.08

rip: a remix manifesto

Synchronicity. After obsessing over Girl Talk all weekend, I just received an email from Tripwire about Brett Gaylor’s documentary Rip: A Remix Manifesto, which received a standing ovation at the International Documentary Film Festival held in Amsterdam this past weekend (and received the Dioraphte Audience Award.) The film “explores the legal and artistic ramifications of the mash-up using Greg Gillis, a.k.a. Girl Talk as the central figure.”

Here’s some more about the film:

Imagine a world where ideas and culture, from “Happy Birthday” to Mickey Mouse, are horded under lock and key by copyright laws. Even ideas that could lead to a cure for cancer would be off-limits. Stop imagining now, because this is the world you live in. Although pop culture giants such as Walt Disney and the Rolling Stones built on the past to produce their art, the door is closing behind them.

I’ve been making a documentary for over 6 years that explores this issue: RiP: A Remix Manifesto.

Digital technology has opened up an unprecedented global economy of ideas. RiP explores the robber barons and revolutionaries squaring off across this new frontier as the film journeys from the hallways of Washington to the favelas of Brazil. Our central protagonist is Gregg Gillis, the Pittsburgh biomedical engineer who moonlights as Girl Talk, a mash-up artist rearranging the pop charts’ DNA with his incongruous entirely sample based songs. Along the way, I met key figures on the complexities of intellectual property in the digital era, among them Creative Commons founder Lawrence Lessig, culture critic Cory Doctorow, Brazilian musician and Minister of Cultural Affairs Gilberto Gil, and Jammie Thomas, the single mom successfully sued by the RIAA for illegal downloading.

*P.S. If you’re fascinated by this ‘conversation,’ you might also enjoy this presentation by Lawrence Lessig wherein he addresses a range of subjects from Free Culture to corruption (with Net Neutrality, privacy, cyberlaw, copyright and Democratic politics in between).

Posted at 2pm on 12/1/08 | no comments; | Filed Under: documentaries, film, music | read on

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