Archive for May, 2010

You Think You’re Good at Recyclyng Bottles?

2010/05/20 1 comment

You have nothing on the Thai monks from the Sisaket province. Using One Million beer bottles, Heineken for green and Chang for brown, they’ve built a temple which serves an useful purpose, cleaned up some local pollution, and serves as a continuing visual reminder of the importance of working with the environment.

Read more and see pics at


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The Art of Eva and Franco Mattes

This Italian couple’s latest work is taken from previous works of great artists. Literally. They are now exhibiting their piece “Stolen Prices” which is a combined display of tiny pieces taken from real famous artworks. The filchees include Kandinsky, Koons, Burri, and Warhol. The piece was kept secret from the 90’s so as to pass the stautue of limitations, but the couple claims their intent was not to harm the pieces, but to give tribute. Read the Washington Post Review and see more of the couple’s work including some interesting virtual world performances at (click on the large intro picture to get into the site).


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Don’t Use iTunes to Design your Next Atomic Bomb

On the lighter side of ribbing Apple, it appears that the company explicitly declares in the iTunes Terms and Conditions (search for “nuclear”) that you should not use iTunes for “the development, design, manufacture or production of nuclear, missiles, or chemical or biological weapons.”

Darn, another Apple restriction, And I and so many others had hopes along that line!


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Let’s Use Urban Roofs More

Why are city roofs not used more often as living spaces? In congested cities where open spaces are at such a premium, I look on those huge flat rooftops and wonder why I don’t see more pavers, seats, grass. and trees.

It’s not a new concept. The rooftop gardens of the Rockefeller Center in New York City are one of the beautiful landmarks there since the 30’s.

The Galleries Lafayette is famous for its rooftop cafe offers a hiding place from city bustle. With great casual dining and some of the best views of the Eiffel Tower, Morntmarte,  and Paris I rate it as a must stop for tourists.

I see downtown Miami with a restaurant tucked into every cranny where they fit. And a few restaurants where they don’t even appear to fit, a small Cuban cafe with barely enough space for the single waitress to stand as she hands out cafesitos and pastelitos to a disproportionately large crowd of rowdy talkers outside the window. And I think how cool it would be to also have rooftop cafes with trendy fare and breathtaking city views.


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Hodgman and Long are Funny, Ellen is Not

Remember those great Apple “Get a Mac” video ads with John Hodgman as the PC and Justin Long as the Mac? Boy, those were great weren’t they? Apple approached the situation with a real sense of light humor, poking fun at Windows and the PC. I love humor and am so glad that Apple does too. You can still see all the vids right on the Apple site at

Of course, that only applies if it’s Apple doing the jabbing. Ellen Degeneres made a funny spoof commercial of the iPhone on her show. Mashable reported that Apple was none too happy with the commercial. Ellen says “They thought I made it look like it’s hard to use and I just want to say I’m sorry if I made the iPhone look like it was hard to use.”

I guess under Apple’s humor laws Ellen’s joke was in poor taste for casting a bad impression on the usability of their product, whereas Apple’s own ads casting a bad impression on the usability of Microsoft’s product was witty.

Interestingly, the video on the Mashable story, when played, says “Sorry, this title is no longer available. You can see the original here and Ellen’s “apology” here.

In Britain the ads were done with comedians David Mitchell (the PC) and Robert Webb (the Mac). Charlie Brooker wrote about the ads in the Guardian saying “they are best known for the television series Peep Show – probably the best sitcom of the past five years – in which Mitchell plays a repressed, neurotic underdog, and Webb plays a selfish, self-regarding poseur”. So the ads speak as much about Apple as it does about Microsoft. Now that’s funny!


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The Art of Owen Freeman

I was reading this piece –“The Terrorist Next Door” — in the New York Times this morning about the car bomb in Times Square. But what caught my eye was this interesting illustration of Times Square done in a semi Cubist style in shades of gray.  It didn’t look so much a newspaper illustration as a neat work of art.

I saw the caption was for “Owen Freeman” and decided to look him up.  What a cool set of illustrations! His stuff looks on the face to be plain old illustration, but the pieces  capture your attention and make you look into them deeper. The one in the Times article made me stop reading the article right then and there and go look him up before finishing the read.

Since his work is for periodicals, most of them tell a story in a single image. But he does such a great job of that. This one , “Clapped“, tells about the punch that brought the man down. The dark, almost black, color and the “scratches” on the “print” set the mood of the fight. The red splotch of blood on the fallen man’s barely visible face, and the trace of blood on the attacker’s knuckle tell of the ferocity of that one punch that brought him down, the red standing in sharp contrast to the gray of the rest of the picture.

Take a look at some of the rest of his work. Very worth a peruse.

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