Saturday, November 6, 2010

Bird. Field Museum, Thursday

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Like a fish needs a bicycle

Phillip Pond and Nim Lee are making bikes that swim, and what could be better than that?

for more on the fish bikes.

the girl who

Image from NY Times weekend section found on the 146 bus + two dried berries from a bush down the block = Lisbeth Salander going to take over your mind.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

faith, love, and seaweed


cover art love. free books on the street.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

playing tag with the royals

catch & release with the monarchz.

out by the airport, but these guys go much further on one tank of gas than those hunks of plane


(un) make up

love these web gadgets - Halloween comes early!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Saturday, August 28, 2010

biomorphic yeah-yeah

Alex Chitty: looking at her website, it is clear is she serving it up lots lately with new work.

I am looking down a microscope on to all the smaller miracles, blob and scribble.

and: her water bear zine.


Tuesday, August 24, 2010



I heart Art Nouveau for the bad-ass organicism of forms, shapes, and naturalistic intuitions reflected in that which is built. That sort of resonance is even nicer when it isn't necessarily even intentional.

Arashiyama, Japan.

Monday, August 16, 2010

sit stylez

Dan Peterman, Thank You for Your Patronage: Chairs from Street Carts, 1989.


Sunday, August 15, 2010

David Hull

Philosopher & historian of biology David Hull passed on this last week.

His work in biology was deeply influential throughout graduate school. Besides his numerous papers, I once spent whole summer simply studying his one book Science as a Process.

This morning preparing for my fall classes I find myself relying on copies of books he kindly let me take from his collection when I visited him last year. Philosopher, steadfast gay rights advocate, and even a decent portrait painter to boot....

short obituary here

Saturday, August 14, 2010

in honor of...


PAWS Chicago sends me a big glossy magazine, which among other things includes mention of the donations to PAWS that are made in honor of/memory of certain individuals.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Fuji Soft


Mount Fuji is certainly one of the most famous and iconic of all mountains in the world. Its symmetry and sliding slate-colored slopes beckon one's sight. For centuries it has been the muse for many an artist, including the 36 views of Mt. Fuji by Katsushika Hokusai ( the originals of which I was lucky enough to see at the Ota Museum this past month.

Luck should also have it a friend on mine brought me up to Uwakudani, a sulphurous steaming peak from which the Fuji can be seen very well. Of course no Japanese tourist sopt would be complete without a soft ice cream stand, setting the stage for a nice visual and metaphorical moment for a 37th view.

To call this "Fuji soft" seems apropos, and especially so since there is a computer company by that very name in Yokohama - Fujisoft - from which you can supposedly also see Mt. Fuji, on the clearest of days...



Wednesday, August 11, 2010


caught in Shikoku.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Aug. 6th




Thursday, August 5, 2010

"far east"


some of what has been going on the last couple of months.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

misty cool / artsy cool

The aforementioned recent trip to th Setouchi Art Festival meant making new friends with art, and revisiting some old ones, like this Olafur Elliason piece that I met at the Chicago MCA last year (clearly we travel in the same fancy circles).

The art lover in the photo recently posted on Japanese techniques for cooling from the summer heat, including public space water misters - so it seems only right to make mention of this artistic device. Certainly Olafur is thinking along the same lines in terms of his work. Perhaps that is why they asked for this piece to be in the Japanese mid-summer festival?

Monday, July 26, 2010

daily things #1001

A cicada husk found clasping to a tree on Naoshima, in the Seto Inland sea.

This fellow was next to the new Lee Ufan museum and the Setounchi International Art Festival 2010 . For more on that, I recommend Christa's post.

For more on cicadas on the other hand, perhaps here, or here.


Sunday, July 11, 2010

Chiyoda 3331

Chiyoda 3331 art space opened in just the past few weeks and there was an opportunity to stop by. A former public school building now new collective-esque art center of galleries, studios, a cafe, and shops. A beautiful day that turned nicely into a night. Fingers crossed for the possibility of something as interesting as the kids use to rock when they lived in it.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

a ceiling is a sky


every outside has an inside it worries over.

(colors as the camera took them, no additives or preservatives)

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

daily things - June 24, 2010


Look, listen, scribble, catch ~

( translatehighlightamplify )

Monday, June 21, 2010

daily things - June 22, 2010

keys to new places, backs of new business cards, erases that always have an edge, 100 yen store finds that help you find your own way.

Sunday, June 20, 2010


Shinjuku; seen from Tochomae station ~

This was a perfect little visible coffee break after just seeing the the Hussein Chalayan show across town at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo: Spacepods, dresses that weave into a science fiction, and all the like. In a country that is now painting Mobile Suit Gundam on their airplanes, are we surprised it might appeal?

Stopping by to see the latest in footwear at the ABC Mart last night, and the current Nike shoes (hell, more than plenty of the cross-trainers) had a similar membraneous quality, like collagen strands in a tissue.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

daily things - June 20, 2010


~ Yokohama says "ohayoo" ~

Saturday, March 6, 2010



The city has a new skatepark in the year since I was here last.
It's like small scale Robert Smithson, but much better because it is rideable.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Year of the....

On this Chinese New Year of the Tiger, any number could be found, northside and southside of the city.

Here is one spotted during the parade in Chinatown this Sunday...

And this one in the living room.

I enhance them via Photoshop because that is the thing about tigers: You never know where one might be hiding - they camouflage and sneak.

For example, this tiger, that I'm sure you've all seen on the internets, where they hide in the grass.


Monday, January 25, 2010


This was the big and foreboding question posed in the commentary column of a recent edition of my local paper, the Chicago Shimpo.* ( I love you Shimpo).

If Kelly Kulick and her historic victory this week have anything to say, it is a live and kicking! (and striking).

*Yes, there are other locals, like the
Tribune or Sun-Times, but let's be honest, they are bad. Expect more posts on some recent reportage from it...

Thursday, January 21, 2010

~ zurichness ~

Following the trend of catching up, this is another post of events some 2 months past.

This brings us time-traveling to late mid-November, location: Zürich, Switzerland. Walking down Geroldstrasse you come across a strange dispenser on a post. It is nothing other than a bag for dog poo, with handy non-lingual visuals to guide you through the process of using the bag as a glove, and picking up after a pooch (and such a cute spotted one at that).

This is a nice resource for the people walking their dogs, but then I suppose even for the good Samaritan as well? I once read The Ecology of Stray Dogs by Alan Beck, a 70's urban ecology classic. He estimated an ungodly amount of dog waste that Baltimore absorbs into the grass and concrete every year. Shudder to think; better still, read about it! The photos of the dogs in the book are quite charming and the whole book is now available for free as a PDF online.

Walking down the road further still, past the crazy Freitag shop, and you come to Heils-Armee Brocki, a very nice Salvation Army Thrift shop if I ever saw one (go here to let the tidal wave of salvation music flow over you). Xa - the reason for which I was even in the city - had received advanced intel on this spot, and it did not disappoint. She bought two pairs of boots, and I picked up the two lovely, used items:

A set of pick-up sticks. One of my favorite games of all time, this set clearly got soe good use. An "H. Huber" appears to have been the owner according to the marker on the flap. The masking tape the flap must be over 10 years old, but still is sticky like new (those Swiss do not compromise on product excellence). I an happy to report the sticks have good action and are highly playable.

Another find was this copy of "Hobby" magazine circa 1954, completely in German, so I have no idea what it says, but I don't really have to. The pictures tell it all - specs and stories on hypersonic jets, car manufactury, blueprints of high speed underwater cameras, adventure narratives about tree houses, and LP player innovations, all inflected with a healthy dose of science fiction - everything for the young boy and the boy within most grown men. It is complete eye candy from a graphic design point of view in a way that can only be understood in seeing it, and perhaps first hand, in its loose, smooth and floppy magazine pages. The best couple franks spent

small richness of zürichness /

Monday, January 18, 2010

"a recalcitrant status quo"

"America, the richest and most powerful nation in the world, can well lead the way in this revolution of values. There is nothing to prevent us from paying adequate wages to school teachers, social workers and other servants of the public to insure that we have the best available personnel in these positions which are charged with the responsibility of guiding our future generations. There is nothing but a lack of social vision to prevent us from paying an adequate wage to every American citizen whether he be a hospital worker, laundry worker, maid or day laborer. There is nothing except shortsightedness to prevent us from guaranteeing an annual minimum-and livable-income for every American family. There is nothing, except a tragic death wish, to prevent us from reordering our priorities, so that the pursuit of peace will take precedence over the pursuit of war. There is nothing to keep us from remolding a recalcitrant status quo with bruised hands until we have fashioned it into a brotherhood."

The Living in a World House essay

to be found in

Saturday, January 16, 2010

galactic scone

When staring down at the plate and the incidental sugar that sprinkled off breakfast is like looking up at the sky.

I don't even know the last time I was somewhere dark enough to see the Milky Way otherwise (perhaps Oregon 2007?)