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Maurizio Anzeri: Photo Embroidery
11.05.2009
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Embroidery never seemed as dark and suggestive as in the art of London-based Italian artist Maurizio Anzeri. In his meticulous work, he transforms old discarded family photographs into three-dimensional objects with intense psychological evocations. ?

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11.05.2009
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Animated Stereoviews of Old Japanese Photos
11.05.2009
12:16 am
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Awesome blog Pink Tentacle says, “In the late 19th and early 20th century, enigmatic photographer T. Enami (1859-1929) captured a number of 3D stereoviews depicting life in Meiji-period Japan.”
 
See more cool Japanese stereoviews over at Pink Tenticle.

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11.05.2009
12:16 am
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Girls Freestyle International Skateboard Championship (1965)
11.04.2009
11:42 pm
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11.04.2009
11:42 pm
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The Strangeness That Is Jacques Demy’s Model Shop
11.04.2009
03:38 pm
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I’m always fascinated when the great European directors come to work in America.  Zabriskie Point, while a hands-down favorite of mine anyway, in my eyes, almost succeeds more as a relative failure because there’s something poignant about Michelangelo Antonioni‘s need to make sense of a landscape more disjointed than Rome (L’Eclisse), more baffling than North Africa (The Passenger), and possibly more empty than ‘60s London (Blow-Up).  Antonioni might not have succeeded in making sense of countercultural America, but there’s something undeniably beautiful about his attempt.

Jacques Demy‘s nearly forgotten film, Model Shop, is another example of a perceived failure that somehow manages to succeed all the more so for it.  Released, briefly, by Columbia Pictures in ‘69, when Demy was still basking in the international glow of his Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Model Shop stars Gary Lockwood as a Vietnam-dreading drifter who starts trailing around Los Angeles Anouk Aimee’s older French woman (well, who wouldn’t?!)  Thus begins a hall-of-mirrors roundelay that, despite it’s strained dialogue and meandering plot, comes off as much a love letter to Los Angeles as it does to melancholy romance.
 
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And while Model Shop flirts with themes of the “universal condition,” it’s also wonderful to see (as it is in Don’t Make Waves or Play It As It Lays) what the city looked like back then, less burdened as it was by cars, noise, and signage.  A (typically) colorful clip from Model Shop follows below:

 
Bonus: Harrison Ford’s Model Shop Screen Test

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11.04.2009
03:38 pm
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The Bald Bear Horror Show
11.04.2009
03:30 pm
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As spotted in today’s Daily Mail, Leipzig veterinarians are baffled as to what, exactly, is causing the sudden, full-body hair loss of the zoo’s female bear population.  Global warming, a possible virus?  No one knows.  But there is an upside: the zoo has experienced a tremendous surge in attendance.
 
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11.04.2009
03:30 pm
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Captain Nemo’s Home Theater
11.04.2009
02:08 pm
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Saw an interesting TED talk the other day by Design Mind editor-in-chief Sam Martin on The Quirky World of Manspaces.  I’m pretty sure Martin would see as “quirky” this 20,000 Leagues-inspired home theater space.

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(via DudeCraft)

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11.04.2009
02:08 pm
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Obama’s Brother Meets The Chinese Press
11.04.2009
12:51 pm
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After flying well below the radar for the last few years, Barack Obama’s younger brother, Mark Okoth Obama Ndesandjo, surfaced yesterday—his first public speaking event—to promote his new, autobiographical novel, Nairobi to Shenzhen.

Speaking from Shenzhen, where he lives with his Chinese wife, Ndesandjo said little about Barack, but he did say, “We are family.  I love my family and we are in touch.”  Seeing his brother win the Presidency helped Ndesandjo come to terms with his painful past—enough, anyway, to finish the book, what the Brown and Stanford-educated Ndesandjo calls a search for “identity and self.”

In the 255-page novel, self-published through Aventine Press, Ndesandjo’s character is called David.  He makes no reference to his brother, Barack.  But he depicts their Kenyan father as an abusive alcoholic who beats David, and David’s Jewish American mother.

Barack Obama Sr. married Mark’s mother, Ruth Nidesand, while he was studying at Harvard, after divorcing President Obama’s mother, Stanley Ann Dunham.  The elder Obama and Nidesand lived together in Nairobi, Kenya, where Mark spent much of his childhood.  How much of the book is true?

‘It’s a work of fiction, but there’s a lot going on in there that parallels my life,’ Ndesandjo said.

 
The Washington Post: Obama’s Brother Speaks Out For First Time

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11.04.2009
12:51 pm
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Pair Demand Apology Over Racist Receipt
11.04.2009
10:57 am
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A student and his girlfriend are outraged after being called a ‘black couple’ on their receipt by staff at a London pub.

Johnson Abraham, 24, and Roxanne Duhur, 21, claim they were the only couple dining when they received their bill at the Slug And Lettuce in Islington Green.

Mr Abraham, a mechanical engineering student from Dalston, was at the pub last month with Ms Duhur to celebrate her new job as an estate agent.

They ordered at the bar, without a table number, before going upstairs to find a seat. When they went to pay for the meal the comment ‘upstairs blk couple’ was printed on the bill.

Mr Abraham said: ?

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11.04.2009
10:57 am
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The Witch
11.04.2009
12:40 am
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This song,“The Witch,” was a worldwide hit by The Rattles. They were the first German group ever to make the America music charts. The extraordinary looking lead singer is named Edna B?ɬ

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11.04.2009
12:40 am
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Why Texas is Better
11.04.2009
12:13 am
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Thanks Patrick!

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11.04.2009
12:13 am
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