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2009 March |

Archive for March, 2009

Helen Levitt

March 31st, 2009 by Jeff | 0

One of the world’s great street photographers, Helen Levitt has died at the age of 95. Listen to a 2002 NPR interview with Levitt and see a gallery of Levitt’s photos.



The Art of the Title Sequence

March 27th, 2009 by Jeff | 0

Ian Albinson and Alex Ulloa have created a great blog about movie titles, The Art of the Title Sequence. You can watch more than a hundred of the best movie titles in high quality video or even get them as a podcast. Remember when your heart sank just a little when you realized the Pink Panther movie wasn’t a cartoon?

How the Mess Started

March 26th, 2009 by Jeff | 0

If you’re looking for more clues as to how Depression 2.0 started, a good place to start is when the Republican-lead 106th Congress voted on November 5, 1999 to repeal the Glass-Steagall Act of 1933.

One Republican Senator, Richard C. Shelby of Alabama, voted against the legislation. He was joined by seven Democrats: Barbara Boxer of California, Richard H. Bryan of Nevada, Russell D. Feingold of Wisconsin, Tom Harkin of Iowa, Barbara A. Mikulski of Maryland, Mr. Dorgan and Mr. Wellstone.

In the House, 155 Democrats and 207 Republicans voted for the measure, while 51 Democrats, 5 Republicans and 1 independent opposed it. Fifteen members did not vote.

…”I think we will look back in 10 years’ time and say we should not have done this but we did because we forgot the lessons of the past, and that that which is true in the 1930’s is true in 2010,” said Senator Byron L. Dorgan, Democrat of North Dakota.

The Burgeoning Hoovervilles of the California

March 25th, 2009 by Jeff | 0

The New York Times has a slideshow of the new tent cities of California. Homeless enclaves have grown in places such as Nashville, Olympia, Wash., and St. Petersburg, Fla., but the situation in Sacramento has received extra attention following a visit from Oprah Winfrey. In Fresno, where the city estimates more than 2,000 of the cities 500,000 residents are homeless, the city planned to begin “triage” on the encampments soon, We’re treating it like any other disaster area, says Gregory Barfield, the city’s homeless prevention and policy manager. Read more about these new shanty towns in our midst.

Jason de Caires Taylor

March 25th, 2009 by Jeff | 2 comments

Things are a lot creepier underwater. In 2006 English artist Jason de Caires Taylor created one of the world’s first underwater sculpture parks in Grenada, West Indies and soon will create another, larger one off the coast of Mexico’s Yucatan pennisula. He’s also got plans for a land-based sculpture park in Crete that uses sculptures filled with earth and seeds from native plant species which will eventually continue his theme of organic transformation. See some photos or watch a video and swim among de Caires Taylor’s creepy sculptures.

Grandpa’s Garage

March 22nd, 2009 by Jeff | 0


Del made this out of wood and glue– no metal. See more of Del’s creations.

(via TheJBspecial)

Allonzo Trier

March 21st, 2009 by Jeff | 0

He’s got his own clothing line and lots of attention from college scouts. His obsessive practice routine includes making–not just attempting–450 shots a day. He’s the hot, new basketball phenom. The thing is Allonzo Trier, who handles the basketball like a yo-yo, is a 13 year-old Seattle 7th grader. Check out this slideshow and this highlight video reel.


March 21st, 2009 by Jeff | 0

Bernard has seen the future.

Big Plans After She’s Gone

March 21st, 2009 by Jeff | 0

Ingrid Newkirk, founder of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals India, is going to be very busy after she’s dead.


March 17th, 2009 by Jeff | 0

If you like old car emblems and typefaces you should checkout Cartype, which has hundreds of images of automobile marketing. While there’s a lot of modern schlock, there are tons of brochures, vintage car emblems, and even tv commercials on the site.

Nicolai Howalts

March 16th, 2009 by Jeff | 0

Danish photographer Nicolai Howalts has taken some beautiful photos in several disparate series. In 3×1, his portraits of a family living in a Danish suburban counsel flat show a different kind of crazy. Other great series include his portraits of very young boxers taken before and after matches, and his How to Hunt photo series of a Danish bird hunt that looks like beautiful, detailed 19C paintings.

Sun K. Kwak: Enfolding 280 Hours

March 13th, 2009 by Jeff | 0

A very cool-looking piece called Enfolding 280 Hours by Korean-born, New York City–based artist Sun K. Kwak will open later this month at the Brooklyn Museum. It’s an enormous mural created by using about 3 miles of black masking tape. The title refers to the number of hours the artist estimated that it would take her and her assistants to install the piece. Checkout photos of the taping process. The piece will be up from March 27 to July 5.


March 13th, 2009 by Jeff | 0

You’ll get hungry after browsing through the daily Scanwiches of some brilliant blogger in NYC.


Old People Review Animal Collective

March 12th, 2009 by Jeff | 0

Watch a little Breakfast at Sulimay’s, where old people review music.

Jenny Holzer

March 12th, 2009 by Jeff | 0

A major exhibition of the artist Jenny Holzer opens today at the Whitney Museum of American Art. This is the largest exhibition in the U.S. of Holzer’s work in more than 15 years. Organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the show centers on Holzer’s work since the 1990s and includes her LED sculptures, paintings and some Projections. See images and video from the exhibit. The show closes May 31st….[edit] And also…There’s a nice review by Roberta Smith in the New York Times, where she singled out Holzer’s piece “Red Yellow Looming,” as what may be the most beautiful yet most sinister piece Ms. Holzer has made. See more photos of the Holzer show.

You Think You’re Having a Bad Day…

March 12th, 2009 by Jeff | 0

Your day has not been as bad as these folks. F****My Life.

Goatee Saver

March 12th, 2009 by Jeff | 0

I’ve never grown a goatee, but if I could I’d probably use the Goatee Saver to keep it trimmed nice and neat. Remember “your goatee helps fashion your identity,” so keep it tidy.

While You Were Sleeping, the Late ’90s Came Back

March 11th, 2009 by Jeff | 0

Blackstar (Mos Def & Talib Kweli) - Definition– Y.O.

U.S. Immigration Map

March 11th, 2009 by Jeff | 0

There’s a great Immigration map in the New York Times today that shows how foreign-born groups settled across the U.S. during the past 120 years.

Market Publique

March 10th, 2009 by Jeff | 2 comments

Where do fashionable hipsters go to get their couture-vintage fashions. No, not to the local vintage store– after their post-brunch stop off at their secret Mission thrift mill there’s really nothing cool left. Ebay? Too many Eddie Bauer sweats, Mom. Sometimes they stop off at Market Publique. Nothing fer fellas yet, though.