Saturday, February 5, 2011

Photo 101

Is this a photo of the icicles?

Or the bridge.

F-stop defines depth of field.

Friday, February 4, 2011

You know you wanna

Years ago I designed several showrooms in LA and flew in and out a lot. 
Landing at night is amazing, a hundred miles of pink and blue neon, then startling black as you wing out over the Pacific. The pilot plants the wing, a 180 degree bank, the neon suddenly POPS all around you again and then, BOOM!, you are down. So cool.
Lucky us, fond memories this morning because our friends over at Boing Boing have posted a fantastic sped-up 4 minute video with the song 'Los Angeles' by Sugarcult. Let's fly in together.
You know you wanna do it.

to cure you they must kill you

Thursday, February 3, 2011

No more, thanks... I’m set.

“A 2005 survey carried out by the British Cheese Board reported that Stilton cheese seemed to cause unusual dreams when eaten before sleep.” 

The scientific study involved 200 volunteers and was conducted under controlled conditions.

“75% of men and 85% of women experienced ‘odd and vivid’ dreams after eating a 20-gram serving of the cheese half an hour prior to sleeping.”

Even when allowing for plus/minus variation, similar studies have revealed findings consistently too high for these results to fall within any random sampling. Weird dreams appear to be true.

The prevailing theory posits that bacteria involved in fermenting dairy from this particular geographic region is nearly identical to the growth on the underside of a Psylocybin mushroom.

Party on.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Kind of blue

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Finest/Bravest, your tax $ @work

Whether by day…
...or night…

...our ClockTower is surrounded by major highway and the real-life drama is relentless.

It’s like cinéma vérité.

It’s right in front of us.

And it never ends.

Monday, January 31, 2011

New forms of life on the beaches

This video was just sent over by an old pal, 
2:38 of pure awesome.

Theo Jansen is an incredibly creative and inventive Dutch man seeking immortality on the beaches of Holland through PVC pipe and the wind.

He’s been perfecting these designs for over 20 years and he hopes they will live permanently in the Dutch sanddunes.

“Then I could die quietly knowing that I will live on
 for the beaches, on the beaches.”

Thanks, Joe.

Bring. It. On.

Good news! According to MSNBC, the average supermarket presents “over 50,000 different items for sale.” That’s a lot of shelf space and our new WesternBEEF promises to be anything but average.

A study by the Mayor’s Food Policy Task force revealed that poorer neighborhoods are prone to diet related diseases like heart disease, obesity and diabetes because “pork rinds and Hostess cupcakes are more available than fresh produce.”

The study also found that with “82,000 residents and 12 supermarkets, the South Bronx has 22,000 more people than the Upper West Side—but less than half as many groceries.”

In response, the city has established the FOOD RETAIL EXPANSION to SUPPORT HEALTH program, “FRESH”, to encourage "the establishment and retention of neighborhood grocery stores in underserved communities in Northern Manhattan, the South Bronx, Central Brooklyn and Jamaica, Queens."

“Many people in low-income neighborhoods are spending their food budget at discount stores or pharmacies where there is no fresh produce,” said Amanda Burden, the city’s planning director. “In our study, a significant percentage of them reported that in the day before our survey, they had not eaten fresh fruit or vegetables. Not one.”

As a result of this program, our WESTERN BEEF along Morris Avenue is developing a new facility thousands of square feet larger than the existing market.

The building permit allows for the creation of “3 separate retail spaces”.

According to its webpage, this expansion “will enable the company to create an ideal showcase for its brand and provide space for new departments, such as a bakery with a brick oven and a full service deli."
Brick oven bakery?? DELI??? Be still my foolish heart.
This is the service hook up to the watermain along Morris Avenue:

And these are the wastelines that will drain it all away:

Western Beef will also install energy efficient equipment and HVAC systems, and use energy efficient building materials to reduce energy consumption.” Notice the high-insulation ceiling panels being installed:

And in exchange, the Western Beef will benefit from a reduction of land taxes, building taxes and mortgage recording taxes while enjoying an increase of sales tax exemptions, additional development rights, a reduction in required parking and energy efficiency credits.

ClockTowerTenant foodies rejoice! 
The existing WesternBEEF is crazy overcrowded.

Bring. It. On.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

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"We have never heard the devil's side of the story, 
God wrote all the book."
Anatole France