Saturday, October 20, 2012

on being an artist

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Leonardo DaVinci 1452-1519, is widely considered to be one of the greatest painters of all time, and perhaps the most diversely talented person ever to have lived.

“Thus I say to you whom nature prompts to pursue this art, if you wish to have a sound knowledge of the forms of objects begin with the details of them.” 

“Do not go on to the next step till you have the first well fixed in memory and in practice.”

“And if you do otherwise you will throw away your time, or certainly greatly prolong your studies.” 

“And remember to acquire diligence rather than rapidity.”

Friday, October 19, 2012

forget the alamo


MicroSoft launches its sleek new Surface tablet this week and Steve Balmer has a lot riding on it. To stay relevant in an exploding mobile market that did not embrace the Windows Phone, a software company builds hardware. 

And launches it with a splash of dancing people
 and fountains and stuff.

Check out the dancing school girls. Yeah, baby.

The reviews are snazzy, it’s apparently well made and it has a nifty magnetic keyboard cover. But I don’t think this catches on in any color, not really. I’ll tell you why.


The iPAD this competes against is a device built on top of earlier devices over an entire ecosystem of existing applications.

With the Surface, MicroSoft is running a brand new OS called RT, a slimmed down version of brand new Windows 8. Yeah, baby. 

remember the Zune.

come on and take a free ride

It’s Friday!

The Central Park bicycle climb starts in the east 70‘s at about the boathouse and continues all the way up to about 106th street where it levels off.

Then it banks hard left and nosedives into an “S” curve down around the Lasker Rink.

You can fly, picking up speed all the way down and around the long sweeping right at the bottom.

Then it gently graduates to the exit at 110th.

I’ve scared myself a couple times.

1972, number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

seven times.........what!?

I’m just sayin’

John Goodman is well named, y’know? He seems the epitome of a good man.

Lance Armstrong, on the other foot, might have been more aptly named Legstrong, or at least until these past few months.

Budweiser cut ties with him yesterday and he’s resigned the chairmanship of his cancer charity. With RadioShack and now NIKE deserting him, his fall from grace is largely complete.

I’m not supporting his doping, either, how something is achieved is as important to me as achieving in the first place.


And the law is clear.

But as a culture, aren’t we being a bit hypocritical?

Lance does drugs, wins races, we applaud and then strip him of his seven titles.

Snoop huffs up a spliff and gets inspired, records a great album and what happens?

We make him rich and give him a Grammy.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

hallowed grounds

beware the sliding door


we all gotta eat

“Original plaster cast portraits from John Ahearn and Rigoberto Torres’s 1979 exhibition “South Bronx Hall of Fame” were originally done free of charge for members of a community experiencing severe economic hardship.”

“This time around [May, 2012] visitors can sign up
 to have casts made by Ahearn and Torres 
for the right price.”

Tuesday, October 16, 2012


I love it.