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Friday, December 31, 2004

My New Year's

Like most everyone I know, my New Year's plans completely failed to materialize this year. Between everyone being scattered about the US, and drug connections falling through, I don't know anyone with a decent gameplan. Tonight will most likely fail to develop into anything more than a couple pints.

Of course, I should have expected this.

As everyone knows, New Year's Eve in New York always sucks. All of the parties thrown by promoters will cost you $150 (minimum) by the end of the night, so you just end up going to a couple of your favorite bars with your closest friends.

Which is exactly what you'd do if it were any other Friday night, except that tonight you have to fight your way through the tide of plastered bankers and their Hoboken brides. That, and everything you try to do costs twice as much.

What's even sadder is that it's been a year since last New Year's, which I spent on a friend's farm in West Virginia:

WVista

Exactly one year ago I had just finished helping to erect a 20 ft. tall bonfire (built around an incredibly dry bale of hay that we pulled out of the barn):

Setup

At midnight we lit it:

Bonfires

Maybe that was enough fun for two years. Almost heaven.

Blogger J thought:

i like to light things on fire too!

December 31, 2004 at 5:29 PM - Comment Permalink  

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Lucky Pennies

Pennies

Over the course of the past 4 days, I've found 34 pennies on the street.

That's a freakishly high number, don't you think?

Mathematicians, do the odds.

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Thursday, December 30, 2004

Roses

Roses

A photograph from 2002.

Blogger Paige thought:

Okay I just stumbled onto your blog and I want to leave comments in almost every post because you blog about just the most beautiful, interesting things ever. (But I know old comments sometimes are overlooked.)

But yes, the pictures, the ideas, everything is fabulous. Like the bear and plane, that was one of my favourites. and the copper ball.! You get my award for best blog discovered in the last minutes of 2004. (and hopefully there is much more to come for 2005!)

December 31, 2004 at 1:56 AM - Comment Permalink  

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Gray/Grey

Google and the billions of sources that back it up, say the only difference between gray and grey, is that the latter is preferrable to the British, and Americans tend to go with the prior.

Which saddens me a little, because I've always considered them different colors entirely.

Gray with an A: Warm Grays
Grey with an E: Cool Greys

Am I the only one who makes this distinction?

Anonymous Anonymous thought:

i thought grey was a sad grey, like the grey skies on that sad night.

i thought gray was just gray. like the gray sky.

January 4, 2005 at 3:56 AM - Comment Permalink  

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Invisibility

Invisible

Today, the MIT Technology Review posted an interesting article about Adaptive Camouflage. AKA: the shit the Predator had. I particularly like the revelation that shadows are the biggest hurdle towards simulated invisibility, it's appropriate somehow.

Blogger Nathan Frampton thought:

I would like to hear your thoughts on global warming.

You may want to check out my blog "Framptonia" at nathanframpton.blogspot.com . I have a few contributors and there are some great discussions.

You may also want to try blog explosion to get more readers on your blog. I have a blog explosion link on my blog if you are interested.

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Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Visual Browsing on an iBook DS

We are pleased to announce that all CoverFlow technology and intellectual property was recently sold to Apple. It has been incorporated into the latest version of iTunes. Please visit www.apple.com/itunes.

Dissatisfaction Sows Innovation

We are pleased to announce that all CoverFlow technology and intellectual property was recently sold to Apple. It has been incorporated into the latest version of iTunes. Please visit www.apple.com/itunes.

Quotations

"Collective fear stimulates herd instinct, and tends to produce ferocity toward those who are not regarded as members of the herd." - Bertrand Russell

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Bloc Party

Bloc Party

Bloc Party just recently signed to Vice Recordings for US distribution. Which pretty much means that in a couple months you'll be entirely sick of their addictive Les Savy Fav-via-London sound. Enjoy them now, while you have a chance.

Left Image: The Cobra Snake
Right Image: Last Night's Party

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Tuesday, December 28, 2004

An Afternoon's Conquest

Nail

I've been trying to remove this nail from a brick wall that runs the length of our apartment for nearly four months now. Upon hearing this, my brother laughed condescendingly and announced that within 10 minutes he'd have it out. An hour, two crow bars, a hammer, a sculptor's mallet and a hack saw later, it finally came out.

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Circle in the Square

Ball and Plate

A ball of copper wrapping paper I offered the cats (they subsequently neglected it), and a plate I had to install in our floor (you could see into the loft below us, they could also see up into ours).

Other boxed circles here.

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Worship

I rewired and rearranged my entire stereo today, and I'm afraid I may have built myself a shrine to my iPod:

iPod Shrine

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Monday, December 27, 2004

Our State

I found this in my spam this morning:

Spam

I think it pretty much sums up the state of modern existence at this point.

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Short Days Past

I just got back to my apartment to discover that my Christmas cactus had begun to bloom while I was away. It literally bloomed on Christmas:

Xmas Cactus 2

My Mom's was looking great as well:

Mom's Cactus

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Aquamarine Embers

In response to Friday's comments:

Blue Flame

She's throwing in heaping handfuls of this shit (which produces a "fanciful fiesta of colorful dancing flames"), not solvent-soaked pinecones.

Though you're right about the grin. My Mom's a pyro.

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Friday, December 24, 2004

Warmth/Combustion

Fireplace

It's nice to be home.

Blogger hipp-o thought:

the only thing missing from this pic is pam hurling solvent-soaked pinecones onto the flames (while wearing a mischevious grin). merry xmas.

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Thursday, December 23, 2004

Massive Change

Massive Change

I think it's really important to see possibilities and responsibilities as inseparable. These people think so too. Check out: Massive Change.

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Pitchfork's 50 Best

Pitchfork

Pitchfork Media, the somewhat fading, but still totally useful, website of choice for indie rockers nationwide, has again published their 50 Best Albums of 2004. Like the Other Muisc Year End Recap, it's an awsome list of what you might want to download.

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Quotations

"Every facet, every department of your mind is to be programmed by you, and unless you assume your rightful responsibility, and begin to program your own mind, the world will program it for you." - Unknown

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The Cobra Snake

Cobra Snake

Clearly, the internet is a great way to waste time. One good thing to do, is to try and find people you know on Polaroid Scene, which as of January 1st will relocate to The Cobra Snake.

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Slipstream

Slipstream

Rouge Amoeba announced today, a new applcation called Slipstream that will allow you to stream audio from any application to an AirPort Express. It should ship in early 2005.

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Bearplane

Bearplane

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Wasted Photons

Speaking of solar panels...

My friend Aaron asked a really good question last night: Why aren't we lining the interiors of our homes with solarvoltaic materials, in addition to the more accepted practice of applying panels to the exteriors of our houses?

We use a considerable amount of resources, both material and monetary, generating the artificial light by which we illuminate our interiors, and a large amount of that energy is wasted as those photons bounce around our apartments. Only a miniscule fraction of the photons we make every day actually land in our retinas, right? So, why not harness all those stray photons, convert them to electrons via transparent solarvoltaic films on our walls, furniture, etc., and then use those electrons to power the lights in the first place?

It sounds like a responsible and signifigantly more efficient way to illuminate and power our lives to me.

Blogger hipp-o thought:

two comments:

1) the amount of photons within the house, even when heavily lit is miniscule compared to the amount oustide on a sunny day. but it might be enought to run small appliances (calculators, clocks, etc.)

2) bouncing photons make for bright settings even if they are "wasted" - that's why a sunny day on earth is so wonderfully bright and colorful, and yet every day in space is dark (no bouncing photons) except when looking directly at the sun (not recommended). so snatching up the extra photons would make the room "darker" in the same way a black wall would. that being said, im still up for capturing those rascally little wasted photons.

what i'd also be interested in seeing are floors with springs underneath them that convert mechanical energy into electricity. Not so springy as to make walking weird or difficult, but just enough so that all my nightly trips to the bathroom might power the next mornings coffee. or shoes with springs to lengthen my i-pod battery life.

hipp-o

December 24, 2004 at 6:03 PM - Comment Permalink  

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Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Solar Farms

Solar Farm

30 Acres, 10 Megawatts, 9,000 homes.

Via FutureWire

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Full Color Bossa

Full Color Bossa

Zuga Kousaku's screen saver Full Color Bossa is perhaps the most beautiful I've ever seen.
For those of you still on Windows, here's a little something for you: The Thief.

Anonymous Anonymous thought:

Full Color Bossa

DEAD LINK

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Extinguish-Dish Lighter

Lighter
Please view the full-scale image as well.

I hate constantly having resin and ash build up on my lighters after extinguishing bowls with the side of them. The heat from snuffing the bowl melts the plastic a little, so every little fleck of ash becomes permanently trapped on the surface of the lighter. It's filthy, let alone indiscreet.

Instead, I propose a disposable lighter that has a little metal dish embedded into the side of it. The dish would be a little over 3/4" in diameter, so that it would fit nicely around a standard bowl, and would be about 1/8" deep. The metal would help absorb heat, and would be easy to clean with a little Goo-Gone, and the dish would be deep enough to keep your hands and pockets untainted between cleanings.

It couldn't add more than a fraction of a penny to the cost of each lighter, right? The Brits have their Clippers, why can't we develop these?

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Shy Child

If you like Ratatat you should give Shy Child a try.

Via Rie

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Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Teleportation

Delta 9 - Tetrahydrocannabinol + iPod + The New York City Subway System = The closest thing to teleportation since this.

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Coalescence

Flocks

What holds a flock of pigeons together?
I've always figured that is was something on the spectrum between friendship and gravity.

Anonymous anise thought:

wow. you are fascinating. i like your thoughts. i wish i had known about this site while i lived in nyc.

July 18, 2007 at 1:57 AM - Comment Permalink  

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AirPort Express

AirPort Express

Heather's folks gave me an AirPort Express for Christmas, and this thing is life-altering. I cannot convey enough just how amazing it is to browse through 50 gigs of music, and then summon to life RZA's beats or M83's strings. Technology is indeed approaching the transparency of magic.

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New On My Radar

Is it just me, or has the word "Crisp" started to really catch on in the mainstream?
I feel like I hear it every other day now, be it on a bus or on a blog.
Definitely the new "Tight".

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Darius and Downey

Darius and Downey

Out of Atlanta and Cincinnati, via Brooklyn, Darius and Downey are on the bleeding edge of what publicly installed artwork can be.

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Peripheral

Peripheral

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Saturday, December 18, 2004

Scott Sparks

Scott Sparks

A photograph from 2003.

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Stillwater

Ocean

I rarely remember my dreams.
I only have a chance if I wake up in the middle of one.
I tend to only remember the stunning ones.

It was a deep blue evening, and my family, Heather and I were swimming in a playful ocean.
Then something changed.
And the water lost its energy, losing its froth and calming to a deep black.

It was by far one of the weirdest sensations I have ever felt.

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Friday, December 17, 2004

A Proposition

Delivery

I'll buy beers all night, at the bar of your choice, if you are the first person to give me a number of a delivery service that will come to Bushwick.

Blogger The Hammer thought:

Good old Bushwick. I used to live there. At the Morgan stop on the L. The lofts on 250 Moore street. I think they were called Bush Gardens or something. Ah, the memories. Life Cafe delivers. It's the only place that was any where close to us. Good luck on your quest for delivery.

alison
gethammered.blogspot.com

December 21, 2004 at 3:54 PM - Comment Permalink  
Blogger Dan Pepper thought:

Hey man, no idea if you'll get a notification of this comment, but I'm moving to Bushwick next week and I wonder if you've had any luck finding a service in the intervening years since you posted this. If so, a tip on where to look would be greatly appreciated.

dbpepper@gmail.com

June 2, 2006 at 8:39 PM - Comment Permalink  

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Other Music Year End Recap

Other Music

Other Music, considered by many to be New York City's authority on indie rock and bedroom electronica, has once again unleashed their free Year End Recap. It's basically a 30-page list of all the things you wish you had downloaded in 2004, but didn't know about.

In related news: Acquisition is a billion times better than LimeWire.

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Already, Today

Briefly showered.
Removed a possible source of tetanus from our floor.
Took the train to Bloomingdales.
Bought 80% of our Christmas presents.
Walked a couple avenue of blocks, to a couple of other stores.
Took the train to lunch.
Ate curry.
Train home.
Did a week's worth of dishes.
Cleaned the house.
Did 5 loads of laundry (fixed broken dryer by beating it with a hammer).
Wrapped said presents.
Folded said laundry.
Made the bed.

Heather's family is landing at LaGuardia in a couple hours.

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Thursday, December 16, 2004

Re: Sunsets

I prove my point again, the sunset this evening was wonderful:

Sunset 2

This time from the roof of my office.

Anonymous Anonymous thought:

Man, your blog is very colorful. I loved the pictures you posted. I don't go to people's blog that often but there are times when I do and I think your blog is one of the coolest.

December 16, 2004 at 8:14 PM - Comment Permalink  

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Turbulence

Turbulence

The flow of a fluid volume in which the velocity at a given point changes rapidly in magnitude and direction.

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Matt Siber

Floating Logos

Matt Siber has a fairly articulate explanation of the concepts behind his work "Floating Logos" on his website, though I think the photographs alone communicate his intentions quite quietly and quite beautifully.

Via Near Near Future

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Hyperacute Hearing

Fluorescent Lights

Can you hear fluorescent lights?
I can.
All the time.
They all sound a little different from one another.
But in general, it's a high-pitched sawtoothed buzz.
Not the rough, lower buzz of a broken fixture.
Or of flickering tubes in the subway.
That, I know you can hear.

Anonymous Anonymous thought:

Do you have a form of autism?

June 6, 2007 at 12:57 AM - Comment Permalink  
Blogger Andy thought:

I think I'm on the autistic spectrum. But I wouldn't say I have autism. That diminishes the struggle that autists face in this society. I'm pretty functional, far more so than most with Asperger's...

Still, I exhibit a lot of classic symptoms: slight face blindness, inability to read fiction, obliviousness to song lyrics, lack of eye contact, loud talking, obsession with pattern, etc...

Anyway,

A.

June 6, 2007 at 10:24 AM - Comment Permalink  

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Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Sunsets

Today, someone told me that they didn't like sunsets.

To them I say:

Sunset

The view from my roof.

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Booms

Sonic Boom

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Jason Nocito

Jason Nocito

If you haven't seen it lately, it looks like Jason's online photography portfolio has had a pretty thorough update. Lots of new East Village antics, starring the usual players.

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Ebay Pulse

Ebay has added a zeitgeist feature, joining the ranks of Google and Yahoo.

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Bloodwars

Bloodwars

Bloodwars is a online graff magazine that boasts an astonishing 14 free issues. Each a nearly 50 page PDF.

PDF delivery of self-published artists' books and magazines is a distribution model that's on the come up. Especially once PDFs wrapped in RSS work well, and art works are readable on portable devices via Podcasting.

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Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Enter the Age of the Data State

Map Portal

The City of New York has recently introduced a new feature on nyc.gov, The New York City Map Portal, and it might just be the single greatest navigational tool to befall New Yorkers since Metrocard-sized subway maps.

Not only will it show you where the subway stops are (unlike Mapquest or Citysearch), but it will even show you which building you are searching for, who owns it, and all of their violations with the New York City Department of Buildings.

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Written on the Negative

Written on the Negative

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You Are Beautiful

You Are Beutiful

New work from Chicago's consistently brilliant You Are Beautiful collective.

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Phamous 69

Phamous69

The latest issue of Phamous 69 dropped today.
Easily the best web-based fashion rag since Hint.

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Monday, December 13, 2004

Skipping Stones

The New York Times on the best way to skip a stone.
The nerd version.

Vija

Images by Vija Celmins

Blogger Christiana thought:

This is really cool. I always enjoy learning about the science behind every-day things like this.

December 13, 2004 at 6:55 PM - Comment Permalink  

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iBook DS

Why aren't there any dual-screen laptops available?

iBook DS

How much could an additional touch-screen LCD really cost? $500, max. That's not much to pay for all for the added benefit of a second display. I'd pay it.

Hardware wise, all you'd have to do is encase a touch-sensitive LCD under some sort of space-age, diamond-hard, crystal-clear acrylic. Something like the shit that space helmets and submersibles are made out of.

Software wise, Apple's set. OSX already has support for dual displays, with both side-to-side screen extension and screen mirroring, and for handwriting recognition via Inkwell.

When closed, the external display would show you your standard desktop and applications that were augmented to work well with a stylus. Upon opening the laptop, the desktop would slowly fade out on the external display and fade in on the standard internal display. As the external display faded from the standard desktop view, it would fade into one of many user-definable displays.

Some options include:

Having it run an Open GL screensaver.
Having it display a message to the folks across the library.
Having it change color to indicate that you have received new mail, or that your stocks are up (much like the brilliant Ambient Orb).
Viewing iTunes visualizations.
Playing games of Battleship.
Etc.

The options are limitless. And, that's not to even mention the benefits of a well designed tablet.

I hate wanting what isn't available yet.

Anonymous Anonymous thought:

looking back at this ds post...... did you buy your iPad yet!? they finally caught up with you!

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Short Days

Xmas Cactus

Our christmas cactus is going to bloom for the first time in nearly 3 years.

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Sunday, December 12, 2004

Cheap Eats

Back from the best arepas in Manhattan.

Caracas

Caracas Arepa Bar
97 East 7th Street
BYOB!

Unbelievable.

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Windswept

Windswept

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We Are You

We Are You

The piece in Topic looks pretty much like this.
Except for the color, the resolution and the scale.
But, you get the idea.

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New On My Radar

Mags

Fugue Magazine - Out of LA - Via Raymi
Strut Magazine - Out of Montreal - Via Paige
Topic Magazine - Out of New York - Via Gemma

One of my newest pieces is featured in the upcoming issue of Topic, if you see it on newstands pick it up. The "Topic" this time around is Family.

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