Monday, January 30, 2012

As seen on the Twitter XLIII

An atheist birthday card from those zany someecards guys:

[Via here.]

Friday, January 27, 2012

Most Overdue-est Website du Jour CLXXII

The exists.

Awesomest Image du Jour CLXXI

The Earth's a big blue marble when you see it from out there....

Anybody else old enough to remember the children's television program Big Blue Marble?  And the above first line from its opening theme song?

It's all I could think of when I saw this:

[Click to enlarge.]

Apparently it's all NASA could think of, as well, because they call this image Blue Marble.  It's the result of
piecing together composite images taken on January 24, 2012, by NASA's newest satellite.

[Photo credit:  NASA/NOAA/GSFC/Suomi NPP/VIIRS/Norman Kuring from the NASA site; via Boing Boing.]

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

As seen on the Twitter XLII

I see Newt as more of an expert on the Sun -- a huge gaseous orb that flares up all the time.
Jan 25 via TweetDeck Favorite Retweet Reply

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Happy New Year

[Image via Wikipedia.]

Friday, January 20, 2012

As seen on the Twitter XLI

I worry that the focus on Gingrich's adultery will distract us from the fact that he's also a racist asshole.
Jan 20 via web Favorite Retweet Reply

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Monday, January 16, 2012

As seen on the Twitter XL

"The time is always right to do what is right" - #MLK
Jan 16 via Twitter for BlackBerry®FavoriteRetweetReply

Sunday, January 15, 2012

As seen on the Twitter XXXIX

Neckties were designed to cut off just enough blood flow to the brain to keep you from thinking about how awful your job is.
Jan 15 via Twitter for iPadFavoriteRetweetReply

Friday, January 6, 2012

C † M † B † 2012

Bless this online house.

Happy Epiphany.

As seen on the Twitter XXXVIII

It's #FF. Tell all thy friends to follow Me or I'll smite thee dead. I'm serious. #WokeUpOnWrongSideOfUniverseThisMorning
Jan 06 via webFavoriteRetweetReply

Thursday, January 5, 2012

[dash] Rick Santorum

Former Senator (R-Pennsylvania) and current Republican Presidential Nominee-Seeker Rick Santorum has views on various matters -- and The New Republic helpfully provides a list of some of the more thought-provoking here.

[Image:  Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images via TIME/NewsFeed.]

Mostest Tone-Deaf Article du Jour CLXX

If Tyler Brûlé is "Mr. Zeitgeist", the Occupy movement might as well fold up its tents and go home (because they've accomplished nothing).

[Times article here.]

I will admit to having a love/hate relationship (very much from afar) with the jet-setting style arbiter, famous originally for launching Wallpaper* in the go-go 90s, then re-branding the Swiss national airline (provocatively named Swiss) and launching his current distillation of everything you should covet (if you had the money...but, for the sake of argument, it is assumed you do): Monocle.

A friend and fellow architecture student introduced me to Wallpaper* back in 1997 when it was still relatively new (and still edited by Mr. Brûlé).  I fell in love immediately.  The glossy magazine celebrated design with a capital D, one that combined function with a modern sense of style (even, if by modern, that style came from 1967 as opposed to 1997).  Timelessness was key. As was an international worldview.  The editorial board obviously shared my love of two European countries beginning (in English) with "Sw" well as a certain homoerotic bent in its effective use of lithe, handsome men.

What wasn't to love?

I still appreciate beautiful design, of course.  I still love Sweden and Switzerland (despite not having been in either place since the turn of this last century).  And, God knows, I still enjoy handsome men (especially my husband...Hi, Honey!)

But, after the last few years of the 1% raping the world economy -- and the people who power it -- the unapologetic worship of a lifestyle that is so beyond any normal person's means (including most architects) rings hollow at best and soulless at worst.

This is no indictment of beautiful things.  We need beautiful things. And (albeit to a drastically-lesser degree)  far-off destinations (with chic airport lounges).  But to celebrate them at a time like this seems fundamentally out-of-touch.  Tyler Brûlé is obviously free to do as he pleases, but I expect better from The New York Times.

[Un-credited image from Times article.]