Carousel: Week Ending 22nd October 2010

CarouselPhoto by Miles Aldridge.


Best of the neenernet, anyone?

I love the Brooklyn Space Program! Basically, this guy & his children attached a video camera & an iPhone to a weather balloon, set it to record, then let it go. The film is gorgeous! The weather balloon popped a little while later & they were able to locate it through the iPhone! Smart! Cool! Love! (Someone needs to design them way better shirts, though.)

Nas versus Def Jam… I kinda love this.

I’m Dating Myself is so freaky!

Baby Tattooville Art Jam 2010!

Pee-wee Herman Takes Broadway. Go Pee-wee!

Danielle writes about the dark side of minimalism.

The Hotel Chelsea is for sale… If I could afford it, I would buy it & reinvigorate it!

I love Miu Miu.

Which is better for me: Coke or Diet Coke? Diet drink lovers, read!

Deliberately uninformed, relentlessly so by Seth Godin. GOD I LOVE this.

Access to knowledge, for the first time in history, is largely unimpeded for the middle class. Without effort or expense, it’s possible to become informed if you choose. For less than your cable TV bill, you can buy and read an important book every week. Share the buying with six friends and it costs far less than coffee.

Or you can watch TV.

The thing is, watching TV has its benefits. It excuses you from the responsibility of having an informed opinion about things that matter. It gives you shallow opinions or false ‘facts’ that you can easily parrot to others that watch what you watch. It rarely unsettles our carefully self-induced calm and isolation from the world.

Hey, if you’re worried about the end of the world, don’t sweat it: it’s been postponed.

Leo Babauta owns 50 things. Incredible! This is very inspiring & quite mind-blowing.

Next Door Neighborless is a hilarious short comic written by Jonathan Ames (who I have loved foooorever!) & illustrated by Nick Bertozzi. It’s part of the Next-Door Neighbor series on Smith. It’s edited by Dean Haspiel, & if you watch Bored To Death, Dean is the one Zach G’s character is based on, & who draws all the art! Neat huh?

Goodbye, New York. Thanks for Breaking My Heart. I really like this piece. (Don’t read the comments — they really showcase the worst of the stereotypical New York attitude.)

Oh, & speaking of New York attitude! King Kong & Cupcakes. This one is kind of funny, though.

What do you have against cupcakes–aren’t they just little dollops of joy and love?

Cupcakes are just a symbol for the shiny Bloomberg-ized, Carrie Bradshaw-defined boutique city New York is turning into. I grew up during the 1970s, when the old New York–“King Kong’s New York” if you like–was still very much in evidence, and would be well into the 90s. Like you, I’ve watched, often in horror, and particularly over the last decade, as the city has been transformed into something nearly unrecognizable and sadly lacking in character.

I certainly have nothing against the cupcakes themselves. Shortly after I handed this cartoon in, I tried a Magnolia cupcake for the first time. It was good. I suppose I could have written “Twas Marc Jacobs killed the beast,” but cupcakes was funnier, and it won’t get me sued.

Riot grrrl redux. “There’s a new wave of nostalgia for ’90s girl culture. Plaid is everywhere — but where’s the rage?”

Vintage posters discovered in abandoned London tube station! Amazingly cool!

Processed Meats Declared Too Dangerous for Human Consumption. Yeah, that’s pretty scary.

The World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) has just completed a detailed review of more than 7,000 clinical studies covering links between diet and cancer. Its conclusion is rocking the health world with startling bluntness: Processed meats are too dangerous for human consumption. Consumers should stop buying and eating all processed meat products for the rest of their lives. Processed meats include bacon, sausage, hot dogs, sandwich meat, packaged ham, pepperoni, salami and virtually all red meat used in frozen prepared meals.

Lamp that can read your mind — it turns the colour you’re thinking about!

From the BBC: Love can ease pain, say brain researchers.

This Derren Brown interview is really interesting. I think he is fantastic.

If our goals could talk, they would say “Focus or F*ck us!” READ THIS PLEASE!

The School of Life is the greatest thing ever!!!!!!!!! Makes me want to visit London just so I can go!

We address such questions as why work is often unfulfilling, why relationships can be so challenging, why it’s ever harder to stay calm and what one could do to try to change the world for the better.

The School of Life is a place to step back and think intelligently about these and other concerns. You will not be cornered by any dogma, but directed towards a variety of ideas – from philosophy to literature, psychology to the visual arts – that tickle, exercise and expand your mind. You’ll meet other curious, sociable and open-minded people in an atmosphere of exploration and enjoyment.

LeBron James’ Latest Decision: Out The Haters By Re-Tweeting Their Hateful Comments. While I don’t believe in giving horrible people any attention at all, I think it’s kind of hilarious to turn the tables!

Are you under-reinvesting in your career? Bravo!

If you are regularly possessed of good ideas and the energy with which to carry them out, it’s a better use of your time to strive to maximize income, rather than to minimize expenses, as income is more fluid than expenses.

Need interior design inspiration? Right here!

I need to go to Kingdom Of Dreams! From NPR: Disney-like Bollywood Theme Park Wows India! & Marissa collected some pictures here.

Paulina Porizkova on aging. This is quite brilliant, definitely worth reading, very radical self-love!

I recently saw a comment posted on to one of the blogs I had written by a woman who stated that my problem is that I’m obviously jealous of these women I criticize, because they are not only beautiful but successful, something I’m clearly not. That gave me pause. Am I just jealous? Is my entire creative output completely reliant on this baser of emotions? It’s true I’m trying to find a new place in the world that would rather I had just shut up and stayed beautiful (dying young is a terrific way to achieve this, by the way), which makes me a tad resentful. It’s also true I’m still very insecure and want attention and universal love and have not a friggin’ clue on how to achieve it. And likewise, it is true that I am jealous, and envious, and covetous of things I don’t have. Which are, or is, rather–surprise, surprise–not an unlined forehead or puffy lips, nor a hot career, but confidence. True confidence: the kind that should come with age and that I keep glimpsing off in the distance, the kind I tell myself I would have developed already had I relied on wit rather than looks.

Last night I bought Focus — the full version — by Leo Babauta (of Zen Habits). I’m going to read it today, & I’m really looking forward to it! It gives me a really good feeling when I am able to directly support writers I love by buying their stuff!

The Four-Walled Kaleidoscope! This apartment looks like it should be the setting for a Miles Aldridge shoot (aka, I think it’s fantastic!).

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Have a wonderful weekend — stay warm!