- Rebecca Silver is an artist and designer living in New York City, and she's undertaken an ambitious project: to interview a different "creative mind" each day and post the interview on her blog, 10 Answers. The blog title comes from the fact that she asks each person the same ten questions, which I suppose simplifies the process quite a bit.
Anyway, the reason I feel compelled to mention this is the one-word response that Tuesday's interviewee, graffiti artist Caleb Neelon, gave for the question If you had an extra hour each day what would you do with it? His answer, passeggiata, sent me to the dictionary where I learned that this is an Italian word referring to an evening stroll by the residents of a town. I like that. It implies activity, but not too much, with an emphasis on community and a sense of place. I agree; we could probably all do with more passeggiata. It's unfortunate that so many of our neighborhoods and communities aren't designed with that in mind. [Or perhaps our culture isn't designed with that in mind.]
- Suppose the Wachowski Brothers (Matrix trilogy) hooked up with the Brothers Grimm (fairy tales, scary) to make a movie, and they called in Peter Pau (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) to handle the cinematography duties. The result might be something like Ink, a 2009 movie that I streamed over Netflix last week. Have you ever watched a film that was so beautifully shot and skillfully edited that you actually thought to yourself, "dang, this movie is beautifully shot and skillfully edited," and it was a bit of a distraction, focusing on the technical aspects of the movie while still trying to keep up with the plot and dialog? Ink did that to me. If you're in the market for a "quirky," grown-up jewel of a fairy tale, I highly recommend this one. [Rated R, primarily for language]
- It's too late for Valentine's Day 2011, but keep Tweet Rings in mind for next year. Just think how touched and amazed your sweetie will be to receive a high-tech titanium or silver ring etched with your favorite tweet. Look out, James Avery; the social media jewelers are breathing down your neck.
- If you want something less hipsterish but no less geeky, check out Type Rings, another product by the Tweet Rings people. Billed as "rings for type lovers," this jewelry can be customized with your favorite quote etched in your favorite font (subject to availability). Nothing says "love" quite like "I love you" written out in Comic Sans.
- You have to respect a creative megalomaniac like Phillip Toledano, who had a vast army of skilled Chinese artisans re-create historic works of dictator art, using his head in place of the original tyrant. The show starts here, where Kim Jong Phil's realization that he must live in a "closed loop of self-delusion" is brought to vivid life. I'm inspired by such a sense of clarity. [Link via Neatorama]
- Heard this line from a country song on the radion yesterday: "I'm at home getting hammered while she's out getting nailed." [Banjo & Sullivan] Can't decide if the literary technique is chiastic, or juxtapositional, or something else entirely. Probably doesn't matter.
- In closing, this proves that a company's staff web page doesn't have to be dull. Move your mouse around the page and over some of the staff photos to see what I mean. [Link via Twisted Sifter]
Let's dispense with the pleasantries and dive right in: