Upcycling: Latex Roll Pouf

Angela Mensi, Cristina Merlo and Ingrid Taro make objects and furniture out of waste materials – in this case, from off-cuts from rubber insoles – priced at under -$100.

- from BETTER LIVING THROUGH DESIGN

Combat Cutlery with built-in pistols

- from How To Be A Retronaut

Let’s Bury the Not-a-Word Myth

Often, people just don’t trust their own (or other people’s) ability to use affixes, even though it’s the nature of prefixes, suffixes, and infixes to be versatile. In fact, affixes are so versatile that I can use one of each type in the word “pre-Mayan-freakin’-pocalypse,” which I just made up to describe 2011. As far as I know, “pre-Mayan-freakin’-pocalypse” has never been used before, but guess what? It’s a word. In fact, words like that are a huge part of why I enjoy writing and thinking about language. Without such Lego-like word-making power, we would be stuck talking about blizzards and snowstorms and never hear about a snowpocalypse, snowmageddon, or—more recently—snownado. Affixes are useful tools for making real words—even if they’re not in a dictionary or smiled upon by the chain-rattling ghosts of our sixth grade English teachers.

Fear has a lot to do with this topic, I reckon. Besides ghosts and English teachers, most of us fear chaos. That fear drives us to comforting ideas like, “There are real words and fake words, and all the real words are in ‘the dictionary.’” But the world is a helter-skelter place, especially in the lexicon. Dictionaries can never keep up with our ever-changing world of words, so we have to trust ourselves. We should listen to McKean, former editor of the New Oxford American Dictionary, who memorably wrote: “Being in the dictionary is not a badge of honor. People aren’t limited to words I’ve managed to capture and pin down. A dog doesn’t have to be registered with the American Kennel Association to be a dog. It still fetches your slippers; it just isn’t pedigreed.”

- from Let’s Bury the Not-a-Word Myth in GOOD

Monster Chair by Jinyoung Choi

- from Contemporist

Bidum by Laetitia Florin

Bidum from Laetitia on Vimeo.

- from CONTEMPORIST

(spoiler alert: Madama Butterfly is a bit of a downer)

Santiago tops NYT’s "places to go in 2011" list

- from NY Times

Kicked to the curb

The outrageously awesome Emma Schneish documents the discarded Chistmas trees cluttering Brixton’s pavements, and that awkward feeling of bumping into yesterday’s heroes…

You know what it’s like. Each year you have a friend who comes to stay for christmas, they get all dressed up in christmas gear and look quite flash. By New Year’s Day they’ve outstayed their welcome and start to smell funny so you tell them to shove off and you’re pleased to get some floor space back in the loungeroom. But there’s always that awkward feeling as you bump into them again on your street. You used to be friends, but it’s over. And they just sit there like a loveable drunk, messing up the neighbourhood and you look down and keep on walking.

Bangable Dudes in History

- from bangabledudesinhistory.blogspot.com

“Beauty is boring. It becomes conventional too quickly.”

John Baldessari being interviewed by Caroline Baum at the Sydney Opera House.

(going to a talk with John Baldessari)

Streetsfilm at Bogota’s Ciclovia

- from Streetsfilm on Vimeo

Open Senate | New York State Senate

“Open Senate” is a series of award-winning technology initiatives, implemented beginning in January 2009, that seek to maximize the transparency and accessibility of legislative information for all New Yorkers, and provide new ways for citizens to participate in the legislative process.

- from nysenate.gov

(history’s longest drum solo at Earthless)

(right now)

Take two: after many drinks, everyone moves indoors.

At Flickerfest…

At Flickerfest…

…and then…

At Flickerfest…

Before the rain…

At Flickerfest…

At Flickerfest…

Bondi at sunset.

(right now)

Hangin with my wookies at Flickerfest on Bondi Beach.

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LED + quantum light optics = better lighting

- Terrifying. Or, inspiring, looking at how little it would cost (comparatively) to save the Amazon, clear Africa’s debt or elevate 1.3bn people from poverty. From the endlessly brilliant Information is Beautiful

Four days underground in NYC

UNDERCITY from Andrew Wonder on Vimeo.

Beautiful 30 minute doco following underground adventurer Steve Duncan exploring the hidden treasures of the subway system. Best quote: “It kind of makes me sad that there is so much suspicion around just appreciating the city.”

(right now)

Watching Emmylou Harris singing Big Black Dog at the media launch for Festival First Night.