matters of little significance

Friday, April 29, 2005

Guardian Unlimited Eating ice cream really does make you happy.

Friday conspiracy theory fun

Strong has said that 'we may get to the point where the only way of saving the world will be for industrial civilization to collapse.' Again, largely, I agree. One teeny distinction between us: Strong is one of those in a position to effect its collapse.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

You got that right: Sunday Styles Articles That Make You Want to Flee New York

I didn't even get past the headline on most of these. It's not good for my borderline-high blood pressure. But I do remember that one about Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen as arbiters of thrift-shop style. the faint suggestion of opulence hidden beneath chadorlike layers of cashmere and ankle-length peasant skirts

Sometimes Brooklyn isn't far enough away...

Monday, April 25, 2005

Eames Demetrios, the grandson of the legendary design couple Charles and Ray Eames, is in charge of promoting and continuing their legacy. He gave a short talk one night last week to a select group of graphic designers (and their hangers on) who happened to have free time on their hands and were not resistant to schmoozing with vendors for free drinks and the chance to win an Eames Lounge Chair.

What I like about the legacy of Charles and Ray Eames is that the Eames's appear to accept things like unpredictability and play, and they prove that play and fun don't have to be stupid (unlike almost all other graphic designers I know, as much as I may love them). I have a bright blue fiberglass rocker (bought years ago on ebay) that is one of the few of my possessions that gives me joy - and it is the chair that all kids who visit me make a beeline for.

The man who won the raffle for the Eames Lounge Chair predictably claimed he never won anything. It was just as well that no one from my firm won because we were all getting very competitive and hostile about it. We did get a special giant sized printing of the famous House of Cards, so we left feeling well pleased with ourselves.