What Barry Says

This site (really) isn’t going to become a soapbox of any kind, but it’s hard to turn away from something that tickles your frontal and parietal lobes simultaneously with concise logic (in response to apathy concerning the anti-war movement) and clever motion design (won best animation in last year’s Brooklyn International Film Festival). Directed and produced by Knife-Party (a.k.a. Simon Robson) with a monolgue by Barry McNamara: some interesting food for thought and eye candy for dessert…

William McDonough: Cradle To Cradle

“William McDonough (…) argues that we can only think of our future cities if we think about what our intention is as a species.”

(Jo Twist, BBC)

“The Stone Age did not end because humans ran out of stones. It ended because it was time for a re-think about how we live.”

(William McDonough)

Communist China, which will face the challenge of providing shelter for 400 million more people in the next 12 years, has adopted McDonoughs’s recent book, Cradle to Cradle, as government policy. Furthermore, they have comissioned him to create a village according to his vision: Huangbaiyu, a pilot for potential cities of similar design.

“Everything in his cities is designed from the molecule up. (…)

He looks at the Next Cities as objects of human artifice. They can grow, they can breathe, and they can be ecologically sound, just as trees, forests, and gardens are.

They can use energy, expel waste, and reproduce in ways that nature intended without destroying everything else around them. (…)

The buildings and all around it work like biological, growing beings, photosynthesising and producing and re-using their own energy.”

(Jo Twist, BBC)

What’s more:

“… the book itself is a physical symbol of the changes to come. It is printed on a synthetic ‘paper,’ made from plastic resins and inorganic fillers, designed to look and feel like top quality paper while also being waterproof and rugged. And the book can be easily recycled in localities with systems to collect polypropylene, like that in yogurt containers. This ‘treeless’ book points the way toward the day when synthetic books, like many other products, can be used, recycled, and used again without losing any material quality – in cradle-to-cradle cycles.”

(book description, author’s website)

Raeo

I dig DJ Raeo’s style and taste in music – and I especially dig that he offers recordings of some of his favorite mixes on his website, for free, and even has tracklists for the more recent ones. I’ve never seen him in person, but apparently he puts on a good show, as seen from the crowd in the pictures here. These shots are from the Candela Bar in San Juan, Puerto Rico; but he does a weekly set (with guests) in NYC every Friday night at a place called Shebeen. Check out his website for hours of music – I’ve linked to a couple of my favorites:

Update: DJ Raeo let me know of his upcoming album, among other things. Keep your ears peeled.

Mandolux

Mando Gomez takes beautiful photographs: macro images of graffiti, flowers, sculpture, and paintings (or just paint); clouds and landscapes; and experiments with light and fire. Not to mention other genres, he also does the occasional vector image, and his style and eye for detail is constantly evolving. He’s generously letting us incorporate his work in our site design, which you’ll notice updated from time to time behind the header.

Although he sells stock images of many of his best shots, he keeps a regularly updated website with images cropped especially for use as desktop wallpaper. And it’s free (although donations are no doubt appreciated). Dig through his archives and give your computer some freaking class, and PayPal a few USD’s his way to let him know we care. We do man, seriously.

Defined

Wikipedia:

Blogosphere: Internet. The totality of blogs, especially the unique jargons, cultures and shared interests created by their interconnection.

Maddox:

Blogosphere: The “blogosphere” is the new buzz word that has replaced “information super highway.” It’s what idiots like to call a collection of “blogs,” otherwise known as a tragedy.

We Are Cancer

Yann Arthus-Bertrand

The picture above is of 500-or-so nude sunbathers, from a global aerial photographic survey conducted by Yann Arthus-Bertrand and a team of editors, technicians, translators, etc. Started in 1994, the project is called The Earth From Above, and “was born from Yab’s dream for a general survey on the state of the Earth at the eve of the 21st century”.

Nina Paley

The picture of sunbathers made me think of an animation by Nina Paley called The Wit And Wisdom Of Cancer. Nina is known for her syndicated comic strips Nina’s Adventures and Fluff, and a number of highly acclaimed animated shorts, including most recently, The Sitayana.