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January 14, 2008
It's a familiar story, a young upstart goes against the rules laid down by the establishment, gets smacked down but somehow rises from ruin. It's just not a story one usually associates with scrapbooking. Kristina Contes (blog
, flickr page
) of scrapbooking group Effer Dares
became the most vilified person in scrapbookdom ("Has KC ever done a layout that didn't feature a photograph of herself?" "My 4 y.o. does better with stickers." "After you have viewed her work you know she has no class." "I just want to . . . slap her!"). The L. A. Times tells her story
posted by Kattullus at 9:51 PM PST - 73 comments
The WGA strike has entered its third month. Since New Year's, Worldwide Pants
, the Weinstein Co.
, and United Artists
have reached interim deals with the WGA, with rumors of more to come. Microsoft announced
new deals with Hollywood companies. And on Friday, ABC Studios
terminated deals with more than a dozen writers. Tonight, CBS
, and 20th Century Fox
have followed suit. Names of producers, writers, and shows affected are still being revealed as letters are received. Force majeure
. [more inside]
posted by Tehanu at 8:27 PM PST - 169 comments
is a Korean band fusing jazz, pop, and electropop, leading their music to be described as Shibuya-kei
. Several of the band members are Korean-Canadian, including the main man DJ Clazzi, who writes, mixes, and produces. The lyrics are usually a mix of Korean and English, with all-English versions of their songs being released for foreign markets. Their most recent album, Robotica
, included remixes by a number of Japanese musicians, such as Fantastic Plastic Machine
and Shinichi Osawa
. [more inside]
posted by needled at 5:37 PM PST - 18 comments
Tom Hodgkinson, of The Idler,
really hates Facebook
: "We are seeing the commodification of human relationships, the extraction of capitalistic value from friendships."
posted by mekanic at 4:30 PM PST - 85 comments
"it turned out the abstract compositions in the posters contained hidden letters. (The one above, for example, displays the letter A.) Hung side by side on the streets, they spelled out N-A-Z-I. A public outcry followed, and within six weeks the company was ruined."
Can a designer punish a company that helped the nazis?
Maybe. Maybe not
. (via swiss miss
posted by wittgenstein at 10:30 AM PST - 28 comments
Counting in groups of 12 the first performer claps on 1,2,3,5,6,8,10 and 11. The second performer starts by clapping the same pattern but gradually shifts the pattern one step to the right. You are playing Steve Reich's clapping music
. If you are serious you will want to study the score
- and perhaps a watch a performance
). If you are happen to be Evelyn Glennie you can have a go at both parts at once.
- those slightly less more mortal are likely to end up like this
. [more inside]
posted by rongorongo at 10:13 AM PST - 25 comments
kickoff of the New York Times' penetrating new series investigating the violence that comes home when our soldiers do.
posted by hermitosis at 8:40 AM PST - 58 comments