Photographer Arne Svenson
a bit of controversy
with his recent show "The Neighbors
," about which he says, "I turned to the residents of a glass-walled apartment building across the street from my NYC studio. The Neighbors don’t know they are being photographed; I carefully shoot from the shadows of my home into theirs. I am not unlike the birder, quietly waiting for hours, watching for the flutter of a hand or the movement of a curtain as an indication that there is life within." [more inside]
posted by taz
on May 17, 2013 -
Last week when I checked my mailbox,
I found that my new neighbour had left me a note stating that he was having a party and to let him know if the noise was too loud.
The problem I have with the note is not that he was having a party and didn't invite me, it was that he selected a vibrant background of balloons, effectively stating that his party was going to be vibrant and possibly have balloons and that I couldn't come. [more inside]
posted by Ljubljana
on Feb 20, 2009 -
Finally a myspace blog post worth seeing: funny window messages about neighbors with trash disposal concerns, vaguely reminiscent of the window messages in "You and Me and Everyone Else We Know" [more inside]
posted by srs
on Jul 13, 2008 -
There aren't very many there yet, and the signs are illegible for all but the 3rd set of photos, but I still really like the idea behind These are the People in my Neighborhood
. You walk around your neighborhood and take pictures of people holding signs with the lyrics from Sesame Street. Very interesting and probably a good way to actually meet your neighbors. via
posted by willnot
on Jan 19, 2005 -
is like groupware for neighbors. The site lets members define neighborhoods and provides tools for meeting and talking to your neighbors, like posting reviews and building a mailing list. It sounds like MeFites want to meet people nearby
, a desire this site is banking on. (via Smart Mobs
posted by revgeorge
on Aug 16, 2004 -
Mr. Rogers Dead.
Fred Rogers of "Mister Roger's Neighborhood" died of stomach cancer at age 74. To be honest, his was never my personal favorite PBS kid's show growing up (I preferred off-brand shows like "Zoom" and "3-2-1 Contact"). But my appreciation for him when I was an adult was pretty high. Anyway, it's a sad day in the neighborhood.
posted by jscalzi
on Feb 27, 2003 -
Baited cat traps, regular trips to the pound to get animals euthanized, erecting signs outside a 14-year-old girl's bedroom to taunt her about her missing pet, having another girl arrested at school... Wow.
posted by NortonDC
on Jun 24, 2002 -
You may have heard of Conway's Game of Life
, where pixels "live" or "die" based on a few simple rules about how many neighbors they have. But did you know that in the 30 years since the game was created, Life enthusiasts have (created? discovered?) an extensive catalog
of (objects? creatures?
) which interact to form some amazing
, sometimes beautiful
, occasionally even a little scary
patterns often starting from the simplest
of building blocks
? (Including a Turing machine
!) Or that a lone pixel
can exert remarkable control
over its environment? Now you can see in a few seconds in a java applet
, on your desktop
, or even on a PalmOS handheld
the outcome of simple patterns that, when first discovered, no computer could handle. A mind blowing example of the power of emergent properties
posted by straight
on May 29, 2002 -
Hate your neighbor???
I wonder why I never thought of doing this to the neighbor that accused me of smoking pot... in front of my mom, for Heaven's sake. Those were the days...
posted by fusinski
on Jun 21, 2000 -