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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

pushkin rolls over

Peter's okno b europa is likely to get a makeover from gazprom - at once ruining a city. the nytimes reports gazprom, already a company I dislike, has, rather than build a window to europe, elected to moon the continent and light a majestic natural gas fart in it's general direction - hermitage be damned... (oh, and the building codes that forbid the monstrosities proposed)

This hubris is exactly what is wrong with gazprom and exactly is wrong with Russia as it is currently governed (and I use the term losely). There is a business that wants something that's against the law so we'll change the law - never mind that it's ruining a historically significant city's aesthetic.

While I've come to expect this lack of respect for history and for culture from the current Russian government, I cannot find any room in my heart to excuse the architects who have decided to design buildings that are in violation of the historic city's building codes. Vainglory is a pathetic but often unavoidable side effect of great architects, but their reputation will always be scarred by their attempts (failed or successful) to ruin a great city in the name of vanity and hubris, be it their own or that of others.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

the long goodbye

so bobby altman died. i manged to see prarie home companion on a plane last month, but it's been a while since I've seen one of his films on the big screen. last was the long goodbye at the parkway - it remains a favorite film of mine.

in particular i love the same song being played over and over and over in different styles throughout the film. one of the best tricks I've ever noticed in a film. totally awesome.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

slow whirlwind

so my mom sent me an email reminding me that yesterday was the anniversay of the birthday of daguerre, proto-photo-grapher. a few things of note: Conversations with david and julia about early emulsion techniques and actually printing on egg whites, ben lord has a new opening upcoming for some of his stereographs (details forthcoming), lots of silkscreening.

two things dawned on me - sleep deprivation is much, much easier before you turn 30.

also, I sometimes forget how words become something other than the obvious in language. how hard it is to look at something like it was a foreign tongue and say "oh I get it" when the native speaker doesn't see anything to get. I should probably go read my pierce again. sheesh.

what struck me this time was that I never think of film as well, a film. and I never think of emulsion as, well, an emulsion. same goes for photo-graphers really.

Friday, November 17, 2006

the beer that made milton fame walk us

so, milt freidman died yesterday here in SF. like him or hate him, he's been singularly the most influential economist in the past 50 years. I suppose if you can forgive him for things like recking south america you have to give him credit for being generally very smart and having a cynical but entirely accurate view of the role of government.

It's entirely impossible for me to escape his influence - he did found that chicago school - and even in it's most liberal forms whilst I was there, it was still his baby.

I never met the man, but somehow i feel like I knew him though I think he was only on campus once while I was there.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

the holiest of craps


I SWEAR it's not because I don't love you, or something. I have just been like, too busy. really. like really really.

I hit 20K or so miles of flight, made a bunch of tshirts and posters, left the country, came back, have been on both coasts, started two new jobs, maybe three. ate a lot of pomegranates, and seen some great shows (YLT and Califone in particular).

I have pictures to prove it too.