Thursday, June 11, 2009

plastic lawn chairs in times square

I had no idea of the story behind the lawn chairs, I just liked them.

now, I like them even more.

I love the kitch, I love that they're in the street, I love that they're being used by people who like them, I love that they're a temporary, stopgap measure.

I certainly wouldn't want cheap stuff that needs to be scrapped and replaced permanently, but it is a great idea for a short period of time.

They could probably sell them off for a profit at the end. and should.

I also worry that what they will be replaced with won't offer the same opportunity for abject relaxation that a cheap plastic lawn chair will. you cannot allow youself to collapse on a cafe chair, it's just not possible.

I would really like to see photographer and furniture maker Andy Gregg from Blackstone Bikes (where I briefly volunteered back in the 1990s) or some local (to NY of course) equivalent take this opportunity to make bike furniture for times square to encourage people to see reuse (and cycling) as fun and reasonable.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

is there a more disgusting headline

than "Crews Recovering Bodies From NC Slim Jim Plant"??

The only thing that would have made it nastier would be if they had rats doing it instead of crews.

Monday, June 08, 2009

the sun never sets on the british empire

and never rises in england.

actually overheard on the Beeb:

DJ 1: "they say there is a place in norway where the sun shines for 14 days in a row"
DJ 2: "you know for some of that time the sun is actually in the sky and never sets"

Now, there was no hint of humor here. some might suggest this is because english humor involves a lot of deadpan, but they had been being "funny" quite a bit through their show.

we've actually been pretty lucky with weather whilst here, which included two nice days out of doors with no rain.