“The most important thing for me to recognise is that a woman is a very complex person… every woman has a mystery inside her. (…) I like this black side of people. Black minds, black moods, black clothes: I like the word and I like the emotion. That’s what I try to reflect. It’s romance for the doom generation.”
In case of emergency, break glass. 1. A designer window breaks just the same as an ordinary one. Smashed Saint Laurent window via Curse of the Multiples. 2. Clever advertising.The broken-glass sticker decal on the window of an Apple Store to promote the iPod Hi-Fi (2010). Image courtesy of Web Designer Depot.3. Window smashing at the Bullring Shopping Centre in Birmingham. London Riots 2011. Image viaDaily Mail UK.
“Some of us are born rebellious. Reading the story of Zelda Fitzgerald by Nancy Milford, I identified with her mutinous spirit. I remember passing shop windows with my mother and asking why people didn’t just kick them in. She explained that there were unspoken rules of social behavior, and that’s the way we coexist as people.
I felt instantly confined by the notion that we are born into a world where everything was mapped out by those before us. I struggled to suppress destructive impulses and worked instead on creative ones. Still, the small rule-hating self within me did not die….
“Sometimes while I ride the subway I try to look at each person and imagine what they look like to someone who is totally in love with them. I think everyone has had someone look at them that way, whether it was a lover, or a parent, or a friend, whether they know it or not.
It’s a wonderful thing, to look at someone to whom I would never be attracted and think about what looking at them feels like to someone who is devouring every part of their image, who has invisible strings that are connected to this person tied to every part of their body. I think this fun pastime is a way of cultivating compassion. It feels good to think about people that way, and to use that part of my mind that I think is traditionally reserved for a tiny portion of people I’ll meet in my life to appreciate the general public.”
I used to work right next door to a bakery. It was in a shopping plaza that I always referred to as the land that time forgot. One afternoon, I pop in next store to ask Patty for a little favor:
Me: Hey Patty, may I have a fork for my lunch? I forgot mine today.
Patty: It’s for your chow mein, right?
Me: (laugh/choke uncomfortable laugh follows)
[You know that sensation that happens when you are eating sometime with rice in it (I know, ha ha) and a small tiny fraction of the little grain of rice suctions down the wrong pipe and you choke and feel like your eyeballs are going to eject. So, that happened.
Then, in the final blow delivered, the fatality - She looks me dead in the eyes and asks:]
Patty: That was good one, right?
To answer your question, yes, Patty that was a good one. I’m more of a lo mein girl, but thank you for reminding me that blatant racism can be hilarious and for inspiring this post.
O.P.P. – Other people’s pictures. 1. Face reminds me of a flower. Reposted picture from desktop folder. 2. Your legs at night via Tumblr. 3. Paper crown profile. Repost but I don’t care. I love this picture. 4. The set designers made it look like the model made a teepee via Lula Magazine. 5. Memento inside the wallet of an international woman. Reposted picture from desktop folder. 6. A page from Reversible Destiny: Arakawa / Gins (We Have Decided Not to Die). 7. Area of Interest chalkboard diagram by Nikolaus Gansterer via Wisdom’s A Gift. | This is a perfect example of bad blogging etiquette- not properly crediting the image source. Email me if you need me to make it all better.
>>> Random Thoughts on Blogging (or doing anything creative)
My site is a heavy blend of other people’s pictures and a splash of my own. When I’m on a trip, it will be laden with my personal images, but I mostly share the work of others. If I like what someone has created or think their work/ideas are noteworthy or the image just makes me happy, I share. I want other people to see it and feel that way too.
If you read a general list of blogging rules – one is to only POST ORIGINAL CONTENT. First off, I hate rules. Back in school, whenever I would get my project outline, I was actively thinking of ways to manipulate them to what I wanted to do. To me, bending or breaking the rules meant broadening your viewpoint, reshaping confines, and having much more control over your final product.
Every now and then, someone will ask me for tips on starting their own blog. I do the best that I can with giving advice, but even I’ll admit that I’m still learning everyday. The advice below can be applied to everything. With blogging, it goes like this: just write and post. Stop thinking about it and just do it. And then keep doing it even when you don’t want to because you’ll only improve and your voice will become bigger and more clear.
There are times very late at night when I am clicking around aimlessly for a line or an image that will keep me above water. Then I find it and it’s a needle in a haystack and nothing to anyone else, but to me, it’s a lifeboat. I create with the hope of reaching one person. Each time I post/write/make something , I think to myself – if I can reach just one person, – just one, and they truly appreciate what I am producing, it’s worth it every time.
1. Projector selfie via JAKUBOWSKI. 2. The idea spreads. Image by photographer Estelle Hanania via The Best Time of the Day. 3. Simplified version. (from Inception: Saito: Simple enough. Cobb: No idea is simple when you need to plant it in somebody else’s mind.)
Projections, also known as Sub Cons, are the images of people or objects in a dream that are “projected” by the sleepers‘ subconscious minds. Projections of humans are compared to antibodies in the human body; as the subject’s subconscious becomes aware that the subject is being manipulated by a dreamer, they will attack to defend the subject’s mind.
- Inception written and directed by Christopher Nolan (2010).
‘A waste of time’. Close-up shot of photographer Martin Schoeller’s quote on social networking in the contributor section of ELLE (July 2014). The funny thing is that the focus of the issue is all about social networking -mainly Instagram. | Image via Flower.
More random crumbs. 1. Found on the recent hunt: Chinese Shar-Pei Club of Central Florida, Fifth Annual Florida Fantasy sweatshirt. Yea. It’s pretty great. 2 & 3. What Moogie would look like as a Shar-Pei. Yea. He’s pretty great. | Pictures taken via iPhone by Flower.
Random crumbs from the day before. 1. A bentwood bed designed by Serge Chermayeff in the 1930s. 2. Trompe-l’œil bent figure inside a bin. A sorted stack of finds from yesterday. | Images via iPhone by Flower.
Fireside chats. Backyard. Steady flame. Drinks. When various coordinates of the country merge into one dot. It’s like watching all of the angles in a triangle invert and collapse towards each other.
Sometimes pictures don’t record those nights and it’s best left that way, – like it’s late and nothing else mattered and the only thing illuminating our faces is the light from the fire and not our phones and it’s amazing.
Random after holiday pics that have been cooped up in a secret folder waiting to see the light of day. 1. A sequence of underwater swimming shots from the pages of Harper’s Bazaar via Gramatologia. 2. Old man and the sea wall via JAKUBOWSKI. 3. An epic face towel via JAKUBOWSKI. 4. Wherever this is, I want to jump off and float around in the water. Image via JAKUBOWSKI. 5. I love noodles. Rice noodles. Pool noodles via Patternity.
FLASHBACK: The fearless dachshund with a hot roman candle. This is one of my most favorite animals videos of all time. The guy who dodges the 9th shot – I get the giggles every time. | Image courtesy of YouTube.
In my dreams, you are a constellation of tags hanging in the forest. Your paper has a purposeful weight. I run my fingers over your texture and the messages. I can feel the varying impressions of your handwriting. I walk under the low hanging branches and can’t get through the paper web without all of them touching me.
1. The Swiss Cross pressed onto the envelope. I’m a sucker for this icon. You can spot them in my home – on the hand-painted first aid kit, hand-painted pillows, the painted duct tape adorning the repurposed clothing hooks. It’s an overused symbol in home design, but I don’t care. I love it.
2. Music is really important to me. I have some kind of background noise on at all times. So when Jourdan said that she didn’t have a portable music player, I loaned her my old Nano loaded with music. She returned it in the package. Look at how cute it is. There’s a pompom snuggled under the leather. I didn’t want to unwrap it.
3. i+w x drew’s brews coffee. Coffee. Hot coffee. I’ll drink hot coffee even if it’s hot outside and I’m sitting in a hot car. I just love coffee and sometimes I don’t mind if it scalds my insides as it goes down. It’s delicious. Coffee is always very much appreciated.
4. This little stamp was just floating around in the package. I love little surprises. He has the angry eyebrows like this guy. There he is hanging out in the natural bristles of the Redeckermilk bottle brush that’s just well-crafted, well-designed and simply beautiful to look at. I love when everyday household items are functional and visually appealing. I love good design.
5. Overview. Overhead shot of the goods.
Thank you, Jourdan. You’re the best and so was the lovely letter which I read after I returned home from Chicago. I hope that you got mine.
All my love,
6. MADE IN THE U.S.A. Let’s take pride in American-made, especially this week when we set stuff on fire (yea!) on our nation’s birthday.