Archive for April, 2007

This Film Is Not Yet Rated

Friday, April 27th, 2007

This Film Is Not Yet Rated is an independent documentary that takes a look at the MPAA and how it shapes the American film industry. What the filmmaker found was unabashed bias for large studio films, zero oversight and accountability, and a disturbing preference for violence over human sexuality.

Thursday Night Television: Ugly Betty and Weight Watchers

Thursday, April 26th, 2007

I used to be one of those people who thought tv was generally terrible and for the uneducated masses. Then I got cable. My how things have changed since I got a DVR. Not only did I start watching television, I started watching a lot of it! I suddenly could control what was on, and it was great. I got HBO and Showtime, then a giant television, and then Netflix. Everything I was watching was prerecorded, and most of it was movies. Then something else happened, Thursday night suddenly had great shows. I began watching live television again, commercials and all. (And let me tell you there is some crazy stuff going on in commercials right now.)

Jason Adams Stencil Art

Thursday, April 26th, 2007

Jason Adams breathes some fresh air into a tired art form. It’s a rare occasion that stencil art even registers on my radar when every kid with an ironic haircut has a can of spraypaint, and Urban Outfitters uses it to sell us overpriced thrift store tees. Jason breaks the mold with his illustrative style, recalling Andy Warhol without being cliche or unoriginal. (Originally by way of Drawn)

True Colors Tour

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

From the Human Rights Campaign website:

The Human Rights Campaign has joined forces with legendary performer Cyndi Lauper to launch a national tour in support of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality.

What a fabulous idea. Too bad HRC apparently only wants to raise support for the GLBT communities in large cities. You know, the ones that are already pretty gay? Isn’t awareness needed more in the country’s smaller cities and rural areas where gay culture is swept under the rug?

The goings on for Tuesday

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

The Sartiorialist has become one of my new favorite daily reads: I always felt that there was a disconnect between what I was selling in the showroom and what I was seeing real people (really cool people) wearing in real life. Thoughtful critiques of Racist and classist advertising. Good to know I wasn’t the only […]

Monday morning linkroll

Monday, April 23rd, 2007

Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr. is an Errol Morris film about a man who bumbles his way into becoming an execution technician and then similarly bumbles his way out. An article on commuting from the New Yorker by way of Kottke. The several hour commute is becoming less and […]

9rules: Quality loves…clutter?

Friday, April 20th, 2007

In catching up with some old haunts yesterday, I found 9rules has realigned again. Every time I look at 9rules there’s something different going on, I have to say it’s a bit disorienting but maybe that’s because my visits have become more and more sporadic. Don’t get me wrong, I have a soft spot for […]

Where are all the ladies

Friday, April 20th, 2007

Jeffrey Zeldman is attempting to understand the disproportionate number of women in the web design. In my own professional experience I’ve found a few constants, both on the part of employers and clients, prior to joining my present employer. Men and and women with identical or similar experience will not be paid the same, the […]

Some things I’ve missed

Thursday, April 19th, 2007

In the time I’ve been taking to get settled in my new life, in addition to not keeping up with my own site, I’ve been rather out of date with some of my favorite designers/bloggers/whatever they’d like to call themselves. Today I played some catch up. Phil Renaud is missing Kurt Vonnegut. Personally, I’ve always […]

It’s the end of the week

Thursday, April 19th, 2007

What can’t you buy at skymall? “…we see the wings arrayed, as yet untouched by human hands, in what looks like, I now realize, a chicken-wing-powered flying saucer.” I’ve never seen a snail this big before. From Neatorama today: A cool flying fish statue, Hello Kitty is taken too far, and a Darth Vader hot […]