Thursday, September 17, 2009

Chicago Heirloom Tomatoes

A friend, Alana Cuellar, recently wrote this article for The Local Beet, called Eating Heirloom Tomatoes. I did the photos!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Sycamore Street Press (new work)

I am consistently impressed with Sycamore Street Press (based in Columbus, Ohio!) and each and every letterpressed item they release. This recently created poster of whiskers is no exception-- how adorable!

This card cracks me up, too!

Solar Roof Tiles!

This is neat! Per an article in DesignBoom here: three-dimensional solar roof tiles that capture a broader spectrum of light, and are more functional in terms of co-existing with a traditional tiled roof (rather than sitting flat/ at an angle on top of the roof).

David Byrne Interviews Himself

Now... this? This is just all kinds of silly.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Rune Guneriussen

These staged photographs by Norwegian artist Rune Guneriussen, filled with illuminated and repetitive objects, are really quite eerie and beautiful.

Click through the "Kaffe" ("Coffee") series for a treat at the end.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Well this is too, too perfect and lovely. Goodness. If you can, be sure to watch it large format/ in high quality.

Stuart Murdoch of Belle & Sebastian has created a new musical group/ album based around a narrative of songs he wrote over the past five years. From the looks of it the album God Help the Girl is meant to be a soundtrack for a film that Murdoch is still currently writing. More about God Help the Girl on their website here. They really are quite lovely ladies.

A review of the album, written by Marc Hogan, is here.

Murdoch (of Belle & Sebastian), with Catherine Ireton, Celia Garcia, and Alex Klobouk (L to R)

Betty Boop cartoon feat. Cab Calloway singing "Minnie the Moocher"

Classic, bizarre, and great. They snuck in the song "Mean to Me," which I will always love because of Annette Hanshaw. Listen to her singing it in 1929 here:

In the Betty Boop cartoon, I love that the call and answer and the jazz vocal improvisations were visualized as terrifying, soul-sucking groups of monster-ghost triplets. The walrus dancing like Cab Calloway is a nice touch.

Here's a cool compilation of Cab Calloway dance moves:

Monday, September 7, 2009

Artist Spotlight: Amy Rice

I came across this Minneapolis-based artist, Amy Rice, through a printmaking group on Flickr. Her work is an interesting combination of printmaking, stencils, and illustration, and I like that she works on old wood and other non-traditional materials to create beautiful objects.

Check out her Flickr photostream here, and her blog, Egg Basket Full of Hollyhock Dolls.

Sunday, September 6, 2009


IKEA Heights from DaveAOK on Vimeo.

A soap opera about Ikea, set in Ikea, with real customers poking around in the background? Oh, man, I want there to be so many more of these.

ABC3D Pop-up Alphabet Book

A really neat, well-designed pop-up book called ABC3D that I found on Tara Books' website.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

100 Year Old Color Photographs of Russia

(click to view the full image)
Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii.
Peasant Girls, 1909.
Digital color rendering.
Prints and Photographs Division
(LC-DIG-ppmsc-03984) (4)

(click to view the full image)
Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii.
Mills in Ialutorovsk Uyezd of
Tobol´sk Province
, 1912.
Digital color rendering.
Prints and Photographs Division
(LC-DIG-ppmsc-03965) (23)

My friend C. A. "Von" E. recently came across this Newsweek collection of early 20th century color photographs from Russia. They are really stunning.

Upon further research, it looks like this was a Library of Congress project-- they took photographer Prokudin-Gorskii's negatives (which he intended to be in color, because he took the photographs using red, green, and blue filters) and converted them digitally. The explaination of the process is really fascinating, and can be read about here. Prokudin-Gorskii's biography is here.

Oh, Library of Congress, how I adore thee.

Stop Smiling Interview with Reif Larsen (The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet)

I've been wanting to read The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet for some time now, and this Stop Smiling magazine Q&A with the author, Reif Larsen, makes me want to read it even more. Marginalia! And he loves Amy Hempel!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Abebooks Weird Book Room sent out a recent newsletter, announcing that they've started grouping all of the truly bizarre books that are listed on their site in one place: the Weird Book Room.

All I can say is, "about time" and "good".