28 December 2013

Calling All Bookworms

When's the last time you slipped a quarter in a public payphone?  Architectural designer John Locke can't remember either.  

So, he's attempting to repurpose the space into lending libraries.  He's built and installed bookshelves in some all but abandoned phone booths on the Upper West Side, filled them with a selection of reads and hopes the space will promote literacy.

19 December 2013

You'll Shoot Your Eye Out

As the Christmas season snows down around us, some are comforted by warm thoughts of hot cocoa by the fire while others melt with fear that someone might wanna rob them of all the goodies under the tree.  Paranoid preppers will need to protect the pretty wrapped parcels (and their family) and what better way than with a shiny new firearm!

Even if all your gifts are sucky and no one wants to take them, there's always the option of taking down one of Santa's reindeer mid-flight.  How fun!

Anyone that thinks this way would have loved living in decades past when the idea of finding a Gun under the tree was considered yuletide cheer.  Let the self-defense companies cash in.

This ad says it all.  A little Holiday Suicide might sound like a good idea after too much eggnog.  Happy Holidays! 

17 December 2013

Saying "Hello" in Chinese

Before you kick someone's ass with your super solid Shaolin kicks, you must uphold polite convention and greet your loser.

In Wushu Kung Fu you do that by covering your clenched right fist with your open palm left. It's called the "Bao Quan".

Today, your Master will tell you it means "People in the 5 lakes and 4 seas are all brothers".  And he's right.  But know that during the Qing Dynasty this greeting used to mean "Destroy Qing, Restore Ming" when many Grasshoppers fought agains the ruling family.

The Bao Quan also represents Attack -the Right Fist (or You) and Defense- The Palm (or Your opponent).  Aah.  Balance.  I knew it'd be in there somewhere.

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Living with the Sami

Reindeer herds and herders In Norway's far north area of Kautokeino

Captured by American Photographer Erika Larsen who became one of the family's beaga- a woman that cleans and cooks for the family- in order to entrench herself in the culture.  

12 December 2013

Hear Me Out

Most guys would cringe at getting a tie as a gift.  But they'd listen to this. Tell him it's made from recycled cassette tape ribbon.  The super sonic fabric was created by artist Alyce Santoro and the tie? It's hand sewn by designer Julio Cesar.   A sound investment at $120.  

04 December 2013

Storm is Over

The stillness is painful
Now there's nothing left to say, nothing left to do.
The winds took me farther than I wanted to go and now that
The Storm is over
I feel restless.
Never at ease with the serene.
The calm is worse than anything that came before.
It leaves me
Inside my own head.  It paralyzes my hands so the biggest part of me is gone.
The only part I know.

01 December 2013


The only way to find true happiness is to risk being completely cut open. 

-Chuck Palahniuk

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