Feb 20, 2012
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Nov 12, 2011
adamhancher: Link Magazine - Plato

adamhancher: Link Magazine - Plato

Oct 30, 2011
Lee Moses - California Dreaming

Lee Moses, California Dreaming.

(Source: joshuatopolsky)

Oct 30, 2011
Whilst I may have left this blog out for the birds, there is still life in the old girl yet.I understand the sparse reblogs are not an adequate CPR. However, if I didn’t the webpage would grow moldy; my pictures would start to fade, moss would start to cover my few words, grit would get between a link and the mouse.I know its only you, google bot, who reads this. But I hope it makes your day a bit easier, in-between indexing the flame-wars and karma-whores.I’ve been stashing my internet treasures and thoughts in evernote where no-one can see them. They will be free soon.

Whilst I may have left this blog out for the birds, there is still life in the old girl yet.
I understand the sparse reblogs are not an adequate CPR. However, if I didn’t the webpage would grow moldy; my pictures would start to fade, moss would start to cover my few words, grit would get between a link and the mouse.
I know its only you, google bot, who reads this. But I hope it makes your day a bit easier, in-between indexing the flame-wars and karma-whores.
I’ve been stashing my internet treasures and thoughts in evernote where no-one can see them. They will be free soon.

May 29, 2011

(Source: terrysdiary)

May 3, 2011

(Source: 9eyes)

Apr 19, 2011
Not bad. Not bad at all. From putthison:

Controversy is brewing in the UK over outfits. Prime Minister David Cameron has issued a press release, announcing that he won’t be wearing morning dress to the impending wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton. Instead, he’ll wear business dress - a suit and tie. He will be the first Prime Minister to shirk the traditional dress code, and will perhaps be the only man so dressed. (Above, by the way, are Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles at their wedding.)
Many speculate that Cameron is dressing this way to avoid the stigma of his upper-class past. Cameron was a member of Bullingdon, an Oxford club notorious for its exclusivity and its destructive binges. He’s shunned formal dress since his past became an issue when he rose to national prominence, and this is in keeping with that pattern.
It’s tough for an American to judge a choice like this, since class plays so differently here, in a land where we at least pretend that it is a fluid status that comes with hard work and seized opportunities and so forth. Besides which, we have no monarchy, and essentially think of the British royals as amusing anachronisms. So I write from the perspective of a bemused outsider. That said, Cameron’s decision does strike me as both disingenuous and self-centered.
It is disingenuous in that it is an attempt to obscure his past. When Prince Charles dons Highland Dress, it is not because he is trying to pretend to be a Scottish warrior, or lead people to think that he anything other than an English Prince. Instead, it is an act of fellowship and a gesture of respect. Part of dressing, particularly for men, is to humble yourself, even if you are a Prince, by asserting that the custom of the whole is as important as your personal choices. This is why we wear business dress, as well - it is an assertion that we’re all in the same boat, all respect the importance of the situation, and we’ve chosen ceremonial clothing to reflect that fact.
Perhaps if Cameron were a representative of the proletariat he could genuinely claim that breaking this tradition was a revolutionary act. One could then quibble with whether he was leading a just revolution, of course, and the answer would depend on how one felt about the monarchy and so forth, but he would at least have some ground to stand on. Instead, it seems transparent that this is an act of obfuscation in the service of self-interest.
Indeed, it is that self-interest that is the most annoying here. The reason that we all dress the same way for a wedding is respect for the occasion. For those of us in the pews it is a joyous day. For those on the dais it is the most important day of their lives. This is true for Kings and Queens just as it is for street sweepers. We wear clothes that reflect that celebration, but we also wear clothes that indicate ceremonially that we understand how important that day is, clothes that reflect that we are the community that binds together the couple being wed.
If given the opportunity to chat with the PM, my message would be simple, and it wouldn’t have anything to do with the fact that these people getting married are royalty.
I’d just tell him this: it’s not about you, man.
(Thanks, Ari, for emailing about this.)

Not bad. Not bad at all. From putthison:

Controversy is brewing in the UK over outfits. Prime Minister David Cameron has issued a press release, announcing that he won’t be wearing morning dress to the impending wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton. Instead, he’ll wear business dress - a suit and tie. He will be the first Prime Minister to shirk the traditional dress code, and will perhaps be the only man so dressed. (Above, by the way, are Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles at their wedding.)

Many speculate that Cameron is dressing this way to avoid the stigma of his upper-class past. Cameron was a member of Bullingdon, an Oxford club notorious for its exclusivity and its destructive binges. He’s shunned formal dress since his past became an issue when he rose to national prominence, and this is in keeping with that pattern.

It’s tough for an American to judge a choice like this, since class plays so differently here, in a land where we at least pretend that it is a fluid status that comes with hard work and seized opportunities and so forth. Besides which, we have no monarchy, and essentially think of the British royals as amusing anachronisms. So I write from the perspective of a bemused outsider. That said, Cameron’s decision does strike me as both disingenuous and self-centered.

It is disingenuous in that it is an attempt to obscure his past. When Prince Charles dons Highland Dress, it is not because he is trying to pretend to be a Scottish warrior, or lead people to think that he anything other than an English Prince. Instead, it is an act of fellowship and a gesture of respect. Part of dressing, particularly for men, is to humble yourself, even if you are a Prince, by asserting that the custom of the whole is as important as your personal choices. This is why we wear business dress, as well - it is an assertion that we’re all in the same boat, all respect the importance of the situation, and we’ve chosen ceremonial clothing to reflect that fact.

Perhaps if Cameron were a representative of the proletariat he could genuinely claim that breaking this tradition was a revolutionary act. One could then quibble with whether he was leading a just revolution, of course, and the answer would depend on how one felt about the monarchy and so forth, but he would at least have some ground to stand on. Instead, it seems transparent that this is an act of obfuscation in the service of self-interest.

Indeed, it is that self-interest that is the most annoying here. The reason that we all dress the same way for a wedding is respect for the occasion. For those of us in the pews it is a joyous day. For those on the dais it is the most important day of their lives. This is true for Kings and Queens just as it is for street sweepers. We wear clothes that reflect that celebration, but we also wear clothes that indicate ceremonially that we understand how important that day is, clothes that reflect that we are the community that binds together the couple being wed.

If given the opportunity to chat with the PM, my message would be simple, and it wouldn’t have anything to do with the fact that these people getting married are royalty.

I’d just tell him this: it’s not about you, man.

(Thanks, Ari, for emailing about this.)

Apr 12, 2011

(Source: robdelaney)

Mar 5, 2011

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Feb 15, 2011
apedogs:

Mats Holmberg made the most bad ass still life painting.

apedogs:

Mats Holmberg made the most bad ass still life painting.

Feb 8, 2011
Lignin, the stuff that prevents all trees from adopting the weeping habit, is a polymer made up of units that are closely related to vanillin. When made into paper and stored for years, it breaks down and smells good. Which is how divine providence has arranged for secondhand bookstores to smell like good quality vanilla absolute, subliminally stoking a hunger for knowledge in all of us.

Why secondhand bookstores smell good 

Perfumes: The Guide (via YMFY)

(Source: bookshelfporn)

Feb 6, 2011

The Small Faces - Rene (Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake, 1968)

Feb 6, 2011

eddieargos:

Bring Me The Head Of Michael Portillo - I have now fallen into a The Family Cat black hole on Youtube. I love this song.

(Source: youtube.com)

Sep 27, 2010
Françoise Dorléac (via L’aquoiboniste: La Peau Dorléac)

Françoise Dorléac (via L’aquoiboniste: La Peau Dorléac)

(via pjmix)

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