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December 2009 Archives

December 1, 2009

phil frost: suitcases

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December 3, 2009

Ray O'Meara/Mark El-Khatib: posters on the wall are for a weekly lectures series

Update: Most of the work in the picture is by Ray O'Meara (the black posters with the text in white scrolls). The more colorful posters in the background were created in collaboration between Ray O'Meara and Mark El-Khatib

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December 7, 2009

John Gall's collection of vintage Japanese bromide baseball cards

Japanese bromides "are essentially black-and-white or sepia-toned photographs that push the limits of information excess when they incorporate typography into the photo-printing process." Read more about the cards (and see more images) in his AIGA article "Cut Through the Roaring Thunder with Your Swing!"

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December 10, 2009

Yee-Haw Industries: Crazy cool type lockup

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Luke Humphrey: Going to California

Going to California from Luke Humphrey on Vimeo.

DESCRIPTION: 5D MKII + Steadicam Merlin footage taken on a road trip from Seattle through California last winter, visiting Redwood, Sequoia, Yosemite, and Death Valley National Parks along with Mono Lake.

Still photography from the trip at

Technical things I learned or observed from this experience:

-How to better balance the 5D on the Merlin (near the end of the trip)

-I need a better tripod head like a Sachtler or Vinton for those ultra slow pans

-Two bodies would be nice vs. switching lenses in sandy conditions

-Don't leave your gloves off too long when it's snowing hard in Sequoia National Park (incurred minor frostbite)

-This was pre-firmware update so the things I learned about controlling aperture no longer apply thank god

-Death Valley winter temps can deep far below freezing at night so when camping make sure your sleeping bag is not a cheap synthetic 0 degree bag otherwise you're in for a cold night :)

-Finally a pair of gaiters probably would've been perfect for the deep post-holing you'll do hiking up some of the tallest sand dunes in North America. I made due with some rubber boots though :).

Non-technical things I learned or observed:

I met a guy near the top of one of the largest Mesquite dunes. He was the only other person out there and he had 2 hasselblads and a big backpack full of lenses and other gear. He had been commissioned to create a book about the CA wilderness so was on that mission solo for a couple months. That sounded kind of nice to me.

It was amazing being the only 2 people at the more remote Eureka dunes and the Racetrack playa. I wish I could do justice describing the feeling of trekking up the dunes and watching the deep sand change colors and shadows cast themselves in all sort of beautiful ways, seeing coyote tracks and wondering about the things they see as they roam the desert, watching the sunset behind the distant hills, hearing the wind blow across the landscape, seeing the stars come out and feeling the coldness of the night come on quickly as the last light of the sun fades.

Lenses: Canon L - 16-35, 70-200 2.8 IS, 180mm macro.

Music is Dayvan Cowboy from Boards of Canada and Snowflake from Trentemøller.

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December 15, 2009

Abigail Uhteg: The Complex of All of These

3000 photographs (-ish), 35 books,
2 months at the Women's Studio Workshop in Rosendale, NY.

Ratatat made the music.

Her site

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December 23, 2009

Agents Of Change: The Ghostvillage Project

The Ghostvillage Project was created over 3 days on the west coast of Scotland. 6 artists - Timid, Remi/Rough, System, Stormie Mills, Juice 126, Derm - were given free reign to paint in an abandoned 1970s village. Working together on huge collaborative walls and individually in hidden nooks and crannies all over the site the artists realised long held dreams and were inspired by the bleakness and remoteness of the site. Drawing on the history of the village the artists' stated intent on completion of the project was to populate the ghostvillage with the art and characters that it deserved.

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December 28, 2009

Diane Arbus on taking bad pictures

"It's important to take bad pictures. It's the bad ones that have to do with what you've never done before. They can make you recognize something you hadn't seen in a way that will make you recognize it when you see it again."
--Diane Arbus


December 30, 2009

Henrix westernfarm: Army sidecar

Made from a WWII German fighter plane and Yamaha Wild Star motorcycle

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The writing on the wall

I personally think a bit of wit/sarcasm goes a long way in humanizing a topic as PC as ecology, Mr Hicks seems a bit put off by it however.

Naked cycles: Rivercity Bling custom

Go dive into more pictures of this bike here, the attention to detail is amazing

Here is another bike from Naked cycles, it won the Best in Show at the 2008 North American Handmade Bicycle Show, the Baba Ganoush {Lance Armstrong was there and bought on the spot}

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PLUUNK: Bunk Beds

Available in maple and walnut or salvaged hardwood, these modern bunk beds are finished with environmentally sound finishes. They were designed by an internationally acclaimed Toronto architecture firm, it is composed of two independent parts — the upper bunk and the lower platform bed, and the configuration options are endless.

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2005 USC Drumline: Orgasm

2005 USC Drumline warming up in back of Heritage Hall performing Orgasm

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Guide to The 21st Century

Only my great grandmother said "nineteen hundred and…", but then again she was from the 1800's

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Leaded glass pattern from Chateau de Blois

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