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Ron van der Ende: thanks for blowing my mind

You must MUST check out this dude’s work.

Ron van der Ende

It’s so sick I can’t even talk about it. I’ll never do it justice.

van der ende plymouth custom suburban sculpture

remodel

The ol’ So Totally Sick and RAD theme was beginning to feel a lil bit tired, played. I needed to update some backend stuff here anyway and when I did I realized I’d have to do a crap load of work to bring the old theme up to date, or I could just design a newer more better lookage and feelage.  So I’m in the process of tearing down and remodeling the STSR site.  Thanks to Derek Punsalan from 5thirtyone.com for the sleek Grid Focus theme which will serve as my new ground zero. I plan to hack the shit out of it to make it my own (sorry Derek), so expect the place to look a little bit erm…in flux over the next couple days as I tweak and twiddle trying to get things put in their place.

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what resonates?

I used to struggle with stuff that was too nostalgic / sentimental (ironic because I am so much both).

The peeps at Uppercase Gallery threw this flickr set out there and it totally resonates with me.

I found an old mechanical pencil sharpener the other day – the grey cast ironish and aluminium [sic] kind that mounts on the wall and cranks – and I stole it. As soon as I saw the thing I dredged up the smell of freshly sharpened pencils from the meatlocker of my mind.

One of the most influential books I have read is The Poetics of Space by Gaston Bachelard.   Bachelard dissects the influence of space — in particular, our childhood spaces / home — on memory, perception, and the subconscious.

It’s pretty intriguing.

Some Bachelard quotes:

One must always maintain one’s connection to the past and yet ceaselessly pull away from it.

Ideas are refined and multiplied in the commerce of minds. In their splendor, images effect a very simple communion of souls.

The subconscious is ceaselessly murmuring, and it is by listening to these murmurs that one hears the truth.

…when we discover a nest it takes us back to our childhood or, rather, to a childhood; to the childhoods we should have had. For not many of us have been endowed by life with the full measure of its cosmic implications.

I also just read this passage from Martha Grimes’ book Foul Matter

Imagine how you’d feel if I were, say, an oncologist telling you you only had a couple of months to live. You’d be shocked out of your mind not just by death but by the realization you’d squandered a big part of your life. Think about that. It’s my theory that none of us really believes he’s going to die. We think we believe it, given all the evidence, but we really don’t. Freud said a man can’t imagine his own death. Probably, we think there’s something more due us, and maybe that’s the reason immortality is such a popular idea. What we really want is another chance, and we think we’re going to get it–hte chance to straighten out everything, to get it right.

Come back with a banger

So it’s been a while and topically, this blogger has gotten a little off track as I’ve been consumed with work and back rehab (foot rehab is coming up in about 2 weeks – YAH!).

Anyway, I thought I’d bring it back on point with this video clip from Aaron Draplin entitled “America is Fucked ……(Graphically at least)”

I guess Jess Gibson is putting together a mini-documentary about Draplin and Design.  I can’t wait.  This guy is the jam.


America Is F*cked…….(Graphically at least) from Jess Gibson on Vimeo.

love will tear us apart again and again and again….


Mixwit

The Elephant in the Room

Language is a wonderful, fluid, organic medium that adheres to a structured logic of assembled units of meaning. Like design or architecture, the underlying structure follows laws of organization, geometry, temporality, and so on, yet the most exceptional writers, like the most impressive designer builders, have the facility and gumption to push, bend and break those rules intentionally in order to create something unexpectedly wonderful, visual, harmonic, or even discordant.

I love how sensual our brains’ connection to and interpretation of language is. Language is a symbology that stimulates visual, oral, aural, olfactory, even somatosensory systemic responses. Physical response through the interpretation of a symbol of meaning. Words trigger memory, associations, imaginations.

I often struggle with my place and meaning in the universe. What do I contribute? What value do I add, and what is my cost to the universal balance? Words are ideas. Ideas don’t consume physical resources, they don’t add physical waste. In today’s hip vernacular, words are carbon neutral, yet they have the power to build and destroy civilizations.elephant

The Elephant in the Room

is a wonderful idiom and it induces that sensory response I relish. Big. Smelly. Feel the texture of its skin, the warmth of it. It’s trying to hide itself in the corner right up against your book shelf, behind your cherished mid-century modern lounge.

I have more than one elephant in my house, and it’s getting pretty damn crowded in here.

trendhunter or lamehunter?

boringI went out foraging the interweb for cool, innovative, exciting art & design. I figured trendhunter.com would surely have some interesting, challenging, progressive, inspiring leads. What I found was a bunch of wank. So disappointing. 3d tattoos? weddings in igloos? a painting that turns into a table?!? hip, modular housing (aka shipping containers) ?!?!! come on….is rip van winkle posting this garbage or what? How 2002 can you get?

There is a universe of inspiring design out there and this is the best the supposed “trendhunters” can come up with. What a let down. I’m crying into my pillow.

Shellhouse – portable cardboard shelter

SHELLHOUSE.org presents a simple shelter one can fabricate using a large piece of cardboard and a pen. Great design is functional, socially responsible, and aesthetically resonant. The beauty results from the perfect fusion of concept and function to create form, rather than setting out to be beautiful. The simple use of origami folds to create a shelter is a wonderful solution.

 

hack everything

robotif you haven’t seen instructables.com and if you’re into DIY-ing everything, you need to check this site.
within, you will find a diy hack for pretty much anything you will imagine and some stuff you’d never dream of. there’s definitely plenty of useless and redundant, but equally as much very interesting stuff. And like any anarchist’s cookbook, some of the information could easily be put to sinister use (and I find myself wondering about the slant of the intentions of the people who post it), but as GI JOE and the gang always used to say, knowing is half the battle.

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