Monday, June 27, 2011

Five Year Diary

To record your daily happenings...

And be able to go back 2.5 years and say "where was I when.."

To go back a year ago and find out "what was I thinking!?"

To go back to your last birthday and find out what you wore...

To go back 5 years and see who you were.

Buy it from Gravel and Gold.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Art is either Plagiarism or Revolution...

said Gauguin.

Ai Wei Wei inspires a fire inside me. He lives free of fear, full of his truth. In China they call him (loose translation) "Ai God."  

He recently created 100 million porcelain sunflower seeds for a piece at the Tate. "It's a work about mass production and repeatedly accumulating the small effort of individuals to become a massive, useless piece of work," he says. "China is blindly producing for the demands of the market . . . My work very much relates to this blind production of things. I'm part of it, which is a bit of a nonsense." 

A new doc on his life I can't wait to see:

Check out a slide show of his art here 

Monday, June 13, 2011

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Multiple Intelligence

I thought I'd never say this but, I miss riding the subway. I miss the "people-watching, the musical performances, the spontaneous moments of humanity coming together in pain/anguish/joy. But mostly I miss the reading. 

For some reason I wasn't a big head phone user. At the time, I was unaware of the bacteria-increase caused by headphone use, so it wasn't for health reasons as much as safety reasons. I like to have my ears checking for warning sounds while taking the G train late at night to far corners of Brooklyn, even if everything between those ears is checked out.

I read self-help books. Good pieces of fiction I'd missed in school. And every New Yorker magazine. 

I still read before bed, on the weekends, on the occasional airplane. But not at the rate I used to. 

Now, while I commute I listen to podcasts of various sorts, This American Life, RadioLabStuff You Missed in History Class and the like. This new experience makes me wonder if audible version of literature and news will be the norm in the future. For  those of us whose primary learning style is not verbal, (but rather musical, visual, and interpersonal) alternatives to the traditional ways of learning are increasingly useful. Take a multiple intelligence test here to find out what your strengths are.