Monthly Archives: January 2010

Farewell, Salinger

German Film Fest

From 2-4 February, there will be a German film festival at De Haagse Hogeschool. Films include Solino, Unsere Hütte, Losers and Winners, RUHR.2010, and Schimanski.

The Zoomable Map

Straight out of the digital backlash, comes the Zoomable Map, the paper version.

The Real Good Experiment

Finding useful stuff on the street is pure joy, like stumbling upon a pile of used books or a couch with hidden potential. Curb-mining becomes even better when you unknowingly get to be part of a good experiment.

Blu Dot decided to drop 25 Real Good chairs around the streets of New Yorks to see where they would end up. Hidden cameras and GPS enabled them to follow the reactions of people on the street upon seeing the chairs, filming the process from discovery, interest, inspection, to possession and then showing up at their door to ask them what they thought of the chair. PUNCOs to INCOs.

Köln am Wochenende

A jaunt over the border to Cologne to enjoy time with friends, a feast of food, and German beer — natürlich.


A film by Job and Roel Wouters, showing their rainbow gun in action. The music by Yvo Sprey & Friends, in which Job and Roel also contribute, is also worth some attention.

THIS, Los Angeles

Enjoying videos of acoustic performances by Micky Adams and others posted on the blog of THIS, a new gallery space in LA.

Pig 05049

Last November at TEDxAmsterdam, Christien Meindertsma presented the research of her book Pig05049 which tracked all the products that were made from one pig. Her inspiration was that, although the 12.2 million pigs in the Netherlands they’re never seen anywhere. This is also true for many of the products, which don’t appear to have anything to do with meat. From the different parts of the pig – skin, bones, meat, internal organs, blood, fat, and miscellaneous – a diverse range of goods are created, from beer to bullets and chewing gum to copper.

Trixie Whitley at De Brakke Grond

Tickets from a friend sent me to see Belgian-born, Brooklyn-based Trixie Whitley play at De Brakke Grond last night. Although I had never heard her music or been to the venue, I was in for a pleasant surprise. The hall of De Brakke Grond was an intimate setting for the concert and Trixie Whitley played (mostly) solo, with minimal piano or guitar chords giving a frame to her impressive vocals. The whole band plays tonight at Paradiso.

Tiny Desk Concerts

Fans of La Blogotheque are likely to enjoy NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts, a series of short-set performances recorded live at the desk of Bob Boilen, music producer at National Public Radio, at the office in DC. The intimate setting leaves no room for amplifiers or special lighting, but draws an array of musicians nonetheless. Paul Fahri describes the concerts:

Each week, more or less, the little space becomes an unlikely stage for mini-concerts by an eclectic group of famous, near-famous and downright obscure musicians.

The video webcasts of past sessions can be viewed here.

Signatures Exchanged for Passwords

The project Signatures Exchanged for Passwords by Donna Rumble-Smith takes a nostalgic look at the waning use of handwriting in the digital age and the loss of intimacy and emotion that accompanies the use of digital text over the handwritten word. Her project was showcased at Talent 2009 in Eindhoven and featured on

A Little Thought

Book cover designs by Dutch illustrator Dick Bruna. (via but does it float)

Language in Flux

“Not until the 17th century did people begin thinking that the language needed to be codified, and the details of who would do that and how have yet to be resolved. Should it be accomplished through a government-sponsored academy, an officially sanctioned dictionary, or what? These and other means were attempted, but meanwhile ordinary folks, dang them, kept right on talking and writing however they wanted, inventing words, using contractions and so on.”

NY Times article reviewing ‘The Lexicographer’s Dilemma‘ by Jack Lynch

Silvia Wald and the Sausage Pillows

Textile artist Silvia Wald has created a series of meat-inspired pillows for a cuddly version of German favorites, such as Leberwurst, Fleischwurst, Schinken, and a variety of ‘meat accessories’.  Even for fellow vegetarians, this can certainly be enjoyed. The Fleischwurst and the Leberwurst (below) are great alternative neck pillows for long flights.

The sausage string can be wrapped around the neck for a loose shawl and the Schinkenkissen is perfect for an afternoon nap. Watch this interview (in German) to see Wald describe these products and others.

The 3six5 Begins

The 3six5 has begun! The aim of the project is to record the year one day at a time through the eyes of 365 individuals. A collaborative journal of 2010 that started on January 1. I’m down to write on May 28. Stay tuned…