My good old friend Robinson is one of those guys who can put pen to paper in an afternoon and make something like what you see here. Imagine having this on a shirt for 10 bucks…. You really can’t beat that.
He just started an etsy shop @ mrescobarshirts.etsy.com where you can grab one of these for your bod. Take a gander. I got this one:
I really hope it doesn’t rain this Sunday, but even if it does, I plan on joining my friend Matt for the 1st annual Flashwalk from Brooklyn to Staten Island. It’ll be a 40 hour, slow-food style walk during which time I hope to see for the first time–with no sense of haste or pressure–a great deal of the fine city of New York (on the longest day of the year).
Personally, I don’t feel I make much use of my daily travels around the city. Within the ‘look at your feet’ social ambiance to and from work, I see beautiful things: the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, parts of Chinatown, ritzy SOHO, and a few blocks of Park Slope, Brooklyn. But do I really see it? Could I remember 3 things I saw on my way from my office to the Subway? Probably not. When I’m going somewhere on the weekends or evenings, I’m more focused on the destination than the incredible history of the city I’m passing right by. In short, the long summer weekends in this Northern latitude demand we make the most of our time out of the cold:
The essentials are this: As the inaugural of an organization that will sponsor exploration-oriented walks, with no guides and no agenda, at locations in the city selected by chance, I’m getting a group of people together to walk from Brooklyn to StatenIsland. This is no small feat, as the only way to get there on foot is a 40-mile, two-state walk via Manhattan, to the George Washington Bridge, through 20 miles of Jersey, to the Bayonne bridge. To up the ante, it will be a five-borough walk. And it’ll be taking place on the longest day of the year, just so we can get the most out of it. It’s totally not-for-profit, free, and aimed at simply getting people to slow down their lives for one day and take a serious look at their cit(ies) — and as a side effect raising awareness of flashwalk as organizer of such strangeness.
“…the artist as well as the art is present. Each painter guards his own work?appends, that is, to the text of his productions the footnote of his own person. We saw pretty girls chaperoning ugly pictures, and plain girls pretty pictures. We were enabled to associate phlegmatic men with nervous brush strokes, and fragile men with ponderous gumbo techniques. This form of supplementation is more democratic than the one that imposes an author’s mute visage on the flap of a dust jacket; at Washington Square, the artist can he questioned.”
…we will never forget this event. People will not give up. They are being crushed into silence, but they won’t be silent forever. They have new ways to connect to one another. They, the regime, can block Facebook today but they can’t do it forever. Something has changed in this country, people have been cheated but they have seized more freedom. Now we are like caged lions, so taking anything from us will be harder in future.
I will never lose my hope and as long as I live in Iran, I will do my best for it. America must try to negotiate with Iran. President Obama has offered Iran a chance. This election is a setback, but he must not give up. It is just a moment in time, the blink of an eye. Time will expose the liars’ lies and history will be its witness.” (via The Independent)
Update: 2:56p ET... Ahmadinejad's site appears to be down
due to the digi-attack.
Update: 6:56p ET People are reportedly being shot in the street.
It has escalated tremendously.
Disrupting propaganda on the realtime web…
Here’s a list of resources for learning more about this unprecedented collaborative effort to take down propaganda sites in Iran. It’s a literal battle out there to make sure information is accurate. Very interesting to watch this develop:
This is all very fascinating to watch: a collaborative effort to disrupt disinformation that spreads as fast a tweet can travel (the below link has been clicked around 3,000 times!)
In my opinion, the best thing to do is to discredit, not destroy propaganda sites. Create content that challenges the propaganda if you can; I do not condone DOS attacks, but perhaps if you CANNOT WRITE you should simply help others find trustworthy sources.
I find it disturbing when people unwittingly carve out a huge chunk of their day to interact on a small screen, whether it be for text messaging, web browsing, or for playing games. This is a lo-fi behavior in a hi-fi world. We can do better than this.
We often communicate with people geographically close to us at great volumes through small devices, though we can more genuinely, accurately, and more humanely communicate face to face.
Cellphones, especially those with the internet enabled, drown out what should be a natural process of questioning one’s surroundings. When a Google search can answer most questions, what’s the point of being mindfully engaged with the world around you?
We must consider our ability to be mindful, attentive, and engaged in an age of ubiquitous technology.
I believe these questions can be asked most powerfully through images and photography. There will, however, be infrequent pull quotes from relevant articles such as this:
An acquaintance of mine has a teenage daughter. Like most teens in this century she spends her day texting her friends, abbreviating her life into 140 character hints, flinging these haikus out to an invisible clan of mutual texters. It’s an always-on job, this endless encapsulation of the moment. During dinner, while walking, on the toilet, lounging in bed, or in any state of wakefulness, to chat is to live. Like all teens, my friend’s daughter tested the limits of her parents’ restrictions. For some infraction or another, they grounded her. And to reinforce the seriousness of her misconduct, they took away her mobile phone. Immediately the girl became physically sick. Faint, nauseous, and so ill she couldn’t get out of bed. It was if her parents had amputated a limb. And in a way they had. Our creations are now inseparable from us. Our identity with technology runs deep, to our core. via Kevin Kelly @ technium
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The building next door to me caught fire last night. I awoke at 4am to a huge firetruck crane 3 feet from my 4th floor window. Then firefighters came into my room to see how warm the wall at the head of my bed had become. I think they would have knocked down my door if I failed to open it after the second knock.
At 4:30am I left my smoky room and snapped a couple pictures (that came out pretty red)
The burned out window is the 7th from the left. Also note that we have the only tree on the block!