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12.4.2010 … barking dogs are winning again … :)

art, Africa, NYC: I found this article very interesting and insightful.  What do you think?

Africa is everywhere, so pervasive in our lives that we barely see it. Since it is in all likelihood the continent where human evolution began, it is literally in the bloodstream of everyone. DNA aside, huge portions of everyday life and cultural achievement are unthinkable without Africa.

What would Modern art be like if Matisse had never gone to Morocco or if he, Picasso and the German Expressionists had never set eyes on the sculptural innovations of sub-Saharan Africa? Very hard to say. And popular music? Around the world, it incorporates sounds and rhythms that originated in Africa. More locally, jazz — not Abstract Expressionism — was the first American art form of international stature.

via ‘Global Africa Project’ at Museum of Arts & Design – Review – NYTimes.com.

fashion, comedy, Conan:  Poor, Conan!

It all started Wednesday night when O’Brien had fashion expert and “Project Runway” star Tim Gunn on his show. Talk turned to a new fashion craze known as jeggings. That’s leggings styled to look like tight jeans for you less fashion forward folks.

Anyhow, Gunn let it be known that jeggings are not just for the ladies, at which point, O’Brien vowed to wear a pair for an entire show. And that he did on Thursday night.

via When Conan met jeggings – The Marquee Blog – CNN.com Blogs.

issues:  We have a almost adult picky eater at our house and he had reflux as an infant.  hmmm.

Researcher Nancy Zucker at Duke says these exceptionally picky adults may be suffering from a previously unrecognized illness called selective eating disorder (SED). They’re not just being bratty, Zucker tells LiveScience’s Robin Nixon. Rather, selective eaters may experience food differently than other people: they tend to reject food because of look or smell, rather than taste, and they often have had early negative associations with food, like stomach problems or acid reflux in infancy, LiveScience reports.

via Does Extremely Picky Eating in Adulthood Signal a Mental Disorder? – TIME Healthland.

blogsDamn You Auto Correct! – Funny iPhone Fails and Autocorrect Horror Stories.

restaurants, locavore: Add to the  list.

Charleston, South Carolina, is no stranger to restaurant buzz, but lately there’s a roar about chef Sean Brock’s new establishment, Husk. We stopped by earlier this week to find out if the food and drink lived up to the hype, and came out preaching the Brock gospel. (Click here to see a gallery of photos from our visit.) If you haven’t heard, Brock abides by one rule at Husk: All ingredients must come from the South, from the triggerfish and the pork to the mustard and the butter (both of which are whipped up in the kitchen). “This isn’t about Southern dishes,” says Brock, “it’s about Southern food. And no one has better ingredients than the South.”

via The Most Southern Restaurant Ever.

art, NYC, technology:  Another reason to go to NYC.

It was a view bequeathed by another gilded age, the 19th century one that gave rise to the Park Avenue Armory, in whose vast drill hall all this art-historical re-enacting was taking place. In other words, the traveling Peter Greenaway painting-cinema-lecture-installation-whatever-it-might-be extravaganza had finally come to town.

via Peter Greenaway’s ‘Last Supper’ at Park avenue Armory – NYTimes.com.

technology, change, end of an era:  I was talking with a photographer  friend last night and he says a friend (Pulitzer Prize winning) uses his iPhone wiht various apps almost exclusively.

The point-and-shoot camera, which has been a part of American households since 1900, when George Eastman introduced the Kodak Brownie, is endangered. Like other single-use devices — the answering machine, the desktop calculator, the Rolodex — it is being shoved aside by a multipurpose device: the smartphone and its camera, which takes better snapshots with each new model.

via In Smartphone Era, Point-and-Shoots Stay Home – NYTimes.com.

Advent, advertising: I think this is creative advertising.  Share a Red Cup of your favorite Holiday Coffee at Starbucks | Starbucks.

favorite blogs, quotes:  I always enjoy Cary … but liked this one especially.

“Search me, God, and show me my heart.  Test me and know my anxious thoughts.  See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139:23, 24).

via Corrections, Retractions, Forgiveness and the Holy Spirit « Holy Vernacular.

NYC, places, Times Square, urban planning, urban redevelopment:

The plan, to radically make over 13 acres, between Broadway and Eighth Avenue, primarily fronting 42nd Street, outlived three mayors, four governors, two real estate booms and two recessions. It faced widespread derision in the beginning from jaded New Yorkers who were wise to grand plans. It faces occasional derision today from New Yorkers who speak of the old Times Square with newfound fondness.

It embodied both the hubris of urban master planning and its possibilities, and showed the value of ripping up blueprints and starting over in midstream. And it has been a touchstone experience for a city that is now building, or trying to build, several multibillion-dollar projects, including ground zero, the Atlantic Yards, Willets Point and the Hudson Yards.

“So often, people say New York can’t build large-scale projects anymore,” said Lynne B. Sagalynn, a professor of real estate finance at Columbia University and the author of “Times Square Roulette: Remaking the City Icon.”

But, Professor Sagalynn said, “Times Square is an example of how a city was able to think on a grand scale and carry it out.”

via Times Square Redevelopment Is Complete – NYTimes.com.

The Rebirth of 42nd Street – Interactive Feature – NYTimes.com.

cabins:

Not too many luxury weekend getaways sport plastic-coated canvas tents and a communal, co-ed bathroom.

via Camping Out: A Luxury Compound in Aptos, Calif. – WSJ.com.

Apps: App Review: Djay for iPad — Engadget.

gift ideas:  Some of these look fun. 10 cool games – chicagotribune.com.

Atlanta,zoos, pandas: Ok, so I love the pandas.

Melissa Ruggieri, mguggieri@ajc.com, Melissa Ruggieri

Two members of Zoo Atlanta’s medical staff takes measurements on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010, of the baby giant panda born to Lun Lun.

He’s 2.2 pounds, 35 centimeters from nose to tail and squeals when his mommy momentarily lumbers away.

In a few years, he’ll haul almost 300 pounds on a 3-foot frame and, presumably, be more interested in a bamboo stalk than the whereabouts of his mother.

But for now, the 1-month-old panda cub at Zoo Atlanta is behaving exactly as he should.

via Panda cub thriving at Zoo Atlanta  | ajc.com.




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