Posts Tagged ‘trends


12.27.10 … Mom thinks she no longer can figure out technology … I just spent 7, yes 7, hours trying to set her new tv up to her old TiVo … Now I will have GNO with my family girl friends. “How do you solve a problem like Maria?” …

random, LOL:

As many Americans were spending Christmas night with their families, Olek, a New York based artist was near Wall Street, freezing her fingers to the bone while outfitting the famous “Charging Bull” into a giant knitted cozy.

via A knitted cozy for “Charging Bull” and a warm new year wish – Dec. 27, 2010.

iPad, trends, 2010:

The iPad and the rise of the tablets

via The top 10 tech trends of 2010 –

Great Recession:  Some good news …

Shoppers spent more money this holiday season than even before the recession, according to preliminary retail data released on Monday.

via Holiday Sales Return to Prerecession Level –


7.8.2010 … definitely sweltering … Go ESP … molls now leaving 6 am, Sat. … no tears for mom :) …

faith:  loved this by friend Cary!

So I’m thinking about prayer and how we often wish we were more eloquent, more — well — prayerful, more in touch with God, more able to abide in Him.  And yet we can start right where we are… slow, dull, fully inhabiting our own baselines. Life happens in concrete reality, not in wishful thinking.  Whatever it is, is whatever it is.  And when we embrace that, we can move into the realm of “immeasurably more.”

via Cardinals and Turkey Vultures « Holy Vernacular.

culture:  I am glad I am not dating … but when I did, there wasn’t enough money to try monthly trends!

Leanne Shapton

New data from a Web site suggests that not only do many people plan similar dates, but like lemmings, they also collectively migrate from one theme to the next.

In March, scores of New Yorkers opted to have their first dates over tacos: fish tacos, dried cricket tacos, taco tours of Brooklyn, even post-surfing tacos at Rockaway Beach in Queens.

But by month’s end, tacos went out of vogue, and fondue became the fare of choice for first dates. In mid-April, singles relinquished their cheese forks and embraced bring-your-own-beer dates instead. A few weeks later, outings for lobster rolls were all the rage. By mid-May daters cooled on lobster rolls and were eating oysters.

via Watching Trends in Dating –

travel:  I think I would like all 12 of these!

From retro Palm Springs to Newport mansions, history is everywhere you look. Below are 12 ways to experience our geeky, gaudy, mystical, majestic, tough and tragic roots.

via 12 Unexpected History Trips –

tv:  gLee … Season 2 premieres Tuesday, September 7th on FOX.

trends, something in the water?:

A new study finds if a couple in your social circle decides to call it quits, your own odds of getting a divorce increase by 75%.

via Gore, Edwards, Tiger: Is Divorce Contagious? – TIME NewsFeed.


7.2.2010 Molly’s birthday lunch at the Penguin (fried pickles, hamburgers, pimento cheese and the like) followed by sushi dinner at Koishi for 8 (I did not know what sushi was when I was 16) … is there a dichotomy there … the 4th celebration begins today … always after Molly’s birthday.

events, media: OK, I listen with my husband to NPR every off day … and I don’t ever remember hearing this 22 year tradition … I must sleep late on the 4th.

Twenty-two years ago, Morning Edition launched what has become an Independence Day tradition: hosts, reporters, newscasters and commentators reading the Declaration of Independence.

via The Declaration Of Independence, Read Aloud By NPR Staff : NPR.

RIP:  I never heard of Egon Rony, but I thought his obituary fascinating.

A generation of chefs, among them Raymond Blanc and Marco Pierre White, looked on him with affection, for his stars had got them going. But, though the guides survived, his influence had faded before the age of the celebrity chef, a creature he had little time for. He did not want elaborate sculptures and arty flourishes for food. Give him sauerkraut, venison, frankfurters, sour cream, walnut beigli, a good Bordeaux; and then a cup of good, dark, bitter coffee, with multiple sugars from a clean and unattached spoon.

via Egon Ronay | The Economist.

literature, my past: I did not realize that The Good Earth was now passé.  Very interesting analysis.

Ever since her 1931 blockbuster The Good Earth earned her a Pulitzer Prize and, eventually, the first Nobel Prize for Literature ever awarded to an American woman, Pearl S. Buck’s reputation has made a strange, slow migration. These days, it’s her life story rather than her novels (which are now barely read — either in the West, or in China) that’s come to fascinate readers.

Ever since her 1931 blockbuster The Good Earth earned her a Pulitzer Prize and, eventually, the first Nobel Prize for Literature ever awarded to an American woman, Pearl S. Buck’s reputation has made a strange, slow migration. These days, it’s her life story rather than her novels (which are now barely read — either in the West, or in China) that’s come to fascinate readers.

The big shift was set in motion almost 15 years ago, when literary scholar Peter Conn lifted Buck out of mid-cult obscurity in his monumental biography called, simply, Pearl S. Buck: A Cultural Biography. Now, award-winning biographer Hilary Spurling has made a case for a reappraisal of Buck’s fiction and her life. Spurling claims that Buck had a “magic power — possessed by all truly phenomenal best-selling authors — to tap directly into currents of memory and dream secreted deep within the popular imagination.”

via ‘Pearl Buck In China’: A Child Across The Good Earth : NPR.

economy, business, interesting facts:

“We’re a lot less tied to the market as a whole,” said Mark Andrews, Habitat’s senior director for U.S. operations. “We’ve been able to keep chugging along at a pretty solid pace.”

As a result, Habitat, a Christian group founded 34 years ago in Americus, Ga., around a philosophy of constructing and rehabilitating homes for low-income families, was recently ranked as one of the nation’s top 10 builders for the first time in a closely watched industry list compiled by Builder Magazine.

via Charity Joins Ranks of Top Home Builders –

architecture, economy: Great article.

Mies’ signature phrase means that less decoration, properly deployed, has more impact than a lot. Elegance, he believed, did not derive from abundance. Like other modern architects, he employed metal, glass and laminated wood — materials that we take for granted today but that in the 1940s symbolized the future. Mies’ sophisticated presentation masked the fact that the spaces he designed were small and efficient, rather than big and often empty.

Tom Wolfe’s “From Bauhaus to Our House” aside, the trend toward “less” was not entirely foreign. In the 1930s Frank Lloyd Wright started building more modest and efficient houses — usually around 1,200 square feet — than the sprawling two-story ones he had designed in the 1890s and the early 20th century.

“Less is more” wasn’t for everyone; modernism was popular mainly with the so-called “Progressives,” the professionals and intellectuals who commissioned modern houses. But these trend-setters were not alone in assuming there would be fewer servants in the future and that modern conveniences would make housework easier to do, especially in smaller quarters.

Sadly, many of the small, architect-designed houses of the postwar period have been demolished to make way for McMansions. But those that remain, and those we know about from blueprints and photographs, have much to teach us — about the efficient use of space for storage, integrated indoor and outdoor space and the way careful design can facilitate natural ventilation. When you think about how many rooms you actually use, it seems obvious that various ideas from that optimistic era could make the next decade a happier, saner one than the overstuffed times we’ve just lived through.

via When Less Was More – Opinionator Blog –

art, favorites: I have always loved Norman Rockwell … and never quite known if it was art … given Jack’s interest in Jackson Pollack … I think I may have to go see The Connoisseur!

Mr. Spielberg and Mr. Lucas may be best known for vaulting E.T. and Luke Skywalker into the reaches of outer space, but they happen to be serious collectors of Rockwell’s scenes of earthlings set in a galaxy close to home. Now they have pooled their art holdings and created a likely summer hit in a medium other than film. “Telling Stories: Norman Rockwell From the Collections of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg” opened Friday at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, where it remains on view until early next year.

It is true that his work does not acknowledge social hardships or injustice. It does not offer a sustained meditation on heartbreak or death. Yet why should it? Idealization has been a reputable tradition in art at least since the days when the Greeks put up the Parthenon, and Rockwell’s work is no more unrealistic than that of countless art-history legends, like Mondrian, whose geometric compositions exemplify an ideal of harmony and calm, or Watteau, who invented the genre of the fête galante. Rockwell perfected a style of painting that might be called the American Ideal. Instead of taking place in lush European gardens, his playful gatherings are in a diner on Main Street.

Surely the most arresting image in the current exhibition is “The Connoisseur,” which graced the cover of The Saturday Evening Post in 1962. It takes us inside a museum, where a proper-looking gentleman who appears to be around 70 is shown from the back as he holds his fedora and contemplates a large-scale drip painting by Jackson Pollock. His gray hair, gray suit and general air of quietude offer a sharp contrast with the crackling intensity of the Pollock.

Unlike most of Rockwell’s other magazine covers, “The Connoisseur” isn’t humorous, and its meaning is elusive. The man gazing at the Pollock is a mystery man whose face remains hidden and whose thoughts are not available to us. Perhaps he is a stand-in for Rockwell, contemplating not only an abstract painting, but also his own artistic extinction. In an interview in 1962 with The Los Angeles Examiner, Rockwell expressed his respect for abstract painting when he said, “If I were young and starting out again, I would try to be an abstract artist.”

via Rockwell Paintings at the Smithsonian American Art Museum –

business, success, internet, vuvuzelas: I have to admit I love it when someone capitalizes on a fad … I hope they don’t get stuck with too many after the fad ends … (Oh, and I bought one for the 4th of July … 🙂 )

Late last year, the 10-employee online retailer ordered several thousand vuvuzelas on a hunch that they’d become popular among U.S. soccer fans. The Birmingham, Ala., company then promoted the instruments mainly using paid-search advertising on Google Inc. and Yahoo Inc. amid minimal competition for relevant search terms such as “soccer horn” and “stadium horn.” Since then, the small firm has sold nearly 30,000 vuvuzelas for about $8 each, pulling in roughly $240,000 in revenue.

“It was a massive opportunity for us,” says Jeff Stephens, director of marketing for 365 Inc., which also sells team jerseys and other sports supplies. The company declined to disclose how much it cost to purchase the vuvuzelas or what they’ve spent so far on the ads.

via Retailer 365 Inc. Bets Wisely on Vuvuzelas –

end of an era, economy, trends: Blockbuster just missed the boat … they got squeezed between Netflix and Redbox.  I’ll miss going to Blockbuster  on a dull Saturday night.

Blockbuster Inc. (BBI) shares will be suspended and delisted by the New York Stock Exchange next Wednesday, after the troubled video-rental chain failed to address its lack of compliance with NYSE listing standards.

via Blockbuster Will Be Delisted After Proposals Fail –

NASA, followup: NASA reschedules two final space shuttle launches.

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