Posts Tagged ‘urban living:


11.04.2010 … rain … more curmudgeon-y basset antics …

technology, documentary, urban living, culture: OK, so this interested me.

HIGHRISE/Out My Window is a brand-new interactive documentary. It features first-person stories from 13 cities internationally, with an eclectic soundtrack, exploring the experience of life in the concrete highrise – the most common built form of the last century.

Designed to be experienced online, the project launches the viewer inside a 360-degree panorama, into an almost game-like environment. Toronto-based documentary maker Katerina Cizek directed the project largely via Skype, Facebook and email, in a collaborative process with photographers, journalists, architects, researchers, activists, digital developers and artists from around the world. The credit list rivals a feature film.

via Interactive documentary set in highrises around the world – Boing Boing.

oral history, my dad: My dad always threatened this on my brother and said his mother did this…

1940’s advice: “To cure boys of the habit of not keeping shirttails tucked in, sew an edging of lace around the bottom of the lad’s shirt. There’ll be no more shirttails showing.”

via Weird 1940s advice for moms who want their boys to tuck in their shirts – Boing Boing.

If I had a million dollars, fashion: OK, I love Audrey Hepburn’s style and anything Chanel or Kate Spade

The spring ’11 lookbook can be best described as what Audrey Hepburn might wear while romping around with a rainbow. Lloyd’s masterful design avoids looking too kitschy, pairing punchy red, pink, and neon lime with neutral shades and modernized classic shapes. Accessories include color-blocked straw hats, chanel-esque tweed garden purses and pineapple-themed clutches. Some of our faves include the delicate neon sandals, and the chiclet inspired necklace that begs to be worn on our spring vacation to the Maldives. Delish times ten!

via New Kate Spade Accessories- Kate Spade’s Spring 2011 Lookbook.

colleges, Davidson: Davidson did well … The 11 Best-Value Liberal Arts Colleges: Kiplinger List.

politics, NC:  Since I am more keyed in to GA politics than NC, I missed this.

Republicans made history on Election Day as they seized control of North Carolina’s legislature for the first time in more than a century.

via GOP wins control of N.C. General Assembly –

irony, travel, blog posts: “Road trip”  … “superlatives”  … some iron there …   Road Trip Superlatives « Holy Vernacular.

random, irony, fair and balanced, blog posts: I thought this one ironic as well …

Via the BB Submitterator, jimmosk says: “Since I did the same thing for Glenn Beck‘s rally [see “Can you spot a non-white person at the Glenn Beck Rally?”], fairness demands I ask the same thing about this one, which while somewhat more diverse still seemed to me more than 95% white. I had a fantastic time at it, and am glad I was there even if I increased its whiteness, but it still struck me as less than representative of the diversity of America. Link to *huge* panorama.”

via Can you spot a non-white person at the Rally to Restore Sanity? – Boing Boing.


9.18.2010 … just home … kinda nice …

cities, urban living: Does a city’s skyline effect your response as to it “city worthiness?”

Just back from a trip out East–Boston’s skyline looks diminutive compared to Chicago’s. It reminds of a line from the play “Three Days of Rain.” Something to this effect: Chicago is a city; Boston is village.

via Cityscapes: Comer school opening today; a lecture on Chicago’s boulevards Thursday.

design, history:

These days, there are magazines and television programs devoted to kitchen design, but in 1926 it was a new idea. In fact, curator Juliet Kinchin tells NPR’s Robert Smith, designing a kitchen was actually a political act.

via MoMA Exhibit: How Kitchens Were Designed To Free Women : NPR.

bookshelf, Big Brother:

Our Popular Passages feature uses Amazon’s Most Highlighted Books list to track the most underlined parts of bestselling books. 440 Kindle users loved this sentence by Tolle:  “The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.”

via Eckhart Tolle: Popular Passages – eBookNewser.

politics, The President: I think it would be tiring to have everything I did analyzed.  How Obama Thinks –


8.29.2010 … Great Teague family weekend in Asheville … Grove Park Inn for sleep and dinner, breakfast and lunch — all very good … Corner Kitchen for dinner – a great foodie and cultural experience … Parkway drive and then Pisgah Inn for breakfast … Happy birthday, Laura!

The President, The Media, politics:

All presidents take vacations, and all are criticized for it. It’s never the right place, the right time. Ronald Reagan went to the ranch, George W. Bush to Crawford, both got knocked. Bill Clinton even poll-tested a vacation site and still was criticized. But Martha’s Vineyard—elite, upscale—can’t have done President Obama any good, especially following the first lady’s foray in Spain. The general feeling this week was summed up by David Letterman: “He’ll have plenty of time for vacations when his one term is up. Plenty of time.”

via We Just Don’t Understand –

random, LOL: caught my attention … I guess I am gullible.


Aug. 27 is the date of a purportedly rare celestial phenomenon, the “double moons” event where Mars is supposed to loom as large as a second moon in the Earth’s night sky. Not only would this be a spectacle, the gravitational effect supposedly portend a host of environmental disasters that will End. Life. As We Know It.

The problem? Both parts of this are completely bogus. According to the Christian Science Monitor, Mars remains some 195 million miles from us, far too far away to appear as much more than its typical pinpoint of light in the night sky, much less to provoke any cataclysm on Earth. This isn’t even the closest the two planets have been — in 2003, Mars and Earth were separated by just 34.6 million miles. Life here continued unabated.

If your friend e-mails you this “helpful” heads up of impending doom, e-mail them back the definition of the word “gullible.”

via Mark Malkoff: Comedian Undergoes 5-Day ‘Online Cleanse’ in His Bathroom – TIME NewsFeed.

words, history, digital era, endo of an era:  This makes me very sad.  WE had an OED that my mom got from the BOMC.  It came in a boxed two-volume set with a little drawer at the top for a magnifying glass.  OK, I am a nerd.

It’s been in print for over a century, but in future the Oxford English Dictionary – the authoritative guide to the English language – may only be available online.

Oxford University Press, the publisher, said Sunday that burgeoning demand for the dictionary’s online version has far outpaced demand for the printed versions.

By the time the lexicographers behind the dictionary finish revising and updating the latest edition – a gargantuan task that will take many more years – publishers are doubtful there will still be a market for the printed form.

via Zounds! Print Oxford English Dictionary to End? – CBS News.

random, divorce:

Mr. Sheresky, 82, left the firm in a huff last month, claiming that his former partners reneged on a longstanding commitment to take care of him financially in the twilight of his career. Mr. Aronson, 61, and Mr. Mayefsky, 57, denied that such a vow existed, and dissolved the partnership, forming a new one with Pamela M. Sloan, who joined the original firm in 2007.

Mr. Sheresky responded strongly Friday by filing a $26 million lawsuit in State Supreme Court in Manhattan, alleging breach of contract and fraud.

In the legal world, partnerships come and go like so many discovery motions. But the dispute that led to Mr. Sheresky’s name being removed from the firm’s letterhead and new Web site raises a common question for the city’s prominent firms: how to handle a senior partner who is transitioning toward retirement? It also serves as a reminder that business agreements should always be put in writing, and that greed — or accusations of greed — can ruin any relationship.

via Divorce Law Firm in New York in Split of Its Own –

green, cities, urban living:

Flanner of Brooklyn Grange. “And we’re growing 50, 60, 70 different varieties of vegetables.”Flanner and four friends are running a commercial farm, seven stories off the ground, surrounded by a to-die-for view of the New York City skyline. The soil, a million pounds of it, had to be raised a sack at a time by crane.

via Field of Greens: The Growth in Farmers Markets – CBS Sunday Morning – CBS News.

The President, politics, Hurricane Katrina:  It was shameful, but ultimately the problem was local.

Calling the federal response to Hurricane Katrina “a shameful breakdown in government,” President Barack Obama said Sunday as rebuilding continues, officials are looking ahead to avoid a repeat when future disasters strike.

Speaking at Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans to mark the fifth anniversary of Katrina, Obama said construction of a fortified levee system to protect the city is underway and will be finished by next year, “We should not be playing Russian roulette every hurricane season,” he said.

“There is no need to dwell on what you experienced and what the world witnessed,” the president said, speaking to a crowd that included current New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and members of Louisiana’s Congressional delegation.

“We all remember it keenly — water pouring through broken levees; mothers holding their children above the waterline; people stranded on rooftops begging for help; and bodies lying in the streets of a great American city,” Obama said. “It was a natural disaster but also a man-made catastrophe; a shameful breakdown in government that left countless men and women and children abandoned and alone.”

via Marking Katrina anniversary, Obama praises New Orleans’ resilience –

places, Asheville, food:

Grove Park Inn for sleep and dinner, breakfast and lunch — all very good …

Corner Kitchen for dinner – a great foodie and cultural experience … I had pecan crusted trout … very good.

Blue Ridge Parkway drive and then Pisgah Inn for breakfast.

places, Atlanta, food:  Last week I went to Mary Mac’s … I had not been there in a while … it just made me smile.

We started with an order of Mudbugs. These are big, plump crawfish tails battered lightly in cornmeal then fried golden. Then each of had a 4-vegetable plate.  I had friend green tomatoes, tomato pie, black-eyed peans and turnips … all very good … and of course cornbread mini muffins and yeast rolls.

events:  Happy birthday, Laura, Linda and Tom!

random, NC: interesting …

The Alexander County community famed for its lunker emeralds has yielded a 64-carat gem that experts say is North America’s largest cut emerald.

via N.C. farm yields record emerald –


‎7.16.2010 USPS charges $55 to send up to 40 lbs. in their Priority Mail box to ZA. DHL charges $500 … go figure …

follow-up: Not only do Molly’s friends want ranch dressing, they also crave PopTarts!

life, health, women’s issues: OK, another reason for reason for not liking where I am in life … such ugly words … midlife, postmenopausal, PEAR-SHAPED … yuck … and know I get to add diminished memory to the list! … Note also that the title calls us “older” in the opening line calls us “middle-aged.”. 🙂

Middle-aged women who are overweight may have yet another motivation to take off those excess pounds: The more a postmenopausal woman weighs, the worse her memory, researchers have found.

What’s more, the negative impact on memory was more pronounced in “pear-shaped” women who carry excess weight around their hips, and less of a factor in “apple-shaped” women who carry it around their waists, the study authors noted.

In the new study, researchers found that for every one point increase in a woman’s body mass index (BMI), her score on a standard memory test — though still in the normal range — dropped by one point. BMI is a measurement that takes into account height and weight.

via Excess Weight in Older Women Linked to Diminished Memory – Yahoo! News.

food, chocolate, Davidson, Charlotte:  I may have to try this.  Eat local, right?

The Elliott family’s success as chocolatiers here in Davidson is spawning an expansion. Their 2-year-old Davidson Chocolate Co. announced Wednesday that it will open a second location, in the Dilworth neighborhood of Charlotte.

Since 2008, John and Sue Elliott and their son John Jr. have developed a good following in and around Davidson, both through their shop and their internet and wedding businesses. Their Davidson store is in the Harris Teeter shopping center, at Jetton and Griffith streets off I-77 Exit 30.

Their expansion comes at a time when many small businesses in the region are struggling to overcome the effects of the recession and reduced consumer spending.

via Davidson Chocolate to open 2nd shop, in Dilworth | Food and Dining.

movies, favorites: Grease in a sing-a-long?  Who is game?  I love most of these films … maybe I will do a Movies with Big Dance themes marathon this summer. Anyone care to join me?

This summer, as Grease returns to theaters in sing-a-long form (it’s being billed as “the original high school musical”), and the surprisingly unstoppable Step Up series releases its third installment (in 3-D, no less), it’s clear: Films that feature dance are bigger than ever. Accordingly, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best dance scenes ever shown on-screen. Click through to check out our favorites (including Funny Face, Flashdance, and Dirty Dancing, above) and be sure to vote for your favorite in the comments section below.

via What’s Right Now : The Most Memorable Big-Screen Dance Scenes.

green:  I say yes, please.  If you only saw my summer electric bill, you would ,too.

Innovations in air-conditioning systems mean cooling down buildings is going to require less energy

via Air-conditioning: Keeping cool and green | The Economist.

BP Oil Spill: Hallelujah!  I actually watched the video feed of it stopping.

For the first time in nearly three months, oil has stopped flowing into the Gulf of Mexico as BP proceeds with a highly anticipated test designed to measure pressure within its ruptured oil well.

The move is being lauded as a positive step, accompanied by a strong note of caution that the cutoff is simply part of the test, as BP and government experts assess how the well is holding up.

via No oil leaking as BP conducts tests in well –

NYC, summer, urban living:

A rendering of what a portable pool on Park Avenue will look like. A Brooklyn company will lend the city three pools. Lifeguard services will be donated separately.

For those New Yorkers who never received a coveted invitation last summer to dive into Dumpsters converted into pools in Brooklyn, there is a much easier alternative this year: Park Avenue.

For the first three Saturdays in August, the Bloomberg administration will open three Dumpster pools on the east side of Park Avenue between 40th and 41st Streets.

With Grand Central Terminal and the MetLife Building serving as a backdrop, the pools will be above ground, encircled by a five-foot-wide metal deck with a nonstick rubber surface, and accompanied by several changing-room cabanas, portable showers and portable toilets.

via Swimming Pools Coming to Manhattan for a Few Days –

Nature:  Earthquake in DC?  Anybody feel it?

Rare Earthquake Jolts D.C.

A 3.6 magnitude quake rattles D.C.

via Earthquake Rattles Washington, D.C. – ABC News.

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