YACHT lights me up. Their grooves are infectious and the meaning in their work is at times profound. I know this is high praise for any artist, but it’s not everyday that a New New Wave band with deep philosophical underpinnings kicks ass like YACHT kicks ass. “The Earth, the Earth, the Earth is on […]
Thanks to advances in point-and-shoot technology, everyone’s a photographer today, or so we imagine. Of course, taking pictures for fun is a different practice altogether than making images of artistic quality with a camera. For more information on the latter, please see the following documentary from 1958 about Ansel Adams’ technical approach to photography. “Perhaps […]
“It isnâ€™t the consumersâ€™ job to know what they want.â€ -Steve Jobs Steve Jobs passed away from a rare form of cancer last week at the age of 56. Since then, I’ve read a handful of articles about the man and the impact he made on modern culture. Maybe you have too. The one article […]
Men’s Health named Portland, Oregon “America’s Most Patriotic City.” The magazine came to its conclusion after factoring the number of registered voters who turned out for state and federal elections in 2004 and 2008, money spent on military veterans, percentage of residents who volunteer, and finally, sales of fireworks and U.S. flags. Portland wins lots […]
Nau is a Portland-based active wear company that makes gear for “artists, athletes and activists out to unfuck the world.” I would have chosen a different way of expressing that sentiment, but I do hear what Nau is saying and I count myself among the people they’re trying to reach. When you visit Nau’s Web […]
Laura Oppenheimer of The Oregonian put together a feature article on the efforts being made by Portland’s various creative communities to unite and successfully promote themselves. salon owner, Kahala Orian, sporting a knitty Here, Oppenheimer shows the two ends of the local spectrum: If you picture the creative economy as a continuum from corporate giants […]
Yesterday was a dramatic weather day in Portland. Given the unique conditions, photographers throughout the city took to the frozen streets to document what they saw. PDX Pipeline has a great recap of the day in pictures and Tweets. Additionally, Flickr groups sprung up to capture the day in images.
“I live on Earth at present, and I donâ€™t know what I am. I know that I am not a category. I am not a thing â€” a noun. I seem to be a verb, an evolutionary process â€“ an integral function of the universe.” – R. Buckminster Fuller I feel fortunate that we were […]
old postcard advertising Call of the Wild Museum in Gaylord, MI I love this image, which we happened to pick up yesterday at an antique store in NE Portland. Exactly why I love it is hard to say. It has something to do with nostalgia I feel for a time in this country that I […]
The Library of Congress has a new Flickr page, where they plan to share some 3000 images with no known copyright restrictions. If all goes according to plan, the project will help address at least two major challenges: how to ensure better and better access to our collections, and how to ensure that we have […]
It was great to see my friend Terry Gardner in Boulder today. Buy his paintings!
American designer, architect and filmmaker Charles Eames–who together with his wife Ray, was responsible for many classic, iconic designs of the 20th century–appeared on the Arlene Francis “Home” show on NBC in 1956. It’s neat to see Eames on TV, but this episode is also an odd reminder of how square things were in 1950s […]