The Unhappy Hipsters

January 31, 2010

Another architecture/design website but this one’s for laughs. The Unhappy Hipsters takes photos from leading design magazines like Dwell and adds a wry comment pointing out the unfriendliness in the bankrupt design–in human terms. We don’t know who posts on this blog but he/she has an amusing avatar. If you, too, believe there is something missing from the minimal design themes so rampant in magazine spreads these days, take a glance at this website and have a laugh or two. And wait with the rest of us for the pendulum to swing back to human friendly.

Thanks to Curt Cox from the Davis Partnership in Denver for sending us the link.

http://unhappyhipsters.com/

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The Essex Library has been very fortunate to have Centerbrook Architects generously sponsor and provide a second series of architecture lectures with a third in the planning stages for next year. A recent addition to their award-winning website is a blog–The Millrace– where members of the firm have posted about what inspires and interests them. If you have any interest in architecture, design or getting to know architects a little better, take a look at their blog-it will be rewarding.

Don’t miss out on Yale School of Architecture Professor Kent Bloomer’s lecture, “Why Not Ornament?”,  Friday, February 12th at 7 p.m. at the Essex Town Hall.

http://centerbrook.com/blog/

The Becker-Posner Blog

January 28, 2010

As John Cassidy recently wrote in a January 11, 2010 article in The New Yorker, “Judge Richard A. Posner has been a leading figure in the conservative Chicago School of economics for decades. In September, he came out as a Keynesian. As acts of betrayal go, this was roughly akin to Johnny Damon’s forsaking the Red Sox Nation and joining the Yankees.” Posner shares a blog with Nobel Prize winner Gary Becker where they discuss current issues in economics, law and policy.

http://uchicagolaw.typepad.com/beckerposner/

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Systematically and mercilessly disassembling, flushing, greasing, and re-packing the cycling culture. That’s the BikeSnobNYC’s mantra. If you’re serious about riding, you’re probably already familiar with the blog. But wait–there’s a BikeSnob book coming out in May from Chronicle Books:

“Cycling is exploding in a good way. Urbanites everywhere, from ironic hipsters to earth-conscious commuters, are taking to the bike like aquatic mammals to water. BikeSnobNYC cycling’s most prolific, well-known, hilarious, and anonymous blogger brings a fresh and humorous perspective to the most important vehicle to hit personal transportation since the horse. Bike Snob treats readers to a laugh-out-loud rant and rave about the world of bikes and their riders, and offers a unique look at the ins and outs of cycling, from its history and hallmarks to its wide range of bizarre practitioners. Throughout, the author lampoons the missteps, pretensions, and absurdities of bike culture while maintaining a contagious enthusiasm for cycling itself. Bike Snob is an essential volume for anyone who knows, is, or wants to become a cyclist.”

Who knew origami had gotten so complicated and fascinating since we folded our last crane? Independent Lens–the PBS series which showcases terrific independent films–presented Between The Folds recently.

“Origami may seem an unlikely medium for understanding and explaining the world. But around the globe, several fine artists and theoretical scientists are abandoning more conventional career paths to forge lives as modern-day paper folders. Through origami, these offbeat and provocative minds are reshaping ideas of creativity and revealing the relationship between art and science.”

These artists and scientists have gone way beyond the old “kootie-catcher” to create pieces of exquisitely folded paper that sometimes don’t even resemble paper in the end. Take a look at the film’s site and be sure to follow the links to the individual artist’s sites where you can see what they’re up to and interested in.

Thanks to Centerbrook Architect’s Ken MacLeod for bringing this wonderful film to our attention.

http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/between-the-folds/film.html