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TTMMW: Themes

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The way I keep stuff for this semi-not-at-all-regular column is by starring it in my Google Reader. As the weeks/months go on, things tend to pile up. Related things. Here they are, by particularly similar category.

APPLE
T-SHIRTS, then, and now:

Other stuff and your new/old iPhone.

A DAB OF HISTORY
Autograph books! They had them in Little House on the Prairie, except when they were in Town.

TENNIS

COOL POLITICIANS
Dean forever, obviously.

OLD MUSICIANS
Like Woody Guthrie, or Patti Smith and jam sessions.

OTHER COOLISH, MOSTLY CRANKY OLD MEN
Like Anthony Bourdain, or David Letterman

FAMOUS, LEGIT ACTORS
The truth behind Natalie Wood, Denzel Washington might play Thelonious Monk, Ben Affleck’s kids wear his face on their shirts and a GIF wall of many many Oscar winners and losers.

WATER
In art, and in life/art.

ADVERTISING (ESPECIALLY ’50s THROWBACK ADVERTISING)
Whether it’s Playboy, a Mad Men-themed Newsweek, more Helvetica (plus sandwiches) or remembering George Lois. Or a particularly personal plea.

The New York Times and Israel/Palestine, naturally.

PIXAR
People look like those fake oh-so-real characters.

PICTURES OF OLD NEW YORK
Skylines, seagulls wildin’ and such:

FINALLY

It really is.

Seriously, Don’t

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TTMMW: Overdue

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It’s been months, so if this is all old news, well excuseeeee me.

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Alexander McQueen was inspired by Friends.

Rock Hudson was gay. Here’s a look at his hidden “bachelorhood.”

A woman got really unhappy because people were putting plastic Flamingos on her lawn. So she’s basically an idiot, because that is a fine fine gift.

The guy who designed the literal Wheel of Fortune and did art direction for Jeopardy! died. His name was Ed Flesh. Yes. Also the man who invented Doritos died, and he was buried with them.

Linda Ronstadt is writing a memoir. So is Neil Young. And Patti Smith’s Just Kids will become a movie.

A very thorough look at time zones and how ridiculous they are.

I appreciate any recent reference to Simply Red.

Make some egg salad sandwiches, but in a very classy way. Also make some potato pancakes with leftover mashed potatoes courtesy of Gretchen (as if there would ever be leftovers!)

A glimpse of anything you ever wanted to know about Paul Taylor and all that dance is now available.

Roseanne is back with a vengeance, with her major policy position based on legalizing marijuana.

As if we even thought it was possible, Craig Ferguson steps up the crazy and films a week’s worth of shows in Paris.

LOOK


My piano teacher growing up would have been all over these.


I would stay in this hotel in a hot second. If I had my stockpile of old magazines with me right now I’d pull out this amazing Times Magazine where these designers used salvaged oil tankers as rooms in their homes.

Pre-fabs and contemporary ranch style homes? Sign me up (and remember the great MOMA exhibit on pre-fabs from a couple years ago).


Glass Beach is in MacKerricher State Park in California. There’s all this sea glass because of years trash being dumped nearby.

A connect-the-dots Mona Lisa, and a Mona Lisa made of far fewer dots.


An Apple tree.


There was a Playboy gallery exhibit. NSFW images, obviously – which isn’t stopping this little boy.


More stamps for people who like good looking things.

Dress your life like you’re in Benny and Joon.

Girls and boys growing up.

And photos of your favorite country singers (and some less impressive ones too, what can you do).

LISTEN


Steve Earle’s “Galway Girl.” Fun fact: He’s been married seven times, twice to the same woman (the current wife is Allison Moorer, a talented singer-songwriter in her own right). Must be why his music is so good.

LOOK & LISTEN

Do a day in the life with Pixar genius John Lassater.

Running on Empty (Revisited) from Ross Ching on Vimeo.

LA didn’t have cars for a bit and it was glorious.


Check out “The Secret Life of Swimmers,” by photographer Judy Starkman. She took photos of people who swim at public pools. It is a bit of a secret club.

Sunday Words

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“Novelty was not Steve’s highest value. Beauty was.

I 

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When we were cleaning out my house in the spring, I made my mother let me keep my Macintosh SE. It was the first computer that was ever mine, just mine; my dad found it on the street and fixed it up when I was around 11. It didn’t have no internet, was in black and white, but still rocked Microsoft Word, took floppy disks, and included KidPix, the only program anyone really needs.

On Ebay, this computer runs for around $200 now, which just goes to show that something that is totally outdated still packs somewhat of a punch, even on nostalgia factor. At one point, I think we had 6 or 7 computers in my house, all Macs, because Windows was not allowed. We didn’t use them all, but they all worked, just sitting around that my dad had found and fixed up. You know, just in case. He subscribed to the real magazine of Macworld, and would actually read it, not skim it, as I recall. I don’t remember what exactly was in those articles, only that there was a diehard fan in our mix.

People make a lot of arguments about Apple now; how it’s a cult, how they charge too much, how their stock prices will drop now that Steve Jobs is no longer alive to helm it and guide the vision. But the one thing that Apple taught me from a very young age was that visuals matter. Everything they made looked good. Maybe the later years have looked better than the early ones, but design does matter, and that’s something that Microsoft has never believed in. They haven’t understood that it takes me twice as long to do things on their products, and that I enjoy doing them half as much.

Looking good isn’t a crime. And thanks Steve Jobs, for making me feel okay about that. You made industrial design cool, and you’ve made my life better for it.

Old Done New

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I become more and more convinced with myself that he is my generation’s Dylan with every passing listen.

Today

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Caprese and corn on the cob


Lemon meringue

Plus listened to the newly discovered track by Bonnie Raitt “No Way to Treat a Lady” off her 1986 record Nine Lives and bought the new September Vogue aka my new weight-lifting regime. Happy 70th birthday Dad.

TTMMW: Daguerreotype Yourself

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Two tales of alcoholism; the first is from xoxojane.com (thus far, I’ve put Jane Pratt’s site into the “pretty much fluff but occasionally has a gem” category), and the other from Jane’s fave 90s wild child, Courtney Love. If you can only handle one tale of addiction, read Love’s, as it’s a comprehensive vision of what a wild rollercoaster drug use can be throughout a lifetime.

When should kids go to kindergarden? As Emma says “We went at four, and we turned out just fine.”

When Bruce Springsteen was a young man, he was not very good at paying his bills, but he did like practicing his autograph.

Read this story about the leftovers of the Riot Grrrl movement. “We’d have these challenges: Do you think we could write about the intersection between coming out as LGBT or coming out as a sexual-abuse survivor?Can we write a catchy song about that?” said Kathleen Hanna.

What does it mean that an artist has “made” a painting? What was seen as revolutionary in Andy Warhol’s factory is basically the present-day way an artist’s studio functions.

VS Naipaul might be a great writer, but he’s a dick.

Did you know Sesame Street is full of lefty propaganda? Well yes, I did.

Debbie Reynolds is giving up her dream of creating a museum out of her amazing collection of Old Hollywood memorabilia by auctioning it all. Luckily, now you have lots of options for what to get me for my birthday.

Jeff Conaway aka Kenickie from Grease aka the man who made a lot of inappropriate jokes I didn’t get until I was very old has died.

New Yorkers aren’t allowed to smoke in parks anymore. Yes, this means all of Central Park.

This piece by Roseanne Barr about working in show business (especially on Roseanne) is relatively fascinating and amazing.

David Pogue threw an iPhone at his wife. While domestic violence is not funny, the fact that it was an iPhone is. It’s like he doesn’t work in journalism and doesn’t understand what a good headline is made of.

A Prairie Home Companion might want you! But there goes Garrison Keillor…

Feel like NOVA hasn’t been delivering its usual high-quality pieces? You might get upset about the following:
“Scrambling to secure much-needed funding, the Public Broadcasting Service began its spring pledge drive Monday with the debut broadcast of Nova: Boobs A-Bouncin’. “We at PBS are proud to present this latest installment in our award-winning science series,” PBS spokesperson David Brennan said of the two-hour special devoted to the science of breast mobility. “As you’ll see, Boobs A-Bouncin’ covers all the ups-and-downs, side-to-sides, and other various jiggling patterns associated with the physics of breasts in motion. Please enjoy this episode, and please, please call the number at the bottom of your screen to donate.”

The Catholic Church did some study about priests and sexual assault and blamed it on the 70s. That’s what I blame all my problems on too, so, fair.

Go surfing in Basque country? Yes please — I love water + my motherland.

Steve Albini has a food blog, and LA Weekly interviewed him about it. People: they can have more than one interest.

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Mies Van der Rohe building on Lake Shore, November 1956 (Frank Scherschel, LIFE magazine). I like all those words.


I don’t listen to The Melvin’s, but this poster is amazing. I always found Sleeping Beauty to have some Art Nouveau tendencies to it.


Did you know that Djokovic is really hot? You do now.


I love daguerreotype’s and I love boyfriends, and this site combines the two. The photo above? Almanzo Wilder, who I’ve always considered an earlier version of Paul Walker, with a much sexier than.

Look at these miniatures! I was a very sad child when I found out that the Carole and Barry Kaye Museum of Miniatures in LA was closed.

Google did an homage to Les Paul for his birthday that was interactive. Props, but a question: Does anyone actually use google.com the homepage anymore?


Architect Barbie has glasses like mine (duh) and you can design her dream house! It’s like The Sims, but way, way better.

LOOK & LISTEN

At this amalgamation of clips of the massive tornados of late.


Some dudes being boss.

Red Shoes

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Louboutin is suing YSL, if you didn’t know, because they claim ownership of the red soled shoe. Over at The Awl, Rachelle Bergstein wrote a brief history of red shoes that nicely sums up why Louboutin should move on and pick a new battle. It also that reminded me of this painting my dad did:

And the song it was named after:
(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes – Elvis Costello

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