Originally posted 2009-11-30 10:13:36.
From The Raw Story:
Like the old song goes, one of these things is not like the other…
However, remind a police officer in Corpus Christi, Texas of those famed Cookie Monster lyrics and they’re likely to give you an annoyed look.That’s because a recently discovered cache of plants, initially pegged by officials speaking to local news as “one of the largest marijuana plant seizures in the police department’s history,” turned out to be a relatively common prairie flower of little significance.Texas officers ultimately spent hours laboring to tag and remove up to 400 plants from a city park, discovering only after a battery of tests that they had been sweating over mere Horse Mint, a member of the mint family — effectively turning their ambitious drug bust into mere yard work.The plants, which bear very few aesthetic similarities to cannabis, were reported by an unnamed youth who came across them while riding a bike in the park around 8 p.m. on Thursday. Upon visual inspection, police apparently agreed that the inoffensive plants had to go. Continue reading…
En collaboration avec Simon Boudvin
2006, Bois, peinture, colle, 220 x 200 x 10 cm environ
One Saturday morning at 7 o’clock on a blind wall in the 3rd arrondissement of Paris. The façade, using the local architectural codes, occupying 10 cm of public space, is mounted and glued on in thirty minutes. Almost 4 years later, the address still exists. Regularly graffittied, it is cleaned out by the city service.
Link to Julien Berthier’s website.
Mark Twain left instructions not to publish his autobiography until 100 years after his death, which is now.
From The Independent:
Exactly a century after rumours of his death turned out to be entirely accurate, one of Mark Twain’s dying wishes is at last coming true: an extensive, outspoken and revelatory autobiography which he devoted the last decade of his life to writing is finally going to be published.
The creator of Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn and some of the most frequently misquoted catchphrases in the English language left behind 5,000 unedited pages of memoirs when he died in 1910, together with handwritten notes saying that he did not want them to hit bookshops for at least a century.
That milestone has now been reached, and in November the University of California, Berkeley, where the manuscript is in a vault, will release the first volume of Mark Twain’s autobiography. The eventual trilogy will run to half a million words, and shed new light on the quintessentially American novelist.
Vibrant and frenetic:
California born illustrator Martin French graduated from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and now lives and works in Portland, Oregon. He spent 10 years working as a designer and director in digital media before opening an independent studio in 1996. His diverse, dynamic body of work includes street murals in Sao Paulo, Brazil, posters for the Olympics, and portraits for the Grammy Awards. Martins' clients are among the top institutions, magazines, and publishers throughout North America and Europe more about
Originally posted 2008-12-08 12:14:59.
Thanks Robert H
Originally posted 2009-02-10 10:15:50.
From the Gothamist:
Banksy has been traveling across the country for the last couple of weeks, doing pieces and promoting his movie “Exit Through The Giftshop”. After he hit Toronto and Boston, streetart enthusiasts were betting he’d show up in NYC. Those suspicions turned out to be true this morning, when this piece showed up at Cedar and Trinity down by Wall Street.
Previously things Banksy:
- Exit Through The Gift Shop – A Banksy Film : Intriguing trailer…
- The “Village Pet Store And Charcoal Grill” Opens in New York City
- Banksy on the move, takes on the KKK in Birmingham, Alabama
- Time lapse video of Banky’s ‘Cans Festival’
- Photos from Banksy’s Cans Festival — 05.07.08
- Graffiti artist Banksy unmasked???
- Graffiti artist Banksy pulls off most audacious stunt to date – despite being watched by CCTV
- Banksy returns to Bethlehem
- Banksy’s debt to Warhol revealed in London show
- Banksy in New Orleans
Saint Mary's Cathedral in San Francisco was designed by architect Pier Luigi Nervi in 1971 and built amid an atmosphere of controversy. The building has been described by many as resembling an overgrown washing machine agitator, and several San Franciscans have taken to calling it "Our Lady of Maytag" for this resemblance. Others find the swooping pyramid shape refreshingly modern for sacred Catholic architecture.
The Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption, known familiarly as St. Mary's Cathedral, in San Francisco has become a landmark that annually draws thousands of people to this sacred structure, which combines the rich traditions of the Catholic faith with modern technology.
The cathedral's striking design flows from the geometric principle of the hyperbolic paraboloid, in which the structure curves upward in graceful lines from the four comers meeting in a cross. Measuring 255 feet square, the cathedral soars to 190 feet high and is crowned with a 55 foot golden cross.
Four corner pylons, each one designed to withstand ten million pounds of pressure, support the cupola, which rises 19 stories above the floor. The pylons measure just 24 feet in circumference at their narrowest point and extend 90 feet down into bedrock. The inner surface of the cupola is made up of 1680 pre-cast triangular coffers of 128 different sizes, designed to distribute the weight of the cupola. At each comer of the cathedral, vast windows look out upon spectacular views of San Francisco, the City of Saint Francis of Assisi. The cathedral's red brick floor recalls early Mission architecture, and the rich heritage of the local church.
Above the altar is a kinetic sculpture by Richard Lippold. Alive with reflected light, the 14 tiers of triangular aluminum rods symbolize the channel of love and grace from God to His people, and their prayers and praise rising to him. The sculpture, suspended by gold wires, is 15 stories high and weighs one ton.
The 'boob' story:
Urban legend also has it that the Catholic Church sued the architect over the appearance of the breast, claiming that the appearance of a naked breast on the side of a cathedral somehow mocks the Church, which is reputed for being uptight about sexuality.
On the issue of the Catholic Church's lawsuit, extensive research shows no evidence that the church ever filed suit against Nervi or even threatened to. The rumor could have started by the "telephone game" effect after individuals associated with the church or the Archdiocese made private commentary on the shape, but even this is idle speculation.
See more about breasts (from the fabulous Miss Cellania)
Originally posted 2007-07-23 21:29:22.
(615): Waitress cut us off at Chili’s bar. New low
(580): White Russians with skim milk. Fuck I’m healthy.
(706): Apparently I think casual Friday means I can show up unshaven in yesterday’s clothes and reeking of booze.
(703): Just woke up wearing a top hat and simpsons boxers. i also found more money in my wallet then what i had before going out, about $1000 more
(919): so I was just driving high and I stopped to let a pinecone cross the road because I thought it was a hedgehog.
(909): I thought it was weird that her dad told me to finish and get out after he walked in on us. I like him
(215): i got kicked out of Barns and Nobles cuz i put all the bibles in the fiction section
(847): I accidentally had sex with my boyfriend’s twin last night…and he didn’t stop me.
(1-847): How was it?
(847): Fantastic, but that’s not the point.
Originally posted 2009-07-31 13:07:55.
Link to The Ampersand
Originally posted 2008-05-20 13:11:41.