Thursday, September 27, 2007

Lust, Caution



I hate it when movies with great trailers get bad reviews. The heavyweights haven't weighed in yet, so I'm hoping the film bloggers are wrong about Lust, Caution (same with Elizabeth: The Golden Age). Even if they're not, though, at least we can enjoy the previews, right?

If you want a sharper-looking version of this, click here.

I've gotta get back into nature


This is in Mount Tremper (near the Catskills in New York).

Photo by Jennifer Loeber.

It's like a plane or something.


Michael Phelps at the World Championships.

Photo by Al Bello for Getty Images.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Like Donnie Darko...but with clapping



Choreographed bikes with stuffed animals riding them? Sure, why not.

"What's A Girl to Do" by Bat for Lashes

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Japanese Human Art



This is actually exactly how I think Roy Orbison would want the Pretty Woman video.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Can someone buy me this hat?


Philip Treacy did the hats at the last Marc Jacobs show. The photo's from the Fashion Informer's website.

Oh, and this is post #101!

The US Air Guitar Champion


If he had won the World Championships, he was going to quit his job and become a professional air guitarist. You can see other photos from the championships here.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Morphine

The New York Times has a great (and very sad) slideshow on the lack of morphine treatment in India, Sierra Leone, and Japan. I think in the same way that we tend to focus on the number of people killed in war as opposed to everyone who's left injured or maimed, we don't give enough attention to chronic suffering compared to deaths from illness.

Gangs are everywhere


I don't know why I think of gangs as a particularly American phenomenon. They're not, as this picture of graffiti in Santiago Atitlan (Guatemala) shows. Then again, a lot of the gangs in Central America form in California, so I'm not totally off in this case.

This photo is part of a brilliant article on the poor showing in the polls by Nobel Prize-winner Rigoberta Menchu. Was it the fact that she's female? Or an unengaging speaker? Or that she was perceived as too soft on crime? Maybe it was just that she's Mayan, and 2012 is supposed to be their big year, not 2007.

Photo by Eros Hoagland for the New York Times

God bless India

Since so few people actually read comments, I feel like something this good has to be posted:

A friend of mine traveled the Indian Himalayas. He said that by the sides of the roads there are signs letting you know that the government department in charge of road maintenance "is praying for your safety."

- Yuval Ben-Ami

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Himalayan Road


This is like when I traveled from Bilbao in northern Spain to Toulouse in the south of France. There were all these terrifying cliffs that we drove near, but somehow, just because I was on a bus with so many others and I knew that countless people had traveled it before, I wasn't as scared as you'd expect. You probably don't get so much of that feeling driving in the Himalayas though.

Photo by Remy Bourganel for FILE Magazine

Friday, September 7, 2007

L.A.M.B.


I love the distance of this photo. That's what makes it - not the dress, not the white Wayfarers, not the rail-thin model. The distance. And is it the angle of the picture that's so cool or is the model just falling over?

Dress by Gwen Stefani's L.A.M.B. label
Photo by Rahav Segev of the New York Times

"I Protest" by Lara Alegre


I feel like this picture makes a good point: if you're gonna be sensationalistic, at least be sensational.

Monday, September 3, 2007

Rise of the Machines! (like in Terminator)


This article on the guy who invented the Nautilus machine is priceless! As someone who thinks mechanical exercising is hokum, I'm gratified to learn that its pioneer was a gun-toting, chain-smoking asshole.

Big and beautiful! Jealouss?



I love that you can hear people behind the camera laughing in this SNL promo. Bjork is so adorable!

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Just in case you forget where you are...


My friend Amneris's family lives in Tampa but this still made me think of her. I actually really want to go to Miami, which is ironic: I didn't back when it was the place to party, but once I saw shows like Nip/Tuck and Dexter, I was riveted by how cool and noirish it could be.

Same with Los Angeles. What gets me about LA isn't the third-rate celebrities you run into (my brothers were really excited about having their picture taken with Marla Maples), but the fact that in a place that sunny and curated and manicured, you have gutter punks and goth kids and even the Fishers from Six Feet Under.

Photo by Marcus Way, FILE Magazine

Saturday, September 1, 2007

The World Wide Web


I'm grossed out by spiders, but have you ever seen a web like this before? Well, maybe you have, in the New York Times where this is from. The web is several acres large! Don't mess with Texas.

Photo by Tom Pennington