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the best calendar

I needed a calendar.  I searched amazon.  Below is the first result for “calendar” under the Office Supplies department.  I bought it.  It will be here in three days.  I cannot wait.

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mall squatting

Fascinating article on a couple in Rhode Island who responded to a megamall (or “Lifestyle Center”) built in their (former) neighborhood by creating a guerilla apartment within it and living there regularly and for long periods of time over a span of  four years.  I love the fact that they took the motivating factors behind such developments—striving to achieve “a condition of perfect climate control, where it’s clean and orderly and you are not forced in any way to confront reality”—and subverted them by attempting to achieve such desires completely.

[article from slate]
[artists’ site]

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well it’s not supertopical anymore but

somebody with a sense of humor and a good grasp of the subprime mortgage fiasco had a good time with this:

just click through the images. I thought it was worthwhile.

oh, and http://thingsididlastnight.com/

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aahh subway monster!

he’s done other things, but this by far is the most ambitious and ballin’ one…

ps. ryan and melissa are the straight tightest

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powerpoint karaoke?

yes, while the two have existed separately in the past, it is a relatively new phenomenon that has melded them together in a glorious combination of improv, corporate-speak, and a healthy amount of alcohol.

In a typical event, a few brave people volunteer to “present” a random deck of slides pulled off the Web, or borrowed from friends or employers. (I first heard about PowerPoint Karaoke when an organizer asked if she could use a deck I had presented on word meanings.) The audience laughs, cheers, and yells out suggestions as the presenters gamely struggle to link one slide to the next, transforming something that probably started life as a tedious corporate monologue into a five-minute flight of creative irony.

Are you ready for PowerPoint Karaoke?

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author is prone to extreme bouts of enthusiasm

Take Away Shows, a project (based in paris) that records various alt/indie musicians performing songs in uncommon venues.  like the street.  or a freight elevator.  or a rooftop.  all are great, but some are especially incredible:

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some of the copy that accompanies the video waxes a bit poetic, but the wonderful direction/sound/locations more than make up for it.

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“The Earth has a new centre and it is a tiny desert kingdom gone mad.”

Fascinating article about Dubai: its past (brief), its present (glittering) and its future (bound to be spectacular).  Also contains the interesting factoid that Dubai, with it’s 1.5 million people, owns the same amount of foreign assets (including US debt) as China, whose population dwarfs Dubai many times over.

It sounds like a surreal, magnificent, exploding shrine to capitalism and the free market.  I want to visit—business class, please.

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