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What does the Global Climate Crisis have in common with the Loch Ness Monster ?

A. Both are fictional. Or at least highly speculative. No. We’ve already established that. B. Both indicate danger, especially around bodies of water. Sure, but we’re looking for a more specific answer. C. How about tree-fitty. Exactly! Tree-fitty. What’s tree-fitty? Loch Ness Monster: $3.50 Global Climate Crisis: 350 is the red line for human beings, the most important number on the planet. The most recent science tells us that unless we can reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to 350 parts per million, we will cause huge and irreversible damage to the earth. Where are we now? About 385. Learn more, connect with others and take action at the newly relaunched founded by Bill McKibben, author of Deep Economy (one of the most compelling and inspiring books I am reading right now.)

links for 2008-04-01: April Fools Time, Mix

Gmail Custom Time Finally! Just click “Set custom time” from the Compose view. Any email you send to the past appears in the proper chronological order in your recipient’s inbox. You can opt for it to show up read or unread by selecting the appropriate option. (tags: april1 customtime time email) L’esprit d’escalier mux Favorite mixtape of the day: L’esprit d’escalier. Got hooked on Muxtape last week (along with the Ting Tings), but somehow my links didn’t post for a few days. Would also be remiss if I didn’t point out the amazing video (below) for Björk’s “Wanderlust,” also a favorite song, and some background on the making of it at NYT and behind the scenes at Misnomer (Thanks, Jaki!). (tags: music compilation mixtape muxtape)

links for 2007-11-05: Sartorial Subversion

IE Best Buy Polo Shirts at Improv Everywhere I’ll always have a soft spot for the corporate polo, since it was the required uniform in my family’s business growing up. The best ones, of course, are subversive. This is based on Improv Everywhere’s indelible Best Buy mission that had over 60 agents dress in the distinctive store uniform and swarm a 23rd St. Best Buy (but “just happened to dress this way today”). Get one before they get a cease and desist. (tags: improveverywhere improv subversive uniform retail)

links for 2007-11-01: Looking at Things Differently

Eye-Fi Wireless Camera 2GB SD Memory Card This is brilliant – a 2GB SD card for your camera that automagically uploads images to flickr (and many more services) when on a wifi network. (Thanks Photojojo!) (tags: photography wifi wireless camera cool gadgets flickr mobile photo technology) Undercover Jun Takashi’s Brain Bag Definitely my it-bag for fall. (Thanks, Coolhunting!) (tags: brain handbag tactile squishy purse bag wool fashion) Video: Steven Heller on “Potus Typographicus” You can tell a lot about a government by its typography and graphic design… This wonderful video features Steven Heller analyzing George W’s typographic legacy. (tags: government georgew potus typographicus typography graphicdesign design communications)

The Principles of Uncertainty with Maira Kalman

Mocha cream cake from Maira Kalman’s mother’s bakery on Johnson Avenue in Riverdale, NY (see p.246-247), served at a celebration for the release of The Principles of Uncertainty at the NYPL. Do you engage with pleasure, curiosity, fun and celebration (with time for naps) in the face of the tragedy of the day? Do you want to? This is the book for you. Maira Kalman’s delightful new release, The Principles of Uncertainty, turns out to be a heavy book. Mostly physically. Kalman says it’s because the book is extensively inked: “all the colors are in there.” Even if you’ve been following this year-long illustrated journal at the New York Times, the high-resolution images of her gouache paintings are undeniably gorgeous in print. (Even more so in person at the Julie Saul Gallery through November 24, 2007.) Aside from the inherent pleasures of the portable printed format, the book offers a few bonuses to those already familiar with the images: A pull out “Map of the United States” by Kalman’s beautiful mother, Sara Berman, with instructions …

Lamas and Cameras in Bhutan

According to “Is That a Lama Behind the Camera,” Anupama Chopra’s great article in the New York Times on Bhutan’s budding film industry, last year a record 24 films were produced in the tiny Himalayan kingdom, population 700,000; in 2003 the total was only six. Even though there were only ten films produced in the country in 2005, delightful movie posters announced screenings in the theaters or public halls of every town I traveled through. The article describes a trend towards song-and-dance fantasy, but the movies that caught my eye had taglines that sounded far more realistic: “Muensel — True love comes… and goes,” “Ratho Namgay — bungling along a lifetime achievement of failure,” and “Kikhor — the drama of life begins at home, within the family.” It’s clear that while the dialogue is in Dzongkha and the costumes are traditionally Bhutanese, the themes are universal.

links for 2007-03-13

To think that we can “solve” climate change without addressing poverty, human rights, democratization, conflict, epidemic disease, biodiversity loss, water scarcity, food issues and the like is to suffer from carbon blindness.

…cool tool allows you to create free live talk shows via phone/web with simultaneous text chat that then become podcasts.

my brother, my great spiritual teacher

One of my passions is to collect and sell indigenous religious antique artifacts. I once received a call from a New York City dealer telling me about a rare Ming Dynasty Buddha available at a very good price. He said he would send it to me with no obligations. When the package arrived, I opened it anxiously — and was somewhat taken aback. This Buddha was giving me the middle finger! I thought my dealer friend must have played a joke on me. I took the Buddha to a Chinese antique expert, who examined it and to my surprise, told me that it was very special, and definitely authentic. What about the middle finger? I asked him. He explained that the middle finger means Oneness — it symbolizes God, who is one with everything. This Buddha now has a very special place in my house. It reminds me that when someone gives me the middle finger, I must bow and see God in that person. From Alivelihood: The Art of Sustainable Success by Horst M. …

One Way or Another and Gilded Splendor at Asia Society

Two compelling exhibitions right now at Asia Society and Museum in New York explore the evolution of culture through interaction. One Way or Another: Asian American Art Now (through December 10, 2006) offers fresh views on Asian American identity and experience from 17 contemporary artists born in the late 1960s and 1970s. Moved by Binh Danh‘s use of photosynthesis to recreate images from the June 27th 1967 issue of Life Magazine entitled, “The Faces of the American Dead in Vietnam: One Week’s Toll” on leaves. His beautiful, luminous Dead series evoked powerful feelings about the residue of war on the environment and how we are imprinted and shaped intrinsically by the experiences we live through. (You can listen to Asia Society’s audio tour commentary on the piece by calling (408) 794-0828 and pressing 9#.) Enchanted also by Ala Ebtekar’s Elemental installation, an inviting tableau dedicated to the merging and blurring of cultural traditions (shown above) and Indigo Som’s photos of forlorn Chinese restaurants in rural America. Audio of Gallery Walk with Asia Society’s Museum Director …