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The New French and Other Neighborhood Characters

They also ran an editorial Most Perfect Neighborhood Was feeling low this morning over some kind of romantish nonsense and about to schlep a giant duffel of old clothes down to Housing Works so they could start a new life. … Strolling back from depositing donation and trying to decide between omelette at Petite Abeille or Panino Mucho Giusto or something salady at Le Pain Quotidien, I see “The New French” on the windows of the old Le Gamin at 536 Hudson St in Maira Kalman’s unmistakable handwriting.

What to Wear in NextCity

Tinfoil hats are so passé. So what should you wear to Faraday’s Cafe? Check out the latest collection of electromagnetic field blocking and “anti-identity theft” clothing at DDCLAB (427 W 14th St, New York NY 10014 map). Here’s the text from the windows: EMF: Electro Magnetic Field Block Anti•Identity•Theft•Fabric Electric Resistivity measure of how strongly a material opposes the flow of electric current and allows the movement of electrical charge. DDCLAB Woven of super sheer mesh polyester fibers coated with blackened copper, this high performance ultra thin, light weight and flexible mesh shield has a high ohm/sq resistivity that protects against identity theft by blocking high tech scanners from lifting valuable passport and ID information.

Kenro Izu: Bhutan: The Sacred Within

Kenro Izu, “Druk #131”, Taksang Monastery, Paro, Bhutan 2003 Kenro Izu: Bhutan, the Sacred Within November 2, 2007–February 18, 2008 Rubin Museum of Art 150 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011 What a treat to hear Kenro Izu talk with Owen Flanagan at the Rubin Museum of Art in conjunction with the opening of his exhibition of photographs, “Bhutan: The Sacred Within.” Kenro Izu’s been exploring and photographing sacred sites both natural and manmade for decades. To look at his landscapes of sacred places around the world is to enter them; you can almost smell and taste the air inside the image. In “The Sacred Within,” he turns his lens to the essential element that makes a place sacred: the people that revere it and hold it in their hearts. Out of all the places he has photographed, Bhutan has especially captivated him, drawing him back six times over six years. Izu writes in the introduction to his accompanying book, Bhutan, “Traveling many years, I have not yet seen a place as peaceful as …

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)

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.

Have You Ever Transcended Space and Time?

It marks the edge of known physics, a region where distances and intervals are so short that the very concepts of time and space start to break down….The problem, in brief, is that time may not exist at the most fundamental level of physical reality.Einstein, for one, found solace in his revolutionary sense of time…. Nanojourneys: Get to the Core of the MatterNanojourneys offers an interactive tour into the nanocosmos, allowing us to shrink down and explore a mosquito biting a human arm, a computer processor and an LED light at the smallest dimensions.