The most banana of colors
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I had to fly back to the states to sell my Jeep, which I took on a 15,000 mile roadtrip around the states last year.
Jeeps are incredible vehicles. My I humbly recommend this brief post about their history, and how they got their name. Involves Popeye, WWII, and a marketing stunt on the capitol steps.
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The artist Michael Heizer spent half a century creating a megasculpture in the Nevada desert. Absolutely stunning. Like the topside cousin of James Turrell’s Roden Crater. I guess epic cities are in the water these days. Or I should say, the sand.
This is great! This is super! Very glad to have another reference for the most banana of colors, aside from “The Yellow Wallpaper”, which I read in high school and introduced me to the idea of color symbolism in literature and also made me terrified of interior decorating, thank you Charlotte Perkins.
Remember all those weird food videos? Like where some suburban housewife would make spaghetti on her kitchen counter? And it would get 33 million views? Dear reader it was magicians. Magicians in Vegas. Magicians in Vegas earning six figures a month (!!) making vids that manipulate attention and Facebook’s video metrics. You won’t be surprised that, as with all successful revenue-generating enterprises, the magicians use a formula to consistently create bangers. A fun, slightly maddening read.
Bellingcat surveyed 500+ open source researchers to discover their favorite tools, which include some apps you know (Google, Google Maps, the Wayback Machine), and some you likely don’t, e.g., Maltego (graphical link analysis), SentinelHub (browsable satellite imagery), Shodan (search engine for internet-connected devices), and more. I’m enamored with Hunchly which, besides having a cute logo, will automatically collect document, and annotate every web page you visit. Super helpful if you, like me, tend to start googling without a plan. Also I like that detectives use it?
I love a good transition. Speaking of. My girlfriend the director (👋 Maru) recently made a fun and edifying reel (en español) explaining how tiktokkers create rapid match cut transitions between shots. Reminded me of that excellent nerdwriter vid about Edgar Wright’s artful camera work: Scott Pilgrim: Make Your Transitions Count. I enjoy tiktok. But I don’t see too many tiktoks using transitions to tell stories that point beyond the transition itself. The connective tissue between scenes has become a type of scene itself.
“A chronological gallery of physical visualizations and related artifacts,” including the Marshall Islands stick charts of ocean swells, a Yakama time ball where personal experiences are depicted as knots or beads on a thread, and the state of the world as depicted in population pyramids (more on the latter at designboom).
My friend Cass, who publishes the popular compost newsletter The Rot (subscribe!), loves tarot cards. So when I found these via Nothing Here (subscribe!), I sent them her way. But then I was like waitaminute I love all card decks. Like Sub Rosa’s Questions and Empathy deck and Brian Eno’s Oblique Strategies and Chuck Klosterman’s Hypertheticals. So I think I’m gonna go ahead and buy these, too.
This week’s influences: Midjourney, The Boys, dinner at Roberto’s, ankle monitors inspired by Spider-Man, mindfulness mugs at Guantanamo Bay, art but make it hair, Canadian lottery streetwear, corgis wearing watermelon hats, Rhythm Nation is a cybersecurity threat, Find the Duck, the Caracas Chronicles.
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