September 2008




March 31, 1979 to October 25, 1997

Jamie Livingston took a Polaroid a day from March 31, 1979 to October 25, 1997, the day of his death. Mental Floss tells a great story about the site.

Ilya

Seven rose-pushers

There were seven rose-pushers outside the train station after work on Friday.

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  • Claremont. A short movie about going down a hill fast. Astounding.

ESP by 22

Yay! My copy of 22’s first EP, ESP, has arrived!

When I first heard them, I sort of wrote them off as “musician’s music”, too technical for my taste. But after seeing them live — wow! — I totally heard the light! 22 is now my favorite band.

It’s also one of the only times I’ve seen a band live — three times now — before they’d released, well, anything.

You can get your’s from CDON, or give them a listen on Myspace or on Facebook.

Ilya

His uncle’s eye

joe biden is thom yorke’s old american uncle.”

— A comment on Daily Intel

Ilya



A note about Georges Perec

The first thing I learned about Georges Perec is that he’d written a novel without using the letter ‘e’. Talk about creative constraints!

Perec’s best-known work, Life: A User’s Manual, is divided into 99 chapters, which “move like a knight’s tour of a chessboard around the room plan of a Paris apartment [building], describing the rooms and stairwell and telling the stories of the inhabitants.”

He was a member of Oulipo, a literary group interested in creating constrained writing techniques.

Ilya

Educational videos

Ever wonder how to garden, drive a car, or write a letter while high on salvia? Well, here are some educational videos: driving on salvia, gardening on salvia, and writing a letter to Congress on salvia.

Funny, and probably very true.

Ilya

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