Month: January, 2013

no longer empty: how much do i owe you?

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How Much Do I Owe You?was an awesome exhibit. It has appeal for all ages, and drew kids and families with interactive art installations. I love that this exhibit and many others popping up transforms neglected, unused spaces into places that enlivens neighborhoods, stimulates conversation and civic engagement. The question, how much do we owe, not just monetarily but intangible costs has me reflecting on the endless debts I owe, most importantly the great debt I owe to the Lamb of God, Savior of the World

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the medium is food

I see food styling and creations more and more these days. Most are visually entertaining. Yet, there is something about the way Ayako Suwa uses her food palette with amazing skill and creativity that elevates the food and causes my emotions to stir as if i am viewing fine art. I’m enthralled by the mystery and poeticism her creations exude.

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“A lingering taste of regret with undertones of anger welling up” by Ayako Suwa

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via Trendland and food creation

the cult of done manifesto

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The Cult of Done Manifesto

  1. There are three states of being. Not knowing, action and completion.
  2. Accept that everything is a draft. It helps to get it done.
  3. There is no editing stage.
  4. Pretending you know what you’re doing is almost the same as knowing what you are doing, so just accept that you know what you’re doing even if you don’t and do it.
  5. Banish procrastination. If you wait more than a week to get an idea done, abandon it.
  6. The point of being done is not to finish but to get other things done.
  7. Once you’re done you can throw it away.
  8. Laugh at perfection. It’s boring and keeps you from being done.
  9. People without dirty hands are wrong. Doing something makes you right.
  10. Failure counts as done. So do mistakes.
  11. Destruction is a variant of done.
  12. If you have an idea and publish it on the internet, that counts as a ghost of done.
  13. Done is the engine of more.

This goes on the list of stuff that makes me feel like i haven’t done enough stuff and motivates me to get stuff done. Or get a rubix cube at least.

via Bre Prettis

Thanks Angela!

wtc memorial

Over the past years, I have been watching the construction of the Freedom Tower develop from the corner of my eye as I head to the PATH train at Newport Pavonia in Jersey City. This weekend I joined some friends and went to visit the memorial. It was a brisk wintry, New Years Eve. Even though I have been lucky enough not to have lost anyone during the tragedy, sometimes i happen to look at a digital clock when it is 9:11am or pm, and automatically take a moment of silence. I love the memorial design of the 2 waterfalls, cascading into the footprints of the twin towers. The names are meaningfully arranged by towers, responders, coworkers, relationships. I look forward to returning in the summer to visit the survivor tree and sit for awhile among the 400 white oak trees that will be planted.

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