What else will we lose in the coming century?
Lovely short film about Britain’s longest-serving blacksmith, a fine addition to these 7 short documentaries about near-obsolete occupations.
Interviewer: Okay. Which designers do you prefer?
Hillary Clinton: What designers of clothes?
Hillary Clinton: Would you ever ask a man that question?
Interviewer: Probably not. Probably not.
If China goes on to repeat the mission 60 or so years after the original, it would prove what? To my mind, it would represent a poverty of imagination, not riches.
This is not how to become a global power.
(Source: , via explore-blog)
Excellent thoughts on how we romanticize past eras, and the allure of small-town craft. Can we even recognize the authentic when we see it?
(And props to Claire for making my reading experience uber pleasant.)
To be fair, if you were born the year the movie came out, you’re 15 now. And obviously our education system has completely failed. We should only educate through film from now on…
Coketalk, I love you.
Maybe I’m reading too much into The Sprinkles 24-Hour Cupcake Dispenser, but this thing is piece of subversive installation art.
I can’t get over the visual metaphor of a Malibu Barbie Dream ATM that shits out fancy-fuck cupcakes to Beverly Hills B-team hookers at three A.M. after they strike out at the Four Seasons hotel bar. It’s so ridiculous.
When I think about what this pink monstrosity really says about my culture, my city, and (who are we kidding) my gender, it occurs to me that Banksy couldn’t have designed it better himself.
On the bright side, this is definitely a tipping point for the most cloying artisanal hipster trend of the last few years.
Ugh. I really am tired of all this endless fucking cupcakery.
Terry Gilliam on making the film:
I went down to the Tate and they’ve got a huge collection of Victorian Christmas cards so I went through the collection and photocopied things and started moving them around. So the style just developed out of that rather than any planning being involved. I never analysed the stuff, I just did it the quickest, easiest way. And I could use images I really loved.
Had no idea Gilliam was on Facebook! Merry Christmas to us.
Too Good. (Terrible?)
From Life Magazine c.1946
Caught while thinking of my thesis and the huge modernist push of benevolent technology.