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200,000 Corks


For two years, artist Scott James Gundersen collected corks. Drawing on recycling, along with his love for mosaics and for drinking red wine, Gundersen used those collected corks to create his first wine cork portrait in 2009. Since then, he has used over 200,000 corks to create portraits for private collections and corporate clients around the globe. read on

Twitch.tv Announces Twitch Prime


For over 4 years, I’ve enjoyed an entertainment website known as Twitch.tv. Twitch is a website for gamers to consume gaming related content—creative content such as costume making, game design, variety shows, coding, and even Social Eating. Gamers can either live stream their gameplay (or show) for an audience to watch on Twitch, or you can be one of the audience members and watch the live streamed content. Twitch offers streamers tools to interact with their audience to help them build a community. Viewers can chat with the streamer in real time while they are playing their games and also tip them money via paypal or Twitch’s own system called “cheering.” Lastly, if a Twitch streamer has enough of a viewership, they are asked to join the Twitch partnership program, which allows viewers to subscribe to the streamer’s channel for a monthly payment of $4.99. This offers the audience member various perks decided on by the streamer. Due to the monetary aspect of Twitch, many streamers stream as their full time job. read on

The Remix From Outer Space!!

Those of you that are intrigued by ambient music, electronic music, synthesizers, outer space, historic audio or Sci-Fi movies will find this project to be a rather special experience. It is called Quindar, and it is the result of the collaboration of Wilco’s Mikael Jorgensen, historian and curator James Merle Thomas, and NASA. It’s atmospheric, ambient, and ethereal, but upbeat.

Quindar’s material comes from a vast collection of NASA audio recordings that contain anything from the sounds of equipment to audio logs of astronauts and the team working from the ground. NASA decided to digitize all of the original reel-to-reel recordings and then made them freely accessible to the public.

Quindar tones are the beeps heard in recordings of communications with early manned NASA space missions. These beeps let both astronauts and mission control that they were still in contact with each other. If the beeps went away, that meant that something was wrong with the radio and it would need to be addressed or fixed. These beeps were generated by a very simple, rudimentary synthesizer.

Bargain Beauties


On Saturday October 1st, Nora and I visited the Affordable Art Fair NYC. It was a far cry from a Sotheby’s event, where bids for work start in the millions of dollars. Most of the original paintings, prints, sculptures and photographs at this show ranged from $500 –$6,000.

Featuring both emerging young talent and established veterans like Damian Hirst, the galleries represented all corners of the globe—from Brooklyn, NY and Burlington, VT to Hong Kong and Florence Italy. It was an eclectic crowd, and it seemed like a lot of buying was going on, judging from the credit cards being swiped on Square-outfitted iPads at every table. Like the IKEA concept, it’s great to see high quality art and design that can be purchased and appreciated by almost everyone.

Missed this one? Affordable Art Fair NYC will return March 29, 2017 and will run until April 2. read on

Identity Crisis


I love my alma mater. I will forever bleed SYRACUSE ORANGE. But for a major, well-known, long standing university, Syracuse has always had an identity crisis. Since it’s founding in 1870, the university has numerous logos, mascots and signature colors. read on

Documenting the New Frontier

Pyramid Lake, Nevada, as photographed by Timothy O’Sullivan in 1867.

Pyramid Lake, Nevada, as photographed by Timothy O’Sullivan in 1867.

In 1867, the US Government established the Geological Exploration of the Fortieth Parallel. Clarence King, a scientist and Yale graduate, was appointed to lead the expedition. King’s goal was to conduct a geological survey of the land between the 105th and the 120th meridians along the 40th parallel. Several geological colleagues joined the expedition including a botanist, an ornithologist, and a photographer. Civil War photographer, Timothy O’Sulliavan was hired to document the expedition. The government’s goal was to attract settlers to the area, and to map and document a 15,000 square mile area between the California Sierra Nevada and Shoshone Mountain Range. A base camp was established near present day Reno. O’Sullivan combined art and science and became the first photographer to capture nature in a pre-industrialized America. Timothy O’Sullivan (c.1840-1882) was in his mid-twenties when he embarked on this journey to document the American West. His incredible work has influenced generations of landscape photographers, including Ansel Adams (1902-1984).

The Art of a Migraine



It starts as a nagging, pulsating sensation on one side of my head, usually between my temple and the eye on that side. Or, it could start in a shoulder and travel up my neck into my head. Sometimes, it could start across my entire forehead then migrate to one side of my head or the other. The pulsating intensifies and brings along stabbing pain in any or all of those locations. I visualize the pain of my migraines as someone stabbing me in the eye and temple with a screwdriver, then kicking me in the back of the head, followed by squeezing my head in a vice. The pain is accompanied by the sudden onset of an intense aversion to light, smells and sounds, and the overwhelming desire to vomit. At this point, I want to crawl into a soundproof, dark cave with a large ice pack and hibernate until the abortive medications kick in and it all ends. read on

Rockemon Go


If you’re a fan of Pokemon Go, but are tired of searching for invisible characters on your phone, take a trip to Grand Rapids, Michigan.

In the same spirit of Pokemon Go and scavenger hunts, Aaron Zenz and his family painted over 1,000 rocks this past year as different characters—all with vibrant colors and personalities. They will be displaying 500 of the quirky characters in a massive display at Grand Rapids Children Museum, and then placing the other 500 around the city for you to find. The rocks will be stealthily tucked into random spots outside, and if you spot one, take a photo and tag it on their Instagram feed #RockAroundGR. read on

Crazy Good Campaign


Living in New York City in the early 80s, I was often jolted out of my mindless evening TV watching by an outrageous and wildly gesticulating electronics pitchman screaming “Shop around. Get the best prices you can find. Then go to Crazy Eddie and he’ll beat it! Crazy Eddie’s prices are Insaaaaaaane!!!” Who knew that all these years later, those commercials would still be talked about and universally considered advertising classics. Among New York metropolitan area consumers, Crazy Eddie at one point had better name recognition than Coca-Cola.

The lesson is simple—you don’t need huge budgets, à la Coke, to stand out in the marketplace. Instead a brand needs a creative, memorable, and distinctive voice, which can be created on a shoestring budget by a small team—as long as the players are smart, strategic, and highly talented. At its height, Crazy Eddie had 43 stores in the chain and earned more than $300 million in sales.

Years later, Eddie Antar, the founder of Crazy Eddie, got into trouble for understating income to avoid taxes and then committed securities fraud once he decided to go public (gotta love the stock symbol: CRZY). Antar served more than six years in prison and by 1989 the company declared bankruptcy and was liquidated.

Crazy Eddie passed away earlier this month in New Jersey at the age of 68.

Comic Simplicity




“When words do not work, there are comics.” This is what Kate Ryan, writer at Good magazine, wrote in reaction to climate change denial. Ryan is referencing Randall Munroe’s history of the planet comic timeline. From my perspective this is anything BUT comical or remotely funny. However, it is super simplified. It begins with the start of time and scrolls through thousands and thousands of years. From 20000 BCE where it is “still pretty cold” to the domestication of cattle, the Renaissance, concluding with present day and a 2100 projection. Take a look and shake your head in disbelief — there is no remaining space for denial. Please take a moment and scroll Munroe’s timeline.


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