Mashable: Andrew Lincoln on his ‘Love Actually’ character - ‘He is a stalker.’
Hmmm. He’s not following her outside of normal social interactions. The video is not an attempt at an upskirt, for goodness sake. He’s not stealing things she leaves on tables, or snitching stuff she leaves at her boyfriend’s house. He keeps making her experiences with her boyfriend/husband amazing, only because he wants to see her happy. I don’t think that is ‘stalker’ territory. I think that’s “mooning over a girl you’re briefly obsessed with.” He steps out of propriety with the cards at the end, but it’s his final gesture before he moves on.
This also reinforces, subtly, that men are the majority of stalkers. I was never a ‘looker’. But I had male friends who were constantly pursued by girls. These young ladies would make friends of the sisters so they could rummage around the guys’ stuff in their own house. Does that count as stalking? If it’s earlier than 13 years of age? Older? Does it matter? Creepier than Love Actually, no?
Another needless kneejerk that harms a reasonably-enjoyable movie. It’s a fantasy.
Later: You know, in rethinking, the actor does matter. Imagine the role if it had been Colin Frissell (Kris Marshall) ... personality context matters, too.
FishbowlNY: Elle Updates Its Look.
So much design trickles down from fashion mags. Elle has traditionally been one to watch. Now I’ve got to go buy one.
PS Blog: Why Walter Iooss’ Streak of 50 Super Bowls Could End.
The big grab by Time, again. You’re going to see worse and worse photography. Question is, will anyone actually notice. When I see the gallons of HDR beshat upon so many pictures these days ...
Guardian.UK: Flamenco superstar Sara Baras - ‘If you don’t feel it, you can’t do it’.
“ Older flamenco dancers can perform with a strength that you will not find in other dance genres. But the most important thing in flamenco is passion. It is not about technique, but about emotion – if you don’t feel it, you can’t do it.”
ArtDaily: New Mexico Museum of Art opens “First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare”.
Colossal: Architectural Watercolors of a Dreamlike Warsaw by Tytus Brzozowski.
I’m a sucker for architecture in watercolor. Precision from an imprecise medium.
FishbowlNY: Reporter Double-Checks Story Ahead of Cindy Crawford Interview.
Ana White: Build a Leave it to Joy Triple Pedestal Wide Farmhouse Table.
A little extra detail work, this might end up an heirloom piece.
Dazed: Supermodel Cindy Crawford announces her retirement.
“I shouldn’t have to keep proving myself. I don’t want to.” And you certainly don’t have to. Hits me harder than I expected; her retirement signals an end of our ever-more strained grasp on youth. Maybe we’ll see more of our compadres push the hair color away.
Arcade/Stanford: How Cervantes Made His Characters Seem Real.
“Cervantes’ success in creating characters that feel like “real people” depended in part on his rich descriptions and his attentiveness to their voices; but underlying all his characters was his fascination with how different people might experience differently the same situation.”
Mashable: A photographer’s view of 1960s NYC shows a city full of emotion.
Great. Note that film quality here. I’m noticing that digital photography has this obsession with sharpness, even when it detracts from the photo (giving everything equal weight, competing with the subject in the photo).
Globe and Mail.CA: Can computers teach you to write a bestseller?
“Common features of American bestsellers, according to .txtLAB director Andrew Piper, are short sentences (11 words on average), simple actions relayed with active verbs, frequent descriptions of facial expressions and characters who are into technology and have a mystery or violent crime to solve. These books avoid complex emotions, uncertainty and nature description, he says, as well as tea, rats, giants and bears.” “He grimaces holding his smartphone, when it suddenly explodes in flames.” There. I can make millions!
DYT: Digital Artist Remixes Famous Faces To Create Seamless Celebrity Hybrids.
These will destroy brain cells faster than snorting vodka.
Colossal: Istanbul Inception - Warped Turkish Cityscapes.
Made me check my tea for alcohol content. Yeow.
ArtDaily: National Drama Centre production of Richard III gets suit of French porcelain.
Wow. As some of you may remember, I worked at Edward Marshall Boehm creating porcelain figurines and flowers for a summer. I can fully appreciate the craftsmanship behind this. Porcelain is wonderful to work with, but terribly difficult to mold into larger pieces. One has to work in the mold - so there were a lot of throwaways before the mold would take up liquid at a reasonable pace. And the armor itself has to be the correct thickness, or it cracks. *Applause*
Italian Ways: Futurism by bike.
Another great selection of art.
Robert Burns, Happy B-day!
In our current political climate, I thought this a bit of fun:
“I would not die like Socrates,
For all the fuss of Plato;
Nor would I with Leonidas,
Nor yet would I with Cato:
The zealots of the Church and State
Shall ne’er my mortal foes be;
But let me have bold Zimri’s fate,
Within the arms of Cozbi!”
Italian Ways: The Siata 208 Spider Sport - elegance by Michelotti.
Hard to spot even a single unattractive detail in this sports car. Gorgeous.
Open Culture: Ursula Le Guin Gives Insightful Writing Advice in Her Free Online Workshop.
A healthy dose of common sense, seems like.
Italian Ways: Luigi Lineri, the prophet of the Adige’s stones.
Now, here’s a guy who really knows how to get his rocks off.
New Republic: The Public Domain Still Needs Idealism.
“The Idealist does not shed new light on Swartz’s life or death; what it does—and does very well—is put Swartz’s work in context. The book gives an engaging, if knowingly incomplete, account of the history of intellectual property and copyright law, the archaic roots (and current implications) of cyberlaw, and some key players in the ongoing fight between open-data philosophy and the federal government.” Oh, on my reading list for sure.
The Millions: Worlds Upon Worlds - On Growing Up Book-Rich.
Lovely opening: “I grew up in a middle-class family in rural upstate New York. We had a mortgage and a car loan, and my brother and I wore hand-me-downs. It was a nice, ordinary American upbringing: quietly blessed, reassuringly average, except for one thing: in books, I have always been rich.”
Italian Ways: Franz Marangolo and Bitter Campari.
Don’t miss this one. The effect of quick ink figure sketches. Wonderful.
BBC: When mistakes make the art
Julia Margaret Cameron. If you photograph, even as a hobby, you should know who she is. I repeatedly recommend Beaumont Newhall’s “History of Photography.” Yes, she’s in it. I reread this book at least once a year.
Italian Ways: The history of Italy… by train.
More great vintage posters.