A few weeks ago I asked why Mexican restaurants are so often decorated like 19th century ranch homes when Mexico is a living, modern culture. Such decor perpetuates the lie that traditions are preserved in amber, when, in fact, they are preserved by usage and adaptation. La Surtidora Abarrotera Mercantil “Julio Gabriel Verne” is the [...]
candlesticks by victoria delany shuffle table from &tradition flavia by Ettore Sottsass kebab lamp by committee Thunderbird house post, Chief Wakas pole, Sky Chief pole.
Near our home is a newish Mexican restaurant that bills itself as a “modern Mexican delicatessen.” Like many Mexican restaurants, it is decorated as if it were a 19th century Mexican ranch home. It has dark wood beams, stone and brick walls (they’re painted-on, like trompe l’oeil) and the shelves are lined with knickknacks resembling [...]
Top: Love I, Love II, Love III from Lladro by Committee Bottom: Campanas + Lacoste The logical conclusion. Being consumed by the sign.
This morning, I saw the following text on an advertising poster in a parking lot in Glendale, CA: NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE The graphic designer chose to use the darker of two similar colors on the letters that spell out “NOTHING IS POSSIBLE”. This is probably the exact opposite of what the client wanted to communicate [...]
I began this current journal, XSML, with the intent of reducing my own notes to extra small, XML-friendly updates. Increasingly, I have been drawn by the allure of the 140 character limit of Twitter. I may get a round Tuit and synchronize my use of Twitter with this blog. For now, here’s a dump of [...]
While reading up on a ridiculously high-performance kitchen appliance, I found this quote from a manufacturer: Between the year 2000 – 2001 the market conditions change, the end-user becomes more informed and demanding (thanks also to the internet forums) and a new class of consumer demands more performing machines I don’t see how this isn’t [...]
An obvious start. The flags of Cuba and Puerto Rico combined. previously: The British Isles became the United Kingdom. What might the Caribbean islands have been?