The New York Times piece, The iEconomy: How the U.S. Lost Out on iPhone Work is a must read for anyone who cares about the state of this country and the direction in which we’re headed. I love Apple and I love this country. So it saddens me to watch our class structure deteriorate under a weight of consumer entitlement to the point where the working class cannot afford to work to manufacture the goods that it feels entitled to consume, and the ruling class cannot afford to manufacture at a price that reflects the purchase power of an employed and reasonably compensated consumer populace. It’s a bubble. Read the piece and try to envision for yourself where the American working class actually lives in the economy described in the article. And definitely watch the multi-media piece they put together. Excellent journalism and presentation. I hope they get a Pulitzer for this one.
Awww, how cute is that? (Yes, I placed a quarter there for scale. So?)
Shane McAdams presented his thesis for Pratt’s MFA program while I was an ID grad student year ago and I was blown away by his work. I don’t usually see abstract painting that melds color and texture with a mastery of manipulated media on the level of his show. And I’ve stayed on his mailing list and remain impressed and happy to follow his work. The introduction of more representational imagery is an unexpected direction. But it is definitely no less psychedelic. Next time I trip I want to do it in his studio. (not gonna happen.)
Beautiful set sketches from (the hand or office of?) Dante Ferretti, the great film production designer and long time collaborator of director Martin Scorcese. These from the production of Scorcese’s latest, Hugo. I love the pulley and the bracket detail on the steel column in the first drawing. Can’t wait to see the film. Via the nytimes.