We’d been away from the house for a few weeks, and it rained plenty. The result was a “jungle” in the backyard which required some weed-whacking and high mowing:
This is a little "home archeology." Our relatively young home was built in 1949 and under the large kitchen add-on we have, there’s (at least) two structures: an old porch that was left there stupidly as a support beam and the remnants of an early kitchen floor – two or three levels of it! This tile is from one of those kitchen floor layers.
When we redid the support under our kitchen we found pieces of this tile. I found these outside the side kitchen door the other day, some how having migrated to there.
While we can’t go this year, my wife Kim and I usually find all sorts of exciting music at SXSW each year.
The secret is, she’s the one who finds all the good stuff – I’m just lucky enough to tag along.
Several people have asked for her SXSW 2010 recommendations, so here
they are in a giant block of text:
(In no particular order and not complete because I’m too tired to
finish it. -Kim)
Japanther, Superchunk, Anathallo, Here We go Magic, The Sour Notes, The Walkmen, Ume, Those Darlins, The Builders and the Butchers, Yeasayer, Let’s Wrestle, She & Him, Wye Oak, Man or Astroman?, White Denim, Nebula, We Are Scientists, The Wooden Birds, Headlights, Atlas Sound, Broken Social Scene, Ra Ra Riot, Twin Tigers, Miami, Cymbals Eat Guitars, The Blow, Crystal Antlers, Bear In Heaven, Priscilla Ahn, Say Hi, Deer Tick, The Watson Twins, Peelander-Z, Active Child, Shearwater, Zion I, Best Coast, The Drums, Sleigh Bells, Pomegranates, Japan night at Elysium, WOXY day show at Mohawk on Wednesday and all the day shows at Home Slice.
Enjoy, and send some pictures!
From a 2007 interview:
In the 20th century, we were focused mostly on the practical, utilitarian side of design, and later we were driven by technological advancements, marketing and business plans. In the 21st century, instead of design just fulfilling the basic needs, doing certain things or resolving particular problems, people will seek deeper, greater and longer lasting product experiences. nonobject benefits from not being constrained, as compared to design practice today, which benefits from being constrained.
Think of that pleasurable, tactile feel of the iPhone, or the way you want your Moleskine with you, or whatever objects you like to keep around you and on your person all the time.
Having enjoyed the benefits of their own empire for the last 50 years and pocketed tax cuts during the Iraq war, the 21st-century Tea Party movement is now grumbling about paying for power.
You get what you pay for.
This would fit my way of thinking: cluttered, but I know where everything is (I claim).