Michael [Johnson] then used Brad Bird’s anecdote of Gower Champion, the theatre and film director of the 30s, who walked into a theatre to see the cast just standing around on the stage, the choreographer just sitting there in the second row with his head in his hands. Gower goes “What’s going on?” “I just don’t know what to do next”, the choreographer goes. Gower replies “Well do something, so we can change it!”. And that’s a fundamental Pixar idea, just keep moving, just keep trying, and something will come up.
New York City, when I was young, was falling apart, and the rest of the country was clean and functioned smoothly. Now New York is a marvel of efficiency, a rich city with busy people. But there are huge problems everywhere else.
C: Conveniently knowing everyone Jim’s sister and his college friend just happen to be connected to the BP oil spill! Maggie just happens to know a staffer for Jan Brewer! Neal just happens to have been on one of the trains on 7/7! His girlfriend’s dad just happens to have been killed on 9/11! Lisa just happens to have gone to high school with Casey Anthony! So many fortunate coincidences.
Asobi by Yasutoki Kariya
“Asobi” was created by art student Yasutoki Kariya for his senior thesis exhibition. Meaning “play,” the installation is comprised of 11 computer-programmed incandescent light bulbs hung from strings. They playfully re-enact Newton’s Cradle, visualizing the transfer of kinetic energy in the form of light. (via Spoon & Tamago)
Pitchfork: There’s a shot of you crowd-surfing in the new LCD Soundsystem documentary, Shut Up and Play the Hits.
AA: James Murphy is a good friend. I haven’t seen the movie yet, but that was crazy. I’d never crowd-surfed before, and my friend was just like, “Let’s run down into the pit. This is their last concert, let’s not fucking sit up here like idiots in the stands.” As soon as I ran down, people were like, “Aziz!” and lifted me up immediately. I was like, “Ahhh! Oh, this is fun.”
Related: i saw EAMES: The architect and the painter this week, and it was excellent.
I don’t think I’ve heard it in 10 years, but I forgot how much I love this song.
BIRDHOUSE IN YOUR SOUL - THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS