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. — Michael Johnson Talk Report - Upcoming Pixar (via buzz)
(via Macro Photographs of Dew-Covered Dragonflies and Other Insects by David Chambon | Colossal)
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. — Scripting News: Nation-building at home
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. — The Newsroom Frustration Almanac: From A to Z — Vulture
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.” — Interviews: Aziz Ansari | Features | Pitchfork
(via Dribbble - 100 Frames - Interns by Fraser Davidson)
Related: i saw EAMES: The architect and the painter this week, and it was excellent.
(via Win an “Ice Cube Celebrates the Eames” Poster - Free Stuff - Curbed LA)
From the RIO + 20 Conference, constructed using discarded plastic bottles. More pictures here.
If you try to locate the moment of a major paradigm shift, in the moment, perhaps by calling your album “Hip Hop Is Dead,” as Nas did in 2006, you’re slipping into weatherman territory. Will it rain tomorrow? Will another great rap album pop up? … If I had to pick a year for hip-hop’s demise, though, I would choose 2009, not 2006 —
Sasha Frere-Jones, in 2009. As Slate points out “It’s been fully five months since Rihanna took one of her thundering club-bangers to the top of the Hot 100, nearly a year since a rapper had a No. 1. (And Pitbull barely counts as a rapper.)”
Jay-Z, Freddie Gibbs, and the end of hip-hop : The New Yorker