June 8, 2008 - One Response

I’m in love with the often profound and bombastic prose of Kanye West.   Kayne is a brilliant contemporary poet, disgusised in slick beats and classic samples. One of his latest songs “Homecoming”, touched me deeply in a moment of personal reflection.  This song is just another fine example how Kanye uses creative dialog, metaphors and analogies to pronounce the love of his hometown (and mine), Chicago.  I couldn’t have articulated that feeling better than he has here in  disturbingly familiar words, rhythm and visual presentation. (Click play above to view video)

Chicago Skyline

Above: A photo of Chicago’s Skyline I took by boat.


R.I.P. Yves Saint-Laurent

June 2, 2008 - Leave a Response

The iconic fashion designer Yves Saint-Laurent died today.  May he rest in peace.  His contributions to the world of fashion and design are significant, some say immeasurable.

1st Ave Machine, NYC

April 22, 2008 - Leave a Response

A wonderful video showcasing the design talents of NYC’s 1st Ave Machine CGI (Computer-generated imagery) skills.  Organic and cool….

Dear God,

April 18, 2008 - Leave a Response

From the founders of one of my favorite blogs,,  comes; a startlingly new concept of spirituality where people from all over the planet reveal their innermost hopes and fears in the form of electronic prayers to god. Its inspiring, frightening and thought provoking with a heavy helping of art.  Its not a religious specific site, in fact I think their mission is just to provide a platform for people of any belief system to just kinda send a shout out to The Master Architect, whomever they believe that might be.  Check it out….

Cool Paper Art

April 18, 2008 - Leave a Response

Cool art from a single piece of paper...

Entries for an art contest at the Hirshorn Modern Art Gallery in D.C.  The rule was that the artist could use only one sheet of paper.  How cool is that.  Check out more contest winners…

Herzog + de Meuron Coolness

April 12, 2008 - Leave a Response

Stunning “bird’s nest” stadium design from starchitects Herzog + deMeuron for the Chinese olympic games. (P.S.- free Tibet!)

More photos and information can be found here…

Architectural Lust

April 9, 2008 - 2 Responses

Oooooo, me love you long time!  This beautiful home reminds me of mid-century Florida and Case Study House architecture. Sexy!



More photos and information can be found here…

The Sartorialist

April 9, 2008 - Leave a Response

This is a fantastic site where everyday people are photographed in the streets (read: runways) of New York, Milan, Paris and other world-class cities. Notice that Chicago is conspicuously missing from the mix; I guess Cub’s jerseys, cut-off jeans and pasty thighs are just sooo last season, LOL.  

Its a showcase of street style from a fellow I.U. alum that has become wildly popular  (in fact its one of TIME magazine’s top blogs).   If you’re curious about the name, Sartorial means “of or relating to a tailor or to tailoring” (as per Princeton Wordnet)  By the looks of it, it seems that the men are more fashion conscious than women!






Check out more of The Sartorialist archive here…

Thought Provoking Commercial…

March 27, 2008 - Leave a Response
I saw a commercial on television that touched me.  So, I immediately went to YouTube to see if I could find it to share with you.  It is an eloquently written, thought provoking, elevating [if not glorified] sales pitch. The American Express commercial features Diane Von Furstenberg speaking in a voice that is simultaneously curious, comforting, extoic and transcendent. She speaks of her dreams, her calling in Life and her Experience–things I find myself thinking about alot lately.   I dunno, I guess I saw my reflection for a moment and it spooked me.  
Have a look for yourself. Does the underlying message touch you in some way?  Regardless of the intent of the commercial as a sales pitch, I think its advertising done well… 


Audio Aubergine

March 23, 2008 - Leave a Response

Audio Aubergine