PERFECT REJECT


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PERFECT REJECT

PERFECT REJECT – Tattered, torn and loved are plush toys, unique as sculptures, evoking our empathy by joyfully reflecting our human imperfections. Play with a lovable PERFECT REJECT, open a doorway to celebrate our differences. Celebrate imperfection as a source of joy, strength, magic and empowerment.
Imperfect means I’m perfect/you’re perfect – just the way we are.

PERFECT REJECT starts their life as a used plush toy, rescued from a local thrift store or flea market. Through an elaborate creative process of inverting, adding and subtracting they are made into a unique character. Each Perfect Reject is the result of an individual creative process and just like its human creator, no two are the same. Each character is numbered by us and named by you. They are collectable.

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Live Simply So People Can Simply Live?


The slash and burn spending cuts that have been used to balance the budget will affect the low-income communities at first, then will gradually creep into the middle class arena, what is left of the middle class.

According to Moody’s the top 20% of the earners in the US account for 60% of all spending. MasterCard Advisors SpendingPulse, a research service states that the luxury category has posted 10 consecutive months of sales increase compared to last year. July alone had an 11.6 percentage increase.

Much of this spending on luxury goods is attributed to the Dow Jones being up by about 80 percentage from its low in March 2009.

Even Marked Up, Luxury Goods Fly Off Shelves

By STEPHANIE CLIFFORD
Published: August 3, 2011

Nordstrom has a waiting list for a Chanel sequined tweed coat with a $9,010 price. Neiman Marcus has sold out in almost every size of Christian Louboutin “Bianca” platform pumps, at $775 a pair. Mercedes-Benz said it sold more cars last month in the United States than it had in any July in five years.

Even with the economy in a funk and many Americans pulling back on spending, the rich are again buying designer clothing, luxury cars and about anything that catches their fancy. Luxury goods stores, which fared much worse than other retailers in the recession, are more than recovering — they are zooming. Many high-end businesses are even able to mark up, rather than discount, items to attract customers who equate quality with price.

“If a designer shoe goes up from $800 to $860, who notices?” said Arnold Aronson, managing director of retail strategies at the consulting firm Kurt Salmon, and the former chairman and chief executive of Saks.

The rich do not spend quite as they did in the free-wheeling period before the recession, but they are closer to that level.

Read the full article at The New York Times in Business Day.

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Christian Louboutin Bianca Patent Platform Pump
Neiman Marcus – $775     currently sold out

The shiny patent leather sheen gleams on this quintessential platform pump.

  • Patent leather
  • Low-dipped vamp for leg-lengthening effect
  • Almond toe
  • Leather lining; padded leather insole
  • 5″ covered heel with 1″ platform
  • Signature red sole
  • “Bianca” is made in Italy

About Christian Louboutin:

French designer Christian Louboutin introduced his namesake collection in 1991, and his powerfully feminine shoes soon became must-haves for stylish women everywhere.

The Poverty Tour: A Call to Conscience


GOD BLESS SMILEY & WEST

Smiley & West will be on the road August 6-12, 2011 to meet with the people who are suffering and struggling during this current economy. I don’t know how they will do it in six days. I wish that they made it a summer project.
“With all the talk about deficit reduction, somebody has to tell the truth about poverty in America and the impact the outcome of this debate will have on the nation’s poor,” said Smiley. They also plan to meet with organizers, activist and social entrepreneurs who are using creative solutions to address our biggest challenges: jobs, food, energy, housing, health care and education.
They will be broadcasting while on tour. To hear the daily podcasts visit Smiley & West.
The YouTube clip is from the movie Network by Sidney Lumet. A wonderful performance by Peter Finch as the news anchor Howard Beale. There are many great performances in this film, one not to miss.

Visions of Students Today – Digital Ethnography


A video collage created by students under Michael Wesch and his Digital Ethnography Research Team called Visions of Students Today can be viewed at this link. It is fascinating to watch and it is interactive. To hear each student’s vision, click directly on the thumbnail of each student’s video.

… the basic idea is to create a 3 minute video highlighting the most important characteristics of students today – how they learn, what they need to learn, their goals, hopes, dreams, what their lives will be like, and what kinds of changes they will experience in their lifetime. We already know some things from previous research (and if you know of any interesting statistics, please list them along with the source). Others we will need to find out by doing a class survey. Please add whatever you want to know or present.

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“Little Adults”


Mesmerizing and haunting photos by Anna Skladmann. “Little Adults” is a series that explores what if feels like to grow up as a privileged child in Russia. I thought about the wonderful Up Series of documentaries by Michael Apted that explores the socio-economic background of British children. It will be curious to see where these “Little Adults” end up in seven years.

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How To Photograph an Atomic Bomb -NOW an App in iTunes


Peter Kuran released an iPad version of this amazing book: How To Photograph an Atomic Bomb.

Author Peter Kuran’s engrossing and powerful arrangement of these complex photographic techniques along with the astonishing photographs themselves creates an intriguing intersection at which the viewpoint of the casual observer becomes one of insightful witness.
Based on the book of the same name, the app features amazing, high resolution videos that can be played back and forth to see what is happening frame by frame during the detonation of an atomic bomb.

An interview of Kuran talking about the making of this book can be heard here.

Seagull stole my video camera….


The disadvantage to making a small camera? GoPro, great footage to use on your website. Grab it.