LEGO New York Times Building: “T” is for Fun

Japanese LEGO artist Sachiko Akinaga created this unique LEGO building that resembles the iconic logo for the New York Times Magazine. It’s set in a fictional Central Park. The sculpture will be used as the cover for the winter travel issue of the magazine.

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The Artist Is Present: Sitting With Marina

This woman lasted 391 minutes, the longest of all

I’ve wanted to mention this for a while, but haven’t for some reason or the other. The latest performance art piece by Marina Abramovic is quite striking. You basically sit down with her and you stare at her. She stares back at you. The end result is that you cry. It varies from person to person, but most people who participate in this piece end up crying.

OK, so that’s probably not true. I honestly have got no idea what the percentages are. Still, there’s a tumblr blog dedicated to the people who Maria made cry.

It’s probably an incredibly moving experience. It’s too bad that I’m in Taipei and the Museum of Modern Art is in NYC.

A Cup of Coffee Improves Your Running Time

It’s been scientifically shown that a cup of coffee increases your usual running time. To get this increase in performance, you don’t need a lot either. The NY Times reports on this story.

Emily Upp and Her Dissociative Fugue

Emily Upp disappeared for three weeks and woke up in the NYC harbour. I found this article fascinating.

Catching Up on Damages

Damages intertitle via Wikipedia
Damages intertitle via Wikipedia

I never finished watching the first season of Damages on FX. I’m taking the opportunity during the holidays to do as much. The show’s main story involves a discontinuity. I’m at episode 10 and we still don’t know what exactly happened to Ellen Parsons and to Patti Hewes at her apartment.

I feel that this is the sole part of the show that is a bit annoying. The writers feed you only drops, sometimes these drops or tidbits of story are also repeated to extend the duration, because there is no way that something like this could span a whole season otherwise. I think that the writers didn’t complexify this discontinuity enough. In episode 10, we know more about what happened after this event than what exactly it was.

The discontinuity involves two deaths, one of David Connor, Ellen’s fiancé, and an unnamed assailant that tried to kill Ellen Parsons at Patti Hewes apartment. The police only found David Connor’s body with forensic evidence linking Parsons to the murder. Another party seems involved as well. Lila is making it look like David was cheating on Ellen with her, even though he wasn’t.

In episode 8 or 9, Hewes was shown crying at her beach house, seemingly suffering from some kind of PTSD. Later, she is shown leaving NY State. No one is aware where Hewes is. It’s apparent that Parsons and Hewes orchestrated a dénouement of sorts with the Frobischer class action lawsuit. This involved a death as well, probably Arthur’s suicide or something like that. Maybe his lawyer Ray Fisk committed suicide, since he was having a gay love affair with Gregory Malina, a man involved in the case, who could link Moore, an SEC investigator, and Frobischer.

The case is very complex and involves Hewes manipulating everyone to get Frobischer by any means necessary.

How Things Just went Wrong in the Crisis

The latest Reckoning article is up over at the NY Times and tells us how Wisconsin school boards were actually behaving like high-risk hedge funds to cover their pension funds.

Markets Continue To Slide Downward

The financial markets are continuing to slide downwards, even after assurances from the American government. The Dow finished under 9,500. This isn’t only for the American markets. Foreign markest are also sliding down. In Asia, the markets are taking a dive, following the American ones. Europe isn’t doing any better. The Fed promises to cut its interest rate, but it won’t be enough. The signs are clear, we are heading into a global recession.

AIG: A Blind Eye To A Web Of Risk

Excellent article over at the NYT about what exactly happened at AIG. AIG was bailed out by a $85 billion Fed loan.

9/11 Seven Years Later

Where were you?

I was at work, in a government building doing some statistical analysis when I heard what happened. I remember that around 9AM, people were glued to their screens watching videos of what had just happened. I was shocked. Even more so when the second tower was hit. Then it collapsed.

Reports came piling in. No one really knew what was happening. It all started with murmurs of surprise. I got up from my desk to see what was happening. Someone told me that New York had been attacked by terrorists. I jumped on my own computer and checked out what was really going on. I was completely flabbergasted.

Years later, and the US has completely changed. Post 9/11 USA is drastically different. We’ve seen an impact in Canada, but it’s negligible when you compare it to what happened south of the border.

Politics Of Satire


The New Yorker‘s July 16th cover is under fire for its depiction of Senator Obama and his wife Michelle. Some right-wing Christian Republican militants have been saying that Senator Obama is a secret Muslim.

Art Spiegelman defends the cover of the New Yorker.

“The intention is to satirize not Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, but, in fact, to hold a pretty harsh light up to the rumors, innuendos, lies about the Obamas that have come up — that they are somehow insufficiently patriotic or soft on terrorism,” he says.

Those are the words of David Rennick, a New Yorker editor.

Spiegelman’s last cover for the New Yorker, published on the 24th of September 2004.

My initial thoughts upon seeing the cover were as follow: I didn’t know that the New Yorker was a Republican publication. Indeed, I thought it was more liberal. A few moments later, I understood the satire. And of course the New Yorker is liberal. But for a moment, I tried to make sense of this image.

One thing is for sure, people will want to talk about this. The Christian right will use it for their own purpose.

I think that the subtleties that Rennick and Blitt wanted to showcase are lost on most people.

Asked about the image, Obama shrugged his shoulders. But his (and McCain’s) spokespeople have made clear their disapproval, claiming most readers would judge the image “tasteless and offensive”.

More from Art Spiegelman, famed cartoonist and creator of Maus.

New Yorker, under fire?

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