short and spazzy

I like to break things so I can fix them. twitter. flickr. linkedin.

Jun 17

New-York based Irish novelist Colum McCann has won the world’s richest literary award for his novel Let the Great World Spin.

McCann beat nine other nominees to become the second Irish author to win the €100,000 International Impac Dublin Literary Award. Let the Great World Spin uses Philippe Petit’s famous high-wire crossing between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Centre in 1974 as a motif around which to assemble the stories of 10 New York characters.

The novel, which won the coveted National Book award in 2009, was described by the Impac judging panel as a “remarkable literary work”. “[It is] a genuinely 21st century novel that speaks to its time but is not enslaved by it.

Colum McCann wins Impac award - The Irish Times - Wed, Jun 15, 2011

Loved everything about this book. 


Jun 15

Yep, a Macbook Pro just can’t handle Nyan Cat. (via YouTube - Wheels Of Steel Prototype - Nyan Cat Overload!)


Jun 13
photojojo:

Gummy bearskin rug
This year I’ve been having a lot of ideas around food. Particularly, junk food. This idea seemed funny to me and I knew that I had to try and make it. In the end, I think it looked like something a really tiny person would want to curl up on with a really tiny glass of wine.
This post is by Brock Davis as part of Photojojo’s Show & Tell week.

So cute. 

photojojo:

Gummy bearskin rug

This year I’ve been having a lot of ideas around food. Particularly, junk food. This idea seemed funny to me and I knew that I had to try and make it. In the end, I think it looked like something a really tiny person would want to curl up on with a really tiny glass of wine.

This post is by Brock Davis as part of Photojojo’s Show & Tell week.

So cute. 


Jun 11
This is a rock and roll falcon!

This is a rock and roll falcon!


Jun 10
skibinskipedia:

bbook:

 
Jason Eskenazi (pictured top) knows how many figures there are in the Vanderlyn panorama. As a security guard at the Met, he spent three years at the museum bored out of his mind, “So bored,” he says, that he surveyed every inch of the 165-foot painting of the Versailles garden. “And so here’s the count,” he wrote in an essay, titled “Securitology and the Art of Boredom,” “403 people, 3 dogs, and 1 butterfly.” Mr. Eskenazi recorded this observation, along with many others, in a small Moleskin notebook he carried around in his back pocket. “Standing there all day, I needed to keep my mind going,” recalls the 51-year-old documentary photographer, who took the job as a guard after a Fulbright in Russia because he needed health insurance. In addition to the Fulbright, Eskenazi also received two Guggenheims, the Dorthea Lange prize, and countless others awards before beginning at the Met as a guard.
Read more: An Inside Look at the Lives & Art of Those Who Guard the Met Museum

This entire piece was full of awesome.

skibinskipedia:

bbook:

Jason Eskenazi (pictured top) knows how many figures there are in the Vanderlyn panorama. As a security guard at the Met, he spent three years at the museum bored out of his mind, “So bored,” he says, that he surveyed every inch of the 165-foot painting of the Versailles garden. “And so here’s the count,” he wrote in an essay, titled “Securitology and the Art of Boredom,” “403 people, 3 dogs, and 1 butterfly.” Mr. Eskenazi recorded this observation, along with many others, in a small Moleskin notebook he carried around in his back pocket. “Standing there all day, I needed to keep my mind going,” recalls the 51-year-old documentary photographer, who took the job as a guard after a Fulbright in Russia because he needed health insurance. In addition to the Fulbright, Eskenazi also received two Guggenheims, the Dorthea Lange prize, and countless others awards before beginning at the Met as a guard.

Read more: An Inside Look at the Lives & Art of Those Who Guard the Met Museum

This entire piece was full of awesome.


Jun 6

Best two seconds of any trailer, ever.


Apr 29

a.k.a. how to train your robot copy

spiers:

Service journalism from Forbes: How to Suck All of the Fun Out of a Cocktail Party.



Apr 27

Apr 26
“It’s now become unavoidably clear to me that I’ve been doing each of these things poorly. The job, the making, the pleasing, and, yeah, the being at home. And I can’t live with that for another day. So, I’ve chosen which one has to go. At least in the way it’s worked to date. Which is to say not working.
I’ll let you guess which.
Because, that? That choosing? That’s what my book needs to be about. Not about pleasing people. Not about cranking on bullshit. Not about abandoning your priorities to write about priorities.”

Cranking | 43 Folders

The whole post is amazing.


star wars cockpit arcade game on Flickr.I miss this game so much.

star wars cockpit arcade game on Flickr.

I miss this game so much.


Apr 20

On his 30th birthday, June 27, 2009, Dan had decided to quit his job to become a professional golfer.

He had almost no experience and even less interest in the sport.

What he really wanted to do was test the 10,000-hour theory he read about in the Malcolm Gladwell bestseller Outliers. That, Gladwell wrote, is the amount of time it takes to get really good at anything — “the magic number of greatness.”

"Basically," he told the people at the conference, "what I’m trying to do with this project is demonstrate how far you’re able to go if you’re willing to put in the time. "I’m testing human potential." Everybody in the classroom clapped for Dan and his plan. Outside, Ericsson said to Dan, "I’m so intrigued here by your commitment to do this."

People, of course, have become world-class after practicing 10,000 hours, in golf and tennis and violin or anything else. But never, not in anything, according to Ericsson, has anyone done it like this: to start at this age, with no experience, and to keep statistics from the beginning, and to be so self-reflective about it, and to last even this long. Dan, Ericsson says, is “like Columbus here, sailing out in new territory.”

Can a complete novice become a golf pro with 10,000 hours of practice? - St. Petersburg Times

Or as Erik calls it, The Eat Pray Love of Florida.


“Hashify is different from virtually every other site on the Web in that every URL contains the complete contents of the page.”

Hashify

woah.

via waxy


fernandofrench:

Flannery O’Connor as A Good Man Is Hard to Find

very cool. and going to go reread that story right now.

fernandofrench:

Flannery O’Connor as A Good Man Is Hard to Find

very cool. and going to go reread that story right now.