Archive for March, 2011

Trying to be optimistic.

March 25.  Please let it warm up soon.  Friends and colleagues are traveling south where stickers peel off more easily.  Here up north is a sticker no-man’s land right now.  No pics tonight.

In blogging, there are categories that I’ve set up for posts.  The two that relate most often fer this li’l blog are “the process is the product” and “the faith of graffiti.”

I love stickers.  Not fully sure why.  “It’s a mystery” according to one of my favorite movies.  STKRZ.

Evil of colossal magnitude

The second U.S. President John Adams condemned slavery in 1812 by stating it was an evil of colossal magnitude, but evil, years later, took on a new meaning.  In the days and weeks after the 9/11/2001 attacks, we heard the 43rd President, George W. Bush, appropriate the term almost like a mantra, with speeches announcing “a campaign against evil-doers,” to “rid the world of evil-doers,” and to “hold the evil-doers accountable.”  “Civilized people around the world denounce the evil-doers who devised and executed these terrible attacks.”  Bush used the term “axis of evil” in his State of the Union address in January 2002 to include Iran, Iraq, and North Korea.  I think this sticker collected in 2006 points the evil finger back at G.W.B.

Japan. the United States. Canada.

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow has been doing a fine job explaining what’s happening at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility.  It’s all confusing, for sure, but her coverage has been helpful to make sense of the grave problems there – that seawater can’t keep the spent fuel pools cool enough and that the fuel rods themselves might very well overheat and melt down.  What was striking tonight, tho, in contrast, was to see and hear Canada’s CBC coverage, which focused on the workers who are keeping the plant in operation and the tens or more likely hundreds of thousands others who have been evacuated or remain homeless.  Heartbreaking.

US coverage, at least tonight, was about industry.  Canada’s was about people (including advertising on both sides of the border).

New link to street art database

The contemporary street art database is being re-conceived in a much more useful fashion.  AT SLU, arts cataloging guru Arline Wolfe has been organizing image files and assigning consistent terms for artist, title, date, location, and most importantly, subject and description fields.  Good cataloging = easier and better access.  Sounds simple.  It’s not.  Really not.  We’re still stuck with a non-intuitive online display format using ContentDM software, but at some point in the future something better will surely appear on the horizon.  Arline now has 200 stickers from Berlin in the new collection with 300 in the wings – another 200 from Berlin (and possibly Munich?) and 100 from NYC.  Wo0T!  Stay tuned!


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