Cody Foster & Co is an art-swiping tchotcke maker, used by big retailers to source fashionable cloneware they want to sell. Accused last year of ripping off a batch of independent designers, Cody Foster wanted to settle. Fast Company's John Brownlee reports the incredible conditions they want to impose on the victim.
Cody Foster's conditions? That the independent designer accusing the company of piracy license her designs to Cody Foster & Co. for $650 and submit to a gag order, deleting any complaints about the company from the web. ... Smith and her attorneys initially declined the offer, indicating that $650 was not worth a gag order on what they had been through, and reached out to Co.Design. Since then, Cody Foster's attorneys have indicated that they are willing to discuss a larger payment in exchange for licensing Smith's designs. As of publication, this remains unresolved.
Fong Qi Wei created these astounding animations from time-lapse photographs of cities and other landscapes, fading into darkness.
"This is a follow up to my previous series Time is a Dimension (TIAD). In TIAD, I spliced different time slices into a single print. That was to work within the nature of a physical print. However, in this set of manipulations, I present a medium that is neither a print nor a video. In short, I use the GIF format (don’t ask me how it is to be pronounced!) to create a looping animation that shows a single landscape / seascape but with a constant shimmer of … time."
Print series are available, for what it's worth!
A toilet is missing from the USA Economy Lodge in Spartanburg, SC., and they're pretty sure they know who took it, but the danged judge won't sign off on the warrant
. [Fox Carolina via Arbroath
] — Rob
Nullify your coffee with Musicians With Guns's Overstepping Artifacts
. Musicians With Guns is a project by a Ricardo Montalban
; see Astroblast
for more of the same.
Filmed at Kruger National Park in South Africa. [Video Link
"Get a life," warns the Economist. "Or face the consequences
." — Rob
I like the creative restraint; the tentative, subtle touches. [YouTube
Matthew Ingram talks to Reddit GM Erik Martin about the site's plans to build out crowdsourced reporting features—and how it will guard them against misuse and chaos.
Martin admitted the moderator system is flawed in some ways, or at least could be improved — by making it easier for users to switch from one sub-Reddit to another, for example — but he also argued that the democratic (some would anarchic) approach the site takes to virtually everything has positive impacts. Someone once asked who created a specific sub-Reddit, and Martin said he had to admit “I have no idea, someone just came along and did it… the fact that it even works at all, when you think about it, is just crazy. It shouldn’t work, but it does.”
Reddit's crowdsourced reporting threads are often the best places to find real-time aggregation of breaking news. But the screw-ups can't be dismissed glibly. If Reddit took a little more responsibility for the major subreddits (the ones that it promotes to the general public as central sections of the site, such as r/news) and applied a more policy-driven approach to how they're run, it would be much easier to communicate the implicit distinctions here between moderation and anarchy (i.e., journalism and histrionics).
John Twells tallies the synthesizers that shaped modern music
. tl;dr: Minimoog, Odyssey, Prophet-5, Fairlight, PPG Wave, Juno, Yamaha's CS-80 and DX7, and Korg's MS-20, M1 and Triton. Oh, yes, and Roland's 303 and 101. [via MeFi
, where a good tally of travestatious omissions accrues] — Rob
Flashy, gilded, luridly-colored glass towers surrounded by decaying concrete boxes? Welcome to the architectural aftermath of soviet communism, collected by Frank Herfort in his book, Imperial Pomp
. Liz Stinson reviews it
for Wired: "Russia and its surrounding countries have never been known for architectural minimalism..."
The Bishop of Rome had a problem with cock at his weekly blessing. Listen out for "questo cazzo--questo caso", which translates to "this cock--this example". [via Gawker
Financier Carl Icahn takes aim
at Silicon Valley capitalist and eBay board member Marc Andreesson, who profited handsomely after eBay sold Skype to his investment group at a marked-down price: "Icahn says that profit came at the expense of eBay shareholders," writes CNN Money
, "and is demanding to inspect 'all books and records' associated with the sale to Andreessen's group. Andreessen says that Icahn is lying
: "I dispute all accusations." — Rob
Kara Swisher learned that some high-ups at Microsoft at leaving the compan
y following the appointment of new CEO Satya Nadella. On one departing exec: "Good for him not to have hung around twiddling his thumbs ... as often happens far too often at Microsoft and elsewhere." — Rob
CarPlay is the new name of Apple's in-car cut of iOS, and the launch partners will be Mercedes, Volvo and Ferrari
. Google's rival system, announced at CES, is to launch in vehicles by Honda, Audi, Hyundai and GM
. Your personal futuriness can now be measured by whether your choice of phone influences your brand of car, or vice-versa. [Guardian] — Rob
Kevin Sweeting reports on The revenge of Jobriath, the first openly gay music star, and our growing collective appreciation for his brilliant music.
Jobriath did not pussy-foot around. While Elton John and Freddie Mercury were snugly in the closet and Klaus Nomi was nothing above 14th Street, Jobriath was unabashedly declaring himself the “the true fairy of rock ‘n’ roll.” Elsewhere, the crazed androgyny of glam was all transgression-grubbing sizzle and no steak. David Bowie was pretty deliberately fooling no one with his prep-school overtures of bisexuality and Mick Jagger and his nail polish could ride that sneer of masculine sexual aggression past any name-calling, but Jobriath? Jobriath made no attempt to pass. “Asking me if I'm a homosexual is like asking James Brown if he's black,” Jobriath told the press.
See also a recent documentary, Jobriath A.D., and this review by Marc Almond of Soft Cell. Jobriath would be getting on for 70 now, had he lived, and Sweetings' is my favorite article about him yet. Sweeting not only offers some why in addition to the usual vaguely-mysterious what, but makes a striking point about the nature of Jobriath's growing fame: that his success now is the dividend of past failure.
That said, there's something too easy about a conceptual keystone often placed in the arch of Jobriath's rise and fall:
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