Monday, July 31, 2006

HOT LAVA!

Those who know me, know of my obession with all things Hawaiian. Here is an interesting site that I visit at least once a week to see what is happening with the CURRENT ERUPTION. of Kilauea. It is so amazing to watch the transformation.



Here is an image of the East Lae`apuki lava delta on November 1, 2005.



Here it is after it broke off and fell into the ocean on December 2, 2005.



And here it is on July 14, 2006. Amazing that it has come to about it's original size in 6 months. It is now 60 acres!

(all images from http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov/kilauea/update/main.html)

Friday, July 28, 2006

to-may-to or to-mah-to?


Despite the heat today, I ventured out to the farmer's market at Union square. I could not resist picking up these heirloom tomatoes. They were super sweet... not to mention beautiful. I ate most of them one by one... like candy. Somehow that just says SUMMER.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

FOR THE BIRDS!!!




A friend discovered these adorable blackbird clothes pins by a company called Banal Extra while in London. Also really cool is the giant pencil cup clothes stand.

Whatcha Mean, What's a Zine?



Our super talented friend Peter Hamlin contributed to this new book, Whatcha Mean, What's a Zine? The authors Mark Todd and Esther Watson have excellent taste so it's packed with wonderful illustrations and useful info too!

YOU CALL IT CORN, WE CALL IT MONEY.



I discovered this old sign painted on the side of a builing in lower Manhattan about 2 years ago. I never had my camera with me to document it, but I made a special trip over to see it on my lunch hour the other day.
I am attracted to this sign because of the name CORN. When I was very little, my aunt's decided to call me Corn instead of Conn. Anyway I did a little research and found this out about The Corn Exchange Bank.
Central Natl Bank of the City of NY (1864-1904)
1864 Established Central Natl Bank of the City of NY (1864-1904)
03/01/1904 Merge To Federal National Citizens Bank of the City of New York
03/01/1904 Name Change To Citizens Central National Bank of New York
03/01/1917 Name Change To Citizens National Bank of New York, The
05/01/1920 Merge To Federal Chemical National Bank of New York
05/01/1929 Succeeded By Chemical Bank and Trust Company
10/15/1954 Name Change To Chemical Corn Exchange Bank
09/01/1959 Name Change To Chemical Bank New York Trust Company
02/17/1969 Name Change To Chemical Bank
07/14/1996 Name Change To Chase Manhattan Bank, The
11/13/2004 Convert Federal JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association


Here is a link to
New York Bank History.

Monday, July 24, 2006

BEDAZZLED!!!



Our friend Josh just got back from London today and shared these amazing photo's of the Jeff Koons' Pink Diamond.This piece was in work from 1995 until 2005 and is on display in the V&A Museum courtyard in London.

While you're at the V&A website, check out the 60's Fashion Exhibit, especially the Paper Dresses.
I just love the graphics. Here are a few images.



Sunday, July 23, 2006

Alvin Lustig: Modern Design Pioneer


This is a great site about one of my all time favorite designers Alvin Lustig. His work takes me to a very happy place. Nice website too.

MUSHROOMS FOR RENT...






On a recent trip to Kerhonkson, New York, I spent and entire day photographing various mushrooms - all from a mouse's eye view. Everythhing looks cuter from that angle. I was surprised at how many varieties I came across and how small they were.
Some were about 1/2" tall and the biggest was about 3" tall. I was praying that I would come across one with a small toad sitting under it. No luck.

All She Wants To Do Is Dance!



Conn doesn't think she's awesome. I think she's amazing. What do you think? I mean look at her! She's totally into it.
Thanks Chris!