When I hear the phrase “green architecture” I usually tend to wince a little bit, because it also brings to mind the word “green-washing”, or how people and businesses make things seem like their good for the environment. But when I see buildings like the one designed for fashion retailer Ann Demeulemeester, it brings a smile to my face.
The building was designed by Korean architects Mass Studies, who did an absolutely beautiful job. I’m not sure how environmentally this building is exactly, but I love the idea of having a house surrounded by plants. I could imagine the air smelling so much more fresh all the time. The plants don’t only grow on the outside of the building either, they are also continued through the space as well. The contrast between the bright green plants and the pale concrete and white walls is pretty amazing.
The trailer above is for the new Batman movie, The Dark Knight, and so far it’s looking amazing. Chris Nolan, the director of the masterpiece Memento, took over the Batman series with the last movie and this one looks equally as impressive.
The Joker is the new villain in this one, played by Heath Ledger, and captive mother Katie Holmes is no longer around, in her place is the much better Maggie Gyllenhaal. The action looks pretty amazing, it’s shot gritty and real, and I think that Heath Ledger is going to do a great job as the Joker. Less silly 80′s and much more unbalanced and sadistic.
I didn’t do a Last Week in Music last week because of all the busyness of last week, but it’s back, and still not counting everything I listened to. I had Yo La Tengo on for most of the day yesterday, and it didn’t register at all. Maybe it’ll shop up next week, though above it clearly says that yesterday was counted as one of the days.
Anyhow, I did listen to Beach House’s new album Devotion quite a lot, and it’s actually really great. I liked their last album a lot, but I think this one surpasses it. It seems less morose and more musically exciting. At least on some songs.
I was in Secret Headquarters a couple of weeks ago, grabbing my weekly stash of comic books, and wandered over to the table at the center of the room where they often have cool art books. I immediately stopped when I saw the cover to the book above.
“Colonel Sweeto? What the hell is this book about, and why is it in my comic book shop?”, I thought immediately. I looked around at first, not really wanting anyone to see that I was about to open this candy-colored abomination, and then began to flip through the pages. I got to the first strip, which featured a young boy being punched in the stomach, but then being aided by unicorns, who impaled the attacker, getting the sweet punishment he deserved.
It turns out it was written by a guy named Nicholas Gurewitch, who writes the comic strip ‘The Perry Bible Fellowship‘, which is usually full of things you aren’t supposed to laugh about, but of course you do because you have a weird and sick sense of humor. The book is a collection of the strips, and is absolutely hysterical. I read every single page within 10 minutes, laughing my ass off the whole time.
Thursday night I had planned on meeting up with friend Garrett after he had left work. He called me around 9 and I grabbed my phone and answered. I flipped open the 2.5 year old RAZR, and noticed immediately that the screen didn’t come on. I sat there kind of confused at first, and closed it again to look at the back screen. It too was not glowing.
Cut to me doing all those tricks people do when their phone dies; I took the battery out, cleaned the pocket lint from the corners, shook and screamed at it. I opened and pressed the buttons, and the tiny light behind them lit up, they made noises, yet still the screen didn’t respond. I realized that the time had finally come that I needed a new phone, out of pure necessity.
Friday morning I woke up excited, knowing that I was heading to the Apple store promptly at 10 am when they opened, knowing full and well I was going to be buying the iPhone I have so dearly wanted for the last six months.
After about 3 days with it, I can honestly say it’s the best phone I’ve ever owned. Earlier today, I got lost trying to meet up with some friends. But I had Google Maps ready to help me, which I definitely needed. The location was set near an overpass that had at least six ways you could before you took it. It didn’t make a bit of sense. But one look at the tiny electronic map and I knew what to do.
I’ve also been able to text faster then I ever could. I thought it would take me a while to get the hang of it, but the iPhone senses where you’ve been typing, by magic or jedi powers I’m sure, and automatically sticks in the word you were trying to spell, even if you only managed to type three of the six letters correctly.
Going from a RAZR to the iPhone is an amazing step, like I’ve been thrown into the future. And for anyone who thinks differently than I do, I’d say you need to actually have it on you for a few days to truly enjoy it. Pretending to play with in the Apple store, when you’ve already cursed it, certainly doesn’t count.