Friday, September 20, 2019

Algae Brings Hope!

Hypergiant Industries bills themselves as the AI industrial complex for leading global enterprises and governments, helping major institutions innovate with breakthrough machine intelligence-driven technology. In fact, their motto is "Tomorrowing today."

And they seem to be earning their reputation with this amazing invention, an algae-based bioreactor that can suck as much carbon dioxide from the air as an acre of forest. The working prototype 3’x3’x7′ structure is intended for use in urban environments where it can fit within office buildings, connecting with an HVAC system to reduce CO2 levels inside and release cleaner air. Algae thrive on carbon dioxide emissions making it one of nature’s most efficient tools for carbon capture and sequestration. It could play a critical role in the sustainability of human life in our ecosystem.

It's inspiring to see such solutions being not only proposed but created and implemented. This along with the much-talked of process of driving CO2 into the ground makes me think that the human race might have a chance after all.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

"We Never Had A Chance" by The Brian Jonestown Massacre

I am spacing out to this incredible psychedelic dream of a song, "We Never Had A Chance" by Anton Newcombe's band The Brian Jonestown Massacre. From the eponymous album released this year, 2019. I love this sound.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

BEAUTY: Interiors--Powder Rooms

As an interior designer, one of my favorite spaces to design is a powder room. It is the perfect opportunity for something bold, colorful, graphic, even crazy. Take a look at these marvelous examples...

Monday, September 16, 2019

R.I.P. Ric Ocasek

R.I.P. Ric Ocasek.

The Cars tunes were catchy and fun but "Jimmy Jimmy" was a great song that didn't get much attention.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Pete For President 2020!

If you watched the Democratic debate this last week, I hope you will agree that whenever Pete Buttigieg speaks, it is as though someone turned the lights on in a dim room: suddenly things are clear and visible and make sense. And if you are an "Oh, By The Way" reader in the States, I urge you to look at Mayor Pete and to support his campaign. He has chosen not to accept any donations or support from federal lobbyists, corporate PACs, or the fossil fuel industry. He is depending on a ground swell of support from people who support progress, saving our societies, and saving our world from Climate Catastrophe.

Get your sticker and support Pete's campaign by visiting his website below.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

BEAUTY: Painting--Tony Toscani

These blocky, monumental figures are the delightful work of artist Tony Toscani. I'm flashing on Picasso, Léger, Modigliani, and Botero.

Top to bottom: Before Sleep; Daydreamer; Melancholy; Pensive Looking Man; Resting Giant; Woman In Brown Pants

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

"Don't Interrupt The Sorrow"

I have been a lifelong fan of The Smiths and Morrissey, and despite the fact that some of Morrissey's recent controversial--and ill-conceived--statements and beliefs (including aligning himself with For Britain, England's far-right party) have made it very hard to continue to like him, I can't help but be excited about his most current release. "California Son" is an album of covers, something I never would have expected from Morrissey but now that it exists, it makes perfect sense, especially looking at the songs he has chosen to cover. You can't go wrong covering songs from one of the greatest living singer/songwriters, Joni Mitchell (of whom I have also been a lifelong fan). And here he is singing the exquisite "Don't Interrupt The Sorrow" from the phenomenal 1975 Joni Mitchell album "The Hissing of Summer Lawns."

Don't interrupt the sorrow
Darn right
In flames our prophet witches
Be polite
A room full of glasses
He says "Your notches liberation doll"
And he chains me with that serpent
To that Ethiopian wall

Anima rising
Queen of Queens
Wash my guilt of Eden
Wash and balance me
Anima rising
Uprising in me tonight
She's a vengeful little goddess
With an ancient crown to fight

Truth goes up in vapors
The steeples lean
Winds of change patriarchs
Snug in your bible belt dreams
God goes up the chimney
Like childhood Santa Claus
The good slaves love the good book
A rebel loves a cause

I'm leaving on the 1:15
You're darn right
Since I was seventeen
I've had no one over me
He says "Anima rising-
So what-
Petrified wood process
Tall timber down to rock!"

Don't interrupt the sorrow
Darn right
He says "We walked on the moon
You be polite."
Don't let up the sorrow
Death and birth and death and birth and death and birth
He says "Bring that bottle kindly
And I'll pad your purse-
I've got a head full of quandary
And a mighty, mighty, thirst."

Seventeen glasses
Rhine wine
Milk of the Madonna
He don't let up the sorrow
He lies and he cheats
It takes a heart like Mary's these days
When your man gets weak

For comparison, here is Joni's original version. Morrissey may have changed a few words here and there and amped up the texture but he kept the sense.

Morrissey actually interviewed Joni Mitchell in 1996. The fascinating, two-part conversation can be heard below.

Monday, September 9, 2019

BEAUTY: Painting--Kim Cogan

Kim Cogan is a San Francisco-based artist who paints wonderful, soulful images of The City but without the clichéd ideas of what San Francisco is. Lesser known locations like The Old Mint, the entrance to Chinatown, and The Cliff House mingle with more generic images that serve to highlight the unique architecture of this city that is instantly recognizable even by just something as simple as a bay window. I live in Northern California and I have spent many years walking and driving by these very spots, seeing them from different angles at different times of the year, and I can safely report he has captured the mystery, peacefulness, and beauty of fog-drenched streets and the lovely, romantic, and constant presence of a bygone era.

Top to bottom: Allstar Donuts; Edge of the T.L.; End of Day; Gateway; Homecoming; Ingleside; Mission at Midnight; Morning Delivery; Old Mint; Pacifica; SF Sunset; Spot Lite; Surfside Eleven; The Coldest Summer; The Avenues

Sunday, September 8, 2019

A Winged Victory For The Sullen In Concert

I have been mesmerized by this exquisite live performance by A Winged Victory For The Sullen (Dustin O'Halloran and Adam Wiltzie), playing live at the London Barbican. It is powerful, moving music for the end of the world, and the beginning of another.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Pete For President 2020

Pete Buttigieg doesn't take any money from federal lobbyists, corporate PACs, or the fossil fuel industry. Please consider visiting his site and donating to his campaign. He is one of our only hopes not just for this election but for issues beyond politics and for a future we cannot yet conceive. As Pete says, "It’s about more than winning an election. It’s about winning an era."