White Trash

photo credit: Reuters


Believe it or not, this is NOT the same statue that this idiot constructed. His 26-foot tall statue, called Forever Marilyn, lowered Chicago’s already tawdry Michigan Mile for a summer. I appreciated his previous works which stood there—a three-dimensional rendition of Grant Wood’s American Gothic and then a metallic, wind-tormented King Lear—but despise the sensational mannequin. International news agencies who know as little about this Chinese replica of a replica state obliquely that justification for its existence is “unknown,” which is a complaint many had for the American unoriginal.

I’d say this exhibit has finally found its proper venue, but I wouldn’t want to insult the good people of Guigang, China.

Field Notes: The Stars and Their Courses

Coudal Partners creates a short film for each of their Field Notes Colors releases. This season’s release, The Night Sky Edition, features a gorgeous black cover with different summer skies on each of the 3-pack. Well, let me just steal their copy because these are some of the best ad guys in the internet age and they can explain it better than I:

For our nineteenth seasonal release, we’ve created a set of memo books that celebrates the summer starscape above North America. Each of the memo books in the 3-Pack features a slice of the sky (early, mid-, and late summer), as well as important constellations (in holographic foil!) and notes for star gazers.

Continuing the trend of stealing from the best, and since this blog post is essentially an advert (see! this is how you do it! you make advertisements that are works of art and other people will spread your ads for you!), here’s how Jim and Co. explain the decision to point a camera at the sky, hit record, and let the heavens do all the heavy lifting:

Dusk to Dawn, 6 Hours and 21 Minutes of “Anti” Time-Lapse

“The idea was fairly simple, though complex in the making: for those of us in big metropolitan, light-polluted areas like Chicago who can’t see the night sky very clearly, we wanted to travel to this beautiful, dark section of rural Nevada and then bring the stars back with us, capturing a full night sky to be played back, in real time.”

Without further ado, here’s the video, all 6 hours and 22 minutes of it, in beautiful 4k:


post-script: I think the “anti”-time lapse label is hilarious.


Good Morning to You

Just go straight to this Techdirt article. It’s about a recent lawsuit filed against Warner Music, who has for decades been claiming copyright (and aggressively enforcing said claim) for “Happy Birthday to You” of all things.

Turns out, “Happy Birthday to You” is almost certainly in the public domain.

If this goes to court, and I sure hope it will, it will be the largest case of copyright fraud ever prosecuted.

Image Courtesy of Wikipedia

Lawsuit Filed To Prove Happy Birthday Is In The Public Domain; Demands Warner Pay Back Millions Of License Fees | Techdirt.


David Bordwell assess the victory of the digital cinema revolution. The conversion is nearly complete. Some small theaters are doing extremely well with digital; for some, the conversion is a lateral move – unable to run first run movies due to competing screens, but business is still stable; others struggle to convert or screen 35mm; some major theaters now offer a far greater range of cinema in more places; many theaters are closing or are consumed by the Big 3; movies are available in more places at more times than ever before.

It’s more complicated than that, of course. David Bordwell details the complications in his comforting and incisive voice.

The Jem Theater in Harmony, MN.

…for screaming into