I’ve never been a huge Star Wars fan, but it’s hard not to get caught up in all the excitement about the premiere of the latest installment…
Especially since I helped capture a stormtrooper last weekend outside a museum near Chicago.
Typical Sunday morning kinda stuff, you know how it is.
Posted in Entertainment, Humor, Life, Movies, Museums, sci fi
Tagged Catigny, Chicago, entertainment, life, movie, museum, premiere, sci-fi, Star Wars, Stormtrooper, Sunday
I have lived in New York City going on nine years now, but today was my first trip to the Museum of the City of New York.
It’s located at Fifth Avenue and 103rd Street, just a quick jog across Central Park from my Upper West Side neighborhood. Props to Groupon for giving me the push I needed to pay a visit.
Two for one admission — need I say more?
The space is compact, clean and modern, with exhibits of a number and size that make it easy to see and do everything in a morning or afternoon. There’s also a nice variety — photography, film, costumes, paintings, advertising, multi-media, miniatures — so everyone in your group will find something to hold their interest.
My favorite on this cold damp day?
Everything is Design: The Work of Paul Rand, an exhibit showcasing the six-decade career of the iconic graphic designer (and Brooklyn native).
While Rand is a legend in the design community, you may find yourself wondering who he is. A quick look at a few of the logos he designed will make you realize you gaze upon his handiwork nearly everyday.
Rad designed children’s books (with his wife Ann) and other book jackets as well, and wrote two visionary books on design.
He also taught at the Pratt Institute and Yale before his death in 1996.
A quick Google image search will not only give you an idea of the breadth of Rand’s art and impact on current design, but is a really fun way to entertain yourself on a rainy day.
Posted in Advertising, Art, Celebrities, Commentary, Design, Humor, Life, Museums, New York City, Travel, Weather
Tagged advertising, book jacket, books, Central Park, children's books, costumes, design, exhibit, Fifth Avenue, film, Google, graphic design, graphic designer, Groupon, miniatures, multi-media, museum, Museum of the City of New York, New York City, paintings, Paul Rand, photography, Pratt Institute, publishing, rainy day, secret, two for one admission, Upper West Side, Yale University
My flight home today to New York wasn’t until afternoon, so I decided to squeeze in some more sightseeing before check-out.
My feet voted against the idea, so I took a taxi to the Tokyo Tower which, like my hotel, is located in the Roppingi district.
It looks like an orangey-red Eiffel Tower, so I imagined it also occupied a large, grassy expanse. But this is Tokyo; the tower (which is taller than Eiffel) is sitting directly on the street.
You can see it here reflected in the building across the street.
(I like that shot.)
There are two observation levels. The first offers beautiful views of Tokyo.
But when you ride to the tip-top, you appear to be in the clouds. And when you are that far up, it calls for one thing —
After I came back down to Earth, I grabbed lunch at Bubby’s, the Tokyo location of a New York restaurant in Tribeca and Brooklyn.
I discovered it quite by accident a few blocks from my hotel and had to check it out.
Bubby’s is famous for their breakfast, burgers and homemade pie. I had banana-walnut pancakes for lunch — hey, I was on vacation — and they were good.
It was the perfect transitional meal before I headed toward home.
See you soon!
Posted in Design, Humor, Life, Museums, Photography, Travel
Tagged design, Eiffel Tower, Humor, Japan, life, museum, photography, selfie, Tokyo, Tokyo Tower, Travel
Where is the best place to live in the Upper West Side? I am only guessing, but…
Andy’s Deli always smells of yummy bacon.
And the apartments above have a bucolic view of the park that surrounds the Museum of Natural History.
Now, that’s what I call atmosphere.
Posted in Humor, Life, Museums
Tagged Andy's Deli, apartment, bacon, museum, Natural History Museum, NYC, park, real estate, uws, view
Happy 40th Birthday, Cellphone!
That’s right. Forty years ago today, Motorola engineer Martin Cooper made the first cellphone call — to one of his rival engineers at Bell Labs, no less — and made telecommunications history.
Looking at your ‘baby photo’ at left — a cellphone model that I see turn up in old movies and television sitcom reruns all the time — I can honestly say…
You look even younger today.
(You really do.)
Posted in History, Humor, Life, Museums, Technology, Television
Tagged 40th birthday, baby photo, Bell Labs, cellphone, engineer, history, Humor, life, Martin Cooper, mobile phone, Motorola, museum, old movies, redial, technology, telecommunications, television reruns
Welcome to Fun Fact Friday!
I just invented it because I ran across a fun fact on Google that I wanted to share. It is, in fact, a fun fact about Google…which makes it even more fun.
Well, at least, to me.
Anyhoo, here is your promised fun fact —
Google has a pet dinosaur. His name is Stan. He is a T-Rex.
His skeleton was unearthed near their headquarters, authenticated and later adopted by Google. Now Stan is kept on a fairly short leash outside Building 43.
Are these Stan’s real bones or a scale model? This fact I do not know. But having a dinosaur as a pet?
Very cool. And very Google.
Posted in Animals, Business, Humor, Museums
Tagged animals, Business, dinosaurs, Friday, fun fact, Google, Google campus, Google search, headquarters, museum, pet, pet dinosaur, scale model, sit stay good boy, skeleton, Stan, T-rex
Do you know what this is? I’ll give you three guesses.
It’s actually the central vault above the atrium of the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha.
But I’m pretty sure the artist had one of those three items in mind when he was creating his masterpiece.
Either that, or he was staring at his blue eye a bit too closely in the mirror.
I think I need more sleep.
Posted in Art, Design, Humor, Life, Museums
Tagged art, artist, design, DNA, Doha, Humor, kaleidoscope, life, masterpiece, museum, Museum of Islamic Art, origami, scuplture, three guesses
Today was all about art.
And really, shouldn’t every trip to Italy have days like that?
We started back in Milan at the Pinacoteca di Brera, a lovely museum with over 30 rooms of paintings by the classical masters. Of course, I spent most of my time in the one room filled with modern art.
You can take the girl to Italy…
In the afternoon, we trained our way to Padua, or Padova as everyone calls it here. This will be our home base for the next three days, so we walked around to get the lay of the land.
We also attended a viewing of the Scrovegni Chapel.
It contains a fresco cycle by Giotto, completed about 1305, that is considered one of the most important masterpieces of Western art.
Now I have already admitted that I prefer modern art, but this church blew me away. To think that the entire thing — it’s enormous — was completed in three-and-a-half years! Every detail painted; all the trim and faux marble. Dimension was even added with paint to make elements look 3-D.
It was truly incredible.
Then we came outside, and it was raining really hard.
Back to earth.
Posted in Art, Design, Life, Religion, Travel
Tagged art, church, classical masters, design, frescos, Giotto, Italy, life, masterpieces, Milan, modern art, museum, Padova, Padua, paintings, Pinacoteca di Brera, religion, Scrovegni Chapel, Travel, Western art
How often do we judge something as being good or bad without fully understanding it?
We’re all human, so I would guess…too many times to count.
It appears Anthony Burrill agrees. The English illustrator and designer is well-known for his posters, videos and 3-D pieces.
Check out his print below.
I love this.
(What is it?)
Posted in Art, Comedy, Commentary, Design, Humor, Life, Museums
Tagged 3-D, Anthony Burrill, art, comedy, commentary, design, designer, Humor, I like this what is it, illustrator, life, museum, posters, videos