October 24, 2022No Comments

Men In Black is the most incredible homage to New York City of all time

I am coming up on my seventh year living in New York City. During my tenure living here, I've learned a lot about myself. I feel like I've hardened myself, forged a worthwhile career here and sharpened all of my senses. It's a vast nexus of creativity, food, technology and people. All walks of life live here, and it's chaotic as fuck, but it all somehow works.

Thanks to LL 30, New York City’s language access law provides access to City services for all New Yorkers in 12 languages. Arabic, Bangla, Chinese (simplified Cantonese), French, Haitian-Creole, Italian, Korean, Polish, Spanish, Urdu, Yiddish and English. That alone is incredible. You'd be hard-pressed to find any government notices in more than two languages anywhere in the continental United States. There's no place like New York City anywhere on Earth. Sure, lot's of cities are like NYC, but there's something that sets this place apart from other large metropolitan cities.

NYC is absolutely, full of wonderful weirdos. Weird stuff happens when you put 8.5 million people together in one spot. Enter Patrick Willems video essays. First off Willems breaks it down for us like this — it's a masterpiece film that we'll probably never see the likes of every again (Hollywood in a post-MCU world would likely never permit another MIB to happen). It's an action buddy-cop movie about aliens in NYC sure, but it's really an ode to New York City. That goes double for folks who have lived in NYC, and finally move out of the city. The feels are real.

October 24, 2022Comments are off for this post.

Tour Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s New York Studio

View more photos of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s 48 Howard Street art studio in Manhattan at galeriemagazine.com.

October 7, 2022No Comments

André Hueston Mack tries a 94-year old Bourdeaux

I've never been a big wine drinker. Heck lets face it, I'll probably never develop the palette or vocabulary required to know wines. But lemme tell ya, I could listen to André Hueston Mack (his handle on Twitter is @AndreHMack) discuss and dissect vintages all day long.

Here he is opening a 94 year red wine from Bourdeaux for Bon Appétit:

October 6, 2022Comments are off for this post.

Kim Jung Gi, the acclaimed illustrator and artist has died

Kim Jung Gi was only 47 years old. An incredibly talented illustrator. He wielded his brush pen with aplomb, majesty and had an incredible ability to create entire universes out of thin air with the simplest of strokes. I truly believe he was a genius.

Just listen and watch him explain his process. His voice, and commitment to craft and detail is unparalleled:

Kim Jung Gi has had a highly esteemed career. He's been involved in Deadly Class, Walking Dead and countless others. DC Comics Publisher, Jim Lee shared a thoughtful thread on Kim via Twitter:

“[Kim] was a truly phenomenal talent whose pen and brush wizardry captivated and inspired millions of fans around the world,” Lee tweeted. “While he drew some incredible comics, it was his live drawing & his sketchbooks about his life, travels and dreams which spoke to me most. It was downright eerie and spellbinding to see someone with a near photographic memory bring an illustration to life with the style and flair that only Jung Gi could deliver.”

He will be sorely missed. We may never see anyone with his level of mastery ever again. 😢

September 27, 2022No Comments

Why do chef’s run water on a wok range?

I came across this excellent post on how to season a wok on Reddit. A classic Reddit post (that appears to have been cross-posted from TikTok). As is internet tradition, one of the top commenters was confused by the wok range and let us all know. A threaded conversation ensued. The last comment from a Redditor in particular shared a delightful video from Chef Wang that explains a bit about how ranges operate. Obviously, it get's blazingly hot. So, it's absolutely essential there's running water on (or nearby) wok ranges:

> i don't understand both the seasoning process and the setup of this kitchen

>> The wok burners produce a tremendous amount of heat required for proper wok cooking, the water cools the cooktop top, but the cooktop also contains a drain so the wok can be cleaned quickly (water is used only to maintain the wok seasoning), as well quick as access to water to use in cooking.

>>> As explained and demonstrated by chef Wang here on what happens if you don't have the flowing water: https://youtu.be/uTSsXQ-9bnQ

September 23, 2022Comments are off for this post.

Audubon’s Bird Migration Explorer web app is absolutely superb

North America alone is home to hundreds of migratory bird species. Ever see a songbird and wonder where they've been or where they're going next? Now you can! Audubon's bird migration web app is powered by research from hundreds of partners, including Cornell. Cornell in particular has an eBird database maintained by their Lab of Ornithology. It's a remarkable high-quality database. Some of the other data sources:

Marshall Johnson, chief conservation officer for the National Audubon Society shared some thoughts on the importance of publishing such a tool. We have a responsibility to understand and conserve these environments:

“The most effective migratory bird conservation efforts are informed by the best-available science, engage local communities, and are supported by partners and governments across their migratory ranges," [...] “The Bird Migration Explorer makes it plain to see how connected we are by these incredible birds. It’s clearer than ever that we have a collective responsibility and opportunity across the hemisphere to protect these birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow.”

Who would have known that the Peregrine Falcon migrated so far south!

September 23, 2022No Comments

Concrete structures

A short collection of concrete structure I've found around the web.

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September 20, 2022Comments are off for this post.

Ironworkers Local 433 members discuss The Picture

Perhaps you've seen the Wilshire Grand Tower and its iconic spire. Maybe you've seen The Picture and wondered how they took the photo in the first place. Look no further! Watch below.

One small note about this video: one of the ironworkers makes a reference to "[that] empire state building photo." He is actually referencing the iconic, Lunch Atop a Skyscraper photograph of ironworkers constructing Rockefeller Center. That photo was taken 90 years ago today, on September 20, 1932.

September 19, 2022Comments are off for this post.

John Plant’s Primitive Technology channel inches closer to the Iron Age in latest video

If you haven't been following Primitive Technology on YouTube, you will now. The channel, created by John Plant features an impressive stream of videos that dissect how-to-survival techniques. Each video is roughly 10 minutes in length, features no VO (voice-over) or backstory. Each video stands alone and covers a singular topic in survival. Methodically-cut shots, and well-written subtitles to explain in further detail John's movements and decisions.

The end result is often a high-quality video. He has set the bar for survivalists YouTube. While there are many imitator channels, he remains atop the throne of high-quality uploads in this category.

His latest upload, is another chapter in inching closer to Iron Age content. Take one look at the comments in any of his uploads and you can see his audience clamoring for more iron smelting, casting and blacksmithing:

Oh man, that's what I wanted to see. You building up to the iron age. You released a video years ago with some iron in it and was looking forward to the next one. Here we are

The long arc from Neolithic-content to Iron Age-content on Primitive Technology is remarkable. In his earliest days, Plant was creating huts, firestarters, basic stone tools, clay bricks, kilns and even pottery. Using the very same tools in later videos, he's laying the groundwork for a mythology in his channel. A speedrun of human prehistory. It's fascinating to watch: