Posted by Rob Walker on March 30, 2010
Posted Under: Non-Daily Linkpile
  • Hurricane imagery in New Orleans: “Though the storms have always played a role in the mythology of the city, hurricane imagery increasingly has part of what defines New Orleans. I’ve spent quite a lot of time there recently, and I can attest that the hurricane is everywhere: in jewelry, in art, and on bodies, for example.” That’s someone’s claim. Thoughts, New Orleans people? True or false? Examples?
  • Really good fakes: The work of art in the age of mechanical reproduction — is a tourist draw! “Replicas made with a palette of high-tech tools are changing the way tourists see art. [T]hese faithful fakes are the work of Madrid-based Factum Arte, a company that employs high-resolution 3-D scanners of its own devising to reproduce artworks.” Speaking authenticity and art: good story about the Rogue Duchamp Urinals.
  • Gentleman’s bulletproof pocket square: “Reykjavik designer Sruli Recht is selling a limited number of these kevlar pocket squares made from “military grade lemon aramid” fiber.”
  • Silence & Deafness: Disquiet previews “In Pursuit of Silence: Listening for Meaning in a World of Noise” by George Prochnik, which sounds quite interesting.
  • The most useless machine ever!
  • Google Ads Will Now Follow You Across The Web: “Launched what it calls ad “retargeting.” If someone visits a page on an advertiser’s own site or YouTube channel, Google can now show a related follow-up ad to just that person when they visit another site which shows Google ads. Since there are millions of sites in the Google Content Network, chances are Google will see them again.”
  • Fast food logos unconsciously trigger fast behaviour: “Subliminal exposure to fast food symbols, such as McDonalds’ golden arches, can actually increase people’s reading speed. Just thinking about these foods can boost our preferences for time-saving goods and even nudge us towards financial decisions that value immediate gains over future returns.” Via the invaluable Mindhacks.
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