Written by Nick Heer.

Archive for May 11th, 2011

Apartment in a Box

From Fair Companies, via Metafilter:

When Christian Schallert isn’t cooking, dressing, sleeping or eating, his 24 square meter (258 square feet) apartment is an empty cube. To use a piece of furniture, he has to build it.

Genius. Watch the full video – it’s a beautiful space.

The Humility That Comes From Being Hated

Moby, on his new album:

There’s an aesthetic theme, which is cities at two o’clock in the morning. Not cities packed with people going out to clubs and dancing but desolate, empty streets. It’s off-putting but there’s a strange comfort to it as well, that desolate urban environment.

On his drug-fueled days:

Ketamine’s such a waste of time drug. All you do when you’re on ketamine is go: ‘Oh, I’m on drugs. I don’t feel good, I don’t feel bad, I’m just on drugs…’

On moving to LA:

So it’s the weirdness of LA, the warmth in January, and the fact that it has that egalitarian thing because rent is cheap for a lot of people, so anybody can live there.

That last one reminded me of one of my favourite Andy Warhol quotes:

What’s great about this country is that America started the tradition where the richest consumers buy essentially the same things as the poorest. You can be watching TV and see Coca-Cola, and you can know that the president drinks Coke, Liz Taylor drinks Coke and, just think, you can drink Coke too. A Coke is a Coke, and no amount of money can get you a better Coke than the one the bum on the corner is drinking. All the Cokes are the same and all the Cokes are good. Liz Taylor knows it, the president knows it, the bum knows it, and you know it.

Great interview. Moby’s new album is out on May 16, which you can listen to here, right now, and you can pre-order physical stuff too (tip: it’s far cheaper to go through the “local store” links outside of the US).

The Invisible Wall

When he attempted to walk through the corridor formed by the moving film, he was stopped about half way through by an “invisible wall.” He could lean all his weight forward but was unable to pass.

Giving Land Back to the Flooding Mississippi River

Ben Jervey, reporting for GOOD:

In times like these, I can’t help but think that we might have lots to learn from the Dutch, who have probably know the most about how to live with water. Four years ago, Dutch authorities came up with a water management plan called “Room for the River.” Reversing generations of water control convention, the Dutch decided that rather than battle rivers with expensive dikes and levees and canals, they’d give rivers more room to flow freely.

Chromebox Mini-Desktop

Rounded-rectangular profile. Flat black top and bottom segments, separated by a band of metal which has vertical lines throughout. Rounded-rectangle cutout on the long face for a card.

Where have I seen this industrial design before?