Archive for November, 2010

November 26, 2010

World Traveler: Google Street View

Jon Rafman’s blog “The Nine Eyes of Google Street View” offers the immobile traveler a new way to see the world. Rafman captures images from Google street view, a feature that many have taken issue with because of its unencumbered access to people’s worlds and lives. Rafman is currently showing the images in his exhibition “Free” at New Museum in New York (20 Oct 2010 – 23 Jan 2011). The pictures are sometimes funny, often shocking and in a way, humbling. The camera captures people against their will and, apart from blurred out faces, censors nothing. The internet has drastically reconstructed the meaning of public space.

November 25, 2010

Some World Traveler…

I’m by no means an amateur traveler. I rode my first plane when I was one, and I rode my first plane solo when I was 11. It came as somewhat of a surprise that yesterday I pulled a fatal, rookie travel blunder. I flew from Boston to Buffalo to spend Thanksgiving with my boyfriend’s family. After take-off, I looked down and noticed that my bag had tipped over and my notebook had slipped out. Oh, I thought, and that’s all I thought. Six hours later, after hellos and hugs and dinner and after-dinner and dessert, I look for my wallet and start panicking. Yup, it’s not here. It must’ve fallen out on the plane. We call the airport and the airlines and get in touch with the Baggage Service Office. Long story short, they found it, they have it, can we come and pick it up tonight? Yes, absolutely. My boyfriend and his brother went back to the airport to get it. He called me on the way home, “I’ve got your wallet. Now, you have your passport, right?” “Psh,” I said, “Of course I have my passport. It’s right…um…yeah…crap.” “I have your passport.”

I am so embarrassed, you don’t even understand. “Don’t worry, everybody loses stuff,” they comforted me. I don’t! From now on, I’m being doubly paranoid when I travel. I throw caution to the wind and look what happens! I hope my parents don’t read this.

November 11, 2010

World Traveler: Paris vs New York

Graphic designer Vahram Muratyan has come up with a wonderful art project — Paris vs New York: A Tally of Two Cities. And boy, does he hit the nail on the head. The parallels he discovers make me laugh, and I especially love “La Romantique” with Amelie and Carrie, two of my personal romantic heroines. (Carrie from the show, not the movies. Definitely not the movies.) The project reaffirms what makes these two cities icons in themselves, and why “Paris” and “New York” have become adjectives to describe different levels of chic and fabulous over the past few years. Check out the rest of the prints here.

November 10, 2010

Flashback: Life Is Good

A couple of days ago, I looked down at my most-worn pair of boots and noticed that they looked weird. They used to be a nice polished grey, and after four years of frequent use, they have a cool vintage weathered look, but looking at them, I noticed that the toe was discolored an odd khaki-tan. Upon closer inspection, the tan turned out to be dust and dirt, and I realized it was the residue from a trip out to Canton, MA, back in September for the Life is Good festival. (I should start cleaning my boots.)

The festival was a two day event but we only went on the second day to see Guster and Jason Mraz. Getting to Canton from Boston meant taking the commuter rail for the first time, which was a 20-minute non-adventure, and to get to the 40-acre farm that hosted the festival took another bus ride. But not just any bus ride. On September 12, 2010, I rode my very first yellow schoolbus. It wasn’t as magical as I’d been led to believe it would be (a friend of mine calls me Miss Frizzle because of my hair, and because we’re not friends), but I was still pretty excited. I won’t lie, though: I’ve been more comfortable sitting in coach on a transatlantic flight. But that was one more thing off the bucket list! Another thing I can check off? Seeing Guster.

The first Guster song I ever heard was “Amsterdam”, and it was the gateway drug that triggered my addiction. Or something like that. I put Guster on repeat when I was packing for college, and whenever I listen to “Careful”, I’m immediately transported back to my room deciding which useless thing I should leave, and which I should bring before ultimately packing both. I packed so many useless things. But Guster will forever be the soundtrack to my last summer living at home, and I mean that in a wonderful way.

Unfortunately their set at Life is Good was short, but it was also wonderful. There’s nothing like standing in a field with a couple hundred strangers scream-singing and counting down “4, 3, 2, 1…”. My boyfriend had to explain to me what “Barrel of a Gun” was actually about, though. I won’t write it out, but let’s just say it’s a euphemism, and that the song makes so much more sense now.

The farm was the perfect place for the festival. Even though Boston isn’t a particularly “Big City” city, getting away from it for an evening was a nice change of pace. And getting away from it to see Guster was a pretty great excuse.


November 2, 2010

World Traveler: New York, London & Moscow

I love typography, and when I saw these on Flyer Design Goodness by London design studio I Love Dust, I felt compelled to share them.

Wouldn’t be cool if the mountains in Moscow were actually giant Matryoshka dolls?