im in on better call saul after binging the first seven episodes. can breaking bad be far behind? much less intense and more comically oriented according to press reports. and im predisposed to like it because of bob odenkirk as the lead, he of sketch comedys mr show. show creator vince gilligan is two for two in bringing out the dramatic side of comedic performers. also michael mckean is in this as well.

i missed this event this year but im sure there must be some clips floating around.

For St Patrick’s Day, TCM shows Finian’s Rainbow at 5:30 today. By no means a very good film, but interesting from several angles. Francis Ford Coppola’s first big budget film (someone at the studio saw Demntia 13 and said “this guy should be doing musicals”?) Fred Astaire’s last singing and dancing role. Rare American acting role for Petula Clark. Odd mash up of ‘40’s progressive source material by legendary lefty Yip Harburg of Buddy Can You Spare a Dime and Wizard of Oz fame, with 60’s hippiesque treatment filtered through Li’l Abner. Leading man vaguely inspired by Woody Guthrie. And an over the top leprechaun performance by Tommy Steele. Downright weird.

Mile High Psychiatry
MARCH 20 - APRIL 18, 2015

“The authorities demand indifference regarding your participation in ignoring their request” is an elliptical non-declaration contained deep within a large canvas by Steve DiBenedetto.

Through scraps and globs and stabs and billows, those words have dissolved into a pre-linguistic slime. The actual, legible sentence has now been reduced into (or by) every conceivable strategy for paint application while maintaining the sentiment dripping from that once written ouroboros : “The authorities demand indifference regarding your participation in ignoring their request”

Elsewhere, the exhaust pipe from Wyatt’s choppered Harley a la Easy Rider spits the same CO2 fumes it feigns to be filtering away back onto the canvas. With more scrutiny, we see that those fumes are just being sucked back into bodies of the composition’s other passengers, including one octopus. This is not a basic octopus. Basic octopi are not socialized. They forgo language for body manipulation and alterations of skin color, communicating through a state Terrence McKenna describes as “both psychedelic and telepathic”. Not this guy, this octopus has a chalkboard and he’s learning how to make marks on it. He’s a socialized (or social-ish) octopus and with one tentacle coiled around a nub of chalk he communicates to us his intimate thoughts about the paranormal, modern architecture, and the subplots of Apocalypse Now, with scraps and globs and stabs and billows.

DiBenedetto paints while standing up. On his feet he develops a counterintuitive strategy towards abstraction. Instead of negating language and iconography, he looks to over-expand them through swarming gestures, reaching a point where they collapse under the pressure of their own weight, meaning, and paranoid history. Structurally speaking, DiBenedetto’s paintings have more in common with Thomas Pynchon than his art world peers. This enterprising sprawl of paint presents an unsolvable equation similar to the question of: how do I ignore the authorities demand for me to participate in ignoring their request?

Steve DiBenedetto (b. 1958) has exhibited extensively, including recent shows with Half Gallery, New York, David Nolan Gallery, New York, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles, a two person exhibition with Terry Winters at National Exemplar, New York, as well as a solo exhibition with Derek Eller Gallery in 2002. His work is included in public collections such as the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. He is participating in an exhibition at The American Academy of Arts and Letters, on view March 12 - April 12, 2015; and also has an upcoming solo show at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum. This exhibition is presented in cooperation with David Nolan Gallery, New York.

Derek Eller Gallery is located at 615 West 27th Street, between 11th and 12th Avenues. Hours are Tuesday - Saturday, 11 am - 6 pm. For further information or images, please contact the gallery at 212-206-6411 or visit

48 state road trip

this is an excerpt from a movie called the other final which documents an international friendly played between the two lowest ranked fifa teams on the same day as the 2002 world cup final. its bhutan vs. monserrat. im mostly posting it for the announcers description of the desconsolate goaltender after allowing in a direct kick. also the setting in bhutan is picturesque even if the field leaves much to be desired.

fully transparent solar panel

To me the Essex St Market seemed to be booming over the past fifteen years but this times article says otherwise.

creepy Barbie

MGM and Sony, the producers behind the new Bond film Spectre, are receiving up to $20 million in incentives for rewrites that depict positive aspects of Mexico, according to a report by, a website that covers tax news and analysis.

A bat and a ball cost $1.10 in total. The bat costs $1.00 more than the ball. How much does the ball cost?

language maps

Shanghai 1987 & today

In Part 1 of “My Saga,” which was published March 1, the Norwegian novelist Karl Ove Knausgaard journeyed from his home in Sweden to Canada, with the intention of tracing the Viking trail from L’Anse aux Meadows, the first European settlement in North America, into the United States and westward to Alexandria, Minn., site of a possibly fraudulent Viking runestone. After several setbacks, and with just days to spare before he had to catch his return flight to Sweden, Knausgaard met the photographer Peter van Agtmael in Cleveland, and the two of them drove to Detroit.

Part 2

Is Charlie Brown a terrible manager? Yes. He’s no great tactician and no great leader, and his team’s record would make the Cleveland Spiders grateful. His blindness toward his own lack of talent, and the fact that he allows himself to overshadow Linus, his second-best player, are nearly villainous. He provides zero inspiration and often loses crucial games single-handedly. There’s no question he loves the game and works hard, but his refusal to innovate or even to mix things up is criminal on a losing ballclub. He really does deserve the criticism so often lobbed at him by his players.

Danish politican Nikita Klaestrup

Gideionís Mechanization Takes Command
smoke, smog, maze, smith
TMI wine labels

Kramer is one of 113 people in the world, and the only former chef, to be certified as a Master Bladesmith. To earn this title (which is conferred by the American Bladesmith Society, of Texarkana, Texas), Kramer underwent five years of practice and study, culminating in the manufacture, through hand-forging, of six knives. Five had to be of gallery-quality designs; the fifth was a roughly finished, fifteen-inch Bowie knife, which Kramer had to employ to accomplish four tasks, in this order: Cut through a one-inch thick piece of manila rope in a single swipe; chop through a two-by-four, twice; place the blade on one’s forearm and, with the belly of the blade that has done all this chopping, shave; and finally, lock the knife in a vice and bend it ninety degrees without having it crack. The combination of these challenges tests steel’s central but conflicting capabilities: its flexibility and its hardness. If tested thusly, my boning knife, despite being hand-made, would have snapped like a toothpick.

TCM Remembers Albert Maysles– Monday, March. 23
8 p.m. "Grey Gardens" (1976)
10:00 p.m. "Salesman" (1968)
11:45 p.m. "Gimme Shelter" (1970)
1:30 a.m. "Meet Marlon Brando" (1968)

if you ever wanted to buy a criterion collection movie today is the day. every listing is half off for the next 24 hours.

i have less than a year to work on my look of disappointment. im calling it 'blackface.' how hansel is that?