Alex Halberstadt speaks with Daniel Genis, who read 1,046 books during his decade in prison:
“Aside from consuming The New Yorker, Harper’s, and The Atlantic (‘not the easiest magazines to give away in prison’) nose to tail, Genis lavished the bulk of his attention on serious fiction, especially the long, difficult novels that require ample motivation and time under the best of circumstances. He read Mann, James, Melville, Musil, Naipaul. He vanquished ‘Vanity Fair’ and ‘Infinite Jest.’ He read, and reread, the Russians, in Russian.”
Project by Michael Burk is an analogue projection device to intimately view 3D printed objects - video embedded below:
Kepler’s Dream is an aesthetical investigation, exploring analog projection technology in the combination with computationally created content that is given a physical shape through 3D printing.
Inspired by obsolete projection technologies like the overhead projector, and especially the episcope, an installation was designed that generates unique imagery and a fascinating experience. Mixing digital aesthetics - parametric and generative shapes - with the qualities of analog projection creates an otherworldly look that seems to be neither digital nor analog. Interacting with the installation creates a deeply immersive effect, as the instant reaction of the projection and the “infinite frame rate“ let this fantastical world come to life.
"Francesca Da Rimini" is an experiment using a robotically controlled camera to capture ballet. “Ballet Meets Robotics,” reveals the artistry, inspiration, and technology that went into the short film.
In the photo the two jars to the left contain ready to use chow chow and the one to the right has just started its long journey to my stomach.
Home Made Chow-Chow:
Chow Chow (chowchow or chow-chow) is a recipe containing mostly green tomato, cabbage, chayote, red tomatoes and onions. All though variations with carrots, beans, asparagus, cauliflower, peas and even pineapple exist. Sometimes chilli peppers were added for extra spice. It is mostly used as a garnish to salty foods like mashed potatoes, hot dogs or beans.
Its origins are disputed between the Acadian settlers in Louisiana or the Chinese rail workers in the 1800s or perhaps Indian emigrants because of its resemblance to chutney.
Relish base ingredients
1 tablespoon dried dill
1½ teaspoons whole black pepper corns
1 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
4 whole bay leaves
½ teaspoon whole clove
1 teaspoon thyme
½ cup shugar
2 cup white vinegar
2 green tomatoes
4 cups of finely chopped cabbage
2 red tomatoes
1 large onion
1 red bell pepper
1 cup chopped asparagus
1 cup chopped cauliflower
½ cup peas
3 jalapeños (optional)
6 mason jars
a large bowl
Chop up all the vegetable ingredients as fine as you can and put them in a large bowl with water and half a cup of salt. Mix all the relish base ingredients together in a different closed container, make sure the sugar dissolves completely. Leave them in the fridge over night.
Put your jars and lids in a large pot filled with water and set them to boil.
In another pot put the drained vegetables and the base together, if the vinegar and spices fail to submerge the veggies; make some extra mix by adding in a container: 1 cup of sugar to 3 cups of vinegar ratio. Mix it all up so its all even.
When the jars are boiling, fish out a jar and carefully pour the relish base in to it, making sure the food is always covered in liquid. Seal the jar firmly and place it back in the boiling water for 3 or 4 minutes.
Take them out and place them somewhere out of the way to cool slowly, Then repeat the process until you run out of vegetables.
Store them in a dark cool place and wait at least three months before opening one up. Refrigeration is required after the jars have been unsealed.
The Tower of David is an abandoned unfinished skyscraper in the center of Caracas, the capital city of Venezuela, that is now home to more than 3,000 squatters, who have turned the 45-story skyscraper into the world’s tallest slum.
Construction of the building, originally called “Centro Financiero Confinanzas” and nicknamed the “Tower of David”, after its developer, David Brillembourg, was started in 1990 and was to become a symbol of Caracas’ bright financial future. It is the third highest skyscraper in the country. But a banking crisis brought those plans to an abrupt halt in 1994. The government took control over the building and construction was never completed. The building has no elevators, no installed electricity or running water, no balcony railing and windows and even walls in many places.
In 2007, a group of squatters took over the building, and it quickly gained notoriety as a hotbed of crime and drugs. Despite this, residents have managed to build a comfortable and self sustaining community complete with basic utility services such as electricity and water that reaches all the way up to the 22nd floor. Lifts being absent, residents can use motorcycles to travel up and down the first 10 floors, but must use the stairs for the remaining levels. Inside the building’s long hallways there are warehouses, clothing stores, beauty parlours, a dentist and day-care centers. Some residents even have cars, parked inside of the building’s parking garage. Some seven hundred families comprising over 3,000 residents live in the tower today.