invasion of the zentai, sarah’s regulations secret, hand-drawn connections

Men Who Love Lycra

A growing number of people are living their lives encased head-to-toe in Lycra. Will Doig goes inside the fad that began in Japan and is coming to an American suburb near you.

[  ]…“We were online, and I saw this link and it intrigued me: a person encased in a suit,” says Ben, a 25-year-old computer programmer from Irvine, California. “My girlfriend thought it was the weirdest thing she had ever seen.”

But Ben saw something else—something he didn’t even know his life was missing. “I couldn’t stop thinking about it. After a couple of weeks of bringing it up, I convinced my girlfriend to let me buy one. Finally it came in, I put it on… and I felt free.”

I’ not sure what or if there is an official name for it, but I hate the idea of being bound up in anything confining. Add in a strong preference for cotton and linen and if I’m ever in a latex suit it will be because I have been tortured by my kidnappers. That said, different strokes for different folks. Clothing fetishes or strong preferences for certain types of clothing have been around for a while,

“With a kind of mulishness his father persisted in keeping his uniform on even in the house; his dressing gown hung uselessly on its peg and he slept fully dressed where he sat, as if he were ready for service at any moment and even here only at the beck and call of his superior. As a result, his uniform, which was not brand-new to start with, began to look dirty, despite all the loving care of the mother and sister to keep it clean, and Gregor often spent whole evenings gazing at the many greasy spots on the garment, gleaming with gold buttons always in a high state of polish, in which the old man sat sleeping in extreme discomfort and yet quite peacefully.” from The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

come what will. inspired by a cd cover.

Sarah Palin outs herself from the regulatory closet,

In the coming days, there will be hearings to discover the cause of the explosion and the subsequent leak. Actions will be taken to increase oversight to prevent future accidents. Government can and must play an appropriate role here. If a company was lax in its prevention practices, it must be held accountable. It is inexcusable for any oil company to not invest in preventative measures. They must be held accountable or the public will forever distrust the industry.

Hypocrisy rests on a bed of lies. In the future she might be able to claim what she told her ghost writers to post on FaceBook  was misinterpreted. We all can’t be literary geniuses and there are many American that appreciate a down to earth folksy tone, even if devoid of real folksiness, but the least she could could do is write her own FaceBook entries.

Avril Lavigne’s Alice video. Not her best song lyrics, but the video makes up for it.

“She Does a Better Job Than Map Quest! “Wonderful hand-drawn maps from firefighters, club-hoppers, Boy Scout dads, grandmothers, and Alexander Calder.

Alexander Calder used the same trick in 1949 when directing his friend Ben Shahn from New York City to the artist’s home in Roxbury, Conn. Calder omits much of the journey, assuming that Shahn can find his way to the Merritt Parkway, where the map below begins. And Calder devotes almost one-third of this map to the final five miles of the trip, the part where Shahn must navigate unfamiliar local roads. The map, submitted to Slate by an archivist at the Smithsonian, is striking in part because it uses Calder’s familiar bold lines and primary hues. But it also conveys information with elegant simplicity. Note how Calder uses arrows from the address stamp in the upper right-hand corner of the page: A blue one runs from the name of his road to his drawing of the road on the map; a yellow one runs from his own name to his home. The arrows eliminate additional labeling, Stiff notes, making the map more legible.

Just as social media is supposedly helping people connect, hand drawings and hand written notes do the same for me. I feel as though I have gained, especially in light of tech driven communication, some insight and connection to the person via their work.