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April 27, 2007

How can I tell?

"We've all got the same question. How can I tell if I'm really in love?" Ted Danson has all the right answers.

Happy Long weekend. Don't think about it too hard.

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April 26, 2007

Andy Rementer leaves the building!

After two mostly glorious years, Fabrica heavyweight Andy Rementer leaves us by tomorrow.

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What did you do before coming to Fabrica?
Graduated from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Then lived and worked in NYC for a bit. I spent a great deal of time hanging around in coffee shops and dive-bars drawing, and making stickers.

And what is the plan now?
Travel around the states with my Italian girly. Decide whether I want to continue working for someone else, or work for myself (i.e. drawing alone in my bedroom). Work-wise I'd like to continue drawing comics, maybe getting something published would be nice.

Which was the best moment here?
The best moment(s) were when an Italian co-worker had a birthday party here at Fabrica. They would always bring in fabulous meats, prosecco, and dolce for everyone to enjoy. Americans are so far behind with this kind of thing.

Your biggest achievement in Fabrica?
Becoming a Senior Sudent. Haha!

What did you learn in Fabrica?
At Fabrica you are forced into spending a lot of time with other people, as well as meeting new people on a daily basis. That's quite a unique experience. So through this I learned a lot about social interaction. In fact, I've developed a wide array of techniques on starting and ending conversations. Here's a classic example of getting out of a boring conversation: Tilt your head, and say "Hmm, that's interesting." and walk away. Works every time.

Your favorite part about living in Italy?
I love the way old men (i vecchi) dress in Italy. So classic!

I also love how life in Italy revolves around eating. I savored Saturday afternoons in Treviso. Drifting from cafe to cafe in the morning, sipping espresso, drawing in my sketchbook. Then enjoying a long, delicious lunch in my cozy apartment. I'll be jealous of this experience for the rest of my life, I think.

What will happen with Techno Tuesday?
Now that I'm all grown up, I'll no longer be posting on this wonderful blog. Instead I'll be posting directly to www.technotuesday.com.

Any last words for the Fabricanti?
Well, it's all what you make of it here at Fabrica (or anywhere else for that matter). Don't spend your time complaining about your boss. Instead utilize the resources here to your advantage. My personal mantra was always "Use the printer, and send a lot of post." It's free for chrissake!

Thank you Andy specially for posting every Tuesday your comic. Not once missed! Visit Andy's website: www.andyrementer.com.

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April 24, 2007

Against the wind

Jack Goodman from Florida seems to finally have found the proof for a controversial theses:

He built this cart to end an long argument on the Amateur Yacht Research Society website (ayrs.org) about whether DWFTTW (Down Wind Faster Than the Wind) is possible. In the end it led to more discussions, with some believing the video is a hoax. However, for me it looks reasonable. Check also Jack's writeup (PDF).

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Featuring: Heaven's Eye

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This installation by our Japanese Fabricante Nobuhisa Ishizuka (a.k.a. Nobu) does allow you to trace people in the installation area from a security camera above the visitors.

www.iamas.ac.jp/~nob03/e/works/heavenseye/heavenseye.html

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the Hype Machine

After spending so much time in these combined bubble worlds, both Treviso and Fabrica, everything about you becomes outdated, and you lose touch with the new freshness that exists everywhere else. No matter how much music you've got, you've heard it all a million times, and everybody's music library inside of Fabrica becomes more or less the same.

The Hype Machine fixes the music woes. Updated constantly, streaming mp3's from Music Bloggers, the biggest music nerds of life, it's easy to find a lot of great new unheard of music, it's also easy to find great up and coming bands and old classics. Have a look for yourself. Treat your ears.

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IMPORTANT NOTE: Most of the mp3's don't work after a couple weeks of being posted. It's best to stream from the most recent rather than by band or blog site.

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Techno Tuesday

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via technotuesday.com

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April 23, 2007

Big media takeover

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Postal regulators have accepted a proposal from media giant Time Warner that would stifle small and independent publishers in America. The plan unfairly burdens smaller publishers with higher postage rates while locking in special privileges for bigger media companies.

In establishing the U.S. postal system, the nation's founders wanted to ensure that a diversity of viewpoints were available to "the whole mass of the people." Time Warner's rate increase reverses this egalitarian ideal and threatens the marketplace of ideas on which our democracy depends.

Read more and/or get involved!

To see how big Time Warner is, take a look at what they own here.

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Mapping the terror

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I am impressed by the google earth feature about the crisis in Darfur. The testimonials, pictures and videos are a good way to start to understand the dimensions of this terrible genocide happening right now.

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2 holes are better than 1

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I've not posted for a while, been a bit busy but after visiting Milan this weekend for the design Furniture Fair I found a gem of a post. Salt and pepper vibrators by designer of things Steve Watson. What a great center piece for any dinner table and the holder sets the pots just as nature intended! A perfect combination of sex and food. I don't need to say any more about them, I feel the design speaks for itself. Check out his other works here.

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April 20, 2007

Happy 420 dude!

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From Wikipedia:
"It is widely accepted that in the early 1970s, a group of teenagers at San Rafael High School in San Rafael, California used to meet every day after school at 4:20 p.m. to smoke marijuana at the Louis Pasteur statue. Many cannabis users continue to observe 4:20 as a time to smoke communally. By extension April 20 ("4/20" in U.S. dating shorthand) has evolved into a counterculture holiday, where people gather to celebrate and consume cannabis."
read more...

April 20th is also the birthday of Hitler, Prophet Muhammed, The anniversary of Columbine and more.

image by R. Crumb

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April 19, 2007

5 minute friend

From our dear friend Matteo Cibic:

If you access to the site with a webcam it will randomly connect you with another person in the world just for 5 minutes. There is no way to meet the other person again if you didn't exchange your contacts during those 5 minutes.This site works only if many many people from around the world keep connecting every moment...

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Sacred Lights

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Beautiful culture jamming seen here

via Wooster.

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Johnny Ryan and the KKK

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From the Fantagraphics blog:
Johnny Ryan's Klassic Komix Klub #2 is an all-new, limited edition comic recently self-published by the Angry Youth Comix genius and Grand Wizard of comedy. KKK #2 contains 24 highly scatological, not-for-the-squeamish classic literature parody strips Johnny has drawn into one gorgeous package. Only 200 copies printed! Hit the above link to head to Johnny's site for ordering details.

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April 18, 2007

Colors Notebook

There is a new Fabrica project called Colors Notebook, everybody is invited to take part:

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Think a COLORS issue where you are editor, art director, illustrator, designer and photographer. Tell us your stories, fears, adventures, ideas, and dreams.
Ask for a copy of the COLORS NOTEBOOK and be a part of an extraordinary editorial project.
E-mail: notebook(at)fabrica.it - Internet: www.colorsmagazine.com/notebook.php

Immagina di essere redattore, art director, illustratore, grafico o fotografo di COLORS. Racconta le tue storie, verit , paure ma anche avventure, idee, invenzioni, sogni ed esperienze.
Richiedi una copia di COLORS NOTEBOOK e partecipa ad uno straordinario progetto editoriale.
E-mail: notebook(at)fabrica.it - Internet: www.colorsmagazine.com/notebook.php

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April 17, 2007

To the vector belongs the spot

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I knew it always... The Dot and the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics.
Via Design for Freedom.

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Channel 53

There's something scary and funny about the 80's. Javier Morales and John Michael Boling seem to have captured those elements perfectly.

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still from "Body Magic"

See their work at www.gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooogle.com

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CRL + Z!

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Good morning. I did purchase by mistake the domain (...) for 15'000 Euros, thinking it was 15 Euros. How can I cancel it?

Thank you.

(You shall never do buy anything in the internet before drinking your morning coffee...)

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School shooting timeline

Have a look at this fascinating school shooting timeline. It gives a rather startling look at how these events tend to lump together. Could it be a copycat effect caused by hyper-media coverage?

The timeline charts worldwide school shootings, but you can easily see where the concentration falls.

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Techno Tuesday

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via technotuesday.com

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April 12, 2007

Army Strong

from Time magazine...

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The real problem with parents is that they never listen when you tell them what you want to do with your life. When you're like, "I want to be army strong." They're always like, "No. I think you should just be strong." They don't get it.

via Reed

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Sience with Chef Mark Pi

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April 11, 2007

I Love Tourism

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I Love Tourism is a group art show happening at the Bevilacqua La Masa in San Marco square in Venice, Italy.

"Through drawings, comics, portraits, sketches, toys and stories, the works displayed represent some transversal, grotesque and happy sides of the stories that happen to tourists. The exhibition, let's make it clear, is not being snobbish or making judgements, as we are all tourists: from New York to Venice, from Peking to Paris, from pleasure trips to business trips, from religious pilgrimages to sexual ones, from short breaks to elite tourism, the exhibition will be a kind of picture diary inside the world of tourism, investigated in its varying and contrasting aspects. "

Authors in the exhibition:
François Chalet, Matt Furie, Geneviève Gauckler, Graphdrome (Alex Purdy) James Jarvis, Jeremyville, Misaki Kawai, Livincompany, Jason McLean, Mumble Boy, Studio Orange, Parra, Josh Petherick, Andy Rementer, Shoboshobo, Ian Stevenson, Will Sweeney, Fabio Viscogliosi, Yokoland.

Opening Thursday 19th April at 6.30pm
Galleria di Piazza San Marco, Venice
19th April – 21st May 2007

above image by Matt Furie

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Wim Crouwel: The Return

Here comes the second part of the interview with Typographer Wim Crowel from the Netherlands (even he can compete in terms of body language very well with the Italians...).

From Etapes, via Swiss Legacy.

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April 10, 2007

Techno Tuesday

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via technotuesday.com

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April 06, 2007

Technological Friday Afternoons

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Ha! I've been there, man. And look out Andy, that's competition if I ever saw it.

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April 05, 2007

Bug mirror

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Looks like Oriol is working on some serious stuff...

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5 star jail

See here for more shots of this very fancy jail in Austria. It's kind of got a Tadao Ando type feel, don't you think?

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April 04, 2007

Bad News

As graphic designers, we’re involved in the destruction of forests as well as fuelling the need for oil and increasing air pollution by choosing petroleum-based inks. More information on www.lovelyasatree.com.

Via CR Blog.

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April 03, 2007

Techno Tuesday

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April 02, 2007

the P-mate or PMate

The P-Mate, or PMate as it is also known, is a revolutionary new invention that's taking Canada by storm. The device allows a woman to stand as she pees.

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The P-Mate is basically like a cardboard shoe with the toe cut off. You place the entrance of the 'shoe' directly under your urethra, between your legs, pee into the shoe and then make sure that the hole at the toe end is funnelling the urine out somewhere other than on your feet.

I suggest buying a cardboard shoe with the toe cut off, as a less costly alternative.

I interviewed ex-fabricante, Juliana Loh, on the P-Mate...

Continue reading "the P-mate or PMate"

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Eric Faggin leaves the building

Also Eric leaves us today. No philosophizing till late night anymore... :-(

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Image stolen from Chief Mag.

What have you been doing before Fabrica?
Before Fabrica I was a vegetable in a cubicle at a very nice company in the Silicon Valley. After that I was a vegetable in a school in Milan for a year.

What is the plan now?
I'm moving back to the United States and am heading back to university for a master's degree.

Which was the best moment here?
Everytime spring rolls around, those couple of weeks before the real heat sets in.

What do you like about living in Italy?
My family, my friends, food and drinks, the countryside, the seasons, the people and their ridiculous fashion, Italian kindness, the pace of life.

Which is your favorite place in Treviso?
I really love the bike ride along the sile, though being as sedentary as I have been, I didn't really take advantage of it enough. I love the area behind piazza dei signori, behind the pescheria, there's a nice little sprawl of grass next to the river that's a great place to plant yourself and do some thinking.

Last words?
(love)

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Alex Purdy has left the building

Somebody is coming... somebody's leaving. Our very best homie, Alex Purdy, has left us last week towards his homelands, Philly. Alex is a great flatmate, is known for his excellent trousers style, one of the best Illustrator I know. We all miss you Alex...

What have you been doing before Fabrica?
I was mainly not making money or much money for art/design work. Working to get by in various university jobs around Philadelphia, and exhibiting here and there.

What is the plan now?
Earn money freelancing, or doing fulltime design at a studio on the east coast. And do some proper partying (as the British would say).

Which was the best moment here?
Moments. Being a man of simple pleasures I enjoy those times when I’d get gelato, or have coffee and or pizza alone or with friends.

Did you learn anything in Fabrica?
Yep, I learned some stream of consciousness life lessons:

Say what you mean

Honesty is more appreciated then good intended kindness

Clients are the test of a good designer

A good deal of people don’t have good imaginations even those in positions that they should

Censoring your thoughts and actions in regards to people is a not far step away from censoring your creative ideas

It’s always good to have the ability to move, lack of comfort in different places enables one to reflect

I am not Andy even though people say I am

All art and design looks the same to those who don’t attempt to investigate it in-depth

All Italians seem the same to those who don’t talk to them

Photoshoping photos i.e. visual metaphors sucks and is the ultimate corny

Man/Woman can’t live on work alone if they want to live a full sane life

Just because someone says they’ll do something doesn’t mean they’ll do it

Sometimes you need to bug people to point of irritation to get what you want

Organization needs to be appreciated and awarded

“I’m busy” means “I don’t want to hear you or do what you want me to do”

People should be able to fart, burp and drink beer at work

People should be able to work freely without people standing behind them and looking over their shoulder, a right that should be fought for

People should not be able to play their Bjork or Motown music loud while others are working.

“Diversity” means “Marketing pitch”

If you have good karma your boss could possibly be demoted

Smile when you say “arrivederci”

How is it to live in Italy?
I don’t know I just lived in Treviso, I wasn’t down with the whole stand around do nothing arrogant posh vibe. That’s just my nonspeaking Italian impression.

Last words?
What is Fabrica? Is it like work or is it a school?

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Dress by Amélie, photo by Reed.

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