So that's why we still have newspapers around...
Via Benettontalk.comFebruary 17, 2009
Vidhi Shah tells the most surreal stories on a Saturday morning, makes the best packed soup I’ve ever had and is one of the only people in the world who learned to spell Gwercman in less than two minutes. She is back in Bombai, her hometown, leaving not only an empty room in my house, but also a hard-to-replace hole in the Writing Department.
What's the best life advice you heard at Fabrica?
I'm usually very scornful of any advice, but there was something very cool about Enrico's "Right now, you have only made a half goal. You should make a full goal". The use of football terminology in life-coaching always charms me.
What is the best thing you learned here?
The most useful thing I've learned is that you should make it a point to eat a second dinner when you get home at 3 am on a Friday night. It will save Saturday morning.
What was your favorite meeting whilst here at Fabrica?
All the fake meetings at Enjo's, where we would have long, lazy department lunches, and a quick work discussion after dessert. And of course, the one where I learned about authority and competence. That was an important one.
What's the biggest myth about Fabrica you've heard?
That everybody there is a 'student'. I find the term quite inappropriate.
You are one of the few who didn't fall into the breaking-up-with-my-boyfriend tradition. Do you care to give some advice on long-distance - and long-lasting - relationships in a place like this?
Go see Roberto at the Tre shop in Piazza San Vito and get yourself a Skype phone. That's all you need. And if things get desperate, Tiffanys will sell you a love potion if you go there after-hours on a Tuesday night.
Are there things you hadn't realized about your experience here until you got back home?
Yeah, a 15 hour flight back home makes you do that. Even though I refused to admit it while I was in Fabrica, the experience changed me in some ways. I think i'm now a little more accepting, a little less sarcastic, and have a better understanding of my own laziness and confusion. Also, I've begun to use American spellings instead of British. I hate that.
If you have to choose one adjective to define Fabrica, what would it be?
Laboratory-ian, even though it's not a real adjective. I know that we joke about this really often, but I'm seriously waiting for the day when all ex-fabricanti will be told about how we were the subjects of an experiment that put people in a bunker, and tested the effect of various stimuli on them. Anybody who thinks i'm being too dramatic can go up to my old desk in the writing department and look up at the blinking black device hidden in the light. There was a camera above my head the whole time I was in Fabrica.
What was the best story you've invented while here?
I solemnly swear that they were all true. I am typing this with only one finger. My other hand is on the Bible.
Now that you are home, are you happy with the decision of leaving?
Anybody who leaves Fabrica knowing that they're going to walk into the biggest recession ever, is either very brave or a complete idiot. I'm still trying to figure out which one I am.
What has been keeping you away from the computers these days?
Just trying to be productive. Lets see how long it lasts.
What's your blood type?
A +ve, with a slight Vampirical dilution.
The classic (and my favorite): what are the most memorable moments of your experience here?
Looking back, it seems like a happy, hazy blur, with a few laughs sticking out. Like the time I walked halfway across Treviso with Barbara and Safeeyah, a double-bed matress balanced on our heads. There's more- dancing to bad music the kitchen, sneakily sticking stuff on Cosimo's car, dancing in Jacky's apartment with a blanket covering the tv screen because porn shows have great music, jumping into the Benetton party pool with Benjamin, taking a detour to Pisa at 3 in the morning, hindi-speaking bike rides with Pushkar, Prosecco in the morning, a no-wine-allowed birthday party, stepping out of the Venice Biennale pavillion to see that the whole city was covered in a thick dense fog. And the 2013 toast, i'm going to remember that one.
What about the worst times?
There was one distinct moment when I sat by myself in the patio, and wondered if I should buy a ticket and fly back home the next morning. It was the thought of packing all my stuff overnight that stopped me. I had the same moment two weeks later. And about once a month after that. It's a yo-yo.
Website?February 16, 2009
To avoid any confusion, Meryl Streep reaffirms that her masked identity is only a cover that she purposely distortsFebruary 14, 2009 February 13, 2009
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February 11, 2009
They make no pretense to luxury or the cutting edge.
eco = no energy = no waste.
February 10, 2009
Today I found some wooden cabinets that comics creator Chris Ware made, influenced by Joseph Cornell. This cabinet has a slot for keys, and when you put one in, you get the first version of the Jimmy Corrigan "island story". Apparently, many people mistook it for a coin slot, and on one financially desperate day he dissembled it to take out $10 in coins and went out and bought eggs, milk and tortillas.
And, of course, a Chris Ware post wouldn't be complete without a robot reference.
Do you feel like you're just too good at spelling words in English, and are putting your friends off? Make yourself seem more human with typical faults - use a service that mispells your words for you.
February 09, 2009
So this is Brazil..
If u use any application to edit icons, and zoom in TextEdit one, you will read:
Here's to the crazy ones.
The misfits. The rebels.
The troublemakers. The round
pegs in the square holes - the
ones who see things differently.
They're not fond of rules and
they have no respect for
the status quo. You can praise
them, disagree with them,
quote them, disbelieve them,
glorify or vilify them.
About the only thing that you
can't do is ignore them.
Because they change things.
This curiosity, and other thousands can be found at http://www.eeggs.com separated in categories such as, Movies, Books, Art, Operating systems, Applications, etc.February 06, 2009 February 05, 2009 February 04, 2009
(via Rui Pereira's facebook wall posting)
(via Rui Pereira's facebook wall posting)
I'm an obvious admirer.
February 03, 2009
...recommended viewing by Diego Cortez.
February 02, 2009
This artist from Argentina makes spinning tops quite eerie. He also has another video piece that I couldn't find online called "Si me buscas... no me encuentras" (if you look for me, you will not find me). This is a three-screen video piece depicting a journey through the desert where he collected hallucinogenic plants.
Chiho Aoshima is a member of Takashi Murakami's Kaikai Kiki collective. Interesting anecdote: she never had formal art training.
A typo was found in Abraham Lincoln's speech and a debate ensued: were emotions used in 1862? ;)
“… there is no precedent for your being here yourselves, (applause and laughter ;) and I offer, in justification of myself and you, that I have found nothing in the Constitution against.”
Michael Beirut describes his unpretentious use of composition books as sketchbooks. You don't need to go to Venice to buy a notebook - don't buy the hype.
Jeff Lieberman's levitating lightbulb that turns on wirelessly; he is also the co-creator of Absolut Quartet (won an award of Distinction at the recent Ars Electronica), and hosts the show Time Warp on the Discovery Channel. He has a BS in Physics, BS in Math, Masters in Mechanical Engineering and Masters in Media Arts and Sciences, and will soon have his doctorate from the Robotic Life group at the MIT Media Lab.February 01, 2009
"Johny Fortune climbs out of the industrical washer after taking a bath in the laundry at Pollsmoor Maximum Security Prison. Having spent most of his years in prison, he dislikes communal showers, and chooses to bath like this during this shifts working in the prison laundry".