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“I can see her, being ridden hard by some empty-eyed ungrateful foreigner. I can see her, left to the vagaries of the harsh London streets…”

“These horrid thoughts of what may befall my love have led me to a decision. I am not taking my bike to London, I will buy a cheap one there.”

I can take my accessories; but for the frame, fork, cranks, and wheels, It would be $200 to take it on United and risk damage, $150 to send it via USPS and really risk damage, or $350 via FedEx, $400 via DHL. So – no effing way.

I also wanted to cross-post this so you’d know about my twitter…

Sorry for my occasional foray into hard politics folks, but health care reform is a very serious subject and if we don’t all stand up and make our voices heard, we’ll be drowned out by the angry mobs being sicked upon our lawmakers by the health care industry owner’s lobbyists…

So – this assertion by the GOP that there are “death panels” that will decide the value of the lives of the elderly and terminally ill?

Turns out that all the republican senators already voted for the “death panels” IN 2003.

Here are the votes:

Here’s the blogger who dug up this hypocrisy.

And here’s the TEXT OF THE BILL.

This is FUD – Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt being pervaded by those who make sickeningly large profits to keep the status quo and stop any chance at reform. Not just “change we can believe in,” but necessary and difficult reform.Try to keep your wits about you and think rationally, people. We’re all in this together.

From Archinect

From Archinect

Peter Eisemann is an architect with a very complex persona and legacy, in both practice and scholarship. I’ll leave the more nuanced discussions of that to his long overdue biography.

The project above is the Galician City of Culture. It is salient because it is on the scale of a Grand Project of public sector reinvestment unseen since the rise of aggressive “deregulation” and the end of the Cold War. A that time, cultural and sporting competition were proxies for ideological battles, so large public projects were given the funding and attention neecessary to attempt claim to primacy.

So the fact that without some political enemy to inflate the size, cultural significance, and budget of this project, it’s rather remarkable that it is being built. While its original intent was to capture the so-called Bilbao Effect, it has far outstripped the usual level of “investment” of those sorts of projects. Its potential for success lies in this fact. Once the complex is complete, it will be so big, unique, and repurposeable (if not flexible from the outset) that it has a chance to avoid the typical Bilbao Side Effect – that the masses do not come and the government has wasted precious public funds on a wretchedly ugly building of limited usability, such as the Experience Music Project in Seattle. Here, the functions are too mixed, coded, and sober to suffer the inverse Beauborg Effect that befalls cultural ciphers, buildings whose iconograpic meaning outstrips their function and relevance.

And unlike most of the post-Bilbao peacock feather buildings, it is deeply (literally and figuratively) engaged into the ground. This is meaningful (and one assumes intentional) due to the connection of the Galician people to their land. They have a long history as a farming region far from the cultural spotlight, but home another cultural icon. It only makes that Santiago de Compostela would be the location of the last “design pilgrimage” for an architect known for his cosmopolitanism… Perfectly in step with the long history of this rooted peasantry playing host to the well heeled pilgrims who walked the roads to this place … Roads whose routes are manifest in the building layout.

So it is exciting to see the Galician City of Culture coming complete. It is a marvel in many senses: the improbability if it actually being built, the lack of cynicism and condescention of the design, its seeming backing of the image with actual design and programmatic content. And to top it all off, the fact that there is both a sensicality and simplicity to its conceptual constructs, and that they have so successfully directed its form to developing into something both improbable and aesthetically compelling.

There are many competing views on Dr. Eisenmann, but no matter one’s subjective views on him or his legacy, this is a fittingly significant last great work by a man who has done more for and to the undertaking of architectural practice and thought than anyone else in the last 30+ years. Take a moment to view the Archinect article, consider this achievement, and please lie aside your ideological swords and shields and appreciate the possibilities of architecture.

Image lifted from flickr user meg82skylark - pending artist approval.

Image lifted from flickr user meg82skylark - pending artist approval.

I have started explaining Deadvertising as the third-state of the condition of mediation. The first state is the “undespoiled” pre-advertising condition.In the second state, intact advertising mediates the environment. The third “Deadvertising” state is the negation of the content of the advertising, but the remanance of the carrier medium. So, for example – is a blank billboard an advertisement for nothing? For anything? For itself?

The blank billboard is the presencing of absence – the mediating gaze is still upon the subject, but it is an empty gaze, only in its silence does it speak. The blank billboard is an advertisement for a specifically local failure of market economics. This is why Deadvertising is interesting and meaningful. When its only goods to sell are that the location is not a place worth advertising anything, it becomes a dialog between market forces and the locality, with the “viewer” freed to interpret a these elements independently. In the absence of its message, the medium becomes platform for the discussion not only of the message’s absence, but of its negation – through replacement of a single meaning with the possibility of multiple or infinite.

Now – this brings me to Deadvertising’s cousin, Scabvertising. This is the condition in which, through attempts to negate/”remediate” a message carried on the medium, those negations become a separate commentary on the nature of the medium and the locality. In short, the second condition of graffiti being covered over in an ad-hoc way by the third condition – the body civic’s attempt to “heal” the space of the surfacially “wounding” graffiti.

Unlike Deadvertising, Scabvertising is reactionary – only defineable by its relationship to its inverse. As a weak state, it is more likely to have a provisional and unselfconscious manifestation than Deadvertising, and thus a whole different set of meanings are possible. But like Deadvertising, the aesthetic value of something absenced in a certain way can be truly striking. Its commentary on economics and appropriate use / repurposing of the surfaces of the city is fertile ground for the imagination, as well.

In closing, I would like to welcome Scabvertising to the Deadvertising family, and if you have any particularly striking pictures of painted-over graffiti or other third state conditions, please feel free to share them with me.

I have an itinerary.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Depart: Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky Intl, Cincinnati, OH, US (CVG) @ 3:34PM
Arrive: Heathrow, London, UK (LHR) @ 7:10AM

Monday, August 31, 2009

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Depart: Heathrow, London, UK (LHR) @ 12:05PM
Arrive: Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky Intl, Cincinnati, OH, US (CVG) @ 8:30PM

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

December 23, 2009

Depart: Heathrow, London, UK (LHR) @ 12:05PM

Arrive: OHare International, Chicago, IL, US (ORD) @ 3:21PM

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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Depart: OHare International, Chicago, IL, US (ORD) @ 6:15PM

Arrive: Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky Intl, Cincinnati, OH, US (CVG) @ 8:30PM