Monday, October 13, 2008

Sometimes, I love the Internet

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And sometimes, I don't. But today, and really in the past 2 weeks or so, there have been some increasingly interesting and kooky articles out there that have been just so relevant to my life. (Or, at least I like to believe they are :) I couldn't decide on just one to talk about today, so I decided to start something new! Announcing: the inaugural addition of "What's Lizzie Reading? : The Online Edition". Enjoy!

What's Lizzie Reading? : Online

--Rachel Hulin's commentary on the New York Times Magazine food issue from this weekend. SO MANY COOL PHOTOGRAPHS! If you enjoy stop-motion explosion photography, you'll love these images of corn, apple, and pumpkin in mid-eruption. I think what makes me love stop-motion photography so much is that it captures the essence of the random nature of...well, nature. The only thing you can really control about what a photography will look like when literally shooting an apple is what the light exposure will be. Not where the pieces will fly, or how "juicy" it will look. So, for these images to be so lovely in the end, so beautiful, it just shows how wonderful the unpredictability of nature is. These photos were taken by Martin Klimas, whose other stop-motion photo essays are just as powerful. My favorite is Essay 4, where porcelain or ceramic statues are exploding in seemingly mid-action sequences. Dancing or fighting, swooning... Lovely. has a wonderful Big City piece online today about how the economic slump combined with the over development of the west side of Brooklyn is leading to much heartbreak and lost dreams for new homeowners, who once believed that Brooklyn would never stop growing. This is one of those situations where people are finally hear the warning bell that we've been sounding for YEARS now about how terrible this over development of the waterfront was for Brooklyn, and how it had to stop sometime. Yet, unfortunately for those who bought into it, some didn't hear the bells soon enough. It's so unfortunate, because as much as someone wants to be right about such a charged issue, they often never want to be right in a way that is so devastating for so many people (as this situation will surely become for whomever bought property in these new buildings). What will all of these half-finished/vacant apartment buildings mean for Brooklyn's waterfront in this new down-facing economy? This is what I wonder... has another awesome article today, located in their Arts section. Edward Rothstein speaks about caricature in politics, bumbling candidates, and how the over-characterization of a political figure through satire, SNL skits and cartoons can lead to a completely different perception by the public of that candidate; a perception that is often at times more powerful than any arguement coming from that actual person being characterized. Very fascinating.

--As I began to write this recommendation, I realized that this article is actually located on The Christian Science Monitor, a website I didn't even know EXISTED before, let alone could have such an interesting article on bicycles and recycling in Brooklyn. was what lead me there, so kudos to them for not just looking close to home for wonderful writing and interesting observations. Brooklyn is having a bicycling revolution (duh)! Read on to find out more.

--If you are interested in some beautiful wedding photography, as well as photo-essays of "People Sleeping in Public", and anything in between, please click over to my friend Ashley Garmon's photo blog PhotoSmashing. She's lovely, and so are her photos.

--It's Paddington Bear's birthday!!!! So much of my childhood centered around this bear, as well as others (Winnie the Pooh, most prominently), so made me happy by promoting Paddington instead of some guy named Columbus.

That's it for now. Enjoy!

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