Sunday, February 6, 2011

once upon a tom

there are certain things i miss about the internet 7 years ago. one thing in particular, when social networking was still in its wee bitty analog days, is the myspace blog. once upon a time, in july of 2006, i was feeling a little down. i posted a bulletin imploring my dear bodiless myspace friends to do the following (and i quote)
show me something beautiful.
send me the most beautiful thing you can think of right now. let it be easter and christmas in my inbox when i wake up.
remind me of color.
what accrued in my inbox over the next several days was so amazing, i posted all the responses in a blog. i've thought about that interaction a lot since, and its still utterly inspiring. we try so hard to distill and define what it is people want - we make it so hard to see that sometimes the answer is often quite simple.

to preface the following, i'll say this. i'm studying in marketing in graduate school now. my reasoning behind this course of action, i've discovered as of late, seems rare in the industry. that is to say, i wanted to study marketing not for money, not because i'm a good people person, not because i like selling things, but for the simple fact that i like to decorate.

if you know me, you're aware i'm a stickler for insignificant details - the rule of three, 5 instead of 6 flowers in a vase, white plates for serving, proper use of negative space. our planet, our country, our culture is dissolving; distorted and bitcrushed and compressed within an inch of its existence - i can't change that, but i can try to make the process a bit more aesthetically pleasing. to me, that's marketing, finding beauty in the mundane.  (i've probably broken about 1,000 rules with that statement and probably every time you wax idealistic about marketing a fairy loses its wings. i'm ok with that.)

see for yourself. forgive the odd image sizes and whatnot - i've posted the images as they were originally sent to me, captions and all.

4th and Carroll Brooklyn
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Harpe de Lumiere
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greta has no color, but juxtaposed with the others... oh, whatever, i think she's fucking gorgeous.

when a star burns up all of its available hydrogen, it is unable to maintain its gravitational equilibrium. when the gravitatonal energy (potential energy) drops, the star's thermal energy (kinetic energy) expands. This causes the star to expand... its all a bit technical, but the result is astounding.

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 this is a red giant star, taken from the hubble telescope (and yes, i am a bit of a geek)

also, i find jelyfish to be some of the most beautiful and ethereal creatures that inhabut our planet. these jellyfish live at Mote Aquarium, i took this pic on a field trip that kim and i took a few months ago.

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so, its not quite like christmas or easter, its a bit more like science class, but beautiful none the less....

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here you go my dear tuscany








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