Are we all vegetables?

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The greatest shoe never made

is now made!
For all you middle aged folks who remember Michael J Fox in Back to Future series.
The Nike Air Mag is the shoe Michael brings back from the future. Since then paeans have been written by people hoping the shoe will be made.
Now it is.
Equally importantly, Nike will make only 1500 pairs ( I think) and auction them off. All proceeds go to research on Parkinson disease cure.

The 2011 NIKE MAG from Inside The Sneakerbox on Vimeo.

Everything Sings–Evocative Cartography

I came across the work by Denis Wood – Everything Sings: Maps for a Narrative Atlas, a compendium of eclectic and idiosyncratic maps showing the patterns of everyday events, things in the half-square mile neighborhood of Boylan Heights in Raleigh, North Carolina. Things and events that normally happen in every community, town and usually pass by unremarked and even unnoticed:

The paper route of the boy who delivers your morning newspaper, lighting zones in your town, you know the kind of things I mean.

Everything Sings grew out of an episode of NPR’s This American Life in which host Ira Glass inadvertently came across Wood’s shelved project from a university course he’d previously taught to landscape architecture students. Glass contributes a fantastic foreword that pretty much sums up what makes the collection so special.


These maps are completely unnecessary. The world didn’t ask for them. They aid no navigation or civic-minded purpose. They’re just for pleasure. They laugh at the stupid Google map I consult five times a day on my phone. They laugh at what a square that map is. At its small-mindedness. They know it’s a sad, workaholic salaryman.~ Ira Glass

What is awesome is the strong emotions and in some cases “aha” moments that these maps generate.