How Soon Is Too Soon?

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How about this soon? We don’t know about you, but there is a good chance that this might have been a good idea. I mean, we got diabetes in our generation, and there is a good chance this baby didn’t. It wasn’t eating Fruit Loops and McDonald’s, it was just having at it with a toddler soda. And really, there was a Soda Pop Board of America? (via)

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Watch: The first Google, the Whole Earth Catalog

Steve Jobs called The Whole Earth Catalog “one of the bibles of my generation”. He went on to explain in his Stanford commencement speech in 2005, “It was sort of like Google in paperback form, 35 years before Google came along: it was idealistic, and overflowing with neat tools and great notions”.

The Whole Earth Catalog was a kind of “unofficial handbook of the counterculture”. It was, pre-Internet, a way for anyone anywhere to tap into a global economy. Founder and editor Stewart Brand set out to create a catalog- like the then-very-practical-and-universal catalog L.L. Bean- that would showcase all of the great tools of the world to help anyone do things for themselves or learn about big ideas.

Lloyd Kahn was the Shelter editor of the catalog. Kahn, an insurance broker-turned-builder, leveraged his experience with Whole Earth and began to publish his own books. First, he wrote very popular books on dome building. Kahn had become “the spokesman for the counterculture on domes” (his dome home even appeared in Life Magazine), but he took the books out of print when he decided the building style just wasn’t practical and “I didn’t want any more domes on my kharma”.

In 1974 Kahn took down his dome and replaced it with a more traditional handmade home. “Built stud-frame house using recycled lumber, doors, windows,” he writes in his 2004 book Home Work, “Relief somehow to discover old ways can work best.”

Today, Lloyd and his wife Lesley Creed run their own homestead in Bolinas, California where they tend an extensive organic garden and bantam chickens, grind their own wheat, make their own sourdough, spin their own wool, and continue to build their own structures (most recently, a chicken coop with a living roof).

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The “Chillax” Drawings by Nancy Chan

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Normally, we hate words like Chillax because they are associated with the lazy nature of our generation, the generation that likes YouTube kittens more than their unborn children. We actually like YouTube kittens more than our unborn children, so we are going to let Nancy Chan’s “Chillax” series of ink drawings just go right to the heart.

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Lucian Freud Passes Away at Age 88

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Lucian Freud, one of the most influential painters of his generation and grandson of the famous Sigmund Freud, passed away in his London home on Wednesday after a brief illness. Freud was acclaimed for his figure paintings of nudes. He possessed a remarkable ability to see and represent a highly charged atmosphere around the figure. His work was influential to many. He will certainly be remembered as one of the most important people in contemporary figure painting. RIP Mr. Freud.

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Raymond Pettibon and Baseball

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Raymond Pettibon is one of the leading contemporary artists of this generation, and man whose work has been accepted and glorified by both high and low culture, high art and lowbrow enthusiasts, major galleries in NYC and Los Angeles as well as punk rock zines and indie rock album covers. He also has a love of baseball that has spanned decades, creating an impressive body of work depicting the intimate details of America’s pastime. His view of baseball comes from a passionate following, but also an alternative angle, one of dialog, art, unspoken communication. We look at some of the great Pettibon baseball pieces today as America turns its attention toward the Major League All-Star break. —Raymond Brown / The Citrus Report

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10 Things to do on Christmas Day

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Not everyone spends time with family on Christmas, and a lot of people do spend time on Christmas with family and friends. We don’t want to guess what you are doing, because that could make you feel bad or stress you out. We don’t want to do that, Christmas is supposed to be the ultimate day-off, family or no family.

But, there is nothing worse than Christmas on Saturday. That is getting the shaft, big time. Weekends are already days of rest, but we make the best of it and take Monday off.

What is there to do on Christmas? Well, a lot of nothing, and a lot of blissful sitting on your ass eating and watching TV. We give you 10 things to do today to get away from the Blues, keep the good times going, or whatever you choose.

10) Watch Home Alone.
The reason being that if you are of our generation, is there the better kids movie? Everybody wanted to be Culkin. He was the idol. And he wins. We all win.

9) Watch NBA basketball.
The reason being that the NBA is boring from October to April, except today, because they actually show a variety of games that are good. Lebron, Kobe, all good.

8) Drink.
Alcohol. Why not? Only if you are going to be blissful about it. Don’t be angry drunk Christmas guy. You ruin everything for everyone.

7) Start a political conversation at the dinner table.
For instance: “What is your opinion of abortion and gay rights?” Just try it, you have conservative relatives, put it in their court.

6) Bring someone of a different race to your dinner.
If you are black, bring someone white. If you are Japanese, bring a Latino. It just changes up traditions. And it could be fun for the old folks to adjust to 2010 on the fly.

5) Go see “Black Swan.”
Going to the movies is underrated. Its crowded and lots of sick people will be there, but its a good way to celebrate the Holidays by spending money.

4) Watch “Elf.”
You need one Will Ferrell event.

3) Watch “Christmas Vacation.”
Chevy Chase, Margo, Todd, the best Christmas movie ever.

2) Watch 24 hours straight of “A Christmas Story.”
All 24. Don’t get up. At all. Just sit there. Have things brought to you.

1a) Open other people’s gifts.
Don’t tell them. Pass out the gifts, put a few extras in your pile, open them up, and cry when they are taken away from you. Do this with the young kids, they cry the most, but they feel the worse when you cry back at them.

1b) Wear your pajamas all day.

Its underrated to wear actual clothes when you go to family members houses. This is your chance to go Spector and Michael Jackson on everyone. Wear silk or linen PJs all day.

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Rolling Stone ranks 13 films that define a generation

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Peter Travers, who is Mr. Film Guy at Rolling Stone, decided that because he liked “The Social Network” so much, he was going to define it as a movie that defines a generation. This generation. And then Travers went on to rank 12 other films that defined a generation, like “Rebel Without A Cause,” “Bonnie and Clyde,” “The Breakfast Club,” “Fight Club,” “2001,” “A Clockwork Orange,” “Spinal Tap,” and some others.

We were hoping for “Batteries Not Included” or “Eat Pray Love,” but wishing is just that.

Look at the full list here.

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Moniker International Art Fair going down in London next week, featuring Banksy amongst others

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Next week in London,  Moniker, an art fair, will  feature artists from the “finer side of the street art movement” will go down in old Victorian warehouse in the city’s East End. The press statement writes that “Moniker highlights the work of the generation of artists often overlooked in British mainstream fairs, though widely acclaimed by museums and established art institutions throughout the world.” Those artists include everyone’s favorite Banksy, Polly Morgan, Herakut, Ben Eine, Titifreak, Steve “ESPO” Powers and a bunch of other artists you know and love.

Go to Hang-Up News for more information.

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The Kafkaesque story of the legacy and trials of Franz Kafka’s posthumous career

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How to explain a Kafkaesque situation… let’s just say its an explainable WTF where things don’t make sense in a world that may in fact have sense but sense is being used to not make sense. Make sense? Good.

What a treat today. This weeks NY Times Sunday Magazine has a brilliant cat and mouse story on the trials and tribulations on the legacy and rights to one of the 20th Century’s most enigmatic writer, Franz Kafka. Really a great read.

Kafka wasn’t the most outgoing of people, spending most of his 41 years on the same block in Prague, but he may have been the best writer of his generation, or the Century. He died in 1924. His classic novels, “The Trial,” and “The Castle” are still considered, at least in our eyes, to be the perfect depiction of modern man in seemingly free societies, or in some cases, very much not free societies.

Kafka had burned 90% of his work in his lifetime, and when he died, left a letter to friend Max Brod to burn the rest of his unpublished work. What comes next..

Less than two months later, Brod, disregarding Kafka’s request, signed an agreement to prepare a posthumous edition of Kafka’s unpublished novels. “The Trial” came out in 1925, followed by “The Castle” (1926) and “Amerika” (1927). In 1939, carrying a suitcase stuffed with Kafka’s papers, Brod set out for Palestine on the last train to leave Prague, five minutes before the Nazis closed the Czech border. Thanks largely to Brod’s efforts, Kafka’s slim, enigmatic corpus was gradually recognized as one of the great monuments of 20th-century literature.

Read the whole story here. Amazing.

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Get Ready for The Next Generation Tomorrow

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The highly anticipated exhibit, The Next Generation, comes to London Miles Gallery, in collaboration with Los Angeles Thinkspace Gallery tomorrow, June 11th. It will present a group exhibition featuring a selection of international artists from the burgeoning New Contemporary Art movement.

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