“In high school, I spent a not-insignificant portion of my senior year learning all the words to “It’s the End of the World As We Know It,” and my friend Alicia and I sung it in the hallways every chance we could. (We might not have been in the “popular” crowd, but damn if we didn’t know who Leonid Brezhnev was by the time we were 17. We DID feel fine.)”—
When we first arrived on the scene, protesters were marching along the sidewalk in unison, chanting. There was no sense of chaos. Many held video and audio recording devices, including camera phones.
However, the stream of protesters did disrupt traffic. Pedestrians wove in and out of the mass of protesters, some on their way to do Saturday errands, others who joined in for a block or two, chanting with the masses.
As more people spilled into the street, police started to demand that protesters stay on the sidewalk. But as people seemed to be retreating from harm’s way, police began pushing the protesters. I saw police use large nets to corral people en masse. I watched as police pepper sprayed several young women in the face. (An NYPD spokesperson confirmed the use of pepper spray to MetroFocus.) I saw senior citizens and teenagers get arrested. I saw about 20 or 30 police officers tackle people and prod them roughly with police batons…
When I saw the young women get pepper sprayed, I ran over to interview them. While holding a microphone and wearing a badge identifying myself as an employee of “WNET – New York Public Media,” I found myself suddenly roped into one of the large nets. I was thrown against a wall and handcuffed with hard plastic zip-tie restraints. I sat kneeling on the sidewalk with about 50 others. I yelled over and over “I’m press! I’m with WNET MetroFocus! Please do not arrest me.”
Interesting article no matter what your take on #occupywallstreet.
I think it’s reasonable to say that the police are out of hand. I dont know what that means re: the cause but there was a previous occasion when police got out of hand …
CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival is proud to release its latest round of panels, including:
Airport Bathrooms: Use ‘em, Screws ‘em and Lose ‘em
All I Need To Know About Rock Music I Learned From Either Melissa Auf Der Maur or Pitchfork Or Probably Both Actually
Ryan Schreiber’s Nite Out (with Guy Fieri)
Approximately 98% of your fans are dead (the other 19% steal your shit)
1000TimesOhFuck: Chris Weingarten gets REALLY pissed at you, breaks your things
Doing Heroin With Salem, or Basically Things Happening Right Now
Vibes n Shit: AnCoBros on Yoga, weed treats and like feelings or whatever
1000PiesYes: Chris Weingarten gets REALLY pissed at you, eats your food
WRITE ON: Nitsuh Abebe turns any topic at all, from My Little Pony to your grandma, into a sociopolitical statement on nostalgia, feelings and loss in modern music (and it is AMAAAAZEBALLS)
UGH why is it ALWAYS the same panels EVERY YEAR! Yeah, ok fine, Vibes n Shit is new… I’m pretty sure it’s just people listening to the Pure Vibes mix…like, ok, it’s great n all, but listening to it in a conference room is all wrong.
“Every devoted theatergoer lives for the thrill of the left-field discovery, the unheralded show that excites with unexpected daring and ambition: (Lamb Lays with Lion) represents just such a project.”—Variety, Quinton Skinner about Lamb Lays with Lion’s $ Limited engagement, Opens Fri. 10/21/2011
[Sami Jensen] In just over a minute, Alessandro Novelli captures his (and our) love for typography and animation in “The Alphabet,” a spelling video inspired by children’s hornbooks. The music — Si Tu N’étais Pas Là by Fréhel (you may recognize it from the movie “Amélie”) — makes me close my eyes and imagine myself outside of a little Parisian café, but then I quickly remember I’m missing the beautiful, dancing, morphing letterforms.
It makes sense that viewers would imagine themselves in coffeehouses while viewing “The Alphabet”; designer Novelli was in a coffee shop in Brooklyn when the idea for the film occurred to him. ”The video is a personal project. I tried to connect my passion both for type and animation/motion graphics into a unique ‘piece,’” said Novelli. “In the coffee shop, I started thinking about the fonts and sketching the animations. Even though the setting of the video is visually abstract, in a no-space environment, the audio simulates the noises of café or bar.”
When I asked about his particular font choices, Novelli said he chose the fonts by two criteria: first, by his personal favorites and second, he wanted to mix different styles. “I wanted to create something dynamic, so I went from ”classics” to “modern” fonts or vice versa. For example, at first I played with “rigid” fonts — serif or san-serif — and then fonts like Godless for ‘G’ or Mod for ‘M’, a big block of black in the middle of the composition, were unexpected.”
He adds, “I just tried to bring a bit of surprise morphing from a font to another.”
Unsurprisingly, Novelli used a total of 26 different faces for the 26 letters of the alphabet. [A] is for Arial; [B] is for Baskerville; [C] is for Cochin; [D] is for Didot; [E] is for Euphemia; [F] is for Fandango; [G] is for Godless; [H] is for Helvetica; [I] is for Impact; [J] is for Jamille; [K] is for Klavika; [L] is for Lucida; [M] is for Mod; [N] is for Normande; [O] is for Optima; [P] is for Poplar, [Q] is for Quorum; [R] is for Relief Deco; [S] is for Stone Sans; [T] is for Times, [U] is for Uechi Gothic; [V] is for Verdana; [W] is for Waters Titling; [X] is for X Font; [Y] is for Young at Heart; [Z] is for Zinco.
Alessandro Novelli is a multidisciplinary designer born and raised in Sardegna, Italy, and currently working as a director for n9ve studio. He attended IED – European Institut of Design in Turin, Italy, where he studied digital and virtual design, and SVA in NYC to study graphic design. Novelli enjoys mixing different medias and techniques to create something engaging and unique. He’s working on“The Alphabet II,” which should be released in September.
Because eagles are endangered species and destroying an eagle’s egg is doing so against the mother’s choice.
When it comes to abortion, humans are neither endangered, nor is abortion going against the uterus-bearer’s choice.
Nice try though, except that abortions aren’t federally funded. Please look up the Hyde Amendment.
I posit that there is no metaphor that accurately parallels abortion. It is what it is. It is complicated. It is worthy of your consideration and cannot be simplified into something else. I am ok with this. I don’t think we need a metaphor to make this easier. I’d actually prefer that we not have one. It’s a complex issue and using metaphors to make it less complex doesn’t help people take it seriously.
“Her cell was 10 by 14 feet. It had no bed. The lights were always on. Neon lights. It was part of the torture.”—Ramin Setoodeh, in a compelling narrative about the American hikers who’ve spent 775 days in Iran’s most notorious prison, accused of espionage. On Monday, Iran said the hikers would be released. Today they said the release is not imminent. (via newsweek)