Monthly Archives: December 2011

Reader: Dec 29th, 2011

Digging some more thru months of accumulated links. Determined to clear it out by the 1st. Resolution: Start fucking fresh, from my piles of mags to piles of links I want a clean slate in the new year!

– Top social media blogs of 2011.

– Kleenex takes FB status updates of sick people and mails them a care package. PR win.

– Top online marketing books of 2011.

Notable deaths in the world of art & architecture in 2011.

dabball (terrible name) is an interactive art app that lets you play games with art and buy them too.

– A photographic history of bromance. Cute!

– Make online flashcards for studying on the go.

– The story of coworking space General Assembly.

– The dictionary of obscure sorrows. ambedo: n. a kind of melacholic trance in which you become completely absorbed in vivid sensory details—raindrops skittering down a window, tall trees leaning in the wind, clouds of cream swirling in your coffee—which leads to a dawning awareness of the haunting fragility of life, a mood whose only known cure is the vuvuzela.

– Humorous take on death of the artist. I saw a series of these videos displayed on multiple screens during the art fair frenzy in March and it was surprisingly disturbing and resonated over works I consumed with my eyes. It fools you as frivolous, cute, and tangential.

10 things that happen in a lesbian relationship.

– Kerouac reading On The Road.

10 online tools for better focus and attention.

– Showering daily is bad for you.

– I can I be a self-publishing phenomenon?

Last tweets of those who died this year. Liz Taylor was excited about Kardashians.

– How to lead a creative life.

Sad story of warehouses in BK hosting all types of underground cultural events being shutdown by the po pos.

– Want: biz card stamp.

– Donate change on your metrocard to charity. Awesome project.

How FAB did it. Fascinating.

– Why writers can’t edit their work. This includes blogposts!

An app that generates infinite bedtime stories. I’ll need a baby first.

– Treating art exhibitions like a pop up shop food truck.

– How to eliminate poop splash with toilet paper. I HATE poop splash.

– Fighting decision fatigue.

Things that look like other things.

Housebites redefines takeout. This is giving me a really good idea…

– The story behind recognizable brands and how they got their name.

– For those (like me) wondering where to move your domains from GoDaddy, a list of other registrars.

– Fashionable and multi-talented baker ladies. Envy.

– An infographic defines the role of a social strategist.

Video on how to measure ROI (return on investment).

Trippy helps you plan your trip with friend recommendations.

Webinar for SVA’s MFA in Design for Social Innovation.

– I just subscribed to Behance Network’s Scott Belsky on Quarterly. Looking forward to receiving all sorts of organizational tools.

– Book review of Why Trilling Matters. I bought it after reading this and it’s still sitting on my shelf untouched.

– Telling women not to do startups? YIKES.

– Beautiful beautiful pictures of homes by Michael Graydon. I want to photograph like him. Where’s my camera?!

Designers as drivers of entrepreneurialism. Oh wouldn’t I love to be a designer.

– Your creative brain can’t function without physical exercise. “For artists, entrepreneurs, and any other driven creators, exercise is a powerful tool in the quest to help transform the persistent uncertainty, fear, and anxiety that accompanies the quest to create from a source of suffering into something less toxic, then potentially even into fuel.”

– Calvin Tomkins, the artist portraitist. I’ve always wondered why he never writes about women artist and decided to write a women’s version of The Bride & The Bachelors.

Uncertainty, Innovation and the Alchemy of FEAR. “People who tolerate ambiguity may be able to work effectively on a larger set of stimuli or situations, including ambiguous ones, whereas intolerant individuals will avoid or quickly stop treating such information.”

– Love love love these hand painted fruity bike bells.

Men Ups!

– Love Kelli Anderson’s home.

Hot chicks of Occupy Wall Street.

– Perfect time to invest in some tights.

– Video paintings by Jason Varone.

Social networking among young art professionals. Where am I in this article?

The Art of Manliness.

Victory kisses.

– A very stylish 5 year old.

– Hire a Lady Gaga impersonator. Satisfaction guaranteed. She must make some serious dough from this.

– On making something everyday for 5 freakin’ years. “I’ve really gotten a lot of lessons out of these besides the obvious benefit of just getting a bit better technique-wise everyday. I think doing something start to finish each day not only helps you get over the fear of starting a project, but also the fear of finishing one. I know it can be hard to let stuff go when you know you could make it better, but at some point in every project, at some level you need to be like, “fine, good enough.” That’s really hard for some people, but this can definitely help.”

– Super entertaining, inspiring, and education keynote speech by Thank You Economy’s Gary Vaynerchuk.

– Every episode of Full House reviewed in chronological order.

– Meditate and you’ll write better. I promise.

Disrupting the retail experience. “To truly design a great experience that’s right for your company, we need to look beyond the field of design to sociology, economics, organizational behavior, and even theater.”



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Reader: Dec 28, 2011

Old bookmarks saved in my folder since March, compulsively browsing through…

– Milton Glaser on the fear of failure.

Flea Market rampage in New York: “For most people who go on these ritualized scavenger hunts looking for something that they may not know exists, it is a kind of pilgrims’ process through the detritus of the past”.

– All about collaborative learning. It’s the year of collaboration.

– Awesome zip ties.

– I am obsessed with David Stark’s website.

– How to break up with a company you love. Thx Bri.

– The best biographies and memoirs of 2011

Harvard Business Review’s top posts of 2011.

Runcible Spoon is a beautiful collage based online food zine.

Weird NYC restaurants.

Business lessons from an avidly traveling entrepreneur.

– Stop boob sweat.

– What is digital strategy?

30 Minutes a Day. “When trying to develop a new skill, the important thing isn’t how much you do; it’s how often you do it.”

– The most exciting moments of 2011 from NYC startups.

12 reasons we love and hate Seth Godin.

Reeeeeal cheap eats found by food bloggers in NYC.

– Brain Pickings on Networked Knowledge and Combinatorial Creativity. She is so damn smart. I 100% agree with this: ” creativity is combinatorial, that nothing is entirely original, that everything builds on what came before, and that we create by taking existing pieces of inspiration, knowledge, skill and insight that we gather over the course of our lives and recombining them into incredible new creations…the idea that in order for us to truly create and contribute to the world, we have to be able to connect countless dots, to cross-pollinate ideas from a wealth of disciplines, to combine and recombine these pieces and build new castles. ”

– JoinBKLYN on curating blog content.

– Miranda July on ridding distractions by covering them with a bowl and standing a table on top of it which can’t be moved because there’s a precious white dress on top that will be damaged by a tray of cranberry juice precariously balancing on top of the dress.

Vintage camera nightlights!

MyBlockNYC lets you upload videos you create and map it to the location.

Malcolm Gladwell quotes.

Dump your images here.

– Someone who sympathizes with my gluttonous obsession with books.

– Traditional gallery model is in decline. It’s all about art fairs and online business. I’d love to get involved more in the latter two. Events + e-commerce = success. “It is more convenient and inspiring to work in a more unconventional format, having an office and platform, and doing temporary projects and pop-up shows,” said Berlin dealer Matthias Arndt, when he announced earlier this year that his gallery would now open only sporadically for shows.”

– 24 same sex couples wed in Central Park.

Awesome people hanging out together.

– Intricate drawings on bananas.

– On social media strategy. “The way for social media strategists of today to survive is to start thinking less about the toolset they have on their disposal, and more about the social dynamics they are trying to create or influence. My bet is that it will become easier for them to operate on the strategic level, to envision the path to brand and business objectives, and to advance their career path further.”

The Golden Age of Design in startups, or, Design is bullshit. Also an interactive infographic of successful startups with designer co-founders.

The daily practice.

Best 2011 books for entrepreneurs.

– Must read books on happiness.

– Pay what you wish, download all these beautiful fonts.

25 tips on being a better writer.

Powerful women in the art world.

– How to attract women to your coworking community.

– 20 food inspired websites.

Minimal workstations. My desk is a complete clusterfuck in comparison.

– Online fighting game for your handdrawn characters. Cool.

n+1’s personal classifiedsare catered towards the youthful and geeky. The best one: “WHITE EDITOR SEEKS BLACK RAPPER, OR SIMILAR :Funny, smart, cool, “quirky,” “feisty” (-Phil Connors, author of Fire Season), female mag editor in search of Kanye West, Lil Wayne, or similar. Drake need not apply.”

27 tech female founders to follow on twitter.

Quitting your job to start a tech company.


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Brooklyn Night Bazaar: Thursday – Saturday: DO IT!

So I’ve spent the last two months bustin’ my balls producing the next Brooklyn Night Bazaar. If you missed the first iteration of this Asian night market inspired shopping extravaganza this is your chance to experience the penultimate META market experience. There’s live music by the likes of James Murphy, Hold Steady, and Fucked Up. There’s over 100 vendors to feast your eyes and wallet and cross off your xmas shopping list for grandma Jane and your hipster dog. There’s art installations and live tattooing and a hippie yoga dome and enough amazing super famous food vendors (Asia Dog, Purple Yam, Luke’s Lobster to name a few) to keep you full til the new year. There’s a half pipe with hot professional skateboards and a beer garden to guzzle the night away. It’s inside a 40,000 sq ft warehouse in Williamsburg and I’ve been working too hard to ensure you experience nothing but magic this weekend.

So please come out, help me spread the word, and bring your posse to end the year in tune with the starzzz

Facebook event


Tickets for music venue (general market is free)

Our press release:



BROOKLYN, NY – Inspired by night markets across Asia, Brooklyn Night Bazaar returns for the holidays, bringing together over one hundred of the borough’s most creative independent vendors, musicians, chefs, artists and breweries to showcase their talent inside a massive 40,000 sq foot warehouse on the Williamsburg, Brooklyn waterfront.

A confluence of the public market, art fair, food festival and concert, the Brooklyn Night Bazaar showcases the best in the New York cultural scene while creating a platform to support small businesses and independent creatives through dialogue, community, and commerce.  Building upon the success of the inaugural Brooklyn Night Market, which hosted over 5,000 revelers at the Dekalb Market this October, the Bazaar crew is pleased to present a stellar lineup of performers.

Opening night kicks off with a DJ set by James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem) for the DFA opening night party. Venerated music blog BrooklynVegan curates our second night of music, and Brooklyn’s finest, The Hold Steady, headlines our finale bash on December 17. The Bazaar’s performance venue will be ticketed while the market will be free to the public.

The Bazaar reimagines the market as an immersive environment with the renowned architect Julien de Smedt who transforms the space with custom furnishings and sculptural lighting features as well as a floor plan inspired Lars von Trier’s Dogville. Nuit Blanche NY, founders of the Bring to Light Festival in Greenpoint, curate video art projections, live cinema, and VJ sets that transform the warehouse into a winter wonderland.

Dates/Time:  December 15-17, 5pm – 1am
Location: 149 Kent Avenue, Williamsburg (btw N. 5th and N. 6th Streets, near to the Bedford L subway stop)

Producers: Aaron Broudo (, 914 924 9883),
Belvy Klein, Joann Kim Nunez
Creative Director: Ken Farmer
Architect: JDS/Julien de Smedt Architects

Sponsors: DFA Records, BrooklynVegan, The Village Voice, The L Magazine, Brooklyn Magazine, Brooklyn Brewery, City Winery, Brooklyn Winery, Shaw Promotion, Rebel Angel Productions

•  December 15: James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem will launch the Bazaar with a DJ Set and other performances curated by DFA Records including Poolside, The Crystal Ark Party Machine, Midnight Magic and DJ Justine D.
•  December 16:  An evening of music curated by venerated indie music blog BrooklynVegan including Fucked Up, Dom, Big Troubles, Radical Dads, Caged Animals, DJ Frankie Rose and DJ Bill Pearis.
•  December 17: Headlined by The Hold Steady with Titus Andronicus, Wakey!Wakey! and w/o.

Tickets available at

Le Comptoir
Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream
Luke’s Lobster
Asia Dog
Eagle St. Rooftop Farms
One Lucky Duck
Pig Roast by Tim Laursen
Brookyln Brewery
City Winery

Inner Circle Surfcraft
Kill Devil Hill
Sit and Read
Pau Wau Publications
Perry Gargano
Henrik Vibskov


Debut of Julien deSmedt’s custom furniture designs
Half pipe designed by Raphael Zarka for Performa doubles as a lounge
Mezzanine periscope designed by Tomorrow Lab
Onsite tattoo demonstration from skater/artist Canyon
Video projections from Collin Snapp, Luke Wyatt, Todd Ledford, Ethan Vogt, Todd Ledford, and Aurora Halal

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Open Call for Artists: 100 Proof Project

A couple months ago I agreed to produce and curate a project that had the power to initiate the demise of my career. An art competition (don’t roll your eyes just yet) presented by Southern Comfort (wait for it) where the winning artwork will be transformed into a painted billboard, aka an advertisement (cue eyes rolling and all sound effects suggesting disaster). It took a lot of brainstorming and nightmares to come up with a formula that guarantees the support of the local art community and the protection against complete rejection and denial from said art community. It was a tough tough challenge but I embraced it with as much fear and hesitance as a little girl afraid to peek under the bed but also with enough determination to make this shit work.

The 100 Proof Project is the outcome of much deliberating, brainstorming, editing, and starting from scratch. It’s focus is community; supporting it, harvesting it, and relying on it as a tool for both parties of the project to benefit from. For me the project is an opportunity to approach and engage with the art community in Brooklyn in a different way and help artists to form not only new relationships but a means for artists to create an economy, providing an opportunity to exchange in a new form of commerce.

Yes this is with the backing of a corporate brand, a brand that probably nobody drinks in Brooklyn because it’s too easily found in the dorm rooms of many a frat parties that make us cringe. Yes this is a project of a multi-million dollar company that has better things to do than trying to infiltrate a niche market like artists proliferating in North Brooklyn.

But guess what. Southern Comfort unlike any other brand or company out there had the nerve and audacity to approach a community organizer like me found through the grapevines of projects like Northside Festival, Greenpoint Open Studios and Brooklyn Night Bazaar and asked me to produce this project. Both SoCo and I are taking a huge risk approaching a community of creatives that are picky and discerning, against big corporations but obsessed with being the next small business entrepreneur, Refusing 9 – 5’s but embracing self-efficiency, self-employment, DIY EVERYTHING, and creating everything that has to do with the word ALTERNATIVE. I can only pray that the project is worthy of your blogging and retweeting, your nod of approval and of course the exhibition of your artwork.

So with that I give Southern Comfort the same kudos I give creatives thriving in Brooklyn and treat you all the same by introducing The 100 Proof Project. There’s something like three days left to sign up and I’m still bustin’ my ass collecting artist applications and updating the website but we’re opening the doors to artists who have ideas of creating an original artwork inspired by the brand and take their practice to another level, whatever that means.

Open call below, email with your details and stay tuned for some serious updates. We’re talking interviews, videos clips, voting through social media platforms, reviews and comments from the art community, etc. I want YOU to be as engaged in this and be comforted knowing you’re being heard. You don’t like the abstracted drip painting of a liquor bottle of so and so artist? Share your thoughts. You want to give thumbs up for an artist to be 1 of 10 contestants for the 100 Proof Project art competition? Share your thoughts. You want an invite to the one night exhibition rife with music, drinks, and art? Hit us up.

You can always email me as well with your thoughts and questions:

Announcing The 100 Proof Project, an Open Call for Artists

The L Magazine and Southern Comfort have teamed up to bring you “The 100 Proof Project,” an art competition comprised of three phases: An open call to artists working in various mediums including painting, photography, drawing and sculpture; a website documenting the process of artists creating an original piece of artwork commissioned and inspired by Southern Comfort 100 Proof with rigorous participation from the art community via social networks, reviews, blogging, and video; and an exhibition showcasing the works with a one night reception that will serve as judgement day with a panel of art critics, curators, and artists. One work will be voted and chosen to be on the face of a painted billboard in Williamsburg and the pages of Brooklyn Magazine. Each artist will receive a $200 commission for their work, and the final selected artist will receive a free trip to New Orleans.

The four C’s are of utmost importance in this competition: COMMUNITY, COLLABORATION, COMMUNICATION, and CREATIVITY. We seek to build a platform where interaction between artists and their viewers are active through daily updates and conversations on our website and social networks. We seek to redefine or consider the artist as a small business, entrepreneurs with a passion to not only create but build their own economy outside the realms of a rigid and inaccessible art world establishment. We are building a support system where artists and the community can speak and be heard, where art goes beyond the studio and gallery and interaction is immediate, direct, and engaged.

Southern Comfort is committed to supporting the artist community and our efforts extend specifically to artists working in Brooklyn, not because it is a guaranteed marketing campaign, it’s rather a risky counterintuitive effort as we seek to upturn current notions of commercial sponsorships and embrace the partnership for a mutual appreciation for community and creativity.

Deadline to submit: EXTENDED TO DEC 7
Commissioned work: Dec 7 – 31
Prepare for exhibition: Jan 1 – 11
Exhibition / Panel: Jan 18

To submit, please send an email to with the following info:

Artist Statement
Upload Images
How do you contribute to the art community in Brooklyn?
What does it mean to be a SoCo Artist?
How do you define the role of the artist today and how might this competition open up that role to different opportunities?

Official rules can be found at Must be 21 or older. Valid in NY only.

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