Jun 27, 2015

on the mug rack

in the andalusian hills.

Jun 21, 2015

hardware and software

the traditional sherry bodega—a system of selection and sorting operating on collections of casks representing many years worth of gradually aging wine—is a method that allows each bodega to produce a set of consistent products despite the inherently variable solera process for averaging the flavour of wine across many vintages. it takes years of continuous guided observation for the capataz, the foreman of the bodega, to learn the patterns in how casks of wine develop and what interventions in their development are possible and desirable.

the complexity and optionality of the solera system gives the capataz enormous freedom to move particular casks into and out of different criaderas and soleras; each capataz makes a slightly different set of intervention decisions; consistently made, the differences in these decisions generate distinctiveness in the bottled wine.

the physical bodega and the know-how of the capataz are, in combination, a large part of a technology for reproducing style in wine.

the fino room at bodegas tradición.
3 plaza cordobeses, 11408 - jerez de la frontera

Jun 10, 2015

meaning and knowledge

1. The stranger, therefore, approaches the other group as a newcomer in the true meaning of the term. At best he may be willing and able to share the present and the future with the approached group in vivid and immediate experience; under all circumstances, however, he remains excluded from such experiences of its past. Seen from the point of view of the approached group, he is a man without a history.

2. Every word and every sentence is, to borrow a term of William James, surrounded by 'fringes' connecting them, on the one hand, with past and future elements of the universe of discourse to which they pertain, and surrounding them, on the other hand, with a halo of emotional values and irrational implications which themselves remain ineffable. The fringes are the stuff poetry is made of; they are capable of being set of music but they are not translatable. There are in any language terms with several connotations. They, too, are noted in the dictionary. But, besides these standardized connotations, every element of the speech acquires its special secondary meaning derived from the context of the social environment within which it is used and, in addition, gets a special tinge from the actual occasion in which it is employed.

3. In any culture the highest rank is accorded to one of the three types of knowledge distinguished by [Max Scheler]—knowledge for the sake of domination (Beherrschungswissen), knowledge for the sake of knowing (Bildungswissen), knowledge for the sake of salvation (Heilswissen)—and therewith to one of the three types of men of knowledge: the scientist-technician, the sage, the saint. The social acceptance of this rank order determines the whole structure of the particular culture.
Alfred Schutz, On Phenomenology and Social Relations

May 27, 2015

don't let your meat loaf

pass. saint-sébastien, 75011;
r. saint-jacques, 75005;
r. montorgueil, 75001.

May 5, 2015

california light and space

early morning (80mph) on I-94, dulzura, ca;
midday at sea port avenue on the salton sea, salton city, ca;
late afternoon on the montezuma-borrego highway, ranchita, ca;
sundown at torrey pines scenic drive, la jolla, ca.

May 1, 2015


561 valencia, sf ca.
3208 cesar chavez, sf ca.

Apr 28, 2015

Apr 5, 2015

Mar 28, 2015

on the street

bolsover street, W1W.

Mar 27, 2015

Mar 23, 2015

the eclipse

clerkenwell road, EC1R 5BL.
163 bermondsey street, SE1 3UW.
12 little portland street, W1W 8BJ.
grosvenor square garden, W1.

Mar 10, 2015

signs of spring

stanhope street, london nw1.

Mar 4, 2015

monkfish and herring

moxon street, london W1U.

Feb 16, 2015

frames per second

papagaio by gusmão + paiva is worth seeing. (at the very nice camden arts centre until march 29. and while you're there, don't forget to look at ruth ewan's french republican calendar.)

Feb 15, 2015

Feb 13, 2015

a sense of the real

When I was making A Sudden Gust of Wind I knew I wanted to show how the air would carry the papers. Hokusai had already solved some of those problems ... He composed something that had a feel of the accidental. It was not accidental, but he knew how to make it look that way ... There is no guide, it's just a feeling, a sense of the real, how things really are or would be.
previously: katsushika hokusai reaches a marvellous stage.

Feb 11, 2015

international klein blue

5-11 mortimer street. (and previously.)

Feb 7, 2015

responsible for lemons

- that lemon—it's nice.
- it's good, isn't it?
- how often do you replace it?
- every week, in fact. it's an important detail.
- very nice.
- betty up there is responsible for the lemon. she terrorises the sainsburys staff.
- oh?
- it's difficult to find a lemon the same shape as the last one. but she always does.
kettle's yard
castle road, cambridge CB3 0AQ

Jan 25, 2015


jingumae 3-16.

Jan 21, 2015

truth in advertising

231 bain street, singapore.

Jan 13, 2015

Jan 11, 2015

past and future

"Back, then, to skill and beauty? No, forward to it."

Jan 8, 2015

a lump

hachiyamachō 9, tokyo.

Jan 3, 2015

the way around is through

sakuragaokachō 22-17, tokyo.

Dec 25, 2014


minami-aoyama 5-5-10, tokyo.

Dec 18, 2014

organic sound

big band in the air, at approximately 13 bell street, NW1 5BZ, followed soon after by diligently layered fiteer just a few doors down. adequate hydration was not a problem.