Architecture is a language, one used by institutions to say something about themselves.
The same basic principle is true for the world’s spy agencies. All show their secrecy in their buildings, while some may appear starkly utilitarian, and some may even be frightening and alienating. But they also have their quirks and differences, whether it be an isolated complex hidden by trees, in a location that’s never been officially disclosed, or a prominent complex built by superstar architects and put on prominent display in the middle of a capital city.
From Virginia to Berlin to Moscow, here are nine of them.
Source: Spy Bases: 9 Secretive HQs of the World’s Intelligence Agencies | Danger Room | Wired.com
Linds Redding, a New Zealand-based art director who worked at BBDO and Saatchi & Saatchi, died last month at aged 52 from an inoperable esophageal cancer.
Redding also kept a blog, and after his passing an essay he wrote about the ad business, titled “A Short Lesson In Perspective,” has gained a new and sudden life, on the SF Egotist and on Adfreak.
It will not make happy reading for the many people who knew Redding, know of his work, or anyone who works in the creative department of an ad agency.
In sum, Redding, wrote, life as a creative isn’t worth it. “It turns out I didn’t actually like my old life nearly as much as I thought I did,” he wrote, after he was diagnosed.
The screed addresses the existential problem at the center of anyone’s career in advertising: Can you marry art and commerce and be fulfilled as a human being?
You can read the full essay here.
Source: ‘IT’S NOT WORTH IT’: Linds Redding’s ‘Short Lesson In Perspective’ – Business Insider
We’ve been busily populating the World Wide Web with everything new under the sun, but the time has come to start retrieving the old, too.
BuzzFeed’s new nostalgia vertical, the retro-styled and -named Rewind, is reaching back to bring the past to the present, even declaring September “Nostalgia Month.” (They’ve done this for a while, but there’s a whole vertical for it now, your one-stop shop for all nostalgic needs.)
A look at what’s being posted provides plenty of old-school-ish eye candy, ranging from the unspirational “Get Ready to Feel Old” to a piece on folks who sold their faces to advertise, via tattoo, companies that no longer exist (oops).
Read on: Eat the Past: How the Internet Consumes Nostalgia – Entertainment – The Atlantic Wire
Wikipedia and its gigabytes of data, when analyzed properly, can give you a pretty comprehensive visual overview of the history of world, since 1800.
Some foods you eat to stay alive, others you eat because not to would be a crime. Here are those foods worth traveling the world to gorge on
“There is no love sincerer than the love of food,” George Bernard Shaw said. Judging by the number of amazing dishes out there, he was right.
But which are the tastiest? We’ve scoured the planet for what we think are 50 of the most delicious foods ever created.