Spent a chilly spring break day in NYC with my daughter, mostly at MOMA. The shot above is one of my favorite bits of exhibition design: you enter the gallery approaching a wall. As you get closer, you can see that there’s a crowd on the other side looking at something intently. Drawn to find out what they’re looking at you finally see that it’s van Gogh’s The Starry Night, like you’ve seen before, but this one is the real thing. Even though I know this, it hits me every time.
My main goal was an exhibit on computer art starting in the 1950s, but it was too small and left out way too many important things (no Harold Cohen?)
Xmas eve, 1989, Singapore. My family is on vacation in Asia, and we’re invited to my Dad’s office holiday party in Singapore. On the walk from our hotel to the hotel where the party is being held, my sister and I receive a long talk on how important our behavior is (but really I think it’s mostly directed at me) and how it will reflect on him, and that we especially need to eat the food that is served because not doing so would amount to a huge insult that would impact his career.
The event is huge — several hundred people, at least. My family are among the dozen or so westerners in the hall. The master of ceremonies for the evening is local Singaporean TV celebrity/ventriloquist Victor Khoo. Continue reading Xmas Miracle
All inspections passed.
Building permit taken down from the window.
Contractor doing final touchups.
How do we like it?
It’s pretty awesome.
Are there things we wish we had done differently?
How long do you have?
Will we ever do this again?
Ask me in a year. Or 10.
Hey, did they ever grout that tile?
Yes, we skipped the entry for Week #29, partly because of my issue with seeing another prime-numbered number of weeks on this project, and partly because very little happened that week — the cabinet-maker adjusted some drawers and installed (but did not electrically connect) the LED under-cabinet lights. Continue reading Renovation Week 30: appendix c&d
…in which we slowly inch toward final completion of this project.
Continue reading Renovation Week 27: appendix a
26 weeks since we started this. Half of a year. Are we done yet? The goal of late was to have everything wrapped up by the end of the day Friday, so that on Saturday morning I could finally go downstairs in a house that was only occupied by people related to me and fire up my stove and fry an egg. Are we done are we done?
No, we are not. But still…
Continue reading Renovation Week 26: Naïve Melody
New floors and a few trips to escape the work zone.
Continue reading Renovation Week 25: Leaving Ground
We must be getting close to the end one way or the other; our contractors have started taking away tools that they’ve been storing in my garage for months. That has to mean something.
When last we spoke, the critical path for this project went directly through the island cabinets that were being built. Without them, the countertop people won’t finish their templates. Without the countertops we can’t install sinks and final plumbing, or do the tile backsplash. Without the island, the Minnow would be lost.
Continue reading Renovation Week 24: Now Sit Right Back
Getting closer to getting this project finished, but it’s like we’re chasing bad guys down an alley and they keep knocking over garbage cans to slow us down. Seriously, just stop and let us catch up.
So: a mix of progress and your imagination. Continue reading Renovation Week 23: Primal Scream