Author: adnanmakes

The Cruelty of Supply Chains

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Manufacturing

“The electronics industry is really a chemical-waste-handling industry,” says Ted Smith, founder of the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition, in Sue William’s documentary Death by Design. The processes involved in etching printed circuit boards (PCBs) – manufacturing individual components, soldering them into place – for even the most mundane of electronic products, require a multitude of acids, solvents and metals. These must be handled and disposed of with care for the sake of the people manning […]

The Utopian Factory

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How to Live

This is a short documentary about the building of a creative co-working space for designers and what’s interesting is that the design collective in charge of building it, built a tiny factory to produce all the ornamentation and items needed to fill up the space. They used a single material, an industrial clay extruder and kiln. What’s interesting? Obviously, the co-design bit and the single factory thing. But then, in the video they tie up […]

Slow Factory

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How to Live / Words

I randomly came across this tiny clothing brand and their about page had a note from its founder that I love enough to repost here: I come from a land of chaos: Beirut, Lebanon. Ever since I was a child, we moved around, traveling from Beirut to Paris to Montreal. Throughout it all, the stars always guided our travels and imagining space became a way to ground me. Because while I never had a traditional […]

The product of European repression

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Politics

Some condensed history that puts the two countries, Israel and Iran, into context: Iran and European Jewry were both treated horribly in the 19th and 20th centuries by the major European imperial countries. Obviously, proportionally Jews suffered much more than Iranians did; about a third of Jews were murdered in the Nazi genocide. But Iran also suffered significant loss of human life and property. Tsarist Russia fought two wars with it in the early nineteenth […]

The Obvious has an expiration date

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Inspiration

Graffiti Artist Shepard Fairey on how the obvious is the never-ending source of inspiration because it always has to be reinvented: He sees much of his work through the lens of activism and spreading a subversive message that will change the way people look at the spin and influence of government and corporate structures. Fairey cites George Orwell and his call for intelligent people to restate the obvious as a guiding inspiration. “The manipulation that […]

Kanye, Don’t Clap.

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How to Live

Kanye on his relationship with the late CSM tutor, Louise Wilson: “I went to Louise Wilson’s memorial, the greatest fashion instructor of all time, and I’m talking about of all timers,” he told Lowe. “So Louise Wilson was the baddest professor of all time of any fashion school ever, notorious for not letting people stop at a seven or eight, pushing people to a 12.” West lists Wilson’s proteges – Phoebe Philo, Alexander McQueen, Alber […]

Postscript to a Legacy

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How to Live

The Nissan Z240. The NY Times ran an obituary today about a man who was responsible for single handedly and right at the bottom of the article was a tiny little detail that I could identify with: Perhaps the greatest boost Mr. Katayama gave the 240Z was its very name, which Nissan had intended only as a working model number. In the late 1960s, when the car was first introduced in Japan, a Nissan executive, […]

History through Art

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Art

From an interview with Stanley Kubrick’s Life long producer, Jan Harlan: What do you know about the 18th century? You know it through films, writers, painters, composers, and architects. Without the artists, we would be completely ignorant. You can study kings and wars and territories, but the first thing you discover about a certain period in time is always through the artist. I wouldn’t know anything without Dickens and Austen. – links

The improvised radio show

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How to Live

Mohmmed Fahmy, the egyptian-canadian journalist, who was among the three Al Jazeera journalists imprisoned by Egypt (links) spoke out about how they created a makeshift radio show as a way of coping with their imprisonment: After the first month, Fahmy was transferred to a new section of the prison where he shared a cell with Greste and Baher. The other prisoners in this cellblock were all senior leaders in the deposed Muslim Brotherhood government of […]