Archive for the ‘cringe list’ Category

This is what the 80s were really like: a permanent Rickroll

Saturday, November 7th, 2015

I was there; I should know. As one caption to this video read, very accurately, “this is what it was like 24/7.”

I went looking for clothes the other day but everything was 80s, badly printed shirts and high waisted jeans the colour of skim milk.  Looking at this stuff I had a visceral memory of the daily Rickroll that was living through that decade.

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The Hitler Youth haircut: what it’s actually expressing

Monday, May 26th, 2014

Google Hitler Youth haircut. When I did it, Google reported “About 50,300 results” for that phrase, and most of the hits were articles praising the contemporary version of the Hitler Youth undercut (or “curtained“) hairstyle. And many of its fans actually call it that, and with a blithe casualness: the Hitler Youth.

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Vancouver Airport plans “luxury outlet” mall, bastard child of Disneyland and Bouncy Castle

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Trying to laugh instead of cry over the announcement by Vancouver airport of a kitsch faux-nineteenth century monstrosity of a “luxury outlet mall” next to our quite attractive, Pacific NW contemporary airport with its forest water features, stunning aquariums and significant First Nations art.

The steady creep of sports bars across Vancouver

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

From my friend Jonathan, who posted this Google Maps screenshot along with the assessment “No comment.”

It would please me to blame this sudden proliferation of sports bars on the damn Vancouver 2010 Olympics. However, though I’m sure the Olympics didn’t help, the causes predate 2010. For starters we have the pricing out of non-corporate culture through the condo-ization of the city and related real estate speculation and astronomical commercial rents.

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RIP Waldorf Hotel, another Vancouver cultural hub killed by condo interests

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013


This is a disaster. Vision Vancouver, are you really going to allow more speculative condo development to take out one of the last good mixed cultural venues in the city? For those who don’t know about Vancouver’s historic Waldorf Hotel, see its site or an article here .

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“Contempo” – my term for the insincere faux-modern design style infecting our lives

Saturday, October 20th, 2012

There is a particular type of contemporary design that I deeply despise but for which there is no terminology. About six years ago, out of frustration, I started calling it “contempo.” It is a deliberately cheesy term for a cheesy aesthetic, an aesthetic of dumbed-down, cutesy faux-modernism. The made-up word “contempo” somehow had the correct sound—the idiotic, faux-Italian, marketing-ish, self-conscious jauntiness that this style cried out for.

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