Posts Tagged ‘WTF’

The Hitler Youth haircut

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 with a blithe casualness: the Hitler Youth. Is this actually happening? The abrupt turn to the right in the 2014 European Parliament elections, including massive gains …read more

When you have oil pipeline companies, who needs satire?

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Giant U.S. oil/energy mega-corp Kinder Morgan has applied to triple the size of a pipeline across British Columbia, bringing dirty bitumen-laced oil from the Alberta Tar Sands. “Public” hearings to assess the application have been notoriously non-public. An economist friend of mine found the above excerpt in Kinder Morgan’s application, revealing the company to be capable of Swiftian satire in content if not in literary ability. As another friend remarked: …read more

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.

Ecce Vancouver

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Vancouver, is that your motto? Out with the old, in with the new? Meanwhile, this questionable object will replace The Ridge Theatre, one of Vancouver’s few historic repertory cinemas: Apparently this passed a City of Vancouver design panel. Is there no end to the mediocrity of architecture in this city? Thousands of years of human activity culminate in this weak, destined-to-be-shortlived mess? Why is any developer allowed to build housing …read more

“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. It seemed the …read more

“Add Matsers, Doctoarte or Doctroate Dergees to your resume in just 4-6 weeks”

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Hey spammers, slow down and use spellcheck! I know you’re in a rush what with only 4-6 weeks to get your degree but come on: Respects ! Lindsay Add Matsers, Doctoarte or Doctroate Dergees to your resume in just 4-6 weeks and open avenues to promotion and better jobs! Diploma from prestigious non-accredited universities based on your present knowledge & professional experience. Ticket to Success. Get a Promotion. Unlock the …read more