filippo perini: on the design of the lamborghini aventador super car

origami at its finest

filippo perini sketches the lamborghini aventador

a rather cheeky video from marketing: selling you on the car that will save you from armageddon… or, god himself for that matter.

ok i’m not, in any way, a fan of obnoxious modern cars of the past 30 years. my love is for the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s cars of the le mans and monaco grand prix. i hate nearly all modern cars and the tacky people who drive them; but this car, love it or not, is a genius design that you can’t ignore. this car is so elegantly and effortlessly resolved, it can only be the work of a japanese origami master, but it isn’t. it’s actually the handy work of the italian filippo perini, and my hat is off to him. it’s good to see that italian’s can still do one thing right. the design will become a true classic, next to the small ferrari 246 GTS and the porsche 904. to me it was never about speed; as i always say, it’s all about style…but the aventador seems to have both.  at 0-60 mph in just 2.9 seconds and a top speed of 217 mph from its V12 engine, it’s not the fastest car today, nor is it the most expensive at almost 400,000 USD, but i wouldn’t mind having one if i could drive it away from the public’s eye. by dd

when you sleep under a sea

that’s all it took, i placed the sea scape above my bed and the rest came to me like the dust in the morning rays. “you did not kill the fish only… to sell for food… you killed him for pride and because you are a fisherman. you loved him when he was alive and you loved him after…

yes it’s true. from the old man and the sea – ernest hemingway by uh

having a coke with you

Frank O'hara. Photo Unknown/ Forlaget Basilisk

frank o’hara reading perhaps his most famous work.  reinstating the importance of moments, just sharing a soda, a smile, etc.  always helps to hear it from the poet’s mouth too. by sv

quote of the day

“we are going to die, and that makes us the lucky ones. most people are never going to die because they are never going to be born. the potential people who could have been here in my place but who will in fact never see the light of day outnumber the sand grains of Sahara. certainly those unborn ghosts include greater poets than Keats, scientists greater than Newton. we know this because the set of possible people allowed by our DNA so massively exceeds the set of actual people. in the teeth of these stupefying odds it is you and I, in our ordinariness, that are here.”

-richard dawkins, unweaving the rainbow

On Greatness

“there is no way to be truly great in this world. we are all impaled on the crook of conditioning. a fish that is in the water has no choice that he is. genius would have it that we swim in sand. but we are fish and we drown.” – james dean. the subtle truth in these words remains that he was indeed great but even great wasnt great enough for him. that’s dignity for you. the rest of the bits about “live fast, die young” were just too romantic for me. by xy

henry miller

henry miller thoughtsthe brilliant author and painter and one of the greatest minds of the twentieth century, mr. henry miller explores the paradigms of earth, life, death and the thwarting troubles in between.  here is a bit of a summary from the man himself:

“no matter what you touch and you wish to know about, you end up in a sea of mystery. you see there’s no beginning or end, you can go back as far as you want, forward as far as you want, but you never got to it, it’s like the essence, it’s that right, it remains. this is the greatest damn thing about the universe. that we can know so much, recognize so much, dissect, do everything, and we can’t grasp it. and it’s meant to be that way, do y’know. and there’s where our reverence should come in. Before everything, the littlest thing as well as the greatest. the tiniest, the horseshit, as well as the angels, do y’know what I mean. tt’s all mystery. all impenetrable, as it were, right?by sv

my kind of love letter

jean paul sartre liquor

my dear,

there may be more beautiful times, but this one is ours.

look back, look forth, look close, there may be more prosperous times, more intelligent times, more spiritual times, and more happy times, but this one, this small moment in the history of the universe, this is ours.

and let’s do it with everything.  everything.

falsely yours,

jean-paul charles aymard sartre

by sv