Required Reading 7.22.2011 – Heat Wave

Required Reading is a weekly listing of all the bits of visual inspiration, cool videos, news, hip links, and miscellaneous information that rattles my head during the week. The stuff that’s worth bookmarking and gets my brain-juices flowing.

For a city used to sub-zero temperatures and winter sports, this past few weeks of mid-nineties weather has been absolutely unbearable in Buffalo. We are in the middle of what seems to be a brutal heat wave that shows no sign of letting up. On the plus side, I’ll definitely be purchasing some new AC units this week for both my home and studio. This weather makes me miss the more bearable cold days of winter as in the photo above. Here is a short but sweet edition of Required Reading (it’s all I can manage before I melt)

• I honestly cannot think of a photo series more personally frightening to me. This collection of Vintage Vaudeville Ventriloquist Dummy images has left me a whimpering wreck while still being utterly fascinated. (I really HATE dolls and puppets)

• An inspiring gallery of cleverly designed inventions that I can’t stop looking at.

• What color is summer? The color of has the answers to this and more.

• Been enjoying Andrew Bush’s Drive By Portraits a lot this week.

Pen Type-A, A Kickstarter project I or any other pen geek can really get behind.

Geometric Batman… Fighting angular crime?





4 thoughts on “Required Reading 7.22.2011 – Heat Wave”

    1. Em, let’s go halvsies on an antique dummy for Luke in appreciation of his help to us. It will be the perfect accompaniment for Luke on those late, late nights in the studio. It’s not like it will come to life at night and kill him…probably not, anyway.


  1. Great, now along with snakes we can add Vaudevillean ventriloquist dummies to my list of debilitating phobias. The worst one is that black dummy sneaking up from behind the guy over his shoulder – last photo of that guy alive. Never saw the little wooden fella comin.


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