Entries from February 2005

Monday, February 28th, 2005

Nice Act in Oregon

A good friend of mine recently visited some relatives in Oregon. Among her activities there, she went to Washington Square for some serious shopping. As she went to the car with all her packages, she realized she had left her backpack (purse) on a bench in the mall…

Sunday, February 27th, 2005

Cheese Cracker Gates (Photo)

Gates spoofs are everywhere, but this was a little to close to home….

Sunday, February 27th, 2005

Last Gates Weekend (Photos)

Here are photos from the last weekend of The Gates installation in Central Park. Removal of The Gates begins tomorrow, Monday, February 28…

Sunday, February 27th, 2005

Thanks To: Central Parkers

“In Central Park today I lost my left hand glove and thought that for sure I was going to have an O.J. moment…

Saturday, February 26th, 2005

Googlewhack

Games are fun. NICE will periodically feature cool and fun games that you can play while passing time at work, contemplating your next novel or hiding from crazy relatives visiting for the holidays…

Friday, February 25th, 2005

Somerville Gates Makes it to the Mayor’s Office

Read this article from The Boston Globe about the continuing success of Hargo and The Somerville Gates art installation in Massachusetts (see the Daily NICE post below from February 22)…

Friday, February 25th, 2005

Thanks To: Vic Colfari

“You will forever be my Vic Colfari, my jive talker and a truly cherished friend. I can’t express how great it was to hang with you this weekend, talking and talking as if we see each other every day…

Thursday, February 24th, 2005

Plastic, Plastic & More Plastic

Plastic shopping bags are ubiquitous throughout the world. Many of us receive them on a daily basis from trips to the grocery store, the mall and even the local sandwich shop. Do you remember the days when you would come back from the supermarket with ten paper bags, half of them torn, the other half soaked from the melting ice cream? The plastic bags seemed to be a godsend, allowing you to carry all ten bags at once and not have to worry about breakage. And, come to find out that plastics bags are cheaper and require less energy to produce than their paper counterparts. So why does it seem like these plastic bags get such a bad wrap…

Thursday, February 24th, 2005

Clinical Art

The visual arts are great, don’t get me wrong. We have memberships to the Metropolitan and Whitney and try to make it to other showings around town as much as possible. But, there is still something kind of wrong about the whole art gallery and museum thing that always leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Maybe it’s the severity of the whole experience. Maybe it’s the starchy people that are all around you at these places. Maybe it’s the high admission price or too-fancy-for-me hors d’oeuvres at openings. I like the art — definitely. I could probably do without the environmental contaminants that come with it.

Ah, then there are public space art shows…

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2005

Vote for Best Restrooms

We all have love hate relationships with public restrooms. For the most part, we hate them. Once in a while, however, the toilet gods shine down on us and bless us with a beautiful, almost serene restroom experience…