September 2009

Marisa Berenson – The forgotten 70s icon

by Limbic on September 29, 2009

This was one of the iconic photos of the seventies. Marisa Berenson was at the time one of the highest paid models in the world.

Here lifestyle epitomised seventies glamour. Yves Saint Laurent dubbed her “the girl of the Seventies”.

She even had a time cover…


From Wikipedia:

Marisa Berenson is the elder daughter of Robert L. Berenson, an American diplomat turned shipping executive, who was of Lithuanian Jewish descent; his family’s original surname was Valvrojenski.Her mother was born Countess Maria Luisa Yvonne Radha de Wendt de Kerlor, better known as Gogo Schiaparelli, a socialite of Italian, Swiss, French, and Egyptian ancestry.

Berenson’s maternal grandmother was the fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli,and her maternal grandfather was Count Wilhelm de Wendt de Kerlor, a Theosophist and psychic medium.Her younger sister, Berinthia, became the model, actress, and photographer Berry Berenson. She also is a great-grand-niece of Giovanni Schiaparelli, an Italian astronomer who believed he had discovered the supposed canals of Mars, a great-grand-niece of art expert Bernard Berenson (1865 – 1959), and his sister Senda Berenson (1868 – 1954), an athlete and educator who was one of the first two women elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

She was educated in England at Heathfield St Mary’s School.

…A fashion model who came to prominence in the early 1960s — “I once was one of the highest paid models in the world”, she told The New York Times — Berenson appeared on the cover of the July 1970 issue of Vogue as well as the cover of Time on 15 December 1975. She was known as “The Queen of the Scene” for her frequent appearances at nightclubs and other social venues in her youth, and Yves Saint Laurent dubbed her “the girl of the Seventies”.

Eventually she was cast in several prominent film roles, including Gustav von Aschenbach’s wife in Luchino Visconti‘s 1971 film Death in Venice, the Jewish department store heiress Natalia Landauer in the 1972 film Cabaret, for which she received some acclaim, (including two Golden Globe nominations, a BAFTA nomination and an award from the National Board of Review) and the tragic beauty Lady Lyndon in the Stanley Kubrick film Barry Lyndon (1975). Though the last role has been her most well known, few reviews have commented on her performance; Vincent Canby of The New York Times merely stated, “Marisa Berenson splendidly suits her costumes and wigs.”

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Rave Review for Change By Design

by Limbic on September 28, 2009

Bob Sutton notes a rave review of EDEO CEO Tim Brown’s new book “Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation“. Bob writes:

The review, called “Redefining a Profession,” concludes that Tim has successfully avoided one of the biggest risks in a book like this one – coming across as too much of a commercial for the firm he leads.  Tim accomplishes this by simply being himself, and indeed, when I read the galleys, that was my comment…”This is 100% Tim Brow.,”  In any conversation you have with Tim, he will do things that many CEOs do not, he will give others lots of credit, he will tell wonderful stories, talk honestly about what works and what doesn’t, and about the limits of the methods used by his company, not just the strengths.  Indeed, for me, as much as I am a big believer in the power of design thinking, after hanging around the Stanford d school for five years or so, although I believe we teach our students well, I am often disturbed because “design thinking” is treated as the answer to every problem and also as more like a religion than a set of practices for sparking creativity.  Tim and his many colleagues at IDEO have had the courage to apply design thinking to almost any problem – from designing better websites, to changing how programmers work together, designing a couple thousand products, revamping operations, and changing customers experiences.   In doing so they have simultaneously pushed the limits of design thinking beyond what others thought possible (hence the title “Redefining a  Profession”) while always acknowledging the limits of the approach.

via Rave Review for Change By Design in New York Times.

The New York Times article is “Redefining a Profession


If you’re from Hollywood, rape who you like

by Limbic on September 28, 2009

Global Dashboard slaps the Polanski apologists hard in a brilliant post:

It amazes me how dramatically the left loses its moral compass whenever controversy surrounds someone artistic ‘genius’ they want to suck up to. Take Joan Z  Shore, of Women Overseas for Equality, who has used the Huffington Post to issue a fatwa against Switzerland for arresting Roman Polanski.

…Faced by this blame-the-victim bilge, it’s worth reading the original Grand Jury testimony in the case. Here’s a brief extract:

Q: What happened then?

A: […] he said, “Oh, I won’t come inside of you then.” And I just went – and he goes – and then he put me – wait. Then he lifted my legs farther and he went in through my anus.

Q: When you say he went in your anus, what do you mean by that?

A: He put his penis in my butt.

Q: Did he say anything at that time?

A: No.

Q: Did you resist at that time?

A: A little bit, but not really because… (pause)

Q: Because what?

A: Because I was afraid of him.

Polanski was 44 at the time. His defence: the acts were consensual (thus his guilty plea to unlawful sex with a minor). Ms Shore isn’t alone in finding that convincing. The BBC quotes a parade of moral retards who think consent makes it OK for him to have buggered a girl 30 years his junior, a girl who says she was drugged into compliance.

Maybe, maybe, Polanski should have been left to rot in France, especially as Samantha Geimer, his now grown-up victim, is desperate not to have to have her life turned upside down again (or face the scorn of faux feminists like Ms Shore).

But please – go and read the 36 pages of her testimony before you ask me to feel sorry for this paedophile and pervert.

via If you’re from Hollywood – rape who you like.


Cringy 80s dating videos

by Limbic on September 25, 2009

Meet characters like Stephen the “body designer”, the man who is “interested in most phases of data processing”,  Fred the Viking, Morris who does not mind getting sand on his tuxedo, a “refined valley dude”, and many many more….

Just remember folks. In a few years hence, this sort of montage will be made out your cringey Facebook updates and photos.


Misha Glenny on Global Organised Crime

by Limbic on September 17, 2009

This video is really a summary of his brilliant book “McMafia“, which is required reading for anyone interested in geopoltics, but should be read in conjunction with Moises Naim’s “Illicit”.

You may also enjoy this interview with Glenny I blogged about before – “The Eastern European Megamafia and Serbia“.

This video was sent to me on the day it was reported that the Italian Mafia may have sunk dozens of ships laden with radioactive cargo as part of a hazardous waste disposal racket.

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