According to Bruce Nussbaum on Core77. "Innovation" died in 2008, killed off by overuse, misuse, narrowness, incrementalism and failure to evolve. It was done in by CEOs, consultants, marketeers, advertisers and business journalists who degraded and devalued the idea by conflating it with change, technology, design, globalization, trendiness, and anything "new." It was done it by an obsession with measurement, metrics and math and a demand for predictability in an unpredictable world. The concept was also done in, strangely enough, by a male-dominated economic leadership that rejected the extraordinary progress in "uncertainty planning and strategy" being done at key schools of design that could have given new life to "innovation. To them, "design" is something their wives do with curtains, not a methodology or philosophy to deal with life in constant beta--life in 2009.
Considering how much Bruce himself has been trumpeting the word this seems like an odd proclamation to me. Maybe he feels only he can spot real innovation. Or, maybe he is going to unveil a new word in 2010? He is probably correct but even more impressive is his use of "conflating", now that is innovation.
I saw Avatar on Christmas Day. Yes, the theater was crowded but it was worth it and both Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana did a good job. Most of the special effects were terrific and the ships were downright awesome. The six legged horses were a little heavy-handed and the dog/hyena night creatures were just plain bad but the rest of the visuals and the solid story more than made up for it.
According to Unicahome, "Provence is an exquisite series of crystal glassware from one of italy's finest glass producers, ichendorf. a collision of art and useful object, provence brings creativity and style to the table. the diagonally cut line of the parison facilitates tasting so function and design work in complete harmony. It is not for me, but it is interesting.
They are a little crafty but I think that the hand painted paper ornaments are great looking on the tree. The look is different than glass because there is less reflection. Crate and Barrel sells a couple of sets and they last for ever. You can also make your own pretty easily...wrapping paper from target and ornament balls from any craft store works well.