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Current Topic: Arts

Address Is Approximate
Topic: Arts 4:36 pm EST, Nov 26, 2011

The Theory:

A lonely desk toy longs for escape from the dark confines of the office, so he takes a cross country road trip to the Pacific Coast in the only way he can - using a toy car and Google Maps Street View.

Louis Menand:

The interstates changed the phenomenology of driving.

Verlyn Klinkenborg:

Driving is the cultural anomaly of our moment. Someone from the past, I think, would marvel at how much time we spend in cars and how our geographic consciousness is defined by how far we can get in a few hours' drive and still feel as if we're close to home.

Address Is Approximate

The Mountain
Topic: Arts 8:12 am EDT, Apr 21, 2011

Terje Sorgjerd:

This was filmed between 4th and 11th April 2011. I had the pleasure of visiting El Teide.

Spain's highest mountain @(3715m) is one of the best places in the world to photograph the stars and is also the location of Teide Observatories, considered to be one of the world's best observatories.

The Mountain

Muppet Patriotism
Topic: Arts 12:40 pm EDT, Jul  5, 2010


Muppet Patriotism

How To Download Angels
Topic: Arts 8:34 am EDT, Jun  2, 2010

Free EP out now.

How To Download Angels

The Vader Project
Topic: Arts 5:52 pm EDT, May 18, 2010

The premise of The Vader Project is simple -- simply awesome, that is: 100 of the best underground artists and designers working today rethink the iconic black helmet that defined Darth Vader. What started as a simple idea in 2005 became a record-setting exhibition in 2009. Now for the first time, these unique pieces of art will be available to the public in an auction.

Here's the website.

The Vader Project

How To Destroy Angels
Topic: Arts 9:10 am EDT, May 18, 2010

Trent Reznor:


How To Destroy Angels

Sarah Walker :: SignalScape
Topic: Arts 12:35 pm EST, Dec 14, 2009

Structures found within technology, the sciences, nature and architecture provide the internal organization and logic for my paintings. Through successive layers I inset intricate geometries within what seems to be sinking archipelagos and dissolving perspectival systems, which are themselves the residue left over from past layers. In this way spaces emerge, transform and then decay, always leaving a trace in the final painting. A self-imposed rule dictates that every layer remain partially visible, and to this end I use processes where all strata are interwoven through a series of cancellations and resurrections. I look for moments of intensity where the cross-communication of dissimilar patterns form a moiré effect in the mind that can lead to thinking visually in interpenetrating information fields- the main subject of my work.

Sarah Walker :: SignalScape

Nissan makes EV's sound-themable
Topic: Arts 10:03 am EDT, Sep 21, 2009

Since there's apparently been a problem with EVs not making enough noise to scare pedestrians back into the crosswalk, Nissan has now decided to add sound effects to their vehicles for conspicuity (and probably to open another revenue stream for the RIAA). Imagine sitting next to the overpass thirty years from now and hearing something that sounds like an Eno soundtrack as cars whizz by.

Nissan makes EV's sound-themable

Dark Stores
Topic: Arts 4:02 pm EDT, Aug 13, 2009

Brian Ulrich:

Not if, but when.

Over the past 7 years I have been engaged with a long-term photographic examination of the peculiarities and complexities of the consumer-dominated culture in which we live.

Thom Andersen:

Perhaps "Blade Runner" expresses a nostalgia for a dystopian vision of the future that has become outdated. This vision offered some consolation, because it was at least sublime. Now the future looks brighter, hotter and blander. Buffalo will become Miami, and Los Angeles will become Death Valley at least until the rising ocean tides wipe it away. Computers will get faster, and we will get slower. There will be plenty of progress, but few of us will be any better off or happier for it. Robots won't be sexy or dangerous, they'll be dull and efficient and they'll take our jobs.

Gregory Clark:

The economic problems of the future will not be about growth but about something more nettlesome: the ineluctable increase in the number of people with no marketable skills, and technology's role not as the antidote to social conflict, but as its instigator.

Niall Ferguson:

Barack Obama reminds me of Felix the Cat. One of the best-loved cartoon characters of the 1920s, Felix was not only black. He was also very, very lucky.

Even Felix the Cat's luck ran out during the Depression.

Jared Diamond:

When you have a large society that consumes lots of resources, that society is likely to collapse once it hits its peak.

David Piling, at lunch with Jared Diamond:

I am famished, and opt for a bit of everything.

Ginia Bellafante:

There used to be a time if you didn't have money to buy something, you just didn't buy it.

Rebecca Brock:

People say to me, "Whatever it takes." I tell them, It's going to take everything.

Dark Stores

New Tron Movie
Topic: Arts 2:24 pm EDT, Jul 27, 2009

This looks good!

New Tron Movie

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