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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.

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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

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

Trent Reznor:


How To Destroy Angels

Vignette II: Ce N'est Pas Ma Maison
Topic: Arts 7:58 am EDT, Jun 12, 2009

J.M. Harper:

This is not my home.

Vignette II: Ce N'est Pas Ma Maison

Ever Notice?
Topic: Arts 10:36 pm EST, Dec 11, 2008

It is ironic: people don’t notice that noticing is important! Or that they’re already doing it. It’s kind of like breathing—we’re not usually that aware of it. It’s much easier to recognize more “outbound” activities like brainstorming, testing, designing, refining. But noticing is just as important—it’s really where everything begins. There’s a funny Zen saying about that: “Don’t just do something, sit there.” It’s a reminder to let yourself take things in as well as output them.

Noticing is easier in a foreign place because mundane things are unusual. Its the sameness of the familiar that closes minds.

Ever Notice?

Violent and Crazy
Topic: Arts 11:02 pm EDT, Jun 23, 2008

Like a Morricone-style dirge recorded by The Mamas and The Papas, Violent Femmes’ cover of Gnarls Barkley’s infamous “Crazy” is like nothing you’ve heard from the legendary alt-rock trio before. Their oft-imitated folk-punk sound is flavored with surf-rock guitar and Theremin, creating a tranquility that is somber and otherworldly.

Violent and Crazy

David Byrne’s New Band, With Architectural Solos
Topic: Arts 10:48 am EDT, Jun  2, 2008

The symphony of Manhattan Island, composed and performed fortissimo daily by garbage trucks, car speakers, I-beam bolters, bus brakes, warped manhole covers, knocking radiators, people yelling from high windows and the blaring television that now greets you in the back of a taxi, is the kind of music people would pay good money to be able to silence, if only there were a switch.

The other day, in a paint-peeling hangar of a room at the foot of the island, David Byrne, the artist and musician, placed his finger on a switch that did exactly the opposite: it made such music on purpose.

I know what I want to see during hope...

David Byrne’s New Band, With Architectural Solos

Theo Jansen - Kinetic Sculptor
Topic: Arts 11:24 am EDT, Mar 16, 2008

Theo Jansen is the Dutch creator of what he calls "Kinetic Sculptures," where nature and technology meet. Essentially these sculptures are robots powered by the wind only.

Theo Jansen - Kinetic Sculptor

garfield minus garfield
Topic: Arts 9:33 am EST, Feb 27, 2008

Who would have guessed that when you remove Garfield from the Garfield comic strips, the result is an even better comic about schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and the empty desperation of modern life?

Friends, meet Jon Arbuckle. Let’s laugh and learn with him on a journey deep into the tortured mind of an isolated young everyman as he fights a losing battle against loneliness and methamphetamine addiction in a quiet American suburb.

I've seen this before, but it is funny.

garfield minus garfield

Benoit Mandelbrot Fractal Art Contest 2007
Topic: Arts 9:15 am EST, Jan  4, 2008

We selected fifteen entries to be in the exhibition, with seven alternates (in case print versions of the original selections could not be obtained). Many images were highly rated by the selection panel; we present the top forty-nine here. We invite you to view all the entries that were entered into the contest.

I can't embed pictures from this page. It replaces the image with one accusing me of theft! Not all uses of img src are negative for the host. I'm driving traffic to their contest!

Benoit Mandelbrot Fractal Art Contest 2007

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