Thursday, December 25, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
here's a link to the official trailer site
Post-A sock puppets battle spickey mechanical horrors in the shatter remains of humanity? All I know is I don't wanna have to wait that long.
Thanks fo pointing this out Michael, it took a bit to find it, but it was well worth it.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
I have a special place in my heart for Muppets, and this is pretty great, I like how the different beaker videos shot at different times, start reacting to each other, and invariably end with slight different versions of pretty much the same thing, the way things always end for Beaker.
Although my favorite is the two crotchety old men, I wanna be like them when I grow up.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
This is about as surreal as it gets. An incredible video about the moving of a huge church on a huge truck, set to over the top choral music specifically written for the event. I'm honestly flabbergasted.
It's really strange, the truck is so small comparatively it looks like the church is moving on its own.
This used to be my wallpaper, The Homing Pidgeon soceity released hundreds of thousands of birds simultaneously, each set of pirds trained to return to their respective owners, during a huge celebration in the Netherlands, I think.
The exact details are sketchy it's been a while since I got this image, and I unfortunately do not know the artist's name.
(click to see full size, otherwise your just not seeing it the way it should be.)
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
It's Like an Ark Built to Save Two of Every Style of Architecture From The Great Flood of Cookie Cutter Homes, and McMansions
Wooden Skyscraper - Arkhangelsk, Russia
I've had the pictures on my hardrive for over a year I think not knowing anything about them other than they're of an awesome building, and probably Russian. Today I randomly found this article.
"Nikolai Sutyagin, a former gangster, began building this ‘wooden skyscraper’ in Arkhangelsk, Russia with the intention of it being only a two-story building. But, a trip to see wooden houses in Japan and Norway convinced him that he hadn’t used roof space efficiently enough, so he kept building. “First I added three floors but then the house looked ungainly, like a mushroom,” he said. “So I added another and it still didn’t look right so I kept going. What you see today is a happy accident.” The multimillionaire became a pauper after his possessions were destroyed during a stint in prison, and the house is now decaying around him, but he still lives in the bottom floor with his wife."
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
This was quoted from the lead character of the new movie Twilight, based on the young adult book of the same name, which tells us Rape, Violence, Stalking, and Pedophilia, are ok if the vampire Really Really loves you.
Friday, November 21, 2008
The Erosion Sink- Topographical awesomeness.
Taken from 16 Modern Sink and Wash Basin Designs, There's some awesome and pretty stuff and most of them are really green friendly, requiring less water to fill, or causing us to think about our water usage, Like the ones above and below.
I really like the basic concept for this one, there's no valves or faucets, you lift up the one rock to allow the water to flow and fill up the pool, and then when finished lift up the other rock to allow the water to drain, completely conscious of how much you use. All very zen, if perhaps a little impractical, especially if all you want is a glass of water.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Snip line packing tape
There are tons of awesome designer tape, and theres an awesome collection of about 20 of them here
These are some of my favorites, there's also several lacy vareities as well.
Instant Frame packing tape
Clouds packing tape
Monday, November 17, 2008
A good list of some of them can be found on Wikipedia here
Via Chris Glass
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Actually During the time we raised mice, one of the longest lived of the boys sort of kept this strategy. We kept his cage in a giant tub, and no matter how old he got he could always slip between the bars. Quite the opposite of his brothers and sister, who got quite chubby, and rotund in general. He was thusly named Jailbreak
Saturday, November 8, 2008
1) The 1,700% increase in the Democratic Caucus
2) 20,991 newly registered voters
3) The three largest political rallies in Alaska's history were held in September and October.
4) Early voters set an historic record. 25,000 Alaskans showed up to vote early in 2008 vs 11,000 in 2004; an increase of 127%!
5) 12.4% more Alaskans showed up for the August primary as compared to four years ago, before the Palin nomination.
6) The average Presidential Election turnout since we started keeping records is 66.7%. The 2008 Alaska voter turnout (including the uncounted 74,527 ballots) is 60.1%. THE LOWEST GENERAL TURN OUT save Clinton/Dole 96'.
7) The Lower 49 had a record voter turnout this year.
8.) 80% of Alaskans approved of Sarah Palin just two months ago.
9) Anchorage Daily News front page on Election Day: Personnel Board Exonerates Palin She flew home to vote with Alaskans.
10) An unprecedented 16 point come-from-behind lead for Congressman Don Young over challenger Ethan Berkowitz.
11) Ted Stevens 7 felony convictions.
12) Don Young under investigation; spending over $1 million on legal fees this year."
The full article is Here, and overall it paints a pretty convincing and overall scary picture of the state of voting in this country.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
This is pretty incredible already, before you find out that the whole thing is made of paper. My mind boggles at the level or precision this would require.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Saturday, November 1, 2008
I blogged this too late for Halloween, but it's only a day past the 25th Anniversery of the Original Thriller music video, and this is a pretty awesome remix/remake.
Friday, October 31, 2008
Supplemental to the last post this is another painting by Brueghel, known as The "Little" Tower of Babel.
Also both might have been painted as a condemnation of the House of Habsburg, the Austrian rulers of an international empire at the time, that continued all they way to the cessation of the first World War, and whose last head of house only abdicated (albeit in exile) in 1961.
"And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth. 5 And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children built. 6 And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do; and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do."
It is interesting to me that this is seen as a bad thing by God. I must admit I've aways found the story of the tower of Babel interesting. plus I really like towers, it seems the ideal construction method really. Brueghel's painting is Beautiful, it seems so much more evocative of the possibilities of people cooperating, rather than the foibles. Instead of a lesson against pride, I wish we could take this as a lesson in the power of working together towards odd tasks.
Perosnally I Think They Were Just Bored And Thought building a tower to heaven sounded fun. Which sort of reminds me of a quote from The Book of The Seven Seas, "At first I thought I might go fishing, but that seeming dull I resolved on a voyage around the world." The quote is by Joshua Slocum about his 3 year journey, the first ever solo-circumnavigation of the globe, begun in the spring of 1895.
FUN FACT: (if it really could be defined as such) while the height of the tower is something of contention, it is listed in a couple of places:
The Book of Jubilees: 5433 cubits and 2 palms (according to ancient measurements, one cubit is twenty-four inches) putting the height of the tower at about 10,866 feet tall, about 8.75x taller than the Empire State Building, or nearly 2.5 kilometers.
A typical mediaeval account is given by: Giovanni Villani (1300): He relates that "it measured eighty miles round, and it was already 4,000 paces high (5,920 m (19,423 ft)) and 1,000 paces thick, and each pace is three of our feet."
The 14th century traveler John Mandeville also included an account of the tower, and reported that its height had been 64 furlongs (= 8 miles), according to the local inhabitants.
The 17th century historian Verstegan provides yet another figure - quoting Isidore, he says that the tower was 5164 paces high, about 7.6 kilometers, and quoting Josephus that the tower was wider than it was high, more like a mountain than a tower. He also quotes unnamed authors who say that the spiral path was so wide that it contained lodgings for workers and animals, and other authors who claim that the path was wide enough to have fields for growing grain for the animals used in the construction.
So the height kind of tends to vary from story to story, but is sort of universally immense by modern standards.
And finally, a contemporary author looking at it from an engineering perspective wrote, in his book, Structures or why things don't fall down (Pelican 1978–1984), Professor J.E. Gordon considers the height of the Tower of Babel. He wrote, 'brick and stone weigh about 120 lb per cubic foot (2000 kg per cubic metre) and the crushing strength of these materials is generally rather better than 6000 lbf per square inch or 40 megapascals. Elementary arithmetic shows that a tower with parallel walls could have been built to a height of 7000 feet or 2 kilometres before the bricks at the bottom were crushed. However by making the walls taper towards the top they ... could well have been built to a height where the men of Shinnar would run short of oxygen and had difficulty in breathing before the brick walls crushed beneath their own dead weight."
Most of this was taken from the Wikipedia Article here.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Look at me, still talking when there's Science to do.
When I look out there it makes me glad I'm not you.
I've experiments to run.
There is research to be done,
On the people who are
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Last night I watched the movie Persepolis, which was amazing. This is one of my favorite parts from it. The Movie itself is an feature length animated movie mostly in black and white, and it follows the auto-bigraphical story of a young girl as she grows up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. It was taken from a Graphic Novel of the same name, and I've been looking forward to it for some time.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
They have a whole series of these 5 min or so episodes, the best quality have been put up by someone from Germany, but the show has no dialogue whatsoever, and is incredibly clever.
It makes no mention of Wallace and Gromit, and I'm not sure it's even made by the same person, but it's so clearly a spinoff, and a faithful ode to their style.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Inner Forests from Michael Kontopoulos on Vimeo.
Who was blogged before: here
He's just put up more new work which is equally as awesome. Artists who can combine the technical with the visual like this always impress me, but he never fails to marry inherent concept seamlessly, so it becomes more than just a neat effect. This is sort of like his last work in reverse, whereas in the past he anthropomorphized simple machines, here he is removing the individual, turning one's person into landscapes.
There's also this one which is a bit more conceptual, but i like the simplified idea behind it: What You Missed
Friday, October 17, 2008
Cracking Contraptions - The Turbo Diner
I loved my copies of Wallace and Gromit, before we lacked the requisite VHS player to watch them. I even thoroughly enjoyed the feature length movie.
Well they haven't been idle since. they have a whole series of videos entitled: Cracking Contraptions
which you can also watch on Youtube
Trailer for: RiP: A remix manifesto Via:BoingBoing
Copyright protection laws hurt artists. The current quality of protections in the United States, and other Western countries give unprecedented powers to corporate interests. The ability to punish people for the spread of ideas only leads to intellectual stagnation, and unfairly penalizes those with limited understanding of the infringement system. It takes importance away from the ideas, and places emphasis only on the commercial aspects thereof.
I will always try to give credit where credit is due, but nothing created is original anymore save that created in complete ignorance of that which already exists. New ideas are a collaboration of existing thoughts, and that history increases their importance, not detracts.
All Art is Evolutionary by nature.
-The Pneumatic Toaster
Monday, October 13, 2008
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
So as I was leaving work I got this feeling about an older black car to my left. It would have been the perfect spot, there was a big SUV in front of me and a concrete wall on my right. I would have been trapped, ripe for smashing. I'm also always nervous to look over at them, like they're just waiting for us to make eye contact before they swerve.
Finally I decided to hazard a look. In the black car there was, I kid you not, two nuns, in full nun dress, big black habits and all. I just burst into laughter, it all seemed so absurd.
...and then they side-swiped me.
This is Self-Portrait #2 by PES
EATPES is an amazing site, filled with a multitude of awesome videos, they're all quicktime format, so I can't embed them, but there are too many good ones to choose from, even the Commercial work they did is incredible.
It's pretty much all stop motion work, usually with just odds and ends like the Self-Portrait up there, but occasionally using people too. The Loading times can be a little slow for Internet Explorer, but it's totally worth it.
My favorites are KaBoom!, Western Spaghetti, and Human Skateboard.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
There are controls at the top to control all of them, I recommend letting them load for a bit.
Word of warning: this is pretty internet intensive, and video, if your connection doesn't support that very well, it's probably not worth it.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
"A 1920 law decreed that the President of Argentina is the official godfather of every seventh son."
This was of course to curb widespread abandonment of the child, as they were naturally assumed to be Werewolves.
Monday, October 6, 2008
By: Yann Arthus-Bertrand
This is a photo from Kenya, The Acacia tree, also known as the "tree of life" by the people there, and it fills that roll even more so for the local animals. The sheer volume of tracks leading to it is kind of amazing
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Saturday, October 4, 2008
No wonder she did so much better than she did in her interviews, she had a Handy-Dandy Flow-Chart!
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Just This Past Week He Planted a Patch of Conscientious Objector Vines, but as Expected They've Joined the Rest of the Rabble, Clinging to the Gardens
later. you have died. i am sorry."