Sunday, August 31, 2008
I mean seriously, How awesome is that?
I think for mine i'll use Airstreams, and maybe get some rope bridges, covered connecting awnings, and a small crane with a rope pully elevator, It'll be so cool.
P.S. it looks like they used shipping containers to support the trailers as well as steel posts. Recycling, and extra storage space.
Here's a really strange Mine cart Toilet I found with almost no context, while looking for something on Wikipedia. Better make sure the breaks are on before you sit Down.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
It Symbolizes "Interplay and interaction of the opposing forces in the dualistic world of manifestation, leading to their union, and ultimately to harmony in the universe."
I found this interesting though, it's an explanation on how to draw an Endless Knot with Engineering Nomenclature and specificity. Ancient Traditional Symbolism, through mathematical Distillation:
Drawing an endless knot:Plot the vertices A, B, C, D of square ABCD. Plot E, the midpoint of line segment AB. Plot F, the midpoint of line segment BC. Plot G, the midpoint of line segment CD. Plot H, the midpoint of line segment DA. Plot I, the midpoint of segment AE. Plot J, the midpoint of EB. Plot K, the midpoint of BF. Plot L, the midpoint of FC. Plot M, the midpoint of CG. Plot N, the midpoint of GD. Plot O, the midpoint of DH. Plot P, the midpoint of HA. Draw line segment AI. Draw line segment IN but with leaving a gap in its middle. Draw line segment NG. Draw line segment GE but leaving a pair of gaps at 1/4 and 3/4 of the way between G and E. Draw line segment EJ. Draw line segment JM but leaving a gap in its middle. Draw line segment MC. Draw line segment CL. Draw line segment LO but leaving a pair of gaps at 1/4 and 3/4 of the way between L and O. Draw line segment OH. Draw line segment HF but leaving a gap in its middle. Draw line segment FK. Draw line segment KP but leaving a pair of gaps at 1/4 and 3/4 of the way between K and P. Draw line segment PA. Erase points D and B, and the drawing is done.
"Quit smoking without a patch.
Committed Action to Reduce and End Smoking is a savings program offered by the Green Bank of Caraga in Mindanao, Philippines. A would-be nonsmoker opens an account with a minimum balance of one dollar. For six months, the client deposits the amount of money she would otherwise spend on cigarettes into the account. After six months, the client takes a urine test to confirm that she has not smoked recently. If she passes the test, she gets her money back. If she fails the test, the account is closed and the money is donated to a charity. MIT’s Poverty Action Lab found that opening up an account makes those who want to quit 53 percent more likely to achieve their goal. No other antismoking tactic, not even the nicotine patch, appears to be so successful. "
Friday, August 29, 2008
There is however news:
The worker who I like least in all the world put in his 2 weeks, and is moving to seattle, so i won't even have to deal with him in the greater community at large, which is where our animosity began.
The worker who is the friendliest put in what effectively is his 3 weeks notice, but he says he'll still come by to play.
And lastly apparently the other workers, specifically 2 that don't come as much surprise, make a habit of talking about me behind my back.
All in all i don't know what to think, but none of it comes as a big shocker.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
It now reads: Dan Axe -Retail Manager
Nobody ever told me when i went from retail guy, to retail manager, but i guess it makes sense since i'm generally the only retail anything at this point, but still i never expectd an actual title, other than Baron, of course.
Also i found a railroad spike with an unusual double bend in it, either sombody forged it or a train shifted o its tracks a good 2-3 inches, there are no hammer marks, and you can't always tell with iron if it's been reheated to the point you would forge with, like you can with steel, but there are ways of bending metal with simple tongs if you get it hot.
So it's a mystery, anyways i took it home with me.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
for the Nautically Challenged, it's a World War 2 Submarine Rigged with sails.
Gullpedo: Half seagull, Half Torpedo
The whole premise is based on layers of symbolism to the point of obfuscation. The original subtexts and meanings are lost and reordered, it's like trying to write a sentence where the words are what the pieces of the whole symbolize and not what they are. Althougth, ultimately I think I just wanted to make something that was a happy mutant of the ideas in my head.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Interesting photo by the artist Andrea Galvani, Mutant horses are always superior to Thoroughbred.
In other news, I have an oldish electric typewriter that i'm dying to use for art. (either the typewriter itself, or the typed product there of) Anybody who has any good suggestions i'm all ears, preferably somthing that fits the general tone of my artistic style would work better, but some of the best work ive made in the past has diverged heavily, so I'm open to whatever. Also keep in mind I'm not looking for just a single idea.
Monday, August 25, 2008
These are by one of a collective of 21 artists that did site specific work in a little European town. (Italy?)
No name was given for whichever individual did these in particular, and it might have been several. Still it's just amazing simple little pieces that just work so well. I always apreciate thoughtful yet unobtrusive public art, it's the sort of thing that makes the world a better place to live in.
Of course some people have a differen't opinion of what is considered unobtrusive than I.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
I found this on another random Youtube search, i think this time it was "hairy" and I can not get over how catchy it is. Plus the outfits are pretty great.
Young and Hairy By Elias and the Wizzkids
I think they're Scandanavian Judging by their names.
I mainly wanted a cool sounding group to invite some of my friends to, and I have extolled the Values of Sculpture Majors many times which include:
-Higher than average Strength for an Artist.
-All around Handiness.
-The ability to bend Metal with their mind.
-The ability to eat fire as a food group.
-Treat minor cuts, scrapes, splinters, burns, abrasions, etc, as an aphrodisiac.
-A working knowledge of nearly every tool ever. (including the Archimedes screw, the Canadarm, Bull whips, Chopsticks, and Portainer gantry cranes)
-Their sweat is Highly prized by gourmet chefs as a flavor enhancer.
-They know no fear.
-They use Tin snips to cut their hair, and Metal files to shave.
Well anyways, the group has sort of taken off on its own, and now has 122 members, from all across the country, as well as members in Belgium, Italy, New Zealand, Vietnam, Turkey, Lebanon, Poland, England, South Africa, Wales, Austrailia, Canada, Mauritius, Japan, Egypt, Paraguay, Ireland, and Croatia. All that and I havent done a single thing to promote it other than recruit 6 friends as the original members.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
The Chinese State Circus Does Swan Lake
You have to watch it to believe it, It is just plain unbelievable.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
This is from a class I took 2 years ago that was an alternative media Studio art course, that was about exploring the use of audio in art.
I never actually put any of my stuff up there, and it certainly hasn't been updated in a while.
There was a lot of interesting stuff in that class, and I don't know how much of it made it on the site, but it's worth a look.
Monday, August 18, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
This is from a Canadian illustrator by the name of Graham Roumieu.
He has a website here
it's some pretty funny stuff, kind of New Yorkerish
Friday, August 15, 2008
So anyways the game designers set up a blog but took the interesting step of not talking about anything in the actual game itself, instead the blog is entirely devoted to the giant monster genre as a whole,and it's pretty interesting.
If you like the idea of giant things smashing other giant things, while horrified populace run screaming about, check it out:
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Has a whole collection of different artists in it. including Barry McGee, Shepard Fairey, and Terry Richardson, among a bunch of others, should be pretty great as a sort of general non-mainstream art world movie.
and then there's:
Which is a documentary about a Specific street artist who went by the name of Roadsworth. Even if your not normally into tagging, you should take a look his work is pretty clever, and it's just unexpected.
I know it's alot of videos today, but if your interested in Art these are two movies to watch out for.
This is Sculpture Canadian artist David Altmejd. He makes strange semi grotesque semi mirror finish metal sculptures.
you can see more here: http://io9.com/5036350/everything-thats-wrong-with-nature
The thing that really pulls it all together for me is the little digital wristwatch. It was kind of neat before but when i noticed that, i was sold. It's tiny details like that, that make a sculpture like this interesting. How in instances like this something so utterly normal and common place becomes the absurd solely by comparison.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
and then i had to do the same with an equal number of corresponding cards.
All by myself, excepting a couple hundred cards right at the end.
but, to be clear i'm not complaining, it just seems like an odd way to spend a Monday.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
I Love this Video. Many of you may already be aware of that. I like to think of myself as an overall optimist with predilictions towards cyncism at times. But in general, i think the world's a pretty awesome place.
A web comic I read for it's own merits made it's own version, but i don't know if it makes sense without having read the series for a while. Still now's a good time to start reading, good plain Geeky fun.
Seriously, I would not be an artist today, not have an interest in Architecture, and Probably be a more grounded and rational person. (Heaven Forbid!) Spaceships, Pirates, Dinosaurs, Tall Ships, Planes, Trains, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Pulp Adventure, Submarines, Bi-Planes, Castles, Ninjas... I mean honestly, What they Haven't covered that I love would probably be either impossible or inappropriate for LEGO.
So on that note i give you this. (you can click on pretty much any image i post to see them bigger by the way) It's a multilayered onion of awesome. there are so many tiny details, like the ninja vs. pirate rivalry in the ships rigging, or The Feral Jar Jar Binks & co. charging some (French?) Riflemen.
Saturday, August 9, 2008
"Adaptive Eyewear" is a fascinating program out of the UK. By injecting various amounts of fluid into the lenses of thick glasses, then removing the syringes on either side once the correct vision is achieved. That makes it possible to ship one set of glasses to thousands of people instead of trying to send out a variety of lenses to match all needs — not to mention allowing users to dial in their own prescription.
It sounds like the project has been around for several years. The company reports that thousands of pairs of glasses have been distributed by U.S. peacekeeping forces. Newer, lighter models are in the works. Fantastic stuff.
It's going on 2 +/- some years that i've needed to replace my broken glasses. Maybe these?
Continueing the theme of apocalyptic Happenings, This is a photo of a United states MIRV (multiple independently targetable reentry vehicle) intercontinental Ballistic Missile reentering the atmosphere. This was part of a demonstrative test firing, but in practice each one of those beams of light would carry a Nuclear warhead.
It's so abstractly beautiful, it's hard to really fathom the horror unleashed if they were ever actually used.
Friday, August 8, 2008
so i often search youtube for just random phrases and see what comes up. this time i was feeling momentarily melancholy so the phrase was "good day" which led me to both ice cube, and Tally Hall, and the rest was history.
Randomness like this should be bottled and sold as life-improving supplement, like vitamins, except they fortify your soul and not your bones.
*Edit: i just noticed if you look at the right place in the video you can see a person holding a memo marked "Banannual Sales"
If you like interesting interior design, give this a look.
i think i may try to make my own chalkboard room.
Vanja Pointed me toward this:
"Home & Garden
Far From Conservative
Gavin Jackson/Arcaid for The New York Times
It may look buttoned-up on the outside, but the director Roland Emmerich’s London town house is far from frumpy inside."
Thursday, August 7, 2008
(this post has been edited)
I don't think it would have been an issue but i'd rather not face criticism from my readers over what is ultimately a non-issue.
In other news it's been a slow day and it's raining which i like, so i'll just have to leave on a happier note:
hit Comments under the bottom of any interesting/offending post. type your comment, and then under that select name/URL, type in your name (the URL isn't mandatory) and presto change-o comment ready to post.
or if your feeling sneaky/vindictive you can just pick anonymous.
in Any case i've continued to doodle in a semi-architectural manner, though almost always of a fantastical nature. Like say a cloud factory that purifies and vaporizes the sludgy river Des Peres into pretty clouds, or The giant Cannon that fires locomotive sized Artillery shells at West County. (yes harmless doodles, pay no attention to the 12 story tarp)
side note: i wish i had been better at documenting my work.
the Point of all this was to say i found something cool:
Mr Jesse van Dijk is a conceptual artist and illustrator from The Netherlands. Project Indigo is this huge project creating a ficticous seaside vertical city, and its pretty amazing stuff.
heres one of my favorites:
somebody with more time and inclination than i (and if i have learned anything it is that there are always such individuals on the Internet no matter the subject) compiled a list of actual measurements of the ships in the game and compared them to the lengths of the pieces.
Lo and behold every single ship with only 3 exceptions out of 120 is an accurate 1:1800 scale within a 2% margin of error.
This is amazing to me, this is a game which i thought paid only lip service to any actual accuracy, e.g. big ships bigger, small ships smaller, furthermore this astounding accuracy is utterly superfluous. (and not in the sense that any board game in all reality is more or less superfluous, haha) The game itself uses squares on the board and only two ships no matter how big or small can fit in a square, distance is only ever measured by squares.
maybe this doesn't interest anyone else as much as me, but i just feel better knowing that someone out there, or more likely a team of someones spent countless hours making something to an exact specification for the sake of there own amusement, and never proclaiming this feat of microengineering anywhere at all.
Blogging against the machine! ...with a machine powered by machines built by machines, and only ever visable through machines!
A place to hide the things i find, mutter uselessly in an homage to the crotchety old man i look forward to becoming, occasionally post art (mine and others), stay in touch with those that can't, and lastly just to jump on the proverbial blogwagon.
i hear the phrase humble beginings thrown around as a positive an awful lot so i'm going to begin with proof that no matter how good i was or am there will always be someone out there doing it better...
and they probably live in France: