[art] - colo[u]r
start with my favourite, colorsystem.com, which covers the history of the theories and charts. [with horrible navigation for the image-hunter: click a name in the sidebar, and then the red-links, and then the thumbnail in top-right, for one of the] 128 wonderful illustrations: eg Walter S. Stiles, Michel Eugene Chevreul, Astrological connections, Richard Waller, Tobias Mayer, C.I.E. - 1931, Ignaz Schiffermueller.
Last November, the Adobe bookstore rearranged its 20,000 books into chromatic order. (more) (more) (more)
"Q: Which is pretty crazy, when you think about it.
A: Or inspired. One person's crazy is another person's inspiration."
oh, and its called "There Is Nothing Wrong in This Whole Wide World". yum.
Colorstrology. ridiculousness from pantone.
repost: the other favourite, Color in Motion. Huge and brilliant. flash edutainment.
Humanity.org - "The art of the commencement speech, an archive. Outstanding speeches from 1936 to 2005."
C-Span is hosting archives of this summer's speeches (realvideo). (these generally range from bad to worse)
the fiasco that was Arnold Schwarzenegger's Speech.
[music] - Ishkur updated his Guide to Electronic Music. (now with 1189 samples. quite often horrifying)
brainwashed updated their musiczine.
and i updated my list of streaming radio stations...
due to, the "CBC is [still] currently experiencing a labour disruption." (walkout/lockout/strike). stupid bureaucrats. tons to read from all sides. none of which brings back my radio contentment.
Oscar Peterson gets a Canadian Stamp (via)
Yma Sumac "will sing 2 songs of her choosing which have yet to be determined. She will be available for autographs on 8x10's that span her career or will gladly sign your memorabilia" at Hukilau 2005, this October. (via)
[toys] - continuing the violence theme: militarising your officespace
Super Maul - laser sighting pencil launcher
a variety from ThinkGeek: Shot Blade Launcher(mMMmmm)(review here), Megazooka, Mighty Fog Blaster, Indoor Paintball Simulator, Room Defender, Defender Of World Peace II Softair Gun, and the Firewheel Rubber Band Gun which has absolutely Nothing on...
Spud gun. not what you think.
[film] - Tony Jaa is the heir apparant to the throne of martial arts movie gods. His first film, Ong-Bak (english and japanese trailers(mov)) pulled off the acrobatics of Jet Li, without the wirework assistance. His upcoming film Tom Yum Goong(mov) looks to be higher budget, but just as raw. (via)
shaolinchamber's Trailer Gallery. Hundreds, all in wmv format. many are goofy as hell. You can see where lots of the modern genre's cliches and archetypes originated (from plot to character to phrasing to props).
some random recommendations: 5 Master of Death, Iron Monkey, Legend of the Red Dragon, The Magnificent Trio, Master of the Flying Guillotine, Hands of Death, Mantis Boxer, Drunken Master, Martial Arts of Shaolin.
Your best bet for actually renting these, is your local chinatown.
see also top ten martial art films, and this compilation.
see also the GreenCine | Hong Kong Action genre primer.
[words] - Jabberwocky
the greatest nonsense poem.
some explanations, and some parodies.
a variety of variants, including of course the movie, illustrated books by joel stewart, Stephane Jorisch, and graeme base, and popup books by nick bantock and graeme base.
the classic illustrations by john teniel, and modern depictions by rodney matthews and bryan talbot (3 pages).
but more intriguingly, a selection of audio recordings of the poem being spoken, sung, and slaughtered. (mp3s)
Donovan (yes, that donovan)
Anne Krill (link missing)
school concert choir (via)
griffin rogers (via)
Hart Williams (real)
Walter Rufus Eagles (real)
M. Craig Weaver (real)
shades of night (mov)
--update-- and, 40 clear renditions, in the public domain, from the LibriVox community (thanks elaine!)
[transport] - Snowplane
Unimotorcyclists. one-wheeled mud drag madness.
and of course, The Map Room: A Weblog About Maps
[film] - nyt article on Jim Jarmusch. I just picked up a dvd copy of Dead Man, one of my all-time favourites, and i'm looking forward to rewatching it once i've finished lending/forcing it on friends.
Titles Designed by Saul Bass. slideshows with exegesis. i need to spend more time with this..
two articles on hollywood's slump:
Marginal Revolution: The fall of Hollywood?
The Big Picture: Why is Movie Theatre Revenue Attendance Declining? (both via)
[meta] - well, i'm liking the images. most invigorating.
posts shall continue at an every-other day schedule - seems like a good blanketfortian pace.
[photography] - Rodney Smith stylish surreal gallery.
Maki Miyashita "Rooms and Underwear" series.
Ninagawa Mika's multipart portfolio.
textures: photographs by jaime morrison
[art] - i love the silhouette genre.
to the four sublime flash animations at Sinplex
Fuko Ueda surreal comic paintings
[toys] - The ultimate football table
funny trick shot video (wmv)
[art] - tweedlebop.com illustrations by michael fleming
one man safari (linked but days ago) is now Happy Palace.
Gen-pets: "They are twitching, shaking, clawing, moaing and head-butting their packaging with twist ties to keep them held in place. Feeding tubes supply the creatures with nourishment, as well as electricity for the glowing "fresh strips" and fully working heart monitors."
"My goal is not to ask such questions as, how will we relate to this new engineered life? How will it fit into our lives and us into theirs? You can see in my work that I already have this answer. I fear that we will completely objectify living matter" - Adam Brandejs
Zen in a Stone. biofeedback computer speaks iching passages once your heart beat is low enough. in a stone.
[music] - cover art
Dana's Virtual Museum of Unusual LP Cover Art - 2 pages
Odd Records "Inexplicable Recordings: Saved from Entropy" - 11 pages
show and tell music - 23 pages
The Sight of Music - 1 page
Album Cover Art Gallery - 26 pages
Album Cover Artists - 18 pages
Psychedelic Music-Rare Records - 12 pages
Museum of bad album covers - 36 pages
[words] - this post dedicated to my friend and former english teacher, Ken Jon Booth, who rocked the smock (née shopcoat).
"In the Rutherford Library the professional librarians, at least those working with the public, usually wore neat blue smocks. So the blue smock, for Kathy, had become a symbol; a symbol of service to that great portion of humanity which struggled to lift itself from the mire of ignorance through reading."
[art] - assorted recent woostercollective posts:
Miss Van's paintings
Flickr: fire and flame
upcoming Antarctic Base Station for the British Antarctic Survey.
and a variety of great antarctic blogs/zines (many discontinued, but fun archives):
75 Degrees South
Big Dead Place
felixsalmon - Rhian