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August 30, 2005 - 12:28 AM

[art] - colo[u]r
start with my favourite,, 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.

COLOURlovers rate and create colours and palettes. (via)

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.

ColorCube's Instructional Poster, screensaver previews, and color models diagrams.

flight stool for pantone by barber osgerby. slightly silly, but i can't resist a good colour swatch.
Colour of the Day (7 t-shirts). completely silly.

Colorstrology. ridiculousness from pantone.

repost: the other favourite, Color in Motion. Huge and brilliant. flash edutainment.

Color Fields Colr Pickr

lastly, there are a variety of tools to help webdesigners pick and match colours.
and the firefox extension ColorZilla, an eyedropper for colourpicking right out of webpages.

August 28, 2005 - 12:01 AM

[speechifyin'] - Commencement speeches: - "A searchable archive of commencement speeches." Also a research project to analyze the archives for collective wisdom. - "The art of the commencement speech, an archive. Outstanding speeches from 1936 to 2005."

a selection of (mostly recent) celebrity speeches: Steve Jobs, Jon Stewart, David Foster Wallace, Will Ferrell, Warren Beatty, Conan O'Brien, Mr. (Fred) Rogers, and an old one by Bill Watterson.

Samuel L Jackson ended his speech by reading Dr Seuss's Oh, the Places You'll Go!

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.

and the urban-legend of the sunscreen speech.
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just plain speechifyin' (non-commencable):
American Rhetoric: Top 100 Speeches by Rank

August 26, 2005 - 1:23 AM

[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)

nipper - the dog and trumpet logo, �his masters voice�, HMV, die stimme des herrn, la voce del padrone ...

August 25, 2005 - 1:48 AM

[toys] - continuing the violence theme: militarising your officespace
Super Maul - laser sighting pencil launcher

Office Bow of Death

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...

The Rubber Band Machine Gun (or anything else from Backyard Artillery)

Spud gun. not what you think.

August 24, 2005 - 12:16 AM

[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.

if you've read all that, then you love the genre, in which case you simply must watch Kung Fu Hustle (2004). spoofalicious. by the creator of Shaolin Soccer.

August 22, 2005 - 12:16 AM

[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)
Oliver Wakeman
Anne Krill (link missing)
Daniel Dorff
school concert choir (via)
griffin rogers (via)
The 3Ds
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!)

this search kicked off, by the sample of Alan Watts reading the first verse, on the latest album by the books, "lost and safe"

August 20, 2005 - 5:44 PM

[transport] - Snowplane

Walk on water with Seajogger. which looks almost normal when compared to...
the Aquaskipper. watch the video. the ending is so.. so.. ummmm... darwinian.

Paternoster videos. a continual motion elevator. (as a reply to the current elevator hacking threads )
see also: Residential Pneumatic Vacuum Elevators. with 3 movies. (via)

Unimotorcyclists. one-wheeled mud drag madness.

Gas-powered Pogo Stick (article)

August 18, 2005 - 1:22 AM

[art] - Roadsworth street stencils. "watch" and "look" for 3 movies and a gallery. larger Roadsworth galleries.

Kobito: "Magic" on Your Breakfast Table (article-linked mpeg movie is 70mb, ignore the two avi movies) (via)

Imp Head Studio. work reminds me of Michael Parkes. i also like the homage to James Christensen.

Art MoCo: "Negotiated specimens, heartfelt goodbyes..."

cityofsound: Recent art: King, Madonna, Solokoff

advertising: with and without

Op art by Yek

August 16, 2005 - 11:20 AM

August 14, 2005 - 12:48 AM

[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.

Cinema FreeNet Movie Connector. awesome, i thought this disappeared long ago. find the Six degrees between anyone in the IMDb. (see also the six degrees of wikipedia)

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)

How movie studios misuse reviews, kind of the opposite to The Bad Review Revue.

August 14, 2005 - 12:01 AM

[meta] - well, i'm liking the images. most invigorating.
posts shall continue at an every-other day schedule - seems like a good blanketfortian pace.

August 12, 2005 - 12:22 AM

[photography] - Rodney Smith stylish surreal gallery.

Maki Miyashita "Rooms and Underwear" series.

meat packing puddle. also Flickr: reflection


Bus Stop with Sea Spray

Ninagawa Mika's multipart portfolio.

textures: photographs by jaime morrison

Sensitive Light: Coloured Smoke gallery, with turbulence from a spoon and a setup shot (scroll down).

August 10, 2005 - 12:00 AM

[art] - i love the silhouette genre.

from the illustration of Kara Walker (pbs page with videos),

to the four sublime flash animations at Sinplex


a gallery of classic artists at The Virtual Silhouette Parlour
A History of Silhouette Art

the silhouette cutters mentioned earlier. and Banksy's West Bank stencil

Silhouette - wikipedia
Silhouette - flickr
Silhouette - google image

related are the book of Hand Shadows by Henry Bursill, and various shadow puppets/plays/theatre.
and dotheads, which i'll post about later.

August 8, 2005 - 12:48 AM

August 7, 2005 - 11:43 AM

[toys] - The ultimate football table

a Giant football table by maurizio cattelan. "In 1991 he made Stadium, an enormously lengthened table-football game designed to be played by two teams of eleven players."

Human Foosball. life size, inflatable.

'soccer board game' by kosuge 1-16 and yokocom (via)

Table football - Wikipedia. overview of the sport, strategy and variations.
A brief history of football tables

funny trick shot video (wmv)

The Football Table Robot from Freiburg uni (videos, article). And the Foosbot from Rice uni (via).

August 5, 2005 - 12:02 AM

[art] - illustrations by michael fleming

Femtasia has a striking long layout (infinite canvas?), and gleeful illustration.

one man safari (linked but days ago) is now Happy Palace.

West Bank stencils, by the amazing banksy.

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.

August 4, 2005 - 10:44 AM

August 3, 2005 - 12:39 AM

[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."

August 2, 2005 - 1:20 AM

August 1, 2005 - 12:15 AM

[science] - fire and ice.
Firefighter protection cloth. and testing video! (mov)

Dance Dance Immolation, though as Chris says, "Edgy, no doubt, but I�m personally holding out for Dance Dance Defenestration."

old link: Homegrown PVC flamethrower. dangerous and fun! darwin awaits. more pics. see also Flamethrower - Wikipedia

Flickr: fire and flame

Ice lake found on the Red Planet - large photos here.

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
Phil: Archives