Friday, November 30, 2007

David Liebe Hart: I want to kiss her on the lips!

Hilarious... Happy Friday!




The Sherman Foundation Salutes: Evel Knievel

Evel Knievel Dies at 69
By MITCH STACY – 40 minutes ago
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Evel Knievel, the hard-living motorcycle daredevil whose exploits made him an international icon in the 1970s, died Friday. He was 69.
Knievel's death was confirmed by his granddaughter, Krysten Knievel. He had been in failing health for years, suffering from diabetes and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, an incurable condition that scarred his lungs.
Knievel had undergone a liver transplant in 1999 after nearly dying of hepatitis C, likely contracted through a blood transfusion after one of his bone-shattering spills.




Something to offend everyone

TShirt Hell





PhizzPop

This PhizzPop Desig Challenge is TONIGHT!



New York
Hiro Ballroom
http://www.themaritimehotel.com/hiroBallroom.html
363 West 16th Street
New York, NY 10011
212-242-4300
Doors Open: 6pm
End Time: 11pm then club opens to public welcome to stay
Directions


ABOUT:
36 teams enter. 1 team leaves.

The PhizzPop Design Challenge pits top interactive, Web, and design agencies against one another to push the limits of technology and creativity in a battle royale. Think Mad Max for design.

The regional teams have been selected and will duke it out in New York, Boston, Chicago, Austin, and Los Angeles, with the regional winners competing against one another, and San Francisco winner AKQA, at the South by Southwest Interactive Conference in Austin, TX.

Setting Sun

I just came across this Oasis version of The Chemical Brother's song Setting Sun. Very cool. I wish they would do a studio verson like this.



The video for the Chemical Brother's version.



When culture kills

Yesterday at work I brought up Christo's Ubrellas and the fact that a viewer was killed by the project.

Two people died during the construction and exhibition. A woman, Laurie Mathews, was killed when one of the screens hit her because of a wind gust, and a man, Masaaki Nakamura, was fatally electrocuted while removing umbrellas when he came into contact with a high voltage power line. (From Wikipedia)




I see in the news today that culture has struck again: Cannon explodes during salute, killing two

From July 2006
Two killed as artwork 'lifts off'
Two people have been killed and 13 injured after a giant, inflatable sculpture blew free from its moorings.



The Falcon and the Snake

"Friend of the Foundation" Tom Malinowski sent this to me. Tom care to explain this?



Thursday, November 29, 2007

Wet Brain Wit & Wisdom

Dewarisms, sounds like a slurred mispronunciation by someone with Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome but is actually Bacardi USA's latest campaign for Dewars. It suposedly ressurects tidbits of wisdon from Sir Thomas Dewars.

It would probably be a lot more fun campaign if the quotes were from a slurring, inapropriate, wet-brained alcoholic.
Can you image junk like: "if it weren't for their boobies, we'd hunt em." Or maybe a consumer-generated campaign inviting American Indians to talk about the impact of whiskey on their people.

The "spirits" category is probably the one with the biggest gap between romanced promise and ugly reality.

I am reminded of Jeff Koon's Luxury and Degredation series.







Wednesday, November 28, 2007

BLIP FEST

The Blp Festival kicks off tomorrow.



About:
Manhattan art space The Tank and New York artist collective 8bitpeoples announce the Blip Festival 2007, a four-day music and multimedia event taking place in New York City November 29 - December 2, 2007. Focusing on the modern artistic exploration of primitive video game and home computer technology and featuring 40 musicians and visualists from around the world, the Blip Festival showcases artists adopting and repurposing familiar but forgotten hardware - such as the Commodore 64, the Nintendo Entertainment System, the Atari game console and home computer line, and the Nintendo Game Boy - exploring their untapped potential and unique aesthetic character. The festival's nightly concerts and daytime screenings, workshops, and presentations are supplemented by B I T M A P : as good as new, an adjunct visual art exhibition, held at acclaimed Brooklyn gallery vertexList. The Blip Festival 2007 offers a fascinating cross-section of the chiptune musical aesthetic and related low-bit visual art, in an explosive event taking place at the epicenter of the creative world.

Last year's promotional video



This is the sort of stuff you can expect at Blip.





Casted

A friend/coworker produced these (but go ahead and shit on em anyway he can take it, right Greg????).

Starring Jon Togo and Justin Long









Self-Improvement Advice (from Satan)

1 - Borrow money from pessimists — they don’t expect it back.

2 - Half the people you know are below average.

3 - 99% of lawyers give the rest a bad name.

4 - 82.7% of all statistics are made up on the spot.

5 - A conscience is what hurts when all your other parts feel so good.

6 - A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.

7 - The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.

8 - If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something.

9 - Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm.

10 - When everything is coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane.

11 - Ambition is a poor excuse for not having enough sense to be lazy.

12 - Hard work pays off in the future, laziness pays off now.

13 - I intend to live forever……so far, so good.

14 - Eagles may soar, but weasels don’t get sucked into jet engines.

15 - If at first you don’t succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.

16 - A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking.

17 - Experience is something you don’t get until just after you need it.

18 - The problem with the gene pool is that there is no lifeguard.

19 - The sooner you fall behind, the more time you’ll have to catch up.


VIA: Retired at 21

BOOSH is back!

The Mighty Boosh

Season 3, Episode 1

Watch it now, YouTube has been taking the new episodes down.





Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Web Design: Audi R8

A beatiful site designed for the Audi R8.



My favorite part is actualy the seup:
The slowest car we've ever built.
To create the Audi R8, 70 highly skiled workers fit over 5,000 unique parts one by one, producing just 25 cars each day.

This is an outrage!

Adweek story: Talbots Picks Publicis

All I can say is they had beter not of stolen my campaign idea. See below.



Infographics: The Star Wars Saga in 1 pic.

Fan made, I believe. Very fun.



VIA DIGG

Monday, November 26, 2007

Dangerous Ideas: Howard Bloom

It has been my intention to write a review of Howard Bloom's Lucifer Principle since the day I started ths blog. It is one of the most fascinating books I've ever read, the kind of book that changes the way you look at the world, the kind of book that alters your conceptual frameworks. I've read it twice yet still feel that I couldn't do a high level review justice.

On "The Lucifer Principle" from Publishers Weekly:
The "Lucifer Principle" is freelance journalist Bloom's theory that evil-which manifests in violence, destructiveness and war-is woven into our biological fabric. A corollary is that evil is a by-product of nature's strategy to move the world to greater heights of organization and power as national or religious groups follow ideologies that trigger lofty ideals as well as base cruelty. In an ambitious, often provocative study, Bloom applies the ideas of sociobiology, ethology and the "killer ape" school of anthropology to the broad canvas of history, with examples ranging from Oliver Cromwell's reputed pleasure in killing and raping to Mao Tse-tung's bloody Cultural Revolution, India's caste system and Islamic fundamentalist expansion. Bloom says Americans suffer "perceptual shutdown" that blinds them to the United States' downward slide in the pecking order of nations. His use of concepts like pecking order, memes (self-replicating clusters of ideas), the "neural net" or group mind of the social "superorganism" seem more like metaphors than explanatory tools.

That said, it was relieved to find the following videos online that allow me to present Howard himself and take the burden of summary off of my plate. Enjoy.





On Language: Steven Pinker

Another excellent talk from the Ted Confrerence. You can browse through all of the videos in the TED Talks section of the site.

Cognitive scientist Steven Pinker talks about the effects of sentence structure on meaning and the human social interaction. Fantastic!



I highly recommend Pinker's How the Mind Works. He begins the book with discussions of the physiology of the human hand and visual system and by the end is covering off on human values and emotions. The way it builds and pays-off is one of the most amazing reading experiences I've ever had. It's worth working through the 600 pages in as shot a period of time as possible.

I just found this on Authors@Google. Steven Pinker discussing, at length (75 minutes) ideas from "The Stuff of Thought".



Where on Earth: Thanksgiving 2007

I spent this Thanksgiving with a remarkable group of people at the charming Equinox Resort in Manchester Village Vermont. If you are ever looking for a New England getaway I highly recommend it.

There is a picture gallery from Equinox here.



If you ever go,be sure and take advantage of The British School of Falconry. Definitely one of the trips highlights.



Here is some Rabbit vs Hawk action for you.



Bezoar



An 18 year old girl goes to see doctor after 5 months of abdominal pain, vomiting and a 40lb weight loss.

The above object is removed from her stomach.

It seems the girl suffers from a disorder know as trichophagia. (See eats her own hair.)

A bezoar is a ball of swallowed foreign material.

CNN: Doctors untangle the strange case of the giant hairball

Lost Cause

Perhaps Beck's most beautiful song and one of the few videos that I really love. So rare that someone has such a simple concept for a video that they allow to play out slowly.



Silenced

Quiet Riot Singer Kevin DuBrow Found Dead In His Las Vegas Home



Lets take 4:31 out to remember Kevin. Rest in peace.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Kevin Smith talks about Afflect, Spielberg, Thanksgiving



Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Maintaining a sense of uncertainty: Giant Bugs

More evidence that the world (and reality) are not what they appear to be and that our models need constant adjustment.

VIA Wired News: Scientists Find Fossil of Enormous Bug

LONDON (AP) -- This was a bug you couldn't swat and definitely couldn't step on. British scientists have stumbled across a fossilized claw, part of an ancient sea scorpion, that is of such large proportion it would make the entire creature the biggest bug ever.
How big? Bigger than you, and at 8 feet long as big as some Smart cars.
The discovery in 390-million-year-old rocks suggests that spiders, insects, crabs and similar creatures were far larger in the past than previously thought, said Simon Braddy, a University of Bristol paleontologist and one of the study's three authors.


Read the entire article: Scientists Find Fossil of Enormous Bug

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Our Daily Bread (Happy Thanksgiving)

The film, Our Daily Bread is described as
is a wide-screen tableau of a feast which isn’t always easy to digest - and in which we all take part. A pure, meticulous and high-end film experience that enables the audience to form their own ideas.


New York Times Review: What’s for Dinner? You Don’t Want to Know: Our Daily Bread (2005)



The Amazon Kindle eBook Reader

I can't even get into what seems to make sense and what doesn't about this becuase I can't get over the fact that they got so retro with the design it seems to be channeling the Apple 2c.





You can read the Amazon Kindle Roundup on Gizmodo.

Elvis

Another portrait that has always fascinated me. At times I've viewed it as a pictoral cautionary tale, that no matter how great you are you can be be reduced to something falable and human. The scene is almost comic, the puffy coat, the kids, the cigar, the glasses... anything but a portrait of a "king". Recently, I've began to see it another way, that despite the fact that he is caught in a very human and less than glmorous moment he casts off an aura of a man that is uniquely himself. God bless him.



Elvis, toward the end, bloated and fat but still sounding magnificent. You can't roll against this.



Joseph Goebbels by Alfred Eisenstaedt

I've always thought that this photograph of Joseph Goebbels (shot by Alfred Eisenstaedt at the League of nations in 1933) is one of the most chilling portraits ever created. Physicaly, Goebels looks diminutive, and the amount of space he occupies in the overall composition is small given the fact it is a portrait and he is the subject (and a man of power and notoriety). Yet out of the center of the image his eyes pentrate with a cold steel force that is pure evil.



Monday, November 19, 2007

Homemade Cocaine Submarine... Busted

I've been waiting all day for pictures of this baby to "surface". Looks better than any homemade sub I ever made.

MSNBC News: Submarine with cocaine seized off Costa Rica.
Makeshift vessel carrying 3 tons of drugs en route from Colombia to U.S.




As a child, I remember getting toy subs in cereal boxes that "ran" on baking soda. That seems like a far cheaper fuel source than cocaine.



Crisis of Credibility: Kmart's Heavy Metal Jelery

It appears that Jewlery labeled lead-free at Kmart contained very high levels of lead. If it wasn't for all the China bashing would we have ever discovered this? How long have people been purchasing lead heavy products.




Kmart Items Marked Safe Had Lead

For more adventures in credibility failure click the "crisis of credibility" label below.

Monkey Meat



Go Jersey!

The commanding officer of Hoboken police SWAT team (and head of Homeland Security) is caught posing in questionable photos with swat weapons and Hooters girls!!!

I wonder if they expensed the dinner????

See the CNN Video





Go Mutton Busters!!!

WOW.



Squeeze the Sherman!

Bury the Whipple.

Actor Who Played Mr. Whipple Dies



Asians Behaving Badly

Japanese Embark on Biggest Whale Hunt in Decades

China Not Fighting Off E-Waste Nightmare: Electronic Junk the Scourge of China and, Ultimately, the World.

Clean up your act people, Mickey Rooney still has the teeth and a little bite left in him.



It was like a little Asian bashing trifecta on my iGoogle page. I couldn't let it pass.



Dangerous Ideas: Detroit

Detroit, birthplace of your humble narrator, held the title of "murder capital" for a long time. Today on Yahoo news I see:
Motor City named nation's most dangerous.

Interesting things come out of places under duress (look at me, and read Thomas Kuhn's Structure of Scientific Revolutions) look at Detroit's long history of contribution to music and look for more to come.




Friday, November 16, 2007

Until today I had only seen this in cartoons


Which part of this is unnecessary?



Thursday, November 15, 2007

"Not so fast fat man"



SYDNEY (AFP) - Santas in Australia's largest city have been told not to use Father Christmas's traditional "ho ho ho" greeting because it may be offensive to women, it was reported Thursday.

The Sherman Foundation Salutes: Jimmy Clarkson

This is badass!

Watch as Jimmy skeet shoots cars launched off a cliff.



Hot Pockets and lackluster participatory media ideas.

I am strangley fascinated by Hot Pockets. It's the kind of thing that would be given away in a lifestime supply type sweepstakes. They occupy a strange (dis)place in the food world. It's fast food, but DIY fast food, not the big brand stuff that is served from drive-thru windows. They aren't as down 'n out as the kind of microwave burrito you would get at a filling station, but it's still a lazy, down 'n dirty, heat 'n eat treat designed for the under-resourced or over-intoxicated.

There is a designer I work with that shares my fascination with Hot Pockets. I think I innocently started yelling out "Hot Pockets!" at work, just to be annoying. Eventually I began calling her, when she ansewered the phone I would say "Hot Pockets!" into the receiver... and then hang up.

Shortly after all this nonsense started I got a text from T saying that she was getting briefed to work on Hot Pockets and that I had cursed her.

Here is a picture of a Hot Pocket I found online. I've never seen a more unappetizing visualization of food-stuff.





I went to the Hot Pockets website the other day and saw this.



Apparently someone thought it would be a good idea to do a Got Milk? and Hot Pocket partnership and run a photo contest. Why? Beacuse milk and Hot Pockets go so well together. You can see the dreadful winning entries here: Hot Pockets Got Milk Winners



What might actually be a good idea is starting a gallery site of lackluster participatory media campaigns. A celebration of bad and lame marketing initiatives.

OK. I'm going to leave you witht his funny as f*** video, comedian Jim Gaffigan and his bit on Hot Pockets!





Hey Lisa, "Hot Pockets!!!!"


I'll let you try my Wu Tang Style

A great piece from Wired Magazine

Wu-Tang Clan's RZA Breaks Down His Kung Fu Samples by Film and Song

Kung-fu's influence on hip hop has been around since the '70s, when B-boys busted Bruce Lee moves while break-dancing. But in 1993, gritty rap supergroup the Wu-Tang Clan released Enter the Wu-Tang (36-Chambers), the first chart-topping album to kick up raw rhymes with dialog sampled from underground Hong Kong flicks. The Wu has since sold nearly 6 million albums, all featuring snippets from producer RZA's personal collection of action imports — which boasts more titles in the genre than the Library of Congress. "The people who made these movies didn't know how much one sentence could inspire," says RZA, who also scored Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill saga and other films. In December, the Clan's eight remaining members (RIP, ODB) reunite for their fifth release, The 8 Diagrams. RZA gave WIRED the dope on Wu-Tang's cinematic source material and sounded off on a selection of rare movie clips.








A MUST SEE: The Amen Break, from The Sherman Foundation archives.

Condom See-Saw



VIA: Ads of the World.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

New Yorker: Passport to the Arts

On Saturday I attended The New Yorker Passport to the Arts event. It consisted of a gallery crawl through Chelsea to raise money for the Friends of the High Line.

For a small donation you got a "passport book" that was stamped at each gallery. Each of the stamps was designed by a featured artist. It was a great day, saw a lot of good work, got to hang out with friends I don't see so often and the crawl format kept you moving and on a mission.

It ended with an auction of work and private party. All of it very well done and organized. (I wish other groups would put crawls and fundraisers together like this. It was a great way to check out the scene in Chelsea.)

You can see snapshots of some of the work on my Flickr site.



Blue Ghost

From CNN. This security video shows a blue ghostlike presence hanging out at AN Ohio gas station.



SEE:
Maintaining a Sense of Uncertainty, from The Sherman Foundation Archives.

Van Halen Rocks!

I gotta say, they may be getting a little long in the tooth (mid 50s) but they put on one of the tightest rockinest shows I've seen in a long time. ALL of them are on top of their game, the band's chemistry was great and it looked like they were having a great time. (The exact opposite of the terrible Police show I saw this summer.)

I also got to spend the night with some of the funnest and funniest fuckers I know. Thank's for a great night boys! My eyes were watering from laughter on more than one occasion.













Van Halen photos on my Flickr site

Billboard Magazines review of last night's MSG show

Here a quote:
The bottom line, and it ain't hyperbole: on this crisp fall night, Van Halen was, if only for two hours, once again the greatest rock band in the world. And that was the greatest surprise of all.

Word!

Fight Club for Smasung

A firend from Detroit did this spot for Samsung. Nice work John. I love when the head comes off.



Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Retail industry gift card scam

Last year some friends and I looked into starting a non-profit organzation that would get gift cards out of people's sock drawers and into the hands of families in need. It turned out to be a bigger challenge than we anticipated and there are some people trying to do similar things already. We had the idea when we saw news pieces that reported on the 8 billion dollar yearly profit that the retail industry makes off of unredeemed gift cards. They refer to it as "breakage".



This week Adage reported on the above ad that Consumer Reports placed. I would personally like to thank Consumer Reports for taking a stand and spending some money to alert people to this deplorable scam.

DON'T BUY GIFTCARDS

I feel like I'm taking crazy pills!

One of the greatest movie lines of all time, from Zoolander:



Here is a roundup of the worlds crazyness for you. Happy Tuesday:


Police charge Boy George
LONDON (Reuters) - Police charged pop singer Boy George with false imprisonment on Tuesday after he allegedly chained a man to a wall at his London home.



Hide your old pills in poop, government says
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Got some leftover drugs -- the kind that someone else might want to use, such as painkillers or stimulants? Wrap them up in used kitty litter or other pet droppings, the government advises.

A pilot program at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is looking at ways people can safely dispose of unused prescription drugs that are liable to be abused.

The Food and Drug Administration recommends flushing some of the most dangerous ones down the toilet, including the strong, addictive painkillers oxycodone and fentanyl and stimulants such as methylphenidate.

But environmentalists worry about the effects on fish and amphibians.

Here is the gem quote from this article: "Of course some people do not drink coffee. But maybe they have a pet ferret."
Who writes this shit???



Cleaver-Wielding Ex-Girlfriend Shot In Chest
ST. FRANCISVILLE, La. -- A cleaver-wielding ex-girlfriend was shot in the chest at her former boyfriend's home in West Feliciana Parish.

West Feliciana Parish sheriff's officials said Davis kicked in the door of her former boyfriend's trailer. Investigators said he was in the bedroom with his new girlfriend when Davis, carrying a meat cleaver, stormed into the room.
The new girlfriend was cut with the cleaver, and then she reportedly pulled out a pistol and shot Davis in the chest.



And finally Andy Rooney suggesting that "Negro" is a perfectly good alternative to the word "African American".

Friday, November 09, 2007

F is for Friday, F is for Fire







There is something so very postmodern about a Curious George dressed as a fireman (painted with leadpaint in China). Playful monkey dressed as a rescuer secretly functoning as a delivery mechanism for toxic substance.

Curious George Dolls Linked to Lead.



Neck Face at Blomingdales (Oh the fucking humanity)

Last weekend I spotted this Neck Face t-shirt at Bloomingdales.



For those of you not familiar, Neck Face is a graffiti artist whose work has spotted downtown (NYC) for years.



I like shopping at Bllomindales and I like the work of "Neck Face" but I don't realy like them together. The breakdown of the cell walls of cultural contexts is bothers me. Does everything have to be a merchandised retail experience?

I prefer my Neck Face when it is defacing hollywood movie billboards.



The Neck Face t-shirt is actually part of a pop-up retailing promotion for the reopening fo the The New Museum.