Saturday, August 25, 2012

Women don't want to hear what you think...

In one ear...

Today's soundtrack is a preview of the track Dust from the upcoming new album OUROBOROS by Naked Truth.

This is probably for only the truly hardcore. The last part of this Modern Art Notes podcast (begins about two thirds of the way through) has an interview with musicians Steve Roden and Stephen Vitiello and their performance of The Spaces Contained in Each as performed at Houston's Rothko Chapel. Their work was inspired by John Cage and his work 4' 33'' and relates to the Menil Collection's exhibition Silence.

Interesting. Eraldo Bernocchi, a musician whose ambient work is all I'm familiar with, is a fan of Kiss and Slayer. WTF?

The inner child...

For Fun: Silk
More play time at carnal fury - poke a big blob of goo. (But someone doesn't know what carnal means or I'm missing a devious joke.)

Play time continues with Bokeh Type. Just start typing.

Ink, paper, eyes...

Remember the divine language spoken by LeeLoo in The Fifth Element? Someone has written an English to Divinian dictionary for you. "Chamasen kiba bankite akina djala deno bana."

The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest is a prize unto itself for creating a forum for composing the worst opening sentence of a novel. Here's an entry from this year that was awarded dishonorable mention: "Bishop threw back the shot of bourbon and reflected on his career as a private dick, a profession he always thought of as perfect for a man named Richard who kept to himself and was often unkind to others." So you can only imagine what the winner is like (although the one about bird poop was pretty good).

For those of you with short attention spans who can't be bothered to read an entire paragraph, take a look at the Lyttle Lytton Contest where the rules dictate brevity. For example, "I parted her legs with great solemnity. “Hello old friend,” I whispered." (I literally LOL'ed for that one. I would love to be able to write like that.)

Tumblr goodness. What do you get when you combine photographs of donuts with literary quotes? As I Lay Frying.

Eat like Hemingway (pan fried trout) and other authors.

Mix and match...

Sweet mother of juxtaposition. T-Rex + Alien + Lego = Alien Rex
Give a Star Wars fan boy a degree in communication design and you get a list of 10 reasons why Star Wars' design is awesome.

Alien, meet Darth Vader. Darth, meet Alien. from The Clone Emperor on flickr
Getting paid...

Things you wish you'd known before your job interview (another damn infographic). Common non-verbal mistakes from a survey of bosses include (from most frequent): failure to make eye contact, having little or no knowledge of the company, lack of a smile.

Here's old but interesting advice on how to get hired.

From the How To Department, folding a suit jacket for traveling.

It's a jumble...

"Why is Texas so awesome" and other stereotypes of the states as revealed by Google.

The Open Calculus blog is devoted to free resources for teaching and learning calculus including an open-source textbook.

In other news this week, Belgium (if it were made of floating rocks) was spotted off the coast of New Zealand.

NO, IT'S NOT A BANANA. It's a robot. A robot worm. A mesh worm. (In science-speak, a soft autonomous earthworm robot.) Now watch the video of what science hath created and tell me what else it reminds you of.
It's that time of the year when kids go off to college meaning it's also time for Beloit College's Mindset List. The list is a way of preparing teachers for where their new students are coming from. For example, #7. Robert De Niro is thought of as Greg Focker’s long-suffering father-in-law, not as Vito Corleone or Jimmy Conway. #48. They grew up, somehow, without the benefits of Romper Room. (Who's a good Do-Bee?)

Sad but true...

It has not been a good week for art. First, a self-starting, well-intentioned, amateur, octogenerian artist can now lay claim to the worst art restoration in history for her work on Ecce Homo. (See image below.)

Also, in an attempt to save a little money, a Norwegian art gallery lost a Rembrandt etching when they had it sent via regular mail instead of using a courier service.

A well-intentioned amateur butchered Ecce Homo (original on left, deteriorated version in middle).  The ruined artwork has now been called "Ewok Jesus", "a crayon sketch of a very hairy monkey in an ill-fitting tunic", and "a furry alien Neanderthal" among other things. It has spawned a Tumblr page and a new Internet meme.  Image from the NYT.
Ones and zeroes...

Let's see if you can solve these computer science challenges like finding the first non-repeated character in a string.

Maybe you like GPU Programming and the complete college course notes for it.

Are you a programmer? No, a real programmer.

You may have asked yourself "Why is vi the killerest?" Here's why.

Stupid computer science tricks. Sketch2Photo is exactly that - turn a notated sketch into a realistic photograph. I really want to try it.

Wurstkoffer. Tasty. Portable. Meat.

Cool down...

You might want to check out this time-lapse video tribute to Blade Runner called Android Dreams and featuring a year's worth of Tokyo skyline.

Now cleanse your heart, soul, and mind with the gentle sound of rain.

...Women want to hear what they think -- in a deeper voice. ~Bill Cosby

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