THIS PAINTING, HOLY CRAP
Click for a big version. Thanks to Mark for the tip.
Side note: One of the figures in this painting bears a striking resemblance to someone I used to go out with. No hints.
Great advice on creation from Austin Kleon, creator of Blackout Poems:
“Do good work and put it where people can see it.” It’s a two step process.
Step one, “do good work,” is incredibly hard. There are no shortcuts. Make stuff every day. Fail. Get better. Step two, “put it where people can see it,” was really hard up until about 10 years ago. Now, it’s very simple: “put your stuff on the internet.”
The whole, excellent manifesto is here.
Check out this great video by Up & Over It. They’re dancers Suzanne Cleary and Peter Harding, and they’re making Irish Dancing awesome. So fun, such great music, so cute, etc. They’re so amazing they don’t even need their feet to dance:
Thanks Marissa for the tip!
And now, from the department of “Things That Seem Totally Awesome In Theory But in Practice Would Be Completely Awful,” we bring you this amazing design of a musical bike path from the Seoul Cycle Design Competition.
Okay, the idea seems INCREDIBLE and combines lots of things I superlike. Biking along the path, you ride over these sections that activate hammers that hit xylophone-type bars, and as you ride, you create a melody. So fun, right? Whee! A little bike ride, a little tune, a little more love for Seoul and humankind in general.
More amazing graphics that have a slightly textbook, retro feel and are totally worth a look, here.
This is an awesome idea and reminds me a lot of this video that has been making the rounds, where people chose climbing stairs over riding an escalator after the stairs were transformed into a music making machine:
Okay, so let’s fast-forward to a time and place where this bike path construction has actually taken place. The bike path exists, it’s right on your way to work, you use the path for your round trips, five days a week.
11 months a year.
For the rest of your working life.
As a test to see if this would be a good idea, please repeatedly listen to this xylophone cover of the Super Mario Brothers song:
Could you listen to this backwards and forwards, every day for the rest of your life? eep.
I actually DID find an example of a song that could maybe work though: this badass xylophone cover of Sweet Child Of Mine, by Guns and Roses. amirite?
Something I can do for hours (um, obviously I’m speaking totally hypothetically here, you guys,) is listen to Rap Master Maurice do his thing. Rap Master Maurice is (one of) the alter ego(s) of artist Derek Erdman, who writes and sells “Vigilante rap phone calls”. It works is like so: You Paypal him $12 and he writes you a personalized revenge rap, plus sends you an .mp3 of him rapping it to the unsuspecting but totally deserving nitwit of your choice.
Ferinstance, let’s say you have a group project, but there’s that one dude not pulling his weight (there’s ALWAYS that one dude. If you think there isn’t, that one dude is YOU. Jerk.)
Or, maybe you’re upset about how your property management company does things.
Or, imagine you asked your friend what to eat, and he said: “How about some Beach Cliff sardines?” Clearly, that has revenge rap written all over it.
Also, he does friendly raps, but that will set you back $19. Fair enough.
I love this guy. 8 billion other raps on his site here. He’s away till September 15th, but I’m already making a list of those who have wronged me, and they’re gonna be so, so sorry.
Well thanks, Stamp. That packet of lies that served as an introduction is a lot to live up to, but I promise to do my best to keep the exciting content to a maximum, and the excessive punctuation to a minimum (though I hope you’ll all admit that there are some moments that call for seventeen exclamation marks, AMIRITE???? GUYS???).
While Nicole is away, I’ll be holding down the role of Gleaner of Internet Genius, bringing you the best from the elaborate series of tubes we call home. I’m slightly nervous, though, because–at the risk of screwing it all up right from the start–I’m not much of a Cat Person. I just hope that you, members of this community of aFfectionate aFeline aFficionados can be patient and wait for Nicole’s return, because there’s really not going to be any cat content for the next two weeks.
Well, okay, but just that one image.
Let’s start things off right with a bit of culture, shall we?
Probably you have seen this video of a three year-old reciting poetry. (No? I really think you ought to. Go ahead. Don’t worry, we’ll wait.) The poem was written by Billy Collins, 44th Poet Laureate of the USA. He’s a great poet, a fantastic speaker, and he and his youtube videos can help you get rid of that evening you weren’t using anyways.
Someone has helpfully animated many of his poems for your delight and amazement. The animations are beautiful, but I can admit that I’m not totally sure how I feel about watching images while listening to poetry. It sometimes feels like too much information and my brain shuts down. But, gorgeous!
To start you off, here’s one called Forgetfulness.
There are a bajillion more out there. Please enjoy.
Finally, this (unanimated) poem here, called The Lanyard, made it rain a bit on my face, so use caution.
Every day when her baby naps, this mom styles her up into a dreamscape and photographs it. Pretty adorable.
So far she hasn’t done any where she surrounds the baby with empty beer bottles and poker chips, but the blog is still pretty new.
Custom-carved wooden eyeglasses frames made by a guy in Chicago.
They’re so beautiful I lost my mind a little bit.
I have exceptionally good eyesight but I can probably get laser surgery to change that, and then I’ll have an excuse to own pair of these. I’ll look into it and keep you posted.
The company’s called Urban Spectacles. He also made a pretty sweet pair of frames out of an old LP. Love love love.