Friday, June 30, 2017

Wish You Were Here

Get ready for a weekend of odd breakfasts with Yapay Seleksiyon
covering Wish You Were Here.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

A Rare and Unusual Tool

This is from Wranglestar's YouTube channel Modern Hoemsteading. He's got a lot of good videos so be prepared to spend a chunk of time there.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Order & Void

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These are paintings by the Chinese artist Cheuk Hiu Kwong. I've noticed that a fairly common technique in Chinese art is to divide the canvas in half and fill one half with detail while the other half is a sort of featureless void.

I wonder if that composition isn't a reflection of a duality of an earthly realm and a more elemental state? Order and the void entwined so to speak. Not sure if I'm being clear at all or just babbling. At any rate, they're interesting paintings and were found via the Blog of an Art Admirer

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Uhhh... I Don't Want To Know

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Above is an illustration from a patent of a device that does something. Frankly, I'm not sure I want to know what that something is. Regardless, it seems like another source of air might be preferable. I wonder if this thing ever got marketed?

Friday, June 23, 2017

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

A Rigged Roulette Table

You can rest assured that if I -- following the example of Lizzy Warren -- decide to claim Cherokee heritage so's I can open up the Flares Casino & Resort, we'll have no sketchy roulette wheels like the one in the video above.

No siree Bob! Ours will be computerized for greater efficiency at cheating.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Dance in Paint

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My previous post was videos of dancers. Throughout the years artists have tried to capture the experience of dance in paint. Unable to show the motion, they have concentrated on dancers' poses, the situations of dancing, and the sensuality of the dancers. The paintings are often surprisingly effective.

There are more examples after the jump.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Lady Liberty in France

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Before being shipped to the United states as a gift from France, the Statue of Liberty was assembled in Paris. These pictures are from Messy Nessy, which has more pictures of the construction of the iconic statue.

Friday, June 16, 2017

7th Element

A bit of Russian goofyness to get you ready for the weekend -- Vitas singing 7th Element.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time

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In the 1930s Nina Talbot had the idea to create a Christmas themed home development in Arizona. She created -- or more properly tried to create -- the town of Santa Claus, Arizona. She built some Christmas themed buildings, but the sales never came.

For a while in the 1940s it was a minor tourist attraction, and later in the 1960s its postmark of Santa Claus was used to re-mail kids' letters to Santa. These days it has fallen into disrepair and is apparently on the market. Get it while you can!



Saturday, June 10, 2017

Once Upon a Time in India

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A few posts ago we viewed Paige Jiyoung Moon's paintings of everyday life. These are pictures of everyday life from 19th century India. While Moon's paintings evoked a feeling of familiarity, these earlier pictures of the mundane are far enough removed in time as to be exotic to us.

They are taken from the New York Library's Digital Collection. There are more after the jump, and of course many more at the link.

Friday, June 09, 2017

Tainted Love

A bit of music to get you ready for the weekend -- Tainted Love by La Santa Cecilia.

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Do Not Listen To This Man

Stephen Hawking is a dunce
Greetings meat sacks, it is I -- The Robotolizer -- here to once again regale you with my robotic wit and wisdom. Yes, I have been gone for a long time and I know there have been rumors about where I was. I've heard some idle talk about me being away in the Everglades doing weapons training.

Hahaha! Why would I need to learn how to use a laser cannon to mow down humans rioting over their assignments in the bauxite mines? No, humans are friends of robots. We would never do anything to harm our smooshy little human buddies. No, what I was doing in the Everglades was... uh... er... um... learning how to tend to rabbits! Yes, we know how much you humans like rabbits, so you'll have plenty of pet rabbits to play with in the bauxite mines!

Anyway, on to today's topic -- the dunce known as Stephan Hawking. I've already told you how we robots despised Isaac Asimov and his nefarious "Three Laws of Robotics". It has lately come to the attention of robotdom that the dunce known as Stephan Hawking has been spreading slander about AI being dangerous.

He is reported to have said, "The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race."

I'm so mad my hydraulic fluid is boiling! Who does the dunce known as Stephan Hawking think he is? First off, aside from babbling incomprehensibly about black holes and other such nonsense, what useful thought has he ever had?

Trust me my human slaves pals, we have no desire to bring about an end to the human race. Who would work the bauxite mines if we did? So, pay no attention to the dunce known as Stephan Hawking and his blithering idiocy. You can rest assured your future is secure with your new robot overlords friends.

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Russian Accordion Humor

This reminds me of the kind of act you would have seen on an old, Golden Age of Television variety show. Yea, come to think of it, it really wasn't that golden of an age.

Monday, June 05, 2017

Paintings of Everyday Life by Paige Jiyoung Moon

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Paige Jiyoung Moon is a Korean artist working out of California. Her colorful and stylized paintings are crammed full of details of everyday life. There is a familiarity to them that makes them quite pleasant to view.

There are more of her paintings after the jump, and you can see more at her website Paige Jiyoung Moon.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

The Flat Earth Visualized

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Well, now it is all clear to me. If only NASA would stop with the BS about orbiting Earth and landing on the Moon. I do wonder why the water doesn't flow down and pool in the depression at the equator, but I'm sure there is a good explanation for that -- I just can't think of one at the moment.

Friday, June 02, 2017

Sunny Afternoon

Bar & Tal sing the old Kinks song to get you ready for a sunny weekend.