Archive for August, 2010
unplanned collaboration with mirrrroring and illalli on dump.fm
illalli posted a GIF of a pulsing planetoid
i cropped, enlarged, converted to black and white & inverted so it became a quasi-stellar pixel field
mirrrroring added the gymnast
i did a screen capture
dump.fm user AGT528 had the idea of hand-rendering images she found on dump.
I tried it out using a couple of GIFs from her log as subject matter: the flamingo and the "presenting man" (these weren't her drawings but rather things that she found or reblogged). I drew mine in MSPaint. A couple more are coming where I put this sketch against different backgrounds.
Subjective art is not dead, just more dorky and robotic.
a couple of other people's dump.fm dumps in a stacked arrangement
(the truck is shaq's find and i forgot who did the train--in my post they are unresized)
posted by poopdeck on dump.fm
A certain breed of aristocratic right winger (particularly the type that inherited wealth or got rich in the financial casinos) has obsessed about ending Social Security since the days of FDR. Apparently one of these specimens is now a close advisor to Pres. Obama. The crew's current strategy is to claim that Soc. Sec. is "in crisis" and needs to be "fixed." Apparently this isn't true at all. But how not true?
From a press release from Congressman Jerrold Nadler, via Atrios:
[T]he Social Security Trust Fund has a $2.5 trillion dollar surplus, and it will be able to pay 100 percent of benefits through 2037, according to the Social Security Board of Trustees. What’s more, Social Security has not contributed at all to the federal deficit.
The statement you receive in the mail from Social Security corroborates this, but makes it sound more dire:
In 2016 we will begin paying in more benefits than we collect in taxes. Without changes, by 2037 the Social Security Trust Fund will be exhausted [based on intermediate assumptions from the Trustees] and there will be enough money to pay only about 76 cents for each dollar or scheduled benefits.
Pres. Obama's "Fiscal Commission," also known as the Catfood Commission because it is stacked with people who think you will do fine if you live on Science Diet after age 70, is talking about raising the retirement age or cutting benefits in the next five years to fix this. But there is no present "crisis" in Social Security. Lots of time to think about how to fund it at 100% after the year 2037. One idea might be closing the 700 military bases the US maintains around the world for no reason after the end of the cold war.
my grisaille remix of GIF posted to dump.fm by j1p2m3
Update: This is supposed to jerky, as in "spacetime discontinuum," but noisia offers an alternate, smooth version.
Have revised my artwork archive so it's a little more up to date. Style-wise it's still a plain old HTML page but have added some new thumbnails. Like most artists' archives these days it's a collection of bottomless labyrinths but at least the "portal" sort of says where the work is coming from. Lo-fi, old paint programs, cartoony, GIFs, abstraction, photorealist portraits, noise--a true unified vision. [ironic smiley]
But, no tactical media, no back stories, no XYZ narratives, it's mostly WYSIWYG art.
Jane Hamsher has the lowdown on President Obama's so-called Fiscal Commission, a group of mostly wealthy conservatives that has been meeting in secret to draft ways to screw you out of the Social Security benefits you've been taxed for your whole life. It's popularly known as the Catfood Commission because that's what you'll be living on in your old age if this group's recommendations become law.
Commission Co-Chairman Alan Simpson said this:
We’re trying to take care of the lesser people in society and do that in a way without getting into all the flash words you love [to] dig up, like cutting Social Security, which is bullshit. We’re not cutting anything, we’re trying to make it solvent.
At least one lesser person would like to tell the entitled Simpson what he can take care of, but would settle for seeing the commission disbanded, as Hamsher recommends. Thanks again, Pres. Hopey McChangelot.
PS The charming Simpson also said:
"And yes, I've made some plenty smart cracks about people on Social Security who milk it to the last degree. You know 'em too. It's the same with any system in America. We've reached a point now where it's like a milk cow with 310 million tits! Call when you get honest work!"
This is the Co-Chairman of Obama's commission speaking. Congressional leaders are already saying they'll vote for whatever this blowhard recommends.
Update: How solvent is Social Security? Very.
left: Duncan Hannah painting jpeg; right: GIF found/dumped by j1p2m3
pair originally posted to dump.fm