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mountain pair


above: found logo
below: kiptok, animated GIF


- tom moody

August 14th, 2016 at 8:31 am



Airbnb is now reaching into the unpopulated exurbs with this offer of overnight accommodation in a "Charming Ditch" in Lake Charles, LA.
One suspects this is net art by "Poey." Check it out before it disappears.
Related: Airbnb for non-sites / Designated Natural Area

- tom moody

August 4th, 2016 at 7:37 am

template responsive whatever


hat tip cheseball

- tom moody

July 9th, 2016 at 7:06 am



goblin and doritowitch (and others?) were layering these Wall Street Journal style dot-drawings of famous male actors (anthony hopkins is in there somewhere). suddenly...

- tom moody

July 8th, 2016 at 7:36 am

flexible web layout


A Google gnome spent uncounted hours making a graphic showing PC-to-phone page rotation; I destroyed it in seconds.
Hat tip Jules Laplace and OIE.

- tom moody

June 28th, 2016 at 7:47 am

attention vortex


- tom moody

June 20th, 2016 at 8:15 am


1462472409425-dumpfm-tommoody-modern_furniture Lucy-gif


On the left, random photo-detail-crop of Cally Spooner performance work at the NewMu (hat tip helvetica12); on the right, a clip from Luc Besson's Lucy, depicting Scarlett Johansson telekinetically flinging a mobster into a wall. Caught on the fly, Spooner's work resembles standard Trisha Brown-style gesture art but there's so much more. As the press release tells us, this is "a group of dancers who respond to conflicting choreographic instructions: to stay intimately bound together while remaining fiercely separate." Moreover, "trained by rugby players and a movie director, [their work follows] the logic of a 'stand-up scrum' -- a daily meeting often used in collaborative, responsive practices such as software development." Darn, that's a lot for one work of art.

Scarlett Johansson may or may not have had a rugby coach, but she is definitely guided by a movie director. Cally Spooner perhaps didn't need the theoretical overkill to institutionally legitimize her dancers' movements. In our current critically relaxed state where Laura Poitras and Tim Burton are shown in museums as "artists" it's only fitting to consider Johansson's genetically enhanced superhuman Lucy as form of po-Mo body practitioner. Semioticians may have already noted that the name Lucy is a trans twist on Luc, etc etc.

- tom moody

May 31st, 2016 at 10:33 am

alfalfa, situation room, etc


larsdk improved that "situation room" photo, the original of which I probably despise more than any image in the history of photos -- oh yeah, extrajudicial murder, tense times


larsdk's collage reminded me of this crude overlay job from a while back

- tom moody

May 13th, 2016 at 9:04 am

dump masterpiece


Thanks to the Wadsworth Atheneum for the press image of their recent van Ruysdael acquisition, River landscape with boats and Liesvelt Castle, 1641.

- tom moody

May 13th, 2016 at 8:41 am

reptilian oculus

The new, alien-spaceship transit hub at the World Trade Center is called "the Oculus." The classical oculus dome is rounded in shape and has a human-like "pupil" opening at the top to admit light. The WTC's oculus has a long, narrow slit opening, kind of like a crocodile's eye. Given all the suppositions about 9/11, conspiracies, and possible reptilian influence, this is a bit spooky. Is the starchitect Santiago Calatrava ... one of them?



images from the internet

- tom moody

April 16th, 2016 at 7:47 pm

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