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the present situation

F_A_Y

- tom moody

October 3rd, 2017 at 3:57 pm

yes, they have

smartphone_mental_health

Rene Abythe: "The 'share' and 'tweet' buttons on this are especially funny to me."

- tom moody

August 3rd, 2017 at 8:40 pm

spudoogle video loop

screenshot of spudoogle twitter video thumbnail -- with one small correction

giflikevideoloop

Have been enjoying Spudoogle's twitter account recently but still have a problem with the way the SVS (Silicon Valley scum) appropriated GIFs to their commercial platforms. It's like in the movie Barton Fink where the cigar-smoking producer tells the East Coast populist playwright he wants "movies with that 'Barton Fink' feeling," then later says "get out of my office, I can get 100 writers who can give me that 'Barton Fink' feeling."
One imagines an SVS getting a neck massage and saying, "we need something like those GIF things the kids are exchanging." And then the tech slaves come up with a typical, locked-in proprietary video format with the word "GIF" superimposed. 100 guys can give them that animated GIF feeling.

It's not spudoogle's fault, he accepts conditions the way they are and rolls with the shoddy resizing, rounded edges, and fake labeling. That's twitter's price for providing an audience for your GIFs.

- tom moody

July 11th, 2017 at 12:48 pm

linear regressionists (anti-CD, 1990)

via Discogs:

linear_regressionists_cover

linear_regressionistsCD

The Linear Regressionists ‎– Living On The Regression Line
Label: Pursuit Of Market Share ‎– POMS ROI-001, RRRecords ‎– CD-002
Format: CD, Limited Edition, Anti-CD
Country: Germany
Released: 1990
Genre: Non-Music

Tracklist

1 Untitled

Credits

Concept By – Bernhard Assfalg, Don Hedeker, Franz Liebl, Lydia Tomkiw, RRR (2)

Notes
"The POMS Principles - applying violence to compact discs
The POMS Series in Anti-Cds Vol. 1"

(unplayable cd perforated by 10 holes)

- tom moody

July 10th, 2017 at 1:29 pm

weaponized sharing

sharing

from rene abythe: "this fragment from a Daily Mail infographic describing North Korea's nuclear capabilities caught my eye when their social icon widget overlaid the image"

- tom moody

July 8th, 2017 at 5:46 am

the resistance

goobage

via laqx
hat tip to travis hallenbeck

- tom moody

June 22nd, 2017 at 6:57 pm

suggestion

hillarity

The twitter executives in San Francisco shoved this in my face, so I'm shoving it back with a correction.

- tom moody

June 20th, 2017 at 12:51 pm

Posted in art as criticism

paradigmatic cupcake

hat tip m.po, whose screenshots of paradigmatic Yelp reviews led to these sprinkles-which-change-the-way-we-henceforth-look-at-sprinkles

original paradigm

- tom moody

June 6th, 2017 at 6:25 am

kc reference

poseidon

poseidonwake

- tom moody

May 20th, 2017 at 1:08 pm

Posted in art as criticism

better watch out

I made this DVD cover as a thought experiment (previous example). Whereas Hellman's film Cockfighter will never get the Criterion treatment for an absolute certainty, because of animal rights activists and general distaste for southern cracker entertainment, this 1989 entry in the yuletide nightmare franchise might actually... nah.

silent_night_deadly_night_3_hellman

It's a pretty good effort, rather droll and arch as it delivers the goods to the teenage date market. The protagonist is a cute blind girl with psychic powers; the bad guy is the serial killer from previous films (I think) who was revived from the dead by a well-meaning (!) scientist, played by Richard Beymer (later Benjamin Horne in Twin Peaks). More future Lynch actors show up: wifebeater Leo from Peaks and Laura Harring, twelve years before her breakout role in Mulholland Drive.

The serial killer wears a transparent plastic dome on his head that, as the movie progresses, shows clearer and clearer views of his exposed brain matter underneath the plastic. By the end, we even see reddish fluid sloshing around in there. Ick.

The film is never boring but moves slowly. Shots are carefully framed, especially closeups of the heroine, who looks like a Seventeen cover model and is smart, resourceful (at least when she's not walking up to the killer and touching his face), and surprisingly acid-tongued. An early scene with a shrink establishes that she's full of anger over the loss of her parents and that's why she keeps insulting everyone with rude one-liners throughout the movie.

Unless you are an IMDb commenter ("I feel that this is the absolute worst" etc), you can tell this movie was made by a slumming auteur. It's too smart, and the camera work and editing too assured, for the cheesy '80s series that launched with a topless Linnea Quigley running from an ax. In turns dreamlike and sarcastic, SNDN3:BWO is Two Lane Blacktop with decapitations.

- tom moody

May 20th, 2017 at 8:28 am

Posted in art as criticism, films