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(stealth?) negative sell for booze

Unsystematically Oppositional is buying Sauvignon Blanc at the yuppie wine store. At the counter, as he sets down his merchandise for purchase, he notices a brand of rum, prominently displayed next to the register, called "Three Sheets."
He comments on it to the fresh-faced Employee ringing him up. The following convo ensues:

Unsystematically Oppositional: Three Sheets -- that's not very romantic.
Employee (feigning politeness): What do you mean?
U.O.: That's a brand you buy when you're just looking for something to get the job done.
Employee: How so?
U.O.: Uh -- the expression "three sheets to the wind"? It means stinko... blotto.. hammered...
Employee: Ah, hadn't heard that. I will recommend it to anyone who says they plan to spend Valentine's by themself.

(Both laugh.)


- tom moody

February 13th, 2016 at 2:29 pm

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upcoming: event at Sunview Luncheonette

On February 27 I'll be discussing my work and pontificating about (to the annoyance of many dumpers) at a live event in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY, organized by Joe Milutis. The other participants are Nico Vassilakis and Cat Tyc, who'll be talking about their own respective projects (and not about per se). Below is the text from Sunview's announcement of the event:

a nighght of image-textonics
Tom Moody ~ Nico Vassilakis ~ Cat Tyc

Join us at the Sunvievv Luncheonette for a panel of thr33+ artists to discuss, present,
question and preform the variegated commonities and rnultiptyxtodimensional worls of
visual poetics, from Mallarmé to Enhanced by the possibilities of the
innernots, yet against the grain of the meme, our night of vispo projected into the future
and back again, captioned captioning and escaping captions closure, will answer what.
Unseen practices, the avisual of the visual twice-seen (bisvisual, revisual, reversual),
hypervisual, dividual, invisible and invisual.
With a live stream of throughout the evening (or until someone gets an eye
poked out.)
February 27 @ 8pm at Sunview Luncheonette, 221 Nassau, Brooklyn


Nico Vassilakis wrestles letters to free them of their word scrum. Many of his results
can be found online and on his website, Staring Poetics - http:// Alphabet Noir, a book of texts about seeing writing & visual
poetry, is forthcoming from c_L Books. Also, a book of poems, In The Breast Pocket Of
A Fine Overcast Day, will come out later this year from Deadly Chaps Press. Nico is
vispo editor for COLDFRONT magazine.

Cat Tyc is a Brooklyn based writer/artist whose work exists on the precipice of poetic
mediology. Her video work has screened locally and internationally at spaces that
include the Microscope Gallery, Anthology Film Archives, CUNY Graduate Center,
Brooklyn Museum, Kassel Fest and the PDX International Festival where she also acted
as a curator of poetry on a bill combining poetry with experimental film presentations. In
2006, she was awarded a Flaherty Seminar Fellowship. Her video work has been
anthologized in the "Journal of Short Film" series distributed by Ohio State University.
She is co-curator and co-director with Victoria Keddie of the Poet Transmit, a live/recorded
broadcast series that explores the projective possibility of poetics in
transmission. Her most recent writings have been published in Weekday, The Sink
Review and 6x6. Currently, she is in her second year as a MFA Candidate in Writing/
Activism at Pratt Institute.

Tom Moody is an artist and musician based in New York City. His low-tech art made
with simple imaging programs, photocopiers, and consumer printers has been exhibited
at artMovingProjects, Derek Eller, and Honey Ramka galleries in New York as well as
other galleries and museums in the US and Europe. His videos have been screened in
the New York Underground Film Festival, Chicago Underground Film Festival, Dallas
Film Festival, and other venues, and he and his work appear in the film 8 BIT, which
premiered at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. His blog at,
commenced in February 2001, was recommended in the 2005 Art in America article "Art
in the Blogosphere." His music made with the home computer and various electronic
gear has been heard at Apex Art in NYC, WNYU-FM, and (internet radio).

Produced by Joe Milutis

*Milutis has written, "In Mallarmé's 'Sonnet in Xy,' he uses the mysterious word 'ptyx.' Some have said this word is precisely meant to have no image. If some poetry resists (at least in this case, but in many others) the demands of the 'poetic image,' is that because the idea of poetry + image is a fatal combination? That is, in what ways does text + image merely create a redundancy, or distract with plenitude or close down mystery? Is there something in visual poetry that returns to the avisual or anti-informatic 'ptyx'? What does an image demand? What does a text demand? Is the difference still tenable? Does image-text create a web of communication? Of translations? Or does it exist in-and-of-itself, resisting info, resisting meme?

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February 11th, 2016 at 8:10 am

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January 25th, 2016 at 7:48 pm

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January 25th, 2016 at 7:48 pm

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Feedly finally adds email logins

After a couple of years of complaints, the Feedly RSS reader added an email login option, so you no longer have to use Google to access the product.
My list of RSS readers has been updated to reflect this improvement.
Please add the feed to a reader on that list, if you haven't already, and thumb your nose at "Big Social."
(I can actually remember a time when I complained about RSS because it streamlined all the personal quirks out of individual blogs. I mentioned this recently to a honcho at an "art and technology" website and he said, "wait -- you were blogging before RSS?")

- tom moody

January 21st, 2016 at 8:13 am

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one day at the overpriced coffee shop

"I'd like a carrot muffin and a small coffee please."
"Okay... here's your carrot muffin. And you said, a medium coffee?"
"A small coffee."
"We only have medium and large" (points to two cup sizes).
"Then I would like the smaller of the two alternatives."

Barista silently hands coffee to customer.


- tom moody

January 4th, 2016 at 6:10 pm

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m.po list of banal phrases

Reader m.po sent this "curmudgeonly and William Safire-ish" list of words & phrases from the depths of officespeak and millennial-by-way-of-advertising-speak.
It's hard not to use these on a regular basis. Many are just linguistic shortcuts, skid-greasers, and ice-breakers but that doesn't mean they aren't a blight on speech.
m.po says "I started keeping the list [of phrases] so I could make damn sure never to repeat any even as their cretinous lure was upon me, like $2000 'cash back' or a box of chicken mcnuggets (I’m lovin it)... a lot of these are the linguistic equivalent of a fist bump."

…(?), not so much
yeah, right? or i know, right?
its all about...
no worries
to “rock” something , "nail" or "kill"
cool or super-cool
all good
go to
been there done that
i'll do the (some food item on a menu)
my bad
ad nauseum variations on "think different"
you got this; lets do this
have a great day
have a good one
just sayin'
crazy (adjective) e.g. crazy smart
(noun) hack(s) e.g. life hack or kitchen hack
wait for it...
game changer
dont go there
bring it
get your (...) on
I love me some...
I'm loving the...
to "onboard" or "onboarding"
on the same page
reach out
on so many levels
good stuff, wonderful stuff
sea salt and cracked pepper
rock star
go big
this is useful
having issues
touch base
deep dive
“hate on” something
“you got that right"

Update: m.po added more, below. We'll put them up in another post after a few more of these updates.

because…(noun), e.g. because…football
chicken and egg problem
bring to the table
team player
new normal
outside the box
no brainer
... much?

- tom moody

January 3rd, 2016 at 2:40 pm

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"Original PNGs" opening tonight


This is the official blog invitation linking to the tweet that links to the facebook invite for my show opening tonight at Honey Ramka. Please join me as we create conditions of artificial scarcity for the workmanlike PNG (and a GIF). (Plus, the installation looks good.)
Honey Ramka is an exhibition space in Bushwick, Brooklyn @ 56 Bogart Street (1st floor). Tonight's opening is 6-9 pm. Otherwise the gallery is open 1-6pm, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays (and by appointment).

- tom moody

November 20th, 2015 at 9:45 am

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current and upcoming projects

Some notes on current/future art activities:

--A solo show in the project space at Honey Ramka gallery in Brooklyn (opening Nov 20 -- press release coming soon). It's called "Original PNGs" and it's all digital-based work. Am printing out 40 drawings from my Computers Club Drawing Society page, as well as some of the new work on the Linux PC I'm been posting. Also an animated GIF, that will be displayed on an Amazon Fire tablet (purchased on Ebay -- kind of a joke but it actually looks pretty good, display-wise). The reason for doing prints isn't merely "to create artificial scarcity" (as the new media folk love to say about galleries) -- viewing 40 drawings in a wall-sized grid has a certain impact you don't get scrolling through them online. I hope you can come see it.

--A one-month digital residency at, scheduled for March 2016. The residency series is a new project for the London gallery Gazelli Art House, and currently features the work of Laura Brothers. Other slated artists include Philip Colbert, Hyo Myoung Kim, Giovanna Olmos, Federico Solmi, Ben Tricklebank, Anthony Antonellis and Kari Altmann. I expect I'll be doing work similar to what's on my blog, at whatever state of evolution that's at in four months.

--In December I'll be giving a talk to a group at Bard on digital painting. More details when I have them, but it wlll be loosely based on these notes for an imaginary panel. Update: This has been bumped to February.

--My artwork in The Wrong will be up for the next few months The Wrong is the second installment of a digital Biennale; the first was administered in Sao Paolo and I assume this one is, too. A group of curators are invited by the Biennale, who in turn invite artists. I have work in Utopia Internet Dystopia, curated by Valentina Fois.

- tom moody

November 12th, 2015 at 10:34 am

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Stasis Field Day (new Bandcamp release)

Am pleased to announce a new Bandcamp release titled Stasis Field Day. "SID Street 4" is the sixth track on the LP.

Liner notes:

Some of these tunes date back as far as 2009 but all were remixed to bring them up to "Bandcamp standard" (i.e., loud). New parts were written and tracks that sounded sluggish got timestretched to 83.333% of their original length. Lots of modular synth, breakbeats, and vintage beatbox sounds in these. Have fun.

Your support in the form of buying the LPs or songs is very encouraging, but all the material can be streamed.

[embedded player removed]

- tom moody

September 18th, 2015 at 8:12 am

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