MYSTERY MAIL

May 12, 2008 | Filed Under art, found, mysterious | 2 Comments 

mysterious item



LIONS

April 15, 2008 | Filed Under found, god bless the internet | Leave a Comment 

found this on “the internet”:

 



AHHHH!!

January 4, 2007 | Filed Under found, funny haha, photo | Leave a Comment 

this is horrifying and awesome!



It Stretches Your Body

October 5, 2006 | Filed Under found, god bless the internet, mysterious, reading | Leave a Comment 

Another website of found letters - this one is pretty good - there aren’t very many, and the layout sucks, but the actual letters are good finds. They seem extra weird to me. Especially the ones in the “Hollywood” category - I’m actually not exactly sure what the Hollywood connection is, actually, but they’re definitely interesting. (see below for an example)



P.S. Page Me Later

September 26, 2006 | Filed Under art, big ideas, found, god bless the internet, mysterious, photo, reading, time travel | Leave a Comment 

I found Found Magazine’s website. It’s wonderful. Absolutely wonderful. I wish I still had the amazing note that was left on my car by some Savannah vandals after they wrecked the deer skull I had attached to my bumper. It was hilarious. I can’t remember what it said exactly, but I loved it and I saved it, but it’s vanished by now into the ether. Maybe it’ll turn up again one day and I’ll send it in to Found Mag. Here’s what they’re all about:

We collect found stuff: love letters, birthday cards, kids’ homework, to-do lists, ticket stubs, poetry on napkins, doodles- anything that gives a glimpse into someone else’s life. Anything goes.We certainly didn’t invent the idea of found stuff being cool. Every time we visit our friends in other towns, someone’s always got some kind of unbelievable discovered note or photo on their fridge. We decided to make a bunch of projects so that everyone can check out all the strange, hilarious and heartbreaking things people have picked up and passed our way.

You should read the rest of the about page… the note that started it all is pretty great… and then check out some of the finds, complete with brief explanations of the context in which they were discovered.This is my favorite one for today:

Ralph’s NoteFOUND by Jennifer in New York, New YorkI had been playing my music (which can get pretty odd at times) one night in my apartment. The next day, I woke up to a lot of sounds outside my door. I opened my door to see paramedics taking away my neighbor. He had died, apparently during the night.

By the way, we lucky Atlantans can pick up the yearly paper version of the magazine at Criminal Records... Just so you know. I’m gonna be looking for it.God, i love this stuff.



A Chaos of Conscious Forces

September 25, 2006 | Filed Under art, big ideas, found, god bless the internet, mysterious, photo, time travel | Leave a Comment 

Listen: I’ve been accumulating a pretty nice collection of bookmarks to various photo and imagery archives around the internets for a while now, with the intention of sharing. There is so much visual treasure just waiting to be looked at, from Soviet-era maps of the U.K. to photos developed from film found in cameras at antique stores and flea markets to hundreds of scans of old illustrations from the turn of the century.[I have to disclaim that I’ve been turned on to a large majority of these collections via Boing Boing, (though I’ve found some on my own,) so if you’re a regular BB reader, I ask you to forgive a little repetition. But I think some of y’all might not have seen this stuff, and I want you to.]So I’m gonna start posting some of these archives regularly.To start: a really nicely designed site about found photos from Buenos Aires.And this:

‘A city is, properly speaking, more poetic even than a countryside, for while Nature is a chaos of unconscious forces, a city is a chaos of conscious ones. The crest of the flower or the pattern of the lichen may or may not be significant symbols. But there is no stone in the street and no brick in the wall that is not actually a deliberate symbol -a message from some man, as much as if it were a telegram or a post-card. The narrowest street possesses, in every crook and twist of its intention, the soul of the man who built it.’ 

Well put, G.K. Chesterson.By the way, I like the layout of this website. The photos are neatly separated into categories, and you get the thumbnails and the actual photo you’re looking at in the same screen. Everything here is pretty good, but the “pieces” section is especially worth seeing.



I am a Dog

September 19, 2006 | Filed Under found, funny haha, god bless the internet | 1 Comment 


“He perked right up when we started calling him Charlie *B*. We chose the name Charlie because he just looked like one of those characters in the painting “Dogs Playing Poker”. He just reminded us of a poker visor wearin’, stogey hangin from his mouth kind of dog.” 



Drunken Drawings

September 17, 2006 | Filed Under art, found, funny haha, god bless the internet, mysterious | Leave a Comment 

I found this website while browsing Jeremiah’s Painting-a-Day blog (previous post) a while back… this hasn’t been updated in months, so I guess it was a short-lived project, but there was some dang great drunk drawing happening here. I forgot how much I enjoy inebriated collaborative art making… I might need to give it a shot again sometime soon. anyone up for it?



neat

September 15, 2006 | Filed Under art, found, god bless the internet | Leave a Comment 

This guy puts the rest of us lazy, procrastinating artists to shame.A painting (just about) every day, and most of them are really good. And a lot of them are inspired by old Nintendo games and the internet. Lately, he’s been doing YouTube portraits. There’s even video of him painting. It’s good. Look. You now have no choice but to click on the excitebike man.



Found Photos

January 9, 2006 | Filed Under art, found, funny haha, god bless the internet, mysterious, photo | 3 Comments 

This website is amazing. It’s like when you find a scrapbook in an antiques store and there are still pictures in it, except the photos are nowadays, and there’s like 30 scrapbooks. Sound like a fantasy? Well, maybe, but it’s for real. Seriously, folks, here’s the story:

“The Found Photos started last year while searching for mp3’s using a filesharing program. I was searching through someones shared file list and saw a folder named ‘pictures’. I downloaded the folder and found 20 or so digital camera pictures of this persons life taking pictures of himself, his friends etc. It made me wonder what else was out there, and after searching for more photos I found hundreds, thousands of them shared to everyone.”

I guess you could argue that websites like flickr are basically the same thing, but the difference is that this guy has weeded through all the truly boring crap and posted the really interestingly boring crap. I love the internet for this kind of stuff. click.



They’ve hexed me w/perplexed intensities

December 29, 2005 | Filed Under found, funny haha, god bless the internet, poetry | Leave a Comment 

Holden has found my bizzaro alter-ego on the internet: a female slam-poet who posts on ghettosoul.com as “Charlie B.” She’s spittin’ some pretty mad science, and she strikes deep into the heart of the soul of the dream of the wish. Check out her pain when she tells you she loves you, but you don’t believe her. Contemplate the age old question of whether or not Love is “Fantasy or For Real?” and then marvel at the reality of this ode to dick flickin’. Pretty hectic.