Take it to the Limit

December 1, 2006 | Filed Under funny haha, god bless the internet, mysterious, time travel | 2 Comments 



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.



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?



big ol’ people

April 28, 2006 | Filed Under art, god bless the internet, mysterious, photo | Leave a Comment 

I came across an interesting link the other day on fark; it’s a gallery (in russian haha) for this artist, Ron Mueck. He sculpts hyper-realistic people.. which we’ve all seen before - usually, hyper realism is cool for about five minutes in a gimmicky sort of way, but once the awe over sheer technical skill wears off, this sort of art often loses it’s appeal to me. I would lump this stuff in with photorealism in painting; if it’s so perfect, exact, and dehumanized that it looks just like the original photo, then it might as well be a photo and there’s not much point in making a painting or a sculpture. This guy, however, is making me think twice.Not only are his subjects really interesting characters to begin with, as opposed to a lot of the bland, ‘everyday people’ hyperreal sculpture I’ve seen out there, but he flips the script on you with the scale issue. Some of these people are freaking giants, and some of them are downright gnomey. And when you toss in the mad science this guy has with the realism factor, it’s disconcerting to say the least. I really like this stuff - I bet it’s amazing in person. Here are a few links: the russian gallery, wikipedia, flickr



Yeah, but what about the OTHER guy I look like…

April 26, 2006 | Filed Under d'etre, funny haha, music, mysterious | 1 Comment 

Everyone knows and everyone tells me that I look like “the guy from Iron & Wine,” but lately I’ve been getting a new one. The other day, one of my film industry colleagues mentioned that I bear a bit of a resemblance to the dude in the new Fiona Apple video. I hadn’t seen it, sorry… so she showed me on teh internets (it’s really awesome, by the way, you should totally watch it) and it turns out that the guy is my newest doppleganger, Zach Galifianakis.This actually isn’t the first time I’ve been compared and/or contrasted to the Z-man. I’ve heard it a few times. I know it could be the beard. In fact, it probably is the beard, mainly. But let’s also consider the razor-sharp wit. That’s probably not a coincidence.I must say, now that I think about it, that I’m proud to be included in the Sam Beam/Zach Galifianakis Beard-Mystery Club. Mr. & Wine is setting a fine example for all of us aspiring folksters looking to quietly rock the socks off some junebugs, and Z-Gal is a bad-ass in his own right - for one thing, he fuckin hangs out with Sarah Silverman, Fiona Apple, and Carrot Top. So yeah, cool. The captions in his “photos” section of his website are pretty funny, too.Oh, lest I forget - also in the club: Doug Martsch. He has the same model beard as Holden and me. We told him once, after his solo set at the 40 Watt and he was like, “Dudes, it’s like lookin’ in a fuckin’ mirror.” Nice guy. I’m thinking about making a “Beard Mystery Club” T-shirt with that quote. It could be our motto.



Leprechauns and M&Ms

April 15, 2006 | Filed Under friends, funny haha, god bless the internet, mysterious | 1 Comment 

Christa sent me these video links. i sure liked them. you sure will too.My dad didn’t mention anything about it, but apparently, there was a leprechaun sighting in Mobile, Alabama around St. Patrick’s Day. It sounds crazy, but I don’t know, man, these people really believe it. You should see the conviction in their eyes when they tell you “to me it looked like a leprechaun to me.” and the amateur sketch is so lifelike… you just can’t make this stuff up. shit, it even got on the news, so you know it’s not fantasy… it gotta be for real. Here’s the news clip: leprechaun in the hood.and here’s a remix video. frankly, I don’t see the humor in making light of these people’s traumatic encounter with a supernatural creature, but I guess some folks just don’t have any consideration for other people’s feelings. gosh.Speaking of hilarious comedy at other people’s expense: here is a hidden camera video showing what happens when a tourette’s syndrome patient wakes up to discover a life-size M&M manequin standing next to his bed. Supposedly it was an “experiment” set up by his “psychiatrist.” “crazy.”thanks, christa.update: so right after I posted, I noticed the logo for “www.tourettesguy.com” in that last video. I checked it out, and there are a whole bunch more clips of the dude cussing and saying really strange things… but my impression now is that I think it might be fake. It’s hard to say for sure, but it seems a little too funny to not be staged. However, the operative word there is funny. I can confirm that the other videos I looked at on the site are indeed pretty great. if he’s an actor, he’s got a good thing going. if it’s the real deal, well… it just got weirder. but either way, we can enjoy it, so whatev.another update: haha i didn’t realize that christa had already posted all this stuff on her blog a couple of days ago. whoops. sorry to anyone who looks at both of our pages. but it is kind of awesome that we both independantly captured the same frame of the video with that beautiful drawing. 



Pink Laser Beams

January 10, 2006 | Filed Under d'etre, fantastic weekend, mysterious, photo | 2 Comments 

I was awake at dawn this morning, (believe it or not), and happened to snap these photos from my backyard.

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It’s always nice when a natural process like a sunrise converges with an artificial (perhaps sinister?) technology like airplane trails and you end up with something this unexpectedly beautiful.



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.



The Clock of the Long Now

October 23, 2005 | Filed Under art, big ideas, god bless the internet, good lord, music, mysterious, space, time travel | Leave a Comment 

This project is pretty awe-inspiring — This guy, Danny Hillis, and his team have created a design (and two prototypes so far) for a “clock” that will run for 10,000 years. The final version will be over 60 feet tall and embedded 10,000 feet up the side of a mountain in Nevada. It will display the time in several different modes, including the positions of the planets in orbit around the sun. It’s essentially a digital clock, but it works mechanically (using pins in or out) to represent ones and zeroes. It was named by none other than Brian Eno. This is one of the most impressive and well thought out ideas I’ve heard of in a really long time, and I like it. The concept of creating a monument on this scale (physically, symbollically, and temporally) is something I’d like to see more of. Let’s build us some pyramids! Here are links: the Discover Article, the Project’s website, and a page about the 1st prototype.



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