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BORRACHOS: Stop Motion Tribute to Oskar Fischinger
07.29.2009
01:16 am
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Impressive stop motion video with plasticine by samuelle3. Samuelle3 explains borrachos, ” Stop-motion animation tribute to Oskar Fishinger. Using black plasticine, paper and wire over a precarious light-box and my tripod fixed to the wall.”

Totally worth checking out!

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Oskar Fischinger

Posted by Tara McGinley
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07.29.2009
01:16 am
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Unusual Portrait of John Waters on Etsy
07.28.2009
11:43 pm
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Etsy user darkvomit sells original oil paintings, kinetic art and Christmas card sets. From his listing:

“The Pope of Trash” by Kelly Hutchison (aka “Dark Vomit”). Original oil painting… Gesso…Painted… then varnished on wood panel. Measures 26 inches by 31 inches with the gold frame (frame comes with purchase) Ready to hang on the wall as is. Signed and dated by artist.


The Pope of Trash - John Waters

Posted by Tara McGinley
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07.28.2009
11:43 pm
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Roger Ebert Flips His Lid
07.28.2009
08:24 pm
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Roger Ebert?

Posted by Jason Louv
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07.28.2009
08:24 pm
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7 Days To Vice!
07.28.2009
01:20 pm
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One of my more interesting vacations involved a weekend in Palm Desert with Thomas Pynchon‘s just-released Mason & Dixon.  Fueled by coffee, date shakes and excitement, I plowed through that book’s 773 pages in 3 days, and emerged from it shaken…dazzled…moved.  Yep, moved.  What seems to get lost in the shuffle when those of us who still talk about Pynchon talk about Pynchon is how gracefully he can knit together a moment of Maximum Emotional Devastation.  I’m thinking now of Mason receiving comfort from his estranged son in the wake of Dixon’s death, or Zoyd Wheeler’s understanding that after so many wrong turns in life, in coming to Vineland, he was finally, FINALLY, guiding his family somewhere right—and good.  I could go on and on, and probably will, when next Tuesday sees the release of Pynchon’s seventh book, Inherent Vice.  The early reviews are in, and they do look promising—especially if you’ve been waiting for a Pynchonian take on Raymond Chandler set in the very beach towns where he presumably composed Gravity’s Rainbow.

And if you’re interested in that book’s construction, you might want to check out
A Journey Into The Mind Of [p].  The more interesting parts of Fosco Dubini’s (!) documentary trace Pynchon’s footsteps all the way to the apartment he was living and writing in.  The least interesting parts revolve around the chase for the man himself.
I mean, we (old fans) all know what he looks like by now, don’t we?!

Louis Menand on Inherent Vice in The New Yorker

Tim Martin on Inherent Vice in The Telegraph

Oh, and big FYI: the Inherent Vice wiki goes live next Tuesday morning!

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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07.28.2009
01:20 pm
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Cribs, with Cindy Sherman
07.28.2009
12:40 pm
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The August issue of Vogue takes us inside the Manhattan duplex of noted photographer and conceptual artist, Cindy Sherman.  Along with the usual niceties—Kippenberger sculptures, a Prada-stuffed closet—we’re likely to find, what else, “wigs, mannequin heads and fake body parts, toys and novelties, masks, insects, and racks and racks of thrift-store clothing.”  For Sherman, there is, perhaps, no more loaded a notion than playing dress-up.  But for a lighter look at how she resolves gender “construction,” here’s her short film from ‘75, Doll Clothes:

 
Cindy Sherman in Vogue

 

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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07.28.2009
12:40 pm
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Blue M&Ms; ‘mend spinal injuries’
07.28.2009
12:33 pm
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No, this item did not come from News of the Weird… and no, that furry character above is not an extra from “Willy Wonka” either…

The compound Brilliant Blue G blocks a chemical that kills healthy spinal cord cells around the damaged area - an event that often causes more irreversible damage than the original injury.

BBG not only reduced the size of the lesion but also improved the recovery of motor skills, the rodent tests showed.

Those treated with BBG were later able to walk, although with a limp. Rats that did not receive the BBG solution never regained the ability to walk.

On the downside, the treatment causes the skin to temporarily turn bright blue and BBG needs to be injected soon after the trauma. The test injections were given within 15 minutes.

Blue M&Ms ‘mend spinal injuries’

Posted by Richard Metzger
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07.28.2009
12:33 pm
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David Lynch, Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse: Dark Night of the Soul
07.28.2009
10:46 am
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Director David Lynch worked up a number of images in his patented surrealistic style for a book to accompany the new album by Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse (featuring an A-list team of additional collaborators like The Flaming Lips, Iggy Pop, Suzanne Vega, Frank Black, James Mercer (The Shins), and Julian Casablancas).

But there’s a bit of a catch: the limited edition packaging for the album comes with no music. That’s right, all you get is a blank CD with the message “For Legal Reasons enclosed CD-R contains no music. Use it as you will” stamped across it. The reason for this is that EMI would sue Danger Mouse were he to release the CD properly (he’s been in this situation before, obviously, with “The Grey Album”).

The idea, if you haven’t figured it out already, is to download the music wherever you might find it (I just found nearly 5000 results leading you right to it on the various torrent trackers) to burn to the enclosed blank CD.

Our friends at Dazed and Confused spoke to Lynch about the collaboration:

Dazed: Do you approach painting and photography in the same way as you would creating a scene for one of your films?

David Lynch: Yeah, exactly. If an idea comes for furniture, you will see a table in your brain. You will see what it’s made of and the shape of it, and if that idea is something you love, then you go into the wood shop and start making that table. If you get an idea for a painting and you’re all fired up about it then you go right into the painting studio and start working on those. Making a film is just a longer process, but when you’re in love you don’t care how long it takes to make something.

Dark Night of the Soul official website

Posted by Richard Metzger
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07.28.2009
10:46 am
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“That’s Incredible” Broadcasts History’s First Video Game World Championship (1983)
07.27.2009
09:47 pm
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Speaking of “Look Around You”, here’s a nifty nostalgic peek at 1983’s “That’s Incredible Video Game Invitational.”  Twin Galaxies says:

Twin Galaxies first Coronation Day Tournament is recognized as history’s first video game “World Championship”—held January 8-9, 1983 at the the Twin Galaxies Intergalactic Scoreboard in Ottumwa, Iowa, USA.

Co-sponsored by Twin Galaxies and ABC-TV’s That’s Incredible, the event featured nineteen of North America’s top players competing on five current titles: Frogger, Millipede, Joust, Super Pac-Man, and Donkey Kong, Jr.

The top three finalists won complimentary subscriptions to Joystik, RePlay and Playmeter Magazine and were invited to compete on the “That’s Incredible” finals in Los Angeles.

The show was aired to an international TV audience on February 21, 1983.

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Twin Galaxies & That’s Incredible

Posted by Tara McGinley
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07.27.2009
09:47 pm
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Important Message for American “IT Crowd” Fans
07.27.2009
06:31 pm
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Graham Linehan, the Britcom maestro behind TV classics like “Father Ted” and the “The IT Crowd” has this message for American “IT Crowd” fans:

After months of trying, it looks like no-one is going to put the missing commentaries for the American release of ?

Posted by Richard Metzger
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07.27.2009
06:31 pm
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Hacking Around Swine Flu
07.27.2009
05:39 pm
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Despite media distraction, Swine Flu remains a lingering worry. Though widespread inoculation efforts are being made, there are a lot of reasons you probably don’t want to wait around for Daddy Government to take care of you?

Posted by Jason Louv
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07.27.2009
05:39 pm
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