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Artist creates analog printer to make a giant alphabet out of bird poop
07.11.2016
12:02 pm

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I had zebra finches growing up, and while they were sweet little birds, they had two major drawbacks—the after-hours chirping, and all the pooping. The chirping you could remedy with a towel over the cage. Regardless of the hour, any light on and they were under the impression they had to greet the morning dawn, but darken the cage and they’d shut up. There was no remedy to the pooping however, so you simply accepted that when you took them out to play, sometimes you were going to get bird shit on you, a small price to pay to have them cheerfully hop up and down your arm.

Artist Fabrizio Lamoncha has managed to actually utilize the talents of the zebra finch, with his Poo Printer, an enclosure with letter-shaped perches that encourage the finches to shit a sort of crude calligraphy. In Lamoncha’s own words:
 

A group of male zebra finches underwent this experiment with rigorous commitment. The author/captor, taking the role of some kind of 1984´s Big brother, is providing the implementation guidelines for the transformation of this countercultural attitude into a marketable artsy product. The observation of this group of non-breeding birds in captivity and the experimentation with induced behaviors has been rigorously documented for this task. This project researches in a hybrid, artistic and scientific framework the physiological, mechanical and social dynamics of birds under captivity in a simulated factory-chain environment.

The result is the Poo Printer, an analog generative typography printer using the bird-poo as the particle substance in order to slowly generate the Latin alphabet characters over a large paper roll.

 

 

 
A time-lapse video of the Poo Printer in action, after the jump…

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This dog’s butt looks just like the Ikea monkey
07.11.2016
10:12 am

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Remember Darwin the macaque monkey who achieved worldwide Internet celebrity four years ago when he was photographed running amok, dashingly suited in a shearling coat, in an Ontario IKEA? The image of tiny forlorn Darwin launched a thousand memes.
 

 
Darwin, a prohibited exotic animal, had escaped from his owner’s car when he was spotted in the IKEA. His owner at the time was fined $240 Canadian dollars ($177 USD) for keeping a prohibited animal and subsequently lost a court battle to win him back.

Since then, Darwin has been housed at the Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary in Ontario where he has lived a pretty normal monkey life ever since his days of Internet fame. Last December, VICE published a lovely interview with one of Darwin’s caretakers.

The subject of Dawrin the macaque in the shearling coat came up a couple of days ago when someone posted the following image to reddit simply titled, “My friend’s dog’s butt looks like the IKEA monkey.”

The post delivers on the title’s promise:
 

 
The resemblance is uncanny.

This is the best dog ass since the Jesus Christ dog ass:
 

 
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Artist creates huge portraits of cult icons from donuts
07.08.2016
09:52 am

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‘Alfred E. Neuman’ looking kinda doughy
 
Move over Chuck Close! Candice CMC creates art so good you could almost eat it. Well, not quite.

From the back of the room Candice’s large portraits of iconic cult figures from film, television, the arts and sciences look like bright, beautiful, Pointillistic paintings. Up close—they’re donuts.

Hundreds of photographs of tasty-looking donuts arranged by color, texture and tone—chocolate, vanilla, pink strawberry, blueberry, sugar glazed with sprinkles on the top. If they were real donuts instead of just photographs I s’ppose the big temptation would be to just eat ‘em all up.

Candice CMC is an artist, photographer and graphic designer—and her donut portraits are currently on show across Europe. However, if these pictures get your taste buds watering—you can order out as they are for sale.
 
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‘Marilyn with Blue Earrings’—Marilyn Monroe.
 
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Mister Spock from ‘Star Trek.’
 
More donut portraits after the jump…

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This zany old French guy wants to sell you pills that make your farts smell like roses or chocolate!
07.07.2016
11:49 am

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Christian Poincheval is a charmingly eccentric Frenchman with an innovative new product that I cannot believe has not already been mass produced. Poincheval claims he has invented a pill that actually perfumes your flatulence to smell of roses, violets, chocolate, or ginger—there’s even a version for farty cats and dogs!

We were at table with friends after a copious meal when we nearly asphyxiated ourselves with our smelly farts. The gas wasn’t that great for our table neighbours. So something had to be done about this. You can disguise the sound of a fart but not the stench.

I can’t find a lot of credible reviews of Poincheval’s Pilule Pet (one reviewer claimed they reduced her gassyness so much that it was impossible to truly test for smell), and to be honest, his whole vibe doesn’t exactly scream “scientific innovator,” but for about $35 you can get some weird old French guy’s novelty fart pills—a value at twice the price—and that should frankly be seen as a bargain. (I just feel like he’s living the sort of life that deserves patronage.)
 

 
A recent profile of Poincheval confirmed his bohemian credentials; he moved to Paris as a teen, where he met his wife Évelyne, with whom he formed a fairly successful nine-piece “gypsy jazz” band that played all over France. Évelyne and Christian still play music sometimes, but the couple has mostly retired to a small town in rural France, where Christian creates whimsical sculptures and invents from his modest cottage. Poincheval is a bit of a French celebrity, first gaining attention for inventing a toilet paper with news articles printed on it. His projects are all sort of thematically irreverent and charmingly childish, and I think the fart pills (whether they work or not), fall into a sort of Duchampian absurdist tradition.

Below you can hear Poincheval sing the song he wrote for his fart pills! 
 

 
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Totally tubular ‘A Flock of Seagulls’ wig can now be yours!
07.07.2016
09:17 am

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A wig based on the gravity-defying hair of A Flock of Seagulls vocalist, Mike Score.
 
Although summer is officially in full swing I’m one of those people who likes to plan ahead for Halloween. I’ve got a group of friends who really take this holiest of unholy holidays very seriously (last year I went out as Adam Ant—let that sink in) and believe that it’s never too early to start thinking about who you’ll pretend to be on October 31st. So as a child of the 80s, my head nearly exploded when I came across this wig that will allow you to cultivate the impossible hair once worn by Mike Score—the vocalist and keyboardist for New Wave band A Flock of Seagulls. Say what?

The gravity-defying wig can be yours for a mere $20 bucks over at the site 80s Tees.com and according to some of the testimonials on the site some folks even thought that it was real hair when they saw it. All I can say is that this thing would have come in handy when I got thrown out of A Flock of Seagulls show (after sneaking in when I was fifteen on a dare) because everyone would have clearly known I was “with the band.” It’s unclear if Mr. Score—who was a professional hairdresser before starting the band—has anything to do with his signature 80s hairdo being sold as a wig to the masses so if you (like me) know you can’t possibly live without this amazing head-topper, you might want to act fast!

More photos and the video for my favorite AFOS jam “Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You)” from the band’s 1982 record Listen follow after the jump…
 

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University building sure looks a lot like a toilet
07.06.2016
02:41 pm

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In February the State Council of the Chinese central government released an “urban blueprint” calling for buildings that are “suitable, economic, green and pleasing to the eye,” and putting the kibosh on those that are “oversized, xenocentric, weird.”

One wonders how the officials behind that directive reacted when they saw the building recently unveiled by an educational facility in Hainan, China. It bears a striking resemblance to a certain plumbing object that most of us use every day.
 

 
Here’s the kicker: the school in question is actually the North China University of Water Conservancy and Electric Power, leading some to suppose that the commode-ish design of the structure is a tongue-in-cheek reference to the purpose of the university. That it was deliberate!

This new toilet-building arrives in a year when many people are saying that Zaha Hadid’s design for the airport in Beijing, scheduled to be completed in 2019, looks suspiciously like a vagina.
 

 
via Mashable

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‘Is the person naming these colors of yarn okay?’
07.06.2016
12:50 pm

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Well, that’s what folks on Twitter and reddit want to know, anyway. Is she or he okay, dammit? I mean, just look at some of these names for yarn colors, “Rotten Pistachio Cream Macaron,” “Crumbling Brick Ruin,” “Rain in a Graveyard” or “Bat in a Dark Mood.”

You can click on each image to enlarge it.

I did some digging around and discovered the yarn is made by Etsy shop Dye For Yarn. Pretty much all the yarn colors have peculiar names. But are they okay is the real question!


 

 

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Haunted ghost town for sale on Craigslist
07.06.2016
11:14 am

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Somewhere between the city of Denver and the town of Last Chance lies a “ghost town” called Cabin Creek—it’s out there on U.S. Route 36 and it’s available for you to buy.

For an asking price of $350,000, you would get “just under 5 acres of property with the old Gas Station, 8 room Motel, Road Side Restaurant Café, 8 space RV Park, 2 Houses, and private shooting range.” The gas station measures 3,300 square feet and was actually once used as a movie theater. The roadside café has “small seating area, bathroom, cook kitchen, manager’s office, underground cold storage room and 3 bedrooms in the basement.”

According to the Denver FOX affiliate, the place was once “quite the gathering spot”—as a neighbor from nearby Byers attested, the café used to serve “the best chicken fried steak in the state.”

The seller’s name is James Johnson, and he has been pleasantly surprised by all the attention the property is getting. Johnson’s wife would like to retire and do some traveling but “the project” keeps them there. To their credit, the ad does a thorough job of walking buyers through the amount of work—some of it “nasty work” that “nobody likes to do”—that would be required to make a go of it. The Johnsons are looking to relocate to somewhere even more remote than Cabin Creek—they’re thinking about “Idaho or Montana.”

The neighbor mentioned above also noted that the property has a gruesome past, commenting that “there was a murder there.  There was some people that they took in, felt sorry for or something, and they found out the couple had money.”

The murder put the little roadside stopping place under a cloud. Johnson noted that after that, “everything just, literally, there was nobody here, so these buildings sat totally vacant.  Nothing going on out here for a number of years.” So clearly, if you want to say the place is “haunted,” go for it (the Johnsons don’t use the word).

The property is perfect if you want to live out your fantasy of being that odd rural movie character who spooks the city slickers after they get lost in the middle of nowhere and need to gas up and get some directions.

“Most neighbors are hundreds of acres away,” says the ad, in a sentence that forges new ground in putting an uneasy weight on the word “most.”

Using the term “ghost town” for the unusual property has its up side and its down side—it’s great for attracting attention among potential buyers but when the time comes to secure a loan, it ceases to be such a positive thing, Johnson says. “The hardest part out here is you’re not going to get a regular conventional loan on this property. You say ghost town and they say what?”
 

 

 

 
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Weird VHS rarity ‘David Lee Roth’s No Holds Bar-B-Que’ is totally screwy and online in its entirety
07.06.2016
09:10 am

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In 2002, for reasons that may have been clear only to him, former Van Halen singer and professional outsized ham David Lee Roth spent a reported $600,000 making a disjointed longform music video featuring himself cavorting with a dwarf, chugging beers with pregnant women, playing with an Asian sword to the tune of “Baker Street,” doing a totally unnecessary cover of “Tomorrow Never Knows,” brandishing military weapons, cavorting with models, playing jazz guitar…

It’s a lot like what might happen if a 14-year-old boy with a brutal case of ADHD was given a generous supply of alcohol and money, a shitty ‘80s VHS camcorder, and the chance to make the music video of his dreams.
 

 
The video was manufactured as a 2xVHS package—one tape was the regular video, the other was the video with Roth’s stream-of-Ritalin commentary, which would have to be exponentially more bonkers than the video alone—and it may have been sent out to entertainment industry movers in a quixotic endeavor to score a reality show, but it’s only been available to civilians as a bootleg, or in bits and pieces on YouTube, until a couple of days ago when Roth uploaded the whole damn thing to his own video channel, so that it can at last be seen uninterrupted in all its awkward-segue glory.

If your tolerance levels for Roth and/or the puerile display of women’s bodies are low, don’t even bother, you’ll definitely hate this 100% as much as you’re imagining you will. If you’re a sufficiently advanced ironist or a big enough actual fan of the guy to handle an hour of his mugging, you’ll be treated to a deliriously spastic mashup of early MTV and low-rent Jodorowsky for connoisseurs of breast implants and mind-bogglingly inept cover songs.

Watch ‘David Lee Roth’s No Holds Bar-B-Que’ after the jump…

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Buy the ‘Rap Master Maurice’ telephone rap business: Only one million US dollars
07.01.2016
09:24 am

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Some of us here at Dangerous Minds are big fans of “America’s greatest living art garbage movement” painter, Derek Erdman. In the past we’ve profiled his unique “outsider” paintings, as well as his hilariously bizarre soundboard phone pranks, and his punk dollhouse.

Erdman is a multi-talented individual, and one of his side-gigs that we’ve never discussed much here is his long-running “Rap Master Maurice” character which is the centerpiece of a lucrative “telephone rapping” business. Erdman claims the “Rap Master Maurice” character has earned him an average of $15,000 a year for the past nine years. Clients pay Rap Master Maurice the modest sum of $17 for him to call a target and deliver a rap.

Here we have a typical example of Rap Master Maurice’s lyrical skills:
 

 
According to Erdman:

The concept of the business is simple. The customer comes to you with a reason for a rap, either positive or negative. Address a grievance, wish a happy birthday, celebrate an anniversary; there are so many situations that call for a telephone rap. You then deliver the rap over the phone in the Rap Master Maurice character style, record the rap, and email the recording to the customer… The entire process is very simple from start to finish and never fails to make the customer happy.

It’s a proven money-maker, but Erdman has decided it is time to pass the character and business along—he has recently put the RMM concept up for sale on Ebay for the low, low price of one million US dollars.
 

 
The auction details the transition of ownership to the buyer:

The winner of this auction will take full possession of all intellectual property of the Rap Master Maurice character, thousands of past telephone rap audio recordings, all clothing and related costumes, rapmastermaurice.com + all data & traffic, the original landline telephone, three rhyming dictionaries, and a small handheld digital audio recorder. Also included is a five hour tutorial seminar that includes lunch.

Rap Master Maurice has been featured on ABC’s 20/20, MSNBC, The History Channel, The BBC Radio One, CBS This Morning, MTV2, E!, Fox News, SiriusXM, and more. Print media features have included the New Yorker, the New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Utne Reader, Aesthetica, Art Monthly, the Atlantic, Beautiful/Decay, Juxtapoz, and many more.

The ownership transition will be as seamless as possible. You’ll be making telephone raps as a full time career in no time.

Anyone outraged over the asking price should be aware that Erdman is planning to donate 10% of the proceeds Amnesty International.

Here’s Rap Master Maurice appearing live on the fabulous Chic-A-Go-Go program delivering a political message about the 2008 election:
 

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