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Hubcap Prayer Wheel: Burn Rubber, Burn Karma
08.10.2009
09:13 pm
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Dangerous Minds pal Erik Davis sent us news of his wife, Jennifer Dumpert’s new project, The Hubcap Prayer Wheel:

Hubcap Prayer Wheel is a high-quality vinyl decal that depicts the most popular mantra in Buddhism, Om Mani Padme Hum. Long ago in Tibet, people inscribed this mantra onto prayer wheels that were turned by hand, but also by water or wind—a premodern version of sacred automation. With every spin of the wheel, by your own labor or otherwise, the prayer spread through the universe. So by affixing the decal to your hubcap, you can convert your car into a mobile prayer wheel. With Om Mani Padme Hum revolving as you drive, you can help ease your karma while radiating wisdom and compassion into your life and into the world.

Hubcap Prayer Wheel

Posted by Richard Metzger
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08.10.2009
09:13 pm
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Announcing the Oops Design Award Nominees
08.10.2009
05:22 pm
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Behold a couple of the er… “winners” in this year’s crop of nominees for the Oops Design Award. Aren’t some of these just gorgeous?

Oops organizers have selected:

1. Ugliest product design of the year
2. Silliest product design of the year
3. Most useless product design concept of the year

There are plenty more of these “winners” on their website.

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Via Oddee (thank you Mister Mark Jordan of London, England!)

Posted by Richard Metzger
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08.10.2009
05:22 pm
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Japanese Neon Light Fighting
08.10.2009
05:11 pm
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You have to hand it to the Japanese, they know violence sells and they market it like no other country can.

But this has to be the dumbest sport in history, two fat guys pounding each other with neon-rods until they?

Posted by Richard Metzger
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08.10.2009
05:11 pm
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Bush Administration Gets Its Own Social Network
08.10.2009
02:25 pm
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If there is one thing our descendants will judge the 00s for more than the presidency of George W. Bush, it’ll be f—-ing social media. But now, both horrors have teamed up to create the ultimate Voltron of Suck.

The Raw Story reports:

Staffers for former President George W. Bush have an answer to the Facebook community’s generally negative view of them: We’ll start our own.

In a move reminiscent of the Bush White House’s decision to create an “Office of Special Plans” to find evidence tying Saddam Hussein to al Qaeda in an effort to end-run the Pentagon and the CIA when things weren’t turning out their way, former deputy White House press secretary Tony Fratto is leading an effort to create a social networking hub for “Bushies only.”

In an interview with Politico, the erstwhile spokesman said efforts to program the site are underway and that a site would likely launch by the end of the year.

The only way I can possibly respond to this is by offering a humble prayer at the altar of Anonymous: Please, 16-year-old geniuses, please… enjoy yourself with this.

Posted by Jason Louv
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08.10.2009
02:25 pm
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The Now Explosion: The Original MTV
08.10.2009
01:56 pm
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The Now Explosion was an early attempt—ten years before MTV—to make a music video network. The programming on The Now Explosion consisted mostly of professionally produced music videos of the era, but they also generated dozens of hours of homegrown music videos featuring lip-sync and amateur performers slathered with tons of primitive special effects (and this was 25 years before YouTube!).

The “Now Explosion” first aired in Atlanta on Channel 36 in 1970. It was a Top 40 music program which, along with airing the current songs of the day, showed images to go with the music, all to the patter of an unseen DJ. Images came from promotional films and videotapes from the bands’ management, but the show’s producer, Bob Whitney, also created in-studio and on-location film and tape images to play with the songs. He created psychedelic visual effects over the images, producing rapid zooms, shapes morphing on top of images, multiple colors and images. The show is a very good depiction of the music, cultural imagery, and clothing styles of the late 1960s and early 1970s.

 

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Not much survives from The Now Explosion, although many hours were recently preserved by the Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection in Georgia.

Click HERE to see a video reel of highlights from The Now Explosion.

The Now Explosion website

An interview with Atlanta reporter, Miriam Longino, about her efforts to uncover the history of The Now Explosion

Posted by Richard Metzger
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08.10.2009
01:56 pm
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Ian & Lozz: My Animal Side
08.09.2009
10:45 pm
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Photographer Ian Lozz and Art Director/Illustrator Lawrence Mann have new work up on their website titled “My Animal Side.” I adore the classic English gentleman look!

 

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Ian & Lozz

Thanks Lea Zuccaro!

Posted by Tara McGinley
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08.09.2009
10:45 pm
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Christploitation Cinema: If Footmen Tire You, What Will Horses Do?
08.09.2009
05:08 pm
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Ron Ormond is the Ed Wood of bad religious film-making and If Footmen Tire You, What Will Horses Do? is his magnum opus. It’s like a Jack Chick tract come to life!

Here’s an (edited) review found on the Greylodge G-Pod website:

imageIf Jesus Christ came back to Earth and saw the 1971 Baptist propaganda film If Footmen Tire You, What Will Horses Do? he would convert to Buddhism. This astonishing little movie hits a rare trifecta of foaming-mouth lunacy: barking dogma, Cold War paranoia and Dixie-fried exploitation film-making at its unintentionally funniest.

If Footmen Tire You, What Will Horses Do? is the unlikely collaboration of two of the least inspiring men of their respective trades: the Rev. Estus W. Pirkle, a Mississippi preacher who had a minor following thanks to mail order sales of audiotaped sermons, and Alan Ormond, a Grade Z filmmaker who gave the world such nonsense as The Monster and the Stripper and The Girl from Tobacco Road. Ormond came to Rev. Pirkle?

Posted by Richard Metzger
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08.09.2009
05:08 pm
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The International Times
08.08.2009
11:41 pm
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Check out this complete archive of every issue of Britain’s underground newspaper, The International Times.

The International Times, or “I.T.” as it was known, was the first publication in England to emerge from the counter culture. Along with its contemporary, OZ magazine,  The International Times was heavily influenced by American publications like Paul Krassner’s The Realist, The East Village Other, The Los Angeles Free Press and The Village Voice. I.T’s staff and contributors included notables like Barry Miles, Germaine Greer, John Peel, Mick Farren, and Beat writers like Alexander Trocchi, William Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg. Paul McCartney—a guy much hipper than he’s usually given credit for—often helped the magazine financially.

The Wired Jester quoted co-founder Barry Miles on I.T.‘s beginnings:

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Posted by Richard Metzger
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08.08.2009
11:41 pm
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Carved Phone Book Portraits
08.08.2009
08:39 pm
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Alex Queral carves and paints these fantastic portraits from a phone directory. Alex says, “My fascination with heads began as an art student. For me, the human head was a natural choice of subject matter because of its inherent expressiveness. I carve the faces out of phone books because I like the three-dimensional quality that results and because of the unexpected results that occur working in this medium. The three-dimensional quality enhances the feeling of the pieces as an object as opposed to a picture.

In carving and painting a head from a phone directory, I?

Posted by Tara McGinley
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08.08.2009
08:39 pm
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Creepy Dental Surgical Masks
08.08.2009
07:05 pm
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“With regular brushing using Cologate Smiles kids’ toothbrushes, there’s no longer any need for kids to be afraid of the dentist. This was a wide-ranging promotion in which surgical masks were sent to dentists to get the message across in a striking way - the masks had funny comic-style mouths on them that help to lighten up a visit to the dentist for the kids and everyone else too.”

No need for kids to be afraid of the dentist?!?!?! I’d shit myself if someone came near me dressed like this, wouldn’t you?

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Ads of the World

Posted by Tara McGinley
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08.08.2009
07:05 pm
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