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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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Kooky 60s Halloween Party
07.27.2009
05:26 pm
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Magic Carpet Burn on the origin of the photos, “They’re from the source of all whimsy and wonder (ebay).  All I know about them is they were taken in California by someone named Daibau…”

Thank you Daibau!

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The Coolest Halloween Party Ever!

(via Nerdcore)

Posted by Tara McGinley
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07.27.2009
05:26 pm
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Bees in Mark Frauenfelder’s Light Fixture
07.27.2009
01:56 pm
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Mark Frauenfelder over at Boing Boing says, “I thought a light bulb had burned out in the lighting fixture in the ceiling. The light bulb was fine—dead bees in the glass cup were blocking out the light. (This photo shows only about 1/3 of the bees—the rest fell on the floor when I took out the glass cup.)”


Bees in my light fixture

Posted by Tara McGinley
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07.27.2009
01:56 pm
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Toilet Paper Roll Face Sculptures
07.27.2009
12:21 pm
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Junior Jacquet folds and crumples ordinary toilet paper rolls to create these clever and fantastic face sculptures.

This puts a new spin on recycling used toilet paper rolls. Who knew you could do such a thing?

Update: Commenter Brendan points out: “Funny how a few of ‘em look like Bush…unless I’m projecting?”

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(via accidental mysteries)

Posted by Tara McGinley
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07.27.2009
12:21 pm
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Merce Cunningham (April 16, 1919 - July 26, 2009)
07.27.2009
12:06 pm
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Sad news today from the world of dance: Merce Cunningham, the great American modernist dancer and choreographer (and lifelong companion and collaborator of composer John Cage) died yesterday in New York City at the age of 90.

The Cunningham Dance Foundation and Merce Cunningham Dance Company will receive visitors today in the Merce Cunningham Studio from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

(Personal anecdote: I once eavesdropped on a conversation that Cage and Cunningham were having in a GAP store on 7th Ave and 18th Street. They were both in GAP ads, I guess, and got gift certificates for GAP clothing. Neither one of them seemed to know what to get and so they both opted for a bunch of black tee-shirts)

Merce Cunningham Dance Company (official site)

Merce Cunningham, Choreographer, Dies at 90 (New York Times obituary)

Merce Cunningham on Charlie Rose (video)

Posted by Richard Metzger
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07.27.2009
12:06 pm
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Look Around You: Remix Music Video
07.27.2009
11:23 am
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Trippy fan video of genius British retro comedy Look Around You. The video pays homage to classic moments from the series and does it in a cool psychedelic way.  Fun!

Posted by Tara McGinley
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07.27.2009
11:23 am
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Hyungkoo Lee: The Objectuals
07.27.2009
12:53 am
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Art in Asia wrote this fascinating article on body modification artist Hyungkoo Lee:

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Posted by Tara McGinley
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07.27.2009
12:53 am
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Louis Wain: The Man Who Drew Cats
07.26.2009
10:57 am
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Often held up as THE classic example of a schizophrenic artist, in recent decades there has come to be greater respect for the talents of Victorian-era illustrator of anthropomorphic cats, Louis Wain.

Wain’s famous felines were born of his efforts to amuse his wife as she was dying of breast cancer. Wain would draw their cat, Peter, with eyeglasses, pretending to read. This style was developed over the years and eventually Wain’s cats began to walk upright and wear contemporary clothes. They engaged in activities like smoking, fishing, playing musical instruments and having tea parties. It’s important to remember that at this time, cats were not widely kept as household pets, mostly they were kept around to eradicate vermin.

Wildly popular in Victorian England, for several years Wain’s drawings and postcards were all the rage, but eventually his popularity began to… well, wane.  After being taken advantage of in several investment “opportunities,” Wain’s mental health deteriorated and he was interred at a mental hospital in the poverty ward. News of his circumstances were publicized by H.G. Wells, who organized the funds to move Wain into a nicer hospital with a colony of cats, along with Prime Minister Ramsey MacDonald who personally intervened on Wain’s behalf.

In the final years of his life, Wain’s cats became more abstract and less whimsical. His once playful cats began to resemble fearsome, almost kaleidoscopic, Hindu deities. Many psychological textbooks feature drawings from various stages in the artist’s career to show the progression of Wain’s schizophrenia.

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Beginning in the late 60s, Wain’s work came into fashion again and has become sought after by collectors. In 2009 Nick Cave, a Wain enthusiast since the late 70s, organized the first showing of Wain’s work outside of England when he exhibited his work as part of the All Tomorrow’s Parties concert series in Australia. Artist Tracy Emin and musician David Tibet are also prominent collectors of Wain’s work.

The Chris Beetle Gallery is a good source for buying an original Wain.

Catland: The Art of Louis Wain

Louis Wain bio

 

Posted by Richard Metzger
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07.26.2009
10:57 am
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Color Pencil Drawings by Kirk Demarais
07.26.2009
03:10 am
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(Sorry folks, “The Johnsons” is already sold!)

Artist Kirk Demarais explains his unique pencil drawings:

The following is a series of color pencil drawings featured in the Crazy 4 Cult 2 art show at Gallery 1988, Los Angeles. Each is a family portrait based on a family from a different cult film. The Torrences was made into a limited edition print.

So why these? As was the case with last year’s selections, it gave me another chance to create four more love letters to four of my most beloved cinematic productions. I also chose them because family plays a strong role in each of these films.

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Posted by Tara McGinley
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07.26.2009
03:10 am
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