Is it just me or is there a lot of LOLCAT noise at boingboing recently. Yes, I did blog about it. No, I will not talk about LOLCAT club.
I cannot turn anywhere without seeing this madness.
But I will not give in.
Anyways, Ratatat – Wildcat
I listened to a lot of synth and guitar from this du-du-du-duo in March and April. Its actually a trio (Guitar, Bass, Synth/Drums (if you can really call a single snare and cymbal “drums”), but that’s beside the point. Me and Shannon instinctively growl and claw at the air everytime we hear the big cat in the distance… It’s really a silly sight to see. And you gotta love it when they break it down around 1:57. When we saw them in concert last month at Porter’s Pub, we were also joined by a few of the hipster kids who’ve been listening to the duo for “Seventeen Years”.
Get funky friends, get funky.
PS: No, my last post wasn’t a spam message. And no, I do not plan to use it. Its just interesting. Much like the iPhone and this Multi-touch computer from Jeff Han.
In 2 years, the government will kill your television.
“Here’s a coupon,” they say.
“How much will this cost me? I got bills to pay, mouths to feed,” we ask.
“Go away. I’ll tell you later during the ‘transition period’,” they say.
“Our job is not yet done. All industries involved in this transition have a responsibility to educate consumers about this exciting new era in television. CEA will continue our award-winning efforts to meet this responsibility and we look forward to working with our industry and government partners to develop and implement educational programs.” ~ Consumer Electronics Association President, Gary Shapiro
(IOW: Its not our problem, but please pat us on the back for already upgrading our own tvs to 50″ plasmas, and telling our friends).
NOTE: A work-in-progress… beta is yucky I know, but better than nothing for now…
There’s a good discussion going on at flickr (a place I should frequent more often), regarding “obey” and other’s use of images in the public domain (in this case, art that is really old). It’s a pretty good overview of the arguement, and I found myself nodding my head at many different points from bothsides. I believe Shanrosen says it best though:
If you are arguing that copying is unethical, have a deeper look at art history. Historically, artists always learned by copying the masters. Lots of copies of the works of the Old Masters exist, and many works only survive as copies. This is widespread in all the arts. Shakespeare, for example, used many earlier works when developing his plays. Think of the folk process, where works are changed and developed over generations, sometimes retaining much of their original character, and sometimes being substantially reworked but still clearly identifiable. Check out Bob Dylan’s works and his creative process. It is much the same as what we are talking about here (though Dylan is IMHO by far the superior artist).
We need to be clear-headed about copying and copyright. If we’re not, then we could acquiesce to a copyright regime which would be stifling for everyone except the media conglomerates. It is already affecting people here in Flickr who use old found images in their montages. Their pages have been removed from public view in case of (highly unlikely) copyright violation. The risk is seen as too high for Flickr to take.
But what effect is that going to have on the art of montage? We have perfect tools for it now (Photoshop, GIMP) but will we be unable to exhibit montage on the web for fear of copyright violation? (Fairey’s work is a digital montage of public domain works, a bit more subtle than the usual, but you people have identified the source images accurately.)
The Grooveblog discusses Roy Lichtenstein’s fine walk between appropriation and theivery.
to a lot of different music recently… that’s all
really have time to do.
I have learned a lot about web design though…
Isn’t my new favicon so cuuuuute? Aww… babble!
As you can see… I’m getting there again.
I’ve been playing a lot of marvel again… that game just never gets old. 6 years and still strong! I’m currently trying to learn Sent/Storm/CapCom (yeah… I finally went to the darkside and dropped doom for capcom). I can’t fastfly for shit anymore!
Other than that… I’ve just been kickin it with Lyon, drinking New Castle, and trying to stay up with my routines.
Oh, here’s my new favorite song as of today: Dream Island Obsessional Park A kinda techno japanese adhan… or something. I wonder if it uses elements from traditional Japanese music forms…if so… it seems that’s what has caught my interest as of late.
Its from the Paranoia Agent anime… which is quite interesting in its own right, from what I’ve seen!