Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Quotes: I Be Talking Again

I got mind control over Deebo. When he say shut up - I be quiet. But when he leave, I be talking again.
Chris Tucker as Smokey in the 1995 movie Friday.

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Monday, September 26, 2005

Art: Mark Rothko

Mark RothkoThe National Gallery of Art has a brief and informative review of the life and work of Mark Rothko:
For him, eschewing representation permitted greater clarity, "the elimination of all obstacles between the painter and the idea and between the idea and the observer." As examples of such obstacles, Rothko gave "memory, history, or geometry, which are swamps of generalization from which one might pull out parodies of ideas (which are ghosts) but never an idea in itself. To achieve this clarity is, inevitably, to be understood."

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Sunday, September 25, 2005

Architecture: Rockefeller Center, 1940

Rockefeller CenterRockefeller Center:
Amid a blaze of publicity, the "Radio City" project was officially unveiled to the press on March 5, 1931, a "gleaming white model that slowly revolved against its backdrop of velvet drapes. The reviews were not kind. Weakly conceived," "reckless" and "chaos... a cross section of metropolitan disorder" were some of the comments.

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Saturday, September 24, 2005

Music: DJ Shadow Would Be Proud

Watch a video performance of the Minnetonka High School band playing tracks from DJ Shadow's album Endtroducing:
The after-school percussion group at Minnetonka High School, Minneapolis, rehearsed for months and can now play two tracks from DJ Shadow's 'Endtroducing' album. The music was arranged by 25 year-old geographer/law student/vibraslap enthusiast Brian Udelhofen, who teaches the group.

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Art: Notes On Making Art

I enjoyed Sven's The Scarlet Letters: Notes on Making Art. Here's an excerpt:
Work fast. Creativity is exciting. If you're not judging while you're making, then you can just throw things together as fast as your mind can move. You're smart; if you don't like what you've made, you'll know immediately. You might not know what to do about the problem you perceive... Don't "think", standing there cogitating -- try things. If your hands are in motion, you can be generating new permutations. The one that you want to pick will come out on its own time.
[via 43 Folders]

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Friday, September 23, 2005

Web: Find And Replace With Dreamweaver

Jonathan delves deeply into the Dreamweaver Find and Replace tool:
After seeing Dreamweaver pulled through the mud by people who deem it a poor tool for development, I’ve decided to shed some light on features that I feel have saved me countless time and may help you in your quest to produce better web sites faster. One specific feature that stands out for me is the Find and Replace tool.

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Thursday, September 22, 2005

Design: Gig Posters

Gig PostersGigPosters.com features nearly fifty thousand concert posters viewable by band or designer:
This site is dedicated to the artists, designers and musicians who create amazing gig posters to advertise shows and events. The art of gig posters, flyers, and handbills showcases the talent of many designers who see little to no profit for creating gig posters. I am pleased to host this site for the world to see all of the amazing art and dedication to promote the music scene.
[via Asterisk]

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Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Art: Liquid Sculpture

Liquid SculptureHigh-speed and Fine Art Photography of Drops and Splashes:
Liquid Sculpture is the process of creating shapes by dropping and splashing water, or other liquids. These sculptures are then photographed, since they last only a few thousandths of a second. Creating and capturing these engaging forms requires careful manipulation of the materials and precise control of the lighting and timing.
[via blogdex]

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Thursday, September 15, 2005

Architecture: Villa Savoye By Le Corbusier, 1929

Villa SavoyeVilla Savoye, Poissy by Le Corbusier:
If the Villa Savoye had been a mere demonstration of formal virtuosity it would not have touched expressive depths. The tension of the building relies on the urgent expression of a utopian dream.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Art: Christopher H. Martin Interview

The reward then, and still today, is to finish a piece that moves me, or a piece that confronts me. I want to feel something as a viewer as opposed to an artist. Once I experienced that feeling, my paintings became a very important part of life. As a painter, I think you have to allow yourself to look at art both ways - as a viewer and an artist.
From an interview with Christopher H. Martin.

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Sunday, September 11, 2005

Quotes: I'm Just An Antenna

Keith Richards' thoughts on songwriting could be applied to painting or design.
I look for ambiguity when I'm writing because life is ambiguous. I have no idea what the audience makes of me. Sometimes I don't know whether I'm going under their heads or over their heads. Writing songs is a peculiar practice anyway. I never feel I write them, I'm just an antenna and the songs are already zooming through the room, and I hope to pick up something.
From Keith Richards in Raygun 22, Dec/Jan 1995.

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Thursday, September 08, 2005

Art: Ingrid Calame

View an installation by painter Ingrid Calame (especially numbers 7 and 9). The Los Angeles County Museum of Art's website describes Calame's work:
Every one of the colored shapes is a precise tracing of a stain found at a particular spot on a city sidewalk. You probably walk right over stains like these every day, but artist Ingrid Calame notices them and reproduces them life-size in her paintings. So even though the painting looks very abstract, each of the shapes in the composition is an accurate record of something real.
[via guinn9]

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Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Web: Firefox For Developers

The Rapid Web Development and Testing with Mozilla Firefox presentation highlights ways developers can utilize Firefox in their work. Here are a few extensions in the presentation that I have not posted about before:
  • The ColorZilla extension captures color codes from any element on a page. Selections can be added to the color favorites palette or adjusted in the color picker window. The color codes can easily be pasted into Photoshop or a style sheet.
  • LinkChecker checks every link on a page, highlighting broken links and other issues. You can run LinkChecker on your bookmarks after exporting them to HTML.
  • MeasureIt allows you to draw a box across a web page to check height, width, and alignment of elements.
  • The Screen Grab! extension captures an entire web page (not just the visible window) and saves it to a PNG image. Requires Java.
  • Here's the current list of Firefox extensions I use.

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Misc: Fizzy Lifting Drinks

Using the World Wide Web to gather and process data from across English-speaking North America, I intend to plot the regional variations in the use of the terms "Pop" and "Soda" to describe carbonated soft drinks.
[via information aesthetics]

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Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Architecture: Tadao Ando Photos By Sanghyun Lee

Photographs of the unusual, the bizarre, the sublime, and the beautiful found in my travels through buildings designed by Tadao Ando in Japan.
[via jeansnow.net]

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Monday, September 05, 2005

Art: Marshall Sokoloff Photography

Jim Coudal describes the work of Marshall Sokoloff:
Marshall Sokoloff has captured a series of beautiful geometric photographs full of these colors and the rusty textures created by the sea bashing into steel. Interrupted by numerals indicating how high or low the ships ride in the water, or by fraying ropes, the shapes of the gently curving hulls extend beyond the rectangle of the frame on all four sides, compacting their three-dimensionality into powerfully concentrated two-dimensional compositions.
[via cityofsound]

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Sunday, September 04, 2005

Music: Spinbeats

DJ Matt Hite presents a house mix called Spinbeats:
I've been an avid spinner (the cycling kind) for the past year. My instructor, having taught spin classes for the past 5 years, has decided to move on to greener pastures. He wanted to go out with a bang, so he asked me to put together a special mix CD to be used for the routine during the last class.

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Saturday, September 03, 2005

Design: That Is Just Decoration

Most of the time people talk about design and nobody understands what the subject is. Nobody ever thinks about it. Somebody thinks about design as something he saw in a tie design, or a bathroom wallpaper, or a design in a carpet. That is the general understanding of what design means. That does not mean design, that is just decoration.
From Paul Rand's visit to Arizona State in 1995.

[via mchell.cult.bg]

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Thursday, September 01, 2005

Art: Mastery of Accident

From the June 2005 issue of I.D. article on Joshua Davis:
Chaos is currently his work's dominant theme. He not only encourages randomness, but also manages to control it. He's been dabbling in artistic mess, on and off, since the mid-'90s. While studying illustration and communication design at Pratt Institute, he liked to freeze or bake paintings to see how the stress affected pigment. One of his favorite inspirations of late is Jackson Pollock. "I'm not as crazy about his work visually as I am conceptually," Davis says, referring to Pollock's mastery of accident.
[via xBlog]

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