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Encounter

June 28th, 2010

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   (“Encounter” video and sound by treatpocket.com)
 
 
 
I know why I’m so nervous:
 
We need a judgment, we need a verdict.

 
 
Words © 2010 C. Way/ SnailCrow.com
   

[posted by: C Way at 10:31 AM]

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Picapao – 87634681

June 26th, 2010

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   (The video, “87634681″, is by treatpocket.com & music’s by Aphex Twin)
 
 
 
 
I know how to make
 
a moon come down
 
and change your life.

 
 
Words © 2010 C. Way/ SnailCrow.com
   

[posted by: C Way at 11:14 AM]

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Mandelbulb

June 6th, 2010

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     The image above is known as the Mandelbulb, Daniel White and Paul Nylander’s 3-D rendering of the famous, complex fractal known as the Mandelbrot Set. The Mandelbrot Set was first rendered in 2D about 30 years ago, but it wasn’t until 2007 or so that progress was made in rendering it in three dimensions. Image courtesy of Wikipedia.
     To get the full effect, zoom in on the Mandelbulb here, and try this further zoom-in of a section of the bulb here, and others here, the latter links being from White’s site, which offers, among other things, a fascinating history of how the Mandelbrot Set became rendered as a Mandelbulb.
     I once sent the above Mandelbulb image to some friends, without explanation or subject heading, in an email. I didn’t want to frame it with any language that would predispose them to view it as startling, beautiful, awe-inspiring, scary, weird, ugly, ad inf. — rather, I wanted to see what people would feel presented with the image in its absolute is-ness, because for me, nature’s moments of infinite outgrowth & cluster (an incredibly fitting symbol of which is the Mandelbulb) simultaneously inspire all the above feelings and none. The fringes on curly kale, the natural fractal of Romanesco broccoli, the lung’s alveoli, the detail of certain crystals at the microscopic level, the infinite expansion of the universe itself — all these phenomena showcasing nature at her most endlessly dense, whether seen or unseen, implosive or expansive, micro- or macrosopic, all are capable of filling me with way too many feelings to ever hope to catalogue, not all of them pleasant.  (Read More . . .)

[posted by: C Way at 1:46 PM]

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Richard Dunn, R.I.P.

June 5th, 2010

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         (Photo courtesy of brianbubonic)
 
 
      Richard Dunn died yesterday, June 4, 2010.
      Richard was an actor and comedian who figured prominently in Tim & Eric’s “Tim and Eric Nite Live!” & “Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!”. I loved the hell out of the man’s style: a lovable medley of well-timed deadpan, slurs & elisions, cultivated befuddlement, & wobbly sight-gags. His fine-tuned awkwardness felt core to Tim & Eric’s absurdist Public Access T.V. gestalt, and I don’t think it’s too much of a stretch to say that the successes of Nite Live!, Awesome Show and their current project, “Check It Out!, with Dr Steve Brule”, owe at least a little to Dunn’s influence as a sort of gentle, grandfatherly guru of weird. I’m sad he’s gone, as I know many who love Tim & Eric are, and I hope he left us quickly and without suffering.
     Below are three of my favorite Dunn clips. They don’t need captions — those that are down with the Dunn would find explanations reDunndant (bad puns were central to the Dunn aesthetic) — and those that aren’t won’t find words to be of much help.
     R.I.P(ep). Plibt forever.  (Read More . . .)

[posted by: C Way at 1:32 PM]

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REFLECTION, 1996, P. DOIG

June 4th, 2010

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         Peter Doig’s “Reflection (What Does Your Soul Look Like?)”, 1996
 
 
 
CW PDR

 
 
 
 
More Doig at Saatchi Gallery
 
 
 
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