September 2003 Archives

the third dimension

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in video is usually described as time. But what happens if you take all those frames and stack them on a third axis and view the resulting 3-D shape with software designed for CAT scans and MRIs? Volumetric delight. I can only imagine what a dance video would look like... (via BoingBoing)

got laughing so hard I wept

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as I looked at these Weight-Watchers recipe photo cards from the '70s - remember the '70s? The cards are scary enough as thumbnail images - but you really have to click through them one at a time and read the commentary... brilliant... terrifying... (Can't wait for the movie.)

the costumer's manifesto

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I spent hours on this site and its various pages tonight. Whether it's theories of how to do efficient image research in a library, musings on dada calisthenics, or great ideas for dumpster-diver decor, it's somewhere on this site.

Tara Maginnis describes her online book The Costumer's Manifesto as "the first 'self-help' manual for those artists who make clothes for imaginary people," but don't assume that her ideas and advice only apply to costuming, though I'm sure the site is a great resource for people who do that. I read it as a site full of thoughts and ideas about living an extraordinary and creative life - wherever you are and whatever you are doing.

Not only am I thinking about how I work, how I teach and create stuff, but I'm thinking a little about covering some switchplates with clippings from my junk mail.

optical illusions

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These are amazing images. I wonder if they are as effective in print as they are on the screen. Staring into the light of my laptop may intensify the experience - I'm also sleepy - it's been a long day. (Thanks to BoingBoing for the link.)