Friday, March 25, 2005

linkety fish

i know i promised tales of champloo, but i have got to get rid of some of the links in "favorites" that i've been meaning to post because it's getting ridiculous in there.

for Sandman fans, a fantasy artist by the name of Micheal Zulli has been painting what he calls "The Last Morpheus", & he's been logging his progress from the start. the process is interesting: it's strange to see a painting take shape, & a testament to the process of Art in general, as the power to create something from nothing.

let's go vintage for a moment:

i found a fantastic page of images from B&W 1950's animated commercials; i think the lunatic pirate in a crow's nest is my favorite. further exploration around the site yields a cartoon artist telling the tales of Mr. Toast, archives of marketing strategies of the past, & oldschool supermarket photos. a web site for everything & everything on its site.

& going even further into the imagery of the past, some stunning color photographs of World War I; apparently the French had already invented color film.
thanks to fishtown chatter for the link (yay fish).

found some very vivid, slightly disturbing works in the paper gallery of Nahum Tschacbasov. the colorful etchings are strangely appealing. i have no context for this artist whatsoever.
if i learn more i'll share it; if you know, please enlighten this poor scribe. i am only an egg.
incidently, the main site seems to be a color slides for art ed thing (ah those darkened rooms, with only slightly vibrating color-distorted light to see by, as you wrote by the gleam of David or Ingres, or the architects of Rome...sigh.) the upshot of this is that you seem to be able to view a shitload of works for a shitload of artisits. yay! such bounty.

another eye-opener: NASA scientists have detected light from alien planets for the first time, on a powerful telescope named--Spitzer? anway, bring on the babel fish & the translator microbes, i'm ready.

some other scientists--having a good week, i guess, that science--have recovered soft tissue from a T-rex. soft as in, may contain blood vessels. eww, & yet, so cool. of course the article mentions Jurassic Park. cheers for pop culture & scifi.

& in continuing the Cuban theme underlying this week (a theme of coincidence more than intent, unless i'm missing something), there was a column in the NYTimes about Sergeant Carlos Lazo, serving as a military medic in Iraq. apparently, due to our charming foreign policy, while he was on leave he was blocked from visiting his sons, who live in Havana, due to tougher restrictions on travel to Cuba. Yay us. here's a man who's become an American, serving in our forces as a healer, tending to the wounded etc., & we won't let him see his sons (what if they're commies? eek.) we're bastards, we really are. our gov't is a playground bully.
anyway, it's one man's story, & you can contact him if you like, say hi, offer support, whathaveyou. tell him your favorite color.
as for the rest of Cuba, well, follow the slightly nonsensical Human Rights dialogue bubbling in the UN at the moment.

keeping with the "this makes no sense" theme, here's 13 other things that don't make sense, courtesy of the New Scientist & Neil Gaiman's journal. now there's a man who knows how to make sense without making sense. there's a frood who really knows where his towel is.

& if you want to really, super not make sense, start churning these babies out: Randomly Generated Postmodernist Essays. ta da!
thanks to the Postmodernist's Guide to Idol Worship for this one.

the Scots, on the other hand, tend to make (their own special kind of) sense, in this case, exhibited in the approval of a gay Episcopalian priest. the American Anglican church, fyi, has elected to elect no bishops whatsoever until it decides what to do about this whole gay phenomenon. boy would i like to be in on some of those debates.

in American politics, liberals & conservatives have--give me a moment, i'm in shock--well:

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), long vilified by conservatives, has joined forces with right-wing groups the American Conservative Union, Americans for Tax Reform, and the Free Congress Foundation to spearhead the ''Patriots to Restore Checks and Balances'' coalition.

they're up against the USA Patriot Act, which is apparently an acronym, which i didn't know. it stands for ''Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism" Act of 2001.
shudder. twitch, shudder.

i was struck in some inarticulable (word?) way by these images of the Kyrgyzstan revolution. something to do with the colors & the expressions together.

& more cheerfully, Europe's getting its own continent-wide (or union-wide) internet domain, .eu. for those of you holding your breath.

personally, my computer's making strange noises like it's singing to itself.

final words of wisdom: if you ever have to go into hiding, go as a poet. no one will suspect you of being anything else.

bonus: guess how many times i used the word "yay" in this post & win a cereal box prize.

4 little fish:

Blogger Emily swam up to say...

Wow-my first offical plug ever. Thanks! Fasinating blog you have here. I looked for an early blog that might awaken me a bit to the whole fish theme, but I kept getting caught up in all these wonderful photo's etc. Where does the inspirtaion come from?

4:08 PM  
Blogger jenn see swam up to say...

brief description in the sidebar under delirium's puckish mug.

it's as close as we ever got to an explanation, but does the trick, i think.

it would've been much longer if we'd named this the Platonic Cookie.

4:18 PM  
Blogger Carl V. swam up to say...

I'm not a big Michael Zulli fan but I saw this site the other day and am enjoying watching the creative process.

I think the Cornflake girl on the ads site looks like Judy Jetson.

Isn't Gaiman's site great?!?! He always has such interesting links.

9:31 AM  
Blogger mysfit swam up to say...

jenn see, darlin, the description is above "delirium's puckish mug". the platonic cookie wold be all explanation, all processs and no bulk.

As for inspiration, i go wherever my fish takes me.

10:25 AM  

Post a Comment

<< Home