(memento mori et al)
Until Tuesday, this was being sold on Walmart’s website…
It’s a Banksy piece called “Destroy Capitalism”. Yep, I’m going to go out on a limb and say that he didn’t authorize the sale of this item. Either that or he engineered the whole thing—which would be amazing.
The concept of Alvin Lucier’s I Am Sitting In a Room is pretty simple. In 1969 Lucier, an experimental composer, sat down in a room at Brandeis University and recorded himself reading a few sentences:
I am sitting in a room different from the one you are in now. I am recording the sound of my speaking voice and I am going to play it back into the room again and again until the resonant frequencies of the room reinforce themselves so that any semblance of my speech, with perhaps the exception of rhythm, is destroyed. What you will hear, then, are the natural resonant frequencies of the room articulated by speech. I regard this activity not so much as a demonstration of a physical fact, but more as a way to smooth out any irregularities my speech might have.
The recording is then played back in the same room and recorded again. This is repeated many, many times until the resonant frequencies of the room and the resulting feedback become so dominant that his words (along with his stuttering) disappear altogether and it becomes something more like a minimalist instrumental composition.
In its repetition and limited means, I am sitting in a room ranks with the finest achievements of Minimal tape music. Furthermore, in its ambient conversion of speech modules into drone frequencies, it unites the two principal structural components of Minimal music in general.
What the sounds remind me of as much as anything else is that by 20 minutes in, it bears a striking resemblance to the tape effects Francis Ford Coppola used in The Conversation. One of my all-time favorite films.
More recently this was reproduced using a video recording that was uploaded to YouTube a thousand consecutive times
An homage to the great Alvin Lucier, this piece explores the ‘photocopy effect’, where upon repeated copies the object begin to accumulate the idiosyncrasies of the medium doing the copying.
New data published today discusses how differential densities neural connectivity could be related to the long held ideas about what men and women are stereotypically better and worse at than one other. The one sentence version: men appeared to have better connectivity between front and back of the brain while women had stronger connections between the left and right hemispheres explaining why men tend to excel in conecting perceptions into actions while women are better at connecting analytic and intuitive function.
These connections likely give men an efficient system for coordinated action, where the cerebellum and cortex participate in bridging between perceptual experiences in the back of the brain, and action, in the front of the brain, according to the authors. The female connections likely facilitate integration of the analytic and sequential processing modes of the left hemisphere with the spatial, intuitive information processing modes of the right side.
DELICIOUS, DELICIOUS SOLDIERS
I was recently reminded—via Deadspin of all places—about Ed Emberly’s Drawing Book of Animals that I had as a kid. It was one of those moments when something 100% forgotten rears it’s head and gives you an endorphin rush of nostalgia. I want to buy this book (and the movie The Iron Giant—which I was reminded of a few weeks ago) for every kid I know.
two guys commenting on amazon’com’s 1-star reviews of the Terry Gilliam classic, Time Bandits.
First I just want to say, if you are going to sit down and watch Time Bandits, I highly recommend that you watch it with a child. It had been many years since I had seen the movie and I wasn’t sure how it was going to hold up, but the experience of how much my daughter enjoyed it was fantastic.
Time Bandits came out in 1981. It was written by Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam. Gilliam also produced and directed it. The movie follows the story of Kevin, an imaginative English boy who falls into an adventure with the titular Time Bandits played by David Rappaport, Kenny Baker, Malcolm Dixon, Mike Edwards, Jack Purvis and Tiny Ross. The group of six bandits work for The Supreme Being and were in charge of making trees until they were demoted to repairs. The Supreme Being gave them a map to find and fix all of the holes in the universe, which they decided to use to steal from history and get rich. Evil, played by David Warner, wants to get a hold of the map so that he can escape from his imprisonment in the Fortress of Ultimate Darkness.
Gilliam considers Time Bandits to be the first part of a trilogy of connected films, with Brazil and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen being the second and third films respectively. These films all share a theme about the importance of imagination especially in our modern age. This message seems to have been lost on most of our 1-Star Reviewers. On to the reviews!
(here are just a couple of them):
An Insane Movie
This is a lousy movie. Thankgoodness for modern technology and better stories in todays world. The age of this film is all that keeps this movie from ultimate destruction. Someone please tell me why anyone would steal and run from a God?! That is pretty sad. No one could possibly believe that they could actually succeed in such a hopeless adventure. And why would god test ultimate evil? This movie is terrible. This movie just dosen’t work.
P.S. This movie only deserves 1/2 a star if not less. Unfortunately this rate a DVD thing won’t give me the options I WANT.
Remember what I wrote above about Gilliam’s running theme of the importance of imagination? This is the reason right here. Read the second line again: “Thankgoodness for modern technology and better stories in todays world.” Yes, thank goodness for green screen and countless remakes and gritty reboots. What a magical age of film we’re in.
Didn’t dig it
This must be something kids watch, but I could not get into it. Having just read extensively on Napoleon, I was immediately turned off by this cartoon character with absolutely not even a hint of historical accuracy. I know this is a fantasy film based on comedy. But they could have at least made Napoleon look like himself, which at 1796 as depicted here, he would have been a very young man with very long hair and skinny. Here, he is shown as a middle aged Englishman. Wasn’t funny. I ejected after half an hour.
Time Bandits, a fantasy movie about a group of thieves traveling through holes in time left over from the creation of the universe, depicts Napoleon in a way that is not historically accurate. 1-STAR!!!!
Another Gilliam Directorial Crapfest…
Time Bandits is awful. As awful as Jabberwocky if you can believe it.
The only post-Python Gilliam-directed film I can recommend is 12 Monkeys. In films like Brazil and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Gilliam hits us with crazy visuals…acid trips and fantasies…that go on and on and on until the credits roll. No plot, no involvement, no point at all.
If you’ve ever seen Lost in La Mancha, you were probably saddened by all the events that led to the cancellation of Gilliam’s Don Quixote film…from the lead actor breaking bones, to a flood that destroyed expensive equipment. But after seeing some of Gilliam’s other films, I’m now convinced that those events were:
"A blessing! A blessing from the Lord! God be praised!"
Well, Amazon reviewer, guess what? Terry Gilliam is going to make The Man Who Killed Don Quixote! And why would you use Holy Grail quotes to insult Terry Gilliam as a director? He co-directed that movie! You almost got meanest review for celebrating the failure of a man’s dream, but not quite.
the rest are here.
Guys! It’s real!
I’ve been testing this new iPad Mini sleeve for a couple days now, and wow, it is simply great. I’m surprised that USPS is getting into the iPad accessories market, and even more surprised by how great their iPad Mini sleeve is.
- Light weight
- Provides great protection with its proprietary bubbles system
- iPad Mini fits snuggly, but there enough extra room for a smart cover
- Beautiful design. Just look at it… so post-modern
- Very low price! I actually got mine for free!
- None. It is perfect.