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February 26, 2008

Art links
Posted by Avram Grumer at 10:56 PM *

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#1 ::: ethan ::: (view all by) ::: February 26, 2008, 11:20 PM:

That first one, with the bookcase, reminds me of something my brother did in college (sadly, no pictures on the internet) where he painted one side of a building (or I think put something in front of it that was painted) so that from one angle it looked like you could see through the building to the landscape behind. It was very cool.

Actually, some of his stuff might appeal to people here--there's this one, which doesn't come across too well at that size, where he painted a landscape with a tiny UFO in the air, and then painted a closeup of the section with the UFO, with the highly visible brushstrokes standing in for the fuzzification of photo closeups. Whenever Jim talks about UFO stuff it makes me think of my brother's work.

#2 ::: Marilee ::: (view all by) ::: February 26, 2008, 11:59 PM:

Very neat, ethan!

#3 ::: ethan ::: (view all by) ::: February 27, 2008, 01:49 AM:

Thanks, Marilee, I'll pass it along.

Oh, and I meant to ask where that "grapefruit vs. xkcd" thing came from...it's hilarious.

#4 ::: JKRichard ::: (view all by) ::: February 27, 2008, 01:55 AM:

I highly doubt (an approximately) 21.6% of Americans know where Iraq is...

#5 ::: Dave Bell ::: (view all by) ::: February 27, 2008, 02:49 AM:

Looking at the mouseover on "grapefruit vs. xkcd", may I respectfully suggest that, taste aside, trying to open a coconut with a rock is about as sensible as trying to slice tomatoes with a steam roller.

What Would Ray Mears Do?

#6 ::: Dave Bell ::: (view all by) ::: February 27, 2008, 03:43 AM:

Clearly a reason to encourage the use of eBooks in secure government facilities.

#7 ::: Eve ::: (view all by) ::: February 27, 2008, 05:52 AM:

In the absence of power tools, I've found the best way to get the coconut open is to drain it with a screwdriver and then throw it hard on a concrete floor.

#8 ::: abi ::: (view all by) ::: February 27, 2008, 07:04 AM:

The first link reminds me of the fad for transparent screens.

#9 ::: Adam Lipkin ::: (view all by) ::: February 27, 2008, 09:16 AM:

Sounds like grapefruit is feeling bitter.

Dave Bell: Did you by any chance catch the Good Eats: Down and Out in Paradise special? Alton Brown ably demonstrates the folly and frustration involved in trying to open a coconut.

#10 ::: HP ::: (view all by) ::: February 27, 2008, 09:19 AM:

Gavin M at Sadly No has developed a two-axis system for analyzing conservative pundits and bloggers to determine the degree to which they are stupid or lying.

(What's the word for that type of chart? I'm coming up empty. I blame libertarians.)

#11 ::: Bruce Cohen (SpeakerToManagers) ::: (view all by) ::: February 27, 2008, 09:21 AM:

But it's so much more fun with power tools. Using a high-power cutting laser, for instance.

#12 ::: Adam Lipkin ::: (view all by) ::: February 27, 2008, 09:28 AM:

HP (#10), it's a matrix. New York Magazine (from which both XKCD and Entertainment Weekly have drawn inspiration for their versions) calls their chart the Approval Matrix, although I suspect others used matrices for snark before them (it seems like something that would have been a natural for Spy magazine back in the day).

#13 ::: Bruce Cohen (SpeakerToManagers) ::: (view all by) ::: February 27, 2008, 09:36 AM:

The book clothes are cute. Of course, trompe l'oeil is more often done with some deliberate break in the illusion, to show that it is an illusion,
like this.

abi, those screens are delightful; I hadn't seen that before. Easy to make, too.

#14 ::: dr.hypercube ::: (view all by) ::: February 27, 2008, 10:06 AM:

Regarding the citrus kerfuffle - rstevens (Diesel Sweeties) weighs in here and here. Some of the comments are entertaining - pomegranates are the real hidden victim IMHO...

#15 ::: Kip W ::: (view all by) ::: February 27, 2008, 02:14 PM:

Next time I go through my old pocket notebooks, I can footnote the Urban Camouflage pic from the 90s: "been done, ca 2007-8."

Some day, will everything in my notebooks have been done?

#16 ::: Dave Bell ::: (view all by) ::: February 27, 2008, 04:58 PM:

I recall a story in which the US Army issued its Pentagon personnel with "office-pattern camouflage", allegedly devised by blowing up a filing cabinet and phoptograp[hing the debris.

#17 ::: dr.hypercube ::: (view all by) ::: February 27, 2008, 06:45 PM:

I recall reading a profile of Stanley Marsh 3 where his habit of having suits and upholstery made from the same material was mentioned. He would disappear into his office furniture...

#18 ::: Spherical Time ::: (view all by) ::: February 27, 2008, 08:56 PM:

That video is beautiful. Really amazing what some corrupted/hacked/modified code can do.

#19 ::: Marilee ::: (view all by) ::: February 27, 2008, 11:39 PM:

We always opened coconuts with machetes, doesn't everyone?

#20 ::: Paul A. ::: (view all by) ::: February 28, 2008, 09:15 AM:

abi @ #8:

I particularly like the ones where there's a transparent screen in front of a transparent screen in front of a...

(And the last one, where the hand appears to be reaching into the screen.)

#21 ::: Michael R. Bernstein ::: (view all by) ::: February 28, 2008, 12:38 PM:

Bruce @11: Power tools aren't always the answer.

#22 ::: Jeff ::: (view all by) ::: February 28, 2008, 09:08 PM:

The xkcd comic has derived more comments than any other, including one mocking the Drake Equations, and Someone on the Internet is WRONG!.

Honors to him for including tomatoes.

The European Union entry for the Flag campaign is dumb. Countries (and groups of countries) import stuff they don't produce. Gasp! The others make a point (although some of the data seems dubious without research), but "Europeans use more petroleum than they produce! Oh Noes!!!eleven!!" really doesn't work.

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