Bukowski!

Saw this at bOING bOING (via Cory Doctorow) and ported it over here:

In comments on the video at Youtube, someone posted this Bukowski quote:
“I think my writing is really pretty fucking powerful stuff but I think after I’m dead and safe, they’re going to trot me out, I’m going to really be discovered you know.”

Here’s another quote from Bukowski:
“For those who believe in God, most of the big questions are answered. But for those of us who can’t readily accept the God formula, the big answers don’t remain stone-written. We adjust to new conditions and discoveries. We are pliable. Love need not be a command nor faith a dictum. I am my own god. We are here to unlearn the teachings of the church, state, and our educational system. We are here to drink beer. We are here to kill war. We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us.”

He lived 74 years, which is longer than you might expect if you knew something of his habits. He drank heavily, perhaps he was pickled? He also wrote a lot, and his writing had power.

Bukowski

air and light and time and space
by Charles Bukowski

“–you know, I’ve either had a family, a job, something
has always been in the
way
but now
I’ve sold my house, I’ve found this
place, a large studio, you should see the space and
the light.
for the first time in my life I’m going to have a place and
the time to
create.”
no baby, if you’re going to create
you’re going to create whether you work
16 hours a day in a coal mine
or
you’re going to create in a small room with 3 children
while you’re on
welfare,
you’re going to create with part of your mind and your
body blown
away,
you’re going to create blind
crippled
demented,
you’re going to create with a cat crawling up your
back while
the whole city trembles in earthquakes, bombardment,
flood and fire.
baby, air and light and time and space
have nothing to do with it
and don’t create anything
except maybe a longer life to find
new excuses
for.

Glitches

Glitch Moment/ums – From tech accident to artistic expression: http://we-make-money-not-art.com/archives/2013/07/glitch-momentums.php#.UfF-0mSsbzQ

Hal Lasko

Hal Lasko, a legally blind 97-year-old, is using Microsoft Paint from Windows 95 to create art.”

Gonzo art from Japan – souzo

Via Londonist: “The Japanese word ‘Souzou’ has two meanings depending on the way in which it is written. Written one way, it means creation and written the other way, it means imagination.” Art for art’s sake…

Murmuration

Amazing video of starling swarms.

Little Nemo in GoogleLand

In 1998 I wrote a piece about Winsor McCay’s surreal comic, Little Nemo’s Adventures in Slumberland, for the webzine version of bOING bOING. I’m a huge Little Nemo fan.

The strip first appeared on October 15, 1905… in honor of Nemo’s “birthday,” Google has launched a “Little Nemo in GoogleLand” banner that expands into a pretty wonderful animation.

Yosemite Range of Light

Spectacular time-lapse of Yosemite by Shawn Reeder, via Laughing Squid

Moon

Inks Lake

A moonlit night near Inks lake. (And a test of Flickr image embedding…)

Bruce Sterling: Augmented Reality and “Dead Drops”

Bruce Sterling’s been “Visionary in Residence” again this summer at the Pasadena Art Center, where he’s been in cyborg mode, focusing on augmented reality, or reality augmented and mediated by computer-generated sensory input. Bruce has developed an application that runs on the Layar platform, called Dead Drops, inspired by the work of German media artist Aram Bartholl, which per Sterling is “all about hidden data revealed in real-world, three-dimensional spaces.” A Dead Drop is

an anonymous, offline, peer to peer file-sharing network in public space. USB flash drives are embedded into walls, buildings and curbs accessable to anybody in public space. Everyone is invited to drop or find files on a dead drop. Plug your laptop to a wall, house or pole to share your favorite files and data. Each dead drop is installed empty except a readme.txt file explaining the project.

It’s sorta like geocaching, where the cache is digital, and anybody who finds the drop can add to it. The application Bruce has developed is for finding and mapping the drops.

Alien art

PL Grimes

Wired features outsider art by Ken Grimes, a schizophrenic who creates “outsider art” including ufos and alien imagery. This reminds me of Bill Barker’s “Schwa” imagery, which was part of the FringeWare scene in the 1990s. What’s that buzzing sound?

Future of transportation, circa 1936 (Japan)

Amazing set of images: the 1936 Japanese vision for the future of transportation. [Link to all images at Pink Tentacle]

Sphere-wheeled car — Reiji Iizuka, 1936
Sphere-wheeled car — Reiji Iizuka, 1936

Monster Scroll

At Pink Tentacle, view all the weirdly fascinating images on the Kaikidan Ekotoba monster scroll, “a mysterious handscroll that profiles 33 legendary monsters and human oddities, mostly from the Kyushu region of Japan (with several from overseas).” Example below: a Russian hitodama, or fiery apparition composed of spirits of the recently departed.