I once had an art teacher who told me there was nothing wrong with taking someones designs, ideas, concepts, and transforming them into your own. We even saw a quote from our favorite street artist, Banksy. “Good Artists borrow, great artists steal”. Its true if you think about. All ideas are based on someone elses concept or creatition. This quote really sums it all up.
This Thursday marks the start of X-Games 14. Shaun White looks to 4-peat on the SuperPipe with his new trick, the Double McTwist 12. This years X-Games will be held January 28 through January 31, 2010 in Aspen, Colorado. Shaun White could become the second person in Winter X history to three-peat in two different disciplines. Tanner Hall was the first (SKI Slopestyle, SuperPipe). Shaun White is one of those guys who is so good at what he does it pisses you off. I love Shaun White and everything he has done for the sport and it seems like he is just pushing snowboarding to another level. Good luck to Shaun not only in the X-Games, but more importantly the Olympics.
Nick Gentry is an artist from London who paints on floppy disks and other obsolete media formats. It is really interesting and resourceful when an artist uses an object that was so mass produced during one point, and is now completely extinct. It makes you wonder where all those floppy discs went, and where are they today. Well I guess Gentry found a huge supply because he is using them all over his art. Best said in his own words Gentry explains his vision come to life.
Since graduating from Central St Martins in 2006, the focus has been to explore how technological advancement is affecting society. Throughout history, information has always been recorded on physical objects. Important documents, favourite songs, videos and more were stored on mountains of tapes, polaroids, cassettes and disks. As media is rapidly absorbed into the World Wide Web the rich variety of formats of the past are becoming obsolete.
Now personally I think fast food is the greatest thing man kind has brought to the table. I eat McDonald’s at least three times a week and make sure I get big mac sauce on everything. I’m also 6′-0″ and 86 pounds so I am not phased by calories or cholesterol, but I wouldn’t recommend this diet to the average human. Anyway I always loved fast food commercials showing their new product, so perfectly placed with steam rising off the top, ketchup and cheese oozing so deliciously. When I was forced to immediately go get one, I would instead receive a crushed item that resembled a piece of beef jerky in between two pancakes. The reality of it is there is no time to make these babies look good, it’s about tasting good. Here’s a few interesting pictures depicting fast food marketing vs fast food reality.
Convicted forger A. Schiller was serving his time in Sing Sing prison in the late 1800s when guards found him dead in his cell. On his body they found seven regular straight pins whose heads measured the typical 47/1000ths of an inch or 1.17 millimeters in diameter. Under 500 magnification it was found that the tiny etchings seen on the heads of the pins were the words to The Lord’s Prayer, which is 65 words and 254 letters long. Of the seven pins, six were silver and one was gold – the gold pin’s prayer was flawless and a true masterpiece. Schiller had spent the last 25 years of his life creating the pins, using a tool too small to be seen by the naked eye. It is estimated that it took 1,863 sepatate carving strokes to make it. Schiller went blind because of his artwork.
The world’s #1 search engine is vowing to take a stand against China. The communist nation has censored results for the Chinese version of the search engine google.cn since it launched in 2006. The people of China only get search results the gov’t wants them to get. Now viewing the censorship as a free speech and human rights issue Google is trying to find a way to work within the laws of China and make google.cn uncensored or possibly abandon operations in China if necessary. To complicate things further, Google has accused the Chinese gov’t of a cyber attack, with a primary objective of gaining access to gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activists. From the official Google Blog:
“First, this attack was not just on Google. As part of our investigation we have discovered that at least twenty other large companies from a wide range of businesses–including the Internet, finance, technology, media and chemical sectors–have been similarly targeted. We are currently in the process of notifying those companies, and we are also working with the relevant U.S. authorities.
Second, we have evidence to suggest that a primary goal of the attackers was accessing the Gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activists. Based on our investigation to date we believe their attack did not achieve that objective. Only two Gmail accounts appear to have been accessed, and that activity was limited to account information (such as the date the account was created) and subject line, rather than the content of emails themselves.”
Internet freedom will continue to be a growing debate and with Google owning 67% of the search market in the U.S. they will continue to be influential. Google’s actions with this issue will have a much bigger impact than simply what search results the people of China get to see. Maybe a defiant Google will buck the trend of American companies bowing down to China just to get a piece of the 1.3 billion person market 253 million of which are internet users. Probably not though.
Hilary Clinton’s speech themed around internet freedom on Jan 21st couldn’t of had better timing. She said this “We stand for a single internet where all of humanity has equal access to knowledge and ideas”. It’s nice to know our gov’t believes in the freedom of internet. Doesn’t mean they won’t try to put all kinds of crazy restrictions around it though.
Although the term, WMD, has become a part of our daily lexicon, it remains very much an abstraction for most of us. When most people here the word “weapon of mass destruction” they just think of a nuclear bomb, which isn’t the case. The actual definition of a weapon of mass destruction is, a weapon that can kill large numbers of humans and/or cause great damage to man-made structures (e.g. buildings), natural structures (e.g. mountains), or the biosphere in general. Although the term, WMD, has become a part of our daily lexicon, it remains very much an abstraction for most of us. This series of images offers a retrospective look at some of these weapons. Most of my subjects are drawn from the Cold War period during which there was a very real threat to the survival of civilization itself. The last sixty years has seen a frenzied tango between strategy and technology that has left us with the chilling array of doomsday machines seen here.This series of images offers a retrospective look at some of these weapons.
“The Gadget” (Trinity Atomic Bomb) 1945
“Little Boy” (Hiroshima Atomic Bomb) 1945
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Falling into the daily grind is easy to get caught up in. Everyone wants to make more money, get a better job, wear a nicer suit, and generally be more successful than the next guy. I guess thats a pretty good attitude if your looking to get to the top, but its not happiness. Its competition. Its human nature. Joe Rogan once said that if you look at earth from an airplane, it is like a peice of molded bread, with people being the mold. We seem to band together, and destroy everything around us. Fly over Newark NJ, or LA and think about it next time. Heres a list of 10 places that will make you realize what peace and true happiness are.
Switzerland’s long history of neutrality and its tucked away location among the valleys of the Alps still make it a safe bet, even despite having a high number of bordering nations. It helps that neighboring Austria is also considered a neutral nation. Plus having some of the worlds most beautiful women doesnt really hurt either.
9. Costa Rica
Costa Rica has a stable democracy, a disbanded military and a national policy of neutrality. It also ranks highly on the Global Peace Index, Happy Planet Index, and Life Satisfaction Index. All of that says relaxation to me. Although it sits in the middle of a tumultuous region, there are far worse places to sit in peace as the world goes down in flames all around.
8. Papua New Guinea
There are regions of Papua New Guinea that are still being discovered for the first time. The canopy covered, mountainous nation contains some of the most isolated places in the world. Tuck yourself away in a nook here and it may be one of the few places left where you can completely insulate yourself from the outside world. There are natives here who have no idea of the outside world, think about that.
Personally, Im not much of a gamer, but who wasnt obsessed with Mario Bros. as a kid? Everyone growing up at some point in their life was into video games and it really is amazing to see how far they have come. Tecmo Bowl to Madden 2010? Golden Eye to Call of Duty Modern Warfare? The graphics have taken the idea of video games to a whole new level. Here are some quick stats about our favorite digital vice.