Friday, February 27, 2009

James Yuill - No Surprise


directed by Mike Holliday

James Yuill

via Discobelle



Painstakingly created over a four year period while a student at the California Institute of the Arts, animator John Ross shot Gork live action on 16mm film and then spent the majority of that time painting cels and rotoscoping it the old-fashioned way with a "downshooter" camera system.

Interesting note: Ross was taught how to rotoscope by Michael Patterson. An instructor at CalArts at the time, Patterson was also a freelance artist who, with his wife Candace Reckinger, was in the midst of making a music video for the song "Take On Me" by an obscure Norwegian pop group known as a-ha.

via A Very Wide Array

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Ken Nordine's Image Jazz - immunological systems


Ken Nordine

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Handicapped Parking

This horse was tied up outside of Mt. Ascutney Hospital in Windsor, Vermont. Notice the handicapped tag on its saddle. (click image for a closer look)

via Creature's Corner News

Röyksopp - Happy Up Here


Directed by Reuben Sutherland

Röyksopp (new album out March 23)

via @random

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Philip José Farmer (1918-2009)

Philip José Farmer, January 26, 1918 - February 25, 2009. R.I.P.

P.J. Farmer moved peacefully to a new Tier this morning. He might also be found roaming about Riverworld, or the Wold Newton Universe.

Fred does the pop and lock



Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Happy Mardi Gras!

A Brief History of Mardi Gras

Even though I am over 8 years and 600 miles removed, I still observe Mardi Gras by doing something out of the ordinary. See you after I figure out and do whatever that is.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Stealing beauty

Stealing beauty: the greatest art heists in history:

Perhaps the greatest art theft of them all remains the Gardner art heist, in which thieves made off with 13 works from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, in 1990. Altogether they were valued at $500m (£350m) and included Vermeer's The Concert, which is believed to be the world's most valuable missing art work. The haul also included a Manet, several Degas sketches and three Rembrandts. Nineteen years and a $5m (£3.5m) reward later, it remains an unsolved mystery Photograph: Barney Burstein

stray bullets

Exploring a ‘Deep Web’ That Google Can’t Grasp Beyond those trillion pages lies an even vaster Web of hidden data: financial information, shopping catalogs, flight schedules, medical research and all kinds of other material stored in databases that remain largely invisible to search engines.... Now a new breed of technologies is taking shape that will extend the reach of search engines into the Web’s hidden corners. When that happens, it will do more than just improve the quality of search results — it may ultimately reshape the way many companies do business online. (via) (prev)

Portrait of Leonardo da Vinci discovered in Basilicata What may be a hitherto unknown portrait of Leonardo da Vinci in middle age shows that the Renaissance genius had piercing blue eyes, a long nose and long greying hair with a droopy moustache.

A design for life (The history of the smiley face symbol) Feelgood corporate logo, acid house icon and txt msg emoticon: one chirpy yellow emblem has kept grinning since the first summer of love. Jon Savage celebrates the life of Smiley.

Q&A: Dennis Hopper I don't spend a lot. Most of my art collection I got by trading it or through knowing the artist. I got Andy Warhol's first soup can painting for $75. I lost it to my first wife.

Carbon nanotube sculpture garden

image: Michael De Volder and A. John Hart/University of Michigan/Materials Research Society

The World’s Smallest Puzzles:

This gallery presents the best images from the Materials Research Society’s recent Science as Art competition. Each one depicts familiar objects made from materials with otherworldly properties—and they’re insanely small. This quiz will test how well you understand this tiny, alien world.

more at nanobliss

via roamin

Peter Bjorn and John - Nothing To Worry About


directed by Andreas Nilsson and Filip Nilsson

Peter Bjorn & John

thanks to benhästen

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Eating the world's hottest pepper


I generally avoid items that involve people suffering for the sake of entertainment, but this one broke the barrier.

via Bifurcated Rivets
by way of Binge Thinker

Naga Jolokia pepper

Friday, February 20, 2009


Ilustración de Henning Wagenbreth

A boy was very poor, and they told him that if he eats one ton of old iron, he gets ten thousand millions of dollars, the boy accepted and in two days the boy and his family became millionaires.

150 SUEÑOS ILUSTRADOS - a collection of children’s dreams illustrated by various artists.

via the Glasgow School of Art Library

Method of Exercising a Cat

Illustration by Josh McKible

via LCSV4

Thursday, February 19, 2009

lost in a moment

(dennis wheatley)

A one take impromptu film made in Tokyo by Dennis Wheatley and Stefan McClean.

music: Shrift - Lost in a Moment

via Posthuman Blues

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

oh, by the way...

Uncertain Times is a full one year old today.

Thanks to all of you loyal friends and visitors who have made this an extraordinarily fun ride. I have learned a great deal over the last year and you have helped this weblog to grow in ways that I had never anticipated.

Initially, I really had no idea what I was going to do with Uncertain Times, but over the months I have grown comfortable with what it has evidently become. I'll choose not to define that too precisely and just leave avenues open for wherever we may go.

As you might have noticed, posting has been down in volume over the last few months and I anticipate that this will remain the trend. There will be stops and spurts, but I'll always do my best to pass along the finest gems I can find, as has been my hope and intention all along.

Thanks again.

p.s. Uncertain Times v.ii has become a storehouse for random items that I find along the way. There has been a fair bit of action there lately.

Museu del Perfum

The Barcelona Perfume Museum - History of Perfume Bottles and Perfumery (from prehistory to the modern day)

via the Glasgow School of Art Library

The True Stories of Philip K. Dick

painting by G.K. Bellows

The Most Brilliant Sci-Fi Mind on Any Planet: Philip K. Dick (pdf) (excellent 1975 Rolling Stone article by Paul Williams)

Articles, Essays and Fiction - a collection of PKD related writings

via Ministry of Truth

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Tigrova Mast - Hodza mi uso u pojacalo (live)


Tigrova Mast live in Marseille, 11th May, 2007.


Men and Machines

Dan Williams - Men and Machines, from the Black Biker Series, 1983

Smithsonian American Art Museum

via Ordinary finds

Monday, February 16, 2009

Friday, February 13, 2009

...and enjoy your weekend! ☺

Rebecca Solow
via LCSV4

I will be working and in The Lab for the next few days and back on Monday morning. A Friday the 13th, Valentine's Day and the President's Day holiday in the same weekend... should be interesting.

...a Happy Valentine's Day... ☝

Tim Barber - KITTY CITY
via Juxtapoz

Have a weird Friday the 13th... ☝

via Tacky Raccoons


Thursday, February 12, 2009

Zombie Lincoln.... an interesting search term.

There's the odd Photoshop job, or two.... (via)

Uncyclomedia Commons

Refacing Government Tender

I liked emancipation of the zombie presidents featuring, from left: James K. Polk, Richard Nixon, Martin Van Buren and Abraham Lincoln....

...and, of course, Zombie Lincoln on the Moon.

found along Interstate 80, just west of Cheyenne....

The Abe Lincoln Project

Abe Lincoln’s Life Face Mask

Abe Lincoln's Life Face Mask - Based on a photo by M. Spencer Green

Lopsided Lincoln

Disembodied Beardscape

Disembodied Beardscape — Abraham Lincoln (some real, some fake), 2007

Lincoln in Dalivision

Salvador Dali - Lincoln in Dalivision

$17.02 - A Portrait of Abraham Lincoln in Pennies


I used 1,702 pennies to make a portrait of Lincoln. Sorting the coins took about seven hours, and making the image took about six.

Planet of the Abes

Planet of the Abes

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The Soul Detective feat. David Lynch

(Think Tank)

Director: Davi de Oliveira Pinheiro

A detective enters a train car where he finds different manifestations of a force that haunts the place. Using his telepathic powers he tries to enter the mind of a recently deceased man before all his memories vanish.

Think Tank is a series of visual essays presented by the Brazilian production house, V2 Cinema. Monthly online videos feature various well-known artists whose works and viewpoints are interpreted by V2's stable of filmmakers. This story is built around an interview with David Lynch.

Interview: Davi de Oliveira Pinheiro on The Soul Detective

via Cabinet of Wonders

ghost dancers


Institute for Psychic Reform

Check out the IFPR weblog for updates on this year's RPM Challenge and other goodies.


Monday, February 9, 2009

Nina Simone - Feeling Good

(video link)

video by Tamara Gildengers Connolly

via Chris Weige

A Bilingual Palindrome

Futility Closet:

Anger? ‘Tis safe never. Bar it! Use love.

Spell that backward and you get:

Evoles ut ira breve nefas sit; regna!

Which is Latin for:

Rise up, in order that your anger may be but a brief madness; control it!

gotta gut feeling...

That gut feeling may actually reflect a reliable memory

Considering that some scientists estimate that the human brain can calculate at the rate of 100 trillion bits per second* (some say more), intuition and even ‘psychic’ ability might very well be a product of this immense power of processing.

*Although computers can calculate at nearly the speed of light, they perform calculations one at a time. The brain, in comparison, calculates at a snail’s pace, but makes up for this by performing trillions of operations simultaneously.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

The Ears - Can't Sleep

Animated and directed by Owen Cook

The Ears

Nobunny - The Boneyard

Another by Owen Cook


Beirut - La Llorona

And yet another excellent video by Owen Cook


Friday, February 6, 2009

Enjoy your weekend!


via Tacky Raccoons
by way of Woosk


(video link)

Simon Panrucker

Joachim Knill

quagmire (Polaroid 20x30)

Joachim Knill designed and built the world's largest portable instant film camera. His 20x30 Polaroids of "surreal installations" have a colorful, painterly quality to them that runs somewhat counter to what you would expect from this particular medium. His panoramas are decidedly more photographic, but no less interesting.

Although I enjoyed his work, it was the camera that hooked me.

Joachim and his camera

via everlasting blört

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Slagsmålsklubben - Sponsored by Destiny

Director: Daniel Eskils
Producer: Johan Junker
D.O.Ps: Erik Vallsten, Claes Helander
Stylist: Anja-Lisa Rudka

Captain Ahab: Richie Puzz

Eskils Junker Film



Happy Birthday Hammer!

Today’s History Lesson - Baseball Immortality, Four Bases at a Time:

Born in the midst of the Great Depression on February 5, 1934 and raised in poverty in a still-segregated South, Henry Aaron would rise to become a legendary superstar, a symbol of all that is good about the game of baseball, and a class act.

Great Balls of Fire!

Received this from my buddy Crow via email:

Verducci (in Joe Torre's new book) writes that Clemens’s usual pregame preparation included taking a whirlpool bath at the hottest temperature possible. “He’d come out looking like a lobster,” Yankee trainer Steve Donahue told Verducci. Donahue would then rub hot liniment all over Clemens’s body.

“Then Donahue would rub the hottest possible liniment on his testicles,” Verducci writes. “He’d start snorting like a bull,” the trainer said. “That’s when he was ready to pitch.”

originally from Bronx Banter

Oranged-legged rain frog

Zooillogix: 10 New Amphibians Discovered (with photos)

The Cramps, live at Napa State Mental Hospital (1978)

Many of you will remember that I had posted a clip from this earlier. In honor of the late, great Lux Interior, here's some more footage from that legendary show.




In June 1978, the Cramps, a pioneering New York-based rock band who blend the primitive twangy stomp of rockabilly with the attitude and willful perversity of punk, were touring the West Coast and discovered they’d been lined up with perhaps the most unusual gig of their career. The Cramps were booked to play a show at the Napa State Mental Hospital, a facility for the emotionally challenged, and found themselves facing an audience that was half smuggled-in punk fans and half in-patients whose reaction to the performance was often vocal and demonstrative. A cameraman from the punk-oriented video collective Target Video was on hand with a primitive black-and-white camera, and the results became the infamous The Cramps: Live at the Napa State Mental Hospital. As the band faced a truly unusual audience, it roared through a handful of songs, including “Human Fly,” “Love Me,” “Domino,” “The Way I Walk,” “What’s Behind the Mask,” and “T.V. Set.”

The Cramps

Lux Interior (1948-2009)

photo: Ann Summa

Cramps founder Lux Interior dies at 60

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Chrystl Rijkeboer

Chrystl Rijkeboer:

The reason I work with human hair is that hair has symbolic significance: beauty, strength, health, attraction, etc. The moment it is separated from the human all these factors turn around, hair is considered dirty, unsavoury and dead.

Hair is also an important indicator of our life, as well in the past as in the present...

via bright stupid confetti

60 Noses

Sixty female and male noses, arranged chronologically from people ages 16-90. (click image to embiggen)

Shawn Feeney drew these while working as the forensic artist for a police department on Long Island, NY. Prints are available here.

by way of JOYENGINE

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Monday, February 2, 2009

Sunday, February 1, 2009