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~ Vol. 34 ~

Ten — yes, 10 — quips by M. Kingsley in this edition of Quipsologies.


Absolute power is tacky, absolutely.
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Following in the tradition of Saturday Night Live’s “Scotch Boutique” comes Pencil Revolution.


We make things. We think about things. We do things to things.
Things next to other things, doing things to things, make up our world.
Things is an on-line magazine.


“The design of commercial entertainment is neither a science nor an art; it answers only to the common taste, the accepted vision, for fear of disturbing the viewer’s reaction to the formula. The viewer’s taste is conditioned by a profit-motivated architecture, which has forgotten that a house is a machine to live in, a service environment. He leaves the theatre after three hours of redundancy and returns home to a symbol, not a natural environment in which beauty and functionality are one. Little wonder that praise is heaped on films whose imagery is on the level of calendar art. Global man stands on the moon casually regarding the entire spaceship earth in a glance, yet humanity still is impressed that a rich Hollywood studio can lug its Panavision cameras over the Alps and come back with pretty pictures. ‘Surpassing visual majesty!’ gasp the critics over A Man and a Woman, or Dr. Zhivago. But with today’s technology and unlimited wealth who couldn’t compile a picturesque movie? In fact it’s a disgrace when a film is not of surpassing visual majesty because there’s a lot of that in our world.” — Gene Youngblood, from his 1970 book Expanded Cinema; with an introduction by Buckminster Fuller. Recently added to the UbuWeb historical archives.


Tom Brinkmann’s Bag Mags is an amazing collection of outlaw, sexploitation, psychotronic, true-crime, and trashy magazine covers that could kick the ass of any cover on the American Society of Magazine Editors’ Top 40 Magazine Covers of the Last 40 Years list. And just in case you missed the word sexploitation, the site is possibly NSFW.


The Department of Perhaps They Went for the Lowest Bid asks: If the United States is the most powerful nation on earth, then why are the likenesses on the Presidential Coloring Pages so awful?


Forbes.com has a collection of special reports (actually, light essays) on Communicating, including comments by Arthur C. Clarke, Noam Chomsky, Jane Goodall, Kurt Vonnegut and felon Lizzie Grubman. [via The New York Times, delivered to my doorstep; who I forgive for all the bad WMD reporting and for spelling my wife’s name wrong]


Scanned Images, Engravings and Pictures From Old Books.


Twenty people fined for using the letters Q and W.


For those in a snit over STEP: Johanna Stokes considers the relationship between Girls and Comics.


Thoughts of a Graphic Design Student: Evaluating a formal education in Graphic Design and formulating a manifesto for a contemporary graphic design education.” [Thanks to Claire for the link]


Michael B. reports on the imminent change of the AT&T logo. (Felix knows who is doing it, while Maven already considers the solution laughable).


Many, many — many — cassettes. [Thanks to Will Weyer for the link]


In more of Best X Covers of the Last X Years: The Village Voice celebrates 50 years with their 50 best covers.


Just in time for Halloween:
1. How to make a PC out of a pumpkin.
2. Test your freehand mouse skills, carve your own pumpkin. [Thanks to Carmen for the link]
3. Emoticon pumpkin. [Via Kottke]

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PUBLISHED ON Oct.31.2005 BY The Speak Up Authors
Theo’s comment is:

The real question on the Presidential coloring book is: why did they stick Dubya on a swing, surrounded by children? Every other president gets a dignified portrait. ;)

On Oct.31.2005 at 11:10 AM
Jeff Gill’s comment is:

Theo, I spent some time in Moscow in the early 90s. There were lots of pictures around with a smiling Lenin with children. I seem to recall seeing a similar one with ol' Saddam once too. Just saying.

On Oct.31.2005 at 12:54 PM
marian bantjes’s comment is:

Is it just me, or is this a particularly great edition of Quipsologies?

Thanks to all you Speak Up kids for surfing the web on my behalf.

On Oct.31.2005 at 01:26 PM
ryan peterson’s comment is:

That was the first thing I noticed as well Theo. I felt like the victim of some sort of strange propoganda meant for children's eyes only.

The second thing I thought was... damn, check out Chester A. Arthur's totally sweet jacket! What kid is going to step to the challenge of coloring that thing? That takes determination.

On Oct.31.2005 at 01:35 PM
Derrick Schultz’s comment is:

how bad is Lyndon Johnson's shirt sleeve? yikes. cloth drawing 101 people.

funny fact (not supposed to be fully related to any previous statements: a majority of the illustrators i worked on the government illustration contract list were conservatives.

On Oct.31.2005 at 03:54 PM
Pesky Illustrator’s comment is:

Next time, I hope they choose ME to draw the president's coloring book. These are painfully bad. Resemblance seems to be a serious problem here and I can solve that. (Looks like something designed by the Soviet Politbureau.)

Any of you government designers out there: Call me!

I know how to draw! It's a skill.

On Oct.31.2005 at 05:19 PM
Danny’s comment is:


On Oct.31.2005 at 06:12 PM
Armin’s comment is:

Hm... A scarf tied around my neck would look lovely right about now.

On Nov.01.2005 at 08:24 AM
ryan peterson’s comment is:

What ever happened to the neck scarf? Looks like it had a strong run through the first 15 presidents or so.

I think Dubya should bring it back.

On Nov.01.2005 at 09:13 AM
Jason Tselentis’s comment is:

Why not?! Then we have something to hang him by.

On Nov.02.2005 at 07:31 AM
Matt’s comment is:

Chester Arthur looks sorta like a pimp.

On Nov.03.2005 at 10:25 PM