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Feeling lucky? Spin this edition of Quipsologies.



The Residents release a double-disc record that houses two blank CD-Rs. Andrew Haig explains.



Tension Object: 20 cm long human hair is embedded into the ceramic sphere. The object is then charged by a high voltage generator (120.000 Volts), the embedded hair stands upwards due to the electromagnetic field. (Check out the creepy video).


Three concepts for the wall between nations.


108 winners of the 2006 Industrial Design Excellence Award (IDEA)



Microsoft will release its ‘iPod Killer’ close to the holiday season. Beware, Apple?


The New York Times’ Maria Aspan investigates the blurred line between editorials and advertisements.


These days, even a phone can be used as a journalism tool. Reporter Bob Woodruff contributed to a Nightline segment using his mobile.


Hollywood has been using viral campaigns to spread the word about films, and marketing execs are betting on instant gratification for users. Time will tell if the net campaigns really get folks into the theatres as well as the Blair Witch phenomenon.


Play online poker, but not with real money. Instead, it’s the latest marketing move to get film audiences lured into 007’s Casino Royale. [Multiplayer games available.]



Jews for Jesus for New York Subway riders.


The Banana Museum. Yes, the Banana Museum.



A collection of exquisite drawings by Norman Gorbaty, who many years ago combined elegance and slapstick in the opening titles for Woody Allen’s Bananas.


News of the recent discovery of a photograph which depicts Mozart’s widow calls to mind this quote from Roland Barthes’ Camera Lucida: “One day, quite some time ago, I happened on a photograph of Napoleon’s youngest brother, Jerome, taken in 1852. And I realised then, with an amazement I have not been able to lessen since: I am looking at eyes that looked at the Emperor.”


This week’s Favorite Record Cover.


Once again… getting busted for wearing a peace t-shirt.


Department of Marginally Funny Cognitive Dissonance: It says “yellow” but it’s orange.


It may not be as cool a word as flairmark“Beausage.”


During the World Cup, several folks pointed out that the graphic element running along the side of the Italian team’s uniform looked like awful sweat stains.


These are the best of times.


Need the Nod?


“My problem with the found object is that even though it immediately transformed the field of possibilities I always thought it didnt lead to a great deal of invention. That said it is also undeniable that Duchamp’s readymade is considered one of the most important contributions to twentieth century art. It called into question any agreed upon criterion for artistic production. Duchamp’s ready-made was an attempt to transcend mass production by placing a mass produced object in isolation and conferring upon it the special status of a fetish. In its isolation the object was non relational, non referential and disconnected. The problem of the readymade is that it eliminates critical subjectivities by substituting the art of making for the art of selection. It is a mere transposition of an object into an art object by display. Much of contemporary art has been animated by Duchamp. Today the endless re-iteration of the ready-made dominates the market and accounts for a lot of insipid surrealism.” — from an interview with Richard Serra


You’ve probably heard about the “Statue of Liberation,” but do you know about the “Touchdown Jesus”?


Keep yer damn Pentagram offa our grave markers! [via]


Following an earlier post: this collision of images appeared in yesterday’s New York Times. In the left-hand image, the Pope is blessing a train station in Valencia, Spain where a train derailed. There is a closed gate at the entrance.

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PUBLISHED ON Jul.10.2006 BY The Speak Up Authors
m. kingsley’s comment is:

The history of news reporting via telephone is as old as the telephone itself. And the telephone's role in journalism has been memorialized in countless film and television scenes where a reporter shouts "Get me Rewrite" into the phone.

For a more current example, NY Times reporter John Burns often appears on Charlie Rose via mobile phone. All you see is a still photo of him juxtaposed with a map of Iraq.

On Jul.10.2006 at 03:27 PM
James Moening’s comment is:

Maybe two, three Saturdays ago I picked up the Times and took a look at the Tiffs ad. It was for either a necklace or earrings shaped like four-petalled flowers, and the accompanying left-hand image depicted a woman mourner standing on a street, next to flowers.

On Jul.10.2006 at 11:24 PM
Tom ’s comment is:

Safety first, always. My new favorite color is Swamp Holly Orange.
Does anyone know the PMS equivalent?

On Jul.11.2006 at 01:42 PM
m. kingsley’s comment is:

James, unfortunately I missed that issue. Now my OCD will kick into high gear to compensate....

I had lunch with Laura Fields (the first to see the page 3 connection) yesterday. She was surprised how I could miss that the small headline of the Tiffany ad reads "Uptown and Downtown" while the Pope is standing in front of a subway station.

On Jul.12.2006 at 12:56 AM
Zoelle’s comment is:

Regarding the Tiffany ad juxtaposition:
Isn’t the New York Times to blame for the problematic juxtaposition? I thought I remember reading that Tiffany has owned that advertising sandbox for quite some time. The comments regarding the Tiffany ads seem to be skewed towards pointing blame at Tiffany. Surely Tiffany has no say over what news occurs next to it’s ads. Am I missing something?

On Jul.12.2006 at 11:15 AM
m. kingsley’s comment is:

Zoelle, no one's "to blame".
They happen, I see them.

It's just a visualization exercise.

If you happen to see something which informs one of your projects: gravy.
If not: at least you exercised.

On Jul.12.2006 at 11:47 AM
Zoelle’s comment is:

m. kingsley’s – Understood. Thanks.

On Jul.12.2006 at 11:52 AM
Héctor Muñoz’s comment is:

It's funny people getting upset about religious advertising when you remember the big bunch of crap that appears on ads everywhere.

On Jul.12.2006 at 12:35 PM
marko savic’s comment is:

Here's more Banana's

On Jul.14.2006 at 02:41 AM
marko savic’s comment is:

Also, apostrophes will be the grammatical death of me.

On Jul.14.2006 at 02:42 AM