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Posted 02/15/09 - 11:52 PM:
Subject: stuff & nonsense
dear hav left & took down the nonsense pile, so whilst he's away & by way of homage, here's a new thread for stuff & nonsense.



edit: discussion about the nonsense pile being deleted has been moved to another thread.

Edited by libertygrl on 02/17/09 - 9:58 AM
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Posted 02/19/09 - 3:29 PM:

Legerdemain

Her eyes, opened wide,
fluttered to the rhythms of a red dress.
She was the queen of illusions,
dancing within a house of cards,
where her sleights of hand,
and sights of farce did impress.
Her hopes, the usual jokes,
and the melodies of the piano did jest,
like a needle's pricks and pokes,
cruelly at the tragedy of what was,
yet truly wasn't her best.
Outside, the forceful gleams,
the wind, layers of steam, smoke from chimneys,
as powerful and fleeting as dreams,
sent the house crumbling down,
for the audience had its doubts,
and soon it was found out:
Her tricks just weren't as good as the rest.

Edited by Spindlework on 02/19/09 - 4:54 PM
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Posted 02/20/09 - 1:01 AM:

hi spindlework,

i liked how you had the spacing before, somehow it seemed more poignant with the line breaks, or maybe it made me think of verses of a song. it's pretty though. i was thinking the title meant "light tomorrow" but i discover that it's the expression for sleight of hand. the idea of light tomorrow casts an interesting shadow on it too.

very cool,
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Posted 02/20/09 - 11:09 AM:

"Light tomorrow" certainly applies as well, considering I intended it to be about (the inevitable?) breaking down--or seeing through--of illusion and self-illusion, as represented by the sort of human novelties of a red dress, house of cards, sleights of hand, jokes, etc., and having outside natural physicalities like wind, steam, and smoke break them down, which are, curiously enough, all "fleeting" themselves, in addition to the audience, or other people in society, if you will. Hopefully anyone who comes across this post will have read the poem first so I haven't spoiled any other interpretations, but whatever smiling face

It has a ton of room for improvement, and because I wrote it in a rush I figured it'd be at home in the non-sense thread. Feedback is always much appreciated, so thanks, libertygrl.

Your piece above has a frightening Rorschach inkblot effect on me. The bottom shape looks most like a bat to me, with the white orbs being the eyes and the black mass at the center being the shadows of the mouth; the wings are apparent and the bottom contours of the shape even further establish the bat-like shape. The top shape conjures up images of squids and jellyfish for me, the latter of which gave me some lovely stings as a child playing and swimming in the Persian Gulf. The red and black, blurry, light qualities make it even more nightmarish! Scary scary smiling face
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Posted 02/20/09 - 12:53 PM:

Spindlework wrote:
Your piece above has a frightening Rorschach inkblot effect on me. The bottom shape looks most like a bat to me, with the white orbs being the eyes and the black mass at the center being the shadows of the mouth; the wings are apparent and the bottom contours of the shape even further establish the bat-like shape. The top shape conjures up images of squids and jellyfish for me, the latter of which gave me some lovely stings as a child playing and swimming in the Persian Gulf. The red and black, blurry, light qualities make it even more nightmarish! Scary scary smiling face

thank you too for the feedback. smiling face i got a few jellyfish stings when i went to mexico in 2007, it's the weirdest sensation isn't it? like electricity on your skin.

this emerged from a photo of some glass that had shattered in my sink. i had thought about titling it something like "the duck-billed batwoman in hot pants" or some such but that does narrow the room for interpretation, lol. i liked the rorshachiness of it. smiling face
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Posted 02/20/09 - 4:25 PM:

libertygrl wrote:
this emerged from a photo of some glass that had shattered in my sink.

I hope it was red glass ... or is that blood red?
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Posted 02/20/09 - 4:40 PM:

praxis wrote:

I hope it was red glass ... or is that blood red?

alas it was one of my red drinking glasses. no blood thankfully!
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Posted 02/22/09 - 10:22 PM:

Legerdemain... (new word to add to me database)

Brainstorm linking...

D. Dennett compares the phenomena of consciousness to the illusions achieved by Legerdemain. Consciousness is misunderstood because it is a reified illusion (we sense it to be a distinct something?).

In nature some species have evolved to advertise by very bright coloration that they are inedible. Other species may come to mimic these poisonous species while forgoing the research and design needed to create a toxin. They, in a way, lie by telling all: "I am poisonous by association with what poisonous looks like."

Legerdemain is a thematic axiom.
It arrives on scene as commentary to all tangential relations, as a title.
Links?

The typical fear of being taken advantage of in any economy.
The amount of risk taken in hindsight does not justify returned benefits.(The plan falls through the economy tanks).
A hot, hygienic and unintelligent looking hooker may be preferred to a hot, hygienic and intelligent looking hooker may be preferred to a hot, dirty, intelligent looking hooker may be preferred to an ugly, hygienic, and intelligent looking hooker may be preferred to... you get the idea. In the end hookers are bags of flesh which appeal to instincts, like tomatoes hook fruit flies.
The phenotype can be artificially improved by cosmetic surgery.

Current 21st century issues compound the thematic axiom.

Plurality -- Phenotypic Diversity, Cultural Penetrations, Fusions and Fluidity
Population -- Mounting Pressure and Competition, Haves and Have Nots

Here it is, sleight of hand.

Metaphors are parasites that cause paranoia.
Paranoia cause us to dance.


Edited by Nihil Loc on 02/24/09 - 10:17 PM
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Posted 02/23/09 - 12:21 AM:

Nihil Loc wrote:
Legerdemain... (new word to add to me database)

Brainstorm linking...

A magician will extend his hands, splay his fingers, and scuff his cuffs back an inch or two to show you a little bit of ungimmicked flesh.

The pleasant hair cutter, after each thread is sufficiently trimmed to the cosmetic standards of the evening, will snip at air. "She's taking her time, being tedious, paying attention to detail." The pretty bartender will gauge you early on--service::age, shirt, hair, even shoes--, and flash quick smiles at the end of the night--smiles whiter than the blank space to the right of "Tip:________," so they seem. "Hey, that bartender was really cute, and I think she liked me." The politician will tell you pretty things about progress, success, maybe even patriotism if he senses you're a little stressed, and that everyone is working together. "They're working hard. Things will change soon."

They're doing their best, you see, and all is transparent for you to gaze upon.

But like the magician, they jest, and little demons behind the stage are crawling and scheming and pounding their chests and dreaming about YOU, what you have, and what they can get.

And I'm just so damn sorry.
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Posted 02/24/09 - 9:52 PM:

Spindlework wrote:
And I'm just so damn sorry.


You must be sorry for those who have a pessimistic explanatory type. I'll admit that if we are adrift in a veil of illusion, it is better to
have beneficial delusions than self-destructive ones.
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Posted 02/25/09 - 7:05 PM:

Transparent head fish

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Posted 02/26/09 - 4:50 PM:

praxis wrote:
Transparent head fish

brilliant
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Posted 02/28/09 - 4:07 AM:

That's a really interesting picture Nihil Loc. I spent more than a few moments pondering on it.

Is there a special reason it's so small? smiling face
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Posted 02/28/09 - 7:24 PM:

Smoki wrote:
That's a really interesting picture Nihil Loc. I spent more than a few moments pondering on it.

Is there a special reason it's so small?


Not really. I heard somewhere that thumbnails are better because they take a load off host servers (but I'm not computer savvy so don't know). It just so happens I've stopped noticing the full link they provide until now.



Originally bitmap so it turned fuzzy when saved as JPEG.


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Posted 03/15/09 - 1:40 AM:

hi yahweh, welcome back! you were missed hug

yahweh wrote:
This is one I call, Axis of Reproduction.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELF9jQGzp2w

i'm not keen on death metal so much but i dig the video, very cool. the title fits perfectly.

what software do you use if i may ask? i'm using pinnacle myself these days.
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unorigami (or: how does santa fit his fat butt down the chimney?)

"how does santa fit all those toys in his bag?"

"... he folds them."

- home improvement


origami is the japanese art of paper folding. unorigami is the japanese art of having fun at the expense of zen masters by cheaply imitating what they do with pieces of paper.

it begins, like all bad ideas, with philosophy. to make a 1 dimensional object 2 dimensional, simply curve it: what had length now has length and width. to give it a 3rd dimension, simply curve it another way: what had length and width now has length width and height. (to make it 4 dimensional you don't have to do anything, just wait!)

michio kaku (who folds some mean origami!) does that all the time. but unorigami is far more interesting, because you can use it to make things invisible.

for example, if you dress supermodels in a the latest unorigami paper fashions, it's possible to "unfold" the dresses, at which time they transform from 3d to 2d and completely disappear unless you look at them like flatland. (the supermodels already do this if they turn sideways, which just happens to be how polarized sunglasses were invented.) if you unfold them further they become 1 dimensional (much like twiggy!)

now the problem we have with unorigami is, we're so used to thinking in 3 or 4 (sometimes 5) dimensions, it really puts strain on the imagination to think in 2 dimensions or 1. (that's why flatland took more than 100 years to transfer from the 2d pages of a book to the 3d reel of a motion picture film.)

we're so "dense" (pun intended) that if we "unfold" 3 dimensions into 2 that we imagine the skyscraper we just turned into a photograph is suddenly missing almost all of it's bulk. all the bulk is still there, it's just "flat." otherwise the blueprints would have been impossible to draw.

the "point" (quite literally) of this story is to introduce the latest ipod. it's 0 dimensional and holds every song that was and ever will be recorded, but drm has been added so you can only play the current top 40 list once a week. theoretical physicists are still trying to develop a belt clip for the ipod nahhhhh that doesn't violate the patent held by unorigami corp. (nasdaq:odim) in osaku, japan.
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Posted 03/23/09 - 9:48 PM:

yahweh: alas, i don't have a mac. i hear final cut pro is the best thing out there for editing film.

happycynic: alma mater ana kata
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Posted 04/30/09 - 12:31 PM:

my most recent film project:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlnrnWlA_dg
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Posted 05/01/09 - 8:46 AM:

Gosh, lib, that is some coolness !
Great film.
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Yahweh wrote:



yay
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Posted 05/11/09 - 3:21 PM:

Horrendous nails of the kid are striking feature of the image because they are antithesis to the 'kid' and noticed his eyes too--they also seem to be mysterious--who is he?
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Horrendous nails of the kid are striking feature of the image because they are antithesis to the 'kid' and noticed his eyes too--they also seem to be mysterious--who is he?

of course i can't answer for what yahweh intended, but to me this piece expresses a relaxed relationship between alice and the white rabbit (of alice in wonderland). yahweh had posted a different piece some time ago that expressed a more conflicted relationship between the two, so i'm pleased to note the contrast. smiling face
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smokinpristiformis wrote:
Gosh, lib, that is some coolness !
Great film.

thank you smiling face
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Posted 05/15/09 - 4:09 PM:

libertygrl wrote:

but to me this piece expresses a relaxed relationship between alice and the white rabbit (of alice in wonderland).


As a kid,I loved to watch "Alice In The Wonderland"smiling face(I still love it!zen).But,as far as I recall my Alice was not so terrifyingsticking out tonguegrin.She used to be a lovely girlclaphug.Alice of Yahweh seems to have metamorphosed into a different skingrin.As you suggest,the picture might impart a peaceful,relaxed,harmonious relationship between Alice and the rabbit,it is,rather horrifying,mysterious and saturnine imagery as far as my interpretation goes rolling eyesgrin



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