Monthly Archives: August 2006

Recent Doublespeak 0

War in Iraq used to refer to the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Unlawful combatants – a meaningless phrase intended to allow trial without due process, which turns back the legal clock in a developed country by at least 100 years. Rendition has been substituted for kidnapping. Freedom has been substituted for economic exploitation and corruption. […]

Mark Tansey 5

Triumph Of The New York School Mark Tansey uses paint to describe the end of painting. Packed with irony, wit, and erudite references, his pictures continue in the tradition of Marcel Duchamp to create a eulogy for representational painting. Theory and Artspeak aside, he’s also very funny. Picasso and Braque Derrida Queries de Man The […]

Dr Seuss’ Commercial Work 0

Bock Beer Theodore Seuss Geisel before he got famous! Before Theodore Seuss Geisel found fame as a children’s book author, the primary outlet for his creative efforts was magazines. His first steady job after he left Oxford was as a cartoonist for Judge, a New York City publication. In 1927 one of these cartoons opened […]

What the Terrorists Want 0

( Thanks to John Sinteur at The Daily Irrelevant for the link.) Bruce Schneier is a very level headed commentator about all facets of the security industry. Suffice it to say that he knows what he is talking about. Here he talks about the latest excesses in the climate of fear that is currently being […]

FlickrStorm 0

Good news for all you avid picture hunters! have released FlickrStorm They call it a Flickr search tool with some *Magic* A few screenshots: (Click to enlarge) Screenshot 1 Screenshot 2 I entered the search term: “Japanese lanterns” The “Advanced” search option allows you to filter results by the type of repro Licence. Screenshot […]

Cuba Chronicles 0

House With Bicycle, Havana 2000 Elaine Ling presents a folio of black and white photos: Cuba Chronicles Amazing work. I came to work on this portfolio through shouted invitations to visit people’s homes as I wander down the streets carrying my 4×5 camera on a tripod. Each home lead to the neighboring home and each […]

Vintage Postcards From Beirut 0

Click for full screen image. 2 postcards by Walid Zbib Above: “Beirut: Have a Nice Day” from nearly 20 years ago, 1987, and Below: “Beirut: Vs Beirut” dating from 1990 Click for full screen image. Many thanks to Mary Woolliams for these two gems. “Plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose”.

Painters I Should Have Known About (006) William Orpen Part 3 1

Self Portrait in Uniform 1917 Part 3. William Orpen, The War Artist. You can find Part 1 here and Part 2 here. Despite being born an Irishman, Orpen threw in his lot with the English during the First World War. In the early days, he took part in the auctioning of blank canvases on which […]

The Weirdest Windows Error Message. Ever. 0

KILL!! KILL!! What on earth is going on in my ‘puter???

J Bennett Fitts: No Lifeguard On Duty 0

Salton Sea J. Bennett Fitts captures abandoned swimming pools softly lit by the “Golden Hour” of Californian evenings in this beautiful series shown at the beginning of the year at Paul Kopeikin Gallery, Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles. J Bennett Fitts has traveled over 20,000 miles around the United States from Salton Sea, California and the […]