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July 19, 2005

Rhizome ArtBase 101 — 'Counter the impulse to upgrade'


That's how the Rhizome Artbase 101 defines "Dirt Style."

What about Stirt Style?

Hey, Joe: it's not about you, OK?

Get over yourself.

Erm... alright.

"Rhizome ArtBase 101 surveys salient themes in Internet art, a practice that has flourished in the past 10 years."


On the Rhizome website is an archive of new media art — the ArtBase — that currently holds some 1,500 works by artists around the world.

Sarah Boxer wrote about the website and its bricks–and–mortar incarnation, currently up at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City, in an article published in the New York Times on June 28.

At the museum 40 works (some pictured above and below) are installed on computers with some additionally elaborated into installations.

Boxer noted that Rhizome is one of the world's premier platforms for internet art.

In her article she wrote, "What kind of art do you have time for? It's a question that comes up over and over with art on the web."

That's so true, not just for art but anything online: there's a different dynamic operating here than in real life.

Time takes on a different quality and texture.

It's no wonder that "internet time" has taken on its own peculiar meaning.


Boxer pointed out that each piece of art in the Rhizome show calls for a different kind of attention.

She noted, "The most effective online works are at opposite ends of a time–grabbing spectrum. At one extreme are the big eaters. They won't let go of you, and you don't mind anyhow. At the other extreme are the quickies. You like them simply because they're fast. You see the whole work, you get the whole point and you move on."

Once upon a time, in quite another context in a galaxy far, far away called Los Angeles, a girl said words quite similar to me that were electrifying and hilarious at the same time.

I'll never forget them.

But I digress.

Oh, not so fast, you say?

She said, "Let's get to the point."

Now where was I?

Nowhere, Joe — that's where you were, where you are, and where you're heading if you don't shape up in a hurry.



July 19, 2005 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

MorphWorld: Laura Lippman into Helen Mirren


The other day I happened on a review of mystery writer Laura Lippman's new book, "To the Power of Three," in the New York Times Book Review.

Nice title.

And the ad's tag line was quite good as well; it read:

"Three can keep a secret. When two are dead."

Ms. Lippman has won the Edgar, Anthony, Shamus, Agatha, and Nero Wolfe Awards for various of her Tess Monaghan mysteries.

The Times review was accompanied by a photo of Ms. Lippman (top) which immediately brought to mind the nonpareil British actress Helen Mirren (below).


Well — is it just me or is there a resemblance?

One wonders what the two women would think of the comparison.

Who knows?

Stranger things have happened than that I find out.

July 19, 2005 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Electric Sheep Screen Saver


"All these moments
will be lost in time,
like tears in the rain."


Not lost, actually;
rather, there forever,
should anyone have the
means to find them.


[via Philip K. Dick and SB]

July 19, 2005 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

betterwall.com — Museum banners for your home


This Denver, Colorado company obtains the actual banners (above and below) museums use to advertise their shows.


They clean them up, attach simple hanging systems and sell them for home use.


The quantity of each one is limited to that produced for promotional purposes.


You can sign up for email notification when new ones come in so you're not left on the outside looking in.

[via Marianne Rohrlich and the New York Times]

July 19, 2005 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack



It's the website of James and Kristie Dahlia Home.

There is much to be learned from exploring their virtual space.

Both content and form are striking.


[via SB]

July 19, 2005 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Cup Holder Valet Tray


Once again the mad scientists in the cup holder skunkworks out back have created something we never knew we needed.

Now comes this innovative Swivel Saucer Tray.

"Holds snacks, notepad or cellphone so you can keep your full attention on the road."

Be the first on your block to own this stylish accessory.

"Fits into virtually any size cup holder, with a no–slip rubberized base to help it stay in place."

Non–slip top surface; 1"–deep rim; 9" diameter; rotates 360°.

$15.99 here.

July 19, 2005 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack



Bob Young, the cofounder of Red Hat, is the CEO of Lulu.com, which lets you publish and sell your print–on–demand book or music.

Lulu is similar and yet different from iUniverse.com, the online publisher of my most recent book.


I have nothing but the highest praise for iUniverse: they created a wonderfully designed book that looks better than 95% of those I see down the street at Barnes & Noble.

Appearances can be deceiving: I am reminded of the wonderful libretto of Gilbert and Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore, to wit:

    Things are seldom what they seem, skim milk masquerades as cream.

But I digress.

As best I can tell from browsing the Lulu website they offer much more in the way of author involvement in the publication process.

In most cases this will be not to the advantage of but, rather, detrimental to both book and author.

July 19, 2005 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Free Trash Bags — Forever


"Sturdy hanging frame clips onto the top of a cabinet door, inside or out, turning a plastic shopping bag into an instant wastebasket, garbage pail or laundry hamper!"

I love it.

"Mounts without screws; moves from room to room."

Where can I get one?

Right here, for $9.99. (Bag not included)

July 19, 2005 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

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