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August 24, 2010

Artifact — by Gregory Barsamian

The 2010 sculpture is made from steel, glass, polyurethane foam, a motor, and strobe lights.


Ken Johnson, reviewing it in the July 16, 2010 New York Times, wrote, "You might question its artistic profundity, but there is no doubting the sheer visual magic of 'Artifact,' the sculpture by Gregory Barsamian featured here. A giant head like the top of an ancient colossus lies on its side in the darkened space. Bright blinking lights radiate from blob-shaped windows built into its steel-plate surface.


"Peering in through one of the transparencies, you discover an amazing sight, a kind of three-dimensional Claymation cartoon. Amid a network of serpentine steel rods, apples fall from branches into bright green hands where they melt into colored liquid, which falls into hats arranged in a circle below. Meanwhile, little yellow birds fly out of womblike bladders, swoop up and around and crash into small, open, antique books that slam shut on them. As these events repeat at high speed, you may look into other windows for different points of view. It is a mesmerizing and confounding spectacle.

"'Artifact' works on the principle of the zoetrope. Apples, birds, books and other elements are attached sequentially to the tubular network, and the whole thing spins at high speed. With each flash of the strobes, you see the objects instantaneously arrested at different positions, which creates the miraculous illusion of motion. Mr. Barsamian’s excellent Web site (gregorybarsamian.com) reveals the secrets of his work.


"Mr. Barsamian produces kinetic sculptures for an international clientele. Commissioned by the Museum of Old and New in Hobart, Tasmania, in Australia, 'Artifact' is closer to children’s science museum fare than serious art — the imagery lacks metaphorical depth — but it is truly a wonder to behold."

The caption for the video up top: "James Kalm sneaks into this "No Photography Allowed" exhibition of Gregory Barsamian's 'Artifact,' commissioned by the Museum of Old and New (MONA) in Hobart, Tasmania. Barsamian's kinetic sculptures have been exhibited widely in Europe and around the world, and are included in numerous private and public collections, but are not often seen in New York (where Barsamian lives and works) before being sent off to their final destinations. This was the first time in 14 years a new sculpture was on view in New York."

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Ciclotte Stationary Bike


Bryan Gardiner reviewed it as follows in the September issue of Wired magazine.


Bowflexes, Roman chairs, those things Suzanne Somers was hawking: Most exercise equipment looks like it belongs in a dungeon, not a home gym. The Ciclotte stationary bicycle, on the other hand, wouldn't appear out of place in a museum. Which is exactly where its aesthetics hail from. Designer Luca Schieppati took his Ciclò — a concept bike that the Milan Design Museum liked enough to include in its permanent collection — and transformed it into an exercise machine. (Nice move, because the penny-farthing-from-the-future geometry would make it nearly impossible to ride.) Push the pedals and the epicycloid crank system—a set of eccentric gears like you'd find in a pencil sharpener—spins the magnetized main wheel. This in turn generates a magnetic field and plenty of thigh-burning resistance. Just remember to stop ogling it and, you know, ride.


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August 24, 2010 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Top 50 College Dropout Factories


"[Here are] the Washington Monthly's 2010 rankings of the 50 4-year public and private not-for-profit colleges in America with the worst graduation rates. To read our story 'College Dropout Factories,' click here."

*Indicates a public school.

[via Rex Hammock]

August 24, 2010 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

What is it?


Answer here this time tomorrow.

Hint: It won't float.

August 24, 2010 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (7) | TrackBack

Are you an internet optimist or pessimist?


Wrote Adam Thierer in a January 31, 2010 Technology Liberation Front blog post , "I first started thinking about this topic two years when I noticed that a great number of recent books about Internet policy could generally be grouped into one of two camps: Internet optimists vs. Internet pessimists."

So what's it gonna be?

Are you are a Carr or a Shirky?

August 24, 2010 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

100-mph Car Crash Caught on Tape

Here's Chuck Squatriglia's August 23, 2010 Wired Autopia story about the events of yesterday morning outside Dayton, Ohio.


Insane 100-mph Crash Caught On Tape

Brendan S. Eden is the luckiest man on the planet right now.

The 19-year-old Mason, Ohio, man reportedly was speeding at more than 100 mph when he hit a guardrail, went airborne and slammed into an overpass. The car broke into three pieces and threw him from the wreckage. The dashboard-mounted camera in a police cruiser caught the spectacular crash that left Eden in critical condition and shut down an Ohio freeway for more than six hours this morning.

“He went down into the median, into the grass, hit the guardrail, went airborne and the car hit the center post of the bridge and literally exploded into three main pieces,” Mark Riley, who witnessed the crash, told WTDN-TV.

Eden remained hospitalized in critical condition. The dashboard camera of a Sugarcreek Township police cruiser, which was alongside the 1995 Pontiac Firebird, caught the whole thing on tape. You can see the crash 16 seconds in.

“He is very lucky to still be alive at this point,” said Ohio State Highway Patrol Lt. Marty Fellure. “You can see behind me the impact he took and where he got ejected and landed, he’s a very fortunate man right now.”

Yeah. No kidding.

The crash shut down the southbound lanes of I-675 in Sugarcreek Township, about 15 miles southeast of Dayton, for six hours.



the original uncut police cruiser cam video.

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"Bikes Never Crash Alone"

Great Allstate commercial.

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Fake Java Jacket Mug


"The outside of the ceramic mug features a graphic of the Java Jacket Cup Sleeve from MoMA's collection."


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