30.9.07

Link Dump 30/09/07

  • LOLsecretz is a LOLcat and Post Secret mashup that actually works.
  • Beyond the Pale by Naresh Puri: "The ad simply reinforces the idea that you've got to be fair to be anything in life. It says that if you're fair and good looking, you'll be a wonderful daughter-in-law or husband, your skin colour determines how successful you'll be in life."
  • It took this article for me to really pay attention to what's happening in Darfur. However, the only thing I can do is rage against the impotence of the world and attempt to pass on the knowledge to other people. The real responsibility lies in the hands of men that are too chickenshit to stand up and be counted.

No Disrespect, innit?


No Disrespect, innit?, originally uploaded by _saturnine.

Pink Elephant (detail 2)


Pink Elephant (detail 2), originally uploaded by _saturnine.

29.9.07

Asian Supermarket Problems = Solved!

Wai Yee Hong Stash

Wai Yee Hong Stash (detail: giant spring onions!)

Wai Yee Hong Stash (detail: luncheon meat)

http://www.waiyeehong.com/

28.9.07

Link Dump 28/09/07

  • Proud to be Mixed by Eve Ahmed: "Healthy children of any race suffer from the negative effects of divorce... For multiracial children, the biggest dilemma is that they are often deprived of direct exposure to one side of their racial heritage - often the minority side. Raising healthy and successful multiracial kids is a tricky business. It's a balance of raising them as normal, with the challenges and stages that all kids go through, plus a sensitive understanding of the negative, pervasive influences of a racist and single-race-conscious society."
  • Hot mapping the UK: "Thermal images of homes have been taken by a light aircraft fitted with military spy technology to record the heat escaping from people’s houses.
    Maps identifying individual homes have now been placed on the internet to encourage occupiers to reduce their wastage and carbon emissions by fitting insulation and turning the thermostat down."
  • San Francisco and WWII: "The first reaction on the West Coast was pure panic. All military personnel were called back to their bases. At the Presidio of San Francisco, soldiers were handed obsolete rifles and told to start digging ditches on the cliffs above the Pacific to stop a Japanese invasion."

Items Lost


Items Lost, originally uploaded by _saturnine.

27.9.07

PRSC: Boom Boom


PRSC: Boom Boom, originally uploaded by _saturnine.

26.9.07

Link Dump 26/09/07

PRSC: More BTM


PRSC: More BTM, originally uploaded by _saturnine.

17 Seconds

A fellow Smashing Pumpkins fan has died after attending a gig in Vancouver. 20 years old, what a fucking tragedy. RIP.

A Fine Establishment

"I couldn't get over the fact that there was no difference between Sylvia's restaurant and any other restaurant in New York City. I mean, it was exactly the same, even though it's run by blacks, primarily black patronship. There wasn't one person in Sylvia's who was screaming, 'M-Fer, I want more iced tea.'"
Bill O'Reilly moves into the modern age.

Demz Rooftop


Demz Rooftop, originally uploaded by _saturnine.

24.9.07

PRSC: Peter Kidd

PRSC: Peter KiddCityscapes (Peter Kidd)Butterflies (Peter Kidd)Towers and Toes (Peter Kidd)Author Detail

If you look at one piece of street art this year, please let it be this one. Please click through to Flickr, please click the "all sizes" button and look right up close to this piece of work. If it gets better than this, I don't want to know about it. Sheesh, this piece just blows me away.

Revolution (detail: graffer hand)

Heavens


Heavens, originally uploaded by _saturnine.

23.9.07

BTM Spray


BTM Spray, originally uploaded by _saturnine.

Link Dump 23/09/07

  • Bristol-centric: 999 crew attacked whilst attending to a stabbing. Some things are so blatently wrong, you don't have to point them out. But at the same time, if they're so wrong, why the hell do they still happen?

22.9.07

Beautiful Girls (2)


Beautiful Girls (2), originally uploaded by _saturnine.

The Greatest Headline Evar

The Pirate Bay files charges against media companies:

"Thanks to the email-leakage from MediaDefender-Defenders we now have proof of the things we've been suspecting for a long time; the big record and movie labels are paying professional hackers, saboteurs and ddosers to destroy our trackers.

While browsing through the email we identified the companies that are also active in Sweden and we have tonight reported these incidents to the police. The charges are infrastructural sabotage, denial of service attacks, hacking and spamming, all of these on a commercial level."
They're suing (amidst others) Fox, Universal, Sony, EMI and Paramount. Oh, this is sweet sweet hilarity.

dotcom/norm got done

I've been torn between not posting about this news article about a local artist facing the law, and making a massive point of talking about it. Better to say something than nothing at all. Here goes:

On one hand, I think we have certain social constructs that repress artists (laws, people's opinions of what art actually is, art being faced with the task of being marketable etc etc) and it should never be an outright crime to write uninvited on walls. There are a gigantic amount of artists out there in the city that are talented, that can contribute beauty to Bristol, and do so on a regular basis. I don't believe that painting somewhere you shouldn't is necessarily a bad thing, it's all about the context of art vs the surroundings, and there are few moments where it doesn't work for me. These are our cities, and everyone should get their fair turn.

On the other hand, this guy has proved why there are laws out there in the first place, and why people are of the opinion that it's socially destructive behaviour. Indiscriminate tagging, no respect for the city around him, no creativity, no talent, no clue. There's no artform in pissing on history, no artform in preventing someone from reading a bus timetable, and he's given everyone else a bad name by behaving in the way that he does. For every public action that celebrates street art and keeps it socially minded, socially beneficial, there's another that sets us all back.

Dotcom, Norm, Daniel Tyndale, whatever - I'm glad you didn't get sent to jail for this, because this is never ever ever an act that deserves jail time. Save that for people who damage lives beyond repair. But I'm glad you've been given some time to meditate on your actions. You not only represent yourself but you represent everyone else on the scene, and you're bringing shame down on everyone, whether they paint legally, illegally or just make stuff to sell in the galleries. Restraint is a good thing, especially when your tagging sucks and you're not learning from your mistakes. At some point, I hope you realise this.

Shades of Lilac (detail: Paris)

Link Dump 22/09/07

  • Headhoods, hoodies with images printed on the side of the hood. I like the skull and the Elvis one in particular, but probably wouldn't buy one because I don't ever wear my hoods up.
  • Hixsept: "a fusion between the ideas of two French graffiti artists: Hëx and Hept. Being precursors in adapting graffiti elements to clothing, they constantly try to blend art, graphic design and confection. The make has always tried to be on the edge, the key being creating and exhibiting." I like a good street art manifesto.

Underground Dance Music (detail: the very rooftop)

21.9.07

No Reset


No Reset, originally uploaded by _saturnine.

Number 32


Number 32, originally uploaded by _saturnine.

20.9.07

No Border Camp


No Border Camp, originally uploaded by _saturnine.

Sniffer Dog


Sniffer Dog, originally uploaded by _saturnine.

19.9.07

Fat Boy


Fat Boy, originally uploaded by _saturnine.

Bristol Street Artists Wanted

Zesk is looking for all and any Bristol graffiti/street artists to do a big fuck off wall at Dean Lane skatepark. You can contact him on thezesk@gmail.com!

Link Dump 19/09/07

K. O.

Kanye West officially outsells 50 Cent, and 50 cent has cancelled his European tour and a performance at the MOBO awards. I think we all win here.

Rude


Rude, originally uploaded by _saturnine.

18.9.07

Central Bristol Layers


Central Bristol Layers, originally uploaded by _saturnine.

Free Krek & Mers update

Gusset has a follow up post with more information about the reactions to graf artists Krek and Mers being jailed. I have yet to find a logical defense for this level of punishment.

Hoody Monster


Hoody Monster, originally uploaded by _saturnine.

Saul Williams - Not in Our Name



I still get a bit choked up when I watch this.

17.9.07

Klop!!!


Klop!!!, originally uploaded by _saturnine.

Eden, by Zesk


Eden, by Zesk, originally uploaded by _saturnine.

16.9.07

Link Dump 16/09/07

  • An interview with the Perry Bible Fellowship chap by Lou Cabron: " There's almost always a punishment element to these terrible people in the comics. It's not just badness for badness's sake. People don't see the bigger picture a lot of times. They see something bad and they think it's automatically endorsed. I condemn a lot of the characters in my comic strips."

Pink Champagne (detail: Gum)


Pink Champagne (detail: Gum), originally uploaded by _saturnine.

More Tea in the Rain


More Tea in the Rain, originally uploaded by _saturnine.

15.9.07

Link Dump 15/09/07

  • Greenville is an animated short from one of my Flickr contacts Malota. She's great, lovely person to talk to and uniquely talented. I bought a hand drawn baseball cap from her sometime last year (she takes paypal!), and took part in encouraging her to re-open her online store, full of creepy and cute and wonderful art/stuffed toys. I know that she takes commissions and that most of her work can be found here.
  • The Software Awards Scam by Andy Brice: "I put out a new product a couple of weeks ago. This new product has so far won 16 different awards and recommendations from software download sites. Some of them even emailed me messages of encouragement such as “Great job, we’re really impressed!”. I should be delighted at this recognition of the quality of my software, except that the ’software’ doesn’t even run. This is hardly surprising when you consider that it is just a text file with the words “this program does nothing at all” repeated a few times and then renamed as an .exe."
  • Some ecards: "Sorry you're completely out of the loop"/"I've archived our email conversation, so please stop responding"/"I'll bring condoms just in case"

Lands Afar


Lands Afar, originally uploaded by _saturnine.

14.9.07

Go Directly to Jail

Two young graf artists have been jailed for 15 and 12 months by Manchester Crown Court for causing £13,000 worth of damage to trains, train stations and other transport related property. They didn't drink and drive, didn't sexually abuse someone, they didn't deal drugs, commit any kind of violence, didn't steal anything, break anything - just painted something, an act that can be easily reversed. But the courts have jailed two young adults, stuck them into jails full of rapists, thieves and drug addicts, instead of making them clean up the "mess" they made and contribute their talents to society in a more productive manner.

Manchester Crown Court should be goddamned ashamed of themselves. An insane sentence for a minor crime, and I really hope that they are taken out of their custodial sentences ASAP.

Krek on Flickr
Mers on Flickr

(note that anything found under these search terms may not necessarily have anything to do with the individuals jailed)

Baby it's just Love on the Street

Minimise


Minimise, originally uploaded by _saturnine.

13.9.07

Link Dump 13/09/07

The Good Life - Kanye West ft. T-Pain



Say what you want about Kanye, but you can't deny it - he's not cut from the same cloth as most musicians, and he's bringing you something interesting on a plate each time he puts out a video. All of the videos from the new album have been stunning. Still loving this guy.

Make Mor Love


Make Mor Love, originally uploaded by _saturnine.

12.9.07

Fiction's Blue Ears


Fiction's Blue Ears, originally uploaded by _saturnine.

Bang!


Bang!, originally uploaded by _saturnine.

11.9.07

Brian Wood

Brian Wood, Brian Wood, Brian Wood I have a crush on your writing. Seriously goddamned amazing topical bloody post-disaster graphic novel-ry. Recommended to all, less than a tenner on Amazon. No excuse really. Waiting on the third DMZ now. Hurry hurry.

Link Dump 11/09/07

  • PingMag: Intricate Nail Design. Nothing new about elaborate fake-nail art, I think most urban black manicurists have a claim on that field, but I liked some of the designs here, especially the lacy ones.
  • Del.icio.us is redesigning. Apparently they have got hold of the delicious.com domain, and there seems to be a lot more white space on the screen. I'm not concerned as long as they hold my bookmarks, there are plenty of RSS feed options, all the firefox extensions work and I can put a tag cloud on my blog. Hoping to get in on the beta however.
This would have been a better link dump, but we've had powercuts in Bristol tonight, and I had to turn off my main computer.

As Boats Pass By


As Boats Pass By, originally uploaded by _saturnine.

10.9.07

Smear Me


Smear Me, originally uploaded by _saturnine.

Violence

The 19 year old that stun gunned my first secondary school maths teacher has been sent to a juvenile detention centre for 6 years. Not sure what to think about this, it's a damn long time and definitely deserved.

Made In England


Made In England, originally uploaded by _saturnine.

Britney Spears @ VMAs



Oh my god :( She's like a Saturday Night Live parody of herself. Why do people keep giving her the time of day. Sarah Silverman talking about Britney's kids, which is apparently why the performance was shit (yeh, right).

9.9.07

Herself


Herself, originally uploaded by _saturnine.

Link Dump 09/09/07

  • Ill Doctrine, a hip hop blog. Someone who makes me care about hip hop culture outside of the actual music! Someone who can speak with intelligence and common sense! Music stuff! I like this.
  • BBCNews: Memories of a Massacre: "Believing they were walking into the hands of rescuers in the middle of Indian country, they had disarmed themselves and began to walk single file. And then those same rescuers, most of them members of the Mormon Church, opened fire."

8.9.07

Bristol Nature

Fluffy
Clanage Blackberries
Spiky Pink
Thistle

Seaweed


Seaweed, originally uploaded by _saturnine.

7.9.07

Link Dump 07/09/07

  • Opening Doors by Matt Keating: "There is still confusion about what Down's syndrome is and what learning disabilities are. Some employers mistakenly assume that people with Down's syndrome have mental health problems. And as people with Down's share "similar" physical characteristics, they are judged immediately on those rather than anything else, says Carol Boys, the DSA's chief executive."
  • The Dorks Behind Penny Arcade by Chris Baker: "One time in high school, someone broke into my locker and stole my stuff, so I had to wear gym clothes for the rest of the day. I developed humor as a defense mechanism. Now I drive a fucking Mercedes."
  • Electrocity is a mini-Simcity turn based flash game about building an ecologically balanced enviroment. Sounds boring, but is completely addictive.

6.9.07

Mortal Kombat: Last Stand


Mortal Kombat: Last Stand, originally uploaded by _saturnine.

Torn Wings


Torn Wings, originally uploaded by _saturnine.

Food For All


Food For All, originally uploaded by _saturnine.