Freshjive is taking their logo and name off all products, website, and promotional materials starting in 2010. This will certainly be interesting to see as one of my biggest problems with street brands is that while much of their clothing may be very good, there is inevitably some huge logo slapped all over it ruining the whole thing.
I don’t doubt that the move will be a successful one however I wonder if it represents the first in an industry wide sea change or will it be only successful for the early bird (a la Radiohead’s donation system of In Rainbows)
Just a few nights ago on the 30th of January, David Letterman had Mary Hicks, Bill hicks’ mother, on his show to discuss why Letterman cut Bill’s last appearance from his show. You can watch Part 1 and Part 2 of the interview on youtube, and part 3, the actual performance which was cut, is below.
You can also read about the whole thing here, including Bill’s reaction: the Konformist
A while ago I linked to a report about Japanese Scientists who had made a break-through in understanding brain activity to the point where they were able to correctly reconstruct the images inside a persons brain, effectively reading their mind. This is the accompanying video.
Researchers from Japan’s ATR Computational Neuroscience Laboratories have developed new brain analysis technology that can reconstruct the images inside a person’s mind and display them on a computer monitor, it was announced on December 11. According to the researchers, further development of the technology may soon make it possible to view other people’s dreams while they sleep.
“These results are a breakthrough in terms of understanding brain activity,” says Dr. Cheng. “In as little as 10 years, advances in this field of research may make it possible to read a person’s thoughts with some degree of accuracy.”
Pink Tentacle has more, or you can go directly to the results of the experiment published in the December issue of the science journal Neuron. Unfortunately to read the article online costs $35, so maybe try your local University.
This makes me sick. Why not admit the gaffe, accept responsibility for the mistake and move on rather than inventing a new addition to the Newspeak dictionary? Gotcha Journalism? Please. I’m committing thoughtcrime on McCain and Palin right now.
via Steven Beelen
Photographer Jill Greenberg is a freelance photographer who was hired by The Atlantic to photograph Presidential hopeful John McCain. Greenberg has an iconic, Photoshopped style and creates vivid portraits of people and animals. It’s almost guaranteed you’ve seen her work in an advertisement somewhere, and if you ride the NYC Subway you are well acquainted with her Monkey Portraits. When photographing McCain however, Greenberg has created controversy by boasting about deliberately casting him in harsh light and also by denying him the photo-retouches which is the customary post-production for magazines.
Apart from the Atlantic accepting and running with the Cover Shot (click to see), which I think is actually quite a good picture, Greenberg also took another few shots, the most notable of which involved a bloody shark’s jaws super-imposed on top, which is the picture you see below.
Without casting judgment on any of the parties involved, I think that this is only the beginning of a renewal of the debate of the role of Artists in politics. Remember the Dixie Chicks? And after seeing how the brawl over Bill Henson’s work was handled (Kevin Rudd thinks Henson’s work is revolting? So what?), I am a little fearful. However at the very least, and putting aside any moral incursions which may or may not have happened here, I’m glad there’s a debate going on. Especially since I happen to agree with Jill Greenberg’s opinion. This is game-changing, it’s guaranteed they’ll be talking about this for years. Jill Greenberg has cemented her position as political discontent and this picture will be referenced for many years to come. If it was hard taking photos of politicians before, it will be impossible now. We’ll be seeing it on Illegal Art soon enough, pending a court case of course.
Finally, watch the hysteria unfold at Fox as the Atlantic’s editor is put in the hot seat (no matter what your persuasion, alignment, leaning or inkling I think we can all agree that Fox gets it wrong, on purpose, every time). One interesting thing to come out of this interview however is that photo re-touching now appears to be an expected right. Much different from the Kate Winslet fiasco of yesteryear. Aaaah, simpler times.
What? Obama’s favorite song is the Fugees ‘Ready or Not’? Will we just hurry up and give him the presidency! I want an election promise from him though, the first item of business directly after being sworn in? A presidential order for the Fugees to reunite and record a new album.
and check Hushie out for internet music search goodness.
This is an excerpt from an 18 minute work by Omer Fast called ‘CNN Concatenated’. It’s very schizophrenic but it works because of it, it’s incredibly shocking and disconcerting to have so many different voices speaking together in such a clear manner. I find it to be very powerful but before I let myself decide on it completely, I should do it the fairness of seeking out the full length version first. via The Triumph of Bullsh*t which was via Remix America
I’ve heard many people express reservations about Darren Aronofsky’s upcoming film ‘The Wrestler.’ However he is one of the few directors who I’ve always been surprised and delighted by, so I eagerly await his latest. It will be debuting at the Venice Film Festival on September 5th.
Banksy’s identity has apparently been revealed. The story is a few years old but for whatever reason it’s being drummed up again now. However it has gotten enough noise that Banksy has released a statement in response via his website.
… However, Mr McConnell claimed to have only noticed two forms of opposition during his campaign so far. “First, we get people who say they just want to forget George Bush’s presidency,” he said. “Second, we hear from those who say that sewage plants perform a valuable public service and, as such, it does not make sense to name one after George Bush.”
Tata aims to produce for the bottom of the pyramid consumers, and all those sales will mean Tata becomes a global car kingpin. And global auto kingpins buy upscale brands to complete their offerings. This happens all the time in consumer goods industries, and it will happen here. It’s just that this time, it won’t be American companies in the lead, because car manufacturing tends to be driven by rising economic pillars, not mature ones.
Growing up in a religious and morally conservative household, having George Carlin tell me that it was okay to laugh at it all, because it was all funny, was a welcome revelation. He was the best kind of joker, the kind that had to laugh hard because he cared about it all maybe a little too much, took it all a bit too personally. To be exposed to Carlin’s particular style of obscenity was such a welcome smack in the face, he challenged my ideas about religion and life and demanded I form my own opinions.
WARNING: The following videos are humorous.
They are NSFW and if you don’t know what that acronym means or if you don’t know who George Carlin is, you should probably not watch it and just go here instead. Do not click if you are easily offended. In fact you should use that as your mantra while moving around this thing called the ‘internet.’ What are you even doing online if you’re easily offended? Haven’t you seen these figures?