Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Friday, August 19, 2005

Masters of Deception

A very interesting art book in its own right, the website companion features numerous movies of the artists and their art:

Masters of Deception

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Chemistry Quiz

What do you get when you combine copper gluconate and hydrogenated cottonseed oil?
First one to answer in the comments wins some sort of prize.

Vertigo...Then and Now

Before and after images of various San Francisco locations used in Alfred Hitchcock's film, Vertigo
Vertigo...Then and Now

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Word Palindrome Poem

Red, Shimmering Red by Mike Maguire
(from Drawn Inward and Other Poems)

Crying men
seeing blood of warriors
painting red a field.
This war is life,
all struggling men
feel pain of angels
and angels of pain
feel men struggling.

All life is war.
This field, a red painting,
warriors of blood
seeing men crying.

Red, Shimmering Red

A man, a plan, a canal: Panama

Sorry, didn't have time for an original palindrome; my favorite has to suffice.
Nick Monfort and William Gillespie, however, had plenty of time to concoct a 2002 word palindrome in 2002:

2002: a Palindrome Story
This would be a great book to have lying around just to impress your friends and neighbors. It's now on my wish list.

Handy when one of your keyboard letters sticks

So the wordplay book listed below is directly related to this book: Gadsby, by Earnest Vincent Wright. Mr. Wright wrote the entire 50,000 word novel without EVER USING THE LETTER "E!!!"
Here's a copy of the book posted online:

Bunch of books to consider

I have a bunch of new titles to share, all having to do with words, the alphabet, and the way one can manipulate both.
First, we have this:

Making the Alphabet Dance: Recreational Wordplay

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Rack-Mounted Nintendo!

Perfect for the retro game lovin' musician that's always on the road
Rack-Mounted Nintendo

Google Maps on iPod Photo

Google Maps on iPod Photo

Oblique Strategies

I've never heard of these before but am now very intrigued: Brian Eno and the painter Peter Schmidt created a set of over 100 cards with various aphorisms printed on them, with the intention of choosing a card at random and doing what it says, when faced with a situation where creativity is stifled.
I guess there are several versions out there. Perhaps a look on E-Bay would show a couple of sets for sale.
A Primer On Oblique Strategizing