If you are not subscribed to Hennessy, I suggest you get on that (though be warned if you’re a little sensitive to bad language, you’re gonna blanch). Super watchable and kinda mind screwy, because although funny, they are some pretty sharp observations in there. How to make an art is another goodun. I don’t know why I love them. They just tickle some sad part of me.
Here’s an interview with him “Ali G With an MFA: Q+A With Hennessy Youngman” over at Art in America.
Prosthetic knowledge over on Tumblr got me hooked on him last week. And now, I pass the torch to you.
Behold the Henchman’s Helper. Feast your evil eyeballs on 42 live webcams from around the world, indulge in your wild stray hurricane fantasies with 9 constantly updated weather graphics, and, I dunno, plot something with the infrared satellite image of North America.
From the creator Joel Friesen:
When you have to be evil, at least have a cool lair to back it up. With wall of monitors it would be impossible not to. Something to do for fun… and evil.
So, you’ve got the surveillance worked out, now just finish hollowing out the volcano, recruit your minions, and you’re well on your way to becoming the evil overlord destiny demands.
This is the “making of” vid, but in case you haven’t heard of Street with a View:
On May 3rd 2008, artists Robin Hewlett and Ben Kinsley invited the Google Inc. Street View team and residents of Pittsburgh’s Northside to collaborate on a series of tableaux along Sampsonia Way. Neighbors, and other participants from around the city, staged scenes ranging from a parade and a marathon, to a garage band practice, a seventeenth century sword fight, a heroic rescue and much more…
Street View technicians captured 360-degree photographs of the street with the scenes in action and integrated the images into the Street View mapping platform. This first-ever artistic intervention in Google Street View made its debut on the web in November of 2008.
Ok, so this is a bit of a self-indulgent post. In 2002 I launched a website called The Subterranean Homesick Noos. At the time, I called it a “blog-ish”, because it didn’t really follow any blog format, was not run on a blog platform and, well, wasn’t a blog. It was a BLO – a blog-like object.
It came into the world as a pacifier of sorts. See, I’d just moved to Singapore, leaving everyone I loved behind in order to stride confidently and cherub-cheeked out into the world. Ready to take on all comers and fail. Or not. Regardless, one thing became clear: when it came to keeping in touch with family and friends back in the homeland, I was a dud. A failure. A bad daughter and a terrible friend.
People wanted to know what I was up to, and I was not particularly forthcoming with this news.
And so, the SHNoos was born. A giant gooey, codey, internety pacifer.
It launched in a flurry of typing and a lahar of pointless dribble. Nothing has changed in the years since, except for the flurry part, which I think is just another nail in the ‘not a blog’ coffin. I write the SHNoos very infrequently, much to my “fans” dismay (and yes, even I am shocked that I have fans, but you can’t predict these things, and I’m not going to dispute my mailing list numbers. Numbers that aren’t staggering, but far exceed the 3 members of my family who read the SHNoos so they must be fans, right?)
Over the years, I’ve used to to share parts of myself – from what it’s like to win the green card lottery and how painful it is to lose an accent, to off the beaten path ramblings about traveling in America and how it feels to miss Australia like crazy.
Oh, so, the point. The point I seem to be spiraling away from at an alarming rate.
One of the reasons I write so infrequently is that I’m lazy. And busy. And more importantly, it takes some serious work to get the thing produced. Writing is only half the battle, and once I’ve dragged myself off the blood-soaked, limb-infested writing battlefield, the last thing I really want to do is stick my face into some code and spend a day getting the thing live.
And at the same time, I’d been contemplating adding some commenting functionality to my little website, but the thought of doing that broke my will. So, I put it off. And off. And off. Ah, just put it on a blogging platform and be effin’ done with it, right?
So I did and it’s done and not only will it hopefully encourage my readers to comment on things the like (or hate), it might actually make me write more often. Stay tuned over the next couple of days – I’m actually writing right now. The Noos lives again!
End self-indulgent re-launch announcement.
Music vid for The Breeders song “Walk it Off”. Basically, you can change your camera as the video is playing to see a bunch of different shit going on, while it’s all connected. Loosely. Interesting approach.
I like how people are starting to think of different ways of making video online less passive and tell more of a story. Case in point, YouTube annotations. And here’s an example of it in action for a Samsung campaign.
You need to know it’s 55 minutes long. You need to know you might learn something. If you’re into that, dig in, it’s an Anthropological Introduction to YouTube.
And speaking of being up late (because now it really is past midnight), this is probably a good time to mention a little project by Poke NY. Don’t have time to sift through youtube finding mindless drivel to watch, don’t panic. upl8.tv has done it for you. If you’re not digging on the clip you’re watching, just hit the space bar to be served a new one.
Well, I could explain why it’s hanging out on this site down thar at the bottom. But Ian at Crackunit.com does a much better job. I can’t enter to win, but I can bloody-well participate. I need the traffic (sorry Mum, gone are the days where you reading this is enough. I need MORE!)
When I looked at this yesterday, it had 200,000 views. As of this viewing it has 1,234,676. So ok, ok, this sheep will post it. I guess people just really love something that allows them to work out how much of an internet loser they are by how many internet phenoms they can identify in it.
And yes, I’m a pretty big loser.
I see that one of my favorite sites from last year is up for a Webby, so get your People’s Voice out and go give The Whale Hunt a vote. It’s your last chance to vote today, so get cracking! It’s a beautiful journey told through photography and a kick-ass interface. Flash with purpose. Narrative purpose.
Go read about the contest here, or get straight to the thinking up of things to stun the world with and crank it out using the LOL builder. Not your bag? Then go vote. Participate. Make something of your life.
PS: I didn’t do lol speak in this post because I’m a grownup. Ok, I’ll throw one in.