“X” Marks the Spot

•December 5, 2007 • 3 Comments

I like maps.

Their first purpose is obviously function, but I like them for more than that. I think they make good decoration; they’re almost like art. In a way, I guess they’re no more or less art than a photograph. Both are just direct representations of real life. But one problem with maps is that they are a flat representation of the spherical globe. That’s just not ever going to work out completely. Some maps try to keep latitude or longitude lines straight, some go for accuracy of country size, and some try to hit a sweet spot between all these.

Most of us in the states grew up with Mercator or more recently the Goode Homolosine map. It’s funny how constantly seeing a particular projection can warp your mind. Larger countries seem more important, as do countries at the top, and most of our maps over the years have helped feed our self-importance. Just think about it, when was the last time you saw a map that didn’t have the US in the middle or left-middle?

I recently purchased a Peters projection map. I intended to give it to a friend, but never got the chance. Now it’s just mine! I can’t wait to find a good place for it. I’ll hang it upside down, of course. (youtube 1 and 2)

I’m still looking for a good Seattle map, if anyone’s got any good ideas. And the first person who suggest I just buy a GPS gets a knuckle sandwich.


Tuesday music

•December 4, 2007 • 1 Comment

I’m a big fan of metal and classical so the concept behind this intrigues me.

Takin’ It Back: Best Toys Evar (part 1)

•December 3, 2007 • 3 Comments

Today we look at what I’ll call the first multi-part series of Takin’ It Back, covering popular toys of days past. In this week’s installment, we discuss some of the best toy action figures.

Continue reading ‘Takin’ It Back: Best Toys Evar (part 1)’

R.I.P. the Greatest Daredevil ever

•November 30, 2007 • Leave a Comment

That’s right, Evel Knievel, hero to millions of boys who grew up in the 70’s and 80’s, died today at the age of 69.

Who will jump the Snake River Canyon now?

A Public Service Announcement for artists and art students

•November 30, 2007 • 1 Comment

From Jason Sprinkle parking a truck in a public place with a “sculpture” on it and the word “bomb” somewhere on the truck in 1996, to the idiot who put a “sculpture” outside of the Royal Ontario Museum on Wednesday and called the museum to tell them “There is not a bomb by the entrance of the museum,” any number of so-called artists or art students have done public displays involving a “bomb”.

And you know something? None of them were clever, or smart, or creative, or artistic. They were douchebags.

I’m not saying authority overreaction like the Boston/Aqua Teen Hunger Force incident is alright, either. But if you put something up that says bomb, or you call up a public place and use the word “bomb” in your discussion, anyone with half a brain can expect a reaction and legal trouble when it is found out who was behind the scare.

So please, if you want to call yourself an artist, leave public not-bombing out of your portfolio. It isn’t art. It’s just stupid.

This public service announcement brought to you by Billy Ocean, Student Council Treasurer and the Association for the Prevention of Douchebaggery.

Conversations with Nick: All Hail The Dark Lord Uno

•November 30, 2007 • 3 Comments

Will Tucker says:
I was playing online Uno last night.

Will Tucker says:
I’ve come to the conclusion that very little skill is involved.

     Nichak says:
     I would bet that very little fun is involved, too. I think Uno really needs to be sitting cross-legged on the floor.

     Nichak says:
     in a circle.

Will Tucker says:
with a Oujia board in the middle

     Nichak says:
     and a naked virgin.

Will Tucker says:
curvy knife

Will Tucker says:
the soundtrack to Conan the Barbarian playing on the stero

Will Tucker says:
now THAT’S a game of fucking Uno.

     Nichak says:
     “Are you the Gatekeeper?”

Will Tucker says:
“No? Then you must draw 4 cards…AND THE NEW COLOR IS GREEN!”

Generally, I hate online quizzes…

•November 29, 2007 • 5 Comments

…but I couldn’t pass up The Booze Test.

Can you beat my 95% score?