Hey guys: remember that time we all went to Jupiter to get more stupider?
“The first two years was just this fun thing we were doing in our spare time. It was no different to us than making some weird zine at Kinkos or recording a crappy album on a 4-track. But for the first time ever, more than our friends were looking at it. Because it was on the Internet, we could gauge ‘Oh, people are watching this and they seem to like it, so maybe we’ll keep doing it.”
- Homestar Runner creator Matt Chapman on this week’s Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show
Is there anything creepier than people enjoying a line dance?
"As long as I can buy a taco whenever I want to buy a taco, then I’m rich enough."- One of my dad’s former co-workers
This project has started from a search for a 3d-objects optimal packing algorithm over a surface, but evolved in something rather different. I love the work by Richard Long, from which this project takes its cue. The way he fills lonely landscapes with arcaic stones patterns and its eroic artistic practice, in his monumental vision, is in strong contrast with this computational approach that – ironically – allows virtual stones creation and sorting in a non phisical, mental way, a ‘lazy’ version, so to speak. The virtual stones created from several fractal subdivision strategies, find their proper position within the circle, with a trial and error hierarchical algorythm. A mix of attractors and scalar fields (some with Perlin noise) drives the density and size of the stones. The code is a C++ console application that outputs a OBJ 3d file.
1964 — 1974 is arguably my favorite era of music history. Of course the great acts of the time are still played (and overplayed) on the radio today, but the expansion of ideas in ALL genres were unparalleled by any other 10 year span. The traditional structure of songs were being challenged, extended solos were being taken, lyrics struggled with important issues — political and not — and instrumentation was being considered in the studio per song, rather than per artist.
But what I think makes this decade stand out to me is the idea that anyone could get picked up by a label and make music. Bands like Frigid Pink, Hot Tuna, Canned Heat, NBRQ, and The Flying Burrito Brothers weren’t your power-players of the time, but they were making quality music and being supported by the industry.
Frijid Pink has a general sound like Jimi Hendrix or Creme, but “God Gave Me You” is more comparable to one of Pete Hamm’s iconic Bad Finger ballads.
Is there anything more flattering than being told you’re a curse?