Monday, September 28, 2009
Ant Farm was a group of architects who produced experimental works on the "fringe of architecture" during the period 1968-1978. They documented their work with video, and were influential early video and performance artists. The most well known work to come from the group was the famed Caddilac Ranch, but his remains our favorite.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Vampyroteuthis infernalis (Vampire squid). The squid has large fins at the to of its body that resemble large ears. It is very gelatinous in form, resembling a jellyfish more than the common squid. The vampire squid has the largest eyes of any animal. It is a small animal, growing to a length of about six inches, bit it has globular eyeballs as large as the eyes of a large dog. The vampire squid's body is covered with light-producing organs called photophores. This gives the squid the unique ability to "turn itself on or off" at will. When the photophores are off, the squid is completely invisible in the dark waters where it lives. These squid live as deep as 3000 feet. Unlike other squid and octopi, the vampire squid has no ink sack. The vampire squid's arms are covered with sharp tooth-like spikes. This gives the animal its name. One pair of arms has been modified into retractile filaments that can extend to twice the body length of the animal. The squid may use these arms to capture its prey. When threatened, the squid can draw its arms up over itself and form a defensive web that covers its body. The vampire squid can swim extremely fast for a gelatinous animal. It can reach a speed of 2 body lengths per second and can accelerate to this speed in only 5 seconds. If danger is present, it can make several quick turns in an attempt to escape its enemies. The vampire squid is found throughout the world in most tropical and temperate regions.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Mr. Roboto was a fictional character created by Dennis DeYoung in 1983's classic Styx concept album Kilroy Was Here and the 1984 mini-movie in Caught In The Act Live. Mr. Roboto, the first single from that album, was a #3 Billboard hit for Styx, and the Roboto character remains an enduring symbol for the band.
Via: The Center For Roboto Research And Preservation
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
"Often using little more than a pen-knife, many of these drifters pain-stakingly altered the extremely hard copper-nickel alloy, transforming the Indian's head into profile portraits of friends and loved ones (both male and female), of other hobos, or of themselves. Rare examples also feature alterations of the "buffalo," typically into donkeys or elephants. These "Hobo Nickels" were a way for the vagabonds to increase the value of the coin so that it brought a more advantageous exchange when used to barter for food and drink, or for lodging or transportation." Via: Lord-whimsy
Monday, September 7, 2009
Edmond Charles Genet’s “Aeronaut” - a “Fish-shaped, horse-powered, paddle-wheel dirigible”. This is believed to be the first U.S. patent issued for an aeronautical invention, though it appears the documentation has been lost in time
It appeared in his book of 1825 titled “Memorial on the upward forces of fluids, and their applicability to several arts, sciences, and public improvements”
“From a scientific viewpoint this is the most important American publication in the field of aviation, for it is the first printed suggestion of the correct theory of the heavier than air machine..”