30 June 2011
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21 June 2011
Man is a pattern-finding animal. There are folks who look at a scene like this...
And what they see...is this...
Or so I'm told. I'm not one of their tribe, but scientists and mathematicians, I imagine, do this compulsively. They can't help themselves. They are pattern addicts. They can't stop finding the abstract in the particular.
All of us, even if we have no knack for science, look at the weather, at our children, at our markets, at the sky, and we see rhythms and patterns that seem to repeat, that give us the ability to predict. "Billy's a good kid, he'll be fine," thinks the teacher. "Take this and you'll feel better," says the doctor. Pattern recognition.
Do any of us live beyond pattern? Do great musicians, breakthrough artists, great athletes operate pattern free? Pattern indifferent?
I don't think so. Artists may be, oddly, the most pattern-aware. Case in point: The totally unpredictable, one-of-a-kind novelist Kurt Vonnegut (Slaughterhouse-Five, Cat's Cradle, God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater) once gave a lecture in which he presented — in graphic form — the basic plots of all the world's great stories. Every story you've ever heard, he said, are reflections of a few, classic story shapes. They are so elementary, he said, he could draw them on an X/Y axis.
Which he then did. Here are three of them. I think you'll recognize the third one rather quickly.
Thanks to Hokumberg Goombah and Gig Thurmond for noticing this; and to Abstruse Goose, a web-based comic strip drawn by I'm not sure who (the author signs his name *******) for our bunny-eats-a-carrot illustrations. The great Kurt Vonnegut died in 2007; this lecture appears on You Tube.
The Charlie Sheen Complex
On the heels of what probably was the saddest edition ever of Art Chicago (and those other fairs that went along with it), the art fair's former vice president, Tony Karman, announced plans for another art bazaar, this one titled exposition CHICAGO and due to launch in 2012. Karman’s chutzpah is to be admired, considering his losing record in bringing sexy back to the tired Art Chicago brand during his tenure there.
20 June 2011
by Jessica Rita for ReTweet Critique
The pop culture world we live in today consists of things I would be more then ashamed to name. As far as the television realm is concerned, the way we judge whether or not a TV show is worth our time is all based on ratings. The count of viewers watching these television shows can make it or break it and honestly, sometimes the credibility of the general public can be questionable. With TV shows like “The Jersey Shore” or “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” being mass-produced at a high rate, it’s hard to find those unique gems that I like to call quality television. With that being said, it was an incredible relief when “Arrested Development” arrived on the network television scene and an even more incredible disappointment when cut short.
I started watching “Arrested Development” when it’s second season was on the air. I’ll be the first to admit, I wasn’t a fan. If the viewer doesn’t start from the absolute beginning, the storyline won’t make much sense; here in lies a weakness, and in my opinion, the reason for it’s demise. “Arrested Development” was a half hour show that didn’t really fit the “sitcom” genre because each episode wouldn’t be able to stand on its own. This can cause a slow gain in viewers by scaring them off when they don’t understand the quick inside jokes and episode callbacks. I consider this a sort of a double standard because “Arrested Development” is a superlative TV show that rewards its audience for actually watching it from the pilot.
The Bluth Family was an extremely dysfunctional family with slightly detrimental character dynamics. The collection of totally random elements and sub plots provides a wacky environment that not a lot of people can relate to. The target audience was one that can understand intelligent humor that involved current events and politics. At the time “Arrested Development was on the air, the mockumentary style it had perfected and the brilliant writing were extremely underrated; however, in the days of the internet, “Arrested Development” has acquired a huge following. Now that the show is available to watch online for free, whether it be pirating or streaming, more and more of the intelligent viewer are watching. I personally put this TV show on a pedestal and today’s finer sitcoms can thank “Arrested Development” for helping set up a much more distinguished structure.
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TishyBaby as Reviewed by Chase Alias, Retweet Critique for InFlickr.
TishyBaby has been on my contact list since I first began using Flickr. I've had the privilege of seeing her work progress and grow. A number of her new portraits hav a wonderful old fashioned look and a great glow. The classical compositions mixed with very contemporary aesthetic make her works a joy to look at. TishyBaby definitely has my vote for 'In'Flickr."
19 June 2011
18 June 2011
Why does a video game become popular? What do you need to have in the game to make people want to play it? I think you need simple controls, great graphic, a creative backstory and cute sounds. Angry Birds is a game that has all of this. The backstory is creative yet simple. The story is that a bunch of hungry pigs stole the eggs from the birds. The Angry Birds are forced to set off on an adventure to rescue their eggs in order to ensure their survival. The control is simple because in each level you need to fling the birds from a fixed slingshot.
The sound effects are fantastic the pigs oink and sniffle seeming to goad the Angry Birds and when they are hit by a bird or falling debris from their elaborate constructs they squeal then explode with a little pop. And of course as they explode the 5000 points that you’ve just earned rises from the smoke of the explosion. The bird noises are equally cute and seem to make the game super addictive. The birds squawk and tweet constantly ant as you fling them from the slingshot they seem to yell something that sounds like a raspy crackeeeeers.
The graphics on the version I play, Google Chrome Beta Edition, are stunning and very reminiscent of the old Nintendo Super Mario Brothers games many of us used to play as kids. This is what I believe has made this game an instant classic, the fact that it’s so easy to visually relate to the graphics. It brings you back to your childhood. The other great thing is that in many versions the game is free and even in IOS its very cheep. The only pitfalls with the game are some technical glitches with the Beta versions, which I’m sure, will be worked out. Also there is no music playing during the game on some versions.
All said and done Angry Birds has become a part of the cultural lexicon. This fact can be seen by the way the game is being used by Google to advertise it’s new Nexus phone. So I guess the idea the creators had by making the game free or cheep paid off in the end with the major Google advertising contract. I only hope that one day I can create my own Angry Birds.
David Pollack aka Chase Alias, ReTweet Critique
Review of the video game “Angry Birds”
14 June 2011
Evil Daddies of Fairfield County with Chase Alias as Dr. Larry Flick, Realizing #2, a photo by Chase Alias on Flickr.