Post #1357 • May 29, 2009, 1:32 PM
"Last year, two different books on that subject appeared within months of each other. Not only did both tackle the question of fakery, they were both about the same man: Han van Meegeren, arguably the most successful art forger of all time. Edward Dolnick's 'The Forger's Spell' was released first (Edward Dolnick's wife is on the board of The New York Times Company), followed by Jonathan Lopez's 'The Man Who Made Vermeers.' The titles provide a clue to the different goals of the authors — Dolnick's interest in the nature of the trickery, the spell that Van Meegeren cast; Lopez's interest in the nature of the man who did the tricking, the man who cast the spell." Eric Morris. (via)
"Shouting and waving your arms at buggy technology doesn't normally do anything useful. With these robots, it makes art."
"EFF knows that the creators and innovators of tomorrow don't need more intimidation. They need solid, accurate information to make smart choices about how to use new technologies. That's why EFF launced the free, Creative Commons-licensed Teaching Copyright curriculum and website to help educators explore copyright issues in their classrooms."
Friend and Flash design marvel Dave Bricker has just published A Site About Something. Sez Dave: "As a web designer who often operates on the fringes of commonly accepted user-interface practices, I've had my share of failures and successes. I've had a few designs that were just too wacky for anyone to comfortably use and I've had others that people had no trouble with. Interestingly, I've come to view a certain amount of hate-mail as a measure of success."
"People may imagine great photographs are composed in a flash of inspiration, arriving in the world fully formed. While that can happen, most of the time we fumble toward a great shot, refining the composition with each exposure. This was certainly the case with my image, The Night Fishermen." (via)
"Each mutant possesses a special skill which has its own inherent value. Because of this, a mutant can be viewed as a craftsman or a skilled laborer. Mutants with enhanced strength can work in construction, demolition, or even transportation. Storm could irrigate the crops of all the suffering farmers in the midwest and California when the droughts of summer are destroying their crops. Quicksilver could sort the daily mail output of the United States in 3 hours. And the extraordinary power of these abilities would only make the economic effect of using mutant powers that much more extraordinary itself. Time, labor, and machinery costs would all be cut dramatically." Ecocomics: Where Graphic Art Meets Dismal Science. (via)
Tim Cavanaugh catches up with the Emily the Strange infringement suit.
Department of Skills: In Soviet Russia, move busts you.