Monthly Archives: June 2011

Thanks to a law requiring it, Seoul has a lot of bad public art

 Thanks to a law requiring it, Seoul has a lot of bad public art

For 16 years, Seoul had a law that required new buildings to also install new public art. A lot of the resulting art was bad, so the law has been changed to allow builders to donate money instead of commissioning the art themselves.

“Unless citizens actively petition for the removal of any bad art that’s already installed, they’ll have to live with it,” said Yang Hyun-mi, a professor of culture and arts administration at Sangmyung University.

People again point to “Amabel” as a case in point. First installed in 1996 at a cost of $1.4 million, Stella’s work was subtitled “Flowering Structure.” The piece, the artist said, symbolized the endurance of steel and the role it has played in human endeavors.

Several years ago, however, officials responding to critics chose to plant trees to try to hide the sculpture after deciding the $400,000 cost to move it to Korea’s Museum of Modern Art was too expensive.

Via The Morning News.

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Karate lettuce chopper

 Karate lettuce chopper

The problem here is that when this thing is in use, it won’t look anything like a hand doing a karate chop. It will be a weird green hand rubbing the lettuce until it breaks in two.

Via Mlkshk.

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Franklin from Peanuts and “massive compulsory race mixing”

 Franklin from Peanuts and massive compulsory race mixing

Gentlemen:

In today’s “Peanuts” comic strip Negro and white children are portrayed together in school.

School integration is a sensitive subject here, particularly at this time when our city and county schools are under court order for massive compulsory race mixing.

We would appreciate it if future “Peanuts” strips did not have this type of content.

Thank you.

From Dangerous Minds. On a related note is the below video (via the Dish) of William F. Buckley debating a man who’s now recognizable as a disgusting, unrepentant racist who uses language that sounds to my ear distinctly Tea Party-ish.

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Look behind you! It’s a tiny mosque!

 Look behind you! Its a tiny mosque!

Man, these very small Muslims are unstoppable. If we’re not careful, they’ll impose a miniature version of sharia law on us.

By Slinkachu, via Super Punch.

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Michele Bachmann confirms that toothpaste is the design theme of the 2012 GOP primary

 Michele Bachmann confirms that toothpaste is the design theme of the 2012 GOP primary

Like Mitt before her, Michele Bachmann has adopted the AquaFresh look for her campaign logo.

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Bigfoot investigators think he smudged mud on their car, want DNA test

Some guys went on a Bigfoot expedition in the woods. They didn’t find anything until they came back to their car, which had mud smudges on it. They think Bigfoot may have been the smudger.

Burrow is looking for an objective, science-based truth.
“I would like to just find out, because it’s got my interest piqued,” he said. “I believe Bigfoot exists, but I don’t believe it has mystical powers like many people say it does. I think it’s just an unknown species that hasn’t been discovered or hasn’t fully evolved.”

Via Gawker.

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Superman vs. The Ku Klux Klan

When he was turned down by local authorities, Stetson Kennedy took the inside information he’d gotten about the Ku Klux Klan to the Superman radio show.

In a 16-episode series titled “Clan of the Fiery Cross,” the writers pitted the Man of Steel against the men in white hoods. As the storyline progressed, the shows exposed many of the KKK’s most guarded secrets. By revealing everything from code words to rituals, the program completely stripped the Klan of its mystique. Within two weeks of the broadcast, KKK recruitment was down to zero. And by 1948, people were showing up to Klan rallies just to mock them.

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I just séanced with your mom so hard

 I just séanced with your mom so hard

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The adventures of a giant balloon with a face who got stuck in an art gallery

 The adventures of a giant balloon with a face who got stuck in an art gallery

Via Ffffound.

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The shapes of sounds

 The shapes of sounds

Maria Popova of Brain Pickings reviews the book Shapes for Sounds by Timothy Donaldson, and she includes several of the book’s lovely appendices, including these pictures of the waveforms created when different letters are pronounced.

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