Destroy, destroy, destroy

July 13, 2011 § 1 Comment

Well, I suppose we all have felt the desire to smash our  TV, piano or whatever else was within reach, when we were really furious, but I don’t know how many of us have managed to fulfill this desire. The Destruction Company will help you express your anger on the objects you most despise.

The Destruction Company will acquire the target object and guide you to a private warehouse. (If you cannot focus your anger on one object, there is pre-set list of smashable items). You choose from a number of protective outfits – umpire, hockey goalie, medieval knight etc., and the smashing party begins. You will be rewarded afterwards with photographs and video records of your act.However, I don’t know if smashing things in a predefined way rather than spontaneously gives you the same satisfaction, but I suppose I have to try it to find out.

For the time being, the Destruction Company works as a private club based in a secret New Jersey warehouse with exclusive clients.

via Web Urbanist (Photos courtesy of Daily Mail)

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Switch on the alphabet

May 19, 2011 § 1 Comment

We have seen all types of fonts and typefaces, but we haven’t seen the whole alphabet made out of television sets.UK designer Jack Archer creates a full typeface just by placing 15 television sets in a dot-matrix grid and switching them on and off in different arrangements, in order to form the letters of the alphabet.

via Quipsologies

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The fleeting moment of television

April 27, 2011 § 2 Comments

You have to be of a certain age to really appreciate this.

the fleeting moment of television

Stephan Tillmans is a German photographer that captures tube televisions at the moment they shut down. Just for a few seconds the tv signal disintegrates into abstract shapes and colors before it dies completely. That flitting moment is captured in this series of photos that celebrate geometry, abstraction and light; but are also permeated by a melancholic feeling of an imminent end.

the fleeting moment of television

via quisologies 

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The Wire, the Victorian novel

March 26, 2011 § 3 Comments

In season 5 episode of The Wire – the season focusing on the Media and in particular on the Baltimore Sun – old-school senior editor Gus Haynes worries about the reporting work of junior writer Scott Templeton and its lack of journalistic evidence (in fact, we, the audience, are aware that his writings are pure fiction). He’s overruled though by the chief editor who, ironically, loves the “Dickensian aspect” of Templeton’s articles. This mock mention, The Wire creator David Simon has admitted, was used as a reply to all critics who compared his work to Dickens’ – a comparison he felt was flattering but falling badly on him.

Well, new historic evidence has come up!The Wire as a Victoria Novel

In fact, The Wire was a serialized novel of Dickens’ contemporary Horatio Bucklesby Ogden and illustrated by Baxter “Bubz” Black. An overlooked Victorian masterpiece, The Wire failed to grasp the attention of the reading masses but was praised by literary scholars. In fact, Dickens’ later works, like Bleak House and A Tale of Two Cities, seem to have been influenced by The Wire. The Wire as a Victorian novel

Or so says a thoroughly enjoyable faux literary journal article for The Hooded Utilitarian by Sean Michael Robinson and Joy Delyria. An appropriate homage to the Wire, the article is written with impressive attention to detail, including the amazing illustrations above. It’s high point? The analysis of Omar Little as a gothic hero.

I loved it, and I was reminded of how much I loved The Wire, too.

via Gawker

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