June 30, 2006

Friday before the Fourth

Filed under: graffiti, politics — ted @ 4:14 pm

I wish I had more to offer you today…

The Brooklyn Museum is presently displaying a “Graffiti” exhibit, and the Times thinks it’s lame:

The fatal problem with transferring graffiti from subways and outdoor building walls is that it is just not made for contemplative scrutiny. Below ground, in motion, accompanied by the roar of the trains, graffiti paintings covering whole cars could have exciting, hallucinatory and sometimes frightening effects. On stationary canvases in clean, brightly lighted galleries, drained of its guerrilla mystique, it dies.

Oh, the establishment.

This is really cool: SIMILE (stands for Semantic Interoperability of Metadata and Information in unLike Environments) is a new project from MIT, with lots of ambition. As I understand it, SIMILE hopes to build neat looking architectures of information. Some of the examples are great — check  out their AJAX timeline of Christianity.

From the Stick Figures in Peril Flickr pool, taken at the Grand Canyon:

In any language, the message is clear: don’t fall into the Grand Canyon.

If you’re in the mood for something a little more serious, check out these two posts from the Liberal Populist and Jesus Land. Both make a similar point, although the former applies to a broader demographic: Conservatives and Christians, who have for years considered themselves an oppressed minority, can no longer rightfully make such a claim. Right on.


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