Monday, November 24, 2008

Motio'mation

A still from my kinetic type animation to the Beastie Boys' Body Movin'...full animation to come in a week or two. Stay tuned.

What is wrong with the world?


Awful Myspace banner advertising. Seriously??

Monday, November 17, 2008

YO!

Terese left me a found gift in my studio, a YO! MTV RAPS Beastie Boys 'ProSet MusicCard' trading card from 1991. Uh-mazing!

Friday, November 14, 2008

A midday monarch dream

I just had a bizarre dream. Although I'm interested in what my dreams mean to me, I often make my own assumptions and don't consult dream anaylsis, but I would be interested in what the experts have to say about this one.
I just woke up from an hour-long nap on the futon in my living room. During that hour, I dreamed that hundreds of monarch butterflies started to appear the room where I was sleeping, and throughout my apartment. (I wasn't sleeping in the dream). Butterflies have always made me squeamish...like most other insects with wings. I hate them landing on me. They're beautiful, but I can't handle them being anywhere near me, especially my face. So in the dream, my dad has given me a gift of a live tree for my apartment. Right now, I have a fake tree in my apartment, and the live one from the dream looks just like that one, but not made out of plastic. Along with the appearance of butterflies on the ceiling and walls mostly, a number of ants also start to appear. Someone, who had no identity, but I think represented a close friend, suggested that the insects were coming from the plants in my apartment, especially the new tree. So we were convinced that was the problem. But before I could remove the plants, I had to get rid of the butterflies. I figured out that if I held out my bare arm, the butterflies would cling to it and stay there long enough for me to move around with them. This was the LAST thing I wanted to do, have them land on me, but it had to be done, so I held out my arm and the first round of monarchs attached. In the dream I could feel the wind created by their wings flapping rapidly and their disgusting little legs moving around all over my arm. With my face turned away as much as possible and arm outstretched, I carried the first batch outside into the hallway, then out the front door of my building, letting them get blown away with the wind after which I quickly shut the door. I came back to my apartment and held out my arm again to gather more monarchs. This time I'm pretty sure for some reason I wasn't able to let them go alive. In the dream, there was another method by which I could get rid of the butterflies but it meant they would have to die. I can't tell you exactly how this was done, but I know I had to do it to at least one of the batches of butterflies. While all of this was happening, my friend pointed out to me that the hamster that I have in that same room of my apartment had turned into two hamsters! My hamster had somehow given birth and the other hamster was almost exactly the same size as it already, and somehow I hadn't realized it. I must have taken the new hamster to the vet, or somewhere, because someone with rubber gloves then examined the hamster and told me its sex, which I don't remember. The dream ended after that.

I had no idea that monarch butterflies actually do exist in colonies of hundreds of thousands/millions.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

In/tangible

Amazingness from wandaaaa's Flickr




Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Ode to the 70's

Ode to the great-looking fanny...

Ode to the Service Bureau...
Ode to vegetarianism...

Ode to mary jane and monarchy?...
Ode to Mucha...
The research for Phil's American history class always leads to wonderful finds. I can't for World Film: Art Films and Independents class with him next semester. 4 weeks left! yessssss

Monday, November 10, 2008

The Great Explainer

Thomas Friedman should have run for president. This man has the most profound insight on our current situation that I have heard yet. In case you don't want to watch the hour-long video, I've summed up the key points that Friedman makes.

He gives a brief history and summation of what he believes are the 3 eras of globalization:
era 1.0: globalization built around countires
era 2.0: companies going global for markets and labor
era 3.0: the current era: globalization spearheaded by individuals.
Individuals are now able to compete, connect, and collaborate as individuals through the platform Friedman describes as what makes the world flat, in his book The World is Flat, that I'm referencing in my publication about the meaning of life through Google search.

In the book, Friedman talks about what he believes to be the "10 flatteners" of our world today, or the ten things that gave way to the platform on which we live and interact. In this video of a keynote speech he gave at MIT, he outlines the most important flatteners.
First flattener: The PC. It allowed individuals to author their own content in digital form and that content could then be further manipulated and dispatched.
Second flattener: August 9, 1995 (my brother's 10th birthday). Netscape went public. It created the browser, the tool that brought the internet to life and made it possible for everyone to use the internet. 8/9/95 started the dot com boom and triggered the dot com bubble which lead to HUGE overinvestment in fiberoptic cable. So, individuals can now author their content and send it anywhere for FREE.
3rd Flattener: Alphabet soup. (transmission protocol revolution: TCP/IP, HTML, HTTP, blah blah blah) Everyone's computer and software became interoperable, which Friedman describes as a huge revolution that we don't even think about anymore today. He calls it the workflow revolution.

Okay Jacey, so why are you nerding out on this so much?
Because... Friedman is talking about exactly what I'm doing right now- BLOGGING, and the things like YouTube and Wikipedia that so many people use every single day.
So, according to Friedman, the round world was driven by downloading information, when we still downloaded information from the Encarta encyclopedia. But now, in the flat world, we are uploading our own encyclopedia (Wikipedia), therefore we're driven by uploading information to the web.

So he reiterates that "the world is flat" means we live on a platform that "allows individuals more equal ability to plug and play, compete, connect, and collaborate GLOBALLY. Value is being created...by who you connect and collaborate with..."

Friedman says, "When the world is flat, whatever can be done will be done." The only question left he says is "Will it be done by you or to you?" He's basically talking about the wealth of information and ideas that are out there and how someone will have communicated your idea (most likely online) a second later than you did. I found this segment especially important for myself and fellow artists. He says "the most important economic competition going forward will be between you and your imagination." Cheesy? Maybe but I think he makes a good point, that "how well you learn to collaborate on this platform" is the "single greatest competitive edge." I guess this makes me feel good about the kind of work I'm doing right now, especially on the web and with motion graphics.

Friedman goes on to talk about how "mashing-up" specialties and talents is going to be extremely important beacuse that is where invention comes from. For example, Steve Jobs dropped out of college and took a calligraphy course because he had nothing else to do. The result? The typeface first used on the Mac keyboard.

I love the way Friedman concludes this speech, or at least begins to conclude it. (I still can't believe I stayed up til 2 am nerding out on this video).
He says that "Washington today is BRAIN DEAD...but our country is alive" and "if we had a government that was as alive as our country, no one would touch us." Then he goes on to talk about the GREEN revolution, that is not a revolution at all, but a party. He says, "The green revolution is a revolution where no one gets hurt. You get to consume your way out of it...I've never been to a revolution where no one got hurt." He declares that the green revolution is a complete fraud because "Exxon is green, BP is green, GM is green..."etc.

So it's late, er, early in the morning, but I'm going to leave you with the messages that Friedman closes with in this speech:

--Everyone has come to the platform with their own versions of the American dream. If we don't find a cleaner, more non-emitting way to power their dreams, we are going to burn up, choke up, heat up, and smoke up this planet so much faster than even Al Gore predicts.

--If we don't do what it takes to spark a real revolution in a flat world, the climate and energy impacts are going to swamp us.

--The global economy today is like a monster truck with the gas pedal stuck and we have lost the key. The only way we are going to catch the truck is with a disruptive breakthrough. And the only way we're going to get a disruptive breakthrough is with a completely different mix of standards, regulations, incentive and taxes that will trigger that disruption.

--Change your leaders, not your light bulbs! ...[Good luck, Obama]

--Rethink the meaning of green. Suggestions: geo-political, geo-strategic, economic, capitalistic, entrepreneureal, patriotic. Green is the new red, white, and blue. (whoaa- that's the title of Friedman's new book. I can't wait to read it.)




Diagram by Brandy Agerbeck


Thomas Friedman on The Daily Show. November 11, 2008.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Google Chrome




I'm researching Google for my final book for publication design. I've been learning about Google Chrome and stumbled across this comic by Scott McCloud that explains how it will work. These are just 3 pages of the 38 page comic. I have to say, I'm pretty pumped for Google Chrome to be released.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

The Relaxed Wife

Phil Anderson showed us this video clip in class this morning. It was a flashback to Everclear's Ataraxia from So Much for the Afterglow. Ah, the 90s. It would have also been great to be around during the 50s when this video was made. Hilarious.



Monday, November 3, 2008

November 1st...a milestone

Pert' Near Sandstone on A Prairie Home Companion


Beastie Boys intro/Super Disco Breakin'