Monday Morning “Impediment to Productivity” – 20060306


This week with all the fuss in Hollywood about the Oscars I felt I should start with something cinematically appropriate. I got over it.

This comes from Salon ( ) Installation artist Peter William Holden built a wonderful little machine consisting of eight umbrellas that “dance” to “Singin’ In The Rain.” The video of the mechanical performance is a hoot.

From Holden’s description of his work:

Busby Berkeley choreographed dancers to mimic the motions of machines and modern inventions. “AutoGene” is the flipside of this. It’s a simple aesthetic looking robot composed of eight modified umbrellas mounted in a circular pattern. A cocktail of air hoses and electrical cables join these umbrellas to a central computer which enables “AutoGene” to produce a choreographed dance to music which erodes the machine’s mechanical qualities and transforms the mundaneumbrellas into magical animated objects.

Go and check it out. (Be patient)

I really didn’t believe this. I know that the Star Trek program inspires fanatical devotion but this is fairly extreme. Check out
Boldly Going Where No Home Theatre Has Gone Before

Crimson Room has been around for a while. And yes it’s another point-and-click Flash adventure. But Crimson Room is right up near the top of the genre. It has a good look too, never mind the crimson coloured walls that will slowly drive you out of your mind. You have to love a game that begins “I drank too much last night”. Click until you’re out?

This weeks “Don’t Blame Me, It’s {insert poor unsuspecting victims name here} Fault” is Andy L and Jason ( from Scotland.. again) and I quote

Hi Thatch, you had me cracking up this morning and I haven’t even
checked your links yet!
Below is from the wilds of the north again (good to see blame
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Pong. A wonderfully nostalgic frisson passes over you as you hear the name and ponder about the insane amount of time you spent playing it. I mean two players, one control each, one ball, one screen; it’s about as simple as games get, but what if 30 people are trying to control your paddle at once?

Welcome to the 21st century “social networking” Massively Multiplayer Pong, a Flash game in which you and a few dozen other people play an endless game of pong against a few dozen other people, but still with only the two controls and the one ball. A cute experiment in gestalt? Hive Mind Gaming? For all that Massively Multiplayer Pong is a lot of fun.

OK this is the day you jack in your headphones and don’t do any work Today you play with “Sheeps Get Their Grooves On”, a wonderful (and very simple) flash sequencer created by Rebecca Nesson from Harvard. I tried to get the reggae sequence to sound like the dub bits from the Sinead O’Connor album I am listening too. Didn’t quite get there.

CC:365 bits of note from the last week:
(If you haven’t checked out this site make sure you do. Go over and have a listen and say Hello to Grant.)
Day 58 : Suchita and Tushar Parte – Swar Prabhat (Bollywood)
Day 61 : Happy House – Fige Dans la Cire (Crunchy guitars)
Day 63 : Beth Quist – Crazy (Who knows… I just liked it)

Now don’t forget the to pop into the blog ( ) for the odd update during the week.

As usual have a good one

{ Currently listening to Sinead O’Connor and Portishead}
{ Quick Status Check: Still going to hell… regularly}

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