Random Exhibition Title Generator nails contemporary art exhibition verbage

Rebecca Uchill’s Random Exhibition Title Generator is an elegantly simple statement about contemporary art.

It has produced such believable titles as “Romancing Dilettantes: The Disjunction of Juncture” and “Queering Charm: The Video Art of Gender.” I find the site endlessly enjoyable.

Please visit it here. http://www.mit.edu/~ruchill/lazycurator.html

Miss Fidget’s 2014 Calendar

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Download Miss Fidget’s_2014_calendar_here.

Miss Fidget’s 2014 calendar is now available for download. This calendar, born for y2k, endures as an interactive and collaborative piece of performance art between the artist and viewer. The calendar incorporates re-appropriated found imagery and calendar features like federal and other holiday, birthdays, unusual commemorations, and astrological information with Miss Fidget’s unique world view.

This work has always been approached as a functional fine art piece.  It has never been intended for sale or as a professional caliber corporate communication and can be NSFW. It uses unlicensed images and snap shots with no known model release. August ALWAYS has a naked lady that might be racy. Observances include Shemp Howard’s birthday and Lynyrd Skynyrdt’s plane crash. There’s often a maudlin essay that speaks vaguely of tribulations then slips into a chipper “Tempus Fugit! ”

Long time users may have rituals involving it’s use, like not looking ahead and letting each month’s art and theme be a surprise. Many make it the primary day keeper of their homes or carry it as their daily planner. Some people have lived with this calendar continually for more than 10 years.

For 10+ years the calendar was printed on desktop printers, often on fine printer’s papers, and hand assembled. As the quantity has increased so has the need for speed and 2013 was the first foray into professional output.

As usual, the calendar was completely conceived, designed, laid out, researched, fact checked, proofed, and readied for production in a blind blur between Halloween and Thanksgiving – well before the finishing of the space suit for the Mummer’s parade. That hyper rush may explain the essays’s tone.

Click here to download the 2014 edition. Search this site to view a previous edition.

 

 

Florida takes legal action to protect Festivus

Today is Festivus, a made up holiday from the TV show Seinfeld. One of the show’s writer’s actually had a colorful father who made up the holiday year’s before. The “Festivus – for the rest of us” slogan is inclusive and nonsecular as opposed to other December holidays.

Florida atheist, Chaz Stevens, has adopted Festivus and is taking legal action to defend it.

Chaz Stevens from Deerfield Beach, Florida assembles his Festivus pole out of beer cans in the rotunda of the Florida Capitol as the media looks on December 11, 2013 in Tallahassee, Florida. Stevens display was intended to counter the religious Christian Nativity manger on display. Based on an episode of the television sitcom Seinfeld, Festivus has become a secular holiday celebrated on December 23 to represent the antithesis of the commercialism of the Christmas season. (December 10, 2013 - Source: Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images North America)

Chaz Stevens from Deerfield Beach, Florida assembles his Festivus pole out of beer cans in the rotunda of the Florida Capitol as the media looks on December 11, 2013 in Tallahassee, Florida. Stevens display was intended to counter the religious Christian Nativity manger on display. Based on an episode of the television sitcom Seinfeld, Festivus has become a secular holiday celebrated on December 23 to represent the antithesis of the commercialism of the Christmas season.
(December 10, 2013 – Source: Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images North America)

Florida Festivus Lawsuit: Chaz Stevens, ‘Militant Atheist,’ Wants Pabst Blue Ribbon Festivus Pole On Deerfield Beach Display

International Business Times  |    |  December 23 2013

Fervent Festivus supporter and self-described “militant atheist” Chaz Stevens is threatening to sue a Florida city for not erecting a Festivus pole alongside the Christmas display in Deerfield Beach.

Stevens told the Broward Palm Beach News Times that he’s spoken to the American Civil Liberties Union about his legal options, which includes suing the city.

The Boca Raton resident already has a Festivus pole made out of Pabst Blue Ribbon cans at the state’s capitol building in Tallahassee, which was put up earlier this month.

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Tragic death of a man dressed as Santa

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Adam Herr photo from Facebook.

Adam Herr photo from Facebook.

After Philly’s Running of the Santas, a tragic death

BY STEPHANIE FARR  |  Philadelphia Daily News  |   farrs@phillynews.com  |  December 09, 2013

THE LAST SUIT Adam Herr wore was an outwardexpression of the ideals he embodied – joy, generosity and love.

The last suit Adam Herr wore was a Santa Claus suit.

Herr, 24, of Lebanon, Pa., was in Philadelphia for the annual Running of the Santas on Saturday when somehow, about 10:25 p.m., he found himself in costume and on foot on Interstate 95 South near the I-676 interchange.

Motorist Augustine Bangura, 27, of Philadelphia, was also on I-95 at the same spot at the same time, State Police said. Apparently he did not see Herr or his red suit.

Bangura, driving with a suspended license, struck and killed Herr, according to police. Responding officers said Bangura failed field sobriety tests and his car smelled of marijuana. He was charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants and with homicide by motor vehicle.

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Children of abusive mother write honest and chilling obituary

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Epigenetics is proving that things like the environment in which one is raised, whether very good or very bad, literally change how our genes are expressed and how our bodies and minds work.  From what I’ve read this woman did not sound like a nice person or good mother. If the goal of this obituary was partly to raise awareness of child abuse than I think they’ve done their job.

Children Publish Scathing Obit On Mom’s Death

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RENO, Nev. — The children of an abusive woman whose horror stories prompted Nevada to become one of the first states to allow children to sever parental ties wrote a scathing obituary that was published in the local newspaper — and has since become an Internet sensation.

Read the full obit at the bottom

The obituary opened with a harsh statement about the legacy of Marianne Theresa Johnson-Reddick: “On behalf of her children who she abrasively exposed to her evil and violent life, we celebrate her passing from this earth and hope she lives in the after-life reliving each gesture of violence, cruelty and shame that she delivered on her children.”

Katherine Reddick said she wrote it about her mother, who died at a Reno nursing home Aug. 30 at the age of 78.

Now a psychology consultant for a school district outside Austin, Texas, she said she decided to share the story of their painful physical and mental abuse after consulting with her brother, Patrick Reddick. They said they grew up with four siblings in a Carson City orphanage after they were removed from their mother’s home and had been estranged from her for more than 30 years.

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Fox steals mobile phone and sends text message in fox language

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“Jlv In ø \ a0ab 34348tu åaugjoi zølbmosdji jsøg ijio sjiw,” was the text.

Random image of a fox.

Random image of a fox.

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Fox Steals Cell Phone, Sends Text in Language of the Foxes

By Glen Tickle  |  http://www.geekosystem.com  |  November 29th 2012

When a friend of 16-year-old Norwegian Lars Andreas Bjercke got a text message that read “Jlv In ø \ a0ab 34348tu åaugjoi zølbmosdji jsøg ijio sjiw,” he wondered why his pal would send such a random assortment of characters. Little did he know that the message was written by the fox that had stolen Bjercke’s cell phone. What was the fox trying to say? It might have been bragging about snatching the cell phone, or maybe asking for some delicious rabbits. Foxes love rabbits.

To attract a fox, Bjercke had installed an app on his phone that imitated the sounds rabbits make. We don’t know why he was trying to attract a fox, but we’re guessing it’s because they are so adorable.

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Clown car crashes in York PA

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I sure hope Dimples, the van’s driver,  is OK.

West York Police Sgt. Brad Thomas speaks with a clown who was in a van involved in a crash in the borough on Wednesday. Image www.yorkdispatch.com

West York Police Sgt. Brad Thomas speaks with a clown who was in a van involved in a crash in the borough on Wednesday. Image www.yorkdispatch.com

Clown van in U-turn crash in West York

GREG GROSS  |   The York Dispatch   |  09/12/2013

A U-turn, not clowning around, caused a crash involving a van full of clowns in West York Wednesday evening.

The van was going south on South Highland Avenue when its driver attempted a U-turn near a gate of the York Expo Center and collided with another van that was also heading south about 5:45 p.m., according to West York Police.

The van with the clowns in it was also pulling a trailer with a clown car on it.

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Tulsa school changes policy after chastising 7 year old for ‘faddish’ dreadlocks

Poor kid, sorry she had to suffer for the policy to change. The policy was a stinker that also prohibited “afros.” Does that mean that little boys with kinky hair should straighten it ala Al Sharpton? I like this particular article as it covers the ‘war on natural black hair angle” I think is an important part of this story.

 

Tiana Parker dressed for school with her "distracting hair." Image Tulsa World, Cory Young/Associated Press

Tiana Parker dressed for school with her “distracting hair.” Image Tulsa World, Cory Young/Associated Press

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Image from Fox 23

Principal Deborah Brown and her own crowning glory.

Principal Deborah Brown and her own crowning glory.

Charter School Tells 7 Year Old Student Her ‘Faddish’ Dreadlocks Aren’t ‘Presentable’

by David Badash on September 9, 2013  |  www.thenewcivilrightsmovement.com

After an Oklahoma charter school told a seven-year old straight “A” student that her dreadlocks are not “presentable,” her father removed her from the school and transferred her to another. The Deborah Brown Community School in Tulsa has a written policy that some say is racist. But Tiana Parker was just sad, “because they didn’t like my dreads.

“Hairstyles such as dreadlocks, afros and other faddish styles are unacceptable,” the school’s handbook (PDF) states.

RH Reality Check has posted an online petition asking that Deborah Brown Community School “publicly apologize to Tiana Parker and her family, and change their dress code, or have their charter contract terminated.”

Though it’s not clear what other styles the school might consider faddish, the fact remains that two of the hairstyles spelled out as being unacceptable in this school’s policy are worn almost exclusively by African Americans with natural hair. It might as well say that black girls must have their hair chemically straightened or covered with a weave in order to pass muster.

While all young women face crushing pressures to conform to expensive and often unattainable beauty norms, black girls are uniquely singled out to be told that their own natural hair is unacceptable, not presentable, faddish, unserious, and even disrespectful. That this cruelty should be tolerated by public school officials and perpetrated on a seven year old child is no way to teach or model respect for others.

Moreover, it is a violation of this young girl’s basic rights.

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Lead bar falls from sky, crashes thru Seattle home

This is a very mysterious one. It does seem unlikely an aircraft would have lead components. The other possible source I’ve seen says it was a tooth from a wood chipper. Since lead is a very soft metal it seems unlikely to be used to chip wood, but what do I know about wood chipper mechanics.

Image from Seattle Police Department.

Image from Seattle Police Department.

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Image from Seattle Police Department.

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Image from Seattle Police Department.

 

Mysterious metal bar falls from the sky, crashes into Seattle home

By KOMO Staff Published: Jun 27, 2013 at 11:48 AM MDT

SEATTLE — A South Park family got an unwelcome surprise on Sunday when a metal bar mysteriously fell from the sky and crashed into their home.

The family called police on Tuesday to report the oddity, and when police arrived at their South Director Street home they found a three-pound bar and an eight-inch by six-inch hole in the roof and ceiling.

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The alligator that lived in the basement of a city rowhome

Not a new story but worth repeating. File this away so if you ever have neighbor trouble, you can be glad you weren’t these people’s neighbor.

South Philly Row Home Strange Place for a Gator

By Dan Stamm  |  Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009  |  http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com

You meet lots of characters in South Philly but nothing quite like a seven-foot-long alligator named Kirt.

Animal officers removed the seven-footer from a home on the 1300-hundred block of Warnock Street Tuesday, according to the Pennsylvania SPCA.

Some neighbors knew about the gator living in the row home but nothing was done until someone tipped off the SPCA about the large reptile.

When officials went into the home they found the gator living in a basement with a converted pond fully equipped with a pumping system.

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Controversial clown says ‘Nothing Racist’ implied while he was clowning

Clowns by nature are silly, dumb, and show offs. Rodeo clowns also have to be brave and very fast. The few rodeos I’ve seen often had clowns wearing masks. It seems odd to punish a clown for clowning. Personally, I don’t think taste or humor should be legislated or subjected to the same public standards as say workplace practices or housing availability. Doesn’t the first amendment protect parody, satire, humor, silliness, as well as unpopular speech? Part of me wonders is this is a “fake” story initiated by conservatives to make liberals appear petty.

Tuffy wearing the mask.

Tuffy wearing the mask.

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‘Nothing Racist’ Implied In ‘Obama’ Act, Says Rodeo Clown

Mark Memmot | NPR | August 14, 2013

Tuffy Gessling, the rodeo clown at the center of the controversy over the skit at the Missouri State Fair in which a , says “nothing racist was ever implied.”

“Comedians all over the country have used political figures to make fun of current events, it’s nothing new,” , a student-run news service from the University of Central Missouri. “I never tried to be a racist or anything like that. I love all people no matter their background. I live to make people laugh. When TV comedians are doing it every day, Rush Limbaugh is doing it every day, people on Facebook are doing it every day 10 times more than me. I was just trying to make light of the situation, that’s it.”

As , many others — including Republican and Democratic politicians — have condemned the act as being both disrespectful and racist.

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