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Want to learn a new party game for two players? Simple. Cheap. Easy. Creative. Fun.
My son and I invented it on Christmas Eve after we drank a few Bloody Marys.
It is called Sculpt Three.
One 3 lb tub of Crayola Dough. About $9.00 retail.
Be sure not to use clay or Play-Doh. Both of those substances leave a sticky substance on your hands and also leech color. Crayola's Dough is amazing--no residue or stain. Only drawback is it is highly fragranced--not quite fruity, not quite flowery. It is really odd. We bought the purple bucket. There are several colors to choose from. Perhaps the other ones smell better?
Also you will need some sort of timer, a pad of paper and pen to keep score, and toothpicks and other sculpting tools, if you want. You decide.
Each player gets a golf ball sized ball of Dough.
Youngest person starts first round. He or she decides to ask or be asked first. So, if my son is going first, he can ask me what to sculpt, then have me ask him what to sculpt. Or he can have me ask first, and be asked second. Make sense? For example, David asks me to sculpt an airplane. Then I ask him to sculpt a snowman.
We set the timer for three minutes. Then begin sculpting. When the time is up, both players vote for who they think made the best sculpture. You just have to be honest and try to be somewhat objective when you decide whose sculpture truly is better--perhaps it's more detailed, or prettier, or interesting, etc. The winner of that round gets to select next. And scores one point. (Best to play with a cooperative type of person. Highly competitive people can ruin the fun of this game--and pretty much all games, if you ask me.) You can play ten rounds. Or as many as you like. Person with most points wins.
It was a lot of fun with just the two of us, as we were both always making a sculpture. But, you can alter the rules. Play in pairs. Find a way to have multiple players. Make it into a drinking game--loser drinks. Anything goes.
Hope you give it a try sometime. Have fun!
I'd like to share some of my digital paintings with you. All of these were done using Photoshop CS4, along with some plugin filters.
From my Tilda Swinton series:
Tilda becomes a Picasso painting...
Tilda becomes a Van Gogh Painting...
From my James Franco series:
Franco the Thinker...
The Wizard of Oz...
From my Titanic series:
From my album covers series:
From my David series:
From my Wallflower series:
From my Casino series:
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e̛̛͇̝͓̹̫̹̪̪̜̘͊̍̓̓̿̌͛͋v̧̰͍̠̥̻̖̞͍̜̋̄̂̂͌͊̒̓̎͠ë̡̥͇̘̠̞̞͔̻̈́̎̇͐̔̾̈́͘͘ͅr̺͔̬̼͕̗͓͎̩̫̃͑͂̀̓͂̊̐͒͝y̛͓̫̰̙̼̦̟̘̦͐̓͑̚̕͜͠͠͠͠b̛̭̹͔̣̟̜͈͔̬͖̍̈́͋̍̅̾̀̆͝ơ̼̝͉̰̯̯̦̺̩̓̄́̾́̀͆͂̐͜ḓ̨̛̖̹͖̭̣̳̬̝͊͛̒̑͛̈́̿̈́͝ÿ̖̝͓̮̘͇̘̠̤̼́̄̊̄̉̓̑͐̈́͠ ̧̯̱̯̠̬̖̯̦̳͂̈́̈́̀̋̇̇̈́͠͠i̛͍̱͕͇͔̲̬͓͂̀̄͂̌̽͂͊͝ͅͅś̨̧̝̱̞̪̯̞̭̣̽͗̾́̈́̊̇̋̋ ̧̲͉̳͔̬͓͉͍͋̌͊͒̐͗̏̓́͜͝b̨̜̪̞̩̲̩̣̮̾̽͒͂̓͗̆̽͘͝ͅę͚͇̱̫̬̗͚͉̝̐̈͛̑̄̆̕̚͝͠i̡͓̬̱̣͚̣͇͇̇̾̌̅̈͋͊̇̄͘ͅn̢̦͈̱͉͇̹̗̻̼̋̄́̀́̒͊̑͝͠g͓̫͖͚̮̟̟̜͓̎̋̉̉̆̾̾͋̚͜͝ ̢̛͍͓̳̪̰̬͎͕̺̌́͗̽̽̅̎͆̃c͖̞͈̱̫̖̼̪͉̈́̀̓̆͌̃̓͑́̀ͅr̨̜̮̻̝̝̘̼̯̳̔̈͒͛̑͌̎͘͘͝ỷ̩̻͙͕͇̠̰̜͉̊͆͌́̈̕͘͘͝ͅp̢̡̺̭͓͎̘̲̠̀̎́̍̆͗̀̋́̕͜t̞̗̲͎̫͓̯̰̹̙͒̎͐͐͌̀̍͛̇͒į̡̮̪̩͈̟̝̼̼̇̈́̆͌̓̽͋̏͆̕ç̳̠̥̩̤̟̥̎̋̒̓̄̒̾̿̕͘͜ͅ m̧̬̘̺̲̹͖̈́̈́͆̑͆̀͐̐͜͜͝͝ͅì̛̘̗̹͔͚̣̘͙̤͔̊͗̓̃̾̋͝͝g̡̢̯̱̯̦̣̮̊̈͌͑̔̽̓̌͛̌͜ͅh̢̨̛͇̭̗͉̙̰̦͙̆̈́͋͌͊̅̋͝͝t̢̢̬͍̝̞̱͙̠̥͛͂̌̉̇̅̉̆̐̕ ̡̛̳̼̝̗̜͙̫͍͓̃̃̆̌͐̎̃̌̌ą̡̭̫̟̺̗͉̖̲͌̑͂͑̎͂̆̈̄̕s̛̛͓̟̖̲͙̘̗͓̄̒͗̎̈́̀̂̌͜ͅ ̛̲͖̗̲̰̮̗̟̳͆̈́́̍͌̓̀̍͜͝w̛̺̗̭̩̘̯͚̗̤̫̿͗́̿̈́̃͌͌͝e̛͇͓̮̟̝͚̝̪͖̘̓̔̈̏̐̄́͒͋ļ̰̪̱̪͎̝̣̱̖̌͂̂̌̔̐̆̏̇͂l̢͇̟͕̮͙̞̘͕̭̏̈́͊̔̉̓̍̅̚͠ ̧̛̭̦̮̮̱̙̱̦͓͆̔̒͂̓́̎̕͝b̡̬̠̥̟̘̥͚̠͕̑̒͑̽̆̊̌͊̈́͝è̡̟͉̹̭̙͙̗̙͋̌̓̄̓̾̚͘͜͝ ̨̼͈͙̥̜͓̳̪͚͋̍̎́͂͆́̎͂̋t̢̧̡̛̟̦̘̜͔̄͊͂̃̅̍̌̀̈ͅͅo͍͈̘̝͍̻̤͕̼͂̐̈̂́̂̅̅͊̐ͅö͔̟̬̥̩̟͙̠̘͇̈͆̋͌̑̈́̊̏͝
I am going to share something with you that you may not know about me. I like porn. All kinds of porn. Human fleshy glossies and foodie shots, but most of all, heavy industry and ruins porn. What the heck is that, you ask? It is photography of urban decay... abandoned deindustrialization artifacts such as buildings, factories, houses, bridges, parking lots etc. But not all ruins porn is titillating to me. We all have our preferences right? My niche? Heavy industry, baby! Bring on the blast furnaces, water towers, mine heads--hehe, and cooling towers! Cold hard steel and rust turn me on! Also, I prefer the images to be in black and white and to have no people in them.
Ruins porn as a concept, was birthed in 2009 when James Griffioen, a photographer and writer for the Detroit blog Sweet Juniper!, posted a series of photos of an abandoned public school. The internet when bonkers for these images. A cottage industry took off. Controversy soon ensued, however, when residents of Detroit complained that this type of photography was exploitative, thus earning the porn addendum. I am not concerned with the politics of ruins porn. Is it merely exploitative or does it have historical value? I'll leave that to those who like to debate such things. I just want to appreciate the aesthetics of it all.
I suppose the types of photos that intrigue me are not necessarily 'ruins' porn. They may be of factories still in use. An example would be of the cement factory in Jerome AZ. Though, arguably, these images I took are what I would consider to be 'soft' industry porn. They are beautiful and romantic... framed by fluffy clouds and perfect blue skies.
Ruins porn is a new term but ruins photography has been around for quite a while. I first discovered it back in 2007 when I set eyes on the Editors' sleeve art for the album An End Has a Start.
I was intrigued by the blurry structure in the background. What was it? What was the story behind this image? I had to know. So I researched it. And that first Google search led me on a journey that continues to this day.
The cover image is a photo manipulation by Idris Kahn. He blended multiple images together to create something new. What images? I wanted, needed to know. Turns out the photos were taken by a husband and wife team from Germany named Bernd and Hilla Becher. Beginning in the late 50s they took thousands of photos of the industrial structures which surrounded them, mainly blast furnaces, cooling towers, mine heads, gas tanks, and water towers. They then categorized them into typologies. These two were pioneers, paving the way for a whole new genre of photography. Their influence can bee seen in the works of current industrial photographers of today.
These were the cooling towers photos that Idris Kahn used for his blended image...
What a turn on! I wanted more, much more. And so I spent a great deal of time taking in all of the Becher's photos. These images are transcending, affecting, arresting. And it isn't just a sensual or visual thing. It is emotional, dare I say, spiritual. I really don't have the vocabulary to describe it. Either you get it or you don't. I hope you do. If so, I think we could be friends. Let's test it out. Do you feel something stir within you, perhaps your very soul is being touched, tossed, and compelled to cry out, when you look at these industrial sculptures?
Apparently I am not the only one who has a fetish for this stuff. Many ruins porn enthusiasts also enjoy taking the photos themselves. I do as well. But I am content taking in the lovely works of others.
Here are a few more beauties...
The Maunsell Forts, as you may recall me writing about a little while back...
And another Becher image...
Amazing photos by Uwe Niggemeier...
Bethlehem Steel - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Blast furnaces in your backyard. A cemetery out front. Your whole life is in view. Haunting. Live. Work. Die.
Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel, Mingo Junction
Edward Burtynsky's documentary Manufactured Landscapes
Werner Herzog's Lessons of Darkness
Hot Metal Cold Reality
Tune-in to Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown
Season Finale: Detroit, Sunday November 10 at 9pm ET/PT
Cinemagraphs are still photographs in which a minor and repeated movement occurs. Cinemagraphs, which are usually published in an animated GIF format, can give the illusion that the viewer is watching a video.
They are commonly produced by taking a series of photographs or a video recording, and, using image editing software, compositing the photographs or the video frames into a seamless loop of sequential frames, often using the animated GIF file format in such a manner that motion in part of the subject between exposures (for example, a person's dangling leg) is perceived as a repeating or continued motion, in contrast with the stillness of the rest of the image.
The term "cinemagraph" was coined by U.S. photographers Kevin Burg and Jamie Beck, who used the technique to animate their fashion and news photographs beginning in early 2011. Source
I found these amazing Cinemapgraphs at a blog titled If We Don't, Remember Me.
These are ten of my favorites. All are from film scenes.
The Silence of The Lambs (1991)
American Psycho (2000)
8 1/2 (1963)
Straw Dogs (1971)
The Shining (1980)
The Big Lebowski (1998)
*Update: June 1, 2012 ~ Listen to Slate's Audio Book Club discussion of Fifty Shades of Grey.
*Update: June 2, 2012 at end of post.
Rarely do I read fiction. The last novel I read was Lolita a few years ago. And I don't think I have ever read a romance novel, unless you count The Thornbirds. An erotic book? Does American Psycho count? But after listening to the Cultural Gabfest Podcast's hosts talk about the book Fifty Shades of Grey, my interest was piqued. I read the first book in the trilogy, Fifty Shades of Grey, in less than three days. I then quickly devoured the second book, Fifty Shades Darker. And, I am now halfway through the third book, Fifty Shades Freed.
Let me just say that this series is not for prudes or radical feminists. It is, however, for anyone who wants to get lost in a romantic, sexually-charged fantasy for a little while. Of course the sex is over the top, as is the Cinderella story. But it's harmless fun—not to be taken too seriously. I recommend this trilogy to anyone who likes to read a good love story—because essentially, that is what it is.
This is how I picture Christian Grey. Inspired by a photo of actor Alex Pettyfer.
Fifty Shades of Grey parody:
Update 6/2/12 ~ Well, I have finished Fifty Shades Freed. Ah what a release. No more kinky fuckery, submissive specials, bitch troll, compromises, negotiations, and food fights. Oh, but will I ever miss Christian Grey and the unbelievably sexy way his pants hang off his hips. Laters, baby.
Update 6/2/12 ~ A little later in the day...
Holy mother of gawd, just came across these pics of Alex Pettyfer, published today in Men's Health UK magazine. Wow, these really lend clout to my campaign for Alex to play Christian Grey in the soon to be made film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey. Yes, he's a bit younger than Christian—22 V 27. And he is British, so a voice coach will be in order. But he more than makes up for it in the looks department. I bet he would look marvelous in pants hanging off his hips.
Fit to tie.
Fit to be tied.
If I had to choose one word to describe Eddie Vedder that captures his spirit during the early days of Pearl Jam, circa 1991-1994, I would pick Intense. I hope that this intensity is captured in my latest painting of him.
Album Covers ~ My Paintings Inspired by Photos
Jimi Hendrix ~ Experience Hendrix
The Eagles ~ Hotel California
Bob Marley ~ Legend
New Order ~ Power, Corruption and Lies
The Cure ~ Standing on a Beach, The Singles
U2 ~ War
Eddie Vedder ~ Ukulele Songs
Jim Morrison ~ The Best of The Doors
There’s a land where I go
When my energy is low
And I long to escape.
It’s a magical place
Where girls wear horned-hats
And vintage lace.
Where a snow-shoed mother
Pulls her infant across ice
In a wooden carriage.
It’s a world full of wonder
With times-past colors
And possibilities to ponder.
Where kind and gentle faces,
Welcome me home to a
Warm, safe, and magical space.
Painting is Home Coming by Ray Caesar
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