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Spread the Word Iraq Nam is a Kos diary tracking American troop deaths in Iraq while Bush stonewalls and Congress postures and dithers.
IT HAPPENS EVERY TIME I POST stories of the fallen now: I'm accused of being a 'spammer'.
My blog hosts at Blogger. They have algorithms to detect what they call 'spam blogs' -- those that have too many posts or posts that come in too rapid succession. And as I said, at my blog I post stories of the fallen -- the deaths, the remembrances, the memorials, the funerals.
I always post these at the end of the day, after the news and perspectives. Sometimes I've had up to thirty deaths, remembrances, funerals, etc. to post in a single evening. And so Blogger sees my numerous posts made in rapid succession, and thinks spam.
It then produces the dreaded 'word verification' requirement where it assembles a nonsensical sequence of letters in a graphic that has to be retyped in order to continue. I wouldn't mind so much except sometimes it reaches a point where it just locks me out of my blog altogether -- one time for 5 days.
I've developed ways to deal with it. So my problems with Blogger aren't the point -- this is: 15 dead since Friday, 75 so far this month, 104 last month. And where the deaths were one or two or three at a time now they come in sixes and sevens and eights and nines.
Five years into this insanity, and we are way beyond the point of 'mere' troop casualties.
We are literally spamming their deaths.
found on the Depthcore website: "A Trip to the Park" by David Garvin
Wouldn't mind learning this program, whatever it is. The line quality, overall softness, and obvious ease of creating quirky, subjective "psycho-geometries" appeals. It's not that typical Pixar rendered look, even though it's rendered. The artist here is under 20, and this could be a one-off but somehow it feels newer and fresher to me than say, Torben Giehler, who seems stuck in an old labor-intensive paradigm (hard-edged painting--been there!) but is trying to hip it up, computer it up. This looks like it just happened, but could also be from the game world. (A Katamari Damacy-like screenshot will follow to accentuate the point.)
GIF grid by eyekhan
Based on my MSPaintbrush "Waves" drawing.
Hello to all at artMovingProjects today. This continues the series of remote posts to the "terminal" which are also simultaneously viewable on the larger Internet, as part of the performance work BLOG. Aside from routine schmoozing, much of my time at the opening last night was spent explaining (a) how blogs work, (b) how long I've been doing it (six years, three months), and (c) the purpose of showing the blog in the gallery when it could also be consumed at home. Please see earlier posts for writing on some of these issues.
Zoe Sheehan Saldana (umlaut over the "e" and tilded "n" in Saldana), who is showing in the artMovingProjects main space. In her exhibit "Homegrown" she is growing an edition of 96 tobacco seedlings (Nicotiana tabacum Burley) under indoor lights. A webcam showing the seedlings, refreshed every 30 minutes, is here.
Behind her is BLOG, a performance work consisting of the blog you're reading, situated in the gallery's project space for a month. A couple of posts were made during the opening and those of us standing around the terminal from time to time enjoyed reading the comments. I did not put up any cats (or Katz--see comments) but that could happen at any time.
Some gallerygoers chose to use BLOG to explore sidebar links without returning, read up on global warming, and possibly check email--that's part of the art, I guess, but those actions will not be documented.
This is my inaugural post for BLOG, the exhibition. I am at the opening now. Wish you could be here. If anything particularly noteworthy happens in the next two hours I will post about it. In anticipation of a few people standing around wondering what I'm going to do I will also be posting some artwork and possibly a cat.
Good Art of the Day (with Quote)
Joel Holmberg: Scratching Post Vortex and rear-screen-projected sculpture/installation based on same.
"One could criticize young artists in America for attacking trivial subjects when the world is busy coping with the misfortunes inflicted by their country of origin. Yet the solipsism of Scratching Post Vortex doesn't necessarily respect national boundaries--the work's debased Pop values indict all of Western consumer culture, those complicit with Empire or aspiring to be like it. The piece suggests a despairing nexus of humans and what's left of the animal kingdom--overbred domestic pets in a species-depleted world spastically scratching out their frustrations as if on treadmills. Treadmills that grow to encompass other treadmills in a hellish recursive universe of landfill-bound products." --Theodor Adorno