Philadelphia based Gyro Worldwide is pleased to present a collaborative video installation currently on display, on all facades of the The InterContinental Los Angeles – Century City. For the entire month of July, The InterContinental Hotel in Century City will present the artwork of Los Angeles painter and stylist Kime Buzzelli through artistic video vignettes designed to capture and display the essence and amenities available at The InterContinental. The video projection, produced by Klip Collective, is live from dusk to midnight each night, for the entire month of July, and is visible all the way from Santa Monica to Century City, turning the 17-story hotel inside-out for all to see.
6 1/2 minute trailer for an upcoming documentary on Roadsworth by Alan Kohl, funded by the International Film Board of Canada. Looks really good. Link to video.
From a previous post on Puppies and Flowers:
Every now and then the internet surprises me with an unexpected gem. While searching for an image for a different post, I came across these great photos of a Montreal street artist named 'Roadsworth'. Apparently "Montreal police arrested Gibson on November 29 last year  and charged him with 51 counts of mischief, the charges carrying maximum penalties ranging from $200 to $5,000" but since January 6, 2006, "All charges against Gibson have been dropped. His punisment is a minor fine and 40 hours of 'community work'."
Chilean designers of the 60's and 70's.
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BARBIE’S new S&M look has whipped up a storm – with protesters dubbing it “filth”.
The doll’s image is transformed with kinky fishnets, motorcycle jacket, black gloves and boots.
Makers Mattel say Black Canary Barbie, out in September, is based on a DC comic superhero of the same name.
But religious group Christian Voice said: “Barbie has always been on the tarty side and this is taking it too far.
A children’s doll in sexually suggestive clothing is irresponsible – it’s filth.”
Is it true? From The Daily Mail:
He is perhaps the most famous, or infamous, artist alive. To some a genius, to others a vandal. Always controversial, he inspires admiration and provokes outrage in equal measure.
Since Banksy made his name with his trademark stencil-style 'guerrilla' art in public spaces – on walls in London, Brighton, Bristol and even on the West Bank barrier separating Israelis and Palestinians – his works have sold for hundreds of thousands of pounds.
He has dozens of celebrity collectors including Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Christina Aguilera.
He is also known for his headline-making stunts, such as leaving an inflatable doll dressed as a Guantanamo prisoner in Disneyland, California, and hanging a version of the Mona Lisa – but with a smiley face – in the Louvre, Paris.
But perhaps his most provocative statement, and the one that generates the most publicity, is the fact that Banksy's true identity has always been a jealously guarded secret, known to only a handful of trusted friends.
In the heart of the Karakum desert of Turkmenistan the Darvaza Gas Crater or The Burning Gates give off a glow that can be seen from miles away during the dark night. The large crater is a result of a Soviet gas exploration accident in the 1950’s. It was created when a Soviet drilling rig was drilling for natural gas fell into an underground cavern resulting in a crater which today measures roughly 60 meters in diameter and 20 meters deep. The huge crater was set alight shortly after being discovered and has been burning ever sense. The recognizable smell of burning natural gas can be detected from a distance and becomes quite strong as you near the hot edge of the crater.
Advertising Agency: TBWA\Paris, France
Executive Creative Director / Creative Director: Erik Vervroegen
Copywriter: Benoit Leroux
Art Director: Philippe Taroux
Photographer: Marc Gouby
Art Buyer: Barbara Chevalier
Account Supervisors: Anne Vincent, Tiphaine Ruault du Plessis
YouTube has been ordered by a New York Federal Judge to hand over viewing data that includes how often users watch videos, how much time they spend doing it, their Username and their Internet Protocol addresses.
Viacom demanded to review all of YouTube's logging information to prove that copyrighted clips are more popular than amateur videos on the site.
His dis-Honorable sagaciousness declared:
For every video on YouTube, [he] required Google to turn over to Viacom the login name of every user who had watched it, and the address of their computer, known as an I.P. or Internet protocol address.
When Google argued that:
"We see no reason why Viacom and the other plaintiffs seek or require such information," Google said in a letter filed with the court. "Given plaintiffs' stated reason for seeking information from the logging database … potentially personal identifiable information should be irrelevant."
The right dis-Honorable Judge Stanton said in his ruling:
“A markedly higher proportion of infringing-video watching may bear on plaintiff’s vicarious liability claim, and defendants’ substantial noninfringing use defense”
The amount of data covered by the order is staggering, as it includes every video watched on YouTube since its founding in 2005. In April alone, 82 million people in the United States watched 4.1 billion clips there, according to comScore. Some experts say virtually every Internet user has visited YouTube.
Why? you ask yourself, would Viacom need such detailed information on viewers, just to make their case?
Viacom wants the viewing data in part to help it determine the extent to which YouTube’s success was built on the popularity of copyrighted clips that were illegally posted to the site.
"oh, I get it" and yet Google continues to reason with Viacom's lawyers:
In a letter sent Thursday, Google’s lawyers pressed their counterparts at Viacom to accept a more limited set of data. “We request that plaintiffs agree that YouTube may redact user names and I.P. addresses from the viewing data in the interests of protecting user privacy,” wrote David H. Kramer, a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.
“Users should have the right to challenge and contest the production of this deeply private information,” said Kurt Opsahl, senior staff lawyer at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an online civil liberties group.
That right is protected by the federal Video Privacy Protection Act, Mr. Opsahl added. Congress passed that law in 1988 to protect video rental records, after a newspaper disclosed the rental habits of Robert H. Bork, then a Supreme Court nominee.
Here's where the Judge becomes a stand-up guy:
While the judge said Viacom has a legitimate need for the users' information, he rejected Viacom's requests for Google to disclose its search engine source code.
I'm just sayin', WTF? Slippery slope.
From The Independant:
They are said to produce unparalleled sound quality. Until now, however, no one has been able to explain why 300-year-old Stradivarius violins have never been matched in terms of musical expressiveness and projection.
A study has found that the secret may be explained by the consistent density of the two wooden panels used to make its body, rather than anything to do with the instrument's overall contours, varnish, angle of the neck, fingerboard or strings.
Scientists compared five antique violins made by the Cremonese masters Antonio Stradivari and Giuseppe Guarneri Del Gesu with seven modern-day instruments by placing them in a medical scanner that could accurately gauge the density of the two wooden plates that make up the top and the back of the body.
They found that, overall, the density of the two groups of violins was the same, but what differed significantly was that the two plates of the older instruments had a more uniform density compared to the more inconsistent densities of the modern plates.
Link to his site. +pictures