Monday, February 9, 2009

hodgepodge is a cool word...

my friend terri sent me a forwarded email with photos of 15 really cool & strange buildings. (i especially like this one) --> 

i looked it up on the interwebs and found what may be the original posting has fifty (50!) of the wackiest constructions you can imagine.

believe it or not, there is only one barcelona building in the whole lot. (but several gaudi-esque ones.)

check them all out when you have the time.

one of the buildings shown in the above link is/was in houston, texas. it seems the city was going to demolish a house and a couple of artists seized the opportunity to create this awesome piece. as i have a little bit of personal experience with the black hole effect of condemned property, this one struck my fancy, too. (story link)

speaking of striking my fancy...i've been meaning to post this link for some time now. this is just one image of a most amazing personal library. this guy's displays include everything from a raptor skeleton to a nazi enigma code machine to a sputnik. and much much more. it is a veritable modern day cabinet of curiosities.

Gadget Lab A brand-new One Laptop per Child XO, far left, sits next to a relatively ancient RadioShack TRS-80 Model 100. In back, a 1911 typewriting machine and a 1909 Kent radio. The large contraption at center is the Nazis' supposedly unbreakable Enigma code machine. The book to its left is a copy of Johannes Trithemius' 1518 Polygraphiae, a cryptographic landmark. On the right is an Apple II motherboard signed by Woz. An Edison kinetoscope sits beside an 1890 Edison phonograph (along with three of the wax cylinders it uses for recording). Nearby is a faithful copy of Edison's lightbulb. The gadget with the tubes is an IBM processor circa 1960. In front of it stands a truly ancient storage device, a Sumerian clay cone used to record surplus grain.

next is a juried art exhibit currently showing in dallas. artists from all over the u.s. and canada submitted work interpreting the theme of the show, Farewell Shoes for Mr. Bush.

some were funny, some sad. 

("One that brought tears was a simple pair of work boots below a printed tribute to a man who had been a good father and hard worker but who died without health insurance. The artist was his widow." - juror, jim schutze)

it was a fitting outlet for the disappointment and resentment and even outrage that many of us in dallas feel about mr. bush moving to our fair city. 

my favorite piece (pictured above), by rebecca sanchez of dallas, is made of plastic army-men and won an honorable mention. it's called, "Soles of our Soldiers." 

(for the complete story and a much better picture of that piece, go here. or if you happen to be reading this after president's day, 2009, here.)

ok, i've taken up enough of your time for one day, but i must leave you a Dog picture O.T.D.

this is awol's crazy-ass, french whore of a girlfriend, gigi. he's in Luuuuuv.

"woof woof!"


¸.•*´)ღ¸.•*´Chris said...

Gigi looks pretty easy but I love her hair - she's got an 80's thing going on. What's she think of Awol licking his junk?

cornbread hell said...

hard to say.(pardon the pun)
she does hunch him, though...

i'm pretty sure they will make the coolest dog babies ever.

Annie said...

Did you submit a piece for the exhibit?

Does Gigi live with you too now? Or does she just come get what she wants and then leave?

rilera said...

Cool! I think I like the same one you picked the best too.

cornbread hell said...

annie, no. i only heard about it after the fact.
and then i saw the exhibit!

when i saw the one that won i realized it was much better than what i would have done. and much less...odoriferous.

gigi lives across the street. awol only wishes she lived here.

cornbread hell said...

rilera - it really is an awesome piece.

my 2nd fave was the pretzel one.

Lily said...

If I had to choose on of the buildings to live in, it would be the stone house in Portugal. It wouldn't be out of place on our North Yorkshire Moors.

cornbread hell said...

i agree lily. i could most definitely live in that house.