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21 June 2016 @ 02:36 pm
weird / interesting game stuff  
I'm currently stranded in a Thai cafe because I don't have enough time to go home before work and yet don't want to go to work an hour early, so I thought it would be cool to unload some of this cool stuff I've been playing / interested in / have had rotting in my bookmarks for way too long.

- Some kind person has uploaded the entirety of the MindMaze midi loops to Youtube. If anyone else had a Windows computer in the 90s, you possibly used the Encarta Encyclopedia, and you likely played MindMaze (or that planetary gravity simulator...or that fun one where you matched up musical instruments to their culture of origin). I probably did roughly 5837498479748 times because it was rural North Carolina and what else was I going to do, really? Either way, the score is hugely nostalgic for me.

- ‘Rollercoaster Tycoon' Sadist Creates 210 Day-Long Hell Coaster. Check out his older stuff set to haunting Gregorian chants, too.

- This seems very interesting, but I'm probably biased because anything described as 'basically a malaria dream about sausages or something' is an average Friday night for me. I've yet to actually play it but I'll hijack R's laptop soon and do so.

- I basically had a job like this once. But Unsolicited's definitely more fun.

- Geogoo isn't really a game per se...more of an interactive web project. Still kind of fascinating to watch. Here's the background on it and its creators, JODI. I've always been morbidly fascinated by the way that games and web interfaces function and how to make them dysfunctional. I used to love things like gamesharks and purposefully glitching out old N64 cartridges and gameboy games.

- Speaking of, this is an awesome online glitcher. I used to be very into giltching many years ago back when there was only like, one online glitch algorithm. And it was weirdly public and completely randomized; you had no ability whatsoever to make any adjustments to your images and all of them were uploaded on the same server so everyone could see whatever it was you were trying to glitch. So it's cool that there are more diverse options now. Although I definitely did make what I consider some very pleasing glitched stuff back in the day.

- I recently completed a run of We Know the Devil, which is awesome not only for its queer/trans representation but also for having some very unique visual novel graphics and a chilling score. I wish more indie games were this cool. BoingBoing did a great review of it here. It's not perfect but I hope it's a step towards way more stuff like it--including even more exhaustively developed things--being made.

- R and I were able to visit the really cool Indie Game Revolution exhibit at the EMP museum on our Seattle / west coast trip last fall. The games rotate but we were able to play some super cool stuff like Night in the Woods, Downwell (which is actually available as a super addictive app for your phone), Tenya Wanya Teens, and Gardenarium. Typoman was also really cool but I'm clearly too stupid to be anything close to effective at playing it.

- I played this for the first time at the IGR exhibit, but since you can actually play it online, How Do You Do It? is hilarious. And NSFW.

- Mirrorlake is a beautiful game / potential screensaver that develops interesting landscapes. Similarly, Reflection creates lovely landscapes you can explore a bit using information from your webcam. A Safe Place for Dust is also pretty relaxing.

- Swan Hill is a story about two brothers, but you choose--to some extent--how the events between them unfold.

- Final Girls is easily one of the most fascinating and emotional games I've ever played; in it you direct support group conversations and facilitate relations between women made famous by popular horror media. It's an interesting look into how people process trauma and abuse.

- I accidentally forgot about it for a while and was crushed to discover that my plants all died, but if you're more responsible than me in the digital realm, Viridi is a very relaxing succulent simulator. It also has soothing background music.

- Recently at work we've been entertaining ourselves with Deep Dream Processing, which is the scary side of google algorithms and image recognition. The very scary side. We had a good deal of fun generating horrifying hamster photos a few weeks ago.

- For all those with guilty consciences or who are into paying penance but live in a city flat / apartment...
10 December 2015 @ 03:31 pm
Cathy Johnson -- "Dear Amanda"  

It's pretty rare that I recommend a single work by an artist in particular, but this one kind of stands out because it's a cool, honest portrayal of a trans woman who I'd probably be friends and smoke with if she were real.

Current Music: Cemetary Gates- The Smiths
10 December 2015 @ 02:37 pm

As someone who collects a lot of weird images from books and old magazines... there's something indescribably cool about CRAPHOUND.
05 November 2015 @ 01:46 pm
Suzanne Heintz: Single Woman Spends Absurd Amount of Time with Creepy Mannequins  

What would drive you to pack a family of mannequins into your station wagon, and take them on a road trip? Enough pressure to conform will send anyone packing. Conform to what? Well, it was getting late. Seriously late for a woman my age not to have a ring on her finger. People said, “You’re such a nice girl, why aren’t you married?” No one actually used that out of date word, but, what they were driving at was that I was a “Spinster,” and I got tired of hearing about it. Even my Mother must have thought she was setting me straight when she said, “Suzy, there’s nobody perfect out there. You just need to PICK somebody, if you’re going to settle down.” I snapped back, “Mom! It’s not like I can go out and BUY a family! I can’t just MAKE it happen!” But then, I found a way. I bought a beautiful Family… of Mannequins. I decided to start a photo project out of the Kodak Moments I’d capture with my new Store-Bought Family.

I feel like this woman's spent more effort trying to upset the expectations of her family than I have, and I'm transsexual.
06 October 2015 @ 10:02 pm

The story of how Peregrine Honig ended up with the famous 'twin fawns'

We dress death in lilies and bronze the names of our dead sons on walls. we erect altars of toys and hold candlelight vigils to express hope. my twin fawns sleep endlessly on their baby blue block in my studio. the twins never opened their eyes yet their wondrous fatality evokes an acceptable alternative to death.
23 July 2015 @ 08:00 pm
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23 July 2015 @ 07:21 pm
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10 December 2014 @ 02:55 pm
Hassan Hajjaj  

The Motorcycle Gang Girls of Morocco

Hassan’s version of Hell’s Angels comes from a personal tale: He once worked on a photo shoot in Marrakesh in the 1990s. Everything about the shoot was foreign—the photographers, the clothes, the models. Nothing was actually Moroccan. The artist’s latest shoot can be interpreted as a response to whatshould have happened back in the 1990s: A super pop North African photo shoot with everything that nods to local tradition fused with a twist – from the polka dotted abayas to the camo djellabahs. The photos here capture Moroccan girl bike gangs with smug looks, intimidating sneers, and badassness short of a rock video. They’re not “real big gangs,” of course. The girls are the artist's friends, who usually paint henna tattoos on tourists in the main square; but you still wouldn’t want to run into them in a dark alley.
09 July 2014 @ 02:41 pm
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13 May 2014 @ 05:16 am
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20 April 2014 @ 10:02 pm
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08 April 2014 @ 09:27 pm
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02 April 2014 @ 03:12 pm
Norman Lindsay  

Interesting tidbits

His frank and sumptuous nudes were highly controversial. In 1940, Rose Soady, his model then wife, took sixteen crates of paintings, drawings and etchings to the U.S. to protect them from the war. Unfortunately, they were discovered when the train they were on caught fire and were impounded and subsequently burned as pornography by American officials.

Soady’s older brother Lionel remembers Lindsay’s reaction:
“Don’t worry, I’ll do more.”
18 February 2014 @ 08:27 pm
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