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R2D2, at LONG LAST — TRAGIC SUNSHINE. UPDATE: Mondotees has sold out of “A Linch Pin Droid”. Thanks so all the people who successfully bought this print and sorry to those that weren’t able to grab one. Casual Profanity. The Ghosts of Amsterdam « How to be a Retronaut. DVD] Radiohead - Glastonbury 1997 [Full Concert] At Home With Butch Anthony - Butch Anthony’s Art Shapes His Rural Alabama Home. LIKE a medieval village, Butch Anthony’s 80-acre family compound is a self-contained universe, and every inch of it is an expression of his prodigious creative spirit.

At Home With Butch Anthony - Butch Anthony’s Art Shapes His Rural Alabama Home

It makes a tempting destination for folk art aficionados, as well as the sort of art world tourists who’ve already ticked Marfa, Tex., or Joshua Tree, in the California desert, off their lists. Mr. Anthony, a lanky and laconic 46-year-old who dresses exclusively in Liberty denim overalls (he owns 25 pairs) and a battered straw hat (he has 10), is a self-taught artist, builder and local hero, whom the state of Alabama once chose to make a Christmas tree ornament for the White House — the Bush 43 version. He is also the host of the Doo Nanny, the annual alt/folk art “micro” festival, as he calls it, that started as an “art party” he and two friends gave on the side of the road 15 years ago in nearby Pittsview, and moved to Mr.

Gallery: Paintings inspired by paused VHS tapes. Swiss artist Andy Denzler creates paintings that are designed to look like the fuzzy image of a paused VHS recording.

Gallery: Paintings inspired by paused VHS tapes

The oil paintings -- mostly portraits of people -- aim to reinterpret photography and film stills. Denzler told Wired.co.uk: "I'm pushing the boundaries and possibilities of abstract and photorealism. It's as if I've pressed the fast-forward on a video machine, then hit the pause button, so reality comes to a stand-still. I speed up and slow down the colours. What remains is a distorted moment -- classically painted, oil on canvas -- which, upon closer inspection is very abstract, but from distance looks real.

" He first got into the technique in art school where he worked a lot with audio-visual gear. He has been honing the technique in both colour and black-and-white over the last 10 years. According to Denzler, his main challenge is creating a "painting that describes the every day and the monstrous simultaneously" and the "believability of the image". Public Workers Rush for Retirement. Updated March 23, 2011 12:01 a.m.

Public Workers Rush for Retirement

ET Public employees are retiring at a quickening pace around the U.S., providing a mixed blessing for state and local governments seeking to save money. The retirements mean employers can shelve some planned layoffs. And some of the departing workers, generally more senior and higher paid, are being replaced by lower-paid employees with less-generous retirement benefits, government officials say. But the loss of veterans threatens to erode the quality of public services that make communities attractive, they say.

The exodus of public employees is an unintended consequence of states' financial struggles. In Wisconsin, where lawmakers voted in mid-March to end workers' collective bargaining for future employment contracts, 3,362 people have applied to retire this year, a 73% jump from last year. Among Wisconsin public employees filing for retirement are Mary and Len Herricks, both teachers in Oshkosh. "I wouldn't want to risk losing those things," says Mr. Symphony in Slang. "Symphony in Slang" is a 1951 cartoon short directed by Tex Avery, written by Rich Hogan and released with the movie No Questions Asked by MGM.

Symphony in Slang

Minimalist and abstract in style (many of the "gags" are created either with single, still frames or limited animation), it tells the story of a man John Brown, who finds himself at the Pearly Gates explaining the story of his life to a bewildered Saint Peter and Noah Webster using slang of that era. The majority of the short is made up of sight gags based on Peter and Webster's imagined, literal understandings of such phrases as "I was born with a silver spoon in my mouth" and "Outside it was raining cats and dogs.

" Plot[edit] A young man (a real swinging hep cat) goes to Heaven and steps before St. Peter. In general outline the story follows the character's life. Congrats to Egypt. Dear Egyptian friends,Congratulations on your victory and success.

Congrats to Egypt

Daphne Oram's audiovisual music synthesizer, 1957. Daphne Oram (1925-2003) was the co-founder and first director of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, a sound effects and music studio established in the 1950s that had a vast influence on electronic music and synthesizer technology.

Daphne Oram's audiovisual music synthesizer, 1957

At the BBC and after, Oram developed an incredible new kind of sound synthesis technology, called Oramics. The video above offers a glimpse of her Oramics synthesizer, purchased from a collector in 2009 and now under restoration at the Science Museum in London. From DaphneOram.org: Not only is this one of the earliest forms of electronic sound synthesis, it is noteworthy for being audiovisual in nature - i.e. the composer draws onto a synchronised set of ten 35mm film strips which overlay a series of photo-electric cells, generating electrical charges to control amplitude, timbre, frequency, and duration. This system was a key part of early BBC Radiophonic Workshop practice.