I keep a tumblr at lloydshep.tumblr.com called A Pound of Obscure. Here’s the last week’s posts from it.
- 2000adonline:?Some superb art for this month?s Forum…
- Sam the Eagle as Kano
- Zoot the sax player as Shrike
- Animal as Dogbreath(of course!)
?You?re In Bad Company?.Yaayyyy!!!?
- “You have to put in the time. In addition to creating/building, you have to build the platform.”
- abandonedography:?Abandoned railroad by???????
- “Professor Henry Brubaker of the Institute for Studies”
?Professor Henry Brubaker of the Institute for Studies said: ?In an age where literally everything has to be arch, knowing, witty or retro, Iron Maiden fans somehow still don?t give a fuck. ?They just like their thing for what it is, their hairy backs aren?t a statement and when they wear double denim with a bumbag it?s in no way ironic. ?The rest of us will never achieve that level of enjoyment of anything, because our stupid aspirations have made us into dicks.???- Iron Maiden fans somehow immune to self-consciousness epidemic
- Sharing the responsibility
There?s a big fuss online today about an unreleased Hyundai ad which some agency shot, which shows a guy trying to kill himself in his car, but failing to do so because of Hyundai?s super-low emissions. Obnoxious, clearly. Hyundai are saying the ad was only a creative sketch, and was never intended for release. A lot of other people are saying ?well, yeah, Hyundai, but you signed off the test?. In other words, the people who paid for it are getting it in the neck.
Fair enough. But when I see something like this, I always wonder about the ?talent? involved. The actor playing the guy in the car. The person operating the camera. The director. When I hear the educated tones of a nice lady offering me PPI insurance on a robo-call, I always think ?you must have known what sort of people you were recording this for.? When a talented copywriter produces something obfuscatory about a radiator or a luxury holiday, I always wonder ?what did that do to you, doing that??
It probably didn?t do anything. There?s a long tradition that the talent is immune from the intent, and a job?s a job, darling. But if you take money to do something which makes you uneasy, what does that make you? And if it doesn?t make you uneasy, what does that say about your state of mind?
Easy for me to say, of course. And a job IS a job.
- “The Singh case”
?The Singh case illustrates an important point about liberty. People imagine that freedom comes in revolutions and bills of rights. But sometimes revolutions turn authoritarian and bills of rights turn out not to be worth the paper they are written on ? as article 10 of the Human Rights Act shows. More often, change comes when bloody-minded individuals refuse to accept the commonsense advice to ?move on and let it be,? square their shoulders and fight back.?- Nick Cohen on:?Simon Singh: Let us now praise a bloody-minded hero?? Spectator Blogs
- My guitar teacher?s new single
My sickeningly talented guitar teacher?s new single, with his band The Mustangs – Yours Sincerely (by MustangsUK .) Get some mellow Brit Blues in your life?.
- “Cheerfulness, unaffected cheerfulness”
?Cheerfulness, unaffected cheerfulness, a sincere desire to please and be pleased, unchecked by any efforts to shine, are the qualities you must bring with you into society, if you wish to succeed in conversation. ? a light and airy equanimity of temper,?that spirit which never rises to boisterousness, and never sinks to immovable dullness; that moves gracefully from ?grave to gay, from serious to serene,? and by mere manner gives proof of a feeling heart and generous mind.?- The art of conversation, 1866 (via explore-blog)
- Memento Mori from the 1520s (via Retronaut – Memento Mori)
Memento Mori from the 1520s (via Retronaut – Memento Mori)
As a friend on Facebook pointed out, this puts Damien Hirst and his tattered like to shame. Who made this? What was their name? How did they learn their craft? And what else did they make?
- “The paradox at the heart of music recommendation engines”
?The paradox at the heart of all music recommendation engines is that as soon as a recommendation process is blunt enough to be performed by a machine it?s no longer sharp enough to be much use to a human being. Similarly, as soon as a process is mass enough to make money for a company it?s too mass to be of much benefit to an individual. As soon is it?s insistent and mechanical enough for somebody to claim it as a success it?s so insistent and mechanical that you want to turn it off.?- David Hepworth?s Notebook: Everybody likes recommending. Nobody likes being recommended to.