Technology & Law & Order

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Don’t know why but I’ve recently taken to starting from the beginning and watching Sex & The City thanks to HBO GO. Aside from embarrassing hair and questionable habits, a big thing that has drawn me into the show is its use of technology. The girls are constantly calling their voicemails to see if anyone called them and Carrie’s laptop is an increasingly less bulky black proto-Macbook. It’s a funny moving time capsule.

Artist Jeffery Thompson has noticed this too—but in Law & Order. That show is one that has been on longer and has spanned into all sorts of spinoffs, covering everything from juries to special victims. What L&W has that S&TC doesn’t is a more urgent need to use technology, that they need these machines to help solve crimes and therefore must include them in more episodes. Thus, Thompson figured that he would study the over ten year tenure of the show as a better time capsule—and he’s logged every computer screen on the show.

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Into Lauren Tamaki’s Sketchbook

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Lauren Tamaki is a Brooklyn based illustrator. She’s worked on some fantastic projects like drawing Rene Redzepi for GQ and making holiday cards for Bumble and bumble. She is very accomplished and has a very specific aesthetic.

One thing I like to do almost more than peruse a working artist’s completed work is to look at progress work, to see what work they do for fun or general “artistic practice.” These are usual found via sketchbook blogs and, thankfully, Tamaki has one of those. Her little online visual diary is a sweep through everything from New York life to fun food happenings to studying familiar forms, perhaps perfecting them for a story. They show off how talented she is, too.

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Molg H.’s Disturbing, Delightful, Dark Humored Drawings

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On Molg H.‘s Facebook, his cover image offers a very specific welcome. “Black Humor For Bad People” it reads in English along with “Humor Negro Para Gente Mala” in Spanish, his mother tongue. You see, Molg H. is a very specific artist whose work is gross-out humor at it’s best. Take a Child’s Play film, multiply it by a Farrelly Brothers script, divide it by Microsoft Paint, then put it in an Internet blender: the result is his work. It is fantastically foul.

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Matthew Williamson’s Emoji GIFs

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Emojis are bomb dot com. Who doesn’t like emojis? Show me that person and I will show them a light slap to the side of the head because emojis are the best. How else would I drunkenly text that I am enjoying drinking red wine without a yellow sunglass wearing face and a cartoonish glass of wine? Emojis, dudes and dudettes.

Artist Matthew Williamson must agree because he shares some crazy emoji artwork online. These aren’t just creations made in honor of emojis: these are off-the-wall, batshit crazy .gifs that collide emojis at each other in the funniest of ways. They are incredibly recognizable and are effortlessly cool: there is nothing to dislike about Williamson’s emoji .gifs.

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Illustrating Loneliness: Belhoula Amir’s Alone

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I’m not sure if French illustrator Belhoula Amir is a lonely person but the work on his Behance page certainly make you wonder if he needs a friend or two.

The artist has created multiple series of works he calls Alone, where he use uses the monotony and repetitiveness of a canvas to show how isolated people can be. Whether it is a field or pool of water, his tiny character specks show that we really are little blips in a giant world.

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Mike Frederiqo transforms fashion designers into their famous monograms

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Mike Frederiqo has made a small, fashionable empire for himself by using what fashion labels give him. What is it that they’re giving? Logos and figureheads. What do you get when you combine the two? You get a series of clever rethinkings of luxury fashion logos in which the persons associated with the brand literally become the brand.

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‘Sonic Movement’ rethinks the sound of cars

Sonic Movement

Where we live in Southern California, the Prius is the It Car. So many people own one! Popular, yes, but it also has turned into a status symbol: owning a Prius means that you are able to afford one, that you care about the environment, and that you are alternative enough to say no to a luxury brand and yes to a Toyota. Even if you don’t believe in any of those things and are just driving one out of hype or peer pressure, you still are A Prius Owner. Did you not see that episode of South Park?

There is one thing to say about the Prius and most electric cars: they are so quiet! If you’ve never heard one of these cars, that’s because there is nothing to hear. They have a very low, unmistakeable hum—but they are anything from automotive. The absence of a sound leaves something to be desired and also leaves room for trouble. How is it possible to avoid a car if you can’t hear it? How will a lack of car noises affect the sound of cities? Is there a way to rethink the sound of cars?

That is what Sonic Movement is: it is an effort to think about the sound design of cars since they will eventually go silent.

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Like Portal? Check out The Museum of Simulation Technology

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You’ve played Portal, right? It’s a unique gaming experience that revolves around figuring puzzles using teleportation between two spots. How many times have you wished that existed in real life? A lot!

Nothing has come close to the game conceptually. There isn’t quite a way to knock off the game because you would literally be making the same game. Is there a way to play with the Portal concept but make something new? Yes, there is—and of course the people who figured this out were persons in Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center.

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The Best Music Of 2013 (To Me)

The Best Music Of 2013 (To Me)

It’s that time of year: it’s the beginning of January, a time when I take to some Internet something to exhaustively share music musings related to the past year. It’s a reflection on works behind us that I’ve obsessed over in a vacuum and is an opportunity to share what people were and weren’t listening to. This is purely objective and from a very specific point of view. Unlike last year, I realized that this list isn’t very vanilla: it’s fucking weird. It’s not intended to be but, hey, the music that gets me off is typically oddball electronic, ambient, and experimental in nature. That’s kind of a warning: this list may not be for everybody. It’s also a long ride: hold on to your butts.

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