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Postcards From LA 7/31/03 Description:
sometimes words aren't enough
Tamar lives in "a land of palm trees and playgrounds" with her husband, son, and cat. Since late April, she's been taking pictures daily with her trusty digital camera. Enjoy the postcards – there's some beauties...
nowheregirl 7/29/03 Description:
an online comic
Justine, who does all the colorful artwork and quite intelligent writing herself, says "the story is me trying to make sense of it all, and confront some of my own prejudices." There's two chapters online so far. "Imaginary friend" has 43 pages, and the second chapter, "better world," is 30-pages long. Some production! "There's only the one of me doing this." Could've fooled me...
StyleReactor 7/17/03 Description:
experimental multimedia art
Staying on a path. Today's pick was a previous site of the month* at yesterday's pick. The path from Portugal led to Copenhagen where multimedia artist Kasper Ledet shares his print, interactive, and photo works. "Electric Avenue" and "Chemical Garden" are static illustrations clearly reflecting Kasper's unique style and there's 18 more cool works in print. "Organic Flash 02" is one of a dozen interactive pieces -- I love it! I looked at 2 of the 3 photo series and was simply blown away. This is the site's fourth version since 2002 (all versions still accessible). Kasper calls it a "self promotional website" to "show the skills." It certainly does...
Nipplecat 7/8/03 Description:
assortment of Flash and Shockwave games and diversions
"I suppose this should be some kind of heartfelt mission statement..." says the opening page, but the site's name is a giveaway that you won't find anything that serious here. Fun and games is more like it. There's three "Training Apps" that are more challenging than they appear to be at first, at least for me. Guess I'll have to back sometime and try to master them or it's no code for me. And if you think it's easy for me to admit publicly that I enjoyed "Bag of Cats," you're right. Two other things I found quite amusing are "Burger King" (it's not what you think) and "My First Robot." But my faves definitely have to be a diversion called "Square" and the painfully easy-to-find secret called "drumdrum." All-in-all, a fun site, except for havin' to click on that poor little kitty, of course... 8~) [online intercourse < Lounge72]
Robyn's Secret Passage 7/6/03 Description:
It's a collection of vowels and consonants put into place with little letters in angle brackets.
Robyn loves to write and her "secret passage" is a long list of pieces going back to 1996. She warns the îthe older it is, the less likely I am to like it, or still feel that way." I found "My First Rant" and "Spamorama" quite amusing and really enjoyed some of her writing about music and concerts, including her most recent post about Ja Rule. She's not wild about his music, pointing out some of the graphic language and a certain attitude he has. This was a direct hit for me because last time I met my buddy Dave* for a few brews, I mentioned to him how ridiculous some of Ja Rule's lyrics were. Okay, I admit here right now that I do own a Ja Rule CD, thank you. Anyway, despite Robyn's dislike of the singer, she found herself wrapped up in "doing some Ja Rule spotting" and trying to get her CD autographed when he was in town. Yep, she ended up "clutching" her very own copy at the "Sounds" store where he was to be "making an appearance. Though she failed to get it autographed, you can tell she enjoyed every minute of it. I did too! There's more to the site than the secret passage. A lot more writing plus some odd fun like "Cocktails and Entertaining with Bob and Karen" and the "Bad Wicked Evil Web Page." Not to worry, Robyn. I got it and have no dumb questions for ya... ;~)) [OriginArt < James Burgess < For The Masses]
Gridface 7/5/03 Description:
electronic music & digital art since 1996
The most recent music review covers "Wackies: African Roots Act 1" for "connoisseurs of otherworldly dub." In the Gallery, you'll find videography by a guest artist. Both of those sections have big archives, but leaving the best for last, don't miss the 8 series of tasty desktops. Cityscape, railyard, and rock. Electronic music + digital art. Nice work Jacob! [Shaking Through.net]
Dime Novels at Stanford 7/4/03 Description:
Digital representation of Stanford's Dime Novel and Story Paper Collection.
Something a little different today. Dime novels. Story papers. "Both genres flourished from the middle to the close of the 19th century in America and England (where the novels were known as 'penny dreadfuls'), and benefited from three mutually reinforcing trends: the vastly increased mechanization of printing, the growth of efficient rail and canal shipping, and ever-growing rates of literacy." There's guided tours, a timeline, and information about the large collection. Great covers plus selected online texts. Fascinating! [Retrolounge]
Karin Hanssen 7/2/03 Description:
paintings and drawings
Web paths know no borders. I could take a quick trip to the Big Apple as I did yesterday, or places like Belgium, the UK, Australia, or Japan, which just happen to be other locales visited by coolstop in the last 7 days. If you wanna talk about the power of the web, you can't ignore its global nature. Again today, we're in Belgium, probably because word-of-mouth led a talented artist in that part of the world to make me aware of her site. Our last stop in Antwerp was about photography, while this stop is about paintings, collageprints, and drawings from one Karin Hanssen, who's been exhibiting her works since the early 90s. Extraordinary works I would not have been aware of had she not reached out by email. For that, I am grateful . Traveling the world virtually, I love the web!