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  • spencer tunick 10/30/03 
    Description: the temporary site-related installations of spencer tunick, documenting the live nude figure in public
    Comments: His latest photo shoot took place early in the morning this past Sunday at New York's Grand Central station (see BBC).  The temporary site-related installation was part of Spencer Tunick's "Naked World" project.  Other shoots were done in London and Barcelona earlier this year, the one in Spain being his largest yet with 7,000 volunteers participating.  So, I just discovered this morning that Spencer has a website.  There's photos of installations going back to 1994, information on the artist, plus if you're so inclined, you can sign up to pose in a future installation.  Nice site design and the photos are rather amazing, thank you... 
     
  • bluishorange 10/27/03 
    Description: personal site of a 25-year-old English major and waitress (in that order)
    Comments: I noticed it immediately as I started reading Alison's piece about her aunt (which is as much about Alison as it is her aunt).  Sentences are entities in themselves and putting 2 spaces between them is something I usually do when I write for the web.  I don't see it as a grammatical rule – just something visual that makes a difference.  Alison also puts that extra space between sentences and as a reader, I appreciate it.  Of course, that's not why her site is today's pick – that piece about her aunt is great for starters.  The soft site design, complimented by a wonderful line-art portrait with attitude is inviting.  There's two logs, one in the sidebar that's more for linking, and the main column, her journal/personal story type of thing.  There's also a big photo section (where I need to spend more time soon 'cause I really liked what I saw so far), plus other various thingies, including a concert list, a number of previous designs, a cam, and "the book of alison's garbage." .  A "native Houstonian" who writes well and hopes one day to live in London, Alison says she always remembers her dreams.  I'm not surprised...
     
  • cyberheadz 10/21/03 
    Description: base illustrations and sculptures (Flash)
    Comments: Today's pick features the works of Swiss illustrator/sculptor Maurice Xarramo.  In addition to photosets of various finished casts, there's also a section with shots of a number of unfinished sculptures still in progress.  Another section contains sketches plus photos of the artist at work in his studio.  For Maurice, the art is all in the headz and his work is fascinating...  [Newstoday®]
     
  • p.geek.com 10/20/03 
    Description: digital travel films (Quicktime)
    Comments: Did you ever notice how crabs crawl sideways on the sand?  The ocean beats against the rocks in Mancora, Peru to a tasty music track by Kinobe as a gull is captured in flight.  Paul "ended up staying for two extra days."  That's one of his older films.  Go back further to "Boys" or "Milwaukee 1984" (both done while Paul was in college) or come closer to the present with two excellent short films done in Japan.  What talent!  "Rehearsal Space" is superb.  There's 14 different short films (Quicktime), ranging from 40 seconds to over 5 minutes, uniquely capturing Paul's world travels...
     
  • culturefocus.com 10/14/03 
    Description: pictures, culture and history from around the world
    Comments: It's a collection of photos from "Egypt, Jordan, Syria, India, Nepal, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Kenya, Tanzania and Namibia," taken between 1994 and 2002, along with in-depth information about each area and links to related resources.  As Steve says, "Happy traveling..."
     
  • randomWalks 10/10/03 
    Description: a group weblog
    Comments: Though "a group weblog" is a simple, accurate description, I like Adam's more creative way of describing the site.  "A creature with a thousand arms and eyes, making love with itself and reaching back as far as creation and forward to the very end of time."  He launched the site back in late 1999, not only "to become famous" (don't we all?), but also to "rope his friends into finding new things for him to look at every day."  There's 12 other "editors" besides Adam, providing content in literally dozens of different categories.

    So far this month, there's been posts to love, living, politics, kerouac, media, poetry, music, books, apple, macfilter, war, drugs, (anti)capitalism, cartoons, cinema, fluffy, l.a., porn, public space, punk, quotes, sex, the arts, wisdom, words. and race, to give you an idea as to the variety.  "We dislike war, racism, prisons, privilege and ignorance," says Adam, speaking for the group.  I wouldn't like the blog nearly as much if it was too heavy in a single category, like politics or technology.  I like the variety and the group pulls it off well – a nice mix.  There's also assorted quick links ("Flux") and "Headlines" on the sidebar.

    As far as the site's design goes, I like the random images above each day's posts.  A subtle, tiled background pattern and the randomized graphics add flavor to the page and the color scheme and layout are also visually appealing.  The site renders slightly better in Mozilla than in IE6 (which has known bugs in handling background colors, thank you) but looks nice in both browsers.  Browse by date, category, or title and enjoy...  [discovered while playing BlogShares]
     

  • Calder Foundation 10/9/03 
    Description: the life and works of sculptor Alexander Calder (site spawns new window)
    Comments: I remember his famous Flamingo in front of the Federal Center in Chicago – I need to visit Chitown again soon.  Sculptor Alexander Calder, whose life spanned 3/4 of the 20th century, created some 17,000 works in his lifetime, including "monumental sculptures, mobiles, and stabiles to paintings, drawings, and lesser known work, such as jewelry and household objects."  Today's pick houses photographs of hundreds of those works, along with comprehensive information on Calder's life.  It's actually the online home of the Calder Foundation, charged with collection and documentation of the artist's massive body of work, and also provides up-to-date information on current, upcoming, and permanent exhibitions plus long-term installations.  Well done...  [Pictoblog]
     
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