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Jim Henson made this film in 1963 for The Bell System. Specifically, it was made for an elite seminar given for business owners, on the then-brand-new topic — Data Communications. The seminar itself involved a lot of films and multimedia presentations, and took place in Chicago. […]

The organizers of the seminar, Inpro, actually set the tone for the film in a three-page memo from one of Inpro’s principals, Ted Mills to Henson. Mills outlined the nascent, but growing relationship between man and machine: a relationship not without tension and resentment: “He [the robot] is sure that All Men Basically Want to Play Golf, and not run businesses — if he can do it better.” (Mills also later designed the ride for the Bell System at the 1964 World’s Fair.) Henson’s execution is not only true to Mills’ vision, but he also puts his own unique, irreverent spin on the material.

This is great. It’s mostly just goofy Rube Goldberg-esque fun, but as usual with Henson, there’s an undercurrent of real human need and emotion, rendered slightly ridiculous by its presence in a (vocally) non-human character, but poignant none-the-less. It’s the same trick he played so well with frogs, pigs, and Whatevers.

For more Henson appreciation, check out Khoi Vinh’s recent post here, and I posted another early Henson clip here.

San Diego

San Diego

Part of a wonderful series by Gunter Rambow, the rest of which can be seen at The Casual Optimist, via but does it float.

Part of a wonderful series by Gunter Rambow, the rest of which can be seen at The Casual Optimist, via but does it float.

15 Unpublished Photos of Hanna-Barbera Making ‘The Flintstones’ | Cartoon Brew

15 Unpublished Photos of Hanna-Barbera Making ‘The Flintstones’ | Cartoon Brew

The sadly now-demolished Old Main Cincinnati Public Library, via The Paris Review.

The sadly now-demolished Old Main Cincinnati Public Library, via The Paris Review.

Another item from the painted lady estate sale a couple weeks ago. Piggy’s pin says “Elect moi”. I would live in that country.

Another item from the painted lady estate sale a couple weeks ago. Piggy’s pin says “Elect moi”. I would live in that country.

Appropriately surfy color scheme spotted in the Outer Sunset.

Appropriately surfy color scheme spotted in the Outer Sunset.

Still life w/ La Croix, 2014

Still life w/ La Croix, 2014

70’s San Francisco book finds from an estate sale in one of the painted ladies.

70’s San Francisco book finds from an estate sale in one of the painted ladies.

This is a Tumblr I can get behind.

This is a Tumblr I can get behind.

I have never felt, consulting the I Ching, that it was “wrong” in the state it gave me; not because there is God or fate in divination (I believe the coin process to be an expression of randomness), but because it’s probably true that if there are 64 states or basic ways things can be, then at the deepest level of truth, all of these states are probably occurring at once.
Sheila Heti, introducing the I Ching she wrote as part of the previously mentioned Where You Are project.
Desk drawing by Leanne Shapton, from a series she contributed to Where You Are, a book/website exploring the idea of “personal maps”. This one depicts:

Phone charger Cosmetics case A to Z Foil-wrapped tamarind date cake Diary Glasses case Empty water bottle Ball point pen Hotel room key Desk lamp Tampon Haruki Murakami book Cellphone Scotch Tape Eraser

Desk drawing by Leanne Shapton, from a series she contributed to Where You Are, a book/website exploring the idea of “personal maps”. This one depicts:

Phone charger
Cosmetics case
A to Z
Foil-wrapped tamarind date cake
Diary
Glasses case
Empty water bottle
Ball point pen
Hotel room key
Desk lamp
Tampon
Haruki Murakami book
Cellphone
Scotch Tape
Eraser

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Halle, April 2014

laiaarguelles:

Halle, April 2014

Pilar Wiley | The Garden Edit

Pilar Wiley | The Garden Edit