It took me nine minutes to notice that the shape of the boy’s ear precisely echoes that of the ruff along the squirrel’s belly—and that Copley was making some kind of connection between the animal and the human body and the sensory capacities of each. It was 21 minutes before I registered the fact that the fingers holding the chain exactly span the diameter of the water glass beneath them. It took a good 45 minutes before I realized that the seemingly random folds and wrinkles in the background curtain are actually perfect copies of the shapes of the boy’s ear and eye, as if Copley had imagined those sensory organs distributing or imprinting themselves on the surface behind him. And so on. What this exercise shows students is that just because you have looked at something doesn’t mean that you have seen it.
posted by shivohum
on Oct 23, 2013 -
A REDTAIL'S DREAM
Two years ago, Minna Sundberg was an art student who aspired to write and draw graphic novels so she decided to create a 'practice comic' while still in school. It was a fantasy adventure based upon Finnish mythology - not like Norse Gods, the omnipotent entities here were spirit animals, including an irresponsible young fox spirit who messed up the Northern Lights (also known as 'Fox Fire') and pulled the population of a rural village into a Limbo-like 'dream bubble' between Life and the Afterlife. [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop
on Sep 30, 2013 -
"I stood staring at the enemy's trophy, the familiar impotent rage rising. But the impulse to fall to my knees, gnash my teeth, and howl at the gods was stayed this time by a resolution I'd made earlier that spring. The squirrels may take my tomatoes and spit them back, but they would not go unanswered. The time had come to close the circle of life
posted by vidur
on Aug 16, 2012 -
Perhaps in some forgotten corner of a museum there sits — nay, there stands
— Tommy Tucker
, a little dusty, a little moth-eaten, but still the best-dressed squirrel in the world
posted by boygeorge
on Apr 9, 2012 -
You know, sometimes, you want to read about an upcoming economic nightmare, sometimes, you want to read about Obama's transition team, sometimes, you want to read about the Rifleman's Creed, and sometimes, you just want to see squirrels dance to Michael Jackson
posted by WCityMike
on Nov 11, 2008 -
What's the biggest problem facing America today? Gas prices? Healthcare? High taxes? No, it's far, far more serious
than any of those things. I demand to know what the candidates intend to do for the American people in the face of this threat.
posted by essexjan
on Oct 2, 2008 -
Do you suffer from mobile telephone calls at inopportune times? Could you use a cute PA
to take calls for you while gaming, or asleep? A dissertation project from MIT by HCI
specialist Stefan Marti
may have your solution: Cellular Squirrel
Of course you will always want to talk to people who are thinking the same things as you
, so Cellular Squirrel waves and moves about rather than making a sound
. His oddly bulbous figure makes use of "socially strong non-verbal cues like gaze, posture, and gestures, to alert and interact with the user"
rather than intrusive alerts in order to minimise user stress and social disruption.
Cellular intermediaries also come in two other flavours: "a parrot and a cute bunny"
posted by NinjaPirate
on Aug 26, 2005 -
Sugar Bush Squirrel Sugar Bush Squirrel is 'The Military Mascot' and a 'Superhero' to our troops everywhere. She is working to keep our country free while helping to free Iraq. Sugar Bush Squirrel is boosting the morale of our military troops everywhere by posing for humorous photos in military clothing with guns, tanks, planes and helicopters while wearing helmets, camouflage caps and a turban. Watch for more of her military shots in the near future as they shoot around the globe for freedom!!!
posted by srboisvert
on Mar 26, 2005 -
Super cool squirrels! "We believe that a ground squirrel, when it goes into hibernation, produces chemical messengers that are released from the brain that direct the slowing down of the metabolism... If we were able to synthesize the same chemical compounds and make them available in an injection, it could be administered to induce a hibernation-like state in humans."
And they're cute
posted by moonbird
on Dec 11, 2003 -