The Curious Art of Caleb Larsen

I cannot figure out what to do with the artwork of Caleb Larsen. We have seen the mutilating world of scarification. We have swallowed hard the brutal images brought to us through the Event Horizon art display. But what to do with this — the kind of art work which doesn’t so much challenge your ideas or push your imagination so much as make you wonder why it is in a museum in the first place.  Let us first look at the work titled “The Day The Internet Told Us We Would Die.” The entire work consists of printouts of two dates — the date that a web site calculated that the artist would die, and the date that the site calculated that his wife would die. Two pieces of paper with printed death dates from a death date web site.

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Do You Believe in Ripley?

Do you believe in “Ripley’s Believe it Or Not!”
Since 1918 Ripley’s have been challenging the human condition by testing belief, trying honor and tempting our darker side with unknown and wanton wishings.

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Ten Twenty-Four

Slick of tongue
Dark of heart
Terrible of mindless spirit

Loving the Outlier

I love the outlier.  Most scientific people discourage the outlier as an anomaly, an outsider, a “something that must be identified and then discredited.”

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Obambi as Curious George

Which is the better way to diminish a man:  Having his wife publicly castrate him, or repeatedly comparing him to cartoon animals in print and on t-shirts?

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Curious MIT Weblog Survey

I you currently have a blog — or a “weblog” — you might be curious about this:

This is a general social survey of the greater weblog community being conducted at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Our goal is to help understand the way that weblogs are affecting the way we communicate with each other. Specifically we are interested in issues of demographics, communication behaviors, experience with weblogs and other technology, and the meaning of various types of social links within the blogosphere.

I took the curious MIT Weblog Survey

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by Steve Gaines

Ten years ago
walking down town
on a late fall morning
with a gentle ache beneath my left arm
coming and going
with the up and down
of the gentle slopes
and on my bike later that day
riding with the same curious pain
describing the relative effort of my
wondering casually what was going on

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