The Strange Uniformity of Madness

After coming across some references to Posadism, I recently got sucked into the art and philosophy of the ectocultures (my term). I don’t mean the Occupy movement or Anonymous, but the real deviants, people who either were (or maybe should have been) institutionalized. There is almost no coherent categorization, except that they’re all highly conspiratorial, anti-rational, and often invoke alien or demonic powers (or both). … Continue reading The Strange Uniformity of Madness

The link between digital art and hegemony

This is “Splash goat” by Zhelong Xu. It’s not pottery. It’s computer generated. It was made by a Chinese artist and it beautifully illustrates how easy it will be to fake just about everything. I expect forgery will make a comeback, only rather than forging “lost” works of art, talented artists will be paid by nation-states, media outlets, and criminal syndicates to forge reality itself … Continue reading The link between digital art and hegemony

A Case Study in Post-Factualism

In case you haven’t heard, The History Channel recently aired a documentary suggesting that Amelia Earhart survived her trek across the Pacific. The evidence was based mostly on a photograph, recently discovered in the National Archives (where it had apparently been misfiled), showing a woman with an appearance similar to Earhart’s sitting on a dock watching a boat haul a plane that also looked a … Continue reading A Case Study in Post-Factualism

Winter

“Winter” by Jason Felix I have two files labeled “Characters” and “Settings” where I dump a lot of the art I find. Flipping through those images later is great inspiration. Sometimes I take bit and pieces directly (and without shame — see Austin Kleon’s “Steal Like an Artist”), but many times the images spark a tangential idea. For example, while I do’t expect this is … Continue reading Winter

The Two Ways of Getting It Wrong

I enjoy teaching people about statistical reasoning, but it does get tedious trying to get them to apply it. That is, people do reasonably well with the abstract case (raw numbers) or an illustrative example (incidences of renal failure, HIV tests), but their success rate drops dramatically as soon as the conversation turns to anything that’s genuinely important to them. In my world, the topic … Continue reading The Two Ways of Getting It Wrong

Taste My Carnal Chocolate Eruption

I want to tell you a little story. Picture a restaurant in a small town. In fact, it’s the only restaurant for miles around, so almost everyone in the little town eats there at least once a week, not least because of the famous desserts: apple cobbler and cherry pie. Now picture a horde of rabid lemmings eating the screaming old couple who own the … Continue reading Taste My Carnal Chocolate Eruption