Eye Candy

For everyone tired of looking only at lines of tiny words on a
glowing screen, Utne offers refreshment: a tall, cool list
of websites chockablock with pictures, photos, videos, and other
visual stimuli. Sit back and bask in the shades of the color
wheel.


Color Code

Kill an hour exploring a mottled checkerboard that maps more than
33,000 nouns. Each word has a color determined by taking the
average color of the first 50 images found by a search engine. Who
knew ‘mingling’ was light brown?

The
Aesthetiscope

Another project exploring the links between color and language. The
program translates songs, poems, stories, etc., into grids of
colorful blocks. Don’t miss the video that visualizes the aesthetic
beat of John Lennon’s ‘Imagine.’ (Thanks,
information
aesthetics
.)

www.artchive.com
Site patrons can stroll through a metaphysical museum that exhibits
masters ranging from Bernini to Rothko. Best of all, it’s a mess’a
cultcha’ for free.

Media
Mirror

This video installation arranges more than 200 cable channels to
create a tiled likeness of anyone standing in front of it. You are
what you watch.

www.drawn.ca
A rallying point for illustrators and cartoonists, this blog serves
as the Internet’s refrigerator door, exhibiting superb drawers.

www.woostercollective.com
and
www.visualresistance.org

These spunky blogs cover the street art world like two
complementary murals on the side of an abandoned building. Be sure
to check out Visual Resistance‘s stunning
photos of
graffiti
gracing the wall that divides Israel and the Occupied
Territories.

www.we-make-money-not-art.com

Here’s another blog to throw on the visually pleasing fire. This
one’s a trove of what’s new and quirky in design, gadgetry,
science, art, and moneymaking. Some recent gems include
vegetable
jewelry
,
public bathroom
galleries
,
human
cannonball art
,
sundials
painted on urban landscapes
, and
cruel
crochet
.

Art of
Science Competition

Using microscopes, lasers, and other lab equipment, ‘Art of
Science’ competitors craft master-nerd works with titles like
‘Reactive Ion Mardi Gras’ and ‘Individually Marked Ants.’ (Thanks,
rodcorp.)

Unfortunate
Children’s Books

For chuckles, visit this photo gallery of kids’ books with
calamitous titles. A sampling: The First Book of Salt,
Cornzapoppin‘!, and Kinderlust. (Thanks,
boingboing.)


An Image Bank for Everyday Revolutionary Life

Politicians, workers, and snarling dogs seen through the lens of
Mexican artist David Alfaro Siqueiros. Over 5,000 of his
photographs capturing four decades of political and artistic
movements are available. (Thanks,
Future
Feeder
.)

The Periodic
Table of Poetry

Lines of text arranged in a way that’s easy on the eyes — a
periodic table of elements that pairs building blocks of life with
poems. Some lesser-known elements like rutherfordium and seaborgium
are yet to be mused upon, so there’s still a chance to carve a
niche in the chemical poetry world.

dontclick.it
A detour on the road to a case of debilitating carpal tunnel
syndrome.

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