Follow the bouncing ping pong ball. If you concentrate long enough, you can pass significant portions of your day in meditative contemplation. In fact, the emptiness of the universe is contained in this animated gif. All you need for universal understanding can be found right here. Give it a try!
Variations on pongping:
To enhance your synesthesia, try viewing pongping while listening to any of the following albums in their entirety:
Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon
Carl and Wendy Carlos: Switched on Bach
Slim Whitman: All my Best
Kansas: Live at the Whisky
Menudo!: (the first album)
New Kids on the Block: (the second album)
Andrew Lloyd Weber: (anything will do)
by Skye Phallen
Ever wonder how a portal like Yahoo divides the world into categories? Welcome to the secret world of taxonomy. At the highest level, here's how Yahoo carves the world.
Arts & Humanities
Seems so logical, so "natural", doesn't it? Let us deconstruct. A tripartite axis is working in the Yahoo scheme:
1. The spectral academic taxonomy -- arts & humanities,
2. The Work vs. leisure continuum -- business & economy,
3. The public vs. private social schism -- government,
Let us riff on the Yahoo categories and out-categorize the categorizers. We provide labels to de-label the labelizers. Our only purpose here is to question the naturalness of the
NOTES, Gaps, Erasures
Note the absence of spirituality. Religion is subsumed under society and culture.
Note the lack of integration. Government is a thing apart from society & culture.
Note the axis of alienation: business & economy divorced from society, arts, government.
Note the privileging of American leisure time.
Note the oddity of categorizing the regional--spaces as virtual attribute, something you can visit instead of something you dwell inside of.
The dirty secret is how much of the categories serve Business & Economy and should by all rights be subsumed under it. This taxonomy of Yahoo is an X-Ray of the mercantile man.
In the case of Yahoo, information is commoditized (as all computer data must be). Commodity-info for deconstructed souls. In the Yahoo model -- information is wrapped in a category wrapper.
Is this to say that any attempt to categorize is violent and evil? Yes and no. Categorization has its uses. No argument there. But what is lost and harmed in the act of dividing and conquering the infoworld? One does not go to Yahoo for answers but confirmations.
That which we in the West call "Art" fights (unconsciously and consciously) against this info-buttf*ck in the only way it can, by profligating and proliferating its interprative gestures, by layering its own take on life upon the attempts of others, and by achieving
ed. note: this is the first in a series of "bad art" features, where we offer terrifyingly horrid examples of text production gone wrong. Rest assured that all samples are used with the permissions (and blessing) of their authors. Our first sample contains some finely wrought bad art to go along with the bad lyric. Would that we were always so fortunate. Enjoy!
a song by Keith Rinckleberger
I been too long with my palm on the mousepad
starin' at the screen all of this time
don't know why my skin turned purple
everybody sing "way up there!"
i wanna be a lavender man