‘Thirty Three and a Third’, Art Show Featuring Redesigns of Existing Music Album Covers at Gallery1988 in Los Angeles

Dr. Dre - The Chronic by Jay Fletcher
Dr. Dre: The Chronic by Jay Fletcher (original album)

Thirty Three and a Third is an upcoming group art show, curated by artist Dana Lechtenberg, at Gallery1988 (East) in Los Angeles featuring redesigns of existing music album covers by over 100 talented artists. The show will open on December 5th, 2014 from 7 to 10 PM and be on display until December 21st. More artwork from the event is available to view online at Cargo.

The Ramones - Rocket To Russia by Niklas Coskan
The Ramones: Rocket To Russia by Niklas Coskan (original album)

Amy Winehouse - Back To Black by Art Grootfontein
Amy Winehouse: Back To Black by Art Grootfontein (original album)

Radiohead - The King Of Limbs by Chris Corkery
Radiohead: The King Of Limbs by Chris Corkery (original album)

Thirty Three and a Third

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‘Conan’ Prop Master Bill Tull Offers a Series of Helpful Money-Saving Tips for Thanksgiving

On a recent episode of Conan, the show’s prop master Bill Tull offered a series of helpful money-saving tips for Thanksgiving. Host Conan O’Brien introduced the segment, and reintroduced each individual tip separately. The tips include how to make a Pilgrim hat out of a trash can, what to do with a Nic Cage movie, and the best way to have a happy Thanksgiving.

Bert’s Twin Brother Bart Comes to Visit for Thanksgiving in a Classic ‘Sesame Street’ Clip

In a classic clip from Sesame Street, Bert‘s twin brother Bart comes to visit for Thanksgiving, and Ernie learns that although Bert and Bart look very similar they behave very differently.

Computer PhD Candidate Remixes Offensive Barbie Book and Makes the Iconic Doll a Computer Engineer

Barbie Remix

One of my favorite things about remix: If you don’t like the narrative, change it!

When Casey Fiesler, a PhD candidate in Human-Centered Computing at Georgia Tech, came across the issues with the book Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer (which has since been withdrawn for sale by Mattel), she set about creating a wonderfully remixed book that can be downloaded for free, reimagining the iconic doll Barbie as a computer engineer despite her impossible figure and overdone blue eyeshadow.

The problematic part is that, as far as I can tell, the steps for becoming a computer engineer if you’re Barbie are:

  • Design a videogame.
  • Get a boy to code it for you.
  • Accidentally infect your computer with a virus.
  • Get a boy to fix it for you.
  • Take all the credit for these things yourself

And the problem isn’t even that Barbie isn’t a “real” computer scientist because she isn’t coding. (I am one of those mostly-non-coding computer scientists myself, though now I’m tempted to make a game about robot puppies shooting lasers anyway.) The problem is the assumption that she is a designer, not a coder, and the coders are boys. (There are also problems with nonsense explanations for computer viruses, taking credit for other people’s work, and inexplicable pillow fights.) I happen to study remix, so one of my first thoughts upon seeing this was: someone is obviously going to remix this. I figured, why wait?

Casey has also created an interactive “Feminist Hacker Page” to “help Barbie be the competent, independent, bad-ass engineer that she wants to be.”

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images by Casey Fiesler

via The Mary Sue

A Smooth Jazz Version of Van Halen’s Hit Rock Song ‘Runnin’ with the Devil’

Los Angeles-based musician and composer Andy Rehfeldt (previously) created a fantastic video in which the rock band Van Halen appears to perform a smooth jazz version of their hit 1978 song “Runnin’ with the Devil“. The music in this clever remix was “arranged, performed, and recorded” by Rehfeldt.

Footage of Van Halen performing the original version of their song live at the US Festival in 1983 for the sake of comparison:

SSIK, A Teenage KISS Cover Band From Toronto That Performs in Full Costume

SSIK is a teenage KISS cover band based in Toronto that performs shows in full costume, including an appearance at the Oak Ridges Fair in Ontario when the band member’s ages ranged from 12 to 14.

SSIK

SSIK

images via SSIK

via Today in Tabs

The 1996 Film ‘Trainspotting’ Condensed Into a One-Minute Animated Speedrun

1A4 Studio has condensed the 1996 British crime comedy drama film Trainspotting, directed by Danny Boyle, into a one-minute animated speedrun (previously).