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Conceptual Art for the Computer Age

Posted by: Mike Pomranz | October 14, 2010 at 11:00AM

Conceptual art is the greatest kind of art.  As one of my favorite artists Sol LeWitt once explained, "In conceptual art the idea or concept is the most important aspect of the work."

The painting above is successful in expressing a concept — an concept that is both relateable in our modern world, yet also comments specifically on the times in which we live.  It expresses an experience we have all had, yet places that experience in a different context.

It's brilliant!

This belongs in a museum!  Or at least on someone's apartment wall above a cheap faux leather couch with a shitty canvas bag tossed carelessly on top of it!

[via The High Definite]

5 Weird Firefox Add-Ons That Make Browsing Painful

Posted by: Chris Lesinski | October 30, 2009 at 6:00PM

Isn't browsing internet good enough on its own? Apparently, many Firefox users would disagree with me.

Firefox is known for its copious amount of add-ons that can enhance your browsing experience.  But if your idea of "enhancement" is loading up on 400 add-ons, you should consult one of your three dictionary toolbars to get a new definition of the word "enhance."  If you think slowing your browsing down to a stand-still is worth color-coding your browser tabs, you're nuts.

I'm game for a few tweaks, but if you're completely impeding my ability to look at web pages with sanity… then forget it. Beware of these ridiculous extensions that take add-on excess to a new level.

Jesus! Add-On: Christian Anti-Porn

Description: "Flee sexual immorality (1Co 6:18). Christian Anti-Porn will filter links and alert the user if any porn websites are clicked. This will not block but warn every Christian that he is going to crucify Jesus Christ again if he proceeds to such websites."

Whoever developed this add-on has come across the ultimate anti-porn algorithm: God. I bet He's pretty mathematically sound.

When you visit a porn site, an alert window will "warn every Christian that he is going to crucify Jesus Christ again." That must be a pretty tough pill to swallow. In fact, those Christians will probably have to look at twice as much porn to keep it up after such a disturbing interruption.

See four more annoying add-ons after the jump… Show full post

What is a Browser?

Posted by: Mike Pomranz | June 19, 2009 at 12:00PM

I'm guessing there is a truth behind this video: The average American probably doesn't understand things like "what is a browser?" or "what is the difference between a browser and a search engine?"

Still, finding people in Times Square to give dumb answers to any question is like shooting fish in a barrel.  I bet many of these interviewees would struggle with questions as simple as "Where are you now?" and "Why are you talking to me?"

We'll just call this an "inexact study."

P.S.  Props to the old dude in the cap who uses the word "predominates" to try and mask his utter confusion of what is going on on planet Earth.

[via Buzzfeed]