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…Robots have sex?

Sex Lives Of Robots

It’s not exactly porn, but Michael Sullivan’s The Sex Life of Robots isn’t far off.

The ‘actors’ that he crafted out of Barbie Dolls, G.I. Joe action figures and other toys were originally going to star in a robot war movie, but as the project evolved, Michael decided to take it in a different direction.

Now, through stop-motion animation, he has created a film that is potentially more controversial than anything else he was going to create, having been pulled from YouTube after

Somebody’s mom complained, you know, because they didn’t want their kid watching, you know, some robot stick his dick in a horse’s butt.

I guess you can’t fault the man for censoring his vision!

If you’d like to see what all the commotion is about, then the (semi-NSFW) video below provides a preview, and if you’re in the area, Manhattan’s Museum of Sex will be showing the actual dolls that went into the creation of the film.

[Via: Gizmodo]

…It’s Website Wednesday: The Manhattan Street Corners?

The Manhattan Street Corners

Richard Howe is a dedicated man.

His project, called The Manhattan Street Corners, involves him creating “a comprehensive photographic portrait of everyday life at street level in daytime Manhattan”.

The Manhattan Street Corners 2

To do this, he “systematically photographed each and every one of the island’s roughly 11,000 street corners (the exact number is a matter of definition and, in some ambiguous instances, even a matter of judgment).”

One of my intentions in undertaking The Manhattan Street Corners project was to catch the island at a single, if necessarily extended, moment in its history, which meant taking the photographs in the shortest time possible for me working alone.

I began photographing in mid-March, 2006, and finished in mid-November of that year. A total of 82 shooting days were required. About a third of the days in this eight-month period were either unsuitable, weather-wise, for shooting, or were pre-empted by other obligations. The initial post-production work (downloading, backing up, provisional editing, etc.) following each shoot typically took up another whole day.

Afterwards, in 2007, I caught a handful of corners I found I had missed along the way and also did some necessary reshooting. I still, occasionally, discover another missed corner or decide to reshoot one. These post-2006 photographs amount to perhaps 2% of the total.

I photographed each corner just as I found it, almost always as seen from its diagonally opposite corner. Some of the photographs have no people and no traffic, others are completely dominated by people or even, in some instances, by traffic; the majority are somewhere in between. Most of the photographs simply show what people were doing on the corner when I got there: crossing the street or waiting to cross it, shopping, hanging out, riding a bicycle, and so on — in short, doing what people do at almost any street corner anywhere in Manhattan.

I composed the photographs fairly uniformly, but not obsessively so, across the whole set, with eye-level more or less centered vertically and the corners themselves more or less centered horizontally, though the variance in both is large, especially in the placement of the corner horizontally. The field of view varies considerably, ranging from wide-angle to fairly close-up, in accord with my sense of the corner at the time. I settled on the 1 x 3 panoramic aspect ratio in order to concentrate the images on the human, sidewalk level of the streets.

Besides cropping, the images have been processed to correct perspective, to ameliorate lens and camera distortions, and to adjust exposure, white balance, saturation, and other general image parameters. I have not retouched any of the photographs.

If that’s not impressive art, then I don’t know what is! If you’d like to see more, then be sure to check out his site, because he’s archived more than half of the photos that he took, and will be adding more as he can process and post them.

[The Manhattan Street Corners]

[Via: Kottke]

…Some stores are large?

Store Space Graph

If you add up all of the floor space for some of the most common stores in the US, you would see that Wal-Mart covers more acreage than all of Manhattan.

Continuing down the graph, McDonalds is about one and a half times as large as Central Park, and then the rest of the stores sort of stand in line from there.

Just be glad that you’re not the one that has to clean all of that up.

Edit: Wonder where they all are?

Here’s a video of Wal-Mart’s almost bacteria like growth:

[Good – Store Space]

[Via: Consumerist]

[Video Via: Wall Street Journal]

…GrandOpening is a drive-in?

Grand Opening

GrandOpening has reopened, and it’s now Manhattan’s only drive-in cinema.

Twice a night, seven days a week, you and five friends can sit under the painted sky in a 1965 Ford Falcon convertible and enjoy life as it used to be.

Films will start from the ‘60s and progress chronologically each night, and there’s even a full concession stand if you get the munchies mid way.

At just $75 per show, it’s only $12.50 per ticket, which, sadly, isn’t that much for a movie these days.

Grab some friends, grab some tickets, and grab some memories, because it’s only a matter of time before there’s another grand opening.

[GrandOpening]

[Via: Gridskipper]