Thursday, May 28, 2009

The Greatest Ape

This is my senior thesis animation for anyone who hasn't already seen it.

I would of course recommend viewing it in high quality (or whatever your computer can handle). Click the video twice to go to the youtube video on youtube to see it bigger, or see it full screen using the little full screen button in the bottom corner.

This is the vimeo version. Vimeo's "low" quality looks better than Youtube's:

The Greatest Ape from Owen Dennis on Vimeo.


Monday, May 11, 2009

What the hell is this picture??

I found it while googling for "No sir I don't like it". The website it was attached to was not particularly informative on what it was:

That website says nothing.

What the hell is going on in this picture??

Edit: I searched the code, it has something to do with X-ray scanners at airports. I don't understand how it works; I'm seeing a severe lack of big pouty lips, nipples, and va-jay-jay. I don't think I could look at a scanner showing this to me every day without having some severely creepy dreams at night.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Also Chris sent me this:

I have probably thought about doing this a couple hundred times.

Famed Nefertiti bust is a fake

Apparently the archeologist who originally "found" it was actually making a test piece. He was trying out old egyptian pigments and wanted a piece that showed Nefertiti with a necklace that she wore. Then a German prince saw it, thought it was original, and the archeologist couldn't bring himself to say it wasn't real.

Not only that, but at the place that it was found it was never even catalogued. Which is a pretty big deal. I mean what archeologist would find something that stunning and not even write it down as a random find of the day? Not only that, but the piece was left in the dig sponser's sitting room for 10 years. Just hanging out next to the guy while he drank his morning tea. The first time the thing was ever written about was 11 years after it was found. Also there's a claim that the left eye was never even fashioned to have an eye in the first place.

I'm a little confused as to how, with all these bits of information, it wasn't scrutinized more closely. Weird. Sucks. I really liked that piece. I always thought it was really cool. Now it's only kind of cool... :-(

At the same time I see images like this:

So maybe the whole "things resembling art nouveau" or whatever is just coincidence. I dunno. It's not confirmed that it's a fake (apparently it can't be?), but things are looking more and more likely. I mean a lot of weird stuff happened in Egyptian art during the Amarna period that I really liked, so it's not completely out of the question that this would be so different, but it is worth thinking about.