Information Overlord’s Weekend Reading 1/07 – 1/08

Turns out it was actually Marina Abramovic.

Well, because I’m posting this late there are 25% fewer links.  But the links, though, include 100% more public urination.  That’s right, you’re in for a treat!

  • Within hours of this story breaking, every art blog (including this one) seemed to come up with the same “performance art” joke.  She peed on a crazy expensive painting.  Does that need a joke?  You can find the storyhere, and an article about the effects on the paintings value here.
  • Art critic, Mat Gleason, published a list of twelve art world habits to break in 2012 here.  There were a few good ideas, a few terrible ones, and a few that just make Gleason sound annoying.  I’d love to know what you think.
  • Tampa was dissed on the Daily show recently.  Its mentioned here at  It’s a little hurtful but  Dale Mabry really is, how you say, skeezy? 
Information Overlord’s Weekend Reading 1/07 – 1/08

Information Overlord’s Weekend Reading 12/30 – 1/01

Ready your fanny pack - the weekend is upon us!

I’m aware just about everyone is planning on getting gussied up this Saturday, and heading out to party in one fashion or another.  I’m here for those of you who plan on staying home and getting wasted…on reading!  So pump up the C+C Music Factory, strap on the fanny pack full of snacks, and pull up your favorite chair – it’s time to party with literacy!  If you need some more help getting started here are a few interesting links to get you going.

  • We’re starting off with an exception – this first link isn’t so much reading as it is watching.  A very interesting TED talk by new media artist Hasan Elahi about how he gained privacy by first giving it all up.
  • If you’ve lived in Florida for a while you know our pride and joy is the powerful monopoly the state has on weird news.  Here’s a compilation of the many magical moments of 2011.
  • This was an interesting article about similarities between Mexican narco culture and ancient Aztecs in the way they use(d) imagery of violence as an instrument of power.  I should warn you, though, that the article does include some graphic imagery.
  • A favorite photo-blog of mine posted old snapshots of facial expressions produced by electric shock.  It’s not as bad as it sounds, but just as weird.  It’s in French so you may have to translate.
Information Overlord’s Weekend Reading 12/30 – 1/01

Information Overlord’s Weekend Reading 12/23 – 12/25


A beautifully understated Festivus pole.

Wikipedia is telling me that “Information Overlord’s Weekend Reading” is properly called a listicle.  Contrary to what I had believed ‘listicle’ is not the name for that flap of skin – its actually a cute little combination of ‘list’ and ‘article’.  Looks like that flap of skin will have to continue its nameless existence.  Approaching the end of the year, it’s good to be reminded of the reason for the season – end of year lists (as well as discounted desk calendars and the solstice celebration for your one friend who pretends to be wiccan).  Thus, this weeks installment is actually a list of lists, a megalist, if you will.  Enjoy.

  • Keepin’ it local (and portmanteau-alicious) is an entertaining list of Sunshine State political foibles and fubar here, at the Daily Loaf.
  • Guardian art critic Jonathan Jones picks out his favorite winter artworks, here.  Apparently, elsewhere winter is typically colder than the other three seasons.
  • You likely don’t need to be reminded that all of the hubbub you ran into at Target this afternoon is because today is Festivus.  Though Frank Costanza gave us the Festivus pole, Hyperallergic shows us here how modern artists saw it coming.
  • If you’re looking to blow your mind (sans huffing your big brother’s deodorant spray) Colossal shows off the best art and design they brought to us in 2011 here.



Information Overlord’s Weekend Reading 12/23 – 12/25

Information Overlord’s Weekend Reading 12/16 – 12/18

I am the Information Overlord. Check out the links. Especially the last one.

Here are a few links in case you’re in need of some weekend reading.  It’s especially pleasant during Sunday brunch (for those of you who aren’t satisfied with three meals a day).

The ideologically wily Christopher Hitchens died this week.  Here’s what the Guardian said about his passing.

Considering Men’s Health, a bastion of journalistic excellence, recently named St. Pete to be one of the saddest places in the US, I thought many in the area might find this public installation interesting.  Its called Stimmungsgasometer.  If that doesn’t clear up what it is, I’ll just say that St. Pete would be flying a constant smiley.  I found it here at the Huffington Post.

One of my favorite Art blogs, Artwrit, just released they’re eighth quarterly issue.  This is the second of a very interesting two part series in praise of boredom.  Its a little cerebral, so if you actually get bored reading it you can at least enjoy the irony of your situation.

Here’s an article on Cedric Delsaux’s really interesting work involving Star Wars characters in everyday locations.  The artist has some very interesting things to say about the play between “reality” and “fiction”.  And there is a cool picture of the Millennium Falcon.

Information Overlord’s Weekend Reading 12/16 – 12/18