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March 01, 2003

Web Folk Art

Friedrich --

Internet folk art, gotta love it. At least I do.

* Here you'll find a musical-animal charmer. Be sure to click on the horses. A Blowhardy Award to anyone who manages to refrain from saying "Awww" or "Too cute!"

* Brace yourself for some gangsta Hobbits here.

* Completely independent of any political preferences I might have, I'm often delighted by the inventiveness of home Photoshoppers. Here are a couple of recent creations (no idea by whom) that made me laugh. Both are pop-ups, so be sure to click on them and enjoy a more fullblown experience.

The artistic power of the people, unleashed at last! What do you suppose the Marxists will make of this?



posted by Michael at March 1, 2003


Until now, I've always thought Mona was sort-a homely and smug. She seemed spooky too...placidly spooky!

Geez, now she's hot! Her aloof face is gone. She's saying, "Come on over and let's have a drink. Girls just wanna have fun, oh, oh girls just wanna have fun."

Someone's gonna say I'm hopelessly inculcated by Hollywood.

Posted by: laurel on March 2, 2003 8:40 AM

You got me. I swore I wouldn't call it cute, but by golly, that's just what it was! Very creative. And that "Have a Cup..." has been popping up a lot lately. What can I say about Mona? She's never loooked better. Let's just hope she stops there and doesn't go all Michael Jackson on us.

Posted by: Alexandra on March 2, 2003 10:43 AM

Check out

for more silliness.

Posted by: Nancy Lebovitz on March 2, 2003 9:20 PM

Oh, those musical horses!

I posted the link to the Swedish Operatic Equines last month, and have gotten more search string requests for "singing horses" than all the other search string requests for the site. Put together.

They are...Swedish... [do I get the Blowhardy Award?]

Posted by: Felicity on March 3, 2003 1:35 AM

I'm with Laurel -- the amount of plastic surgery Mona Lisa has had is just right. One more op and she'll turn into that bizarre performance artist Orlan, the one whose "self-modifications" (didn't she use some term like that?) are her artform. Haven't heard much about Orlan recently, come to think of it.

Thanks to Nancy for the link, to Alexandra for the concession that even she found the singing horses cute, and a double Blohwardy to Felicity. I knew I found that site somehow but couldn't remember from whom I stole the link. Does that happen to anyone else? Great find, Felicity, and thanks.

Hey, did anyone else find the singing horses kind of ... moody? Atmospheric? I found they cast a bizarre beyond-cute, beyond-cartoony spell. A little early Laurie Anderson, maybe, but somehow I wasn't surprised to learn they were Swedish too.

Posted by: Michael Blowhard on March 4, 2003 1:41 AM

I try hard to give credit where it is due, but with the best will in the world, I miss, and miss again. When I'm in the throes of a serious surf, I find my self in some strange land, with no idea how I got there. Greedily grabbing links, like so many sausages, I return to my post, to realize that I haven't got the faintest idea anymore where they come from. If the links lead to a meme in the end, my piratical grab will no doubt come back to haunt me...

The truth will out, though. The horse link came to me from a friend with French-Finnish correspondant. And if that ain't bizarre, I don't know what is.

For all I know, even the content I create may be subtly or not so subtly influenced or even subconsciously copied from some other source. But as long as it isn't blatent cut-and-paste plagiary, I may be forgiven for flattery-through-emulation. In turn, I hope links to atmospheric, moody, and otherwise surreal creatures of the net may be freely circulated.

By the way, thank you for this literate, diverse, diverting, and entirely original site!

Posted by: Felicity on March 4, 2003 2:20 AM

Marxists wouldn't allow anyone to have Photoshop in the first place because it would be taking food out of the mouths of the underclass (surrrrre...). Photoshop probably wouldn't have been created in the first place, and if it had only the dictators would have it so they could alter the photos to cover up their crimes.

I sometimes wonder how much better the world would be if Marx, Nietzche, Hitler, Derrida, and Foucault hadn't been born.

(I'm not really feeling this bitter today, but when any of those names pop up, rant mode just kicks in for some reason.)

Posted by: Yahmdallah on March 4, 2003 1:51 PM

Glad to hear you enjoy our site, Felicity, and many thanks for stopping by.

Yahmdallah -- LOL. More ranting, not less ranting!

Posted by: Michael Blowhard on March 4, 2003 7:50 PM

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