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- ONE: i annoy people
- TWO: i'm never anyones first choice
- THREE: i fuck shit up
- FOUR: i'm just bad with relationships
- FIVE: i'm not liked
- SIX: I am an ugly ass mother fucker
- SEVEN: I'm a pessemist
Blake Fall-Conroy, “Minimum Wage Machine,” 2008-2010
This machine allows anyone to work for minimum wage for as long as they like. Turning the crank on the side releases one penny every 4.97 seconds, for a total of $7.25 per hour. This corresponds to minimum wage for a person in New York.
This piece is brilliant on multiple levels, particularly as social commentary. Without a doubt, most people who started operating the machine for fun would quickly grow disheartened and stop when realizing just how little they’re earning by turning this mindless crank. A person would then conceivably realize that this is what nearly two million people in the United States do every day…at much harder jobs than turning a crank. This turns the piece into a simple, yet effective argument for raising the minimum wage.
Here’s a piece that another artist is working on that could also help inspire change in the U.S. government. He’s trying to raise money to send every U.S. Senator a copy of Dr. Seuss’ “The Zax.” They clearly should have paid more attention to stories about compromise like this in kindergarten. Indiegogo.com/TheZaxProject.
this is fantastic
To Live On by Min Jeong Seo
“The stalks these flowers are already dried up but their blossoms are preserved and kept fresh by the medical infusion bags. The life-span of every living creature is limited.The infusion bags stand for the progress in medicine and the prolongation of human life.They somehow carry an ambivalent message as they refer to both death and life an the same time. Both states are immanent here. To preserve the beauty of the flowers artifically with the help of the infusion bags points out man’s inclination to repress the fact having to die and to postpone death.”
this is what im f***** talking about
TLDNR / Saying “Hi” to Tyler [Click for full post]
I’ve spent roughly half my life so far smoking cigarettes. I gave it up three or four years ago but now chain chew nicotine gum and only smoke when I’m drinking, when I’m filming something or when I feel like it. Which is all the time. I don’t even like smoking: it doesn’t taste good, I’m too old for it to look cool and my teeth are permanently a few shades closer to butter than most people find attractive. I’m sure my lungs look like the inside of a lazy stoner’s resin-caked bowl, except you can’t scrape and smoke the tar coating the inside of my body to get high… OR CAN YOU?!
Smoking my first cigarette, while extremely fun at the time, was probably the worst decision I ever made, and I have a tattoo reading “EST. 1982” on the bottom of my foot so that’s saying something. When non-smokers ask what I find so appealing about smoking I have a few stock answers I like to whip out: “When you smoke you’re never bored because you can always have a cigarette!”, “It calms me down,” and “OH, LIKEYOU‘RE FUCKING PERFECT, MOM?!” But the truth is I don’t find anything appealing about smoking. I’m just addicted to nicotine and cigarettes are the easiest (and weirdly, cheapest) way to get it into my bloodstream. [Continue reading]