Thursday, July 29, 2010

1950's US Government Test Effects of LSD on Artist

These 9 drawings were done by an artist under the influence of LSD. They are part of a test conducted by the US government during it's dalliance with psychotomimetic drugs in the late 1950's (a drug with psychotomimetic actions mimics the symptoms of psychosis, including delusions and/or hallucinations). The artist was given a dose of LSD 25 and free access to an activity box full of crayons and pencils. His subject is the doctor that gave him the LSD.
First drawing is done 20 minutes after the first dose. An attending doctor observes - Patient chooses to start drawing with charcoal.The subject of the experiment reports - 'Condition normal... no effect from the drug yet'. 
85 minutes after first dose and 20 minutes after a second dose has been administered
The patient seems euphoric. 'I can see you clearly, so clearly. This... you... it's all ... I'm having a little trouble controlling this pencil. It seems to want to keep going.' 
2 hours 30 minutes after first dose. Patient appears very focus on the business of drawing. 'Outlines seem normal, but very vivid - everything is changing colour. My hand must follow the bold sweep of the lines. I feel as if my consciousness is situated in the part of my body that's now active - my hand, my elbow... my tongue'.
2 hours 32 minutes after first dose. Patient seems gripped by his pad of paper.
'I'm trying another drawing. The outlines of the model are normal, but now those of my drawing are not. The outline of my hand is going weird too. It's not a very good drawing is it? I give up - I'll try again...'
2 hours 35 minutes after first dose. Patient follows quickly with another drawing. 'I'll do a drawing in one flourish... without stopping... one line, no break!' Upon completing the drawing the patient starts laughing, then becomes startled by something on the floor.
2 hours 45 minutes after first dose. Patient tries to climb into activity box, and is generally agitated - responds slowly to the suggestion he might like to draw some more. He has become largely none verbal. 'I am... everything is... changed... they're calling... your face... interwoven... who is...' Patient mumbles inaudibly to a tune (sounds like 'Thanks for the memory). He changes medium to Tempera.
4 hours 25 minutes after first dose. Patient retreated to the bunk, spending approximately 2 hours lying, waving his hands in the air. His return to the activity box is sudden and deliberate, changing media to pen and water colour.'This will be the best drawing, Like the first one, only better. If I'm not careful I'll lose control of my movements, but I won't, because I know. I know' - (this saying is then repeated many times). Patient makes the last half-a-dozen strokes of the drawing while running back and forth across the room.
5 hours 45 minutes after first dose. Patient continues to move about the room, intersecting the space in complex variations. It's an hour and a half before he settles down to draw again - he appears over the effects of the drug. 'I can feel my knees again, I think it's starting to wear off. This is a pretty good drawing - this pencil is mighty hard to hold' - (he is holding a crayon).
8 hours after first dose.Patient sits on bunk bed. He reports the intoxication has worn off except for the occational distorting of our faces. We ask for a final drawing which he performs with little enthusiasm. 'I have nothing to say about this last drawing, it is bad and uninteresting, I want to go home now.'
(source: Cowboy Books)

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Friday, July 23, 2010

Orange Blossom Special

These flowers bloom at the beginning of every summer and can be seen on the side of the road all across Northeast Ohio. I have no idea what they are, so I call them the "Orange Blossom Special". These are a few of them I saw on my way home from work a few weeks ago. I never feel like summer has actually started until I see these lovely things. Anyone know what kind they are?
This is just awesome

Procrastination Tool of the Day

Really like these two new Exploding Dog pictures

Tuesday, July 20, 2010


Sadly my friend Sam would probably want to see this movie


The controversial website WikiLeaks collects and posts highly classified documents and video. In this interview Founder Julian Assange, who's reportedly being sought for questioning by US authorities, talks about how the site operates, what it has accomplished and what drives him. The interview includes graphic footage of a recent US air strike in Baghdad. I applaud Julian for showing people the truth, some of which people in certain parts of the world see and deal with everyday. Check out WikiLeaks.
(source: TED)
Banksy graffiti in Detroit
(source: Autoblog)

Monday, July 19, 2010

The clip I have been waiting for. He says it best from 2:05 to the end.


From ESPN:

Bitter, Lebron-inspired brew re-released

Associated Press
CLEVELAND -- A Cleveland brewery is re-releasing a bitter beer inspired by LeBron James' decision to leave the Cavaliers for the Miami Heat. Great Lakes Brewing Co. says 30 gallons of "Quitness" ale sold out in three hours Wednesday at the company's downtown brewpub. The beer will return Saturday on a first-come, first-serve basis. The brewery says "Quitness" is a dry hopped India pale ale that leaves a bitter aftertaste, perfectly describing the mood of Cleveland sports fans these days.

Great Lakes Brewing Co., I love you so, so much. Click on this lovely picture of some of their delicious beers to find out more about this wonderful company. It's good stuff.
(Thanks to McCance for the story)
(source: ESPN

Friday, July 16, 2010

Albums That Don't Suck

Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds - Live At Radio City Music Hall

I've had many friends (Jim at the nonexistent blog Dudewater being one of them) who have sworn by Dave Matthews ever since I was a teenager, which is why it was so strange that it took me until my senior year in college to get on a Dave-kick. This particular album was the kick in the pants that I needed to appreciate how great Dave Matthews really is. This album has recently become one of my favorites of all-time. Dave has many albums with his band, live albums, and albums with Tim Reynolds but this one is easily my favorite. You can hear how much both Dave and Tim put into every song. Also, Tim Reynolds is an absolutely unbelievable guitar player (shredder) and when you pair the two together you get something really special. In the past month I would say I've listened to "So Damn Lucky" at least once per day.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

The ESPY's

The ESPY's were last night and Seth Meyers did a pretty solid monologue.
Of course, I am biased because I will praise anyone that rips LeBron. 
The 2nd video is an incredible monologue done by Norm Macdonald at the ESPY's in 1998.
The man has no shame.


(source: Deadspin)

Friday, July 9, 2010

Happy Friday

Open Letter to Fans from Cavaliers Majority Owner Dan Gilbert

Dear Cleveland, All Of Northeast Ohio and Cleveland Cavaliers Supporters Wherever You May Be Tonight;

As you now know, our former hero, who grew up in the very region that he deserted this evening, is no longer a Cleveland Cavalier.

This was announced with a several day, narcissistic, self-promotional build-up culminating with a national TV special of his "decision" unlike anything ever "witnessed" in the history of sports and probably the history of entertainment.

Clearly, this is bitterly disappointing to all of us.

The good news is that the ownership team and the rest of the hard-working, loyal, and driven staff over here at your hometown Cavaliers have not betrayed you nor NEVER will betray you.

There is so much more to tell you about the events of the recent past and our more than exciting future. Over the next several days and weeks, we will be communicating much of that to you.

You simply don't deserve this kind of cowardly betrayal.

You have given so much and deserve so much more.

In the meantime, I want to make one statement to you tonight:


You can take it to the bank.

If you thought we were motivated before tonight to bring the hardware to Cleveland, I can tell you that this shameful display of selfishness and betrayal by one of our very own has shifted our "motivation" to previously unknown and previously never experienced levels.

Some people think they should go to heaven but NOT have to die to get there.

Sorry, but that's simply not how it works.

This shocking act of disloyalty from our home grown "chosen one" sends the exact opposite lesson of what we would want our children to learn. And "who" we would want them to grow-up to become.

But the good news is that this heartless and callous action can only serve as the antidote to the so-called "curse" on Cleveland, Ohio.

The self-declared former "King" will be taking the "curse" with him down south. And until he does "right" by Cleveland and Ohio, James (and the town where he plays) will unfortunately own this dreaded spell and bad karma.

Just watch.

Sleep well, Cleveland.

Tomorrow is a new and much brighter day....

I PROMISE you that our energy, focus, capital, knowledge and experience will be directed at one thing and one thing only:

DELIVERING YOU the championship you have long deserved and is long overdue....

Dan Gilbert
Majority Owner
Cleveland Cavaliers 

Thursday, July 1, 2010

The 100 Best Movie Insults (according to someone)

There are some real gems here

Victor a.k.a. Victurrible a.k.a. Victard

My third roommate Victor, close buddy of Jim from the nonexistent blog Dudewater, wanted to poke his head in and say "Hi Guys!" and then probably laugh in a Scooby Doo-like fashion
Sweet mother of hail-storming jesus.
This is hail that fell in Bozeman, MT yesterday.
That's gonna hurt.
(source: Boing Boing)