Moodle.net is dead, the end of an era

Way back when the internet was just text pages and marketing had not yet taken over everything, I bought moodle.net and put up my very first website. It had an animated GIF for the front page and everyTHANG. “moodle” was a handle I had chosen back in 1996 when I joined one of the first …

Bill Plympton: Independently Animated

If you attended the lecture from animator Bill Plympton at Museum of the Moving Image the other night, the word that is indelibly burned into your brain is INDEPENDENT. Plympton was joined by David Levy, his friend and co-author of the new book about his life and art, Bill Plympton: Independently Animated. Plympton started work …

Criteria for a new name

If you’ve seen my name, you know it’s a big Polish bag of consonants. I’ve been thinking about changing it since I came back from living in California. I had left both a job and a man i’d been with for six years, and left a state. I was starting over, and I thought it …

Mashup du Jour: Mashed in Plastic

On my quest for ever more mashups, I started looking for mashups for artists I liked. While searching for Bowie, I discovered a Bowie/Tori Amos mashup that I posted previously. But I checked with the person who made it (Was Audio) and found to my delight that he’d made an ENTIRE ALBUM of David Lynch/tinged …

Sesame Street Muppets: geniuses in timing

So, i have a great love of movies with physical comedy, and timing. A well-timed look, or movement can be funnier than an entire monologue. It occurred to me that the genesis of this was Jim Henson’s muppets on Sesame Street. For example, this classic video. The way the muppets bounce, the way they zip …

You’re a real New Yorker if…

I was just made aware of this How I Met Your Mother episode in which they say what they think makes a “real” New Yorker: So we’ve got: 1. Stole a cab from someone who needed it 2. Saw a Woody Allen movie 3. Killed a cockroach with their bare  hands I would add the …