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Where Wool Comes From, a Blonde Joke

Video Description: A little blonde (and brunette) humor. A commercial for the L.A. County Fair. --o--o--o-- I came across this video on Google video and thought it was just so convincingly acted and a clever idea. These ladies almost make you believe that there are people in the world that are really this clueless. (I mean I could accept one person being this dumb but what are the odds of four people in the same room, with one being a parent?). I wonder if People in LA watch this thinking "as if we're that stupid...wool comes from the everything else."

Blank Canvas II

'Blank Canvas II', was featured on my web site last month. It continues on from an earlier video I created, Blank Canvas , which is a humorous look at a specific type of minimalist art that is little more than the title describes. Blank Canvas II continues on as a commentary with an actual example of an artwork, Courier II by Robert Ryman . Ryman is an American Artist who has made an entire career out of... well... painting surfaces white. Is his work art? My opinion on the specific example of his work I comment upon is ‘no’.

Speed Bandits - only in Denmark.

Thanks to Mobuzz TV I came across this news story which I had to blog for ... um ... well no good reason except that this kind of innovative, out of left field, traffic policy thinking surely needs to catch on ... preferably in my home town. Topless speed controllers. If you've watched the video then I shouldn't need to explain any further however Mobuzz Host, Karina, pointed out the glaringly obvious... "Where are the buff male speed controllers?" She went on to speculate that the lack of males may mean that 1. The policy makers are sexist pigs, or 2. Research showed that it was only male drivers that were speeding (oh right, because all the female drivers need to drive slower in order to check their hair and lippy in the mirror!). I feel that this kind of policy is actually rewarding speeders for their bad driving. No one would have thought of this if people didn't speed, right? I didn't see any driver in the clip getting upset about slowing down, before

Your Outlook on Life.

My partner and I went to a local pub for a nice lunch time meal. As we were finalising our order an elderly lady, just preparing to leave with her husband, suddenly became overcome with some ailment causing her temperature to soar. She appeared to be in pain. The thought that she may even be having a heart attack crossed my mind. Her husband was quick to act, flagging down restaurant staff for some assistance with cold cloths and things. Several people on nearby tables offered their assistance but he didn't seem overly concerned saying this was something that had happened before and that she would 'come right again' in a little while. The staff were great in offering assistance, keeping the ladies arms and neck cool with their cloths, trying to determine exactly what was wrong and whether the lady required an ambulance (she did seem to be in a lot of pain from what I observed). She initially refused an ambulance as she was of the same opinion as her partner about 'comin

Relationship on a Train, Suspicious Emails, and Making Accusations Via Mobile Phone

There's Dust on My Guitar, all over print Tote, by TET on RedBubble . "I signed up to those sites just so I wouldn't get anymore emails asking me to join." My partner and I were riding a train into the city to see a movie and were among many people to overhear a mobile phone conversation from a young man, behind us, to his girlfriend, 'Claire'. Claire was very suspicious. I don't know the man's name so I'll choose one... 'Gareth'. Gareth initially denied accusations of having joined some web sites but then he changed his story to this article's opening line - "I signed up to those sites just so I wouldn't get anymore emails asking me to join." Which is shady justification at best, as Claire queried why he didn't just block the emails? I'm sure everyone listening in thought that too. Both my partner and I did. Gareth also denied that he knew any of the people asking him to join the sites and that he hadn't conta

"The Fear of God", Well Meaning Mormons, and a Cold Tea

The Good Girl Greeting Card by TET on RedBubble . Let me preface this article by unequivocally stating that if you are a religious person, devoted to any faith, I'm more than happy for you. I'm not anti religion nor am I anti god. I just walk a different path in my ideas about god and don't feel any need to find a religion that closely matches my beliefs. With that said, I'd like to relate to you the following experience that happened to me today... I was just in the last throws of making myself some toasted cheese and ham for lunch. The kettle was on the boil for a cuppa and I thought, I'll just dash outside to check the mail while I waited. Upon opening the front door you could literally hear the thud of my heart, not so much sinking to the floor but making a mad dash to be elsewhere because the view from my eyes was that of two well dressed young men, carrying nicely bound black books, coming up our garden path. Mormons . Mormons are very nice and very polite peo

The Last Meeting of the Gawler Town Council (2003-2006) - Reflections of Being a Local Government Councilor

Last Meeting: Out going Councilors, David Arandle (TET) and Ian Skewes. Photo by Deputy Mayor, Brian Thom taken at the end of the final meeting of Council. I remember the last meeting of the previous Gawler Town Council. I was in the Public Gallery, having already been elected to the incoming council unopposed. This last meeting was a fairly moving experience as several councilors were given the opportunity to say a few final, outgoing words and at least one councilor was moving on after a personal loss. In comparison, my last meeting of council was, well... lacking whatever it is that makes such a meeting special.  The Mayor wasn't present (being on leave). There was no one in the public gallery (with the exception of one councilor's partner). Even the usual local press reporter arrived late.  Perhaps the only thing to make this meeting memorable was that it is the first and only time the Deputy Mayor ever got to be Chairperson of a full council meeting in three and a half yea

Understanding Postmodernist Art. Explaining That Which Lacks Explanation? Includes Humorous Postmodern Video by TET

Live Fast Die Clown T-Shirt by TET. Available from RedBubble . I've heard a lot about Postmodernist Art but never really knew what it was since, at art school, you don't learn a lot about art after the so called period known as 'Modern Art'. In an attempt to remedy the situation I set about doing some research, armed only with the most vaguest knowledge of my most favorite Post Modern artwork, which is a modified road sign located in the United Kingdom that reads 'No God for the next 500m'. (I don't know what it means either. Some how it sounds plausible but is it?). I'm afraid I don't know the artist responsible for this gem of street sign 'tom foolery'. It seems like this is the point of Post Modern Art. To take something familiar, change it into something that seems the same but isn't and then defy any kind of explanation. In my research I came across Post Modernist essay generators and Post Modernist cartoon dialogue generators (that

Music Video: Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen (cover by maijapop - AKA Milja Inkeri)

Born Again Skateboarder by TET. Available from Redbubble . If there is such a thing as the perfect, melancholy ballad then Leonard Cohen's classic 'Hallelujah' must come close.  I first heard this song as part of the sound track to the movie ' Basquiat ' in which it is performed by John Cale . Many artists have covered it, most notable versions are by Jeff Buckley and Rufus Wainwright (who's versions are inspired by Cale's arrangement).   The girl in this video is from YouTube , she's 16, lives in Finland and goes by the nickname maijapop . I think she does a great version of the song. I hope you do to. [2021 Footnote: If this is your first introduction to Milja definitely check her Youtube channel - which is still the same one she had in 2006. Makes for an interesting 'where are they now' dive.]

Minimalism in Art - More and More Artists Creating Less and Less (I try minimalism comedy video)

Different Stands Out Dachshund T-Shirt by TET. Available from RedBubble .  Minimalism in Art is all about breaking down any subject into its most basic elements, leaving just enough information to express whatever idea the artist is trying to convey. The career path of artists working in this style often begins from a place where the artist is producing impressively complex creations. Then, as they 'mature' in their development their work becomes progressively simpler and...well...minimal. To para phrase British actor/comedian Kenneth Williams , who once said about specialists, "It's more and more people getting better and better at less and less. Pretty soon someone is going to be absolutely superb at nothing!" . Minimalism is a little like that...or seems like it. More and more artists painting less and less. Pretty soon an artist will come along who is superb at painting nothing! Perhaps they already have if my previous blog entry,  The Blank Canvas - An Art Ga

The Blank Canvas - An Art Gallery Tradition That Leads Me to Ask, Why? (Includes Video)

Bored Monkey Laptop Skin by TET. Available from RedBubble . In my time as a professional artist I have seen more than a few artworks hanging in respected galleries or entered into art competitions that are little more than either blank canvases or canvases painted entirely one colour. Although I don't know if it is still there, the State Gallery of South Australia had an all yellow canvas, while the State Gallery of Western Australia once exhibited three canvases painted three different shades of car 'duco' paint. Whilst I'm not sure of the concept behind the yellow canvas the other three came with some spiel about "exploring the unique surface created by that type of paint". I also have seen a virtually white canvas win first prize in a local art competition with the judges describing the work as "bold and confronting". No argument from me there. Many people criticized it and couldn't understand how it could even be called 'art'. The poi

Men's Deodorant - Why Does It Smell So Bad?

Champion Boxer Drawstring Bag by TET Available from RedBubble . I don't wear deodorant because I can't stand the smell of the stuff. Before you think, well I must stink...I shower daily and I don't do a heck of a lot to raise a sweat most days (an hour, daily work out is the most I do). Back to the point I want to make. I swear male deodorant must be made by men hating "you're never getting lucky" women or geeky "I can't get laid so why should anyone else" lab coated wearing science guys. Is it just me or does all men's deodorant smell like air freshener made from rotting fruit, stale eggs and corroded battery acid? Seriously I can't believe guys that spray toxic, gaseous clouds of the stuff all over themselves before a night on tiles are expecting to pick up. Emanating that foul odor the only thing they're likely to pick up is lung cancer. How do they even breathe in their own presence? The only logic I can see is that women out on t

Loose Change SE - Documentary on 9/11 and My Thoughts Five Years After the Events of September 11.

I made the video below for a 9/11 project on YouTube, mentioning the two other planes that also crashed on September 11, 2001. Thanks to the documentary,  Loose Change SE , I now have my doubts whether these planes actually crashed. Thoughts on 9/11 five years on - September 2006 If you haven't seen the 9/11 documentary, Loose Change SE , about the unanswered questions of September 11, 2001 then you owe it to yourself to watch it. 9/11 changed the world forever and there is a growing movement of people who question if it really was an 'act of terrorism' or something much worse? The documentary does have a view for where the truth lies but encourages you to follow up the questions for yourself. It is not a 'conspiracy' film. It merely presents information that is available if you are prepared to look around for it. Worth your time if only so you can say "What a load of rubbish!" I bet you can't by the time you've seen it. There's so much info th

Interview with One of the Most Recognizable Artist Models of All Time

High Class Poodle Framed Art Print by TET. Available from RedBubble . Woody is a professional, nude artist's model who works exclusively in my studio. With finely, chiselled features and a natural talent for not speaking and remaining motionless I thought it was time to ask the tough questions... Woody and TET. TET: So how did you get the name 'Woody'? Woody: In a spontaneous lack of creativity, you gave me that name knowing full well that the opportunities for innuendo would make this interview so much easier to write. TET: Hmmm...well it seemed like a good idea at the time but now I'm not so sure. How is life as a eunuch? Woody: Would you get your head out from between my legs and ask some real questions! TET: Okay...What's it like being an artist's model? Woody: It's actually quite demanding. I have my limbs twisted every which way and then I have to hold a pose sometimes for hours, even days. TET: Would you compare it to a kind of perf

Broadband, YouTube, a New Laptop and Film Making - An Historical Reflection on Transitioning from Dialup Internet

Ibis Skater Evolved, Bin Chicken to Skateboard Pro, Evolution of a Bird by TET.  Available from RedBubble Prior to getting broadband internet access I, like many of you, only had dialup internet, and for the most part was happy with it. I never experienced the speed of broadband until the day our house switched to it. I could never have imagined just how much more the internet had to offer and the possibilities that would arise from that simple change. I thought that because I didn't download a lot of video that I didn't really need broadband. I now realise that I didn't download a lot of video because I didn't have broadband.  Discovering YouTube has been like having someone finally stop choking you so you can really enjoy a breath of fresh air. Just browsing the video clips is better than watching real free to air television.  Many of the clips are made by average, everyday people who's best chance of ever getting on TV would be as part of a studio audience. Some

I can paint cats... A Controversial Commentary on Abstract Expression Versus Subjective Art

The Dream Chaser Laptop Sleeve by TET. Available from RedBubble . The video, below, will no doubt be a bit controversial so let me say from the outset, I do like good abstract expressionist art. In fact I am in awe of artists who can create work in this genre that holds my attention. Also, if you're not familiar with my art, you need to know that I have painted more pictures of stylized cats than any other animal. What frustrates me to no end is abstract expressionist artists who compare my art to that of a skilled crafts person and imply that I am not a real artist. What they mean is that I have learnt how to draw and paint much like a craft person learns how to turn wood or knit a jumper. My work lacks true expression and does not reveal my inner being in the way abstract expressionist, non-representational artwork does. In doing so they imply that their art is a higher art than mine. Total rubbish. Abstract Expressionism is like every other art form. It can be learned. The more

Ebooks, battery life, and the humble stack of paper. An Historic 2006 Article on Books & Life Before Mobile Tablets Became a Thing

The ebook, or electronic book, has not quite caught on as a cool, mass consumer product largely because of the medium used to deliver it. Namely the computer. Even the smallest of laptop computers don't quite have the convenience of that humble stack of paper, glued or stitched down one side, more commonly referred to as a regular 'book'. Regular books come in all shapes and sizes, the most convenient of which is known as the 'paperback'. Paperbacks are just the right size to read without straining the eyes and are just small enough to take up hardly any room in a bag, briefcase or maybe even a large coat pocket. Not with standing their use as 'brain food' their durability knows no bounds. They are still readable even after being used to prop up a wobbly table or having been thrown at an annoying colleague's head (not that this happens often but it happens). Laptops have the annoying habit of being bulky and not very hard wearing at all. Even if your lap

Mental Poison, Bread, and the Passive Control Freak. Little Annoyances Playing Upon Your Mental Health.

I don't need Therapy I just need to go to the Skatepark T-Shirt by TET. Available on RedBubble . I am a passive control freak. Which means that I organize my life just the way I like it, and I get really annoyed when someone else comes along with their way of how things should be done. Yet I won't do anything about it. Instead, I'll let these little annoyances fester in my head, building up with successive annoyances until my thoughts are circling around the culprits, imagining everything I'd like to do to them for bringing chaos to my world. Mental poison. A recent example of the kind of annoyance I'm talking about was highlighted in an argument I watched on an episode of Australian Big Brother - Season 6 between contestants Camilla and Darren. Camilla had cut herself some pieces of bread and Darren was incensed that she'd cut slices from the new loaf instead of cutting them from an already started, existing loaf. Now, obviously, I fall on Darren's side of

My first Vlog entry is so interesting! One Creator's Very First YouTube Video from 2006

TET records his first vlog entry,  30th July 2006 In the spirit of my past blog entries such as My first blog entry is more interesting than yours and The infamous second blog entry I felt it only fitting that my first video blog entry should be equally lame. [2021 Note: Both blog entries no longer exist online falling to the demise of Yahoo Profiles that used to include a personal blog and have not been archived by the Way Back Machine .] That way things can almost certainly get better from here on in. Enjoy (or not) - you'll be back I'm sure! Just press the 'play' button to view the video. Not sure what it's like on dialup [2021 TET - Yes, dialup was still a thing in 2006] but works good on broadband.

Forget TV - Baby You're an Internet Star! (An Historic Post About the Emergence of Online Video, Web Celebrity, and YouTube)

TET records his first video blog entry. July 30th 2006. There is a new kind of celebrity emerging and that is the Internet Star. Forget mass media TV now anyone can become a celebrity via the internet.  I'm not talking about those adult web cam performers either or even errr... what's their names at .  I'm talking about real media stars that deliver interesting content with all the production values of real TV shows and nothing gimmicky just to grab you're attention. Karina Stenquist on the MoBuzz set. My personal favourite internet star is Karina Stenquist at  (Site no longer exists. Link goes to the 2006 Internet archive of the site). Karina and her team deliver a daily three minute show with humour and interesting content all whilst keeping their clothes on.  The script writing on this show is tight and Karina's delivery is as good as any TV presenter - if not better. She has great timing for punchlines too. Amazing that she has

Studio Time. A Reflection on Time Based Competition for Getting Art Done

There's Dust on My Guitar Notebook by TET. Available from Redbubble . Studio Time is the time I spend in my studio actually creating an artwork...or so it has come to be defined. It seems to suggest that the actual execution is more important than the collection of ideas or time to just absorb and reflect. Perhaps I should explain. In order to get more art done, myself and some fellow artists, have come up with the concept of recording 'studio time'. Essentially clocking on when you start to paint and clocking off when you're done for the day.  You then set yourself a weekly quota of hours and try to reach that in studio time. The final piece of explanation is, you partner with another artist and compete to reach, not just your quota, but more, if possible, with the winner being the artist who records the most studio time over a given period. It's a great idea in theory, and works really well when you're on a role with lots of ideas pouring out of you one after

Kids today are smarter than their parents?

Mother's Bed Art Board Print by TET. Available from RedBubble . How often have you heard it said that kids today are smarter than their parents? I’ve heard it quite frequently in the media – even Dr Phil has said it. I say speak for yourself. It’s not true and don’t let the media fool you. Today’s kids may have access to more information that may give them more choices but in my experience, they only take in what they want to hear and still make stupid, uninformed decisions. Just like we used to at their age. Like any cross section of people there will be exceptions. There are kids that are genuinely smarter, more mature and responsible for their age. However the vast majority know everything they need to know by the time they turn fourteen. They’re ‘adult’ enough to be responsible for all their own decision making so parents should just let them do what they please…right? Just like we thought at fourteen. Don’t be fooled. Just because your son knows how to download MP3’s onto an i

Superman Versus the Super Computer: Superman III The Movie

Different Stands Out T-Shirt by TET. Available from RedBubble . Watching ‘Superman III’ on the television the other night, two things stood out during the course of the film. One was the superb effort of its star, Christopher Reeve, to maintain Superman’s credibility despite an appallingly constructed script that played more for laughs than action adventure (it’s not hard to see why the franchise died soon after this). The other was how dated the computer technology in the film is. Superman III was released in 1982, at a time when computers were still gaining momentum. People knew about them but really didn’t know how they worked. Computer networks in the workplace took up whole rooms. Computers in the home were limited mostly to gaming consoles, and perhaps your classic early consumer computers like the VIC 20. The Star Villain of Superman III is a Super Computer that can do ‘anything you tell it to do’. Having just been built, this machine first appears in the final half hour. It is

Does it make bread? An Important Question for a New Clothes Washing Machine

Board/Bored Monkey Night Reflection with Moon Sticker by TET. Now available on Redbubble . I can’t pretend to know what six weeks of hand washing clothes is like but I can imagine it must be pretty bad since my partner, finally able to buy a new washing machine, proceeded to wash everything in the house – even stuff that had already been washed. The new washing machine is an odd looking thing. It’s not your typical top-loading machine with the controls on a raised panel at the back. It’s more ‘chest’ shaped, kind of rounded on top, with the controls on a panel at the front. It looks rather a lot like an oversized bread making machine and, with the number of lights I’m sure there must be one that tells you when the bread is done. Not even our video recorder has that many lights. It has a myriad of settings. One setting lets you set the machine to start washing even before you get out of bed in the morning…no cup of tea...but at least your clothes are done. The machine also makes a numbe

Terror is for Stupid People. The Start of a Song Idea About Terrorism and Terrorists by TET (Unfinished)

Autumn Leaves Scarfe Design by TET. Now Available on Redbubble . This is an idea for a song that began forming in my head one morning. I found myself desperately trying to finish taking a shower so I could write something down before I forgot everything. You know how it is... you think of one line, then another, then another and before you know it you've forgotten how it started. Anyway this is as far as I got before my day took over. I may finish it sometime in the future. Terror is for Stupid People. Terror is for Stupid People, The weak, the undeserved. You only read what you want to see, You miss out many words. Too many people dying. Only the dead are really free. The rest of us, left behind, Thank God we've got TV. This modern world is crying. Look what you have done. Fear and a 'War on Terror'. This is what we've become. - TET, May 30th, 2006

Movie Review: The Da Vinci Code (2006) *Minor Spoilers*

It seems that, to review The Da Vinci Code , you have to say if you've read the book. I have and I'm a fan of the book (fact, fiction or somewhere in between). I went into the movie with low expectations. A movie reviewer that I usually have a lot of time for had described this movie as 'a missed opportunity' and 'a bucket of sh..'. She hadn't read the book and thought the first half hour was too wordy and boring. She did concede that she could see how this film would make a great book though. With that in mind I went along to see the film. If you don't know what the film is about, haven't seen it, or at least read the book, then this isn't the review for you. I'm assuming you at least have some idea of characters etc. First up, much comment has been made about Tom Hanks hair (having been straightened). You'd think with all the talk he must've dyed it orange and put a pink bow in it. To me it looked appropriate for the character (Robe

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