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Today’s Ebay Item

missle tracker

Scale model cockpit FPV

fpv
cool scale cockpit video

Funny Zoo Snap

man enjoys elephant My wife noticed this in the family archives.

RC Nitro motorcycle racing

rc motorcycle Motorcycle racing in Lilliput.

Manned RC Multicopter

manned multicopter
Here’s an RC multicopter big enough to ride on!

Quadcopter FPV

Quadcopter FPV
Amazing remote first person view piloting.

Make: Talk 004

make: Talk 004
I had a fun time talking to Mark Frauenfelder in episode 4 of his new podcast, Make: Talk!

Helmets

retro vintage motorcycle helmets Pictures of boxes full of sweet vintage motorcycle helmets

One Man Basement Band

one man band
I feel like I could be getting more mileage out of my right foot.

Liberty

liberty vintage motorcycles An Etsy portrait. Thanks, Danny.

Tequila Sleeve

tequila the champs
Champs sleeve

Wolf-Stelzer Book Lamp

Book Lamp
My friend Tess just made the cover of ReadyMade with her cool lamp design.

Tree Stump Bug

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Can this be for real? The design is so awesomely Thunderbirds. Via

The Nothing Box

nothing box

Thunderbirds

Thunderbirds are go
Are Go!




Early winner in Keene giveaway

Admittedly, the ground rules of the Finkbuilt fine art giveaway were vague and ill-defined:

Using the comments in a blog post, appear as though you “seem to want the painting the most”. I hadn’t anticipated so much interest, and probably should have been more creative.

Nonetheless, there were were some really compelling posts employing a varietey of strategies. There were accounts of decrepit, artless living and working environments, long lost artist parents and grandparents, a good deal of student poverty, and some really nicely composed descriptions of ones’ magnitude of desire for the painting. There was reverse psychology, poetry, Shakespere, fantasy, Dada, sex and frustration.

Lou — cuddled a warm bottle of pee in his cold aluminum foil clad truck canopy home.

chris bellerose — couldn’t wait for the contest to end, so he painted his own version.

matt — and I played a show together the week I got the painting.

KaiBeezy — wrote some really nice stuff.

Heidi — had “huge tits” (self described).

Mark Breakspear — denounced his candidacy.

In the end Tom Raywood used a combination of sheer tenacity, poetry, painting analysis and a strict interpretation of the contest mandate to convince me that he wanted it the most. Due to overwhelming response, I have decided to end the contest at the “end of the month” rather than “after one month’s time”

Enjoy the painting Tom.

Steve

13 Responses to “Early winner in Keene giveaway”


  1. Lou Says:

    Congrats, Tom, on the bestowment of this fine canvas. If anyone doubted the truckpartment, you can view some photos here (I am not the dude in the photos).

  2. Tom Raywood Says:

    Of the roughly 200 persons who expressed a desire to own Keene’s “Detroit”, one can only guess what percentage entertained such an interest based on what one might call a keen interest, no pun here intended. Interestingly, there is actually a way to approximate that sum. After all, whoever found themselves truly taken by Keene’s artistry can be certain not to have lost that rich inclination just because the contest is over. Moreover, given the unique nature of just such individuals (defined if you will by a penetrating and irrepressible curiosity), that same set of persons can be assured now present here to see this niggling dynamic through to its end. In short, nearly all such persons are predictably keen to see how others respond to Steve’s decision and certainly, if I may, what more I as the benefactor might have to say. Thus there exists here at least the ingredients necessary to approximate, among other things perhaps, just how prevalent (or lacking) were such genuine art aficianados …distinct as they indeed are from art a’fishin oddos, hic hic.

    There are things about “Detroit” which are unavoidably compelling and yet which, to date, have not been mentioned. I simply mean to point them out. My assumption is that these things, because they are so curious to behold, stand certain to heighten the interest of the persons I mentioned and, in doing so, to prompt of them a further remark or two. I suppose it simple enough to say that those remarks, if forthcoming, represent a fair approximation of the percentage I first made mention of, that is, the percentage of respondents who truly harbored an affection for Keene’s work. Keene’s hallmark mantra is “Art for the Moment”. Who can appreciate that can also appreciate that we, here, now have the means by which to make art of THIS moment. Amazing how simple most beautiful things are when you break them down.

    Keene’s “Detroit”, through and through, is defined by the number twelve. This can easily be demonstrated. But it leads to curious questions. For starters, why did he choose to do this? You will quickly see it couldn’t have been accidental. Furthermore, Keene routinely goes out of his way to persuade folk that he really puts little or no thought at all into his work. We will equally quickly see that this cannot be true lest, against pain of contradiction, we revert back to the notion of sheer coincidence. All in all, the details of just this one painting present us with every real and reasonable sense that there’s much more to Steve Keene than he lets on. If so, this is quite profound. What but the consummate artist would make of even his artistry art?

    There are 12 colors. There are 12 persons. There are 12 brown structures. There are 12 smaller yellow structures. There are 12 ‘whole’ windows. There are 12 ‘tombstones’ (7 in the field and 5 more implied within the structures as blocks of the same gray paint). There are 6 red windows and a corresponding 6 red ‘souls’. Each pillar of smoke is outlined with 12 independent strokes of yellow. The blue skyscape contains 12 separate elements (1 green band, 2 pillars, 2 mysterious objects and 7 clouds). And finally, there are 12 component descriptors (S,K,D,E,T,R,O,I,T,8,4 and 96).

    It goes without saying that this dominant theme could not have manifested itself along merely random lines. Would anyone care to venture a guess here at the significance (for Keene) of the number twelve, i.e. hours in a day, number of disciples, boxcars, etc.? Given these things, what does the painting say to you that up until now it perhaps only whispered?

  3. KaiBeezy Says:

    .
    remember when
    there was the one you wanted
    and the one who wanted you
    never the same one
    it seemed
    so maybe you skipped the junior prom
    the day at lake taghkanic
    stevie’s keg party
    said you were sick
    and maybe so did the one you wanted
    who really wanted you
    .
    years go by
    .
    there you are
    there he is
    there she is
    at the hardware store
    the stop light
    the jetblue terminal
    bald
    fat
    old
    yuck
    like you
    .

  4. Heidi Says:

    Hehe, congradulations Tom… :-) 8

  5. Tom Raywood Says:

    Whoda figgered?

    In otha woods…

    Of tha roughly 200 persons who expressed a desire ta own Keene’s “Detroit”, one can only guess what percentage entertained such an interest based on W-H-to-tha-izzat one might ciznall a keen interest, no pun here intended . It’s your homie snoop dogg from the dpg. Interestizzles there is actually a way ta approximate thizzay sum so i can get mah pimp on. Baller all, gangsta found themselves truly taken by Keene’s artistry can be certain not ta have lost that rizzle inclination jizzay coz tha contest is ova. Moreova, given tha unique nature of jizzle S-to-tha-izzuch individuals (defined if you wizzy by a penetrat’n n irrepressible curiosizzles thizzat same set of persons can be assured now present hizzy ta see this perpetratin’ dynamic through ta its end. In short, nearly all such persons is predictably keen ta see how brotha respond ta Steve’s decision n certainly, if I may, wizzle more I as tha benefizzles M-to-tha-izzight have ta say. Thus there exists here at least tha ingredients necessary ta approxizzles among otha th’n perhaps, jizzle how prevalent (or lack’n) wizzy such genuine art aficizzles …distinct as they indeed is from art a’fishin oddos, hic hic motha fucka.

    There is mackin’ `bout “Detroit” whiznich is unavoidably gang bangin’ n yet which, ta date, have not been mentioned. I simply mizzy ta point them out. My assumption is tizzle these cruisin’ coz they is so curious ta behold, stand certain ta heighten tha interest of tha persons I mentioned and, in doing so, ta prompt of them a killa remark or two. I suppose it simple enough ta say tizzle those remarks, if saggin’ represent a fair approxizzles of tha percentage I first made mention of, that is, tha percentage of respondents who truly harbored an affection fo` Keene’s wizzle . Im a bad boy wit a lotta hos. Keene’s hallmark mantra is “Art fo` tha Moment”. Who can appreciate that can also appreciate tizzle we, here, now have tha means by whizzay ta makes art of THIS moment puttin tha smack down. Amaz’n how simple mizzost beautiful th’n is whiznen you break tizzy down . Keep’n it gangsta dogg.

    Keene’s “Detroit”, through n through, is defined by tha numba twelve ya dig?. This can easily be demonstrated. But it leads ta curious questions and cant no hood fuck with death rizzow. For brotha why did he choose ta do this? You will quickly see it couldn’t have bizzy accidental and cant no hood fuck with death rizzow. Furthermizzles Keene routinely goes out of his way ta persuade fizzy that he really puts shawty or no thought at all into his W-to-tha-izzork so bow down to the bow wow. We will equally quickly see tizzle this cannot be true lest, against pain of contradizzles we revert back ta tha notion of playa coincidence. All in all, tha details of just this one paint’n present us wit every rizzle n reasonable sense tizzle there’s much more ta Steve Keene thizzay he lets on fo’ sheezy. If so, this is quite profound. Wizzy but tha consummate artist would makes of even his artistry art?

    There is 12 colors . Boo-Yaa!. There is 12 persons. There is 12 brizzown structures. There is 12 motherfucka yellow structures . Real niggas recognize the realness.. There is 12 ‘whole’ windows. There is 12 ‘tombstones’ (7 in tha field n 5 more implied witin tha structures as blocks of tha same gray paint) . Nigga get shut up or get wet up. There is 6 red windows n a correspond’n 6 red ’souls’. Each pillar of smoke is outlined wit 12 independent strokes of yellow. The blue skyscape contains 12 separate elements (1 green band, 2 pillars, 2 mysterious objects n 7 clouds) yaba daba dizzle. And finally, there is 12 component descriptors (S,K,D,E,T,R,O,I,T,8,4 n 96).

    It goes witout say’n thiznat this dominant theme could not hizzy manifested itself along merely random lines. Would anyone care ta venture a guess here at tha significance (for Keene) of tha bitch twelve, i.e. hours in a day, wanna be gangsta of disciples, boxcars, etc.? Given these blunt-rollin’ whizzat does tha paint’n say ta you thizzay up until now it perhaps only whispered?

  6. Tom Raywood Says:

    http://www.ulala.karoo.net/word.jpg

  7. Valo Says:

    What an incredibly decent thing to do! If you really think about it nobody really owns art, and if it’s any good, it gets shared by many to “enjoy”. The owner of a piece is a temporary custodian and simply gets to pick where the piece gets located. Some aficionado might put it some where that would decorate a room or provide some cultural comfort or impress his fellow bohemian buddies. But I think I could do better- I would auction it off to the highest bidder, and give the proceeds to a wonderful charity I know. – I don’t want to use this forum to advertise or “beg” so I won’t mention the name just yet. However, it’s a group that provides food, shelter and education to those less fortunate in an area where fortune appears to be every where. [I will gladly publish the name of the charity, the auction winner (if he she agrees to thier name being used]. My reasoning is that many would benefit- literally.

  8. Tom Raywood Says:

    Word up!

    Swift idea, Valo.

    Unfortunately, I’ve already committed to a like proposition.

    Good lookin’ out.

    You can contact the blog owner however re future possibilities along the lines you have in mind.

    He’s a really nice fella just right there on the vaunted edge of being a bonafied homie.

    Tom

  9. Heidi Says:

    Hahah, Tom, I got 2 lines into your ebonics, and then my brain hurt. So I stopped. LOL, but your link is funny :-P

  10. rambo 2000 Says:

    kan nin neh

  11. Tom Raywood Says:

    “Perhaps the reader may ask, of what consequence is it whether the author’s exact language is preserved or not, provided we have his thought? The answer is, that inaccurate quotation is a sin against truth. It may appear in any particular instance to be a trifle, but perfection consists in small things, and perfection is no trifle.”
    — Robert W. Shaunon

    Hmm, better than a protein shake.

  12. chris bellerose Says:

    I would have loved to own the original, but my copy makes me happy enough. Perhaps one day soon I’ll send in something that he will enjoy as much with the same result. Out of respect I am not making any more copies of the piece and refuse to sell mine. Sincere congratulations to the winner and thanks to Finkbuilt for introducing me to a new favorite painting.

  13. Mark Breakspear Says:

    Congrats Tom, you deserve to win… my pathetic attempts to out-do the many others who entered here failed… alas… you did actually deserve to win, so well done!

    I hope you hang it up on the wall correctly, I would hate for it to come crashing down on to your unsuspecting head, crushing you in to a half paralysed contortion of pain and woe… blood slowly leaving your cooling form, twisting your winner’s gloat into the shadowy grimace of a winner no more… Seriously, hang it up well!

    Congrats ;-)

    Mark Breakspear.