Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Game Completion Rate at 18%

Actual In-Game Screenshot

The game has been keeping me busy as of late. I have not, however, forgotten the visitors to the Plaza of the Mind. Let me assure you that this will be well worth the wait.

The plot has been unfolding before my eyes and is filled with characters and locations that will most likely be recognizable to the viewers who have given this Plaza an in-depth examination.

Stay tuned for more info and screenshots!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

The Shoe Leather

'Sammy, grab me the brad nailer!'

'Don't do it!' Enough is enough! I get the point!'

'This steak tastes like shoe leather woman!'

'Stop it!'

'Good boy! Watch your old man! This is how it's done!'

'I can't believe your dad is walking around with a steak on his foot!'




Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Highlights of Katy Ellis O'Brien's Letters from Underwood at Sequential Art Gallery


Katy Ellis O'Brien was gracious enough to invite me to a small get together celebrating the opening of her Letters From Underwood show last week at the Sequential Art Gallery. Here are some highlights:






It was a pleasure to finally meet Katy and I hope that she will grace the Plaza with her presence again soon.

Monday, November 03, 2008

The Room Escape

What has been keeping me so busy as of late that I have not updated this Plaza of the Mind?

Actual in-game screenshot.


The first Plaza of the Mind videogame! The as-of-yet untitled game is being described as a New Age Room Escape. It will be available on the PC and iPhone [as well as iTouch] platforms. The initial game design has been completed. Sound design and play testing come next!

Stay tuned for more updates.

And for those unfamiliar with the Room Escape genre of gaming may we suggest:

Escape Game 2 by Mr. Osironosiro.

Friday, October 10, 2008

'Cleanside' by Kurt Weller - Part 0001


The problem was always waking up early enough to get the shower warm enough. I hated getting up in the morning, I still do and luckily l haven't had to for quite some time, having worked swing shift now for almost ten years. My room was small and crowded with all of the usual adolescent fetish items: white boxes of comic books with accompanying posters hung on the wall by my favorite artists, record albums and tapes in wooden crates next to my dresser next to my ghetto blaster.

It was five forty five when the alarm first announced the morning, six when it went off again and six twenty five before I finally woke up. My mother used to hate my pushing the snooze button and would frequently yell at me from her and my father's bedroom across the hall.

The setting will be winter because that was the time of the year which I found most memorable. Those three winters during that two and a half year period cemented everything that winter would ever mean to me. It hasn’t changed over the past fifteen years and I long for those winter mornings more than anything.

There was something romantic about sitting in my beat down old car in the Saint Mary’s parking lot on a Sunday morning before the sun came out. The engine would be running smoothly, blasting heat onto my feet as I would wait for Rich to show up. Even though I usually pushed the limit on leaving home in the morning I was still somehow usually one of the first people to get to work. The first schoolboy at least.

The dayshift called us the Dishroom Homos. I sort of walked into the job on the first day labeled a Dishroom Homo, and so I figured that the term must have been a running joke for several years before I had even begun working. For some reason we were severely disliked by the full timers, or lifers, as we called them. As I think back on it all I can understand why they disliked us so. We were loud, obnoxious, chronically tardy and disobedient, rarely showed up in uniform and rarely showed any of our elders the respect that they deserved. Had I to do it all over again I would have been much more polite, would have started some sort of savings program and would have tried to keep the job throughout my university career, perhaps having by then made a connection with someone at the hospital that could have gotten me a job in my field while I was still studying it.

I didn't, however, and though it would have been the smart thing to do, I doubt that it would have been remotely as entertaining.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Jukt Micronics Update

The Plaza of the Mind recently received this comment from an anonymous writer concerning the Jukt Micronics article:

I am the founder and CEO of Jukt Micronics and Stephen Glass is hot as frick. Futhermore, He did not lie about any of the quotes said in the article "Hack Heaven". I am willing to set aside time for any interviews with Stephen Glass or any Journalist wanting to interview me.

Thank you,

George Sims

I hope you are not kidding with me Mr. Sims. If you would like to engage in an email [or telephone [see the new Plaz-Rad project for more details]] please contact me at youngweller@gmail.com.

Jukt Micronics.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Reduce - ReUse - ReCycle

The following three images are from a series of drawings I did in high school and college. They were all reformatted for your viewing pleasure.

Girl with neckbrace and sickle, with the sickle acting as a close approximation of a smile.
1992 - Graphite and WaterColor

John Engler's Tax Funded Abortion
1989 - Black Permanent Marker and WaterColor

Courtyard Magic Show with Amputee
- Graphite and WaterColor

Saturday, September 27, 2008

The dream image of an erupting volcano...

The dream image of an erupting volcano...

Last evening I dreamed that I woke up to see much of the cityscape outside of my window being lit bright orange by an erupting volcano. I woke up my wife in an attempt to show her the volcano. She could not see it. I looked out the window at the skyline and it was completely normal. I lay back down in bed but could not get the image of the erupting volcano from my mind. When I turned on the television I realized where I had seen the erupting volcano: from an eleventh season episode of Seinfeld in which a volcano had erupted. I captured a number of screenshots from the program but could not isolate any images of the volcano without Michael Richards creating his hi-jinks in front of it. My wife told me that I had grown so used to Michael Richards' visage due to my obesessive Seinfeld viewing that I had in effect quit seeing him. My mind must have focused only on the volcano and perceived it as a true event occuring outside of our window.

And the screen capture from Seinfeld episode 214: The Volcano.

Monday, September 15, 2008

COMING SOON

This is the next step in the evolution of the Plaza of the Mind.

and yes,

it will be featuring

Greg Lester


...

Friday, September 12, 2008

A Study of the Vestron Label

I used to imagine somehow walking around inside the Vestron graphic's field. The V would tower above me, the air would be warm and smell like the inside of an electronic device fresh out of the box.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Irene, the sister and not the friend that Amy had alienated


I put it off

I remember the class

when Irene read the story of the procrastinating illustrator who drew the laughing Jesus created out of images of all sorts of different famous christians like Martin Luther King Jr. et al.

I put it off

I always put it off

I am afraid that I have ruined it

I am sorry Stefene - I am afraid that I have disappointed with my initial enthusiasm and then the devolution into my procrastination although those circumstances were quite out of my control - it has been a difficult year my friends - and the interview was a thing of beauty [as you all will see upon publication].

Irene.

One of the few nuns to which I never felt an attraction.

Here is the image


Hers is the image:

Irene put together from pieces of others*



*can you catch them all?

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

The Plaza of the Mind Interview with Barbara Morgenstern!


I heard Ms. Morgenstern's song 'The Operator' while I did some apparel shopping with my wife back in January. The song blew me away and I carefully memorized the main refrain of the song to ensure that I could later find it online. What I found was an artist who had recorded a number of albums - which I picked up - and a singular voice that seems fresh and yet familiar at the same time. I contacted her right away to tell her how much I had loved the single and she was gracious enough to accept an invitation to the Plaza of the Mind.

[The Plaza of the Mind quotes appear in Bold-type, Ms. Morgenstern's in normal-type]

How long have you been performing in the electronic medium?

I started to work with a a sequenz-keyboard in 1990, I kept on working with an Atari and after that I bought my first Macintosh. Since then I love to arrange my music with electronic instruments, because they give me the opportunity to create a special sound.

What does a day in your life look like?

I wake up at 9 in the morning. Have coffee with my boyfriend, then take my bike and our dog and go to my studio (which takes about an hour). Then I start to work on my music, have lunch (from time to time with friend who work in the same area) then I take a walk with my dog. After that I do music again and go back home at around 7 - 8 p.m. I stay home read a book or meet friends/go out. Seems like a normal working day, isn't it? On Mondays I stay home and prepare a choir-rehearsal. I am conducting a choir since May 2007.

What kind of choir are you conducting?

It is a choir at the "House of World Cultures " (www.hkw.de), which is a cultural institution, presenting unknown (and sometimes know as well) arts from foreign countries. The music director had the idea to form a choir and asked me to be the "bandleader" of it and I agreed. We are trying to be a modern international choir, trying out things a choir normally would not do. For example we did an improvised concert with Harmonia (Moebius - you know him - Rother and Roedelieus) in November 2007. We developed soundscapes we could add to the electronics of Harmonia, functioning more like field recordings then human voices. This was a lot of fun and worked really well!


Your music seems to have been influenced by the ephemeral sounds of the late seventies and early eighties – what do you consider the sound that you are looking for?

I´m a child of the eighties (born in 1971). I entered the Pop-world by Joy Division, Bauhaus, Depeche Mode, Kate Bush and all the eighties hits. What still impresses me, although the sound is awful, is the harmonic structures of the songs - for example "the riddle" by Nik Kershaw. I am a huge harmonies-freak which maybe comes from that period.

What is your favorite form of architecture?

It´s hard to choose one specific form, but there are a lots of houses I had wonderful experiences with. For example: me and my boyfriend (he´s an architecture-fan) visited the Bauhaus in Dessau - not far from Berlin. There is one room in the second floor - I guess it was used as an atelier - it is huge and no walls, but windows, which are divided by thin black steel. When i
entered the room I had such a feeling of openness, that I am still impressed. Generally the Bauhaus apartment houses (in Stuttgart there's a whole area) are wonderful. I had a similar feeling when I entered Sagarda Familia, the church by Gaudi in Bracelona. I know it's very very mainstream, but I had the impression, there there is a lot of tension in Gaudi´s structures I felt familiar with ( I sometimes have the a feeling of tension between form when I´m photographing). So the biggest impression is, if buildings activate a strong emotion.

I like Rem Koolhaas as well - I visited the McCormick Tribune Campus Center in Chacago, running there, because it was minus 20 degrees. he worked with a lot of different materials, shapes and forms, which makes the buildings so vivid and like an adventure. So - this was my architecture monologue, hope not too long/ boring.

What music do you listen to the most?

In fact I do not listen to music that much, because I do music all day long, which I feel sometime is a pity, but I love silence as well ;-)

I somehow fell in love with some modern Classic, as there are wonderful piano pieces by Bela Bartok and a great piece by Benjamin Britten called "Serenade for Tenor, Horns and strings". What I love about this music is, that there are short glimpses of pop music, but this moments do not last, so I find it very inspiring. On the major side of music I liked the last Arcade Fire album and reardings electronics a friend of mine just gave me an album of the drummer Sven Kacirek. He´s doing some loops of his percussion and then adds some nice sounds (like Vibraphone and so on). Very lovely.


Of course, I was also weened on the bands you mentioned [although I must admit that I was also a huge heavy metal fan as well] and I agree. Your harmonies are quite soothing. The only German bands I am really familiar with [Kraftwerk, Moebius und Plank, Einstuerzende Neubaten and Rammstein] don't make the language sound as lovely as you do and I wonder if there are any artists that you could recommend because feminine German vocalists seem to be quite under-represented here in the States?

There is AGF from Berlin (her full name is Antye Greye Fuchs), she´s doing wonderful experimental electronic music. She is part of the band "laub" as well, who was signed to Kitty Yo (no idea where they are now. And the other big female musician I could highly recommend is Gutav (she sings Engliush and is from Vienna) - http://gustav.cuntstunt.net/. Check out her first album on Mosz Records (I´m a labalmate with the Improvisation Trio I´m part of called "Septmber Collective") called "rettet die wale ".


What has been your strangest fan interaction?

Fan interaction - I think I never was involved in that. I feel a bit uncomfortable with "stars", because it´s always an unnatural situation - you never meet eye to eye. So maybe there is a funny story: I once supported Nick Cave at a show in Hamburg (he´s friends with my label owner Gudrun Gut). He treated me like I am an annoying fan, being eager to talk to him. Then I got really angry with him (shouted at him), because it was absolutely not the case and I felt mistreated. From that moment on he got far more natural (then his band members are) and it was a nice evening.




Saturday, August 23, 2008

Basquiat and I share a Special Embrace in the late Nineties

I am aware that it may not have been Jean-Michel himself but rather the Basquiat portrayed by

Jeffrey Wright in the 1996 film version.


And then, of course, I begin to think about my media ecology studies and the question of ownership of the images broadcast to me from the collective unconsciousness but...

when did it all become so complicated?

When I was a teenager I was free to really be into things.

Of course, then I would get caught absconding with Transformers and have to hear the song sung to me between every class sophomore year. My mother still reminds me of this often. I suppose it is the price to be paid for naivete. It could have been much much worse.

Anyway,

He is dancing
and

she is dreaming

Monday, August 18, 2008

The Dwellings of the Future will be Made of Snow and Ice



She is going to the beach city. This is the first time he really doubts dating Audrey.

'Iconic face' four piece sectional wall accessory...second edition
- popularly known as 'Edition Red'.

He is enjoying his Christian college friend, flower guy comes in next -
Keeny gets Gulkinson's job - Cole?

I would love to die in snow though I always thought I would die in water.

'Bonnie Hungerford'

Monday, August 04, 2008

Alchemical Studies of the Situation Comedy


With this simple formula the viewer could combine the Seinfeld Canon with that of Everybody Loves Raymond and The King of Queens:

Everybody Loves Raymond and The King of Queens already exist within their own matrix with Ray and Doug enjoying an established friendship.

With clever voice overs and an appearance on The King of Queens from Jason Alexander the Canon would be trebled.

Jason Alexander would reprise his role of George Costanza. In an early episode of Seinfeld George mentions a brother. This would be voiced over with the word sister.

Jerry Stiller's Arthur Spooner character would be renamed Frank Costanza, reprising his role from Seinfeld. Carrie Heffernen's maiden name would be Carrie Costanza. This would make her the sister of George Costanza.

It would be explained that after George's incarceration his mother passed on and Frank had to move in with his daughter Carrie and her husband Doug.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Tonight on NBC!

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NBCNBC
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08:00 Banya!
[Comedy]

Kenny discovers that his son has been sneaking a peek at internet pornography while Delores has second thoughts about her marriage after she meets a guy at the gym.

08:30 Kramerica Industries
[Comedy]

Kramer and Darin are threatened with a lawsuit after a new invention goes haywire at an upscale New York boutique. Will Jackie Chiles be able to bail them out?

09:00 What's the 411?
[Drama]

Newman and Wanda have to make a tough decision after Newman has a cardiac event at the Post Office, should they leave the picaresque community of Gary Indiana and head back to the Big Apple?

Thursday, July 17, 2008

I Dream of Seinfeld... Again!

There was a planecrash outside of our apartment building...

It happened after I returned home to the apartment...

George was there....

As well as Jerry...

Paul Buchman*...

And the ever vivacious Elaine...

After we made sure everyone was okay...

We went to the Brooklyn bridge...
[this scene was reminiscent to the opening of the film 'Head']


It was great to finally be a part of the gang!


*Paul Buchman and the Mad About You cast are officially a part of the Seinfeld canon in that there was a crossover in which Buchman was once Cosmo Kramer's roommate.

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Wanted! More Comments Like This One from Anonymous:

I actually got chills when I received this email, since I had been thinking a great deal about Etidorpha as of late, especially as an inspiration for the Culpanaut project:

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Etidorhpa":

I have found, seen and explored the cave entrance in Kentucky and have found the following inscription on the left hand passage wall:

Atrophied,
Or a depth I dare to hide

Notice that the first 27 letters of the inscription can be divided into three segments of 9 letters each - and each 9 letter segment can be re-arranged to spell "Etidorhpa"

Further in the passage my friend found "D.E." carved deeply into the rock. These letters were the last two letters of the inscription at the entrance. Beneath the inscription was an arrow pointing to the right. Following the arrow about 20 paces we discovered another inscription, written in chalk, that read:

It had rope. I paid her to leave.

The "leave" was in larger style and heavier chalk strokes. Oddly enough, if you remove "leave" from the inscription, and break the letters into two halves, the nine remaining letters in each half can be re-arranged to each spell "Etidorhpa".

Further along the passage was indeed a rope, but cut into two pieces and unattached to anything visible. Above the rope was a drawing of what looked like trees and above the trees a huge cylindrical object. Above the object was the inscription:

The Air Pod

It looked much like an alien object. Oddly enough, you can re-arrange the nine letters of the inscription to form "Etidorhpa". Looking closer at the drawing of the trees there appeared to be a sort of pathway winding through the trees leading to just below the alien object. An arrow pointed to the path and next to the arrow were the written words:

The Path I rode

Strangely, if you remove the "the" from the above, the remaining 9 letters can be re-arranged to spell "Etidorhpa".

I became nervous and would not go on. My partner continued. I have never seen him again.



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I also want to thank the folks who continue to send me their stories of Sleep Paralysis, the project is almost complete...