2.20.2009

what is the new deal.

In an effort to perform the actions of the new deal project I carried out a three part series of events. It began with the intention to construct a large loom type of bug trap which was a challenge in that the strings were virtually out of reach. Second, the strings were attached to a structure with hot pink tape. Later, a concoction made from a dollars worth of silly putty extruded through a funnel was applied to help seal the deal. Next, I journeyed  up the ladder of success. Once at the top I attempted to send signals of money using paper airplanes instead of sign language for an interesting means of communication. One cent, one fourth cent, half cent, three fourths cent. The money got trapped, or so I anticipated it would, like a bug in a loom. In the seven minuets it took to complete the task, the tune form "Gold Diggers of 1933" was stuck in my head. At times I would whistle "were in the money, were in the money," unfortunately my lips were so dry from my hard labor that it didn't articulate as well as I hoped.

2.15.2009

We have decided not to die

We Have Decided Not To Die is an unusual short film. A modern day allegorical triptych, three figures under go transformation through three rituals: Birth, Between and Rebirth. Though not a story in any conventional sense, We Have Decided Not To Die's visual poetry captivates just the same, evoking a surreal ritualistic world, whose characters appear to float free of space and time.
The director is Daniel Askill, a music video director behind videos for UNKLE, Placebo and Digitalism among others, and who also is the star of the second ritual. His penchant for water environments, slo-mo movement and other usual trademarks of his work are all present here.


2.10.2009

my package is bigger than yours.

We are trying to rouse some energy into this object of ours, an object so large and cumbersome that many believe that it cannot be done in time. Well, you who say it cannot be done must be retarded. The entire outcome depends on you. The only way a package of this nature will be delivered to your door step will be because of you. Stimulate your ego. If you would like my billions then come and get it. Rip it from my hands and share it with who really needs it. Buy yourself a new pair of shoes so that you may be able to walk again. Start there and the rest will follow. But first, before any of that can be done, look at your future. Far into it. Are we suffering?

2.05.2009

New Deal.

The New Deal is played in many different ways around the world. Many different countries have their own version or versions of the show, each with version-specific twists on the same general format. The general format is described here.

The New Deal involves a citizan, a banker, and a host/presenter who emcees the bargain. The bargain revolves around the opening of a set of numbered briefcases (or boxes), each of which contains a different prize (cash or otherwise). The contents of all of the briefcases are known at the start of the contract, but the specific location of any prize is unknown. The value of each of the boxes or briefcases is indicated by a label or card sealed within it.

The contestant claims (or is assigned) a briefcase to begin the deal. The case's value is not revealed until the conclusion of the bargain.

The contestant then begins choosing cases to be removed from play. The amount inside each choice is immediately revealed; by process of elimination, the amount revealed cannot be inside the player's chosen case. Throughout the bargain, after a predetermined number of cases have been opened, the banker offers the contestant an amount of money and/or prizes to quit the deal, the offer based roughly on the amounts remaining in play and the contestant's demeanor. The player then answers the titular question, choosing:

  • "Deal", accepting the offer presented and ending the bargain, or
  • "New Deal", rejecting the offer and continuing the bargain.

This process of removing cases and receiving offers continues, until either the player accepts an offer to 'deal', or all offers have been rejected and the values of all unselected cases are revealed. The individual wins the value of the deal taken, or if new deal is taken, the contents of the player's case.

Should a person end the bargain by taking a deal, a pseudo-game is continued from that point to see how much the player could have won by remaining in the contract. Depending on subsequent choices and offers, it is determined whether or not the contestant made a "good deal", i.e. won more than if the treaty were allowed to continue.

Since the range of possible values is known at the start of each agreement, how much the banker offers at any given point changes based on what values have been eliminated. To promote suspense and lengthen deals, the banker's offer is usually less than the expected value dictated by probability theory, particularly early in the treaty. Generally, the offers early in the treaty are very low relative to the values still in play and approach (or even exceed) the average of the remaining values near the end of the bargain.

Only a few people have ever won the top prize on any version of the event. For a contestant to win the top prize the player would have to select the case containing the top prize and reject every offer the banker makes during the contract. While the chances of a player selecting the top prize are reasonable, the chances that a citizen will be able to turn down a number of inevitably large offers to win that top prize are much smaller.

2.01.2009

“The Abandoned Comb Amulet consists of a hexagonal sugar-glass pyramid filled with Brooklyn rooftop honey.

Funny Girl


i wanted to post a scene from "funny girl"...you know that movie with the queen of the gay jews....but this is what i got instead.

great job

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