Bits: 03.29.10

Moss graffiti by Anna Garforth (more here)

• New Museum chief curator (and former Walker chief curator) Richard Flood, falling just short of opining that the internet is a "series of tubes," reportedly said recently that he "just found out about blogs three months ago." It's likely been a steep learning curve this week: His comments that the internet is a "ghetto" and bloggers are a monolithic bunch of fact-averse "prairie dogs" have been ridiculed on Twitter, meme-ified, reblogged by top art bloggers and prairie dogs alike, and picked up by critic Jerry Saltz, who writes, appropriately, "Richard... You need to learn about the Internet."

• While Utne's Keith Goetzman writes that much wildlife photography is shot using captive animal "models" at game farms, The Mail Online shows how Greg du Toit photographed wild lions in Kenya: he half-submerged himself in a watering hole for 270 hours, contracting malaria, Bilharzia, hookworms and other parasites in the process.

• Via Burlesque, KAMCHRUACH, a mix of Thai and Cambodian pop and rock from the '60s and '70s. The download is free, but all donations go to Tiny Toones, a youth center in Phnom Penh.

"Wikipedia Saves Public Art" aims to document public art around the world.

• Jake at Abstract Archive presents an adorable father/daughter trip to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

• From the mind of Dan Sinker comes Cell Stories, a cellphone-based (but not app-driven) delivery system for daily short stories by authors including Minneapolis' own Jeff Severns Guntzel.

• "Erykah Badu shed her clothes as she walked along a Dallas, Texas, sidewalk until she was nude and then fell near where President Kennedy was assassinated."

• There's a photo of me avec furrowed brow here, within a good post about the Walker Art Center's planning for this summer's Open Field programming around "the commons."

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