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(Some Guy)   What does a nutty artist do with 30 acres of land and too much time on his hands? Behold, The Garden Of Cosmic Speculation   (charlesjencks.com) divider line 60
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2013-02-17 12:46:10 PM  
s/nutty artist/trust-fund baby/g
 
2013-02-17 12:50:24 PM  
That's going to be a pain to mow.
 
2013-02-17 12:50:38 PM  
Behold, the single page of blocked Flash.
 
2013-02-17 12:54:12 PM  
Now he could rake in some cash with a mini-golf course there.
 
2013-02-17 12:55:16 PM  

bighairyguy: That's going to be a pain to mow.


That was my first thought as well.
 
2013-02-17 12:55:52 PM  
The Garden Of Cosmic Speculation?

I thought that was a show on the History channel.
 
2013-02-17 12:56:33 PM  

bighairyguy: That's going to be a pain to mow.


Jesus and Miguel agree; charge extra.
 
2013-02-17 12:59:09 PM  
You have to watch out for those constant gardeners.
 
2013-02-17 01:00:21 PM  
I'd love to take a pancake sized divot out of that right in front of Jencks.
/jk, it's pretty cool looking.
 
2013-02-17 01:02:32 PM  
That looks like a golf course designed by René Magritte.
 
2013-02-17 01:03:26 PM  
Is that a red penis on the knoll?
 
2013-02-17 01:03:38 PM  

bighairyguy: That's going to be a pain to mow.


I worked for a univeristy grounds crew in high school, mowing steep hills was hard, and mowing steep hills without leaving ruts or bald spots was even worse.
 
2013-02-17 01:06:08 PM  

jfarkinB: Behold, the single page of blocked Flash.


Yeah.  Is there anything to see there?  I just get a black page.
 
2013-02-17 01:07:09 PM  
I likes it.
 
2013-02-17 01:07:29 PM  
Ah, I disabled adblock plus and saw it.
 
2013-02-17 01:10:52 PM  
I have 160 acres, 1 acre of it is a garden, another acre is the house and barn, The rest is 60 or so year old oak hickory upland.
 
2013-02-17 01:11:36 PM  

belhade: That looks like a golf course designed by René Magritte.


I was thinking Desmond Muirhead
 
2013-02-17 01:12:34 PM  
Also...

There's only one gardener I know who is genius enough to do that...

bipolarx.com

/slightly obscure
//awesome movie
 
2013-02-17 01:12:45 PM  
Needs more trout.
 
2013-02-17 01:12:58 PM  

The WindowLicker: bighairyguy: That's going to be a pain to mow.

I worked for a univeristy grounds crew in high school, mowing steep hills was hard, and mowing steep hills without leaving ruts or bald spots was even worse.


Hovermower!
 
2013-02-17 01:13:38 PM  
Came looking for a Loch Ness Monster 'shop. Leaving disappointed...
 
2013-02-17 01:19:55 PM  

danielscissorhands: Also...

There's only one gardener I know who is genius enough to do that...

[bipolarx.com image 600x338]

/slightly obscure
//awesome movie


I like to watch.
 
2013-02-17 01:22:07 PM  
I think it's great that some gifted artsy folks are doing this highbrow sort of thing. Nice architecture is nice. After he does the minigolf course, he should do a skateboarding park too. He's got a natural flair for it.
 
2013-02-17 01:23:06 PM  

danielscissorhands: Also...

There's only one gardener I know who is genius enough to do that...



/slightly obscure
//awesome movie


I've of my all time favorite movies, and one of the most fun to discuss what the ending means.
 
2013-02-17 01:23:51 PM  
* One of...
 
2013-02-17 01:25:01 PM  

sylwedydd: Hovermower!


I did not know those existed.  I learned something new today.  They would not have helped us, but it is an interesting idea.
 
2013-02-17 01:30:19 PM  
Verde vertigo.
 
2013-02-17 01:49:19 PM  
Cosmic Speculation... good name for a band
 
2013-02-17 01:53:42 PM  

jfarkinB: Behold, the single page of blocked Flash.


Not just Flash, but crappy Flash. That slideshow format was horrible. Navigation was a pain in the ass as every photo had different layouts and sizes, forcing you to shift to the "next" button  where it moved on the screen.

The photos were not very good either.

The idea looked interesting, and probably looks cool in person, but the photos probably didn't do it justice.
 
2013-02-17 01:58:33 PM  

bighairyguy: That's going to be a pain to mow.


Given the sharpness of those edges and the steepness of the hill, plus the waterside  I suspect the only practical solution is mountain goats.
 
2013-02-17 02:00:48 PM  
Based on subby's headline, I expected to see 30 acres of some hippy's "ancient alien" serpent mound-type stuff decorated with old car parts and beer bottles, but the reality is actually quite nice. It's no more "nutty" than formal gardens of the last couple of centuries.
 
2013-02-17 02:08:29 PM  
I swear to god- I thought I read - Cosmic spec - never mind
blog.timesunion.com

gotta clean the spectacles lenses before reading I guess
 
2013-02-17 02:17:31 PM  
It's not sustainable. Clear-cutting creates more runoff, and will elevate phosphorous levels in the local watershed, increasing algae bloom, decreasing oxygen in the water, killing fish, and along with them the entire ecosystem. Good job, trust fund baby, destroying the world.
 
2013-02-17 02:28:57 PM  

danielscissorhands: Also...

There's only one gardener I know who is genius enough to do that...

[bipolarx.com image 600x338]

/slightly obscure
//awesome movie


Being There - (12/09/1979) for those unfamiliar with one of best performances by Peter Sellers.

Absolutely loved this movie even if it did have Shirley Maclaine in it.
I somehow missed it until many years after it had come out.

Highly recommended for anybody who enjoys movies that make them think.
 
2013-02-17 02:47:07 PM  
Should've added a link.   Being There
 
2013-02-17 02:51:41 PM  

Elrond Hubbard: danielscissorhands: Also...

There's only one gardener I know who is genius enough to do that...

[bipolarx.com image 600x338]

/slightly obscure
//awesome movie

/  Being There - (12/09/1979) for those unfamiliar with one of best performances by Peter Sellers.

Absolutely loved this movie even if it did have Shirley Maclaine in it.
I somehow missed it until many years after it had come out.

Highly recommended for anybody who enjoys movies that make them think.


What's wrong with Shirlet Maclean? She's no bloated corpse of Shelley Winters, but c'mon.
 
2013-02-17 03:01:28 PM  
I'm not a fan of formal gardens, but there are worse things.

Interestingly enough, this guy's brother was a well known biochemist.
 
2013-02-17 03:17:40 PM  

Lipspinach: What's wrong with Shirlet Maclean? She's no bloated corpse of Shelley Winters, but c'mon.


Sorry, giant brain-fart on my part.  I was thinking of Susan Sarandon for some reason.
You are correct sir, nothing wrong with Shirley Maclean.

I could've done without the masturbation scene though...
 
2013-02-17 03:26:38 PM  
I love "artists."  They're so hip and edgy when they feel they have the artistic license to display pictures using Flash instead of ol-skool HTML.
 
2013-02-17 03:29:11 PM  

Krieghund: I'm not a fan of formal gardens, but there are worse things.

Interestingly enough, this guy's brother was a well known biochemist.


*click* And their father was named Gardner.
 
2013-02-17 03:57:38 PM  

xanadian: I love "artists."  They're so hip and edgy when they feel they have the artistic license to display pictures using Flash instead of ol-skool HTML.


i miss ascii art on old BBSes too.  it was such visual perfection then they ruined everything.
 
2013-02-17 04:20:47 PM  
jfarkinB : Behold, the single page of blocked Flash.

You just blocked the most annoying slideshow you were going to be exposed to today.

// the forward/back buttons change position depending on the width of the image.
 
2013-02-17 05:07:18 PM  
The next person to say anyone else has "too much time on their hands" gets beaten to death with a clock.
 
2013-02-17 05:52:30 PM  
So what's par on this hole?
 
2013-02-17 05:55:48 PM  

MemeSlave: s/nutty artist/trust-fund baby/g


Erm, no. He's a professional designer and landscape architect, and a bloody good one too. The Garden of Cosmic Speculation is open to the public on just one or two days a year, raising money for Maggie's Centres, a chain of centres for people with cancer which are named after Charles Jencks' late wife, who started the garden design with him.

It's about twenty miles for me, and I have visited on one of the open days. Some bits work better than others for me, but it's a fascinating and very beautiful place to visit. You can see quite a lot of it out of the left hand side of a Dumfries to Glasgow train, about five minutes after leaving Dumfries.
 
2013-02-17 06:10:33 PM  
 
2013-02-17 06:12:56 PM  
orbister:  You can see quite a lot of it out of the left hand side of a Dumfries to Glasgow train, about five minutes after leaving Dumfries.

Why choose Dum Fries when you can have Freedom Fries?  Or heck, even just regular old French Fries.

/right next to the Calf Fries ;)
 
2013-02-17 07:11:42 PM  

RatOmeter: Why choose Dum Fries when you can have Freedom Fries?  Or heck, even just regular old French Fries.


Or a Nnan. Which is a like a naan, but with more ns and fewer as.

/little south west Scotland joke there
/I'm here all week, folks
 
2013-02-17 07:38:29 PM  
I like it.

Of course, he's no Bergholt Stuttley Johnson, but who is nowadays?
 
2013-02-17 07:49:21 PM  
beautiful, hope to go there some day.  too bad it's only open to the public 1-2 days per year.

/has influenced a number of musicians and poets to compose entire works based on the experience
 
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