Wednesday, February 23, 2011

A Supplement to Mary Roach's BONK..... from the NY TIMES

Thanks to Christine Taylor, mentee and SDSU Alum for the link!

Robotic, Erotic, Electric: ARTkive Gallery 40: The Hold Steady our HOUSE BAND...


WEEKENDERS (sequel to Chips Ahoy)

The Hold Steady perform "The Weekenders" from Gothamist House on Vimeo.

The studio version, with lyrics, is here.


Robotic Surveillance!

Dear colleagues:

Turnitin is an on-line service that checks student papers for plagiarism. SDSU has recently relicensed Turnitin and integrated it with Blackboard so that papers submitted through your Blackboard site can be processed through Turnitin. ITS is hosting a free lunch event next Wednesday to introduce faculty to Turnitin. Please see below for more details.


Joanna Brooks
Chair, English and Comparative Literature

From: Jim Julius 
Date: February 21, 2011 2:32:21 PM PST
Subject: Fwd: You're invited! Turnitin User Event @ SDSU

Dear Joanna,
You may be aware that Academic Affairs has re-licensed the Turnitin tools after a 2-year hiatus. The tools are now available within Blackboard, and include, in addition to the anti-plagiarism OriginalityCheck, two tools designed to streamline and enhance writing feedback from instructor and peers: GradeMark and PeerMark. See for more information on Turnitin's return to SDSU.

Mary Roach on BONK!

Studying Sex Are Orgasms the Solution to Infertility?

Pee-Wee Herman on SNL with Andy Samberg, featuring GARY PANTER's "Bots"/Puppets

hit this image for another recent video trip, pee-wee-style...

another is here:

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Robotic, Erotic, Electric: ARTkive Gallery 37

>Date: Mon, 21 Feb 2011 22:30:00 -0500 (EST)
>From: Leahwimberly <<mailto:leahwimberly AT aol DOT   
>Subject: Robotic, Erotic, Electric... Other Interteresting Art  
>To: <>
>   Hello Professor Nericcio,
>   My name is Leah Wimberly and I am in your Robotic, Erotic, Electric
>   class. As we are looking over Panter's artwork, it made me think back
>   to some previous experiences of mine. I was fortunate enough to have
>   met and witnessed the artist Michael Israel perform and my parents
>   actually own two of his pieces. I don't know if you are familiar with
>   his work, but it is very interesting and I think you would enjoy it
>   and appreciate it. Michael Israel paints on large canvases with both
>   brushes and his hands, while spinning the canvas in circles, keeping
>   people guessing as to what he is actually painting. My family attends
>   a charity event every year in Mexico and twice he has attended and
>   performed, and each time the audience goes crazy trying to figure out
>   what he is painting. Normally, the music he is playing hints at the
>   subject matter, but it is extremely hard to tell. I have witnessed him
>   paint Muhammed Ali, Teemu Selanne, the Stanley Cup, Marilyn Monroe,
>   the Beatles, and my favorite was John Lennon. He is, in my eyes, a
>   fabulous artist and based on what I have learned of you from class, I
>   think you would like his art too. Here is a video of him performing. I
>   hope you enjoy! It really is like nothing I have ever seen before.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Robotic, Erotic, Electric: ARTkive 38: Fashionably Magritte...

One of our ace cyborg colleagues writes in!

Subject: Technology Vs. Art
From: "Collete L. Tamayo"

Professor Nericcio,

I came across these pictures and thought I should share them with you. Being a Graphic design major and a fine artist, I thought this idea was brilliant. {Click the image for the link!}

Your Robotic Student,
Collete Tamayo

Friday, February 18, 2011

Robotic, Erotic, Electric: ARTkive Gallery 37: Watson the Computer, Our Future, and More...

Robotic, Erotic, Electric: ARTkive Gallery 36: Blockhead, Anthony Francisco Schepperd and THE MUSIC SCENE

Jamy Pitts, a gifted cyborg from our troupe of talented robots sends in this update and a remarkable eyegiene-laced video by Anthony Francisco Schepperd!

Date: Fri, 18 Feb 2011 13:15:02 -0800 (PST)
From: Jamy Pitts
Subject: Re: and now, for something completely different...: ENGL220-CX-Spring2011
To: William Nericcio

Hey Professor!

My name is Jamy and I am currently in your English 220 class. I haven't had the pleasure of personally meeting you, but plan on doing so sometime in the near future :) I wanted to send you this amazing music video from this band called Blockhead. It's trippy and I hope you enjoy it.

See you Monday!!


"The Music Scene" from Anthony Francisco Schepperd on Vimeo.

Official music video for Blockhead's 'The Music Scene'.

An animated mind melt into a post human New York where TV and animals rule. All cast to the sincerely melodic soul of Blockhead's 'The Music Scene.'

Directimated by A.F.Schepperd

Commissioned by Ninjatune Records

Music by Blockhead

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Robotic, Erotic, Electric: ARTkive Gallery 35: Alexa Meade | The Object is the Subject is the Canvas is the....

Another one of our gifted colleagues is in the house with a great posting:

From: Gabrielle Liljedahl liljedahl DOT gabrielle AT gmail DOT com
Subject: Amazing artist
Date: Wed, 16 Feb 2011 16:01:15 -0800

I came across an article in a magazine about Alexa Meade who is a very unique artist. She paints people as if they are her canvas. She reminds me of the art and literature we're studying for the fact that she goes beyond the ordinary and really plays with the viewer's mind. If you browse through the pictures you'll even see some of her stepping into her own painting, making her artwork come alive (just like Vonnegut places himself in his novel). Really cool stuff I thought you and possibly the other students might enjoy looking through!


There's also a good article about her in Nylon magazine (p.107). I tried to scan it to my computer to send to you but my scanner is being difficult. She explains her art in this way: "One thing I'm exploring in my work is this tension between permanent and impermanent--the ephemeral. The painting only lasts for a couple hours, and the person goes on living." Hope you enjoy it!

Gabrielle Liljedahl

Robotic, Erotic, Electric: ARTkive Gallery 34: Addiction DANCE!

One of your ultra-groovy peers writes into Robotic Central:

Subject: Something for the Artkive
From: loburgoni AT aol DOT com

Good Evening,

I really enjoyed the lecture today about Jekyll and Hyde and it got my brain moving. I have a big passion for dance and believe that it has its own language, much like art and film does. Here is a link to a dance from the show, So You Think You Can Dance that reminds me of the case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. It's a dance about addiction, but it reminds me of the struggle that Dr. Jekyll goes through when he takes his potion, but it easier to understand because dance is so expressive. Take a look if you have some free time, maybe it would fit on your Artkive or even in class!

Your humble narcissist, Lauren Burgoni

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Robotic, Erotic, Electric: ARTkive Gallery 33: Machine (ROBOT) Versus (WO)MAN...

Robotic, Erotic, Electric: ARTkive Gallery 32: Is MUSIC literature? Is LITERATURE music?

a former student of mine, Richard Nuñez sent this to me and i thought i would share it.... think of it as a collaborative symphony of story--hit the image for the link:

Robotic, Erotic, Electric: ARTkive Gallery 31: The Masked Self

More from one of your colleagues on the idea of pscyhe, self, mask, and identity; here's his email:

Date: Mon, 14 Feb 2011 19:24:16 -0800 (PST)
From: dverzosa90 AT yahoo DOT com
Subject: the psychology of batman
To: William Nericcio

hey bill, i have a great video on the psychology on batman. it relates to your lecture on the psyche and different personas.

dom verzosa

Monday, February 14, 2011

Robotic, Erotic, Electric: ARTkive Gallery 31: Lady Gaga on 60 Minutes

Much of what Anderson Cooper and Lady Gaga talk about in this new 60 Minutes interview directly relates to the lecture we had today on Robert Louis Stevenson, Sigmund Freud, the Id, and the pscyhe: check it out: (yes, viewing is required; yes it will be on the quiz)

Robotic, Erotic, Electric: ARTkive Gallery 30: Huck Finn! The ROBOTIC Edition!

Just got a groovy note from one of your colleagues.... check out the link by hitting the image below:

From: Katrina Vangelas kmisfit AT hotmail DOT com
Subject: Electric ARTkive
Date: Sun, 13 Feb 2011 17:52:06 -0800
To: William Nericcio

Hey Dr. Nericcio,
I found this and thought you would find it just as interesting as I did, perhaps even more.

Kindest Regards,

Katrina Vangelas

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Robotic, Erotic, Electric: ARTKIVE Gallery 25 | The Huck Finn Robot, via

Robotic, Erotic, Electric: ARTKIVE Gallery 24 | Mike Mignola, Setting, Meaning, and Literature

I think I am going to start using this old blog of mine from a previous class as the respository for yours and my Robotic, Erotic, Electric ARTkival contributions to our seminar.

Yesterday, Wednesday, February 9, 2011 in class (the lecture on René Magritte with the screening of Chris Marker's La Jetée), I was talking about how storytellers use setting to underscore theme--indeed, among modernists like James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, and William Faulkner, setting as theme, or, even, setting mirroring psychology was a way of life (perhaps the best American author in this vein in Edgar Allen Poe, whose poetry and fiction anticipated what would come to be called high Modernism decades later). In class, I focused on Marker's uncanny settings (remember to look up the meaning of "uncanny" and to include a printout of an "uncanny" personal photograph you own, one that speaks to you of the past in moving/unsettling ways in your roboticJOURNAL), suggesting how the use of RUINS in La Jetée, the use of the NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM, with all its corpse/relics, assisted Marker as he told a story of apocalypse and memory.

In any event here's a story from the horse's mouth about setting and narrative in the work of comics author Mike Mignola you may find useful:

Friday, February 04, 2011

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