Updated blog is now at Interference Patterns. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Friday, August 29, 2003
eBay item - Zhora's clear plastic raincoat - Blade Runner
41. Zhora clear plastic raincoat from Blade Runner. (Warner Bros., 1982) Clear plastic hip-length raincoat with pockets, worn by Zhora (Joanna Cassady) during her flight from Deckard through the city, and when she is ultimately killed. Plastic is torn at the upper right chest and back shoulder as incurred during filming; otherwise in very good condition. $3,000 - $5,000
Went for $1,600. A Steal. :::sigh:::
8/29/2003 11:13:33 AM
Wednesday, August 27, 2003
xray.art 8/27/2003 12:44:28 PM
Monday, August 25, 2003
eggers sayeth thus:
10) I'll address the readings portion of the question. Simply put, our readings are so well-attended because they're fun. I don't like being bored, but most readings are aggressively boring. There is an assumption, in LiteraryLand, that readings must be sober and slow and long and serious. The spoken-word contingent sometimes improves upon this, but usually in a horribly pretentious way. So what we do is simple: we make sure alcohol is available, to ourselves and the audience, and then we have fun. And part of that involves breaking out of the author-at-the-podium-turning-pages schtick; we figure if 500 people are going to come out, you might as well have some shit happen. Thus, at our last reading, in Brooklyn, Arthur Bradford, who accompanies his stories with guitar-playing, broke his guitar against a wall, John Hodgman was interviewed by a man in a caveman costume, and, during intermission, I carefully cut the hair of five attendees. Then everyone stayed until 2, most people were drunk, and lots of people hooked up with each other. All good, and all at a reading.
8/25/2003 12:44:50 PM
Yahoo! Search Results for chicken pig with wings photos: I am so happy to be #4 for this search. :::sigh:::
8/25/2003 08:29:41 AM
Saturday, August 23, 2003
  8/23/2003 03:22:42 PM
zingers from hollywood squares: did I ever promise this blog would be ultra-hip? no, I did not promises that this blog would be ultra-hip.
8/23/2003 11:32:33 AM
Shirky: A Group Is Its Own Worst Enemy: social software/social engineers
8/23/2003 12:37:38 AM
Friday, August 22, 2003
TABLE.256: open free-link database
8/22/2003 10:09:29 PM
Thursday, August 21, 2003
  8/21/2003 03:19:49 PM
I'm coordinating HAPPY TIMES 3: wet-n-wild, a 6-hour performance ("art"?) marathon Saturday, August 23 from 6pm to midnight. You are all welcome to participate--as well as anyone you forward this to.

If, as most of you are, you are not in the vicinity, you can email me (xraysmalevich@hotmail.com you spammers, you!) something to read: instructions, greetings, gibberish, poetry, prose, etc. Or, you can call the Afa Gallery at 01-570.969.1040 between 6pm and midnight, EST on Sat. Aug 23. please visit AlternativeToNoise for more information.

More toasters and coffee makers are requested. Also, please bring bubbles.

HAPPY TIMES 3: Wet-n-Wild is the third performance marathon at the Afa Gallery--no intermissions, no breaks, no pauses, no gaps, no in-betweens: it never stops. For six hours, 10 performers will keep the space alive with the arcane enery that results from the collision of the Planned and the Improvised. Featuring more talented people than you can shake a stick at! Don't Miss! The talented Williams Sisters in our Aquatic Watershow and Cavalcade! Giant Sharks! The Ten-Minute Moby Dick! Hollywood Squares! Frankie & Godzilla in a Tribute to Bob Hope! Coffee Table Music, Toaster Music, Hurricaine Music! & so Much More! Free CD/CD-Rom to the First 20 in the audience!

8/21/2003 12:12:58 AM
Monday, August 18, 2003
This email intended for firstname lastname

There ain't nuthin' like a personal touch.

8/18/2003 09:21:34 PM
Terry's take on Battle Royale
8/18/2003 02:24:30 PM
Sunday, August 17, 2003
Yahoo! UK sez that I'm the #1 "resource" for porn nude tumbnails. That's what you (and by "you" I mean "me") get for misspelling "thumbnails".....

On a lighter note, a recent Google search prclaims me the #1 "Resource" for Egyptian Fax. Well, that's a natural.....

8/17/2003 12:38:25 PM
Saturday, August 16, 2003
Straighten your shoulders, lift up your head,
Idi Amin at last is DEAD!
For much of the 1970's, the beefy, sadistic and telegenic despot had reveled in the spotlight of world attention as he flaunted his tyrannical power, hurled outlandish insults at world leaders and staged pompous displays of majesty.

By contrast, his later years were spent in enforced isolation as the Saudi Arabian authorities made sure he maintained a low profile. Mr. Amin, a convert to Islam, his four wives and more than 30 children fled Uganda just ahead of an invading force of Ugandan exiles and Tanzanian troops that overthrew his government. They went first to Libya, and eventually to Saudi Arabia.

By the time he had escaped with his life, the devastation he had wreaked lay fully exposed in the scarred ruins of Uganda. The number of people he caused to be killed has been tabulated by exiles and international human rights groups as close to 300,000 out of a total population of 12 million.
8/16/2003 01:19:19 PM
Friday, August 15, 2003
"Fair & Balanced! Fair & Balanced!!" several hundred links to blogs that are all Fair & Balanced--the way God intended, certainly.....

An update from Neil Pollack on what it's all about....

y'can scroll down a bit, or look here for the post a coupla days ago. BoingBoing post on same; their discussion forum

Search Google for Fair and Balanced and see who's in the top-ten today.....

and on a completely unrelated note, I just stepped outside to close my car windows; turn out the thunder I was hearing was fireworks....seen an awful lot of displays this year....when you have to compete with a gee-whiz-live-on-TV-war you've gott pull out the big guns in a display. so to speak.

8/15/2003 03:42:50 PM
Thursday, August 14, 2003
Dark future for Universe
Astronomers have confirmed by a new method one of the saddest stories of the Universe - one day the stars in the sky will all stop twinkling.
And that's why I have candles and a flashlight!

was I prescient, or what! good thing I had my flashlight ready..... er, well, actually, the power stayed on here & didn't even flicker. New York sure looked transformed into a different City; wish I could have been there (not in an elevator, of course....).

8/14/2003 09:34:49 AM
Wednesday, August 13, 2003
Neil Pollack explains:
The Fox News Channel has sued political satirist Al Franken to stop him from using the words "fair and balanced" in the title of his new book, scheduled to publish next month. The suit claims that the subtitle is "likely to cause confusion among the public about whether Fox News has authorized or endorsed the book and about whether Franken is affiliated with FNC." Good lord. Who among the five, possibly ten percent of the American people who could recognize Franken in a lineup would think that he's affiliated with the Fox News Channel? The man stands politically to the left of every major entertainment figure except Michael Moore and maybe Janeane Garofalo.
8/13/2003 12:04:02 PM
Tuesday, August 12, 2003
  8/12/2003 10:40:59 AM
Sunday, August 10, 2003
Telengard. Commodore 64. On the B&W TV in my bedroom, South Dakota, 1984. wow. I spent a lot of playing playing this time-waster. Then I opened up the basic code and set it so my stats were top-of-the-line. Which is cheating. But I could finally go up against that Level 64 Vampire.....

The Telengard Tribute Page (with docs, etc.)

PC remake: faithful to the C64 gameplay. I downloaded this past week and have wasted more time on it (as much as on Bumplist? well, not yet..... I'm workin' on it)

Google-cache for a page that also reminisces, and has a note from the original programmer.

Random Tavern-name generator. For hardcore Telengard geeks only.

www.Telengard.com is registered somewhere, but the "document contains no data!"

Telengard (as well as LARN) falls into a category of "Rogue-like" games.

Okay, so this supposedly qualifies me as a geek. But I'll have you know I scored less than 17% on the Geek Test!

8/10/2003 11:30:20 AM
Amazing Text Fun Game Engine
Do you fondly recall hours upon hours of Zork or Adventure in Humongous Cave? Does hearing the word 'Grue' result in a welling up of emotion (mostly frustration)? Can you run down the proper action sequence for all of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy from memory? Well then you are probably a huge geek. But that's ok, so are we. Welcome home. In fact, the programming team at ATF has decided that it's time for 'interactive fiction' to get a much-needed shot in the arm. Games today are too full of imagery, animation, and action. All of this really draws away from the most important aspects of a game: the plot and the challenge. In order to effect change, we've written a game engine for text-based games. What's a game engine, you ask? Well it's interpreter for a game: A game developer writes a game with certain rules and behaviors, and the game engine decodes that game and presents it to you, the player! No more pictures, no more motion; just you, your keyboard, and the game. Our interactive fiction game engine (the Amazing Text Fun engine) has recently reached it's primary release (ATFun 1.0), and we want to share it with our public.

I suppose some people are looking for this, and end up at >my< AMAZING TEXT, instead.

8/10/2003 10:26:21 AM
Saturday, August 09, 2003
Are you feeling lucky, punk?: "Between Memorial Day and Labor Day last year, major American newspapers and wire services ran 2,240 articles on West Nile virus, which kills fewer than 300 Americans a year, while there were 257 articles on food poisoning, which will kill more than 5,000 of us (beware that potato salad!)."
8/9/2003 10:20:19 AM
Thursday, August 07, 2003
South Beach Disco: It's a dizzying array of pop-up windows, frantic animation, error messages, spam, porn, and the worst of what the web can be...all starting out innocently enough...until you curiously begin to click. Not work-friendly 8/7/2003 11:19:33 PM
Recall Gary for Governor!: "With straight talk such as this, we immediately realized that we had made the right choice. Gary is a natural leader. Here is a man who could finally bring California out of the wilderness, whose innate nobility and common sense would save us all. Compared to Coleman, Gray Davis is just a whore for campaign contributions. Darrell Issa is a pistol-packin' hustler playing at being a congressman. Bill Simon is, well, Bill Simon. And Dick Riordan couldn't even beat Simon in last year's primary. We knew then and there that Gary Coleman stood head-and-shoulders above the rest of the field"
8/7/2003 08:23:08 PM
Wednesday, August 06, 2003
my other-other blog, amazing text, is alive and well and growing with the awkward bits afloat out in the net:
The effects of space dust on the Earth are currently unknown. As I said, we read a Reader's Digest condensed version of Moby Dick, sparing us from all those god-awful chapters concerning the proper dissection of whales. Fatal Error.

As personal as it seems, almost all of this information is contained in public records. Today's Tupperware Party is in more places than ever before! Not only can you join a Tupperware Party at a friend's or neighbor's home, but now you can join the Party at your local mall or online! The world-famous Tupperware Party is more accessible than ever before! So no matter where you live or how much time your schedule allows, you can always join the Party ... and make it an enjoyable and unforgettable experience that's all your own. I nearly tripped on a skull.

Why the overblown self-congratulatory name? Well, it's a long and silly story..... so don't worry about it.
8/6/2003 11:16:58 PM
Tuesday, August 05, 2003
Can anyone tell me why I am the #1 search result?????

Google Search: obstetrics and gynecology headhunters

8/5/2003 10:58:42 AM
Saturday, August 02, 2003
  8/2/2003 11:45:06 AM
Friday, August 01, 2003
Algae Cakes vs. the Moon Program
These are also described as “Cap’n Kirk McAllister’s famous algae cakes.” You're looking at the tiny room in which an astronaut spent six months underground as an experiment. Eventually he disappeared, but only after reporting that he could not stop cooing. I am serious.

This was an essential part of all late-60s moonbase scenarios. People would live on algae. Why we would want to build houses on the Moon so we could eat algae and suffer from gas-alien-induced coos was never completely explained. I think this is why the space program suffered that fatal stall - at some point someone said "stop and think, just a minute. We're going to send a man to live for six months in a tiny box underground with nothing but algae cakes to study the effects of eating algae cakes in a tiny box undeground for six months."

Heads nod around the table.

"Okay, well, leaving aside the questionable objectives of the study, why do we have to do it on the moon?"

Eyes roll - oh, Christ, here he goes on that "why can't we drive to North Dakota and do it" routine again. But eventually he makes his point forcefully enough, and when NASA draws up plans to build a network of undeground Waffle Houses on the moon, enough people say hey, wait a minute to call the entire enterprise into question.

8/1/2003 12:51:17 PM
Moses supposes his toses are roses