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Friday, February 27, 2004
the Auslander is still in India
interesting stories, nice photos.
[....] And a few nights ago, temple music and amplified chanting and speakers blaring throughout the night. Another deity, one for every day of your life. There's not much quiet, because when the Hindus shut down their sound systems at 3 or 4 a.m., it's only an hour or two before the first amplified call to prayer.

We take a rickshaw over to Natraj Restaurant, all locals, almost all men, sit down and there's no menu, the waiters just circle around filling your thali with delectable veg. dishes and sauces. One waiter has the chapatis, one has the sauces, one has the rice, one has the pappads. All you can eat. Best food in town. Lunch for two with 2 colas = 80 rupees ($1.80)

Last night at dinner (macaroni and cheese, Kashmiri pullao, butter naan, lemon soda, and a couple masala chais), we watch the old James Bond film "Octopussy." Part of it was filmed here, and all the local restaurants make a really big deal of that, so much so that every restaurant in the tourist ghetto (otherwise known everywhere universally as the "old city") screens the film every evening at 7 p.m. As if restaurant work wasn't hard enough already, you have to watch that silly film every god damn night while you're waiting tables? Anyway, the rickshaw chase scenes are actually quite similar to ordinary Indian rickshaw traffic, and seem much less scary and impressive now that we've been here awhile. [....]
2/27/2004 09:29:22 AM
Rest In Peace, Loretta...
thank you, Alicia.
2/27/2004 09:25:57 AM
new things in FOUNDLINGS
Since I last told you about it. Which was, well, I don't remember when. Merry Christmas.
2/27/2004 09:13:32 AM
Thursday, February 26, 2004
Wired News: Hollywood Wins DVD-Copying Case
"Companies have a responsibility to develop products that operate within the letter of the law and that do not expose their customers to illegal activities," said Jack Valenti, chief executive of the Motion Picture Association of America.
I can't wait to see how the gun and knife industry complies with this sort of statement....
2/26/2004 11:18:58 AM
cargo.art 2/26/2004 09:51:32 AM
Politech: How NOT to make ricin
or 101 reasons not to trust the Internet.
2/26/2004 09:10:10 AM
Wednesday, February 25, 2004
Mad Professor.net
Mark Frauenfelder's media review blog.
2/25/2004 10:36:17 PM
Mediamatic: Mediamatic: Mediamatic.net
ahhhhhh. I haven't seen these guys since 1993.
2/25/2004 01:09:15 PM
Matchbook - O - Rama
[inevitable Doors reference omitted.]
2/25/2004 11:20:33 AM
Tuesday, February 24, 2004
k-punk on THINGS TO COME
I haven't seen this for, lo--these many years. High time to review.
2/24/2004 11:26:29 AM
Monday, February 23, 2004
red labor
2/23/2004 12:41:42 PM
NYT: Will Eisner draws a rebuttal
Will Eisner is tackling the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. It's in its inking phase, now. I'm really looking forward to this; while I haven't had much direct exposure to Mr. Eisner's work (soon, soon!), his fingerprints are everywhere in contemporary comics--and besides, he pretty much invented the "graphic novel."

Years ago, I read Norman Cohn's Warrant For Genocide* , a 1970 excavation of the origins and fabrications of the ridiculous story--an interesting, if horrifying, example of how fiction can overtake truth. I highly reccomend Mr. Cohn's "The Pursuit of the Millennium: Revolutionary Millenarians and Mystical Anarchists of the Middle Ages" and "Europe's Inner Demons: An Enquiry Inspired By the Great Witch-Hunt."

*an interesting & detailed review/synopsis, that wants to take it as a lesson for mistrust of the New World Order.
2/23/2004 11:22:37 AM
Saturday, February 21, 2004
Hypnerotomachia Poliphili
The Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, with its unpronounceable title, indecipherable text, and unidentifiable author, is one of the most puzzling, enigmatic and fascinating books ever conceived. Since its publication (1499), it has surprised its readers with its vast knowledge of architecture and landscape and garden design, but also engineering, painting and sculpture. Part fictional narrative, and part scholarly treatise, the book is, in addition, an extreme expression of erotic furore, aimed at everything, especially architecture, that the protagonist Poliphilo encounters in his quest for his beloved Polia, whose name translated from the Greek as meaning "many things." The book is also a political manifesto defending the right of women to express their own sexuality and the superiority of Eros, beauty and knowledge over aggression and war. Liane Lefaivre, in her Leon Battista Alberti’s Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, is the first to attribute this strange, dreamlike manifesto in defense of humanism to Leon Battista Alberti.
2/21/2004 10:19:53 AM
Friday, February 20, 2004
Flowers for Al and Don
This afternoon, on Boing Boing, I read about this great idea. Basically, people are generously sending flowers to random gay couples waiting in line to get married in San Francisco. This is a brilliant idea, but I immediately recognized a problem. The flower shop cited, Flowers by the Bay, is apparently charging a minimum of US $47 to deliver these flowers. That's probably market value, but it's a bit steep for individuals who might want to help out (particularly if they're paying in Canadian dollars or other weaker currencies) but can't spare fifty bucks.

Hence, Flowers for Al and Don. I'm using a PayPal account to collect money, with which I'll buy bouquets in bulk for the couples in line. You can donate as much or little as you please, and I pledge that every cent (minus the PayPal fees) that I receive will go to this project. If make a donation, and want your name and/or Web site to be listed below, let me know when making your payment in PayPal.
2/20/2004 04:53:58 PM
meow.art 2/20/2004 04:52:42 PM
The Writing on the Wall
tag. you're it.
2/20/2004 04:50:42 PM
Thursday, February 19, 2004
xray photo of something you're better off not seeing

CNN.com - Hundreds of coins found in patient's belly
- Feb. 18, 2004

BOSTON, Massachusetts (AP) -- French doctors were taken aback when they discovered the reason for a patient's sore, swollen belly: He had swallowed around 350 coins -- $650 worth -- along with assorted necklaces and needles.

The 62-year-old man came to the emergency room of Cholet General Hospital in western France in 2002. He had a history of major psychiatric illness, was suffering from stomach pain, and could not eat or move his bowels.

His family warned doctors that he sometimes swallowed coins, and a few had been removed from his stomach in past hospital visits.

Still, doctors were awed when they took an X-ray. They discovered an enormous opaque mass in his stomach that turned out to weigh 12 pounds -- as much as some bowling balls. It was so heavy it had forced his stomach down between his hips.

Five days after his arrival, doctors cut him open and removed his badly damaged stomach with its contents. He died 12 days later from complications.

One of his doctors, intensive care specialist Dr. Bruno Francois, said the patient had swallowed the coins -- both French currency and later euros -- over about a decade. His family tried to keep coins and jewelry away from him.

"When he was invited and came in some homes, he liked to steal coins and eat them," Francois said.

The case history of the French patient, whose name was withheld, was reported in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine.

The patient's rare condition is called pica, a compulsion to eat things not normally consumed as food. Its name comes from the Latin word for magpie, a bird thought to eat just about anything.

Pica can take the form of eating dirt, ashes, chalk, hair, soap, toothbrushes, burned matches and many other things. Francois once treated a patient who ate forks. Most such objects are small enough to pass on their own, but some must be removed by doctors.

The condition is perhaps best known in children and pregnant women but is also sometimes linked to psychiatric illness.

A few details of the Frenchman's case were presented January 1 along with the X-ray -- but no explanation of the stomach mass -- as a challenge to New England Journal of Medicine readers in a fixture called "A Medical Mystery."

Dr. Lindsey Baden, an editor at the journal, reported that 666 readers in 73 countries -- mostly doctors or doctors-in-training -- contacted the journal to try to solve the mystery. Almost 90 percent settled on diagnoses consistent with pica, but only 8 percent correctly identified coins.

"This case serves as a reminder of important factors that should be considered in the care of patients who are mentally impaired," Baden wrote.
2/19/2004 10:57:56 PM
retro lounge
bringing you the best of bygone eras
2/19/2004 03:54:55 PM
holy. crap.

& check out the cassette labels.
2/19/2004 01:35:18 PM
Foam Costumes: Food
Lycra bodysuits not included with any of the costumes below:
2/19/2004 01:25:01 PM
elibaxter.art 2/19/2004 10:58:04 AM
1963 Messerschmitt KR200
my birthday is in April. just a friendly reminder.
2/19/2004 09:34:27 AM
Urban Adventure in Rotterdam
Strange places, psychogeography, & abandonded buildings.
2/19/2004 08:48:36 AM
Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc.
On a mission to make the world safe for Avant-Garde Art.
2/19/2004 08:45:16 AM
Wednesday, February 18, 2004
: :J A M E S J E A N : :
this has been pointed out, recently, in several places that I can't recall. And since I emailed myself the link, I take all the credit. Did them crazy colors, man. And re-print the accordion gatefold, please.
2/18/2004 07:27:39 PM
Tuesday, February 17, 2004
Ruins for the Future
The starting point of this exhibition is at the traditional brick ovens in the Arequipa valley [Peru].These ovens are beautiful ruins making stones for future buildings. 9 Artists were asked to produce special works of art taking in to account the specific situation of the country and its historical and cultural contexts. Despite the difficult political and economic situation of the country the artists insisted that the exhibition should go ahead.

Got you grains of salt handy?
found via rhizome.org.
2/17/2004 09:03:24 PM
eyes.art 2/17/2004 02:31:10 PM
Diamond star thrills astronomers
Please consider this in the context of Mr. F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Diamond As Big As the Ritz:
He would give to God, he continued, getting down to specifications, the greatest diamond in the world. This diamond would be cut with many more thousand facets than there were leaves on a tree, and yet the whole diamond would be shaped with the perfection of a stone no bigger than a fly. Many men would work upon it for many years. It would be set in a great dome of beaten gold, wonderfully carved and equipped with gates of opal and crusted sapphire. In the middle would be hollowed out a chapel presided over by an altar of iridescent, decomposing, ever-changing radium which would burn out the eyes of any worshipper who lifted up his head from prayer--and on this altar there would be slain for the amusement of the Divine Benefactor any victim He should choose, even though it should be the greatest and most powerful man alive.


There are only diamonds in the whole world, diamonds and perhaps the shabby gift of disillusion.
Also of note is Mr. Philip José Farmer's Don't Wash the Carats, a full or partial text of which seems unavailable on-line.
2/17/2004 01:23:27 PM
Funkstörung Isolation Remix
"Isolation Remixes" is open to the global creative community. Designers and creatives are invited to remix any of the photographs provided on this site. Photographic Library will be updated each month with new photographs to give you more interesting and exciting objects to remix.
2/17/2004 09:17:18 AM
Protecting the hard of hearing from witchcraft and cartoons...
Neil Gaiman exposes the sudden lack of closed captioning for shows that mention witchcraft, etc. Yeah, we're talking Scooby Doo, here.
2/17/2004 09:08:45 AM
Monday, February 16, 2004
jwz - Japanese Sex Museum of Horrors
words...words escape me.
2/16/2004 06:08:41 PM
Actress's breasts cut in chainsaw accident
Marko König mit der Kettensäge des Schicksals
Wed Feb 11, 6:32 AM ET

BERLIN (Reuters) - A German actress was taken to hospital after an artist injured her breasts while trying to cut open her bra with a chainsaw during a rehearsal for a stage show, she has told a newspaper.

"It was the worst moment of my life. I thought, Sibylle, you're going to die," the actress, former porn star Sibylle Rauch, 43, told Bild newspaper.

The chainsaw operator, performance artist Marko Koenig, said Rauch was lying down during the rehearsal on Monday and suddenly bent forward just as he was applying the saw to her bra.

"I couldn't pull back the chainsaw quickly enough and cut her breast and stomach. It was terrible," he told Bild. The hospital in Karlsruhe, southwest Germany, where Rauch was treated declined to give details of her injuries. "We are not authorised to comment on our patients," a spokesman said.
Mr. König's company, Eventshow, has this to say (via a Google translation):
After the terrible accident, which went through all media, Erotikstar Sibylle smoke is again on the way of the improvement. The actress ("ice at the handle") overcame the shock of her accident with partner and action artist Marko king. "Marko does not meet a debt, it was although more terrible an industrial accident. Marko could avoid thanks of experience of many years worse ". "the wounds do not do already any longer pain and I hope in such a way that no visible scars remain", so the artist in the long term. Shortly Sibylle smoke and action artist Marko king continue with the samples to the "Kettensaegenshow" and the concept "ice to Stiel" party and are ready for new spectacular appearances. Also the two want to show the famous BH number.
2/16/2004 05:38:44 PM
Howl's Moving Castle
The next Hayao Miyazaki movie.
via My Bicycle.
2/16/2004 01:43:33 PM
Astute readers of xradiograph will already have notice the updated search tool on the left, now using Google. Thicker. Better. Does more.
2/16/2004 01:04:59 PM
KONONO N°1 was founded over 25 years ago by Mingiedi, a virtuoso of the likembé (a traditional instrument sometimes called "sanza" or "thumb piano", consisting of metal rods attached to a resonator). The band's line-up includes three electric likembés (bass, medium and treble), equipped with hand-made microphones built from magnets salvaged from old car parts, and plugged into amplifiers. There's also a rhythm section which uses traditional as well as makeshift percussion (pans, pots and car parts), three singers, three dancers and a sound system featuring these famous megaphones.
2/16/2004 08:18:55 AM
Friday, February 13, 2004
illegal-art.org :: a project of Stay Free!
I should have (and maybe did) pointed this out long ago. Brought to my attention again for their hosting of Danger Mouse's The Grey Album. ahhhhh.....
2/13/2004 11:14:51 AM
Thursday, February 12, 2004
Glue Books
and more.
man, I have to get busy....
2/12/2004 10:35:05 PM
waldrop.art 2/12/2004 02:32:07 PM
The ultimate Space Invaders Shrine
The Classic Arcade Videogame. I had nightmares about those guys when I was a kid and quarters were hard to come by. The first machine I saw was in the Western Mall, Sioux Falls, SD.
2/12/2004 11:17:17 AM
Wednesday, February 11, 2004
I've got a cheap digital camera, and I'm not afraid to use it!!!

Last week I got a 2"x2"x3/4" camera in the mail, a refurbished SiPix Blink II. It was $20, $6 s&h, with a $20 rebate (that I'm still waiting for). In other words, I will have paid $6 for the thing when all is said and done. Its max resolution is 640x480 (0.3-megapixel!), has a lower-res mode, continuous mode (15/sec, I think, and an even lower mode available), indoor exposure, and "outdoor" exposure--which may be intended for quicker shots in bright light--but ends up taking loooooong exposures in the absence of light. Oh, and its got 8megs hidden away in there, and a USB port. So, while the color sensitivity is a little funny, the lens is a piece of crap, and everything is a wee tad fuzzy, it's a great little toy. At twice the price ($12), it'd still be a bargain. Oh, and did I mention it came with a "fashion neck strap" [clear-blue with glitter inside], USB cable, simple photo software [amusing but functional, and easier to navigate than The Gimp], and a little thingy to set it atop your computer as a webcam. Only the software freezes on my WinME machine. But that's another story.

Anyway, I've been taking some pictures, and they're over in Make It Snappy 2 and Make It Snappy 3.

Aha! Seems I'm not alone in this fondness for crappy opto-electronics: Tiny Cams!! found via Ted Felix's JamCam 2.0 review.

UPDATE Fri Feb 13
The RevJimWiki had/has a long thread on hacking the disposable Dakota Digital Camera. Which is a pretty cheap camera. But it has a flash! :::jealousy:::
2/11/2004 10:47:04 PM
Tuesday, February 10, 2004
Orson Scott Card: MP3s Are Not the Devil
In other words, the people complaining about all the internet "thieves" are, by any reasonable measure, rapacious profiteers who have been parasitically sucking the blood out of copyrights on other people's work.

And I say this with the best will in the world.
via My Bicycle
2/10/2004 01:01:36 PM
Transformers Instruction Archive
Here is the most complete Transformers instruction archive online.
via BoingBoing
2/10/2004 12:39:17 PM
Welcome to the WNEP-TV Tribute Page. The station has been around for 50 years. Below are some of the memories from the past. I hope you enjoy the information and photos.
2/10/2004 12:36:37 PM
a tiny, but handy, piece of twisted metal
Johan Vaaler invented the paperclip in Norway in 1899 [....]
2/10/2004 11:10:46 AM
Monday, February 09, 2004
A Compressed-Air Locomotive.
[...] basically a large tank of compressed air on wheels. It was built for coal mining by the Dickson Locomotive works at Scranton, Pa, USA.
2/9/2004 06:54:29 PM
FortyOne - Different Mayonnaise
Old records (for the most part children's) found in thrift stores, yard sales and flea markets were the main source of the material along with public domain drum loops, Internet WAV sites, TV shows and movies and much more. No drum machines, fancy samplers or sequencers were used on this project. Not one shred of original instrumentation, just 100% samples recorded with a basic PC microphone strategically placed up against my stereo speaker and two programs called Sound Recorder and GoldWave.

more sonic gems can be found at ComfortStand. I'm particularly fond of the "Mic In Tracks" and "Party Fun with Recorders." I had the misfortune of having childhood tapes fall into the hand of nefarious "friends" later in high-school.

Now you know why I've moved half-way across the country....
2/9/2004 05:33:00 PM
Commonest words
via the BoingBoing guest-blogger Johannes Grenzfurthner, who declined to leave perma-links.
2/9/2004 04:26:50 PM
submerged.art 2/9/2004 03:39:26 PM
Oscar F. Hills
banjo versions of "Caravan", "Night in Tunisia," & other greats. Yeah!
2/9/2004 11:09:58 AM
WorldChanging: Another World Is Here
because I should be reading this every day.
2/9/2004 08:49:29 AM
Sunday, February 08, 2004
accordion telegram leaflet
Now, in the Foundlings 2 gallery.
2/8/2004 08:11:36 PM
Friday, February 06, 2004
marriage.art 2/6/2004 04:33:07 PM
NCC vs. Presstube
I don't know wether to burn all of my notebooks, or buy more....
2/6/2004 02:26:43 PM
xray is not needed
xray is an odd filter
xray is concerned
xray is used to make the radiograph
xray is negative
2/6/2004 11:37:54 AM
x is pretty
x is for xylophone cupcake
x is an abomination
x is better than y
2/6/2004 11:36:33 AM
Taco Bell strategy
"Paulukonis is a big fan of the Taco Bell fire sauce[....]"
Ah. Not me. How interesting....
2/6/2004 11:33:48 AM
Thursday, February 05, 2004
"we are the & in copy & paste"
2/5/2004 08:52:35 AM
Wednesday, February 04, 2004
you must be joking.art 2/4/2004 12:50:34 PM
Toastery album
Over 200 pictures of toasters (or a toaster; it's hard to tell).
2/4/2004 10:53:47 AM
one hand.art
what is the sound of one koan clapping?
Found via the Japan SAQ (seldom asked questions).
2/4/2004 10:06:25 AM
Tuesday, February 03, 2004
Achewood's Philippe for America!
3 page campaign. I know who I'm voting for!!!
2/3/2004 05:15:08 PM
Due Diligence on Citizen's Media
"Trust also arises from voice and authenticity, which are characteristics of individuals. Citizens' media allows them to compete on trust and viewpoint, head to head with professionalized mass media. Machine based aggregation lets the reader pick and choose, not the editor."
2/3/2004 02:45:32 PM
gallery: AnnMarie, Eric, and Maggie
Pictures of my sister, one or two of my brother-in-law, but mostly of my soon-to-be-neice.
2/3/2004 09:39:13 AM
Monday, February 02, 2004
'Exorcist' lets U.S. soldiers put new spin on time in Iraq
"Historically, it's the most astounding place I've ever seen," [Mr. Friedkin] said. "This site is an archeological dreamscape of pre-Christian, Sumerian, Assyrian and Babylonian treasure in a country that is the cradle of civilization -- where Hammurabi created the first laws, where King Nebuchadnezzar's palace was unearthed."
2/2/2004 01:53:36 PM
who, or what, is YGFM ???
Other than "Paul Morris," that is....
2/2/2004 01:10:02 PM
Sunday, February 01, 2004
Merlin balloons
Why am I thinking on Antonini....
2/1/2004 10:11:39 PM
After changing the template three times this weekend, I've finally solidified a version of the concrete poetry gallery for your perusal.
2/1/2004 03:36:21 PM
Moses supposes his toses are roses