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

Wednesday, June 30, 2004
BBC: Man acquitted of harpoon attack: "A man accused of firing a harpoon into a teenager's face has been cleared of all charges against him after a jury accepted he acted in self-defence."

On the lighter side, we all got this cool xray!

I went to court and all I got was this stupid harpoon in my face
6/30/2004 08:43:31 AM
Monday, June 28, 2004
Scientific American.com June 28, 2004

Milky Way X-ray Mystery Deepens

Astronomers have long puzzled over the origin of the x-ray glow in the middle of our Milky Way galaxy. Previous spectral measurements have hinted at the source of the diffuse light, but the data were inconclusive. Recently, observers spent 170 hours pointing NASA's Chandra x-ray telescope at a 100-light-year-wide region around the galactic center in hopes of elucidating matters. The results raise as many questions as they answer.

To study the diffuse x-ray emission, Michael Muno of UCLA and his collaborators removed from the Chandra image 2,357 bright points that came from obvious x-ray sources, like white dwarfs, neutron stars and black holes, as well as distant galaxies lying behind the Milky Way. The remaining sources in the image were too faint to identify. But the researchers determined that these unresolved sources could not account for all of the remaining x-rays. In fact, they estimated that the galactic center would have to contain 200,000 of the known x-ray objects--10 times more than are predicted to exist--in order to generate the leftover light in the image.

Instead the majority of the galactic center's ghostlike x-ray emission appears to be coming from two bodies of hot ionized gas, or plasma. The two plasmas occupy essentially the same volume, but one has a temperature of 10 million degrees Celsius and the other about 100 million degrees C. The cooler gas is most likely gas blown off during the violent deaths of massive stars.

But the origin of the hotter gas remains an enigma. It is so hot that the galaxy's gravity cannot keep it from boiling off into intergalactic space. Supernovae and stellar winds could replenish the gas, but their typical energy is not enough to produce a 100-million-degree plasma. As an explanation, the researchers posit that cosmic rays, magnetic fields and excess supernovae could provide additional heat, but they note that none of these theories are entirely successful.

6/28/2004 02:49:40 PM
brothers.art 6/28/2004 02:38:57 PM
Sunday, June 27, 2004
Carl Sandburg's Rootabaga Stories

1. Three Stories About the Finding of the Zigzag Railroad, the Pigs with Bibs On, the Circus Clown Ovens, the Village of Liver-and-Onions, the Village of Cream Puffs.

Gimme the Ax
Please Gimme
Ax Me No Questions
The Ticket Agent
Wing Tip the Spick
The Four Uncles
The Rat in a Blizzard
The Five Rusty Rats

More People:
Balloon Pickers
Baked Clowns
Polka Dot Pigs

I hope you were fortunate enough to read, or have read to you, Carl Sandburg's Rutabaga Stories when you were younger (or at any time of your life). If not, you have been greatly impoverished.

6/27/2004 08:14:53 PM
Wednesday, June 23, 2004
campaign.art 6/23/2004 04:18:26 PM

Scranton Times-Tribune: I'm presuming it will be closed for a while:

photo of local marijuana bust
Police find marijuana greenhouse

By Chris Birk TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER 06/23/2004

City police seized a substantial amount of marijuana Tuesday afternoon from the third-floor of a downtown Scranton business.

Peter Kameroski, 51, of 11032 Valley View Drive, Clarks Summit, was charged Tuesday with multiple drug counts stemming from the seizure above the Electric Mindshaft record store at 227 Lackawanna Ave.

Mr. Kameroski owns both the shop and the building, police said.

Acting on a tip, narcotics and special investigative agents walked away with 146 marijuana plants and scores of sealed bags and mason jars filled with several strains of the drug.

Police Chief David Elliott said the cache represented one of the largest, and most sophisticated, drug operations in the city's history.

Narcotics agents, who asked not to be identified, said they found heating lamps, irrigation systems and drying racks throughout the building's third-floor, which was only accessible via a 22-foot-tall ladder on the second floor.

The third floor was entirely used for growing marijuana, the agents said.

Police showcased much of the marijuana during an impromptu press briefing around 4 p.m. at City Hall. At the time, the sheer volume had yet to be processed, and narcotics agents were hard-pressed to estimate the amount or street value of the seizure.

Later Tuesday night, Lt. Marty Crofton said preliminary estimates indicate the drugs were worth from $20,000 to $60,000.

Mr. Kameroski was arraigned Tuesday afternoon before District Justice John Pesota and released on $100,000 unsecured bail. He was charged with two counts of drug manufacturing and one count each of possession with intent to distribute, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

It's just around the corner from where I work. I had been hoping to head over there one of these days.

For CDs, I mean.

Anyway, here's a mention of the place that proves automation isn't all it's cracked up to be.

The 'Mindshaft is right next to the newly-built Scranton Enterprise Center (you catch a glimpse of his storefront in this artist's rendition). As part of that, and part of the general Lackawanna-Avenue refurbishment, Peter had gotten a loan to renovate the front of the building. I was looking forward to it being finished.

He had, I think, the last used-CD store in Scranton. He also had a great selection, gave fair prices on trade-ins, and would let you test-play anything. :::sigh:::

This really bums me out. All the CDs were filed in the back to deter theft, with the empty jewel-boxes on the shelves. He always complained when I came up to the counter with my selection, becuase even though I told him which category I found the discs under, they were enver filed there. I tended to pick the kind of music that got re-categorized every week or so, I guess.

The Soundtracks bin was one of the best things, for some reason. I found Fitzcarraldo's music there, as well as the Chemical Bros. stuff for Fight Club, and two discs of Bill Frissel's Music for the films of Buster Keaton.

UPDATE 06.25.04: WYOU22 newsbrief:

From garbage bags filled with 146 live marijuana plants to ziplocks stuffed with dried pot ready for sale, Scranton Police confiscated enough weed to put a large dent in the local underground drug market. They estimate the street value to be in excess of 20 grand. An informant lead police to a Scranton music store late last week. One search warrant later, the 52 year old landlord, Peter Kameroski, is behind bars. Police say Kameroski was running in effect a marijuana greenhouse on the third floor of the building on Lackawanna Avenue. Drying racks, light transformers and all. The building has been condemned.
6/23/2004 03:38:09 PM
Paterson's Hot Texas Wiener Tradition -- Part 3

Wherein we discover why it's actually called a Texas Wiender:

The specific reasons for his choice of "Texas," unfortunately, are more likely to remain unexplained. I suppose that, seeking to give a unique and, for Paterson, exotic name to his new and somewhat spicy food itself characterized by a sauce whose name ("chili") carries Western, Latino, and cowboy associations he might have chosen the "Texas" designation to give his creation what today we'd call an "image."

Ooops. My bad. Well, it's still informative. Rather well-researched, too.

See an last-year's post on a local tradition.

6/23/2004 02:04:55 PM

The New! Boing!Boing! 2.0! is a nice, pleasant-to-read layout, with all of the former content and then some.

With the exception of Best Blogs. A loss that is made less by half of them pointing to redirection pages that were already two years old. So, in the spirit of bestness, or at least blogs that are interesting and we got to like them quite a bit becasue we were exposed to them easily, here they are:

News of the Dead
Making Light
Irregular Orbit
Follow Me Here
Batelle's Searchblog
Due Diligence
Kottke's retina-blast
the NullDevice

I may be missing one or two, still. I don't recall those that had been non-updated for a long time...

6/23/2004 01:00:54 PM
Slate.com: The Condensed Bill Clinton
Page 742: Strom Thurmond, 94, tells Chelsea, "If were 70 years younger, I'd court you!"

Page 879: On a visit to Italy, the actor Roberto Benigni leaps into Clinton's arms and shrieks, "I love you!"
6/23/2004 09:28:33 AM
diesel sweeties t-shirt promo

diesel sweeties: indie t-shirts (AKA tshirts)

6/23/2004 09:21:38 AM
Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Took back the streets.

Well, the overpasses, anyway.

6/22/2004 01:14:57 PM
McSweeney's Internet Tendency: Enriched Uranium: What Every Parent Should Know.
  • Children who participate in sports are 80 percent less likely to procure, produce, and/or deal enriched uranium

  • Enriched uranium is what is known as a gateway element. Children who try enriched uranium are more likely to try plutonium and wine coolers

  • Generally speaking, girls seem completely uninterested in obtaining enriched uranium

  • In a recent poll, nearly two-thirds of high-school students reported that they knew where to get uranium if they wanted it; another one-third of students said that they had been at parties where isotopes were being separated

via J-walk.

6/22/2004 12:39:40 PM
Monday, June 21, 2004
mrowr.art 6/21/2004 03:50:56 PM
wind is the enemy Archives

Mr. Burmeister, at work. The bitmap, in the proper hands, is a powerful tool....

The index is, of course, completely illlegible.

6/21/2004 10:41:27 AM

Received in the email, today:

I'd search for it on Google, but my wireless dial-up connection has a limit of 10km radius from the source, and I'm in some remote village about 38km from where I usually am. If I stand on the roof and wave my handset around I can catch a signal just long enough to check my email!

If we're living in the future, where's my jet-pack?

6/21/2004 08:54:03 AM
Friday, June 18, 2004
Piet is a programming language in which programs look like abstract paintings. The language is named after Piet Mondrian, who pioneered the field of geometric abstract art.
This program prints the first 100 Fibonacci numbers. It is shown at 1 pixel per codel, and twice at 121 pixels per codel.
6/18/2004 04:27:31 PM

via Veer.

6/18/2004 03:38:41 PM
browser.art 6/18/2004 01:16:55 PM

Q: Why does Philip Glass write music?

A: Because Glass is a poor conductor.

6/18/2004 10:00:00 AM
Achewood goes Southron Gothic

They's wemt, in the fire.

All souls was taken then.

All souls did burn.

Two dark and cryptic episodes, follwed by two bright-and-cheery Phillipe-for-President episodes, and then back to the gloom and humidity.

You know, way back when, they all used to be a bunch of toys.

6/18/2004 08:41:33 AM
Thursday, June 17, 2004
Asked whether he was disappointed that Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld had improperly held an Iraqi prisoner in secret for more than seven months in violation of the Geneva Conventions, Bush replied: "The secretary and I discussed that for the first time this morning. ... I'm never disappointed in my secretary of defense. He's doing a fabulous job and America's lucky to have him in the position he's in.''

Actually, I'm being unfair. He did answer the question. He's not disappointed that Rumsfeld improperly held an Iraqi prisoner in secret for more than seven months in violation of the Geneva Conventions, Rumsfeld is doing a fabulous job improperly holding an Iraqi prisoner in secret for more than seven months in violation of the Geneva Conventions, and America is lucky to have him improperly hold an Iraqi prisoner in secret for more than seven months in violation of the Geneva Conventions.

6/17/2004 01:50:20 PM
Wednesday, June 16, 2004
a compendium of LOTR pastiches with divers learned additions:
the ring being Brand
-new;and you
know consequently a
little big i was
careful of it and(having

thoroughly shined the elvish
script checked my pocket felt of
its chain made sure it was around my neck O.

K.)i went right to it jammed-it-on my finger straight …

from III C 2, Whether Balrogs have Wings:

I assert that Balrogs do not have wings. For, it is a natural impulse to act to preserve one’s life, and in doing so, to make full use of one’s capabilities. If the Balrog did have wings, it would not allow itself to fall to its death in the mines of Moria, but save itself by the use of its wings. …

Reply to Objection ii. Dragons and Balrogs are alike in that they are both servants of evil and of flame, but they differ in their accidental traits. Because two things are alike in one way, it is not proper to argue that they are alike in other ways.
"If one finds a ring in a dark cave, or an enchanted blade in a grave-barrow, these he is allowed to keep."

If one finds a ring in a dark cave -- what is the reason for this? Thus said R. Yitzchak: It is because the owner of the ring would have been checking it at all times, and thus, he would have noticed when he lost it, and surely he would have said, "woe is me, for I have lost my preciousss," and as R. Zvid said in the name of Rabha, if one says, "woe it me, for I have lost my preciousss," he does not expect to recover it.

And of which rings are we talking? Rabha bar R. Chana says, "even the nine". Ullah says, "even the seven." Reish Lakish says, "even the three." R. Nachman says in the name of Shmuel, "This is only true of the One Ring, and that only because the One Ring is never truly lost by chance."
6/16/2004 03:30:36 PM
NEASDEN CONTROL CENTRE has updated their site with more juicy goodness. The Shop is still closed, and navigation & layout is cleaner than ever. Please note that in this case, that is not a compliment but a complaint. Since their first web iteration (well, the first one I saw, two years ago), their site has gotten more and more straight-forward. And has contained less. :::sigh:::
6/16/2004 12:38:33 PM
Google's Bloomsday logo
6/16/2004 08:47:09 AM
New York Times: Bloomsday, 1904
Sixteenth today it is," thinks Leopold Bloom, and the 16th it was, in June 1904. James Joyce, age 22, would walk out that very night in Dublin with Nora Barnacle, whom he later wedded. "Ulysses" is set on that day Bloomsday, as it has come to be called in honor of Joyce's meeting Miss Barnacle. Many Joyceans have made of Bloomsday a literary Mardi Gras, an odyssey through Dublin using the points of Joyce's compass, a day to celebrate Irishness and the peculiar verbal fecundity of that nation. In a novel full of celebrated talkers, it is Bloom, Jew and Irishman, who hovers, voice and thought, over the proceedings. As one barroom patron in the novel says, show Bloom a straw on the floor and "he'd talk about it for an hour so he would and talk steady."

All these years later, one somehow thinks of "Ulysses" as being of that day, June 16, 1904, though it was published in February 1922. It is still as defiant a comedy as ever, as fictional as a gazetteer, willing to make a hash of the genres its author inherited. Now and then, a critic feels the need to tilt against "Ulysses," to complain of a byzantine difficulty in certain passages, to lament Joyce's leaps of logic and illogic, his utter sacrifice of plot. But by destroying plot reducing it to a kind of geography Joyce succeeds in reinventing time. Bloomsday is the most capacious day in literature. Only the hours of Lear's suffering last longer, and there time passes in a stage direction. Language has almost never had a surer substance a stronger temporal beat than Joyce gives it in the thoughts of Leopold Bloom and his wife, Molly, along with Stephen Dedalus and Dublin's assembled hordes.

"Ulysses" has come to stand as the apogee of "elitist" literature, a novel that carries a kind of foreboding in its very title, the prospect of a hard road ahead. But there is really no less elitist novel in the English language. Its stuff is the common life of man, woman and child. You take what you can, loping over the smooth spots and pulling up short when you need to. Dedalus may indulge in Latinate fancy, and Joyce may revel in literary mimicry. But the real sound of this novel is the sound of the street a century ago: the noise of centuries of streets echoing over the stones.

Each of the last three years I have organized a 24-hour marathon reading of Ulysses; this year, I am taking a break.

6/16/2004 08:39:04 AM
Tuesday, June 15, 2004
NY Newsday: Reagan should be on a $3 bill
The great American news industry, the Pekinese of the Press with so much room and time and nothing to say, compared Reagan to Lincoln and Hamilton, they really did. This is like claiming that the maintenance man wrote the Bill of Rights. And almost all the reporters agreed that Reagan was the man who brought down Russia in the Cold War.

Just saying this is absolutely sinful. The Cold War was won by a long memo written by George Kennan, who worked in the State Department and sent the memo by telegram about the need for a "Policy of Containment" on Russia. Kennan said the contradictions in their system would ruin them. Keep them where they are and they will tear themselves apart. We followed Kennan's policy for over 40 years. The Soviets made it worse on themselves by building a wall in East Berlin. When they had to tear it down and give up their system, Kennan was in Princeton and he sat down to dinner.

I thought that children were taught this. Instead, all week, reporters told us that Ronald Reagan won the Cold War. Beautiful.
6/15/2004 03:55:58 PM

Could I ask you a favor? I've been playing more and more with my cheap digital cameras and tweaking the output (snapshot gallery 2 thru gallery 6). I'm not sure if what I'm doing is "good" in an external sense (ie, others might say so), or just good as in "I like to do it." One of my doubts has to do with my focus (so to speak) on faces. I've never been drawn to faces in my art before, so I don't know if these are good pictures, or that part of the brain that responds to faces is responding. Does that make sense?

Anyway, I'm looking at converting some of these to slides for some show submission. So before I pop to money on slides and submission fees, I'd like to have some opinions. Any that strike your fancy in an "externally good" sort of way?

You may also consider work from art wroks 1 and 2, as well as the poorly-named digital collages. I gotta revise all of this layout, don't I.... Anyway, let me know what you think.

That is, if you've got the time to take a gander...

6/15/2004 12:57:46 PM
Everything isn't Under Control

Daily Show Clip of Ashcroft stonewalling.

6/15/2004 11:27:47 AM
The New York Times: Reaganite by Association? His Family Won't Allow It
[Ron] Reagan was not quite so pointed on Friday night. "Dad was also a deeply, unabashedly religious man," he told mourners gathered at sunset at the Reagan presidential library. "But he never made the fatal mistake of so many politicians - wearing his faith on his sleeve to gain political advantage. True, after he was shot and nearly killed early in his presidency he came to believe that God had spared him in order that he might do good. But he accepted that as a responsibility, not a mandate. And there is a profound difference."
6/15/2004 10:39:52 AM
CNN.com: 5,000-year-old necropolis under Cairo - Jun 14, 2004

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- Archaeologists have unearthed a 5,000-year-old necropolis with 20 well-preserved tombs in a poor neighborhood just outside Cairo, Egyptian authorities announced Sunday.

The site in the suburb of Helwan is a mixture of small, plain tombs with larger ones meant for the middle and upper classes, with containing alabaster, limestone, clay and copper pots and pans, the statement said.

The necropolis also contains a limestone relief with early uses of hieroglyphic texts, according to Christian Kohler, head of the Australian team of archaeologists.

"It is a duty to protect this magnificent archaeological site from the urban expansion which represent a major threat to (Helwan's) monuments," she said, quoted in a statement from Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities.

Two large limestone tombs found at the site date to the Old Kingdom, 2575-2134 B.C. and contain a collection of small chapels and niches.

Helwan, some 15 miles south of Cairo, is a heavily populated industrial area located across the Nile river from the pyramids of Saqqara, also a cemetery site.

6/15/2004 12:28:48 AM
Uninvited Artist Posts Work at 4 Museums

Wed Jun 9, 2:54 PM ET

By ULA ILNYTZKY, Associated Press Writer

NEW YORK - Paintings of President Bush (news - web sites) and former President Clinton (news - web sites), accompanied by messages referring to the artist's bodily fluids, mysteriously appeared last week on the walls of two major city museums and reportedly at two other museums in Philadelphia and Washington.

Harold Holzer, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, said Wednesday that a cartoon-type painting of Bush against a background of shredded dollar bills was found hanging Saturday on the wall near an exit in the museum's modern art galleries.

"The Metropolitan is a repository for the greatest works of human creativity over the last 5,000 years," Holzer said. "It is not a bulletin board. For us, it is clearly an unwelcome demonstration of self-aggrandizement."

The 9-by-15-inch work, done on a frameless canvas, was affixed to the wall with double-sided tape. A label taped next to the painting said it was made with "acrylic, legal tender and the artist's semen."

Apparently no one saw it being put up.

Similar paintings of Bush and Clinton were left Saturday at the Guggenheim Museum. Police and FBI agents determined there was no threat to the public, authorities said.

Also targeted were the National Gallery of Art in Washington and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the New York Post reported Wednesday.

Representatives of those three museums declined to comment or were not immediately available when contacted by The Associated Press.

Citing an unidentified source, the Post said the intruder left typewritten notes at all four locations that read: "I mixed my semen in some acrylic gel medium and I painted it in the right hand corner of this piece of art. It is an artistic reference to the silent power of the biological sciences."

Although the museum screens visitors' bags, Holzer said the small painting would not have raised any alarms and would not have been confiscated, because many museum visitors go to the Met to sketch.


Associated Press Writer Tom Hays contributed to this report.

6/15/2004 12:20:59 AM
Monday, June 14, 2004
sendoff.art 6/14/2004 01:14:30 PM
This toy really blows.
6/14/2004 10:35:30 AM
Friday, June 11, 2004
Today, Friday June 11, 2004, is a National Day of Mourning. Having come of age during his presidency, I was never the biggest fan of Ronald Reagan. Nevertheless, I join the rest of my nation in mourning the loss of a President.
6/11/2004 01:30:34 PM
Thursday, June 10, 2004
from NYT

MEDIA ADVISORY: Reagan: Media Myth and Reality

"Ronald Reagan was the most popular president ever to leave office," explained ABC anchor Elizabeth Vargas (6/6/04). "His approval ratings were higher than any other at the end of his second term." Though the claim was repeated by many news outlets, it is not true; Bill Clinton's approval ratings when he left office were actually higher than Reagan's, at 66 percent versus Reagan's 63 percent (Gallup, 1/10-14-01). Franklin Delano Roosevelt also topped Reagan with a 66 percent approval rating at the time of his death in office after three and a half terms.

In general, Reagan's popularity during his two terms tends to be overstated. The Washington Post's lead article on June 6 began by declaring him "one of the most popular presidents of the 20th Century," while ABC's Sam Donaldson announced, "Through travesty, triumph and tragedy, the president enjoyed unprecedented popularity." The Chicago Tribune (6/6/04) wrote that "his popularity with the electorate was deep and personal... rarely did his popularity dip below 50 percent; it often exceeded 70 percent, an extraordinarily high mark."

But a look at Gallup polling data brings a different perspective. Through most of his presidency, Reagan did not rate much higher than other post-World War II presidents. And during his first two years, Reagan's approval ratings were quite low. His 52 percent average approval rating for his presidency places him sixth out of the past ten presidents, behind Kennedy (70 percent), Eisenhower (66 percent), George H.W. Bush (61 percent), Clinton (55 percent), and Johnson (55 percent). His popularity frequently dipped below 50 percent during his first term, plummeted to 46 percent during the Iran-Contra scandal, and never exceeded 68 percent. (By contrast, Clinton's maximum approval rating hit 71 percent.)

Which reminds me of my vague memories (we didn't have cable, so I seldome saw it) of Spitting Image.

6/10/2004 12:54:20 PM
cold.art 6/10/2004 09:00:38 AM
Wednesday, June 09, 2004
A Flock of Segers is subtitled "Music and Movie Wordplay."

It's hard to argue with that.

6/9/2004 05:06:28 PM
6/9/2004 03:58:57 PM
Wikiepedia: List of cocktails

God, I love self-organizing group effort! Now, I need me a drink. A Shandy Gaff, mayhap.

6/9/2004 01:38:38 AM
Tuesday, June 08, 2004
Reuters.com: 'Vote Liberal and I'll Strip'
BUDAPEST (Reuters) - "Boys, if you vote for the liberals, I'll strip," a girl in jeans and a revealing shirt teases Hungarian voters in a mock advert for the European elections.

It was filmed for a joke during the shooting of the liberal Free Democrats official broadcast, in which the girl features, campaign coordinator Gabor Horn told Hungarian news portal index.hu.

The Web site has posted the seven-second clip.

The short ad is a lighter moment in an increasingly bitter campaign for the June 13 elections in which the ruling party Socialists and opposition Fidesz sling mud at each other.

6/8/2004 09:39:06 AM
Monday, June 07, 2004
reagan.art 6/7/2004 02:37:04 PM
Baghdad.art 6/7/2004 02:00:37 PM
Holy Secrets of the Bible and Religions
WARNING: These are not 'ordinary' books in any way or form!
14 Amazing Books reveal all concerning: the real Yahweh, the real Elohim, the real Adam and Eve, the real "serpent" in the real Garden of Eden, plus 1,000's of other Forbidden Knowledge and Strange Secrets!

Nor does their graphic design and web-site in any way approach 'ordinary'.

6/7/2004 01:58:33 PM
We begin bombing in five minutes.
6/7/2004 10:59:08 AM
Friday, June 04, 2004
Philips KEY019 Digital Camcorder
The 1.6 oz. Philips camcorder is roughly half the size of a mobile phone, but it packs the functionality of four devices: a MPEG-4 camcorder; a two mega-pixel digital still camera; a MP3 player; and a USB flash drive.

The price is still well above $200. Call me when it drops below $40....

6/4/2004 10:37:57 AM
Rotting cows or Hirst: Which is worst?

LONDON (Reuters) - British artist Damien Hirst, who uses dead animals in his work, promised to apologize for a "mix-up" Thursday, after a rotting cow was left outside his studio over a long holiday weekend.

Inspectors visited the studio in Gloucestershire, southwest England over the weekend and took the putrid remains of an animal away to incinerate them, after neighbors complained of a horrible smell.

A spokeswoman at Hirst's studio confirmed that the remains were those of a dead cow.

"It was at the rear of the studio in a plastic-contained bin," she said.

"It's a communication mix-up between the contractor who was collecting it and a member of staff. So it was left over the bank holiday weekend, which was very unfortunate."

She said Hirst planned to apologize for leaving the dead animal out. She would not say what the artist had used it for.

The artist won Britain's Turner Prize in 1995 for "Mother and Child, Divided," which featured an adult cow and a baby calf, each split in half, pickled in formaldehyde and displayed in glass tanks. Local authorities in Gloucestershire said they were investigating to see whether any regulations were broken when the animal was left in the street.

6/4/2004 09:59:22 AM
NYT: Long Live the Elephants, Long Dead
The famous East African elephant herd (of Loxodonta africana, that is to say) is, of course, the centerpiece of the Akeley Hall of African Mammals at the American Museum of Natural History. For the first time these specimens are undergoing high-definition digital radiography in a $175,000 study that, with luck, will answer this crucial question: How can this 68-year-old exhibition best be saved?
6/4/2004 09:13:58 AM
Brazil (film)

multiple versions. etc.

6/4/2004 08:53:12 AM
Thursday, June 03, 2004
Dammit, I want an ape suit!
6/3/2004 04:32:11 PM
Gizmodo: Argus Sub-$50 Digital Cameras Reach the Stores

Below $50, with 8meg storage and color LCD. Available only at WalMart, the rotting b******s.

However, TinyCams doesn't seem to be shedding too many tears over its ease-of-use and image quality.

6/3/2004 11:25:11 AM
Wired News: You, Too, Can Be a Comics Whiz
Video-game characters in a comic strip were not unheard of, but the remarkable thing about Anez's comic was that rather than using drawings of the characters, he used the actual video-game character art -- "sprites" in programming jargon -- along with some simple backgrounds and word balloons. The effect re-created the feel of the game with a minimum of artistic effort.
6/3/2004 09:03:32 AM
Wednesday, June 02, 2004
the Guardian: Cold Snaps: Tarkovsky Polaroids
The great Soviet film-maker Andrei Tarkovsky always carried a Polaroid camera with him. His son, Andrei A Tarkovsky, explains the background to some of the pictures. Instant Light, Tarkovsky Polaroids edited by Giovanni Chiaramonte and Andrei A. Tarkovsky, is published by Thames & Hudson on June 1 2004, priced 14.95 and available from all good bookshops or online.

via News of the Dead.

6/2/2004 02:51:06 PM
Saatchi art worth millions goes up in flames

Fire at a London warehouse destroys 100s of works, many owned by Charles Saatchi. Some people are not unhappy.

I saw the Sensation show when it was in Brooklyn. Liked some of it.

6/2/2004 02:08:51 PM
Tuesday, June 01, 2004

A Flash app to visualize the Google newsfeed. You can select various countries and topic areas. The creators other Flash (& image) experiments are worth viewing, as well.

6/1/2004 12:44:37 PM

Saturday's St. Ubaldo's Day Race of the Saints was amazing. It wasn't a spectacle of spectacles, it wasn't mobbed by hundreds of thousands, it wasn't a thrilling race to the finish line: it was a small town coming out en masse (several thousand, at least), to watch a ritualized tradition that dates back nearly 1000 years to Gubbio, Italy—transplanted into NorthEastern Pennsylvania. It was fantastic.

I took a bunch of photos, and have some more that I haven't sorted out yet. Somehow, I'm lacking a good photo of my host, Jeff Fowler, and his very generous family who hosted a party attended by many. Jeff if one of the co-founders of the regional indie-movie resource MovieCake. A rough-cut of their production Who's Famous Now was screened that aftenoon--while it was still warm and sunny, of course. After the race when the sun was gone and it turned cold, we all sat outside in the dark. Of course.

Here is some more info on St. Ubaldo, and Gubbio's Corsa dei Ceri — the Race of the Candles.

6/1/2004 08:30:34 AM
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