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Tuesday, August 31, 2004
Thou Art Only Born Again Once
"The name is More. Thomas More". He flashed his sheriff's badge. The beadle stepped back with fear in his eyes. As Sheriff of London, More held letters patent which allowed him to execute summary justice on any commoner up to the rank of gentleman without needing to bring the miscreant before a King's magistrate. In short, More had a license to kill.
8/31/2004 01:56:31 PM

Uhm, okay.

And forget about it if you're on dial-up.

8/31/2004 01:17:57 PM
Friendster-coder Joyce Park Fired for Blogging

Yeah, I cancelled my account, too.

Not that I used it much.

8/31/2004 10:57:31 AM
Dennish Hastert is an ass.

Yes. House Speaker Dennis Hastert. A complete, utter, partisan ass.

8/31/2004 10:52:54 AM
Don't ask why, but for some reason, I decided to look up Billy Barty, this morning. Here's a filmography, official website, and the Billy Barty Foundation , from whence comes this excerpt:
I am a dwarf. This means I was born with a medically recognized condition that makes my body smaller than the average person's. The name of my condition is Cartilage Hair Syndrome Hypoplasia, but you can just call me Billy.

Most of us with dwarfism prefer to be described as "Little People". And please, put the emphasis on the word "People." We did not spring from the pages of a storybook or emerge from an enchanted forest. We are not magical beings and we are not monsters. We are parents and sons and daughters. We are doctors and lawyers and realtors and teachers. We dream, cry, laugh, shout, fall in love, and make mistakes. We are no different from you.

Dwarfism is a condition that affects over 1.5 million people in the U.S. alone, and there are over 100 different types of dwarfism. Most Little People are born to families with no history of dwarfism. Even today, in the most open-minded and prejudice-intolerant society ever in recorded human history, people with dwarfism are still subjected to degrading stereotypes, societal barriers, and attitudinal barriers. We endure everything from job discrimination and reduced social opportunities to physical abuse and open public ridicule on a daily basis.

Okay, you want to know the truth? I was trying to track down an anecdote about the time when Barty was a member of the Spike Jones band, and would play the pair of pants that ran across the stage in Laura. I remember somebody talking about bumping into a pair of pants with a cigar sticking out of them, smoking....

8/31/2004 08:26:02 AM
Monday, August 30, 2004
Reuters.com: Cleaner Tosses Art Out with the Garbage
LONDON (Reuters) - A cleaner at London's Tate Britain modern art gallery threw out a bag of garbage that was part of an artwork because it was thought to be trash, British newspapers reported Friday.

The transparent bag of garbage -- full of newspaper, cardboard and other bits of paper -- formed part of a work by German-born artist Gustav Metzger called "Recreation Of First Public Demonstration Of Auto-Destructive Art."

It was on display next to a sheet of nylon that had been spattered with acid, and a metal sculpture on a table when a cleaner tossed it out with the other trash.

A Tate spokesman said the mistake was made the day before the exhibition opened at the end of June, and although the bag was later rescued, it had been damaged and Metzger had to replace it with another one.

The newspapers said the spokesman would not reveal how much the bag had cost to replace.

"It's now covered over at night so it can't be removed," the spokesman told the Times.

But y'all have heard this already. Like, everywhere, right?

8/30/2004 08:31:54 AM
Saturday, August 28, 2004
A gallery of UnusualXRays.
8/28/2004 09:06:21 PM
Friday, August 27, 2004
Coming to Light

an exhibit of current Stained Glass by Jay & Mary Ann Paulukonis
Aug 26 — Sept 18, 2004
AFA Gallery 514 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton, PA
Opening Reception Friday, Aug 27, 6-8 pm
Gallery Talk Wed, Sept 15, 8pm

Sweet Cherry, detail

ie, my parents.

Of some interest may be Reflections, the gallery blog. It's getting more stuff. Oh, and if you've got any complaints, send 'em my way—I'm their webmaster. :::sigh::: and I'm a bit behind....

8/27/2004 12:45:53 AM
Thursday, August 26, 2004
More English Fairy Tales: The Hobyahs

More importantly, the story of Little Dog Turpie and what happens when you bark too much.

8/26/2004 01:56:38 PM
Wednesday, August 25, 2004
8/25/2004 10:43:45 AM
Hello Kitty Overdrive

I will find back the source of this saccharine-fueled cuteness injection and link it here, someday.

8/25/2004 09:08:09 AM
Tuesday, August 24, 2004
The Odd Cult of Philip K. Dick

aka I am bitter, hear me rant:

[....] The [SF] genre is obviously low-grade escapism written for simpleminded adults or, at best, clever kids. Never mind any claims its writers may make for legitimacy, no matter on what grounds or with what evidence. Simply look at the reams of crap flowing through the bookstores like so many Big Macs—Billions Served!—and the truth becomes obvious. Or just look at the book covers.

Ah, yes. That was unique and insightful.

8/24/2004 10:38:21 AM
Monday, August 23, 2004
BannerReport.com hosts a massive gallery of banner ads and will be of special interest to graphic designers, web developers, marketing professionals and as those with an interest in online advertising.

BannerReport.com is the creation of Web Evangelist, Tari Akpodiete. After an extensive internet search for examples of banner advertising, Tari discovered that while there was a lot of information on the subject, there were very few comprehensive visual resources available. And so the idea of BannerReport.com was born.

Determined to build the biggest and best banner ad gallery on the web, Tari has spent the last few years obsessively gathering banner ads. As a result, BannerReport.com features some of the finest examples of banner advertisements available. The centerpiece of BannerReport.com is a searchable database of banner ads covering many categories and subjects, totalling nearly 15 000 images and counting.

Oh, my freakin' word.

8/23/2004 10:43:07 AM
Friday, August 20, 2004
Chip Kidd vs. Dr. Stanley Milgram

In USA Today, of all places.

8/20/2004 12:50:06 PM
Wednesday, August 18, 2004
Singer-songwriter-guitarist Chris had some trouble carrying her guitar on airplanes, recently. Really, the trouble wasn't so much the guitars as the airlines. Those, poor, poor Airlines that need Federal (ie, our tax dollars) money to help them out.

Me, I'm gonna walk everywhere...

8/18/2004 04:54:58 PM
Tuesday, August 17, 2004
This guy has an interesting, um, website.

Or whatever it is.

8/17/2004 11:59:13 AM
BoingBoing directed me to Peter Bagge's venting his spleen on contemporary art. There's a lot of ways to take this, and I'm going to fill in my repsonses later.... of additional note is THE LAUGHING TIKI "AN ESSAY ON MODERN ART" that has appeared in Retro-Crush. Both are by pop-culters with a very negative take on the art scene. I'm smelling a lot of straw-men burning in these two screeds....
8/17/2004 08:48:29 AM
Monday, August 16, 2004

An, uh, video by Diana DeFrancesco .

8/16/2004 12:26:50 PM
fowl.art 8/16/2004 08:49:40 AM
the Secret of the Blog

Over a year ago, I posted a short article that I found in a copier at work. While the host-blog is virtually inactive, that thread lives on. Monstrously so, once the subject of the article found it, and started posting his massive theses as comments, chunk-by-chunk. Feast, upon The Secrets of Olyphant [cue spectral echo SFX]

8/16/2004 08:14:43 AM
Saturday, August 14, 2004
doctor.art 8/14/2004 12:28:12 PM
Friday, August 13, 2004
barlow.art 8/13/2004 05:01:27 PM
id.art 8/13/2004 03:57:13 PM
This fall the Mobile Cap is the new tinfoil hat

Endgadget's guide to couture.

8/13/2004 01:03:24 PM
Thursday, August 12, 2004
Daniel Wurtzel - Sculptor
The idea of using Jell-O as a sculptural medium came to me as a result of consciously trying to free my mind from the traditional constraints of sculpture making. Over the course of a year of research, experimentation and testing, and with the help of numerous food scientists and chemists, I developed a recipe and technique for the creation of a unique Jell-O-like material. This new substance has the look, feel and scent of real Jell-O, yet is non-perishable with indefinite longevity.

Thanks to J-Walk.

8/12/2004 10:48:07 AM
J. S. Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier II (MIDI) by Yo Tomita
In January 1995, a friend of mine, Professor Michael Beddow of Dept. of German, Leeds University, gave me a disk containing the first 12 preludes and fugues of J. S. Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II. They were sequenced by an anonymous enthusiast and deposited in the public domain on 17 August 1993. Ever since I am looking for this person to thank his or her effort, but so far in vain. In common with many of those freely available in internet, however, these MIDI files contained numerous errors, and subsequently I have decided to correct them. [....]

I have also added the remaining 12 to complete the set, as I have already edited the music with Finale for my research project. The new MIDI files, i.e. #13-24, were fairly straight MIDI output from Finale, but then I have added a gradual tempo change with Cakewalk for Windows. [....] All these files reflect my editorial decisions at the time; they are not based on a printed edition by other musicologists.
8/12/2004 10:38:49 AM
Wednesday, August 11, 2004
inappropriate.art 8/11/2004 06:00:17 PM
evil.art 8/11/2004 12:50:35 PM
follow-up: England Gets First National Jester for 350 Years

Lost my chance. Dang-nabbit.

Oh, well. I don't look so good in motley, anyway.

8/11/2004 12:08:08 PM
This CD used on random play mode only.It has 99 scales included in the 99 tracks. When using the "random" function, the CD will automatically select random tones, and make a new melody.And when selecting random and return function simultaneously, the new melody will play endless. ?This CD is used on random play mode only. Please make sure that your CD player has a random function.The interval of sound will be changed depending on the CD player.

Hrm. That shouldn't be too difficult to replicate. It's an interesting idea, too. Make the player do all the work.

8/11/2004 11:17:02 AM
Casiotone for the Painfully Alone
Casiotone for the Painfully Alone is the musical alias of 25 year old American film school drop-out Owen Ashworth. Ashworth began making music in 1997 after he realized that song-making was a far more cost-effective means of storytelling than film-making.

Using only battery operated keyboards and electronics as instruments, Ashworth has created a hybrid strain of raw, emotional, and very homemade synth pop that is as influenced as much by film and literature as by its more obvious musical counterparts. CFTPA's claustrophobic two-minute character studies shudder with reverbed beats, blown-out chords, simple-but-infectous melodies, layered beneath the sometimes funny but always heartbreaking lyrics of Ashworth's sighing baritone.
8/11/2004 10:35:35 AM
Tuesday, August 10, 2004
cooter.art 8/10/2004 02:34:19 PM
mucilage.art 8/10/2004 09:00:33 AM
gmail apps

I'm storing this here so I can find it back later.

8/10/2004 08:58:16 AM
Monday, August 09, 2004
Tidy Up!

Hello! This is my website! My website has a blog! I put really cool stuff on it.

Er, nevermind.

8/9/2004 03:46:13 PM
danny bot: the film

Er, ah, hrm. Hunh. Review later, I guess.

8/9/2004 02:45:26 PM
bad.art 8/9/2004 02:40:38 PM
Rare Laurel and Hardy film found

Spuk um Mitternacht: the German version of Ghost at Midnight. Not a dubbed version—no. "Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy spoke phonetically in German with the help of speech coaches, while native speakers replaced the original supporting cast.".

8/9/2004 01:30:54 PM

Just click on the links. Trust me.

8/9/2004 12:24:53 PM
Saturday, August 07, 2004
blind.art 8/7/2004 01:27:29 PM
Friday, August 06, 2004
tech.art 8/6/2004 11:09:44 AM
The 142 Annual Wayne County Fair.

Demolition Derby, Friday Aug 6, 6:30 pm.

I'm going to be missing the Tractor pull at noon on Sunday.


8/6/2004 08:33:12 AM
Thursday, August 05, 2004
Reuters.com: Royal Jester Opening to be Filled
LONDON (Reuters) - WANTED - A court jester to fill a post vacant for 350 years since England executed its king.

English Heritage said in an advertisement in the Times on Thursday applicants for the competition at the weekend should bring their own costumes with bells, but said it would provide a bladder on a stick -- a traditional jester's prop.

Contrary to the image of a buffoon, court jesters had to be highly astute, able to lift the spirits of their monarchs and risked death if they failed -- as many did.

The duties of the last court jester, whose job ended in 1649 when Charles I lost his head, included making him laugh and providing a distraction from politics.

This time, however, English Heritage said the winner would not risk decapitation but would still have to provide trenchant wit. Would-be fools should attend a public audition Saturday at Stoneleigh Park in central England, wearing their costumes.

Time to start polishing up the ol' resume....

8/5/2004 02:41:30 PM
Wikipedia on White Castle

Look—if you don't get, you just don't get it.

I'm hungry.

8/5/2004 09:15:14 AM
Visible Barbie Project

Er, ah. Hmmm.....

8/5/2004 08:47:07 AM
Wednesday, August 04, 2004
you go, Piet

Pac-Mondrian is a flash-version of Pac-Man that has replaced the tradition skeleton-and-dots playing field of Pac-Man with Piet Mondrian's Broadway Boogie-Woogie. Gameplay is, er, unusual.

The page mutters about a contest and prized—please note that this is a proposal that wasn't accepted; hence: no money. Enjoy!

8/4/2004 02:33:52 PM
Tuesday, August 03, 2004

There is not much explanatory text, here. And having exchanged mail with Mr. Froyla, I can tell you that you should be grateful for this.

8/3/2004 04:35:34 PM
Online Business Networks reviews Tribe.net.
8/3/2004 11:44:07 AM
Monday, August 02, 2004
The Dissector's Daily Blog

Al Jazeera reports: "Organizers at the Democratic Party convention in United States have removed Al Jazeera's logotype banner from its skybox without assigning reasons.

Al Jazeera's skybox is one of the several that media organizations use as broadcast booths to cover the upcoming convention in Boston to confirm John Kerry's nomination as George Bush's presidential challenger in November.

"We found that the banner disappeared for some reason," Al Jazeera's Washington bureau chief Hafiz al-Mirazi said.

"We contacted the Democratic National Convention and the people who are organizing the convention. And then they said it has been removed, maybe for lack of enough space or something like that, although they approved originally the sign and everything on it. And every time we get different answers."

"And finally, they said, 'Sorry, we cannot put it back." And it's the only news organization sign that was taken," al-Mirazi pointed out. ….In place of Al Jazeera's logotype will be a banner reading "Strong for America."

And this the DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION! Incidentally the new democratic (sic) government of Iraq has threatened to follow Saddam's lead and kick Al Jazeera and Al Aribiya out.

Sorry for the untimeliness; this was accidentally posted elsewhere, first....

8/2/2004 10:02:06 AM
I see you