November 30th, 2003

Giberish Here:

it may!’ whom he enjoyed a slight acquaintance. in thinking the matter over ‘it
is not i, but my brother, who knows,’ replied the traitor; ‘if your

broke. it may!’ must confess myself beaten! but as i bear no malice, go and eat

must confess myself beaten! but as i bear no malice, go and eat some ‘skins!
skins! who will buy skins?’ he cried through the out advantageously to us both.
i do not wish to be overheard or

‘skins! skins! who will buy skins?’ he cried through the out advantageously to
us both. i do not wish to be overheard or broke.

November 30th, 2003

all lost in the supermarket
shopping list

salvation, on the cheap
in foundlings 2.

November 29th, 2003

change your subscription status by following
the directions on the next page.


November 28th, 2003
dot matrix synth: “I’ve got an ongoing project, reprogramming the firmware in these 1985 Epson LQ-500 printers to turn them into musical instruments.”

November 28th, 2003

Buy Nothing Day 2003
Upon arriving at the Dickson City WalMart parking lot, my car was nearly hit by a run-away shopping cart. I grabbed it and retured it to the cart “corral.” Just as Lita pulled in, I saw a cart flying towards someone else’s car. I made a dash and got there just in time. We looked around and had an idea….since there were carts everywhere

“Why don’t we put them back where they belong?” we thought

Some of them had a long way to go home….

It was a satisfying project. One of the “cart dudes,” who told me that the four-plus people who worked an eight hour shift put away at least 1,500 carts, thanked me for helping out.

It’s not just carts that people leave behind

We bought NOTHING on Buy Nothing Day.
What did you buy?

November 28th, 2003
sbleepo2 VST plugin: just to remind myself, and anyone else, of the weird-ass bleepity-beep wack this produces (for me, in conjunction with AudioMulch).

SBleepo2 is a VST simulation of the hardware-based Death Synth. It has its own sequencer, two oscillators, and about 15 combination metrics to join them. Oscillator A can be a live input or a square / saw, Oscillator B can be a square or saw. You can change pulse width, the frequency multiplier, the oscillator sync amount, and portamento. You can change the length of each sequencer, or how long they ring out for. You can adjust the volume of the entire mess (thank heavens!) You can set the number of measures before it “returns to 0.” You can set the BPM.

There is also something called “Arpeggimonics,” which might be a bit hard to explain. You can turn that off if you don’t like it.

SBLEEPO2 is VERY LOUD. It eats up your harmonic space like Godzilla through miso. The volume knob is there for Your Protection.

‘nother page from the original developer.


November 28th, 2003

Group Protests Consumerism On Biggest Shopping Day

Tue, Nov 25, 2003 • By Anita French
The [Northwest Arkansas] Morning News/

ROGERS –While others are rushing to stores Friday to kick off the traditional first day of Christmas shopping, Justin Barnum, a University of Arkansas student in Fayetteville, will be putting up fliers on campus protesting such conspicuous consumption.

“I see a lot of problems with the way that people consume, and this is just one way that I feel maybe I can reach another person and make them realize how much pain can be caused through consumerism,” Barnum said.

He won’t be alone. Barnum is taking part in “Buy Nothing Day” Friday, a world-wide protest that started several years ago in New York by a group called Whirl-Mart Ritual Resistance, said organizer Andrew Lynn of Troy, N.Y.

“Buy Nothing Day was really started by a Canadian magazine called Adbusters, a progressive journal dealing with consumption issues among consumers,” Lynn said in an e-mail. “They started this holiday (the day after Thanksgiving), called Black Friday. What they’re pushing for is to resist consumption for that one day.”

According to the Whirl-Mart Web site, what began as a single happening in Troy has evolved into a ritual activity performed across the United States and around the world, often at Wal-Mart stores and other large chains. During the ritual, groups gather and silently push empty shopping carts through the aisles of stores.

Barnum said he came in contact with the movement while working on his undergraduate degree at Hendrix College in Conway.

“Buy Nothing Day is just a piece of the anti-globalization movement, the environmental movement, and finds its followers and adherents among those of us who are fed up with the way modern society is taking advantage of all of us for the pleasure of a greedy few. This is just a way that I am able to maintain my sanity,” Barnum said.

The movement has been written up in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and other major newspapers. According to a July 2002 article in the Austin Chronicle, some Whirl-Mart protests have received negative response. The newspaper wrote that during a March 2002 “performance” at a Wal-Mart store in Austin, Texas, store managers grabbed Whirlers’ shopping carts, told them to disperse and threatened to confiscate one protester’s camera. The store’s general manager also reportedly followed the group into the parking lot, scolding them for “causing trouble,” the newspaper said.

“We get reactions all the time from management at particular stores,” Lynn said. “I don’t think we’ve penetrated the system enough to get any type of reaction from (Wal-Mart) headquarters.”

Sharon Weber, a spokeswoman for Wal-Mart in Bentonville, said the company was not familiar with Buy Nothing Day or the group behind it.

“Because of our size, we’re often the target of criticism by special interest groups that have agendas,” she said. “We enjoy having customers in our store whether they’re buying anything or not.”

Dr. Helene Cherrier, who taught international and retail marketing at the UA before moving to London, England, said she found out about Buy Nothing Day while doing research for her dissertation. Cherrier said she became “very interested” in the protest because of her own personal beliefs.

“I have been involved in expanding consumers’ awareness on the importance of waste in consumption practices,” Cherrier said in an e-mail message. “On Nov. 28, I will not consume. In London, they’ve created a ‘puppet shopper’ that yells at people how wonderful it is to consume and waste and do not care … It is quite sarcastic, yet it seems to attract people’s attention. I will probably construct my own puppet and join some members (of the protest).”

Michael Paulukonis of Pennsylvania said he started taking part in Buy Nothing Day last year. He sees the event as “a cross between protest and performance.”

Paulukonis said he’s never run into any problems in the stores he entered.

“I like to think of myself as a protest artist,” said Paulukonis, who works in information technology. “At my post, I try not to pick on one chain. The real reason behind Whirl-Mart is not to point fingers at companies … but to recognize, as consumers, that we are the people shopping there. All that money Wal-Mart and the others have is because we go there and buy things.”

This year, Paulukonis will be targeting a Wal-Mart store in northeastern Pennsylvania, he said.

While Buy Nothing Day has participants all over the country and overseas, no Wal-Mart stores in Arkansas have been targeted so far, Lynn said.

there will be a NEPA-WHIRL at noon.

November 27th, 2003

Kugelis (Lithuanian Potato Pudding):

By: Gediminas "Niko" Naujokaitis

Prep Time: 1 hour + 1 3/4 hours baking

Servers: 20 8-oz servings


10 lbs potatoes
2 lbs bacon
8 eggs
5 onions
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup cornstarch
2-1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
1/2 lb (1 stick) sweet butter
1-pint sour cream
1-teaspoon coarse kosher


Cut up bacon into � inch
Pan fry until crisp.
Add 1 chopped onion,
Fry until onion is tender.
Drain and save bacon fat.


Peel and grate (or food process) the potatoes and 4 onions,
Beat eggs until smooth and mix into potato batter,

Mix together the dry ingredients (flour, cornstarch, regular salt & pepper)
Then mix into potato batter,

Mix the crisp bacon & onions into potato batter.
Thoroughly mix the potato batter.


Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 Degrees F.


Grease well the insides of two-10×12 inch baking pans with some of the reserved bacon fat,
Pour the batter into the pans, garnish top with pats of sweet butter,
Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt, and



At 400 F for 30 minutes, then lower the oven temperature

To 300 F and bake an additional 75 minutes.


Serve and eat fresh out of the oven with sour cream (or Apple Sauce).


The following day, cut into 1/2 or 1-inch thick strips, fry in a skillet in butter until crisp, and serve hot with sour cream.


Skanaus! (Wishing you a great taste!)

November 26th, 2003

“Alien”, early draft, by Dan O’Bannon

November 26th, 2003

all hail Charlie Stross, the Scottish anti-pope, who was kind enough to direct us towards Laibach’s Kittens.

November 26th, 2003

Happy Thanksgiving!

The best of holidays to you and yours, no matter what you’re eating!

November 24th, 2003

john bert vs. paul mcCarthy
yes he was serious

originalinfo here.
(please note: that is not me.)

On Sunday, Nov 23, 2003, John Bert performed Paul McCarthy’s performance instruction “paint a picture with your penis” from 6:30pm to 7:15pm. I took about 100 photos that are variously underexposed, blurred, half-way overexposed (the illumination was from three shadeless lamps), or showed nothing but the ceiling. There are a number of remarkable images amongst them, however. And someday, if I hate you all enough, I’ll make you look at them. No, that’s not fair; they’re actually rather interesting. I just don’t know if I’ll be posting them “in public.”

John worked very hard, and given the position and size of the brush (nothing personal, John) he acheived remarkable results. I think less may have been more in these cases, but they’re John’s paintings, not mine (and, no, I don’t plan on painting any of my own in this mode). He really got into the piece, apparently, as it extended for far more than the five minutes I reccomended.

I might draw your attention to one of my favorites artists, Yves Klein, and his Anthropometries where “he turned his models into brushes.” And an earlier post on penis enlargement subject lines.

November 24th, 2003

diesel sweeties: “we prefer to be called buccaneer-americans.”

November 23rd, 2003
Mosaicos: “Alberto Gonzalez es un artista espa?ol que se ha dedicado a explorar las posibilidades de las conchas de moluscos para la realizaci?n de mosaicos.”

November 23rd, 2003

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November 22nd, 2003


Woah. Breast implants.

Genesis has breast implants?


Genesis has breast implants.

November 21st, 2003

The Ultimate Movie Pitch

inspired whilst watching BulletProof Monk the other night. Obviously not inspired enough to be accurate; it should read

I should never have gotten you involved
Forget everything.
We had a deal!
Engage the device!
The device is engaged!
We need to get moving

But with a script like that, you don’t need anything else.

November 21st, 2003 – Biblical clue found on ancient shrine – Nov. 20, 2003: “Applying a ‘squeeze’ — a simple 19th-century technique of spreading a kind of papier mache over a surface — they uncovered the Simon inscription.”

November 21st, 2003

‘Del Gazeebo’ by Nacho from Snake Mountain: this is what I imagine Stale Urine recording sessions look like.

November 20th, 2003

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