April 30th, 2004

Metal Storm To Weaponize UAVs For DoD Demonstration

I’ll be away for the next few weeks.

Re-stocking my bunker in Montana.

April 30th, 2004

Charlie’s Diary The Future Bites

We were promised food pills. Instead, we got conveyor belt sushi bars with cute babes miming karaoke tracks on stages surrounded by wall to wall plasma screens playing anime 24 by 7, and robot drinks trolleys that apologize to you when they nearly run you over on the way to the lavatory. In Edinburgh. Three years ago. While sushi rice may have evolved as the original mediaeval Japanese answer to the science fictional food pill, the presentation is infinitely more stylish. And thereon hangs a story.

Ladies and Gentlemen: the effervescent Mr. Stross. He fizzes!

April 30th, 2004

hooray for meat!

More than just Meat Joy over in Foundlings 3.

April 29th, 2004

My parents’ neighbor, Rem Carter, has terminal cancer. He’s not doing very well, at the moment–but once upon a time he laid the stones in his fireplace chimney by hand. More information and updates available at
Summit Baptist Bible.

April 27th, 2004

THE THING presents its fourth annual online art auction with
participating artists Mariko Mori, John Miller, Daniel Pflumm, Beat Streuli, Miltos Manetas, Janine Gordon, Julia Scher, Vuk Cosic, Noritsohi Hirakawa, Pia Dehne, and others. All funds raised support THE THING’S commitment to the arts and social activism.
Please visit:

April 26th, 2004


I have nothing to blog, and I am blogging it.

April 26th, 2004

Also, from the optically dissonant folks at noneinc, we’ve got the RIAA bootlegs.

Some History:

Sometime shortly after the birth of napster (1999?), someone realized that people could be fooled into downloading something they we’re expecting. P2p spoofing was born, and shortly there after it was realized that this form of sharing could be exploited to test market new music systems.

The Music Industry has been attempting to figure out ways to make more profits. Two marketing plans say, A. making music simpler and easier to produce will increase profits and another side B. says expand the appreciation of the general public to accept more variety which would give the industry a wider range of sounds to exploit to increase revenue streams.

The RIAA decided to spoof test marketing plan A. first. The idea was to boil down new music to it’s essential essense. Pop Music has been following this format for years. Slowly over the last 50 years or so, the average top 40 pop tune has shrunk from 5+ minutes to the current standard 3min. 23sec. The RIAA’s first spoofing exploration was to boil down currently popular pop tunes to a bare essense of 20-30 seconds and repeat that portion of the song over and over until it was the same length as the original song. These we’re then spoofed out into napster and other p2p waters and the audience hasn’t seemed to noticed, for these files are still being traded today.


It seems that this method of top 40 pop shrinking seems to be very successful and is currently employed in the ever popular cell phone ring market which generates 2-3 billions dollars a year. The teenie bopper market will pay 2-3 dollars per 20-30 second ring tone. iTunes might be a bargan at 1 dollar, but who wants to listen to the whole song, that’s so 20th century.

With the RIAAEM success the RIAA, my favorite band, moved onto conquer the second marketing plan, to expand the general public to a wider variety of output. In late 2001ish the RIAA learned of a patent filed by Overpeer. This patent gave Overpeer the ability to take any p2p downloaded mp3, apply a series of transformations and redistribute that mp3 back into the p2p waters. This was an unprecidented corporate creative endeavour, one done not out of profit driven greed but to educate the public of unimaginable extremes, new vantage points, different existance of being, which some people call noise. At first the general public was hesitant to talk about these mixes, many found them abrasive.

But a duo, Scary Sherman & Claire Channel, felt that this fair corporate creative reuse needed a wider audience. And thus was born the RIAA-Mix. They have even taken the initiative to release a cd of these global-corporate-music-giant gifts to the public.

After witnessing the public demand for bootlegs, as seen in the UK, where even MTV has a video program, and here in the US with the success of Grey Tuesday and the Danger Mouse Grey Album, it felt like a perfect fit to blend/meld the gifts the RIAA has bestowed on us the public. Thus was born the RIAABootleg. The merging of not only A+B musial components, but also dream marketing schemes. So Corporate Shill teamed up the superstars from each marketing scheme to create greatness, the RIAABootleg.

Please listen and hoard them for yourselves, this is knowledge we don’t want to share.

via the Rumori mailing-list at

April 26th, 2004

Powell’s Books – Review-a-Day – The Tempest (Oxford Shakespeare) by William Shakespeare, reviewed by Times Literary Supplement

Mycotoxicology is the study of poisoning caused by fungi. Unlikely though it seems, this field of study offers evidence that the pains Prospero inflicts on Caliban, which would have been recognized by a Jacobean audience as real and familiar, had physical causes. Although Shakespeare and his audience could only have known Caliban’s symptoms as those induced by witchcraft, medical science since the late seventeenth century has defined those symptomsthem as the symptoms of disease of ergotism, a form of poisoning caused by a fungus infestation of cereals, especially rye grain.

Which also means that it’s time to pay the Piper. The Pied Piper of Hamlin, specifically, who’s tunage may be related to ergot poisoning.

April 23rd, 2004

V is for violin | Metafilter

pointing to a funky alphabet animation. click above for commentary & excursions.

April 23rd, 2004

TV Turnoff Week 2003

I’ll be in Philly this weekend for TV Turnoff WeekEND. More, when I’m back…

April 23rd, 2004

Counter and Statistics Tracker

More people visit my site from Central Asia than from the US Mountain-Time zone. I’ve got to find something to appeal to people in a rareified atmosphere. Unless it’s Tibetans that are visiting….

April 23rd, 2004

April 22nd, 2004

Some new items in Art Wroks and Foundlings. Unless I’ve pointed them out, before. If so—suffer!

April 21st, 2004

That TRON-guy? Leave him alone. Like, what have you done, lately?

April 20th, 2004

Paul is Dead Whoops. Wrong Story.

Tupac Isn’t Dead

If you rearrange the letters in the album title “Makaveli The Don Killuminati The 7Day Theory” You can make the sentence “Ok on tha 7th u think I’m dead yet I’m really alive”. Mike explains “7th meaning the 7th day after he was shot, he supposedly died but is really alive.” That’s quite amazing, try it for yourself.

April 20th, 2004

Translated version of

Cryptokitchen is born from the idea of a group of women during a course of computer science of base, organized in order to overwhelm the difference of kind in the comparisons of the women in the within of the spread of the technologies of the information

Cryptokitchen is also always one kitchen, for how much particular one. Our prescriptions are available on the situated one for consultation. For invogliarti to the use of the cryptography, the explanation of the preparation is number , therefore like has been exchanged through the mailing list.

Which kitchen would be without a complete equipment of whips, mestoli, cifratori and decoders, knives, programs for the mail and robot multifunction? Sure, we know it that everyone has its tools ; CriptoKitchen but you of wants to suggest some, and is curious of knowing which instead uses you.

via Mr. Sydney Rome–itinerant tentacle lover.

April 19th, 2004

Of a sort. Sort of.

April 19th, 2004

BBC NEWS: Paris police unveil Picasso files

French police are preparing to put on display their secret files on Pablo Picasso for the first time.These include Picasso’s little-known application for French citizenship – rejected because of his “extremist ideas and drift towards communism”.

Props to Blanco

April 19th, 2004

The Art of Andy Maluche, Whaleshark Mooning at Donsol, Philippines
Last week, Andy was on vacation:

Whaleshark spotting works like this:

You are on a small boat with about five guys on it. Three are steering the boat (which can get really tricky once you are near the shark), one is sitting on top of the mast to look for the fish and another one is the dive guide.

Once your spotter spotted one, they direct the boat towards it and then at the command of the guide you jump into the water right next to the shark. Now, those babies are big, really, really big. They average 25 ft in length and weight about 15 tons. To put this in perspective, that’s the size of a ten wheeler truck and double it’s legal weight. The first time I jumped in the water it was a little murky. Once I had my mask and vision adjusted I was looking at this huge, grey-brown wall with white dots on it right in front of me. I almost jumped back out of the water and up on the boat again in panic. It does get easier though after the third or fourth one and after seven it’s plain routine. It took me about five sharks before I got brave enough to moon them a little.

That’s how that unfortunate incident happened whereas I unintentionally almost killed our diving guide.

When he saw me mooning the shark he laughed so loud that I could hear him underwater from a few feet away. As you all know you are not suppose to laugh very hard when you are eight feet under water. Fortunately we were able to revive him.

April 19th, 2004


What happens during a seven-day experiment in life without TV? A whole new space to think emerges. You find yourself passing time in ways you never expected. And you start to wonder: when I reach for the remote, who is really in control?

I’ll be heading down to Philly on Friday to join Mr. Benedetti & Co. for a TV-turnoff WeekEND at the Jaunt. Last year’s excursion went well.

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