June 4th, 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….

June 4th, 2004

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.

June 4th, 2004

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?

June 4th, 2004

Brazil (film)

multiple versions. etc.

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