March 31st, 2005

tv turnoff weekend at the Jaunt

This is a preliminary post about the preliminary website that will be, regarding the performances at the end of the month in Philadelphia. I’ve been there, before.

March 30th, 2005

the hidden meaning of fruits and vegetables

March 29th, 2005

Insider/Outsider: the accidental find of the work of Joash Woodrow

les enfants terribles

“Otherwise, I couldn’t believe what I saw. The house was crammed with paintings and drawings, ground floor to attic, front to back, mostly saved from fire and water because they were so closely piled or stuck together. Paintings were stacked 50 deep. A 2ft-high pile of drawings in the kitchen contained at least a thousand works, their edges burnt and dirtied by fire. Sketchbooks were stacked on the windowsills. In the bare brick attic was a mural that had been painted by candlelight. Even in the overgrown garden were roof tiles and slates painted by Woodrow. He was an artist I’d never heard of. Nevertheless, with Saul’s permission, I took 10 pieces home.”

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March 28th, 2005

More on the Milk Bags story, courtesy Our Northern Friend:

bags of, you know — milk!

single people get carton
families get bags
also, you must own a plastic container which is used for years until it wears out which is never

that’s from my fridge
i displayed it so you could see the milk bag tag

you cut the corner of the bag with scissors or a knife or a milk bag opener thingy
the hole must be just the right size or else it pours funny

it’s always been like that everywhere all the time

the bag fits snuggly
you have to whack the pitcher on the counter a few times to get the bag in
it’s like a suction cup effect

Her point, being that Milk Bags, when sold in multiple units, contain (are contained with?) Milk Bag Tags, that are like unto those of Bread.

This Child of Isreal is not unfamiliar with the phenomenon:

they sell milk like that in israel too and they’ve been doing it forever. at least since ’83 when i first saw it.

they have chocolate milk in smaller plastic bags. you buy one for 50 cents or so for your brat, clip off the corner and let him suck on it.

March 28th, 2005

The accident at the Three Mile Island Unit 2 (TMI-2) nuclear power plant near Middletown, Pennsylvania, on March 28, 1979, was the most serious in U.S. commercial nuclear power plant operating history(1), even though it led to no deaths or injuries to plant workers or members of the nearby community. But it brought about sweeping changes involving emergency response planning, reactor operator training, human factors engineering, radiation protection, and many other areas of nuclear power plant operations. It also caused the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to tighten and heighten its regulatory oversight. Resultant changes in the nuclear power industry and at the NRC had the effect of enhancing safety.

The sequence of certain events – – equipment malfunctions, design related problems and worker errors – – led to a partial meltdown of the TMI-2 reactor core but only very small off-site releases of radioactivity.

From the NRC Fact Sheet on the Accident at Three Mile Island.

the worst accident in the history of U.S. nuclear power

Photo from Farmington Public School — Farmington, MN. Go figure.

March 28th, 2005

The Design Observer takes on Iraq taking on elections and advertising:

No Headline Necessary

March 28th, 2005

I don’t know how I missed this before, but Cat and Girl has a Zombie Joseph Beuys t-shirt available:

presidential debates last for weeks, and take place in a room with a coyote.

My birthday is coming.

Another note: oddly enough, I did a series of post-card comics also featuring a zombie Joseph Beuys. This was back in 1993-94, when I was in Budapest. The source material was a black-and-white Indiana Jones comic. I realised that with the hat and vest, the illustrated version looked a lot like J.B. That’s also where I developed painting my own face green. I pictures, I mean.

March 25th, 2005

Who will Win?

Happy Easter, everybody!

March 25th, 2005

Thomas Mayer makes noise.

March 21st, 2005

Design Observer: writings about design & culture — Scrapbooking: The New Paste-Up

“If I may be so bold,” he carefully responded, “your first mistake is shopping in a store that sells fake ficus trees.”

March 18th, 2005

Hasidic Hip-Hop Reggae (quicktime .mov).

matisyahu on the Jimmy Kimmel show

You should go out into the world and help people connect to G-dliness.

March 17th, 2005

The Parting Glass: An Annotated Pogues Lyrics Page

Happy St. Pat’s day.

March 16th, 2005

Cartoon Brew directed me to Brian Emling’s Flash explanation of the Dingbat.

Using the music of Carl Stalling.


March 16th, 2005

Scranton Times Tribune – News – 03/16/2005 – Artists may spur development

Scranton Tomorrow is turning to the arts community in its quest to draw residents downtown as part of revitalization efforts. “We felt that artists make great residents,” Scranton Tomorrow executive director Paul Colaiezzi said. “You want this creative energy and buzz. You don’t want the streets to roll up at 5 p.m.”

The nonprofit civic organization is mulling development of at least 25 living and working spaces for local artists. To study the concept’s feasibility, Scranton Tomorrow hired Minneapolis-based Artspace Projects to query artists on their interest. Artspace will present the results today at 8:30 a.m. at Lackawanna College.

“The findings are very strong,” said Chris Velasco of Artspace, explaining there was initial concern the idea would not work. “It should give the city good food for thought.”

Mr. Colaiezzi said Artspace’s formula for success uses a 3 to 1 ratio, so for every one unit available at least three artists should indicate interest. The study more than met those criteria, he said.

Artspace was created in 1979 to advocate for artists who were forced out of a historic Minneapolis warehouse district by increasing rents, according to the organization’s Web site. Since, Artspace has turned to developing living and working spaces for artists in cities across the country.

The projects have helped increase pedestrian traffic and create neighborhoods with a “new, lively character.” Other types of community development generally follow. Mr. Colaiezzi said a St. Paul, Minn., Artspace project in a rundown neighborhood triggered creation of a multimillion-dollar residential building across the street.

Tough questions — like financing the plan — are still to come if Scranton Tomorrow moves ahead.


March 16th, 2005

Rudy can’t fail, especially when he’s posting about diving with jellyfish at Rudy’s Blog.

p.s. yeah, that Rudy Rucker.

March 15th, 2005

Exhaustive research has conclusively determined why the pyramids were built: Wulffmorgenthaler

March 14th, 2005

Scranton Times Tribune – News – 03/14/2005 – Part of Route 590 drops out

Non-mine related sinkhole

03/14/2005 – Part of Route 590 drops out By Brian Clark TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER

ELMHURST TWP. — A sinkhole collapsed an eastbound section of Route 590 on Sunday afternoon, forcing state officials to close the highway until further notice.

A box culvert that guides a creek from Mud Pond beneath Route 590 apparently collapsed and caused the hole. The creek washed away dirt and left the 16-by-18-foot hole reaching 14 feet deep.

State Department of Transportation officials first became aware of a potential problem last week when the road began to buckle one-tenth of a mile east of Routes 590 and 435.

Warning signs and markers were placed on Route 590 as a result, according to Wally Shalkowski, assistant manager of maintenance for PennDOT in Clarks Summit.

Bill White, a PennDOT maintenance engineer, said he spent Friday reviewing sketches and files for Route 590 and the culvert — some dating back to 1934 — after the dip was reported. He had planned to examine the culvert today.

The pipe is 164 feet long and one of the deeper culverts in the area, Mr. White said.

He thinks the aging condition of the culvert could no longer support the weight of the dirt.

The sinkhole is a smaller version of the Pittston Avenue hole that formed after the remnants of Hurricane Ivan struck the area in September.

It took at least three months to repair the damage to the road in South Scranton.

But rather than raging floodwaters, erosion from the creek ate away at the dirt beneath Route 590, Mr. Shalkowski said.

“It’s taking it away little by little,” he said.

Shortly after the two-lane road collapsed, Roaring Brook Police Officer Robert Krawczyk stopped a motorist several feet from the edge.

Officer Krawczyk — the first officer on scene — had just been dispatched to the hole at 3:30 p.m. when he pulled over the driver. Officer Krawczyk had noticed a dip in the road while on patrol Friday night. He knew the driver was approaching where the hole was reported.

The pair stopped feet before the driver’s car would have fallen in.

“I turned him around and then he saw it and he’s like ‘Oh,'” Officer Krawczyk said.

March 14th, 2005

polaroids & pinholes

March 8th, 2005

Scranton Times Tribune – News – 03/08/2005 – City man wins on TV show

3/08/2005 – By Josh McAuliffe TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER

In the end, it was old Unimate that did in J.W. Colwell.

While he failed to win outright, the West Scranton resident still managed to take away $50,000 in winnings during his appearance Monday on the quiz show, “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.” Mr. Colwell’s shot at a million dollars ended at the $100,000 question, “The first industrial robot, put to work in 1961 at a General Motors plant, had what name?”

Exhausted of all his “lifelines,” Mr. Colwell, 31, decided to walk away with the $50,000 he had already won instead of guessing at the correct answer, “Unimate.”

Mr. Colwell, who taped the episode on Nov. 1, was at home Monday watching the show with family and friends. Until now, he was contractually obligated to keep the results a secret.

“I’m happy to keep Scranton in good standing with the trivia world,” said Mr. Colwell, who works as assistant to the CEO of the Endless Mountains Theatre on Route 6 in Dickson City. “I did well enough not to embarrass the old hometown.”

Mr. Colwell began his moment in the spotlight by answering the first few questions without so much as batting an eye. He knew Hank was the common nickname for Henry (good for $300), that Ireland is now known as the “Celtic Tiger” because of its recent economic growth ($500) and that the flamingo is a type of bird that can fly ($2,000).

“You make it look easy, you know,” said the show’s host, Meredith Viera.

Then it got trickier. He used his first lifeline when he polled the audience to name the famous reclusive author is who’s lived in Cornish, N.H., since the late 1950s (answer: J.D. Salinger).

Then, on the $25,000 question, when his Phone-A-Friend lifeline failed to come through, Mr. Colwell decided to take a wild guess at Christopher Columbus’ name in his native country. He guessed right: Cristoforo Columbo.

When Ms. Viera asked him why he guessed, Mr. Colwell said, “I like Columbo Yogurt. I don’t know. I can’t explain it.”

Had he guessed incorrectly on the $100,000 question, Mr. Colwell would have fallen back to $25,000 in winnings.

Going in, Mr. Colwell admits he expected to do well. “I’m a fountain of useless knowledge, and I kind of knew it would pay off someday,” he said.

Mr. Colwell said he would not blow his winnings on something like a car. Instead, he and his wife plan to take a nice vacation, do some home improvements and maybe buy an investment property.

March 7th, 2005

Design Observer: Fear and Loathing in Pen and Ink

DO discusses the collaboration and fusion of Ralph Steadman and Hunter S. Thompson.

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