January 31st, 2006

Boing Boing: [MalWare company] StarForce threatens to sue [Cory Doctorow] for criticizing its products

January 31st, 2006

Taking Tiger Mountain by Strategy

 The modern revolutionary Peking opera

A Maoist relic I found in a flea market in Hangzhou, China. It’s a set of tinted postcards taken from a production of Communist opera.


“Taking Tiger Mountain by Strategy” is one of the outstanding model theatrical works. It describes an episode in the great Chinese People’s War of Liberation, a battle in which a pursuit detachment of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army wiped out a Kuomintang die-hard gang in northeast China. The opera creates the brilliant images of Yan Tzu-jung and other proletarian heroes by the method of combining revolutionary realism with revolutionary romanticism, and eulogizes Chairman Mao’s great thought on people’s war. The successful creation of the modern revolutionary Peking opera “Taking Tiger Mountain by Strategy” is a splendid victory for Chairman Mao’s revolutionary line on literature and art.

January 29th, 2006

Reading Potential: The Oulipo and the Meaning of Algorithms

[T]he interest of the algorithms lies not in what they help us see in a given text but in the way they invite us to play rigorously for play’s sake.

January 26th, 2006

I like the above version better than 1972:

January 25th, 2006

I feel honored.

I was visited by the Time Cube guy!

January 25th, 2006

Paint Blogging by Mr. Coop, featuring an Atari Joystick and a Big Orange Nekkid Lady.

N.B. this advice:

One last thing: Inspired by Ed Ruscha, I bought a Moleskin notebook to take notes on my paintings as I work on them. I was finding myself trying to remember things that I had done on previous paintings, and this way I can keep track of that stuff for future use.

After I finish something, I write down the color mixtures, and anything else I might need to remember. It’s already come in handy at least once on this painting.

January 23rd, 2006

Other mine fire! Fire!! FIRE!!!!’s in Pennsylvania

A few months back, I visited the smouldering remains of Centralia with AXJ. Mine images, they do not yet exist in edited forms….

January 20th, 2006

BLDGBLOG: “The city as an avatar of itself”

Olivo Barbieri’s aerial photographs achieve a distinctive look by photographing from a helicopter using a tilt-shift lens — a method, he says, that ‘allows me to choose what I really like in focus: like in a written page, we don’t read [it as an] image but one line at a time.’

January 20th, 2006

Mark Dery weighs in on Spam Lit, invoking the name of our dear, revered Marcel Duchamp.

If only Tristan Tzara had lived to read spambot subject lines, some boiler-room hacker’s idea of a foolproof strategy for bluffing your way past spam-killer defenses. “Be godparent or osteology,” admonishes today’s first hunk of junk mail, a Dadaist ultimatum if ever there was one. What mental-ward wisdom hides in this love-it-or-leave-it, my-way-or-the-highway dualism? Does it mean: If you’re not part of a social network, bound by family ties, you’ve got your nose in the boneyard? “Ragweed conjunct Sherlocke,” the next spam asserts, cryptically. A reference to Conan Doyle’s mythical detective?

You have undoubtedly noticed that I chose not to quote the section I referenced above. So go read the whole thing, already.


P.S. I’ve got some spam of my own sliced up in Amazing Text.

January 20th, 2006

Computer Icons: an exhibit

computer icon exhibit

January 20th, 2006

1. Do something.
2. Do it again.
3. Keep doing it until it become boring.
4. Keep doing it until it becomes interesting again.


This may be from John Cage. Or it may be from Allen Ginsburg. Or it may be from someone else entirely.

January 17th, 2006


January 16th, 2006

China beat Columbus to it, perhaps

It seems more likely that the world and all its continents were discovered by a Chinese admiral named Zheng He, whose fleets roamed the oceans between 1405 and 1435. His exploits, which are well documented in Chinese historical records, were written about in a book which appeared in China around 1418 called “The Marvellous Visions of the Star Raft”.

Next week, in Beijing and London, fresh and dramatic evidence is to be revealed to bolster Zheng He’s case. It is a copy, made in 1763, of a map, dated 1418, which contains notes that substantially match the descriptions in the book. “It will revolutionise our thinking about 15th-century world history,” says Gunnar Thompson, a student of ancient maps and early explorers.

Chinese seamen were first round the world

January 12th, 2006

 This new channel is called Microtel.

‘ This new channel is called Microtel.

Ex Cory Arcangel.

January 12th, 2006

X, reloaded: new readings of fragments of the Spanish masterpiece Don Quixote (which is now 400 years old), reinterpreted by the aesthetics of various artists.

January 12th, 2006

André Courrèges (b.1923)

I have seen the future, and it was in the sixties.

January 11th, 2006

Making Light muses on preparing a Flu Pre-Pack for the coming Global Flupocalypse.

January 4th, 2006

Scranton Times-Tribune, Jan 4, 2005: Throop council dumps manager

THROOP — A unified majority of five moved through Tuesday night’s reorganization agenda at a quick clip, unanimously approving all but one motion. But a lack of internal opposition has not, so far, put a stop to political problems in the borough.

Nearly four months after he was hired, Borough Manager Robert Hegedus lost his job when Borough Council voted 5-0 to eliminate his position and rehire Elaine Morrell at a salary of $40,000

Within two hours of the meeting’s conclusion, Mrs. Morrell told Borough Council she would not be taking the job.

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January 3rd, 2006

I, apparently, have not heretofore pointed to the existence of The View from Scranton, penned by one pseudonymous John Hood.

January 3rd, 2006

The Times-Tribune – News – 01/03/2006 – Need a pastor? Better not call ‘Father Mike’

Some nick-names in Old Forge, PA.

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