February 28th, 2006

BBC NEWS – South Asia – The amazing DIY village FM radio station

The transmission equipment, costing just over $1, may be the cheapest in the world.

February 24th, 2006

This week’s Heavy Metal Moment™ brought to you by Literate Pop-Apocalypse MAM_3.2_beta in a thread entitled Synthetic Taurine for your Conflicted, Guilty, Ethical, Anthropomorphic Cats, and penned by one Mme. Sharkpup (Can.):

my dog loves tofu. and my cat likes to eat catnip.

catnip is a vegetable. it is cat salad.

black sabbath cat salad. man.

February 22nd, 2006

Art News Blog: Jackson Pollock Paintings Found

February 21st, 2006 holds another knife to our throat and whispers in our ear that “X-Ray Specs Are In Development.”

This real life ‘x-ray specs’ effect relies on a property of matter that is usually ignored – that the electrons it contains move in a wave-like way. What we have learnt is how to control these waves directly. The results can be pretty weird at times, but it’s very exciting and so fundamental. At the moment the effect can only be produced in a lab under specific conditions but it has the potential to lead to all sorts of new applications.”

The team also discovered that as light passes through this new material, it slows right down and could potentially be completely stopped and stored. Professor Phillips believes this has important implications for entirely secure information networks. He says:

“When we send information, for example by sending light pulses down optical fibres, it can only be accessed by making a form of measurement, and these measurements always disturb the information. This technology offers us a means of sending light signals through a network without us having to disturb them ourselves. Now, if confidential information is being spied on, the disturbance shows up straight away and we can nab the eavesdropper with 100% certainty.”

Reminds me of the work of Mr. Hubertise, only without the bear-suit.

February 21st, 2006 forces us to look at Sprites In Black And White — high atmosphere effects sometimes seen during thunderstorms.

February 20th, 2006

Viruses were here first.

February 20th, 2006

lost camera: camera unlost, but not quite found.

NOTE: that’s bad parenting.

UPDATE 02.26.2006: Somebody’s threatening sue Boing-Boing over their post on the story.

February 20th, 2006

Bright Lights Film Journal – Rehabilitating Casino Royale

February 17th, 2006

Questions surround painting’s appraisal

The decision to appraise the purported Jackson Pollock painting stolen in November from the Everhart Museum appears to have raised more questions than it has answered.

And while detectives want to speak with Brian J. Murray, the president of Murray Insurance, the museum’s insurance company, Everhart officials are asking why an appraisal was done in the first place.

“We did not submit a claim for the Pollock,” Everhart spokesman Joe Palumbo said Thursday. “To my knowledge, Mr. Murray has not yet spoken to anyone (at the museum).”

February 16th, 2006

dETROITfUNK: Tiggeriffic !

Abandoned buildings turn orange. VERY orange.

February 16th, 2006

I’ve missed posting so many articles about this, I’m just going to link to them, now:

Museum’s insurer declares stolen Pollock to be a fake

Brian J. Murray, owner of the company that insures the Everhart Museum’s collection, declared the stolen painting to be a fake. “What we first thought was a loss turned out to be nothing at all,” Murray said.

Insurer: Pollock a fake; owner insists it’s real

How would they do that?” he said. “They don’t have the painting, do they? Is Brian Murray holding the painting? Is he the one who took the painting?”

When what you see isn’t what you get

Art, it is said, is in the eye of the beholder. But the museum has not met its obligation to at least ensure the authenticity of what is being beheld. The museum’s silence relative to details of a specific criminal investigation, regarding the theft or the authenticity of the painting, or both, is one thing. But its continued silence about its verification of works it displays as being authentic, and whether it has established adequate security, are matters of legitimate public concern. The museum should be held accountable.

Painting owner says he couldn’t fake a Pollock; Phillips a renowned artist in his own right

“How do you fake a Jackson Pollock? His gesture is very, very distinctive. I can paint anything else,” said Mr. Phillips, an artist whose work has been displayed in museums including the Everhart.

Art heist probe may take twist Cops take notice of claim that painting may be fake

“If the painting is a fake,” Capt. Leoncini said, “there are a number of things we may have to look at, including whether (Mr. Phillips) knew it was a fake and passed it off as an original and made a claim on it, or whether he signed any legal documents suggesting that it was authentic.”

February 16th, 2006

The Times-Tribune – News – 01/27/2006 – Painting owner has idea on heist

BY CHRIS BIRK STAFF WRITER & mdash; 01/27/2006

The Scranton native who lent the now-infamous Jackson Pollock work stolen from the Everhart Museum said he believes the November heist was an inside job and has provided the FBI with the name of his No. 1 suspect.

He wouldn’t explain his suspicions or divulge the name of his prime suspect, but told The Associated Press on Thursday that his information is based on official accounts of the burglary and personal knowledge of the museum’s security.

read more…

February 14th, 2006

Gizmodo – World’s Fastest Digital Camera

The 8-foot-tall camera can take images at less than two-billionths of a second.

I want one. I don’t care that it’s designed for taking pictures in a particle accelerator; I still want one.

February 11th, 2006

The Pulpmovies Trailer Park: Fight Club — the Bollywood version.


February 10th, 2006

The Times-Tribune – News – 02/10/2006 – Throop councilwoman’s home scheduled for sheriff’s sale

Not only that — she’s been living outside the borough for nearly a year, and the council is planning legal action to remove her from offic.

BONUS: special guest appearance by Bob Bolus. I don’t know much about Mr. Bolus, but his name pops up in the most interesting places.

February 6th, 2006

Notes from the Life of Fozzie Bear

Age 39: Strung out on mescaline and bitterness, Fozzie requires multiple takes during the shooting of “The Muppets Take Manhattan.” His startling lack of professionalism raises the ire of first-time director/screenwriter David Mamet who, unhappy with the final product, opts for credit under an assumed name.

P.S. This is not permalink-friendly, and the link above will vanish and I’ll have to find it back. Damn you, F.M., damn you straight to hell!

Happy days! There’s now a perma-link! Thanks, Carol! And my apologies to F.M., who NEVER would have posted it without the permalink, I’m sure….

February 3rd, 2006

The Art of Propaganda: Picture Gallery

The pictures in this gallery are taken from two North Korean propaganda books purchased in China near the China-North Korean border.

These images have been selected to demonstrate the major themes in the art of North Korea encountered by everyday people, including architecture, billboards and monuments, posters, and other art dedicated to the personality cults of the late Kim Il Sung and his son, Kim Jong Il, the current leader of North Korea.

February 1st, 2006

Nam June Paik is dead, alas.

UPDATE 2012.05.31:

February 1st, 2006

Exhibition Images in Paris – Cité des Sciences, France – The interactive Mona Lisa – Mona Lips-synch

Too bad she doesn’t sing, or something.

Via Il Filtro del Meta.

February 1st, 2006

BLDGBLOG: Mineral TV and the Archipelago of Abandoned Shopping Malls

[…] [I]instead of demolishing old buildings, perhaps we should detach them from the Earth’s surface and send them into space as lessons for alien species. Like that Michael Crichton novel. You could learn about the Earth by studying its architecture – because the planet flings buildings everywhere. Constantly.
Archipelagoes of abandoned shopping malls pulled slowly toward distant planets. There goes the Mall of America…

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