May 31st, 2006

abbot and costello have never been funnier

Abbot and Costello meet Emulsion Damage

Thanks to the one-eyed wonder for pointing me to Home Movie Depot’s Super 8 archive — a wunderkammer of, er, wonders and delights.

May 30th, 2006

lex and lois surrounded by swift nudes

A renaissnace superhero contest at Worth1000, worth it for the above, alone.

May 25th, 2006

The Guabancex Blog: And SOLD, to the sucker in the back row!

a joke.


yes i file jokes under performance so sue me

May 24th, 2006

Attytood: Rick Santorum is the #1 lobbyist money-taker

May 24th, 2006

The Times-Tribune – 35 foot subsidence opens

May 20th, 2006

Although therefore are now defunct, last year’s digital-distro-only album LGFCA is still available.


Er, I guess the breakup of a band seldom has much to do with back-catalogue availability.

May 19th, 2006

Don’t Tread on Me: Gadsden Flag History

May 18th, 2006

QJ.NET – How to Pirate a Vinyl Record

May 18th, 2006

BOOKS2EAT the International Edible Book Festival

May 18th, 2006

sugar—» corn

May 16th, 2006

Royal News: Scranton’s Courthouse Square Now Has Internet Access

That’s great! Only I don’t have a laptop….

May 16th, 2006

Art News Blog: Lamborghini Art

A man in California liked the look of his Lamborghini Countach so much that he has done a Marcel Duchamp with it. The Californian millionaire Richard Moriarty has bolted his 1974 sports car to a wall in his house and called it art.

The vehicle had to be lowered through his living room skylight using a 70 ton crane.
The engine was also taken out to become the “200 mph coffee table”.

I think it’s more of a statement about the price of oil than a work of art. Like a museum piece, from an age of excess and ego. But it’s much more beautiful than any ready-mades that Duchamp ever “created”.

I don’t know if I agree with the “more beautiful than any [Duchamp ready-made],” but it’s certainly shinier.

Also, re: the price of oil.

May 15th, 2006

BBC NEWS | World | Americas | ‘Brazilian Stonehenge’ discovered

May 15th, 2006


Take it to the Net is an investigation into a new generation of artists who use the techniques, skills, and aesthetics of the internet as well as digital information transfer in their work. What is or is not conceived of as art is of less importance in an era where the amateur as producer has become the professional. The Internet has opened the floodgates for producers, and the emphasis now lies in the hands of those who access the information.

At last, an title that fits the original derivation of these titles. Which now makes it prosaic.


May 11th, 2006

news from me – Fantagraphics to reprint Thimble (Popeye) Theatre


I’m gonna hafta get a second job to help pay for these…..

May 11th, 2006

Popular Science: Rocket Food

The energy in food is typically released when, through a complex biochemical pathway, sugars, starches and fats react with oxygen from the lungs. It’s a form of slow-motion burning that, thankfully, rarely involves fire.

But you can liberate the same amount of energy in much less time by mixing the Snickers with a more concentrated source of oxygen—say, the potent oxidizer potassium perchlorate. The result is basically rocket fuel. Ig­nited on an open fireproof table, it burns vigorously, consuming an entire candy bar in a few seconds with a rushing tower of fire. If you could bottle the energy of kids playing and turn it into a Molotov cocktail, this is what it would look like.

May 10th, 2006

Cake & Polka Parade : Mae Questel the voice of Betty Boop

May 8th, 2006

New York Times – Truckload of Missing Art Found in Trailer Park

A multimillion-dollar art heist that began two weeks ago when a truckload of paintings, sculpture and antique furniture vanished on the road from southern Florida to New York ended Wednesday night in an unlikely place: a 30-year-old trailer park in Gainesville.

May 2nd, 2006


On finding Lost Cities.

May 2nd, 2006

Nowadays, It’s All Yours, Mine or Ours – New York Times

My, my, my.

Madison Avenue has become obsessed with using the word “my” — along with “your” and “our” — in advertising slogans, as well as in the names of brands, products and even a new television network.

The trend is inspired by a desire by marketers to demonstrate that they understand changing consumer needs by, literally, putting the customer first. They’re doing so in everything from the new network, to be called My Network TV, to Web addresses like to campaign themes like “My life. My card,” for American Express.

“Brands are becoming more personalized and customized because consumers want brands on their terms,” said Allen Adamson, managing director at the New York office of Landor Associates, a corporate identity consulting company owned by the WPP Group.

“Having it your way applies increasingly to all brands,” Mr. Adamson said, referring to the longtime campaign theme for Burger King, which has recently been revived. “It’s only natural that advertisers try to flag that they are more about serving up your brand on your terms.”

But the trend carries a big risk, Mr. Adamson warned.

“The demand for customization and personalization is a moving target,” he said. “If you’re unable to deliver, if what you offer is really no different from everybody else, the claims will do more damage than good.”

My Network TV is coming in the fall from the Fox Television Stations and Twentieth Television divisions of the News Corporation. Local stations that will be part of the network are already rebranding themselves; WWOR in New York, for instance, started calling itself My 9, and My 27 is the new nickname for KDFI in Dallas.

“We were looking for something that could be used by local television stations to brand their entire product,” said Jack Abernethy, chief executive at Fox Television Stations in Los Angeles.

“If you talk to people who like soaps, they’ll say, ‘That’s my soap,’ ” he added. “Or if you’re a sports fan, what do you say? ‘That’s my team.’ “

My Network TV will join a Web site branded with “my” that is also owned by the News Corporation, In fact, the Internet is teeming with “my” sites, including two that are operated by the Coca-Cola Company, and, which started as, was renamed a year ago after research showed that “what people loved to do most is take the site and make it their own, sharing music and film with their friends,” said Katie Bayne, senior vice president for Coca-Cola brands in North America, who is based in Atlanta.

“The ‘My Coke’ strategy is about the thought that we have this wonderful brand that doesn’t belong to the Coca-Cola Company; it belongs to the people who drink it,” Ms. Bayne said. “Whether it’s Coke or Coke Zero or Diet Coke, it’s your choice.”

So in February, when the company introduced an online frequent-buyer rewards program, the address selected for the Web site was A commercial promoting the site and the program, by Wieden & Kennedy in Portland, Ore., is scheduled to appear tonight during “American Idol.”

Offline examples of the trend, in addition to “My life. My card,” include My Circle, a telephone calling plan to be introduced by Alltel; a hockey-focused campaign for Bud Light beer, brewed by Anheuser-Busch, carrying the theme “My N.H.L. My playoffs. My Stanley Cup”; and “My money. My credit union,” the theme of a campaign aimed at young savers from the Credit Union National Association.

“What we were trying to convey was ownership,” said Joe Day, director for business development at the credit union organization in Madison, Wis., “that when you have money at a credit union, you’re a part-owner.”

The campaign appeared last week as part of an annual promotion called National Credit Union Youth Week, which featured a contest encouraging savers under age 18 to make deposits at local credit unions. “The hope is that young people will take ownership in their financial future,” Mr. Day said.

On the “your” front, there is “Your choice. Your Chase,” the theme since last May of ads by McGarry Bowen in New York for J. P. Morgan Chase consumer operations like retail banking, home lending and credit cards.

“It’s the TiVo world; it’s the Google world; the power is with the consumer,” said Manning Field, senior vice president for brand management at Chase Card Services in Wilmington, Del.

“The old way companies used to market was that we asserted ourselves onto the consumer,” Mr. Field said. “They take what we gave them.”

“Now, it’s about enabling consumers to do what they want to do,” he added. “We use ‘Your choice. Your Chase’ because ‘our,’ ‘my’ and ‘your’ are consumer empowerment words.”

To be sure, the current crop of possessives is not the first from marketers. The Burger King entry, “Have it your way,” dates to 1974, and in the 1950’s, commercials for Rheingold beer featured a chorus of drinkers who robustly sang a song that began, “My beer is Rheingold, the dry beer.”

But none of the top 10 ad slogans of the 20th century, selected by the trade publication Advertising Age in 1999, use “my” or “our” or “your.” Most are from the perspective of the marketer or brand like “We try harder,” for Avis; “Good to the last drop,” for Maxwell House coffee; and “When it rains it pours,” for Morton salt.

A turning point may have come in 1996, when Yahoo introduced a personalization service called My Yahoo ( It has grown to about 55 million unique users each month, said Meagan Busath, a spokeswoman for Yahoo in Sunnyvale, Calif.

The name was chosen to “indicate to people it’s a site they can create for themselves and can be personal to them,” she added.

The “My life. My card” campaign from American Express, created by Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide, part of WPP, began in November 2004.

“American Express is all about relationships with consumers,” said Joanna G. Lambert, a spokeswoman for American Express in New York. “The ‘My life. My card’ campaign showcases the connection with our customers.”

There may be another reason to explain the popularity of the trend toward possessives.

Shortly after My Network TV was introduced in February, Brian Lowry, a columnist for Daily Variety, noted that Spanish-language TV and radio stations run ads promoting themselves as “Tu canal,” “Your station,” or “Nuestro canal,” “Our station,” to help forge an emotional bond with consumers.

And the Spanish-language version of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” brought out last week by a music producer, Adam Kidron, was titled “Nuestro Himno,” or “Our Anthem.”

Mr. Abernethy of Fox Television Stations said his company and Twentieth Television “didn’t consider” the Hispanic echo in the name My Network TV, which is to present English-language dramas styled after the Spanish-language shows called telenovelas.

“After we chose the name, we heard of many instances of this” usage, Mr. Abernethy said, adding that he recently visited a “Chinese knickknack shop, and saw My Green Tea.”

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