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Fight Club at Staples: To quote Sean Bonner: "I'm guessing some designer snuck that in without his boss or anyone else knowing - how fitting."

Darkness, Tunnels, and Light: Quote: "Stories of darkness, tunnels, and bright light told by those who report near-death experiences actually have a basis in the structure and functioning of the eyes, the brain, and other sense organs that operate during these experiences."

How long is the day on Saturn?

Killer cyberappliances: Satan implicated: Inhabitants of the Italian village of Canneto di Caronia - previously evacuated after domestic appliances staged an inflammatory uprising - have made a fearful return to their homes.

Fahrenheit 9/11: Good review by Tony Pierce.

monochrom project update // monochrom's Blattoptera - Art for Cockroaches: We run a gallery-space for cockroaches. Every month, a different artist or arts group is invited to design an environment in which our tribe of giant South American cockroaches are placed, to act as audience for, and aesthetic judges of the work. We have a webcam to watch on the little critters.
On saturday, Tommy Schmidt, a german artist living in Munich, presented his exhibition. It is called "Commodity Shortage: Mobility". The roaches love it.

Why do men have nipples? Andrew M. Simons, a professor of biology at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, explains.

A Ridiculously Brief Overview of Political Philosophy: A five-minute tour of some political thinkers and ideas by Anja Steinbauer.

Edward Gorey's Gashleycrumb Tinies: To quote DaddyD: "Has a very appropriate name. He has a truly gory imagination, and has created one of the most macabre alphabets in the history of human existance. It's brilliant."

World's best known trademark: You think it's the Nike Swoosh? Nope. Or the McDonald arches? Double nope. It is (tatata!) the Woolmark!

Could laptops run on spinach? Solar cells turn over a new leaf. Spinach photosynthetic power can create electricity.

Pills and Remedies: Aeroplastics contemporary by Dana Wyse.

Cassini Opens A Cosmic Time Capsule: Like a woolly mammoth trapped in Arctic ice, Saturn's small moon Phoebe may be a frozen artifact of a bygone era, some four billion years ago. The finding is suggested by new data from the Cassini spacecraft.

Memory and the Movies: Article by James Bowman. Intro: "There are at least two good reasons why Hollywood is so fond of movies about memory loss. One is that the movies are always and inevitably tempted by voyeurism, and exotic illnesses or injuries, including psychological ones, promise voyeuristic thrills aplenty. The other reason has to do with visual paradox. The movies are supremely realistic-surrealistic, you might almost say-in their capacity to look more like life than life does. Human life is always writ large on the big screen. But life as most of us experience it depends utterly on knowing who and where we are on earth, on placing ourselves in relation to the rest of the world. The central task of the mise en scène is to place people in some context. But what if the people themselves don’t recognize their context? This is interesting to moviegoers who know what the characters don’t, which is the case in most such movies, or moviegoers who have to figure out the context just as the characters do, as in Memento or Mulholland Drive."

Microscopic, Biochemical, and Molecular Characteristics of the Chilean Blob and a Comparison With the Remains of Other Sea Monsters: Nothing but Whales: Complete results of a scientific study demonstrate that the sea monster known as the "Chilean Blob" is the almost completely decomposed remains of the blubber layer of a sperm whale.

Theoretical Astrophysicist Thomas Gold Dies at 84: Establishment science paid attention to this brilliant maverick scientist. Lately, he was convinced that oil and gas reserves do not have a biological origin.

Virus robs addicts of their high: Transgenic carrier inactivates cocaine in rat brains.

Please explain me this.

Microsoft Patent: Method and apparatus for transmitting power and data using the human body: Abstract: "Methods and apparatus for distributing power and data to devices coupled to the human body are described. The human body is used as a conductive medium, e.g., a bus, over which power and/or data is distributed. Power is distributed by coupling a power source to the human body via a first set of electrodes. One or more devise to be powered, e.g., peripheral devices, are also coupled to the human body via additional sets of electrodes. The devices may be, e.g., a speaker, display, watch, keyboard, etc. A pulsed DC signal or AC signal may be used as the power source. By using multiple power supply signals of differing frequencies, different devices can be selectively powered. Digital data and/or other information signals, e.g., audio signals, can be modulated on the power signal using frequency and/or amplitude modulation techniques."

A visualization of (pieces of) the space of 4-letter-words in English: Language Blog writes: "A visualization of (pieces of) the space of 4-letter-words in English, by toxi, using processing. It would be nice to do some appropriate dimensionality reduction first, which would enable (a version of) the whole 4-letter-word space to be shown at once, or to be seen from perspectives different from those provided by adjacent letter pairs. The same approach would also allow visualization of the whole vocabulary, or various pieces of it. It would be interesting to try similar things in the space of pronunciations, or the joint spelling/pronunciation space."

Evil and its discontents: a 21st Century bestiary: Article by Stephen Chan. Intro: "At the end of human time - and the human world - beasts would appear in the heavens and wage war on God and His angels. The Biblical book of Revelation uses striking imagery to illustrate a final battle between Good and Evil. Whoever wins - and Revelation has Good winning - the human apparatus of self-government and self-control will be lost. Either God's kingdom will rule over earth - or Gog and Magog, Satan's great lieutenants, will subsume the kings of the world into their own victorious rule. More than any other book in the Bible, a Manichean vision is apparent. There would be no battle if God had been all-powerful from the outset. God has to win this battle to prove Himself supreme. If the Great Dragon, Satan, and the bestial Gog and Magog offered no chance of a close battle, it would be unimportant - a sideshow in heaven. But they range powerful forces against God, and they think they can win. The apostle John, watching all this on his island, has to be constantly reassured by visions of heaven's splendour, by angels blowing trumpets, because - as he describes it - the baddies are pretty colourful dudes and pretty damn strong. They can unleash their own mass destruction. And, in the vision of a female Babylon, they have the babe of all time on their side as well."

History of Species More Precise Under New Formula: Scientists say they can now explain why the history of evolution recorded in fossils doesn't always match the story told by genes.

University Of Chicago Instrument Ready To Begin Four-year Study Of Saturn's Rings: Intro: "After a quiet, six-and-a-half-year, 2.2-billion-mile journey to Saturn aboard NASA's Cassini spacecraft, the University of Chicago's dust detector will soon begin its attempt to help unravel the mystery of the planet's legendary rings one tiny particle at a time."

Just Imagine Philip K. Dick: New York Times review of Emmanuel Carrère's "I Am Alive & You Are Dead: A Journey Into the Mind of Philip K. Dick".

Heavy-lift gyroplanes

Labor Arts: Intro: >Labor Arts is a virtual museum; we gather, identify and display images of the cultural artifacts of working people and their organizations. Our mission is to present powerful images that help us understand the past and present lives of working people. AFL-CIO President John J. Sweeney has urged all international unions to cooperate in locating for display on Labor Arts "the treasure trove of cultural objects that have moved workers into action from the very inception of our movement.<

Bar Code Ronald Reagan (via Growabrain)

Women and Horror Movies: The Final Girl: Article by Donato Totaro. Intro: "One of the more important, if not groundbreaking, accounts/recuperations of the horror film from a feminist perspective is the 1993 Carol Clover's Men, Women, and Chainsaws. One of the book's major points concerns the structural positioning of what she calls the Final Girl in relation to spectatorship. While most theorists label the horror film as a male-driven/male-centered genre, Clover points out that in most horror films, especially the slasher film, the audience, male and female, is structurally 'forced' to identify with the resourceful young female (the Final Girl) who survives the serial attacker and usually ends the threat (until the sequel anyway). So while the narratively dominant killer's subjective point of view may be male within the narrative, the male viewer is still rooting for the Final Girl to overcome the killer. We can see this operating archetypically in Halloween (Jamie Lee Curtis, 1978), Friday the 13th (Betsy Palmer, 1980), Eyes of a Stranger (Jennifer Jason Leigh, 1981), and A Nightmare on Elm Street (Heather Langenkamp, 1984)."

Why We Do It: Sex & the Single Cell: New York Times Review of Niles Eldredge's Why We Do It: Rethinking Sex & the Selfish Gene.

Comet spills its secrets: Quote: "NASA's Stardust spacecraft has surprised scientists with the most detailed picture of a comet yet. The first results from the probe, which swooped over the comet Wild 2 on 2 January this year, prove that not all comets are born equal."

Cory Doctorow's Microsoft Research DRM talk: This talk was originally given to Microsoft's Research Group and other interested parties from within the company at their Redmond offices on June 17, 2004. Excellent. Intro: "Greetings fellow pirates! Arrrrr! I'm here today to talk to you about copyright, technology and DRM, I work for the Electronic Frontier Foundation on copyright stuff (mostly), and I live in London. I'm not a lawyer -- I'm a kind of mouthpiece/activist type, though occasionally they shave me and stuff me into my Bar Mitzvah suit and send me to a standards body or the UN to stir up trouble. I spend about three weeks a month on the road doing completely weird stuff like going to Microsoft to talk about DRM. I lead a double life: I'm also a science fiction writer. That means I've got a dog in this fight, because I've been dreaming of making my living from writing since I was 12 years old. Admittedly, my IP-based biz isn't as big as yours, but I guarantee you that it's every bit as important to me as yours is to you. Here's what I'm here to convince you of: 1. That DRM systems don't work 2. That DRM systems are bad for society 3. That DRM systems are bad for business 4. That DRM systems are bad for artists 5. That DRM is a bad business-move for MSFT"

Why is Death Valley a national monument rather than a national park? Question: >Why is Death Valley denominated a national monument, rather than a national park? With over 500 square miles of its area below sea level, it hardly comports with the popular idea of a "monument." Are large numbers of trees strictly necessary for the "park" designation?< ... Answer ... here ...

Newton’s Flaming Laser Sword: Mike Alder explains why mathematicians and scientists don’t like philosophy but do it anyway.

Mystery of longest surviving mammoths: Dale Guthrie, an Arctic biologist, says mammoths survived on St Paul Island in the Bering Straits as late as 7,900 years ago.

ClosetMonster's Photo Manipulations: Bizarre collection of "female masks" photoshop stuff.

Are we really all doomed? The psychologist Dr Jack Boyle believes that, as a species, we need to latch on to worst-case scenarios because "medium-case" bore us.

When will you hit menopause? Ultrasound test predicts 'reproductive age'.

Cell phone viruses?

As if there weren't already enough reasons to laugh at Nickelback: Hilarious! Quote: >It's probably no surprise that I don't enjoy "popular" or "Top 40" music. It's corporate, bland, overplayed, unoriginal, boring, bland, and boring, It's also dumb. But just because I don't enjoy it doesn't mean I don't listen to it. I mean, how can you not when radio and TV is infested with this crap. Lately, one of the bands that I love to hate is Nickelback, slowly climbing the ranks and placing themselves up at the top with Creed, Matchbox 20, and countless others as "worst bands in the history of music. So I received tremendous joy when I found the following file over on the SA Forums. Some internet genius took Nickelback's first horrible "hit," and mixed it with Nickelback's newest awful "hit." By "mixed" I mean one shitty song plays in the left speaker, and the other ear-bleeding excuse for rock plays in the right speaker. What a surprise, they are almost EXACTLY THE SAME. It's uncanny, sad, and hilarious at the same time.< (via DaddyD)

Mobiles build interactive cities: Technology allows users to share their experiences. Quote: "Technophiles could soon use mobile phones to create and access interactive city guides. A four-week trial of the latest technology has just begun in London."

Networks, Swarms, Multitudes: Article by Eugene Thacker.
Link Part One
Link Part Two

Nice stools (via Haddock)

Cowboys and Idiots - The Reagan Years: DaddyD recommends this site. I quote: "Was a rather interesting character. I took a terrible interest in him at least. He was the reason I spent 8 years of my youth convinced my future would end in a pile of atomic debris. Honestly, the man scared me witless. The fact that he couldn't seem to keep his facts straight, and didn't appear to be all too bothered by that fact just made everything that much worse. So, since everyone else seems to only want to talk about the man as legend, I thought I might provide an alternative look at the mans life and work. It's anything but objective, but then what is these days?"

The Classic Typewriter Page: A remarkable and absorbing work of cultural archeology.

Hellboy: Nurture Crushes Nature. The Letter of Hellboy to the Galatians.

Bush parachutes for 80th birthday: Quote: "Former President George H.W. Bush celebrated his 80th birthday Sunday by parachuting twice onto the grounds of his presidential library."

Hacker Generations: Article by Richard Thieme. Intro: "First, the meaning of hacker. The word originally meant an inventive type, someone creative and unconventional, usually involved in a technical feat of legerdemain, a person who saw doors where others saw walls or built bridges that others thought were planks on which to walk into shark-filled seas. Hackers were alive with the spirit of Loki or Coyote or the Trickster, moving with stealth across boundaries, often spurning conventional ways of thinking and behaving. Hackers see deeply into the arbitrariness of structures, how form and content are assembled in subjective and often random ways and therefore how they can be defeated or subverted. They see atoms where others see a seeming solid, and they know that atoms are approximations of energies, abstractions, mathematical constructions. At the top level, they see the skull behind the grin, the unspoken or unacknowledged but shared assumptions of a fallible humanity. That's why, as in Zen monasteries, where mountains are mountains and then they are not mountains and then they are mountains again, hacker lofts are filled with bursts of loud spontaneous laughter. [...]"

"Whatever we want to do with you": Article by Mark Dow. Intro: "One need not make facile comparisons to the softening of detainees for interrogation to recognize that prisons are about control. Given the right conditions - and conditioning - guards can move from petty mistreatment to criminal acts. One prisoner emphasized to me that the daily pettiness can be worse than a beating. But since recent news has made people here ask, at least momentarily, just what does goes on in US prisons, it is worth re-visiting one notorious case."

Brain learns like a robot? Quote: "Researchers may have pinpointed the brain regions that help us work out good from bad. And their results suggest that humans and robots are more alike than we may care to admit, as both use similar strategies to make value judgements."

Why do computers crash? Clay Shields, a professor of computer science at Georgetown University, explains.

The Simpsons Nudity List (via Fleshbot)

The Complete Logician, or Miss Blackmore's Unspeakable Sin: Mike Alder asks what is wrong with being charmingly illogical. Quote: "A series of science/fantasy novels by Fletcher Pratt and L Sprague deCamp started in the nineteen forties, and were collected later in The Incompleate Enchanter. They featured Harold Shea, who travelled into the world of Norse Myth, and subsequently into other fictional worlds, including Spenser's Faery Queen and the Finnish epic the Kalevala. This was accomplished by the syllogismobile: it consisted of reciting and focussing the mind on the underlying logical premises of these worlds. While it made entertaining fantasy, even in my early teens I was sceptical of the efficacy of a syllogismobile, although it did turn my adolescent mind to the question of logic. Other SF books with a related element were the Null-A books of A.E.Van Vogt, in which the hero is equipped with two brains and can think in a non-Aristotelian logic, an ability denied to lesser mortals. Contemplating the ideas underlying the books, the question arises: what is the status of Logic? Does it, as Pratt and Sprague deCamp suggest implicitly, underlie the structure of the Universe? Or does it as Van Vogt suggests underlie the structure of our minds or brains? Is it possible for a human being to think in a non-classical logic? Could other logics be used, possibly to advantage in understanding this world we live in? These ideas were heady and liberating, and I knew sufficiently little to feel free to speculate and to reason - and even to read, with some difficulty, some of the works of the logician Emil Post on non-Aristotelian logics. [...]"

Brainy Border Collie Knows 200 Words: Quote: "A border collie from Germany named Rico has proven what many pet owners intuitively know—dogs can be exceptionally smart. Rico has a vocabulary of more than 200 words, and has demonstrated that he can learn the names of new toys easily, and remember the names weeks later. These findings from a new study suggest that some basics of language and learning may be innate to dogs and other animals, and may have evolved independent of humans. Julia Fischer of Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, led the study, published online today in Science."

monochrom project update // monochrom's Blattoptera - Art for Cockroaches: We run a gallery-space for cockroaches. Every month, a different artist or arts group is invited to design an environment in which our tribe of giant South American cockroaches are placed, to act as audience for, and aesthetic judges of the work. We have a webcam to watch on the little critters.
Yesterday, Oliver Hangl presented his exhibition. It is a small television studio, a bluebox for cockroaches.

Good Stories, Pity They're Not True: The Mathematical Ass'n of America reports: "The Golden Ratio has been used to explain everything from the construction of Egyptian pyramids to the dimensions of the Ark of the Covenant. Not true, says Keith Devlin."

Perfect pterosaur found in fossil egg: Find sheds light on prehistoric flying reptiles. Quote: "The embryo is very well formed, which suggests that it was probably enjoying its last few days of solitude before emerging into the prehistoric world. But it never got the chance. Wang and Zhou believe that a natural disaster such as a volcanic eruption dealt it a swift death and caused the egg to be delicately preserved."

monochrom content update // Force Sting to appear for a bad cause: We checked the bank account! Dieter B. from Hamburg/Germany donated 10 Euros! The Sting count is 42.50 Euros now!

Development of Beliefs in Paranormal and Supernatural Phenomena: Article by Christopher H. Whittle (S.I.). Intro: >Two important findings emerged from a recent study I conducted on learning scientific information from prime-time television programming (Whittle 2003). The study used an Internet-based survey questionnaire posted to Internet chat groups for three popular television programs, The X-Files, ER, and Friends. Scientific (and pseudoscientific) dialogue from ER and The X-Files collected in a nine-month-long content analysis created two scales, ER science content and The X-Files pseudoscience content. Respondents were asked to agree or disagree with statements from each program (such as, "Rene Laennec used a rolled-up newspaper as the first stethoscope" [ER], and "The Wanshang Dhole, an Asian dog thought to be extinct, has pre-evolutionary features including a fifth toe pad, a dew claw, and a prehensile thumb" [The X-Files].<

The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce, 1911; copyright expired.

What are angels?

Methane 'belch' theory gets boost: Quote: "Scientists have found a series of vents in the Nordic Seas that may have burped enough methane to cause massive global warming 55 million years ago."

One Legged Man V's Britney Spears Dance Machine: This guy rocks.

Retrofuture: Quote: "The Retrofuture is a concept based on a simple question: what happened to all that futuristic stuff which was supposed to change our lives by the year 2000? Stuff like rocket belts, flying cars, food pills and inflatable homes."

An Eye On The Tongue: Quote: >A system to allow blind people to "see with their tongue" appears strangely effective. In just the first few minutes, the subject is able to build up a fairly clear picture of the letter "T" placed in various positions and transmitted by electrical impulses to the device on his tongue.<

Erik Refner: Goddammit, what a lense.

Being Charlie Kaufman: One of today's best screenwriters. And he has a blog.

Tiny Fossils Could Be First Complex Animals: Quote: "Around 540 million years ago, life on the earth underwent a profound growth spurt: during the Cambrian explosion, the planet’s multicellular life diversified rapidly. Scientists writing in the journal Science say that they have identified in rocks from China what may be the beginnings of this revolution. According to the report, the fossils are the earliest evidence of animals with a two-sided body plan (as opposed to a radial one) and date to around 55 million years before the Cambrian explosion."

Music Videos: Here's a website with some (if not all) of the best videos ever made. This is insane.

Second Life?? To quote their page: "Second Life is an online digital world, built, shaped, and owned by its participants. Create a shared reality in a world full of people, activities, adventure, and fun. If you are a designer, programmer, or inventor you will be blown away by the variety of opportunities Second Life provides. Create beautiful scripted 3D objects in a totally live online environment - from weapons to clothing lines to motorcycles. Explore a rapidly changing and expanding world simulated on over 100 servers (with new land added almost daily), containing hundreds of thousands of user-created objects, daily and nightly hosted events, games to play, and people to meet. Buy and sell land, create a business, or exchange virtual for real currency. It’s up to you. Second Life is yours to imagine and inhabit."

"The Science Fiction Film Reader": Edited by Gregg Rickmann. Quote: >Outer space, whether the homeland of demonic invaders or the destination of intrepid explorers, seems to ignite the wildest imagination of filmmakers and audiences alike. And back on earth we all marvel when our planet is taken over by apes or when in a laboratory beings are created that defy, or perhaps reflect, our own humanity. This lavishly illustrated collection of essays begins with "Cinematic Views," written between 1907 and 1929 by the great film pioneer Georges Melies. It goes on to explore the foundation of science fiction films in writings from the 20s and 30s by such masters of word and image as H.G. Wells, Luis Bunuel and Jorge Luis Borges. With the genre established and flourishing, the book moves in a variety of directions--toward outer space, as a subject; different periods in film history, each with its own style and dominant themes; the work of specific directors and writers and, finally, some classic science fiction films of the recent past.<

Death Waits for No One: Deferred demises take a couple of hits: Report by Bruce Bower. Quote: "Two new reports challenge the idea, which has been promoted in a series of high-profile studies, that elderly people suffering from serious physical illnesses can prolong their lives just long enough to experience a personally meaningful event, such as a birthday or a religious holiday."

Britain Fights for Giant Squid: Britain is expecting a fight with other EU fishing nations as it calls for a United Nations ban on deep-sea trawling to preserve creatures such as the giant squid.

New monochrom content // Piracy Warning Messages In Movie Theaters // Instant Blitz Copy Fight Project: We – monochrom and comrade Cory Doctorow – would like to ask you to perform an act of civil disobedience. Please bring a digital camera next time you go to the movies, take a picture of the piracy-warning before the movie starts and use the flashlight. Don’t go for quality taking the picture, it’s secondary. Please jot down time, place and the title of the movie - and upload the picture to our site. Thanks!

The first case of homosexual necrophilia in the mallard Anas platyrhynchos: Quote: "On 5 June 1995 an adult male mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) collided with the glass façade of the Natuurmuseum Rotterdam and died. An other drake mallard raped the corpse almost continuously for 75 minutes. Then the author disturbed the scene and secured the dead duck. Dissection showed that the rape-victim indeed was of the male sex. It is concluded that the mallards were engaged in an ‘Attempted Rape Flight’ that resulted in the first described case of homosexual necrophilia in the mallard."

Obesity fight targets town plans: More pavements may encourage Americans to walk.

Police slap cuffs on Punk SMSer: Quote: "A tech worker was arrested yesterday after a text message he sent was intercepted and traced back to his phone. In a scene reminiscent of Neo's first escape from Agent Smith, Special Branch officers slapped the cuffs on Mike Devine at his office in Bristol yesterday, and took him away for questioning. Devine, who plays in a Clash tribute band in his spare time, had sent a message containing lyrics from The Clash's Tommy Gun to his lead singer who had forgotten the words to the song."

The Dark Materials debate: Interview with atheist author Philip Pullman and Rowan Williams (Archbishop of Canterbury): Williams: "I think film is deeply metaphorical and I think that actually, the last thing film does, is to represent what's there. To me, it's about the creation of a particular visual sequence—highly patterned, highly stylised. Some directors, of course, are much more overt about that than others. It's animated icons rather than representation. Things don't happen like that."

Decoding the Science of Synchronization: Review of Sync: The Emerging Science of Spontaneous Order by Steven Strogatz. Quote: "After a prolonged and difficult adolescence, the science of complex systems has finally come of age. No longer dismissable as being long on hype and short on results, the field boasts some remarkable and genuinely wide−ranging discoveries that are starting to make an impact across the spectrum of scientific endeavor—from mathematical physics to cell biology, genomics, and even social science. The recent developments are especially notable because they are detailed quantitative analyses or predictions, clearly moving beyond the grandiose collection of aphorisms and paradigms that, to some, characterized the field's early days and drew the ire of skeptics."

Hardcore E.T.: Oh, oh. This is really idiosyncratic porn. Not at all safe for work.

Caffeine Death: It would take roughly 82 cans of Dr Pepper to kill me. I'm talking about the caffeine of course, because I'm sure some nutcase could kill me with just one can if he kept hitting me hard on me 'ead.

CAEdefense: Dr. Steven Kurtz, professor of art at SUNY Buffalo and members of the Critical Arts Ensemble are facing indictment at a grand jury trial in Buffalo, NY, June 15. The FBI is bringing bioterrorism charges against the group for possession of a biotechnology lab found at Kurtz's home. Thus, the group will incur gigantic legal fees and face imprisonment. Dr. Kurtz and CAE are internationally recognized lecturers in the areas of biotechnology, information technology and media studies. Their work has always been anti-terrorist, that is, against fear as a cultural detriment to discussion. For more information and support, see: >>

The Philosopher as Joker: Peter Rickman on the unsettling similarities between jokes and philosophy. Intro: >Tell the average person – perhaps the proverbial man on the Clapham omnibus – that according to Plato, that bus is not real, is merely an appearance or an imitation or an intangible reality, the form or idea of a bus, the bus which “God made”. Or tell him, paraphrasing Descartes, that unless he was convinced of the existence of God he could not be sure of having a body. Or tell him, following Berkeley, that the existence of things merely consists of their being perceived. He will say “You must be joking.”<

Scientists Finding Strange Life Forms in Great Salt Lake: A consortium of scientists say some weird creatures found in the Great Salt Lake might help unravel some of the mysteries on Mars.

Lemmy: An interview with Mr Kilminster in yesterday's Guardian: < snip > I am humming under my breath. "Oklahoma?" asks Lemmy. Then, in hushed tones, "I do quite like that Andrew Lloyd Webber song. From Cats. What's it called? Memory?" He smiles. "Sends shivers up your spine."< /snip >.

Chemical Knot: Chemists have constructed a molecular version of the Borromean rings. Quote: "In a feat of chemistry imitating art, researchers have created a molecular version of a Borromean knot, an attractive pattern of three interlocking rings that commonly adorned Viking art and Renaissance architecture. Other chemists have created a multiply linked molecule that looks like an eight-petal flower."

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Freedom is a whore of a word (T-Shirt)


International Year of Polytheism 2007

Santa Claus Vs. Christkindl: A Mobster Battle

Could It Be (Video clip)

Pot Tin God

Hacking the Spaces

Kiki and Bubu and The Shift / Short film

Kiki and Bubu and The Privilege / Short film

Kiki and Bubu and The Self / Short film

Kiki and Bubu and The Good Plan / Short film

Kiki and Bubu and The Feelings / Short film / Short film

Sculpture Mobs

Nazi Petting Zoo / Short film

The Great Firewall of China

KPMG / Short film

The BRAICIN / Short film

Soviet Unterzoegersdorf / Sector 1 / The Adventure Game

I was a copyright infringement in a previous life (T-Shirt)

Brave New Pong

Leben ist LARPen e.V.

One Minute / Short film

Firing Squad Euro2008 Intervention


A tribute to Honzo

Lessig ist lässig

I can count every star in the heavens above -- The image of computers in popular music

All Tomorrow's Condensations / Puppet show

Bye Bye / Short film


PC/DC patch

Proto-Melodic Comment Squad


The Redro Loitzl Story / Short film

Hax0rcise SCO

Law and Second Order (T-Shirt)

They really kicked you out of the Situationist International?

Death Special: Falco

Applicant Fisch / Short film

When I was asked to write about new economy

Taugshow #6

Taugshow #7

Taugshow #9

Taugshow #10

Taugshow #11

Taugshow #14

Taugshow #15

Campfire at Will

Arse Elektronika 2007, 2008, 2009 etc.

The Void's Foaming Ebb / Short film

Remoting Future

When you / Short film


Free Bariumnitrate

Toyps / Typing Errors

ARAD-II Miami Beach Crisis

The Charcoal Burner / Short film

Digital Culture In Brazil


Nation of Zombia

Lonely Planet Guide action

CSI Oven Cloth

Dept. of Applied Office Arts

Farewell to Overhead

Google Buttplug

Fieldrecording in Sankt Wechselberg / Short film

Dark Dune Spots

Campaign For The Abolition Of Personal Pronouns


Space Tourism

In the Head of the Gardener

Entertainment (Unterhaltung) / Short film

Cthulhu Goatse

Nicholas Negroponte Memorial Cable

Coke Light Art Edition 06

Experience the Experience! (West Coast USA/Canada Tour 2005)

April 23

Overhead Cumshot

Irark / Short film


Instant Blitz Copy Fight

A Patriotic Fireman

A Micro Graphic Novel Project

Noise and Talk

The Exhilarator


SUZOeG Training / Short film

The Flower Currency


A Holiday in Soviet Unterzoegersdorf

How does the Internet work?

Paraflows 2006 and up

Special Forces

Coca Cola

About Work

Turing Train Terminal

Me / Short Film

Massive Multiplayer Thumb-Wrestling Network


Some Code To Die For

The Year Wrap-up

Soviet Unterzoegersdorf Metroblogging

Project Mendel

Display, Retry, Fail

Manifesto of Ignorantism


Towers of Hanoi



Every Five Seconds an Inkjet Printer Dies Somewhere




We know apocalypses

452 x 157 cm² global durability

A Good Haul

Blattoptera / Art for Cockroaches

Minus 24x

Gladiator / Short Film


An attempt to emulate an attempt

Paschal Duct-Taping

Laptop Crochetication


Somewhere in the 1930s

Soul Sale

The Department for Criticism against Globalisation

Dot Smoke

Georg Paul Thomann

Nurgel Staring

War On

Let's network it out


Mackerel Fiddlers


Disney vs. Chrusov / Short film

Bulk Mail

Easter Celebrations

Mouse Over Matter

Condolence for a Crab

Force Sting

Turning Threshold Countries Into Plows


A Noise

A. C. A.

Hopping Overland

Achy Breaky Heart Campaign

Hermeneutic Imperative III

Holy Water / Franchise

Roböxotica // Festival for Cocktail-Robotics


Engine Hood Cookies


The Watch

Creative Industry 2003

This World

Cracked Foundation For The Fine Arts

Sometimes I feel

Fit with INRI

Growing Money

Catapulting Wireless Devices

Buried Alive

Illegal Space Race

Magnetism Party

Brick of Coke

1 Baud

Scrota Contra Vota

Direct Intervention Engine

Oh my God, they use a history which repeats itself! (T-Shirt)


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