Copyriot reviews "Es war einmal die Medien"
Very nice. The first review of our Geman-language theatre play "Es war einmal die Medien" is written in Swedish.
For the first time in the nation’s history, more than one in 100 American adults is behind bars, according to a new report. Also, one in fifteen black adults.
"Es war einmal die Medien"
Sorry, German language only... but still I'm pretty happy being able to announce the opening of our new theatre play: "Es war einmal die Medien".
February 27, Volkstheater, Rote Bar, 10:30 PM.
You can find other dates and more info here.
His Excellency Ambassador of Soviet Unterzoegersdorf honors the "Emergence of Tomorrow" @ O'Reilly Etech 2008
Ladies and Gentlemen!
His Excellency Ambassador of Soviet Unterzoegersdorf will visit the United States of America and honor the "Emergence of Tomorrow" in a gala speech at O'Reilly Etech conference.
If you are familiar with the history of Soviet Unterzoegersdorf you will agree that this is a most extraordinary announcement. It is true: "Only Chrusov can go to San Diego"!
"Living With Danger, and Wondering How to Live Without It" -- nerve gas stockpile in Indiana
"The nerve agent VX is so much with the community that it has nearly lost its ghastliness. A local calendar features both the artwork of schoolchildren and tips for emergency preparedness; next month, then, the drawings of Kyle and Amber and Brittney will appear below the explanation that VX 'affects the nervous system by interfering with the signals sent from the brain to the vital organs and other body parts.' "
New York Times permalink
Just one more week: monochrom @ The Influencers 2008, Barcelona
Just one more week...
monochrom will be part of this year's "The Influencers" festival in Barcelona, Spain. Other guests will be Alan Abel, Alterazioni Video, Brody Condon, Laibach, Santi Cirugeda and Trevor Paglen.
The Influencers explores controversial forms of art and communication guerilla, presenting independent projects that play with global popular culture, infiltrate the mass media, and transform fashions, consumption and technological fetishism. The key to The Influencers is found in its guests and stories: impostors, pseudo-totalitarian musicians, conceptual hackers, deviant geographers, anarchitects and actors from invisible theatre. In these three days they are going to present their work, show known and less known material and speak with the public about challenges, goals and strategies. In the manipulation of everyday symbols, as well as within what is excessive and politically incorrect, we will possibly find inspiration for changing the present and imagining the future.February 28 thru March 1, 2008.
Museum will celebrate England's gift to the world: English
The English Project — which is due to open in 2012, as part of the Olympics cultural programme, with support from the British Library and the BBC among others — will aim to deepen our knowledge and understanding of the richness of the English language.
The museum will trace its development from the mixed tongue of three tribes — the Jutes, Saxons and Angles who crossed the North Sea to make their homes in Britannia in the 5th century — to the global lingua franca of today.
Cosmic irony: Ulysses solar spacecraft freezing to death
In a twist of cosmic irony, the Ulysses spacecraft, which orbits around the Sun, is on the verge of freezing to death. The 17-year-old spacecraft's demise has been hastened by a glitch preventing power from keeping its fuel from freezing.
Ulysses launched in October 1990, then swung by Jupiter in 1992, using the planet's powerful gravity to change its orbit into one that passes over the north and south poles of the Sun - the first spacecraft ever to do so. The joint NASA and European Space Agency mission has studied a stream of charged particles from the Sun called the solar wind, discovered interstellar dust blowing through the solar system and flown through three comet tails.
The spacecraft is now critically ill, however, because a glitch is preventing power from being rerouted to keep its hydrazine fuel from dropping below its 2° Celsius freezing point. Once the fuel freezes, there will be no way to control the spacecraft.
Visiting the Torture Museum: Barbarism Then and Now
By Karen J. Greenberg.
Sometimes a little stroll through history can have its uses. Take, as an example, the continuing debate over torture in post-9/11 America. Last week, Stephen Bradbury, the head of the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel, testified before the House Judiciary Committee about waterboarding. In defending its use, Bradbury took a deep dive into the past. He claimed that the CIA's waterboarding of at least three of its prisoners bore "no resemblance" to what torturers in the Spanish Inquisition had done when they used what was then called "the Water Torture."Link
Cyrano de Bergerac as a gay anti-Catholic sci-fi writer with the pox...
...is perhaps not quite what Rostand and his audience at the Théâtre de la Porte St-Martin had in mind as a representative of la gloire de la belle France.
Serbian girls go (proletarian) shopping
Arse Elektronika 2007: MP3s online!
We finally managed to get all audio recordings of all Arse Elektronika 2007 talks and panels online.
"Threatening the Foundations of a World Order": The Independence of Kosovo
Recall how World War I broke out after a Serbian nationalist assassinated the Austro-Hungarian archduke in 1914 in Sarajevo, Bosnia. When the Austro-Hungarian Empire declared war on Serbia, Russia came to the defense of its ally. The alliance system kicked in; Germany and the Ottoman Empire joined the Austro-Hungarian, while France and Britain joined Russia. That system is long gone, but the relationship between Russia and Serbia, deeply rooted in ethnic and religious ties, should not be taken lightly.Link
Structure Of Protein That Mutates DNA Of The AIDS Virus HIV-1 Determined
Understanding the structure of proteins involved in inhibiting HIV-1 infection could help in the battle against AIDS, and University of Minnesota researchers have taken a crucial step in that direction.
Highways for juvenile tuna fish
Tuna populations worldwide are falling dramatically, researchers warn, although creating 'highways' for juvenile fish could help avert disaster.
Found: Hidden Nazi Gold?
Treasure hunters in Germany claim they have found hidden gold in an underground cavern that they are almost certain contains the Amber Room treasure, believed by some to have been stashed away by the Nazis in a secret mission in the dying days of World War II.
Engineering Biology: A Talk with Drew Endy
The only thing that hasn't been engineered are the living things, ourselves. Again, what's the consequence of doing that at scale? Biotechnology is 30 years old; it's a young adult. Most of the work is still to come, but how do we actually do it? Let's not talk about it, let's actually go do it, and then let's deal with the consequences in terms of how this is going to change ourselves, how the biosecurity framework needs to recognize that it's not going to be nation-state driven work necessarily, how an ownership sharing and innovation framework needs to be developed that moves beyond patent-based intellectual property and recognizes that the information defining the genetic material's going to be more important than the stuff itself and so you might transition away from patents to copyright and so on and so forth.Link
Handful of T.A.Z. enterprises
The RE/Seach blog features "The Hospital Ship" and mentions us as one of a "handful"... wow... what an honor!
But back to "The Hospital Ship," a metaphor for the handful of independent enterprises (like Hypnodrome, RE/Search, SRL, The Crucible, monochrom) trying to create T.A.Z.'s (temporary autonomous zones) evocative of "real" lasting creative stimulating humor-filled relationships. Meanwhile, the world is becoming absolutely filled with "victims of mass psychosis" who THINK they’re "normal" but are incapable of a relationship longer than … well, they suffer from "total loss of both social and individual stability."Link
Microfiber fabric makes its own electricity?
U.S. scientists have developed a microfiber fabric that generates its own electricity, making enough current to recharge a cell phone or ensure that a small MP3 music player never runs out of power.
Listening to Black Holes
Hearing a black hole's song may be the key to understanding cosmic events.
Syracuse University physicists hope that a new supercomputer will help them pick out the sound of a black hole from the cosmic symphony. The computer will process data gathered by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, or LIGO, which is designed to listen for the ripples in space-time known as gravity waves.Link
The Irrationality Of Everyday Behavior
Our irrational behaviors are neither random nor senseless--they are systematic. We all make the same types of mistakes over and over. So attached are we to certain kinds of errors, that we are incapable even of recognizing them as errors. Offered FREE shipping, we take it, even when it costs us.Link
NASA urged to focus on sending people to Mars
NASA should focus its efforts on mounting a human mission to Mars, and downgrade its plans for a human presence on the Moon, says a distinguished group of space experts, including former NASA officials and ex-astronauts.Link
EU Seeks "Lifetime Copyright" For Music
The European Union said Thursday that it would seek to extend copyright protection for singers and musicians to 95 years -- rather than the current 50 -- in a move intended to let performers receive royalty payments later in life.Link
Vaccines & Autism: Myths and Misconceptions
Despite the growing scientific consensus that vaccines are safe and that neither vaccines nor mercury cause autism, a stubborn vocal minority claims otherwise, threatening the effectiveness of this public health program.
Social Networking: Risks vs. Rewards
Are social networks healthy? That is what is now being asked by an increasing number of analysts today in response to the growing number of violent crimes and suicides related to the world of MySpace, Facebook, Bebo and other sites.
Kiki and Bubu: Blog reactions
Blog reactions to our short film "Kiki and Bubu", ...nice!
- The Economist - Datenschmutz - The Karl Marx Blog - Nordstadtsafari - Yishaym - Wicked Anomie - Imminst - FM4 / DaddyD - Eventmechanics - Cache'n Food - A Finer World - Johl - Gajo Simpatico - Lifelog - Balneus - Crooked Timber - Too many topics too little time - Traurige Tropen - Corrinely - Alex Halavais - Prometheus 6 - World Blog Forum - Stoney Moss - Middlebrow - The Vanity Press - Fenster nach draussen - Quickstudy - Lemmingworks - Compliticy theory - History Hacks - Balkanization - Thus Bakes Zarathustra - Cold Fusion - Rubber Hose - Survey of Critical Theory - David Sullivan - A Stich in Haste - Subnetmask - Changingaging - 5tons - Bumblebee Sweet Potato - Living The Liminal - Blowing Out Lanterns - Andrew Hammel - Ssuumea - em411 - Heresy of Truth - Ryan Price - L-Space etc.
International Year Of Polytheism: Deities are angry!
Triumph of polytheism! Rio de Janeiro's 130-foot-tall Christ Redeemer statue got hit by lightning!
The Goddesses and Gods are very angry!
Let's Break For Zombie Self-Reflection
Director's uncut of "Kiki and Bubu and The Shift"
Ok, our director's uncut of "Kiki and Bubu and The Shift" is online now.
You can find it on Blip.tv and YouTube...
...and a hi-res version on our page.
monochrom's "Kiki and Bubu and The Shift"
A shortened version of our short film "Kiki and Bubu and The Shift" can be found on Boing Boing TV.
Woven - A Documentary on Skateboarding and Culture
Any skateboarders out there? There's a pretty nice trailer for a documentary on skateboarding and its impact on art, on music and on the personal lives of those that skate. It features interviews with Ray Barbee, Ed Templeton, Lance Mountain, Tommy Guerrero and Dune, to name only a few. I even spotted Hosoi in there.
I don't have much more info on it, but it's coming out in 2008. This trailer is beautiful, I can't wait to find out more.
Link (Thanks Crailtap)
Extremely cool: Message Tape
The Cracked Ambience: new and recommended sounds for your personal space
TIME TO BURN - is.land (basement apes ind.)
INCAPACITANTS - burning orange (picadisk)
DON'T MESS WITH TEXAS - los dias de junio (moon lee)
BOSCH'S WITH YOU - never thought it may seem (r.a.i.g.)
LEONARD COHEN - I'm your man
Open access for scholarly journals
At her blog last week, danah boyd published an essay titled open access is the future: boycott locked-down academic journals. I'm what's euphemistically called an "early-career academic" myself, and what she wrote there gave me a lot to think about.
Respondents to the post added a great deal to the discussion. Peter Suber posted a link to Six things researchers need to know about open access as well as an Open Access Overview that he maintains.
Other posters called attention to the Scholar’s Copyright Addendum Engine, which "will help you generate a PDF form that you can attach to a journal publisher's copyright agreement to ensure that you retain certain rights." (This is a a project of Science Commons.)
Simon Cooke linked to his own Call for the Online Publication of Scientific Papers, in which he made an appealing singularity-based argument. ("Let's get some science done here, and use the singularity to our advantage.")
I'd been meaning to post all of this since last week, but have finally been kicked in the butt by the New York Times, which reported today that Harvard "faculty members are scheduled to vote on a measure that would permit Harvard to distribute their scholarship online, instead of signing exclusive agreements with scholarly journals that often have tiny readerships and high subscription costs."
I look forward to seeing how this plays out at Harvard, and I'm delighted that the mechanics of the journal system are being opened up for public discussion.
"Sympathy for the Clintons"
Teresa Nielsen Hayden, who blogs at Making Light, has weighed in with an especially well-wrought set of thoughts about what's happening on the Democrats' side of the contest for the US presidential nomination.
(You could do worse than to follow the election by keeping up with that blog, by the way.)
Link to her post.
Anonymous protests Scientology
A group of more than 50 masked protesters gathered yesterday outside of the Church of Scientology of Boston headquarters on Beacon Street to demonstrate against the policies of the church. Protesters said the event was part of a worldwide demonstration against the church by Anonymous, an informal Internet-based group.
In a statement, the Church of Scientology of Boston said that Anonymous is "a group of cyberterrorists who hide their identities behind masks and computer anonymity" and target Scientology "for no reason other than religious bigotry."
Link to full Boston Globe article.
monochrom @ The Influencers 2008, Barcelona
monochrom will be part of this year's "The Influencers" festival in Barcelona, Spain. Other guests will be Alan Abel, Alterazioni Video, Brody Condon, Laibach, Santi Cirugeda and Trevor Paglen.
The Influencers explores controversial forms of art and communication guerilla, presenting independent projects that play with global popular culture, infiltrate the mass media, and transform fashions, consumption and technological fetishism. The key to The Influencers is found in its guests and stories: impostors, pseudo-totalitarian musicians, conceptual hackers, deviant geographers, anarchitects and actors from invisible theatre. In these three days they are going to present their work, show known and less known material and speak with the public about challenges, goals and strategies. In the manipulation of everyday symbols, as well as within what is excessive and politically incorrect, we will possibly find inspiration for changing the present and imagining the future.
February 28 thru March 1, 2008.
Affairs of the Lips: Why We Kiss
Researchers are revealing hidden complexities behind the simple act of kissing, which relays powerful messages to your brain, body and partner.
Child-Man in the Promised Land
[...] there's no denying the lesson of today's media marketplace: give young men a choice between serious drama on the one hand, and Victoria's Secret models, battling cyborgs, exploding toilets, and the NFL on the other, and it's the models, cyborgs, toilets, and football by a mile.Link
Update: "I can count every star in the heavens above but I have no heart I can't fall in love..."
Finally! An iPod-compatible version of our talk performance "I can count every star in the heavens above but I have no heart I can't fall in love" is online [MPEG-4 / AAC-LC / H.264 (Base Profile, iPod-compatible]...
FL Creatives 13: Johannes Grenzfurthner of monochrom
During our stay in the Orlando area in January we met Ryan Price (who is part of Florida Creatives) and we recorded a nice dinner conversation. Stuff is online now...
monochrom is an Austrian art-theory group with an international resume that makes me very jealous. I got the chance to sit down with Johannes Grenzfurthner and Evelyn Fürlinger over some Thai food and talk about some of his many achievements, as well as just talk with an intelligent and well-humored guy.Link
Polaroid to Quit Making Instant Film
This news ruined my whole year.
May you rest in peace, Polaroid.
When Incest Is Best: Kissing Cousins Have More Kin
Study analyzing more than 200 years of data finds that couples consisting of third cousins have the highest reproductive success.
When is a Delegate Not a Delegate? Lessons for Barack Obama
Barack Obama and his supporters are exuberant after their victories this last weekend in the Washington and Nebraska precinct caucuses, in the Louisiana primary and the Maine municipal caucus. But they would do well to remember that since the mid-1970s the Democratic National Committee has spent countless hours plowing firebreaks between expressions of the popular will in such caucus and primary votes and the ultimate selection of the nominee.
"Things to Come" (1936) / Video online
"Things to Come" is a British science fiction film from 1936, produced by Alexander Korda and directed by William Cameron Menzies. Christopher Frayling of the British Film Institute calls Things to Come "a landmark in cinematic design."
Link / Video
Wanna buy a Burt Reynolds Crab?
Looks like this...
And you get it here.
Chemical Signature Of Manic Depression Discovered
People with manic depression have a distinct chemical signature in their brains, according to a new study. The research may also indicate how the mood stabilisers used to treat the disorder counteract the changes in the brain that it appears to cause.
Street Art Goes Big Cash: Banksy Moss Portrait Sells For $191K
English graffiti artist Banksy's screen print of supermodel Kate Moss sold for $191,000 at a street-art auction in London. The work, inspired by Andy Warhol's iconic portrait of Marilyn Monroe, was one of 75 pieces of 'urban art' on sale.Link
Goatse, the Cookie
monochrom's Innermost Unifier @ Machine Project, Los Angeles
Johannes will present a talk/audio performance @ Machine Project, Los Angeles; March 17, 2008; 8 PM
The Innermost Unifier: Today it's the Corporate Anthem
Powering Your Cell Phone Could Be a Walk in the Park
Budding technologies seek to turn kinetic energy created by the human body into electricity for battery-powered devices.
Exercise may soon do more for you than tighten up your sagging muscles. Advances in biomechanical engineering could use energy generated while walking, hiking or running to power any device requiring portable power, including night-vision goggles and other battery-operated devices used by soldiers as well as robotic prosthetic limbs, cell phones and computers in remote locations where no other energy sources are available.
Growing money on trees: Deforestation is responsible for one-fifth of annual carbon emissions
Deforestation is responsible for one-fifth of annual carbon emissions – more than the entire transport sector. So a new global scheme to "reduce deforestation" could end up rewarding the companies and governments that cause it, writes Oscar Reyes.
The picture show is just the sideshow
The movie theatre business isn't so much about movies any more. Sure, what's up on the screen is still key to getting your bum in the seat. But how much you spent on that snack in your hand is now crucially important, as are the advertisements you watch before the show, and the loyalty card that you used to pay for tickets. And it may not even be a movie you're watching.Link
"Register of Eliminated Villages": A Tug of War for Iraq's Memory
Disagreement about the fate of Baath Party records ("Register of Eliminated Villages"; records of Saddam's genocide) has set 2 scholars on a collision course. Who owns the book?
Jessica Hagy's Index of a Career Path
Jessica Hagy's index cards full of graphs, charts, truths and humor are a daily fix for me. Now she's done a series for ChangeThis in which she tells you everything about your job. Yes. Your job. Genius.
All blue-eyed people share one common ancestor
"From Paul Newman to Frank Sinatra to Cameron Diaz. From residents of snowy Moscow to Palestinians in Jerusalem. Danish geneticists say everyone with blue eyes is not just related, but descended from one person."
monochrom: Favicon of the Day @ Real Life Pixel
We are Favicon of the Day @ Real Life Pixel!
The Legacy of Bush II
The conventional wisdom espoused by the mass media is that Bush's budget is a lame-duck DOA contrivance, but that assumption is wrong. The 9/11 attacks have been shamefully exploited by the military-industrial complex with bipartisan support to ramp up military expenditures beyond Cold War levels. [...] The U.S. already spends more than the rest of the world combined on its military, without a sophisticated enemy in sight. The Bush budget cuts not a single weapons system, including the most expensive ones, those designed to combat a Soviet military that no longer exists. Those sophisticated weapons have nothing to do with combating terrorism and everything to do with jobs and profits that motivate both Democrats and Republicans in Congress.
"myfacespace": Full version online
"myfacespace.com" on Boing Boing TV
A shortened version of "myfacespace.com" is online on Boing Boing TV! We created this dynamic micro-musical together with wonderful Jonathan Mann aka GameJew and presented it at last year's Austrian Big Brother Awards Gala.
There will be a studio version of the complete song available on our upcoming monochrom CD/LP (to be released in May).
The world's shortest, coldest, driest, highest, windiest Mardi Gras parade
Happy Mardi Gras, or Karneval, or Carnivale!
I am ashamed to be doing nothing of note this carnival season, because today I read a description of one of the best expatriate Mardi Gras celebrations I've ever heard of, from someone spending a year at the South Pole. They managed to have gumbo, king cake, beads, and masks!
Last year, however, I threw a party on Epiphany, for which I made a lovely king cake. Of course, then I posed obscenely with it.
Find some way to get into trouble, y'all! You have until midnight on Tuesday.
How Obama Could Create a Long-Term Democratic Majority
The passion of young people for Obama's campaign is fueled by the Iraq war, an uncertain economy, major concerns about the environment and global warming, and the religious right's attacks on sexuality. But more than anything it's also fueled by Obama's eloquent insistence that change is possible and that ordinary citizens can play a key role. It's fueled by the sense that Obama's personal story anticipates the story of an America that moves beyond its divisions and tackles our fundamental problems. This group also seems to resist the idea that a presidency can simply be handed down like a dynastic succession.Link
Why the US has really gone broke
Article by Chalmers Johnson.
Global confidence in the US economy has reached zero, as was proved by last month's stock market meltdown. But there is an enormous anomaly in the US economy above and beyond the subprime mortgage crisis, the housing bubble and the prospect of recession: 60 years of misallocation of resources, and borrowings, to the establishment and maintenance of a military-industrial complex as the basis of the nation's economic life.Link
Hello Kitty Rifle
The Trouble with Men: Deadbeat granddads, life-shortening sons and genetically bullying brothers
Sons are tough on their mothers. Whether it is heavier birth weights, amplified testosterone levels or simple, hair-raising high jinks, boys seem to take an extra toll on the women who gave birth to them. And by poring over Finnish church records from two centuries ago, Virpi Lummaa of the University of Sheffield in England can prove it: sons reduce a mother’s life span by an average of 34 weeks.
Link (Thanx, Evelyn!)
Languages evolve in sudden leaps, not creeps
Language evolves in sudden leaps, according to a statistical study of three major language groups. The finding challenges the slow-and-steady model held by many linguists and matches evidence that genetic evolution follows a similar path.
Mark Pagel from the University of Reading in the UK and colleagues applied statistical tools commonly used in biology to the analysis of three of the world's major language groups: Indo-European, Austronesian, and Bantu.
A Re-Evaluation of All Values? Craig Venter, Friedrich Nietzsche and New Life
William Robins on genetics and Nietzsche's Will to Power.
It was recently reported that Craig Venter had achieved a monumental breakthrough in biology by creating a genetic sequence from lab chemicals alone. Although he claims to have created artificial life, he has not created life artificially; that is to say, he is not yet able to create life from scratch. But by implanting the artificial genetic code into a living bacteria, the artificial genes will take over and the creation of an altogether new kind of lifeform will have been achieved.Link
In War: Resolution
"Iraq," swears Al Gore, "was the single worst strategic mistake in American history." Senate Majority leader Harry Reid agrees that the war he voted to authorize is "the worst foreign policy mistake in U.S. history," and indeed is already "lost." Many of our historically minded politicians and commanders have weighed in with similar superlatives. Retired General William Odom calls Iraq "the greatest strategic disaster in United States history." Senator Chuck Hagel (who voted for the war) is somewhat more cautious; he terms Iraq "the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since Vietnam." Jimmy Carter takes, as usual, the loftiest view: the Iraq War, and Great Britain's acquiescence in it, constitute "a major tragedy for the world," and prove that the Bush Administration "has been the worst in history."Link
Taugshow#14 on Laughing Squid
The Soviet lovin' folks at Laughing Squid feature Taugshow #14.
Center for Sex and Culture lecture, Innies for Outies
Or, as the actual title of the lecture had it, Cunts for Fags. From the class description: "Queer presenters, live models, a safe space to ask questions... this workshop is the perfect opportunity for gay men to learn about vulvas, vaginas, clits, cunts, g-spots, inny-holes, bonus holes, cooters, tranny boners, clit boners, or whatever you call yours."
Here's a fantastic review of the class along with a cc-licensed video interview with some of the attendees and CSC director (and my lovely and brilliant fellow Arse Elektronika presenter) Dr. Carol Queen.
Center for Sex and Culture
Carol Queen's bibliography
Interview with John Linnell of They Might Be Giants
Is it true your bike was once stolen from you on the Williamsburg Bridge? It was. It used to be a much dodgier experience going over that bridge in the eighties. I was going uphill and someone ran up behind me and grabbed the underside of the seat and pulled the bike to a stop. And I looked at him and it was this guy who had what looked like a scimitar; I'm sure it was just like an ordinary knife but in my imagination the knife was like a Japanese sword or something like that. You know, he was perfectly welcome to take the bike at that point. I was happy to not have my throat cut.
Link to interview
TMBG site, includes links for various downloads
Real true facts about Groundhog Day, from groundhog.org. (The word for 2008 is that we'll have six more weeks of winter.)
Can't Pay Your Mortgage? Trash Your House and Leave
According to a recent article in Fortune, there has been a noticeable increase in not just fraud but arson that has kept pace with the housing depression. Professionals in the insurance and lending industry are bracing themselves for all manner of similar situations, as homeowners either trash, or simply leave their trash lying around their houses, often taking off without even claiming their furniture. This is already a dirty problem in the housing business, with owners, lenders and banks having to figure out a way to stick each other with the check when tenants destroy their property on their way out the door. Woe is the person left behind to clean up the chaos.
The Sex Diaries of John Maynard Keynes
"Evan Zimroth has been researching the life of J.M. Keynes and deciphering the great man's sex diaries. One is easy (a lot of Duncan Grant). The other uses a code which, if nothing else, helps break the ice at parties..."
The Erotic Challenge: Forum For Imaginative Manipulation
Because deep down, you know you are looking for erudite pop-culture referential sex inspiration that also functions as an absolute WELLSPRING of multifunctional pranksterism, with just the right amount of exquisite corpse thrown in for good measure. My example is in my full disclosure: I write for this site, therefore every week or so I go somewhere innocuous - like the grocery store. Okay, choose a title and four random items - let's go with "The Love Song Of J. Alfred Prufrock", and, let's see, nondairy whipped topping, shoelaces, a cucumber, and a wire whip. Oooh! One legal substitution - coffee spoons for the cucumber. The rules are simple - keep it relatively realistic and have it be something you yourself (or a particularly descriptive friend) might be willing to try. The possibilities are endless.
ARMSFLOW: Visualization of global arms transactions
ARMSFLOW is a data visualization which displays arms transactions globally between 1950 and 2006. It was created by Jeffrey Warren of Vestal Design with data from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.
The Computational Power of North Korean Mass Games
Here's an interesting idea: Use participants in North Korean Mass Games as logic gates and let them thus power a human computer:
100,000 performers standing in a 300x300 grid would act as the CPU. Similar grids would fulfill the function of RAM, motherboard ,and graphics card (each grid is dressed in a different colour for the visual effect). For the monitor you could simply utilise the usual brigade of 60,000 schoolchildren sitting on the spectator benches, each of whom can hold up a red, green or blue card (yielding a quite decent resolution of 200x300 pixels).Link
Oh my... Taugshow #14 .mov file...
...was missing on page. It's online now!
Link to hi-res videos
On blip.tv -- monochrom's Taugshow #14: The Soviet Unterzoegersdorf Special
monochrom is an art-technology-philosophy group having its seat in Vienna and Zeta Draconis. monochrom is an unpeculiar mixture of proto-aesthetic fringe work, pop attitude, subcultural science, context hacking and political activism. Our mission is conducted everywhere, but first and foremost in culture-archeological digs into the seats (and pockets) of ideology and entertainment. monochrom has existed in this (and almost every other) form since 1993.
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