Saturday, September 30, 2006

Scarstuff, a blog dedicated exclusively to spooky records.

Holy crap! Adams, the 100 year old comic book gag and novelty company, has a website. Why don't you clowns tell me about this stuff?

Friday, September 29, 2006

The origins of "A Day in the Life"
James Joyce Ulysses Animation (youtube)

A flickr set of 1400 Soviet Posters (found on Metafilter)

Thursday, September 28, 2006

If you're going to California to join a cult, make sure you go for the good-time partying of Bubba Free John, and not the sleep deprivation of Kalindi (10 Zen Monkeys). If neither of them suit you, just check the cult yellow pages on factnet.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

A ton of Smiths and Morrissey bootlegs and live recordings

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Keep the Great Writ Alive (Salon)
For eight centuries, habeas corpus has shielded people from detentionwithout trial. The Senate "compromise" denies this right -- and threatens the rule of law.

For nearly five years, I've been fighting attempts by the Bush administration to sweep away the cornerstone of our justice system: habeas corpus, which protects people from being summarily detained without trial. Considered the hallmark of Western liberty, habeas corpus has its origins in the Magna Carta of 1215. The "Great Writ" ended kings' power to kidnap people at will, lock them in dungeons and never bring them to court.

Monday, September 25, 2006

WWJD? Falwell compares Hillary to Satan. Technically, she's worse:
"I certainly hope that Hillary is the candidate," Falwell said at a breakfast session Friday in Washington. "I hope she's the candidate, because nothing will energize my (constituency) like Hillary Clinton" he said. "If Lucifer ran, he wouldn't."

So let me get this straight... Lucifer himself wouldn't energize your constituency? Really? But a woman who dares to run for political office would? Interesting. These idiots must have special bibles with extra chapters that tell you how to take the Jesuslike path when slandering political opponents.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Bill Clinton HANDLES Fox News in an interview on terrorism. (thinkprogress).
"You did Fox's bidding on this show. You did your nice little conservative hit-job on me."

Friday, September 22, 2006

Fun in the workplace images done in an instructional illustration style.
(nicked from wfmu)
I usually don't like linking to commercials, but damn this McDonald's spot from 1971 is great. A bunch of long-in-the-tooth fast food workers singing about how clean the floor is. They need to get back to these kinds of basics.
If you have 5 minutes today, read Al Gore's Sept 18 speech on the immediate need for change in environmental policy.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

$350,000 stereo amplifier. Use it to crank records on your $125,000 turntable

An early Bad Brains performance of 'Attitude', featuring a pre-insane, pre-dreadlocked HR (youtube). The link says it's 1979, but it may be later based on the style. Love the Brains. I've got this one on cassette!
Fake News Central: Examples of corporate-sponsored videos that are fed to news shows.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Old Time Religion, Lego-style at the Brick Testament.
One-trick ponies Vol XXI: Khaaan!
Pope asked to convert to Islam.
Never has the crime of offending someone been taken to such ridiculous extremes. Just stop already. We're sick of this shit. You got offended... you're mad. We get it.

Robotic boot chucker

Monday, September 18, 2006

All real criminals already caught. Police focus efforts on Willie Nelson.
73 and STILL GETTING HASSLED BY THE MAN is launching with a profit-based philanthropy model (NYTimes)
Google’s founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, believe for-profit status will greatly increase their philanthropy’s range and flexibility. It could, for example, form a company to sell the converted cars, finance that company in partnership with venture capitalists, and even hire a lobbyist to pressure Congress to pass legislation granting a tax credit to consumers who buy the cars.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

A flickr sneakpeak of Banksy's LA Warehouse show, "Barely Legal", which opens today.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Candy is dandy, but liquor is cash money.
How to make willow twig furniture. (via Make)
They look great but I once tried to get comfortable in a willow twig chair. It's not possible.
10 Highly Pretentious Musical Instruments (OnionAVClub)

Thursday, September 14, 2006

A free, online book about the making of the greatest Beatles album, Revolver
(from metafilter)
Why Johnny Can't Code (Salon)
BASIC used to be on every computer a child touched -- but today there's no easy way for kids to get hooked on programming. Quietly and without fanfare, or even any comment or notice by software pundits, we have drifted into a situation where almost none of the millions of personal computers in America offers a line-programming language simple enough for kids to pick up fast.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

A great video about how much energy comes from sunlight with falling batteries smashing everything (via Bifurcated Rivets).
A friend of mine thinks this is exactly what's going to happen when T.O. takes the field in Philly when Dallas plays on Oct 8.
How to steal an election with Diebold Accuvote machines from Princeton University.
Also worth reading is security researcher Avi Ruben's excellent blog post on his experiences as a voting official during Maryland's primarys.

"Throughout the early part of the day, there was a Diebold representative at our precinct. When I was setting up the poll books, he came over to "help", and I ended up explaining to him why I had to hook the ethernet cables into a hub instead of directly into all the machines (not to mention the fact that there were not enough ports on the machines to do it that way). The next few times we had problems, the judges would call him over, and then he called me over to help. After a while, I asked him how long he had been working for Diebold because he didn't seem to know anything about the equipment, and he said, "one day." I said, "You mean they hired you yesterday?" And he replied, "yes, I had 6 hours of training yesterday."

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

A great Keith Olbermann commentary on Bush and 9/11 from last night. It's good to see that honest journalism is getting fair play in light of the lies that ABC has been spewing lately.
(MSNBC via youtube)

The 700 Hoboes project is done and up at
(via Drawn!)
When writers attack! (NYTimes) Impudence! Irascibility! Impertinence!
Can I put my own messages on Pop Art Toaster? I've always dreamt of speaking to the world through toast.
Top 10 Stock Photography cliches
(from coudal)

A fantastic poster gallery from patent pending industries
How U.S. merchants of fear sparked a $130bn bonanza
In effect there has been a huge privatisation of the homeland security industry in the US. It extends from surveillance issues to developing technology to working in war zones such as Iraq and Afghanistan, where many jobs once carried out by the military are now done by private contractors. At government hearings last year ChoicePoint said it considers itself a private intelligence agency doing the government's spying. 'After 9/11 we have seen the rise of the security-industrial complex,' said Peter Swire, a law professor at Ohio State University and former Clinton adviser.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Airplane passengers chat, prayers to be recorded and swept for suspicious content in real time. (Telegraph UK)

Friday, September 08, 2006

LA Alternative article on graphic artist Coop
Coop’s work, like that of many of our most important present-day artists, points out the dangers and hidden meanings behind consumer culture, turning the logo against the company and thereby working to reclaim the mental territory that’s been encroached upon in the battle for the “hearts and minds” of the people.
Coop's poster gallery here

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Terror alerts aid terror goals; increase Bush polls
"To me this is the most novel and interesting of the findings," said Larry Beutler, director of the National Center on the Psychology of Terrorism in Palo Alto, who reviewed the Columbia team's research. "There are findings suggesting that the administration's use of the alert system increased inordinately before the election and each time it did, Bush's numbers went up about 5 percent."

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

The Punking of Paris Hilton (youtube).

Pretty cool 150mpg concept car from Loremo, which it hopes to put into production by 2009.
(via Wallpaper)
This week, I'm going all Victorian Slang on your Nancy
Just Try Voting Here: 11 of America's worst places to cast a ballot (or try) (Mother Jones)The dirtiest-trick award, however, goes to New Hampshire, where the state Republican Party -- its executive director, a veteran, working on the military principle of disrupting "enemy communications" -- hired a Virginia-based company named gop Marketplace to jam the Democrats' phone bank system during the 2002 U.S. Senate election. Republican John Sununu won the close contest; three men are serving prison terms as a result of the endeavor, and a fourth is under indictment, with evidence still surfacing that the action may have been approved by senior party officials in Washington.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

All past issues (text only) of Jump Cut magazine are now available online
Moon Land Grab (Nature)
Why Hip-Hop Sucks [Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3]
He's got some good points.
Charlie Brown Has Never Knowingly Taken Steroids (McSweeneys)

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Oort: A music video that I'm not sure can be described. Horrible, bouncy, prog-metal played by vikings and knights? The Estonians seem to like it.