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December 8, 2002
Arsewoman: Art? Sure. Great art?
This is the text of a painting called "Arsewoman in Wonderland," shortlisted for the UK's Turner Prize 2002. Fiona Banner's painting consists entirely of a textual narration of a porn film; specifically, a porn film dedicated to an extended exploration of anal sex, with an "Alice in Wonderland" theme. (Apparently, dwarves are also involved.) The Turner, which comes with a £20,000 purse, ostensibly recognizes the best British art. Now, I love a good conceptual dig as much as the next guy, but does Banner's painting really challenge the way we "compartmentalise private and public behaviour," let alone represent the best the British art world has to offer?
posted by adamgreenfield at 8:17 PM PST - 49 comments

American slangorama
Not sure if someone wants to beat you, or is asking for a date? Literal vreakdowns of American slang, including explanations of expressions found in movies and pop music. Don't miss the the literally Boschian body-parts slang or the insults, including the classic "I hate you, and if a horse had brought you here, I'd hate it just as much, if not more."
posted by blissbat at 4:59 PM PST - 25 comments

The Men Underwater Reference Guide
The Men Underwater Reference Guide. If you've ever needed THE definitive list of scenes of men underwater, well, thank god for the internet.
posted by Stan Chin at 12:36 PM PST - 5 comments

Best 404 ever
Best 404 ever [via Simon Willison's Weblog ]
posted by kirkaracha at 11:53 AM PST - 19 comments

Is it all about oil?
Is it all about oil? Daniel Yergin (The Prize) discusses Iraq's oil after Saddam. I found it highly informative and somewhat surprising. He emphasizes the small role that Iraq will play in the oil market. By the time production ramps up in five years, Iraq will still be a second tier producer, grouped with Norway and Mexico. Not exactly the petro bonanza some predict. There are more predictions by this veteran oil-watcher.
posted by ednopantz at 10:03 AM PST - 63 comments

brain museum
Comparative Mammalian Brain Collections [via the extraordinary nsop]
posted by hama7 at 4:58 AM PST - 9 comments