In 1916, Hugo Ball
would fulfill his own dadaist manifesto
by reciting his own nonsense poetry at the Cabaret Voltaire
(not that Cabaret Voltaire
), while wearing a Cubist costume
or a cylinder with the number 13 covering his face
. Ball's poem, Gadji Beri Bimba
, inspired the Talking Heads song, I Zimbra
, but his most famous poem is Karawane
, a pioneering example of sound poetry
. Karawane has more conventional avant-garde versions
on YouTube, but none is more surreal than the recitation from memory
by Marie Osmond (yes, that Marie Osmond
) from a 1980s broadcast
of Ripley's Believe It Or Not!
posted by jonp72
on Mar 9, 2009 -
Bishop Richard Williamson, a member of The Society of Saint Pius X
, has been making news since his excommunication was lifted by Pope Benedict XVI
in January. On January 21, 2009, in a nearly six minute interview Williamson told a television news program in Sweden that "I believe that history is strongly against, is hugely against, six million Jews having been gassed in gas chamber as a deliberate policy
" during the Holocaust. In 2001, the bishop wrote "That girls should not be in universities flows from the nature of universities and from the nature of girls: true universities are for ideas, ideas are not for true girls, so true universities are not for true girls.
" The Vatican is now repudiating the Holocaust denials
. And Bishop Williamson has claimed he will reconsider the issue of Nazi gas chambers
by reading the book of a former Holocaust doubter.
posted by McGuillicuddy
on Feb 12, 2009 -
Science & technology funding has an enormous long term impact on the economy, a fact that has not escaped China. Yet, Senators Ben Nelson (D-NE) and Susan Collins (R-ME) have proposed cutting
all National Science Foundation and Department of Energy Office of Science funding from the Senate American Reinvestment and Recovery Act
, along with almost all other proposed funding of the sciences and technological development, as a part of a $77.9B reduction effort. Why? Well, you'll notice that Nebraska & Maine don't contribute much to science & technology in the United States, nor win many grants, and hence no bacon for Nelson and Collins. [more inside]
posted by jeffburdges
on Feb 6, 2009 -
New Extreme Sports.
Mega ramp skateboarding, ostrich racing, underwater golfing, pole dancing and pillow fighting are just a few of the innovative new sports you may see in future X Games
. (via SpoFi
posted by netbros
on Feb 6, 2009 -
President-Elect Obama has shown he can make the hard decisions when it comes to appointments, but one job remains to be filled: Drug Czar. A tough job requires a tough man, and one such man is asking for the chance. Ted Nugent for Drug Czar. [more inside]
posted by theroadahead
on Jan 15, 2009 -
In a breathless, passionate, yet level-headed 15 part series, YouTube user, paleontologist, ex-Christian, and potential Space Coyote
presents an uncommonly well-written and presented argument against what he identifies as the 14 "Fundamental Falsehoods of Creationism." [more inside]
posted by Mr. Anthropomorphism
on Jan 13, 2009 -
Russian professor and information warrior, Igor Panarin
, has predicted the collapse and breakup
of the USA. (Potential artists' renderings 1 2
) The interview was originally reported in the Russian newspaper, Izvestia
. (Google Translated) The prediction has been met with varying levels of credulity, scoffed
at by some and embraced
. The prediction, which goes so far as to speculate exactly how the US might reorganize
, was posted to Drudge
and has offended many bloggers
who, while excited by the prospects of secession, are insulted by the insinuation that the south may go Hispanic and not Confederate.
posted by Telf
on Nov 26, 2008 -
Palin for 2012?
She's popular with conservatives, and even before any potential makeover 6 out of 10 evangelicals
think she is experienced enough to be president. She'd potentially get the Huckabee evangelical vote in the primaries *and* the talk radio wing. If Obama succeeds in taking moderates, the evangelical and talk radio wings will only be stronger. And the GOP would appear to already be talking about it
posted by jaduncan
on Oct 24, 2008 -
[Warning: Not Safe For the Squeamish] "An Illustrated History of Trepanation"
: Although the reasons for trepanning and the instruments used for the procedure differ with time and from culture to culture, the result is always the same: a hole in the head, usually made when the individual was fully conscious and, often, unanaesthetized.
• • From an interview with Heather Perry, who trepanned herself
: "I used a hand trepan initially, but that wasn't proving to be terribly successful. Then there was a problem with the people who owned the property we were staying in, so we decided we'd have to just leave it. I wrapped my head up in a towel and we got out of there. A couple of days later, we had another go. We abandoned the hand trepan and got an electric drill instead." • • And, of course, the home version of the game. [more inside]
posted by not_on_display
on Oct 16, 2008 -