"Looking at the fluid, lifelike way these creatures walk and roll and slink across the screen you might think that there must be some very complicated stuff going on behind the scenes. well fear not, it's actually very simple. it only looks complicated because lots of simple bits are working together." Be sure to stop at the sodazoo
to see others' creations.
Pump up the volume: Utah, 8/20/2005. A small fully permitted outdoor Drum and Bass gathering called "Versus 2" was the scene of a surreal amount of excessive force and tactics of cultural intimidation. Approximately 60 armored, helmeted and camouflaged Utah County Sheriffs officers armed with Police dogs, Tasers, MP5 submachine guns, rifles, batons and tear gas stormed the DJ booth and the dance floor. Still and video camera operators were singled out for abuse, police violence and confiscation of image recording devices. At least one video clip has made it to the net, helping spread the news globally within the Electronic Dance Music community within 24 hours. (Video Links: please use the torrents here or randomly choose one server here (1 2 3 4 5 6 7 ) to help spread out the bandwidth costs.)
Flashback to 6/31/2005 in the Czech Republic. Flashback to 70 years ago.
More coverage: Daily Kos - Utah Indymedia - Drug Policy Alliance - Democracy Now (Audio) - more.
- a strong case for life on mars was presented sunday
"Wake up and smell the fascism" ???
Me-Fites seem to be concerned
with fascism in America recently. We've secretly replaced their regular government with new Folger's Crystals!
Let's see if they notice the difference!
It worked! Huygens has successfully landed on Saturn's moon Titan and the Cassini orbiter is sending good data back to Earth as I type.
Isn't it amazing how we can take a probe the size of a compact car, send it on a 7 year journey in the most inhospitable environment imaginable, deploy a sub-probe that has been dormant for that entire time and land it where we had planned on another solar body so far away that it takes 67 minutes to get a signal back and forth. Exploration and research has never been so cool.
While looking for photos of Sacramento, CA I came across The World City Photo Archive
. Find your favorite city from around the world (organized by country) or check out photos of landmarks
Remote controlled aerial photography
is not just for spies - members at RC Groups take low-altitude photos from remote-controlled planes. This impressive gallery of submissions for an aerial photography calendar offers a sampling of the art. (via Buzz)
videos and links here...plus a blast map-enter your zip code and see how far the effects go.
Journal of Manly Arts
"European and Colonial Combatives, 1776 - 1914." A special section of Journal of Western Martial Art
I love the smell of Oompa-Loompas in the morning.
Crispy New Freestyle
: Featuring such lyrical gems as 'I like to suck mouse dick' (wmv link)
Old school radiohead.
Ah grade 9! An early start on Friday Flash Fun.
The only version available is Flash. I've linked to the menu
A nice flash intro. Use the mouse, Grasshopper!
Yes, it shows lack of enlightenment to smite the buzzing fly, but it's the only way you'll get into the site, so overcome your Buddha-nature for once in your life.
The First Vienna Vegetable Orchestra
includes music samples, pics of their veginstruments, and dip. (via
)Contains scattered German, not fully translated, but you'll get the point.
This Land is Your Land
(with apologies to Woody Guthrie). Belated non-partisan Friday Flash Fun. (Saturday Sarcastic Silliness?)
Music That Paints a Picture
Whether you're a fan of Biggie
, this Flash project has you covered.
Going to see a movie?
Be sure to get the Maoist Internationalist Movement's perspective first. Harry Potter: "This Disney-esque fantasy film
deserves not to be banned under the dictatorship of the proletariat." Yaaay!
The oddest bit of Friday flash
that I've yet seen. It's apparently an ad for Kikkoman soy sauce... but it's the most bizarre ad I've ever seen. A caped superhero type guy with a whole fish for a head rides on a motorcycle, pours soy sauce on people, apparently drives a cute little kitten to suicide, then goes to bed with the condiment-based superhero world's answer to Sailor Moon. Deeply weird.
How is it legal to present a commercial as real news, without any indication that it is a commercial? And when did it become legal to use government money (i.e. *my taxes*) to push partisan issues, as well as try to influence election politics?
Proposal to have companies rewire their networks to support easy wiretapping by police
"A far-reaching proposal from the FBI, made public Friday, would require all broadband Internet providers, including cable modem and DSL companies, to rewire their networks to support easy wiretapping by police. The FBI's request to the Federal Communications Commission aims to give police ready access to any form of Internet-based communications. If approved as drafted, the proposal could dramatically expand the scope of the agency's wiretap powers, raise costs for cable broadband companies and complicate Internet product development." Read more about the FBI's proposal at Cnet.com.
But where is the actual proposal?
Hunting and gathering in your own backyard:
"Alistair Bland was a student at the University of California at Santa Barbara last year when he decided to spend 10 weeks as an urban hunter-gatherer. He foraged for food in that city and survived on what he could kill or find growing outside . . ." (Real Audio required). Bland reported on the project in more detail
in the Daily Gullet
Our delicate ecosystem -
apparently comprises snakes, badgers, mushrooms and ..er.. badgers. If, like me, you are in an excitable mood, then you will be murmuring 'badger badger badger' for the next 5 hours in a Beavis 'Tee-pee for my bunghole style'. Happy early Friday flash!
Client: "People don't know what links are on the web yet, you have to make it blink and say 'CLICK HERE!' "
Web designer horror stories from the last days of the dotcom boom.
(via the Spinnoff
Put your money where your black heart is.
Did you know that you can Rent the Principality of Liechtenstein
(or any of six villages in Austria or Germany) for weddings and corporate events?
Flash Warning Inside!
Did he who made the lamb make thee
? O. vulgaris
, now appearing on a sea floor near you.
Trading on the Future of Terror [LA Times] The war on terrorism has come to this: The Pentagon is setting up a commodity-style market to use real investors — putting down real money — to help its generals predict terrorist attacks, coups d'etat and other turmoil in the Middle East.
You can sign
up here to bet on suicide bombings.
The massive engineering feat of Stonehenge meets the conspicuous nature of fiercely gated communities. The resulting bastard child: The Palm
, a man made island community shaped like a palm tree off of the coast of Dubai, UAE. (warning: site entirely flash-based) (via willnot)
Long ago in ancient greece lived the Bush who began it all: HERCUBUSH! Half God, half mortal, half Texan, HERCUBUSH roamed the seven seas with one mission: To Destroy EVIL!
"They're like Hitler, only more so!
We'll rub their oil on our torso!"
Federal judge rules Morpheus, Grokster not liable for Internet piracy.
Well that is until the big pocketed music industry finds a favorable judge and wins the appeal.
The CRACK Program (Children Requiring a Caring Kommunity) The organization's premise is radical, if dizzyingly simple: CRACK gives addicts $200 (they'll throw in an extra $50 if a participant recommends a friend) and sets up the medical procedures at a public hospital or clinic. All Nicole had to do was sign a release form, and two weeks later she had her tubes tied at a local hospital. She received a check the following month.
The Museum of Jurassic Technology
contains strange exhibits
that test one's sense of authenticity.
It has been the subject of a radio documentary
and a book.
Buy some dish soap, save wildlife! Dawn dish soap
's new campaign shows images of a duck (simulated?) covered in oil like something out of the Exxon Valdez oil spill, followed by images of workers washing the duck's feathers with Dawn soap, and testifying how they only use Dawn for this process. Interesting thought process, but is it too far from the point for the average shopper? (saveaduck.com is the original URL)
Further Gov't WOD policy contradiction...
Turns out the weel-publicised friendly fire incident in Afghanistan last year may now be attributed to the pilot and bobardier being strung out on speed? Why?
Because in the Air Force, crank is standard issue and refusal to partake can even render a pilot not fit for duty.
This is what they mean by "The War on Drugs"?
is a fun interactive dub music playground. If you have speakers, enjoy!
On the all-important question of power-the efficacy of power, the morality of power, the desirability of power-Americans and European perspectives are diverging.
This article is a good analysis of the divergent Euro-American opinions. Also brings Kant's "Perpetual Peace" into play. Seeing as the former bloodiest continent has been tamed since WWII, to what extent do the Europeans have a point? Where do the flaws exist in their logic-and where/when should hard power be utilized to bring about longer-lasting peace?