CBC Television's sitcom Little House on the Mosque
, starring Carlo Rota
of 24, has been mentioned before on the blue
. Reviews have actually been pretty positive
, the ratings
have been good
, and now you can decide for yourself whether the "brou-ha-ha" was worth it (all 8 episodes linked inside). Don't think a sitcom can possibly capture Muslim life accurately? Well, maybe Morgan Spurlock's 30 Days
can do a better job for you. It's pretty fascinating viewing, either way. [more inside]
Some Futurists got it Wrong.
Others simply got it awesome
Ingmar Bergman once said that Roy Andersson
"makes the best commercials
in the world." The 64 year old Swedish director has also made a couple of striking feature films, including the 2000 Cannes Jury Prize winner Songs from the Second Floor
) and this year's still unreleased You, the Living
Hailing from wholesome Riverdale, USA, The Archies
were a fresh-faced gang of teens who rocketed to the top of the pops. Listen to their first album on ArchieComics.com
[Via Comics Should Be Good!
"Full House" -- not funny. Things related to Full House
Both are vids, first link language nsfw.
Eel Pie Island
: the early 1960s incubator and catalyst of the burgeoning R & B scene in Twickenham and Richmond, The young musicians who played there included members of The Rolling Stones, The Who, Jeff Beck, Rod Stewart, Long John Baldry, the Small Faces, to name but a few. BBC Radio documentary on Radio 4 (30 minutes)
. Plus, from about 1964 (?): pre-Wheels on Fire Brian Augur and the Trinity with three-quarters of Steampacket (Long John Baldry, the delicious Julie Driscoll, and Rod "the Mod" Stewart) I guess what with Augur on keyboard, the Steampacket didn't need their pianist, Elton John. youtuber
The Dervaes Institute
is an 'off the grid' homestead in Pasadena, CA and supports 4 adults full time. It also produces 3 tons of produce annually. It's all run from solar panels and biodiesel. Over 350 different plants and a handful of farm animals thrive on a 1/5 acre lot, not too far from the middle of Los Angeles. An 'urban homestead' indeed!
Mexican government bans American Catholics who sued Mexico City Prelate
The Mexican government took the unprecedented and controversial step of banning Dave Clohessy of SNAP
and Jeffrey Anderson, a lawyer specializing in abuse cases, from entering the country for five years.
The men had filed a lawsuit against Mexico City Archbishop Norbeto Rivera, who they allege covered up sex abuse in his diocese.
When I first saw it
, my jaw hit the floor. After years of thinking I would suffer alone with the memory, I found others who knew
. Along the way, I discovered other gems
... even though my personal tastes were more epic
. When she asked why I loved them
so much, I replied, "Because they are so ambitious
. They try so hard
Cheney Clarifies Iraq, Afghanistan on Meet the Press.
For the first time in three years, Cheney appears on Meet the Press. Transcript here
. "We’ve never been able to confirm any connection between Iraq and 9/11[,]" but Iraq "...was a state sponsor of terror" and "while they found no stockpiles...[the Duelfer report claimed that] Saddam did in fact have the capability and that as soon as the sanctions were ended—and they were badly eroded—he would be back in business again." "[T]his was the place where, probably, there was a greater prospect of a connection between terrorists on the one hand and a terrorist-sponsoring state and weapons of mass destruction than any place else." "...if we had to do it again, we would do exactly the same thing..."
Warren Ellis quoting someone else's blog:
"What with the Washington State Supreme Court handing down its anti-gay-marriage
decision several weeks ago and the ever-hearing more about attacks on reproductive rights down south, I’m feeling that the States is tripping a bit too merrily down the Handmaid’s path.
This week, I found a way to strike back
US Census 2000
data displayed through maps
[more inside] Warning: some pages render funny, but
usable, under Firefox 188.8.131.52.
essential On The Road
is celebrating it's 50th year in publication next September. To commemorate, Viking Press
plans to publish
the raw, unedited "scroll version
" that's been touring around the country. The hardcover -- due out somtime next year -- contains "some sections that had been cut from the novel because of references to sex or drugs
" along with real names of characters, and "a different first sentence than the published novel, as well as a more abrupt ending."
Foucault’s Pendulum Art
Inspired by Umberto Eco’s novel, entitled: Foucault’s Pendulum
the artist Lukas Arciniegas has created a series of beautiful illustrations.
Also of note: The Holy War: Mac VS Dos
[Do check out the sidebar]
"Faith in Fakes"? Also see: an actual pendulum
And Dan Brown? Bleh...
The Da Vinci Cup
Think of it as a gathering of tribes... There's a lot of ritual involved. It's probably the biggest single unifying event that our species can muster. Forget the Olympics. Not even close.
Poor poor China.
Keeping the romans entertained since BC.
from the 1989-1993 teen comedy series "Saved by the Bell," is hoping to sell enough T-shirts with his photo on them to try to raise $250,000 so he doesn't lose his gray two-story house under a foreclosure order.
UAE, Jolted by Port Deal, Is Key Western Arms Buyer
The United Arab Emirates (UAE), the centre of a growing controversy over its proposed management of U.S. port terminals, is one of the world's most prolific arms buyers and a multi-billion-dollar military market both for the United States and Western Europe.
"If you love someone, you want to give something of yourself to them... Go big or go home you know?" Show that special sweetie of yours that you care with the magic of mutual self-mutilation.
Really, how often were you using that ring finger, anyways?
Remember that Citroen Transformer breakdancing?
Sure, some of us love it
because it was a sweet ride and deep down inside, we all want to be sporting an Autobot
. Of course this begs the question "who could actually afford one?"
Well now thanks to consumers driving down prices, there is an alternative
is a Brazilian artist who uses flags to make a point.
The ultimate spoiler! Download the complete, illustrated screenplay for "Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith" here
for $4.99. completely legal.
Christo, you've got competition, baby.
"Often Hargo's The Somerville Gates has been compared with Christo's The Gates
, Central Park, New York City. These comparisons have been unfair; sometimes the media has exaggerated -- even lied -- about the similarities. The differences
, however, are many."
possibly one of the most common diseases, believed to affect 600,000 to a million Americans, remains obscure. It is what afflicted Julius Ceasar, Alexander the Great, and Dostoyevsky
. Known through the work of Bear
, it is virtually impossible to diagnose except in a severe cases where a seizure can be witnessed by an MRI or EEG, also because of the controversial theories on personality
. While a neurological disorder, it is treated by psychiatrists, and when medicated, artists have often felt that the muse has left them
Head Back to Mono
in 32k at the rineke.net records archive
, where a rather consistent curator has digitized a goody chunk of his record collection. It's posted in more-or-less every iteration imaginable. Observe the linked scans
(1 mb page, careful!) of the covers (also in multiple resolutions up to full-size). Note the records themselves
, in sleeve or out
, depending. Most especially, savor the clean, low-res mono mp3s that cry out to be played through the dashboard speakers of a 1967 Dodge Dart
Bonus Big Beat Bonanza:
The site's author is also behind the similarly detailed
archive of shows by ex-WFMU dj The Hound
, from 1987 through 1995, heavy on the rare regional sides
beloved of certain of my pals down New Orleans way.
Last, but not least, rineke.net hosts the adventures of a platoon of Tux clones
, sealing my geek admiration for the overseer of the site. There's more
, of course. My propeller beanie's off to you, sir, and long may you wave, or particle, as is your choice and preference.
(Permission was sought and granted to post this, as I feard for the site's bandwidth. Have at it, Mefites!
What do you do if it's 1979 and you are a sixteen year old in East Germany? Your Mom and her boyfriend, an officer in the intelligence service, have decided to defect.
If you are Thomas Wagner
, you wait twenty-odd years, and then you post the whole experience to your blog.
North Korea: The Bright Eyes of Tailless Beasts
: testimony of Sun-Ok Lee.Inside the Gulag
from the Hoover Digest.
Human Rights Without Frontiers: Concentration Camp Analysis
The musician Jem Finer
(formerly of The Pogues) has created a musical composition, The LongPlayer
, that will play, without repetition, for a thousand years (made with SuperCollider
). It is currently playing live at a London lighthouse.
The Dream House
is another example of a generative art piece, in this case one that was set to run for eight years. These are both examples of Generative Art, Art generated by rules.
The GA community is an active one
. Also, see Virangelic
- a random composition generator. Art
generated by Artifical Life swarms. NewZoid
- A false News Headline generator. And, N-Gen
- computer generated Graphic Design.