Monday, June 30 gave rise to...

Right Down My Alley

[Via a very long post on food and drink @ Vintage Ads.]

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Sunday, June 29 gave rise to...

Real Talk

Australia has overtaken the United States as the world's most obese nation, a new report says.

Ex-NYPD cops say smiley face is link in 40 deaths by serial killer syndicate!

Street sweeper crushes Bronx dog

DMX arrested, again.

Top level domain names like totally opened up.

MySpace Page -- Funk/Hip Hop group that does songs exclusively about feet.

A meat company has been branded Dickensian after forcing its employees to clock-off every time they want to go to the toilet.

Pilots in India often fail alcohol tests.

Good News: Earth actually not at risk for being sucked into black holes created by massive particle collider.

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Saturday, June 28 gave rise to...

Some Mega Bullshit

I guess it sucks when the shoe is on the other foot --

Or something.

Pixar should do a movie about a young witty paparazzo and call it Filthy. Who would voice the main character?

Paparazzo Claims 'Iron Man' Robbed Him

A photographer from LA is claiming that his above photo was used without permission in the new Iron Man movie. Ronnie Adams, currently employed at JFX paparazzi agency, is suing Paramount and Marvel over copyright infringement for an image featured on the front page of a mock newspaper being read by Robert Downey Jr.

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Thursday, June 26 gave rise to...

Oh Shit

Internet body approves domain name big bang

PARIS (AFP) — Web regulators Thursday voted to allow the creation of thousands of new domain names, from .paris to .Pepsi, in one of the biggest shake-ups in Internet history, a French web official said.

The overhaul is expected to radically change the way users navigate the Internet and has major implications for businesses and consumers worldwide.

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(pic via Informatique ENAC)

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Wednesday, June 25 gave rise to...

New Posts After July 4

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Friday, June 20 gave rise to...

Not Surprised

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Wednesday, June 18 gave rise to...

Gangs of Kabukicho

I bought Japanese photographer and man about town Watanabe Katsumi's "Gangs of Kabukicho" at OK recently. Katsumi worked the red light districts of Shinjuku Province in 1968 Japan. Shooting with an on camera flash, which was rare at the time, made his portrait services popular with the drag queens, gangsters, hookers, and night club patrons that worked and partied there at night. It also gives his work the feel of all the other masters of on camera flash like WeeGee, Arbus, Larry Fink, and Araki. And like those greats, he must have been amazing with people, as his subjects all seem really relaxed and for the most part happy....... or at least happily drunk.

More About 'Gangs of Kabukicho'

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Monday, June 16 gave rise to...

Some New Desktop Background

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Friday, June 13 gave rise to...

This is why Edward Norton is one of the best actors

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Wednesday, June 11 gave rise to...

I Have A Frighteningly Similar Story For Why I Stopped Eating Meat

Some addicts say they reach "rock bottom" when they lose their health or their family -- but Robert Downey Jr hit his lowest ebb when he ordered a Burger King!

The Iron Man star has publicly thanked the fast food chain for helping him get on the road to recovery by serving him a cheeseburger so disgusting that it forced him to reassess his entire life, according to Britain's film magazine Empire.

Some Celebrity News Site

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Tuesday, June 10 gave rise to...

This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things

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1968: Norman Mailer Debates Marshall McLuhan

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Monday, June 9 gave rise to...

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Sunday, June 8 gave rise to...

Polaris Nuclear Sub: Only $6.98.

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Akihabara: Seven Dead, Eleven Injured

TOKYO – A 25-year-old man "tired" of life went on a killing rampage in a busy shopping area in central Tokyo on Sunday, plowing his truck into a crowd of pedestrians before stabbing passers-by with a survival knife. Seven people died and 11 others were injured in the attack.

The attack took place shortly after noon on a main thoroughfare that had been closed off to vehicles for the day in Akihabara, the main district for electronic goods in Tokyo and a magnet for fans of Japanese anime and manga comics. The location, as well as the number of fatalities, stunned a country that has long enjoyed low crime rates but has recently experienced random stabbings in less-high-profile areas.

The police identified the attacker as Tomohiro Kato, who was living by himself in a small apartment in Shizuoka, a prefecture just west of Tokyo.

According to the Japanese media, Mr. Kato told the police that he had grown "tired" of life, "hated the world" and had gone to Akihabara to kill people.

"Anyone was O.K.," he told the police, according to the Japanese media.

Japanese television showed the police holding on the ground Mr. Kato, dressed in a black T-shirt, off-white trousers and jacket, and wearing sneakers, about five minutes after the attack started.

Around 12:30 p.m., the suspect drove a white, two-ton rental truck into an intersection of the vehicle-free thoroughfare, making zigzags and hitting several people, the police said. The man then got out of his car and, yelling in a loud voice, began randomly stabbing passers-by, including a police officer, with a survival knife.

Japanese television, displaying video that witnesses had captured on cellphones, showed bodies scattered in the area just after the attack. The authorities could be seen trying to revive several victims.

Six men and one woman, ranging in age from 19 years old to 74 years old, died from their injuries, the authorities said.

From The New York Times

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Saturday, June 7 gave rise to...

Black Eyes + Sweetback. The New Sabotage.

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Before we get to Ray Kurzweil’s plan for upgrading the “suboptimal software” in your brain, let me pass on some of the cheery news he brought to the World Science Festival last week in New York.

Do you have trouble sticking to a diet? Have patience. Within 10 years, Dr. Kurzweil explained, there will be a drug that lets you eat whatever you want without gaining weight.

Worried about greenhouse gas emissions? Have faith. Solar power may look terribly uneconomical at the moment, but with the exponential progress being made in nanoengineering, Dr. Kurzweil calculates that it’ll be cost-competitive with fossil fuels in just five years, and that within 20 years all our energy will come from clean sources.

Are you depressed by the prospect of dying? Well, if you can hang on another 15 years, your life expectancy will keep rising every year faster than you’re aging. And then, before the century is even half over, you can be around for the Singularity, that revolutionary transition when humans and/or machines start evolving into immortal beings with ever-improving software.

At least that’s Dr. Kurzweil’s calculation. It may sound too good to be true, but even his critics acknowledge he’s not your ordinary sci-fi fantasist. He is a futurist with a track record and enough credibility for the National Academy of Engineering to publish his sunny forecast for solar energy.

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Friday, June 6 gave rise to...

YouTube is Powerful

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Thursday, June 5 gave rise to...

The Internet

Google Image Search shows me things I never knew I needed to see.

Here is the image in some context: Agillian: Illustrated Guide to Bootstrapping

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"I would die of jealousy if some man were allowed to touch the artificial woman in her nakedness with his hands or glimpse her with his eyes!"

I wonder whether any of you have seen the film Lars and the Real Girl? It was a sweet, chaste sort of film considering its casting of a Real Doll as the female lead, and though I enjoyed it I couldn’t help but spend its entire length being reminded of the altogether less sweet, less chaste, true life corollary of “Oscar and the Alma Doll.”

The synopsis of this tale might go as follows- In 1911 Viennese artist Oskar Kokoschka (or as the German press referred to him “der tolle Kokoschka") meets Alma Mahler, the widow of composer Gustav Mahler. A relationship begins consisting mainly of hot sex and expressionist painting. Or “the good life” as it’s sometimes called. Oscar, for his part, falls obsessionally, passionately, possessively hard. Alma... not so much.

By 1913 their relationship is strained-

Quote: “They travelled to Italy together, and on one occasion visited the Naples aquarium. Kokoschka watched an insect sting and paralyse a fish, before devouring it, and at once associated the scene with the woman by his side.” -Edward Lucie-Smith, Lives of the Great 20th Century Artists.

Alma became pregnant and, against Oscar’s wishes, has the child aborted. Oscar is crushed. At the outbreak of World War I in 1914 he volunteers and serves with the Austrian army. In 1915, while stationed in Russia, Oscar receives a serious injury via unfriendly bayonet. He returns from the front to find Alma has married an old flame, architect Walter Gropius. Oscar is double-crushed. In 1918, underlining military doctor’s previous assessment of him as “mentally unstable,” he reacts to all this heartache the way any good, obsessive, expressionist painter would-

Detailed physical descriptions and full-scale drawing in hand, he commissions the doll-maker Hermine Moos to create a life-sized Alma Mahler doll to her exact, anatomically accurate specifications.

Quote: “Yesterday I sent a life-size drawing of my beloved and I ask you to copy this most carefully and to transform it into reality. Pay special attention to the dimensions of the head and neck, to the ribcage, the rump and the limbs. And take to heart the contours of body, e.g., the line of the neck to the back, the curve of the belly. Please permit my sense of touch to take pleasure in those places where layers of fat or muscle suddenly give way to a sinewy covering of skin. For the first layer (inside) please use fine, curly horsehair; you must buy an old sofa or something similar; have the horsehair disinfected. Then, over that, a layer of pouches stuffed with down, cottonwool for the seat and breasts. The point of all this for me is an experience which I must be able to embrace! Can the mouth be opened? Are there teeth and a tongue inside? I hope so!” -Oscar Kokoschka

Full Story: Oscar and the Alma Doll @ the nonist

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Wednesday, June 4 gave rise to...

Indigenous Brazilians Protest Dam. Great Photographs; Blood

Brazilian Indians ride a bus in Altamira, Brazil, Wednesday, May 21, 2008. Amazon Indians and activists continue to protest a proposed hydroelectric dam on the nearby Xingu River. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

Paulo Fernando Rezende, an engineer for Brazil's national electric company Eletrobras in charge of Belo Monte dam studies, is seen before being attacked with machetes by Indians who are protesting a proposed hydroelectric dam in Altamira, Brazil, Tuesday, May 20, 2008. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

Paulo Fernando Rezende, an engineer for Brazil's national electric company Eletrobras in charge of Belo Monte dam studies, is surrounded by the press after being attacked with machetes by Indians who are protesting a proposed hydroelectric dam in Altamira, Brazil, Tuesday, May 20, 2008. Rezende, who suffered a deep gash on his right shoulder, was attacked moments after he gave a presentation to a gathering debating the impact of the Belo Monte dam on traditional communities. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)


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Reggie Bibbs.

Just Ask.

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Tuesday, June 3 gave rise to...

Real Life 'Untamed World'

Above: The Long-eared Jerboa.

More Creatures.

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Monday, June 2 gave rise to...

Tombstone Hand And A Graveyard Mind, Just 22 And I Don't Mind Dying

Bo Diddley Died.

Bo Diddley, a founding father of rock 'n' roll whose distinctive "shave and a haircut, two bits" rhythm and innovative guitar effects inspired legions of other musicians, died Monday after months of ill health. He was 79.
He was great!

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Sunday, June 1 gave rise to...


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