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Tuesday, October 25, 2005


Dork with bad hair loves him some America, enjoys the out-of-doors, has flag fetish.

America We Stand As One

And while I'm on the subject of flag idolatry, I submit for your morning gagging pleasure...

USA-Patriotism Dot Com! Pictures! Songs! Red! White! Blue! Not a single mention of the utter waste and uselessness and insanity of war! Also, poetic musings on "If America had never been!":
I wonder what today would be like,
if America had never been.

There would not be… "We The People",
protection under the Bill of Rights,
the precious freedoms from religion to dissent,
the symbolic Statue of Liberty from a friendly France,
the wondrous historical monuments like Mount Rushmore,
celebrating independence won on the fourth of July,
the red, white, and blue waving proudly high,
the singing of America the Beautiful and the Star Spangled Banner,
and pledging our allegiance with hand over heart or in salute.

And think of the great ones that would never be...
George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Marshall,
Abraham Lincoln, Booker T. Washington, Teddy Roosevelt
Susan B. Anthony, Franklin Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy,
Martin Luther King, Ronald Reagan, and so many more.

Then remember the other noble ones that would be lost…
Benjamin Franklin flying that one kite,
Alexander Bell pursuing voice communication when apart,
Thomas Edison capturing light in glass,
George Bancroft writing the first history books about the USA,
Orville and Wilbur Wright attaining flight at Kitty Hawk,
Dr. Jonas Salk developing the polio vaccine,
George Washington Carver impacting agriculture production,
Bill Gates and Steve Jobs fostering the personal computer age,
Stephanie Kwolek inventing bullet-resistant Kevlar,
Neil Armstrong stepping on the moon for mankind,
and even the Oscar, Emmy, Tony, and Grammy winning stars
along with the brave war and gifted sport heroes…

as they and all Americans came to be with ancestors’ roots
from countries in Europe, Africa, Asia, and elsewhere.

Nor would there be the cost of treasure, noble effort, and blood when…
our brave troops came to aid in World War I and II,
providing food and more during the Berlin airlift,
being resolute in winning the cold war,
reaching out to others when natural and health disasters strike,
doing whatever it takes after the terrorists’ attacks on 9/11/2001.

I wonder if America had never been,
how many more would not be free,
living under anarchy and tyranny
while wishing what could be…
that America now offers for all to see.

Bill Gates? Sports stars? Grammy winners? Kevlar? In answer to the question, somebody would have figured it all out. And "living under anarchy" would actually be living a state of pure freedom, so I guess that's where America has fucked up. I fucking hate poetry.

No Child Left Behind

Well, maybe just one...

(Lame, I know, but too easy to pass up.)

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Headmap

"What is headmap?

An informal guerilla (distributed) think tank

Headmap examines the social implications and applications of location aware devices, augmented social networks, wearable computers, thinking tools and semantic network interfaces.

'Headmap' is an informal collaboration of like minds; it is also a label for a collection of work focused on location, spatial interfaces, thinking tools, social networks, network interfaces, and people. It is also semantic web application for mapping human space. It has code (open CVS) and a lot of text and thinking."

New mathematics-based sculpture unveils fourth dimension


Young Singers Spread Racist Hate

Thirteen-year-old twins Lamb and Lynx Gaede have one album out, another on the way, a music video, and lots of fans.

They may remind you another famous pair of singers, the Olsen Twins, and the girls say they like that. But unlike the Olsens, who built a media empire on their fun-loving, squeaky-clean image, Lamb and Lynx are cultivating a much darker personna. They are white nationalists and use their talents to preach a message of hate.

Known as "Prussian Blue" — a nod to their German heritage and bright blue eyes — the girls from Bakersfield, Calif., have been performing songs about white nationalism before all-white crowds since they were nine.

"We're proud of being white, we want to keep being white," said Lynx. "We want our people to stay white … we don't want to just be, you know, a big muddle. We just want to preserve our race."

Too cute, really. And so disgustingly untalented that if they weren't vile pieces of Nazi shit I might feel embarrassed for them. (Google it, I'm not posting a link to them).

I'd argue that the name Prussian Blue is less "a nod to their German heritage and bright blue eyes" than it is an exuberant high-five to those "great men" who brought us the Holocaust. Prussian blue, by the way, is a residue by-product that builds on surfaces exposed to Zyklon-B.

(article via Posthuman Blues)

SF Cover Explorer - A few thousand science fiction covers

"The 3,448 covers you see are arranged horizontally by time, with earlier covers to the left, and more recent covers to the right.

The covers are arranged vertically by hue."

CRYSTALPUNK: Programming Mind & Matter

"On-screen and off-screen, in physical matter and in neural matter: crystals operate as synaptic agents of self-organised control, remixing pre-existing fragments of the world; if you can see them, they are successful. False memories can be replaced by genuine ones, separate realms of reality can be flattened and brought to uniform size and blended into one whole presupposed by its parts. The mind can emulate the screen can emulate the laws of nature and feed them back to you. Crystalpunks are those wildstyle geniuses learning how to program crystalline molecules, pixels and neurons simultaneously. Listen to this carefully! Mind and matter can be synthesised in one noisy stroke and the crystalpunk movement is here to prove it, we have crystal-pistols and we are not afraid to use them."

Thursday, October 20, 2005

"Meet Jack Torrance..."

Stanley Kubrick's The Shining like you've never seen it before...

Monday, October 17, 2005

Obviously, I haven't been posting much lately. Here's what I have been doing (besides working, which I have calculated as taking up 73% of my waking hours. Praise!):

Listening to...
Wolf Parade Apologies to the Queen Mary
Björk, Björk, Björk
Broken Social Scene Broken Social Scene
The Go! Team Thunder, Lighting, Strike
Sigur Rós Takk...
Pavement/S. Malkmus

Reading...
Neal Stephenson Cryptonomicon
Joseph Heller Catch-22
Rudy Rucker Infinity and the Mind (Been working on that one for a while!)
Robert McChesney Rich Media, Poor Democracy

Watching...
Arrested Development, season two
Mr. Show with Bob and David
I (heart) Huckabees
Pi

Playing...
Star Wars Battlefront
We (heart) Katamari


As if I'm going to vote next time...



But if I did, and if it were for real, I'd vote for Christopher Walken. Why the fuck not? Actually, I'll tell you why not:



Because General Zod would be even better. For a would-be brutal dictator, he sure has some mighty progressive social policies. I'd be completely sold if he could only explain how he got out of that icy crevasse in the Fortess of Solitude with fully-restored super-powers. And Non would have to be the Defense Secretary.

(via Eschaton)

Monday, October 10, 2005

Which Discworld Character are you like

I'm Captain Carrot Ironfounderson! I can live with that, though I was hoping to be The Librarian.

(via Cap'n Marrrrk)