Thursday, March 03, 2005
- "Bubba the lobster's dead..undead, undead, undead..."
The 23-pound lobster was estimated to have been old enough to have survived two world wars and Prohibition, not to mention the supper table. He was pulled from the waters off Nantucket, Mass., and shipped to a Pittsburgh fish market. Based on how long it typically takes a lobster to reach eating size -- about five to seven years per pound -- Bubba may have been 100 years old.
- Coudal Partners of Chicago recently held a one-day contest, challenging
"[I]nterested parties...to edit archival NASA footage of plane test crashes by setting the destruction to music - in essence creating art (a music video) from otherwise soulless, scientific film reels of burning crash test dummies and falling planes. The contest lasted only one day, and a person by the name of Ethan Mitchell won by making an edit that used the Interpol song 'Untitled.' Haunting is a word that I feel is often too carelessly used in describing a work of art, but the final product of this contest [.mov, QuickTime req.] is actually worthy of being described as 'haunting.'"
- That's Sir Bill Gates to you.
- A sounds-too-good-to-be-true 24 hour indoor trash composter/air purifier from Sharp, as "yet only available in the land of the rising sun." [via BoingBoing]
- Ex-Pistol Glen Matlock just says "no" to f---king dirty language [Guardian UK via BoingBoing]
- Maryland's molten marshmallow mêlées: Peeps jousting [via Punkasspunk]
- Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and Stanford law professor Lawrence Lessig to speak at New York Public Library on April 7:
"Pair to Explore the Topics of Copyright, Downloading and File-Sharing in 'Who Owns Culture?'"
Jeff Tweedy, whose band Wilco recently earned two Grammy awards for their current Nonesuch Records release A ghost is born has openly embraced the culture of digital downloading and file-sharing by routinely offering free downloads of live music and new music on the Wilco Web site wilcoworld.net. "A piece of art is not a loaf of bread," explains Tweedy. "When someone steals a loaf of bread from the store, that's it. The loaf of bread is gone. When someone downloads a piece of music, it's just data until the listener puts that music back together with their own ears, their mind, their subjective experience."
- On NPR's Morning Edition:
Kevin Young talks about his new book, Black Maria. The poems in the collection tell the story of a private detective and femme fatale. The action takes place on the wet, neon-lit streets of a place called Shadowtown, a "gritty cross between Hollywood and Chicago...."
- Is "pen blogging" the new meme? Like Tim Sandefur and Ed Brayton, I'm something of a "pen snob." No, wait: snob is the wrong term. More like connoisseur. After spending a couple of decades reshaping my fingers into keyboard-optimized positions, the class note-taking pen-in-hand position requires a lot of effort to stay comfortable for extended periods. For me, the ideal pen grip should be "soft" but not jelly-soft, not too large or small in diameter (1 cm across is about perfect) and positioned fairly close to the pen's tip for best leverage. Just as crucial is the ink's consistency, opacity and drying time. The ink should flow evenly without gaps or thin spots, while avoiding "globs" at the ends of letters or loops. I don't like those too-runny "marker-style" inks, the kind that form round pools at pause points on anything but the least absorbent of papers. I know: picky, picky, picky. My personal favorite writing sticks are the medium-point Pilot G-2 gel pen and the Papermate Xtend, both for their smooth writing and mucho comfortable grips.
- Listen to former Dead Kennedys leader Jello Biafra's monologues (and a small collection of others by luminary gadflies like Abbie Hoffman, Hunter S. Thompson, Dr. Timothy Leary, and more) available as downloadable .mp3's - and as the disclaimer says, don't hassle him about the copyright, he doesn't have any money. But Jello would love your feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org.