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More Renato Zero
08.28.2009
06:09 pm
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Wow! How did I miss this wild performance when I was last posting here about Italian megastar Renato Zero. This Christo (?) inspired showstopper is a gender-bending treat.

 

 

Posted by Richard Metzger
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08.28.2009
06:09 pm
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A Lovecraft Retrospective: Artists Inspired by H.P. Lovecraft
08.28.2009
05:45 pm
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Recently got a look at the gigantic coffee table book A Lovecraft Retrospective: Artists Inspired by H.P. Lovecraft. 400 pages, 400 dollars (though discounted everywhere), and honking huge hardback containing big renditions of Lovecraft-inspired art from H. P.‘s day until now. A truly terrifying and awe-inspiring thing to behold…!

Millipede Press is pleased to announce A Lovecraft Retrospective: Artists Inspired by H.P. Lovecraft. This huge tome is four hundred pages long and features the work of over forty artists, including J.K. Potter, H.R. Giger, Raymond Bayless, Ian Miller, Virgil Finlay, Lee Brown Coye, Rowena Morrill, Bob Eggleton, Allen Koszowski, Mike Mignola, Michael Whelan, John Coulthart, Harry O. Morris, John Jude Palencar, and dozens of others, as well as twenty thousand words of original essays.

This is an art book unlike anything ever published. Many works have never before seen publication, many are printed as special multi-page fold-outs, and several have detail views. A thumbnail gallery allows you an overview of the entire contents of the book and provides notations on each artist, work title, publication information, size, and location.

Because of its sheer size and scope, A Lovecraft Retrospective will never be reprinted and will sell out very quickly. Twenty years down the road, people will be paying huge prices for this book because of its range and the quality of reproductions. This is the H.P. Lovecraft fan’s dream come true.

(Link here.)

Posted by Jason Louv
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08.28.2009
05:45 pm
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Marcel Duchamp’s Secret Masterpiece
08.28.2009
04:43 pm
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I’ve made the pilgrimage to Philadelphia that Duchamp lovers have to do if they want to see his “hidden” masterpiece ?ɂ

Posted by Richard Metzger
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08.28.2009
04:43 pm
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Abandoned KFC Now Sells Medical Marijuana
08.28.2009
02:27 pm
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I drove past this place the other day and wondered “Could it be?” It can!

There has been an abandoned Kentucky Fried Chicken in Palms, slumping sadly these past few months on the corner of Exposition Blvd. and Hughes Ave. What, locals wondered, would replace it? A new burger joint? A Peruvian rotisserie chicken stand? It turns out that the KFC has been replaced by… a KFC. In this instance, though, the KFC stands for “Kind For Cures”, and while they do sell things that are edible, you can’t buy them, or even ask about them, without a prescription.
New KFC Opens In Palms? Sort of…(Instead of Fried Chicken, They Sell Marijuana)

Thank you Wilson Smith!

Posted by Richard Metzger
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08.28.2009
02:27 pm
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Christian Psycho & Kidnapper Phillip Garrido Has a Blog
08.28.2009
11:52 am
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For those of us who are immune to religion, it will come as no surprise that America’s homegrown Josef Fritzl, that psychotic son of a bitch named Phillip Garrido who kept Jaycee Dugard prisoner in his backyard and impregnated her twice, is a God-fearing Christian fanatic who speaks in tongues, can control things with his mind and who keeps a blog that makes about as much sense as MN Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R).

Garrido’s “Voices Revealed” blog.

Jaycee Dugard Found After 18 Years, Thanks To Abductor’s Idiocy

 

Posted by Richard Metzger
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08.28.2009
11:52 am
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Robot Listens and Responds to Human Drummer
08.28.2009
11:50 am
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“A robot listens and responds to a human drummer, improvising new rhythms. From Georgia Tech’s Gil Weinberg and Scott Driscoll.”


Haile, the interactive robot drummer

Posted by Tara McGinley
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08.28.2009
11:50 am
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The Long-Range Taser Controversy
08.27.2009
11:55 pm
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Meet the long-range taser.  For when stunning your victims at close-range just won’t do.  As the accompanying promotional video testifies, the long-range delivers “true incapacitation” without wires, and from a “ground-breaking distance” of a 100 feet away.  Sweet!  But don’t expect to see your neighbor firing one at your dog—or you—anytime soon.  According to a recent article in New Science:

A team led by Cynthia Bir, a trauma injury specialist at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, found that some of the 275 XREP cartridges that Taser supplied for testing last year were capable of delivering an electric shock for more than 5 minutes, rather than the 20 seconds of shocking current they are supposed to generate.

Electric shock weapon expert (!) Steve Wright finds this particularly worrisome, “what happens when the weapons are fired at pregnant women, people with health problems or the very young?”  I’m with you, Steve.  Pregnant women, people with health problems and the very young should receive shocks of only 20 seconds or so—in the name of all that’s humane.

 
In New Scientist: Long-Range Taser Reignites Safety Debate

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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08.27.2009
11:55 pm
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What’s Your Sign Baby?
08.27.2009
11:50 pm
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Awesome 70s horoscope pants… could anybody get away with this now? Could anybody get away with it then?

(Via Copyranter)

Posted by Jason Louv
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08.27.2009
11:50 pm
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Five Reasons You No Longer Need an Ad Agency
08.27.2009
08:01 pm
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Having done two tour of duties in the advertising trenches, it’s refreshing to finally see someone speak the truth:

The current agency model is broken. I know it, agencies know it, but luckily for all of us, clients haven’t realized it yet.

After more than a decade of working for an agency (six years on the client side), I have come to several conclusions, none of which are pretty pictures for agencies unless they change. You see, agencies need clients more than clients need agencies, and there has been a fundamental shift in how technology has both enabled and altered that dynamic. It has exacerbated the problem with the explosion of new media channels, and it has also provided the solutions.

We have built an interweaving production process that is designed to produce media the old way, not the new way, and agencies and clients seem to be stuck in this model.

Agencies over the last 20 years have morphed into advanced communication production shops. The offline agencies have desperately been pursuing online projects with their clients, and the online agencies have been trying to do more offline work. What they both have not done, however, is change the process of production. They have been too busy chasing the money.

But agencies used to be so much more than that. They were the creative powerhouses. The ideation shops. The meme creators for their brands across society. Some still are, but is meme creation needed anymore?

Five Reasons You No Longer Need an Ad Agency by Sean X Cummings

Thanks Jose Caballer!

Posted by Richard Metzger
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08.27.2009
08:01 pm
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Wrapping Cats With Bad Boy Bubby
08.27.2009
04:44 pm
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Instead of Hal Ashby, what if Nick Cave (circa And The Ass Saw The Angel) directed Being There?  It might look something like Rolf de Heer‘s Australian ‘93 cult comedy, Bad Boy Bubby.  We first meet Bubby (fearlessly played by Nicholas Hope) as a 30-something man, imprisoned by his mother all his life in a shitbox room for reasons never fully explained.  Maybe it’s ‘cause “mum” so enjoys bathing and having sex with him?

Anyway, even as an “outside-fearing” captive, Bubby’s got his hobbies: he’s a gifted mimic, and he enjoys wrapping cats in cellophane.  To say any more might spoil this film’s many, often moving, surprises.  The arc of Bubby does, though, follow the familiar “holy fool” trajectory: change brings growth and maturity, which almost by definition entails some loss of innocence.  Still—cellophaned cats!

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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08.27.2009
04:44 pm
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