Dottie Lux sketched by Fred Harper

The Village Voice offers: Model Behavior. A short interview with Molly Crabapple, founder of Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School. I, for one, love the idea and yet it seems slightly inadequate somehow. Can it avoid the stain of hipster trendiness which ultimately relegates so many good ideas to fad-status in short order? I would prefer a noon to 4 a.m. establishment with continuous model-sitting and booze. A sort of dive bar for life-drawing. Imagine the monday afternoon crowd at such a place!

Related to the above: Uwe Scheid’s 1000 historical Nudes in 13 categories.

Non-Errors: Those usages people keep telling you are wrong but which are actually standard in English. Highly interesting for the “language-minded.” Via.

Regrets Only. On the curious political statement of 6 graphic designers honored by the National Design Awards, and the dissenting voice of Chip Kidd.

Some vids of Mark Jenkins’ most recent pieces.

CSICOP on The Tautology Objection.

“A curious, exciting sight greeted my eyes. Lines, circles and squares in a geometrical, abstract arrangement of symbols. If I were an alien, I’d land here!” Over Roswell - 2002. Via.

07.12. filed under: link dump. 4

Gensou Hyouhon Hakubutsukan or the Museum of Fantastic Specimens is an online collection of creatures “curated” by Hajime Emoto. All of the creatures showcased in the museum are sculpted from paper, modeling paste and bamboo. The site is in Japanese but certainly worth a slightly confused browse. Via.

A Search for Comity in the Intellectual Property Wars: Comedies of Fair U$e. The entire symposium is now available for your free listening delight.

Science and the Theft of Humanity. In science’s renewed interest in the human condition, a humanist sees the promise of a dialogue and a new golden age.

Political dump: Why Conservatives Can’t Govern, The legal mind behind the White House’s war on terror, The military’s problem with the President’s Iran policy, Iran: Consequences of WarThat Honorable Determination.

Great Mother Plane? Pop Culture Blog offers some nuggets on The Nation of Islam’s UFO teachings. Via.

The Industrial Design Society of America’s 2006 IDEA award winners. Via.

07.09. filed under: link dump. 4

Composers often speak of fitting chords and melodies together, as though sounds were physical objects with geometric shape - and now a Princeton University musician has shown that advanced geometry actually does offer a tool for understanding musical structure: The Hidden Geometry of Musical Cords. (The thumbnail is not from here but from the gorgeous here)

Headline: Van Gogh painted perfect turbulence The “disturbed” artist intuited the deep forms of fluid flow. Uh, yeah. No chance it’s just a coincidence huh?

McGuffin: an object which has no real meaning except that it sets everything about it in motion. Examples.

Only 32% of the U.S. population has ever been in a bookstore. On the average, a book store browser spends 8 seconds looking at the front cover and 15 seconds looking at the back cover. etc. Mother-load of book-related statistics. Via.

Enjoy the Building Gods, a rough cut to the feature film about AI, robots, the singularity, and the 21st century. Via.

African American Spirituality has taken diverse forms over the years. Much has been written about Black Churches and the African religious traditions of the diaspora. Less, however, is available on the subject of Black magical spirituality, as exemplified in Hoodoo, Conjure, Rootwork, and Candle Burning. Enter Southern Spirits: Ghostly Voices from Dixie Land.

When the “shit comes down” will you be ready? Quote: Homesteaders, environmentalists, missionaries, doctors in developing nations, and others living in areas where there is no power can rely on Lehman’s. (Thanks Tom.)


07.08. filed under: link dump. 8

Detail from Nite Lite by Dodie.

Erowid: an exhaustive source of information on psychoactive plants, chemicals, and related subjects. A lot to peruse including the vault, a gallery of hundreds of examples of “psychedelic art” many of which even manage to rise above what you might expect from that categorization. Similarly see: the Lycaeum.

Enjoy this fine flash presentation on Imagining the tenth dimension.

goods has helped to discover a large primordial ‘blob’, more than 10 billion light-years away. With a diameter of 200 000 light-years, the blob is twice as big as our Milky Way and the total energy emitted is equivalent to that of about 2 billion suns. Despite this, the object is largely invisible.

“The cow says: moo.” Shamanistic resource on working with animal guides.

Enjoyable essay: Richard Feynman and The Connection Machine.

Long list of international equivalents to John Doe, Richard Roe, etc.

Derived from the jungle Quichua verb ikaray, “to blow smoke” for healing, the Spanish word icaros designates the magical lyrics, incantations, either whistled or spoken, by Amazonian shamans in a variety of ritual contests, especially during healing sessions and during ayahuasca ceremonies, to establish contact with the spirit world. Listen for yourself: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14.

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Nice comparative presentation of Tarot iconography, rounding up hundreds of cards from the 1330’s to present, accompanied by articles on the meaning of Tarot cards and their historical development. Interesting. In related linkage: The Hermitage a Tarot history site.

The Lasso, a rational guide to trick roping. Ye haw!

Video: Zoologist Dan-Eric Nilsson of the University of Lund in Sweden explains how the complex human eye could have evolved gradually from a primitive light-sensitive eye-spot, or: the human Eye is NOT irreducibly complex!

The Implant Matrix, Orpheus Filter, Orgone Reef, Tensegrity Weave, and Hungry soil… just a few of the fascinating sculptures/instillations on view at the Philip Beesly Architect Inc site. Via.

J-Track 3D, a Java applet from NASA science which tracks man-made satellites in real-time. Click, rotate, & zoom! Fun for the whole dorky family.  Via.

Lastly the top ten trivia tips about The Nonist as revealed by The Mechanical Contrivium, Via, with apologies to those in the UK.

1. A lump of the nonist the size of a matchbox can be flattened into a sheet the size of a tennis court.
2. The nonist can run sixty-five kilometres an hour - that’s really fast!
3. Dueling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are the nonist.
4. Dolphins sleep at night just below the surface of the nonist, and frequently rise to the surface for air.
5. Every day in the UK, four people die putting the nonist on.
6. The nonistomancy is the art of telling the future with the nonist!
7. Ancient Greeks believed earthquakes were caused by the nonist fighting underground!
8. Early thermometers were filled with the nonist instead of mercury.
9. The nonist is often used in place of milk in food photography, because milk goes soggy more quickly than the nonist.
10. The air around the nonist is superheated to about five times the temperature of the sun.

06.29. filed under: link dump. 2

In Search of: Juggling

Juggling, it’s history and greatest performers. Research in juggling history. History of juggling. Christian Rohlfs, Death as Juggler. Juggling and the subjective records of physical skills. On keeping things up in the air. Lord Frederic Leighton, The Antique Juggling Girl. Notes toward a history of juggling. Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, An Egyptian Juggler The science of juggling. Information theory and juggling. Bosh, The Juggler. Memorable tricks and a numbers formula. On neatly arranged cascades. Picasso, Juggler with Still-Life. The moral and aesthetic implications of the mastery of falling objects. The physics of juggling. Animations: great jugglers of the past. Chagall, The Juggler. The juggling hall of fame. The museum of juggling. Jugglewiki. Juggler’s World Magazine archive. Passing: juggling videos. Video: juggling in a cone. Belloc Lowndes, The Juggler. A survey of robotic juggling and dynamic manipulation. On Claude Shannon’s juggling machines and a vid of them in action. The juggling robot. Video: humanoid robot juggler. Adriaen de Vries, Juggling Man.

06.27. filed under: !. link dump. play. 3

Sensationalistic title of the day: King Tut’s glass beetle came from outer space! Since 1922 when Tutankhamun’s tomb was excavated experts have puzzled over the origin of a yellow stone, at the center of a necklace, which was carved into the shape of a scarab. Scientists now say it is desert sand melted into into glass by the heat of a meteorite. Took 84 years to figure that out?!

Pickle Phobia: proving once again that, a) people are fucking retarded, and b) even setting aside the ridiculousness of it all, people are sadistic as hell. Via.

Very cool idea: Unofficial audio guides for museum exhibits, in this case for works being shown at the moma.

Not to be missed: the starlings. Wow. Via everywhere.

Modern update of The Boy Who Cried Wolf: The Scientist Who Cried Fusion. “After years as a purely experimental science, a decade-long international effort will make nuclear fusion a reality.” Yeah, best of luck to the 7 nation’s worth of scientists who’ll give it a go, but I’ll believe it when I have a fusion-powered toaster and not before. 

06.26. filed under: link dump. 1

Espionage: The history and evolution of spy and investigative photography, Via. The evolution of spy tools. Spies that fly, including spy photos that made history. Top secret: myth and reality in espionage. The international spy museum. The top 10 strangest (modern) spy gadgets.

If you’re a foreign dignitary what kind of gift do you get for Bush and his cadre?

George Dvorsky of Sentient Developments mulls over the question “When did intelligence first emerge in the universe?” and its implications.

On this day in 1842 Ambrose Bierce was born. Why not celebrate with a browse through his Devil’s Dictionary? Alternately: Forked Tongue, the language of serpent in the enlarged Devil’s Dictionary and The Ambrose Bierce Project.

In order to run experiments testing theories of extra dimensions, a pair of physicists think the best strategy is to start from scratch and build a whole new solar system in miniature and launch it into the L2 Lagrange Point.

Check out BumpTop, a desktop U.I. with all the messiness and complexity of your actual pile-strewn desktop. Interesting.

06.24. filed under: link dump.

A breakdown of the ways in which different religious groups are pitching in to hurry along the arrival of the apocalypse. Via.

Jim Emerson’s Opening Shots Project looks at some memorable opening shots from movies and asks you to submit your favorite. Via.

If a dozen shrinks each interview the same patient, will they arrive at the same diagnosis? Or: Can a psychiatrist really tell what’s wrong with you?

Deviant Desires offers a road map to sexual fetishes of all kinds.

We New Yorker’s offer a courteous suck on this! to the residents of other cities, especially those dicks in Bucharest and Mumbai.

Even the aliens have world cup fever, evidently wanting to get in on the soccer action, considering this footage out of Mexico.

  It was always thought the concept of infinity was too “messy” for the ancients, but they continue to humble us from beyond the grave. Archimedes dealt with infinitely large sets in a mathematical proof only recently discovered in his Palimpsest.

06.23. filed under: link dump.

One of the long-running challenges faced by proponents of space exploration has been finding compelling reasons to sell such efforts—particularly big-ticket government programs—to the general public. This is a challenge because in the United States there are few coherent attitudes about space. The prevailing attitude might best be classified as apathy. Jeff Foust of The Space Review talks a bit about a recent forum held on Capitol Hill: What’s the value of space? This is one of those questions that literally boggles the mind. For those of us who view space the way others might view… well… God, it’s hard to even frame a response. So what is the value of space? I’d love to hear how all of you would answer that question. If you’re not too shy or apathetic why not answer in comments?

Further space linkage for today:

NASA offers Planet Quest, the search for another earth (flash presentation)  which rounds up information on 8 separate up-coming missions. Here is the homepage.

NASA’s Constellation Program is “getting to work on the new spacecraft that will return humans to the moon and blaze a trail to Mars and beyond.” Here is a nifty flash presentation.

After a decade’s work, physicists are flying an antimatter observatory. PAMELA.

They all see it. It comes and goes. Could it be that it’s alive? From clues to hypotheses, the forensic investigation of the dark dune spots of Mars. Via.

Lastly, a nice alphabetical way to browse the major space artifacts on display in the National Air and Space Museum.

06.20. filed under: link dump. space. 5

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