November 27, 2006

Art on the ice

The ANITA experiment down in Antarctica needed a box painted about 40% black. So my colleagues there held an art contest. Pretty good work!

Posted by duver001 at 10:35 AM

November 16, 2006

35th anniversary of the Cannonball

Brock Yates is still reveling in his 15 minutes of fame. But it was a great moment. "At no time did we exceed 175 mph." Hopefully they'll figure some way of pulling off a 2007 version of the race...

Posted by duver001 at 11:44 AM

October 27, 2006

The Straight Dope on Vampires, Werewolves, and Zombies

Just in time for Halloween fears.

Posted by duver001 at 12:16 PM

September 25, 2006

The broken record of state

Posted by duver001 at 6:58 PM

August 31, 2006

Munch paintings recovered

"The Scream" and "Madonna" appear to be mostly intact.

Posted by duver001 at 11:49 AM

When all else fails, crackdown on "crime" online

Zimbabwe plans to use Chinese technology to monitor telecommunications. It does seem to be the refuge of failed dictatorships and nascent ones perhaps as well...

Posted by duver001 at 9:29 AM

July 25, 2006

For some reason these two articles worked well together

Okay, maybe it seems weird, but here goes:

Posted by duver001 at 11:19 PM

June 8, 2006

June 7, 2006

Emergency frog rescue

One of the more interesting, and utterly cool, examples of "emergency" science. Rescuing frog species ahead of a lethal fungus infection. And bringing them back to the states in carry-on baggage...

Posted by duver001 at 12:33 PM

June 1, 2006

The real trial of the century will begin soon

The Enzo-wrecking Swedish guy. Facing seven felony charges.

Posted by duver001 at 11:56 AM

Art cars!

Houston's 2006 Everyone's Art Car Parade.

Posted by duver001 at 11:51 AM

Cthulu Chick Tract

Do you remember those hilarious little Chick Tracts? The ones telling you that you needn't pack sweaters for the afterlife? It seems inevitable, now that the stars are right, that the Cthulu Chick Tract is now available. I want to be eaten first!

Posted by duver001 at 10:43 AM

May 31, 2006

Silly patents

At Patently Silly dot com. The cordless jump rope (why bother?) and the "cylindrical object" (rock) skipping on water are my current favorites. Another beautiful demonstration of (some) failures of the patent system.

Posted by duver001 at 10:21 AM

May 1, 2006

Zhou Tiehai: China's answer to Thomas Kincaide

Well, sort of. Zhou has underlings do his actual painting, but his satire on the art scene is being purchased by "serious" art collectors. Kincaide's brilliant parody of art is bought by suburbanites with no appreciation of the irony of their purchase.

Posted by duver001 at 11:47 AM

April 27, 2006

Best of the Twin Cities

Best local website. Cursor.

See all of the listings online.

A special thrill was seeing Outsiders and Others be selected as best Art Gallery. My little ones have had their art hung there and they just held a most excellent sale and silent auction there last Saturday. Darn it, it looks like I wasn't the high bidder though...

Posted by duver001 at 2:31 PM

April 26, 2006

Build your own Iraqi police/death squad

It's pretty cheap, and the cool mullahs are doing it. Guns, uniforms, bulletproofed cars. All available for cash transactions.

Posted by duver001 at 12:35 PM

April 7, 2006

April is National Poetry Month & Math Awareness Month!

Comining the two...Fibonacci Poems!

Posted by duver001 at 12:13 PM

April 4, 2006

Dancing is not constitutionally protected

And the number of cities or towns that allow couples to freely dance is down from ~1000 in the 1960s to about 300 today. Didn't Emma Goldman say something about this once?

Posted by duver001 at 2:42 PM

March 24, 2006

I haven't kept up with Hitchens that well since he left the Nation

But I definitely enjoyed his spirited defense of Denmark, the free press, and democracy. And I think we can safely ignore his praise of the Iraq War. I am impressed that he's remained steadfast in his opinions, hmmm..., despite evidence that they're wrong?

Posted by duver001 at 11:56 AM

March 1, 2006

February 9, 2006

Thinking about William Gibson, Joseph Cornell, and Count Zero

There's this old article by Gibson in Wired magazine on re-mix culture. Makes an interesting case to connect Cornell and the boxes to mash-ups and remixes.

Following on to newer Gibson material, we again have the Cornell-like window montage for September 11th.


Object (Rose de vent).

Hotel Eden.

Window Facade.

Solar set.

Posted by duver001 at 2:38 PM

The Nation on the Danish cartoons

What a wimpy editorial! I was hoping for a spirited defense of free speech in the face of threats and violence, or maybe a critique of right-wing European newspapers. Instead we get a little of everything. Signed by the editors and not someone specifically. Very disappointing.

Posted by duver001 at 11:34 AM

February 7, 2006

You know how sometimes you go click on a link...

...and, presto, there it is. And it's really quite strange. And you scroll down, and it gets stranger. And it reminds you that Joy Division was a really long time ago, though I suppose not as long ago as Hank Williams. Senior. So, you click on the mp3s and listen while, oh my god!, the music plays and you read of Tuva and stolen passports. Then you look around on the site, reviews of Captain Beefheart in a Tuvan style. Feynman pretty much has to be to blame for making Tuva hip again. Kyzyl! The throat singing is amazing stuff, but covering the Rolling Stones? They just did the halftime show at some Bowling match or other. And got censored. Painted black. Black as black. The link already!

Music for today, tomorrow, and last Tuesday.

Sample lyrics from KAMGALANYR KUZHU-DAA BAR (We have protection force.):

Yenisei river's banks are full of natural richness, our amazing country has protection force.

Yenisei runs and kicks his banks by his waves, if an enemy invades we have a lot of power to destroy him.

In taiga there is a lot of gold and other richness, in the north and south we have brother countries.

In the south and north parts of taiga there are a lot of minerals and furs, -- we have the powerful USSR giving a happy life to us.


music - trad arr. A. Kuvezin

lyrics - Salchak Toka

"The name of a mountain pass through Tannu-Ola range at the south part of Tuva. In 1933-1934 the road from Kyzyl (capital) to region on Mongolian border was built; and on this pass for one year people were digging using only simple tools like picks, spades, hand-trolleys and enthusiasm. Now it is road of state importance connecting Siberia, Tuva and Mongolia. The lyrics written by first General Secretary of Communist Party of then-independent state of "Tannu Touva". Salchak Toka, leader of the Government and also one of the great writers of classic Tuvan literature - a Soviet Union State Prizewinner. This song about wish and striving to dig out Kaldak-Khamar pass, to build a smooth road and to rush by an iron devil-car like a kite."

Posted by duver001 at 11:30 AM

January 26, 2006

One language, many meanings

In Mexico cajeta might mean nougat and be a reasonable name for a candy bar, but in the rest of the Spanish-speaking world it's a common slang term in line with its literal meaning, "little box."

Posted by duver001 at 3:46 PM

January 20, 2006

Whale in central London

Bottle-nosed whale sighted passing Parliament and headed upstream. Let's just hope it wasn't one of the US Navy-trained animals showing up late for a Guy Fawkes Day reenactment.

Posted by duver001 at 9:37 AM

January 17, 2006

Earwax removal

Me, I often have quite a bit of ear wax buildup though I do clean my ears on a daily basis. (Was that too much information?) Anyhow, this Canadian Medical Journal article details the emergency removal of earwax with a supersoaker loanded by a local four year old. It was "an off-label use" of the device. Not generally recommended, but something to add to your emergency medicine knowledge...

Posted by duver001 at 8:37 AM

January 12, 2006

Continuing on the car theme...

Take a look at Top Gear's comparison of racing the NSX on a game machine and in real life.

And comparing modern road cars to race cars of the past.

Great videos. And why doesn't the US have either good car magazines or video magazines like the Brits? Check out Evo, Car, or Top Gear and compare them to the waste of paper that is the US auto magazine industry.

Posted by duver001 at 1:46 PM

December 19, 2005

Your freedoms have left the building

No Geneva Convention. No ban on domestic spying.

Posted by duver001 at 2:48 PM

November 22, 2005

The popemobile (sort of)

And lots of other odd car purchases.

Posted by duver001 at 11:37 AM

November 17, 2005

November 3, 2005

Skate boarding

Best use of an animated gif all week!

Posted by duver001 at 1:00 PM

October 24, 2005

Crack squirrels from the Sun

Yup. A big problem.

Posted by duver001 at 11:47 AM

October 20, 2005

What's happening to Lake St. (Minneapolis)?

The street was obviously torn up, but I didn't know that $190M was headed into that old Sears building! When I first moved to the city I wondered why that building hadn't been taken over for cheap loft-space... Instead it's going to be expensive office space.

Posted by duver001 at 11:36 AM

October 17, 2005

October 14, 2005

It's a slow news day...

So, why not just discuss the effects of the Coast Guard restrictions on the number, type, location, and coverage fraction of tattoos and body piercings. Go ahead, voice your opinions.

Posted by duver001 at 10:56 AM

September 23, 2005

Bruce Springsteen and Garrison Keillor?

Wow! It's a strange world, isn't it?

Glory Days! read by Garrison Keillor. Sounds pretty different, doesn't it.

Posted by duver001 at 2:41 PM

August 28, 2005

Mickey Mouse, cuckolded and suicidal?

Just see these early Mickey Mouse strips!

Posted by duver001 at 7:57 PM

August 17, 2005

Preparing for Burning Man?

Do check out the advice here especially on shelter. There's no reason why you have to suffer out in the sun.

August 29th through September 5, 2005.

Posted by duver001 at 10:24 AM

July 7, 2005

Red Meat construction set

It's your favorite cartoon, so now go out there and make your own!

Posted by duver001 at 11:45 AM

June 25, 2005

No more coverup at the Justice Department

Of the statues that is.

Posted by duver001 at 2:11 PM

June 13, 2005

Ape-stract art


Posted by duver001 at 12:21 AM

April 25, 2005

The Numbers Racket

Still going on... I had it associated with a distant time in the Northeast, back before state lotteries and legalized gambling in most places. An interesting article on the current version of the numbers game.

Posted by duver001 at 2:34 PM

April 19, 2005

Republican Jesus

Posted by duver001 at 12:37 PM

April 13, 2005

The Goal? To chill free speech?

The secret service visit and examine artwork critical of the president. Since the work was in the form of mock stamps, and features a gun to the Dubya head, I can picture two separate investigations...

Posted by duver001 at 2:56 PM

March 26, 2005

Banksy strikes again!

He walked into the museums, and put up his paintings. While dressed as an "British Pensionner" which should allow for enough room to bring the painting in. The Met spotted and removed the work right away, the MoMA, Museum of Natural History, and Brooklyn Museum pieces stayed up longer. You can find out more about Banksy at his website.

It all reminds me of the Turner Prize scandal (well, there's one every year, but I was thinking of the 2002 one) at which Banksy spraypainted "Mind the crap" on the steps.

There's also a discussion of this going on at

Posted by duver001 at 2:10 PM