Saturday, June 30, 2007
Follow the link for some excellent reviews:
Latawnya, the Naughty Horse, Learns to Say "No" to Drugs
Via Coudal Partners.
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"Four mirrors were placed in the main movie theaters around town (São Paulo, Campinas, Rio de Janeiro). Each mirror reflected the 'super power' of the movie’s characters."
Large photo here.
Amazon posted the original treatment for William Gibson's new book Spook Country. Here's a small sample:
one of Warchalker's stories involves a truly enormous bale of well-circulated US hundreds (looking, he puts it, "like a HumVee shrink-wrapped in a humongous garbage bag ") gone missing from Baghdad in a fog of war.
Read the rest here (it's a pdf).
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Friday, June 29, 2007
Larger sizes here.
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What happens when several artists "get the Disney get-out-of-jail-free card to put their own spin on" Mickey Mouse?
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Consider an experiment that was done by Daniel Simons, a psychologist at the University of Illinois. He or a member of his lab would walk up to a pedestrian on the street and ask him or her for directions. While the pedestrian was responding, workmen carrying something large (like a doorframe) would walk between them. As the workmen passed, the experimenter switched places with someone else. Only half of the pedestrians noticed, even though the two people could be quite different.
Link. Test your own memory here. I scored a 2.6.
Posted by JStruan at 8:29 PM
"[A] Stanford University scientist has discovered that elephants actually have two distinct ways of communicating: by ordinary soundwaves rippling through the air, and by vibrations transmitted through the ground to exquisitely sensitive elephant toes."
Read more. Via Wired.
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"A planned caravan of 100 big rigs with a clean-air message falls short, and few commuters notice."
"On Tuesday, June 26, hundreds of Internet radio stations across the country went silent in protest," united "in an effort to unite radio webcasters in the fight against the exorbitant new music royalties established by the Copyright Royalty Board in March."
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Here's Andy Klein reviewing Sicko:
So a couple of months ago, I was getting jerked around by my health plan. The details are probably of interest to no one but me and a few friends (and I'm not so sure about them), but suffice it to say that it seems to have all worked out. Various functionaries kept telling me I was out of luck, citing a succession of bogus reasons, but my experiences years ago navigating the financial aid office at UCLA taught me a valuable lesson: The red tape is designed to wear you down, in hopes that you'll just give up. So don't.
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Here's David Germain writing for the AP:
Images of the sleek new Camaro that Chevrolet is introducing for the 2009 model year are pervasive throughout the movie, and the car winds up a more memorable figure than the robot Transformers themselves (though the machine characters do have more personality than any of the humans on screen).
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Thursday, June 28, 2007
"Diesel’s Spring/Summer 08 catwalk show, staged a few days ago at the Pitti Immagine Uomo fair in Florence, was nothing short of stunning. While regular human models paced up and down the runway, a host of polyp-like CGI characters appeared in mid-air to interact with them within an underwater landscape."
See more images.
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Civilization Revolution is on the way for the Nintendo DS (and other systems). Here's the video, Henry Rollins really mailed it in on the narration.
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These cute matchbooks hold a clever secret inside. On the tip of each match are seeds already mixed to grow. Choose an assortment of either wildflowers--which includes cornflower, Shasta daisy, corn marigold, and field poppy--or herbs--which includes basil, chives, parsley, and thyme. Simply tear out a matchstick and plant it tip first in the soil. Includes two matchbooks of 10 matchsticks each.
Posted by JStruan at 8:23 PM
This book is a highly amusing compilation of the real-life memos that network execs would send to show producers and writers regarding content. It's what you'd more or less expect from a comedy book, except everything is real... high-powered, high-paid execs contradicting themselves, saying things that make no sense, etc. It gives insight into the ludicruous process that leads to the TV we eventually see on our sets every night! (After you read this book, you may ask yourself how anything good ever GOT to the TV.)
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Here's Ann Patchett, writing in the Washington Post about joining the Los Angeles Police Department:
Now I'd have the chance to understand what it was that my father had done all those years I wasn't in the house. I would relearn Los Angeles. I would drive up Elysian Park and spend my days at the academy, where as a child I had swum in the long blue pool shaded by eucalyptus trees, eaten tuna melts in the coffee shop with my father, and learned to shoot a revolver.
The last event was a 160-pound weight drag. Run 25 yards, tug a lead weight the size of two encyclopedias tied to a thick rope through deep, soft dust, backward for 25 yards. When it was my turn, the crowd went wild. I was the mascot now, the favorite girl. No sense in cheering for the two who'd never pass or the one who might beat your score. Cheer for the one who barely makes her time but somehow, miraculously, manages. I yanked the weight backward as the giant men began to chant my name, dragging one syllable into two until it became "Ay-un, Ay-un, Ay-un." It would never happen again; 26 broad-shouldered young men would never call my name at once, and I let the sound trace against my pounding heart.
Read the rest, it's excellent.
And so was her book Bel Canto.
Bel Canto (P.S.)
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During the scanning process it is recommended not to open your eyes. If you feel that you can handle it and open them, DO NOT follow the light on its move! The authors of this project didn't find any side-effects on themselves. However, the authors do not bear the responsibilty for possible consequences. At your own risk.
Link. Via Pop Candy.
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Wednesday, June 27, 2007
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Funny description, creepy toy. I don't watch Dr. Who.
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"The H-Racer from Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies is a palm-sized toy hydrogen car with its own fuel cell refueling station that creates hydrogen fuel by combining solar power and water. Watch the blinking lights and the hydrogen bubbling up in your little fuel station, and then dispense a tiny amount of hydrogen fuel into the H-Racer."
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