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Saturday, May 03, 2003
Doonesbury on the looting [May 3]
Orion-oriented pyramids discovered buried in Italy
Frank Rich on the looting [Global Beat]The tragedy for America is not just the loss itself but the naked revelation of our worst instincts at the very dawn of our grandiose project to bring democratic values to the Middle East. By protecting Iraq's oil but not its cultural motherlode, we echo the values of no one more than Saddam, who in 1995 cut off funds to the Baghdad museum, pleading the impact of sanctions, yet nonetheless found plenty of money to pour into his own palaces and their opulent hordes of kitsch. We may have been unable to protect tablets containing missing pieces of the Gilgamesh epic. But somehow we did manage to secure the lavish homes of Saddam's hierarchy, where the cultural gems ranged from videos of old James Bond movies to the collected novels of Danielle Steel.
Why I'm careful walking on the street in Arizona:
Western homeowners replacing grass with astroturf
QuoteI'd rather be known for this instead of being smart or something. There's a million people who are smart. There's only 16 of us who were in Cancun together. - Roxanne, who performed in the reality movie Cancun [Undernews]
Friday, May 02, 2003
TVEyes will apparently send you an email if you tell it to watch for a word or phrase spoken on any TV channel, with a brief transcript [onfocus]
Canadian appeals court overturns lower court ruling, says same-sex marriage ban is discriminatory
Oscar campaigning to be "curbed"
Thursday, May 01, 2003
Tomb of Gilgamesh may have been found in Iraq
Voodoo finally recognized as "official religion" like Catholicism in Haiti
Melbourne bordello floats stock
Wednesday, April 30, 2003
Grooves review of notype's The Freest of Radicals comp
Grooves review of Janek Schaefer's Pulled UnderWhereas contemporaries such as Martin Tetreault construct violent sonic pile-ups, Janek Schaefer has always coaxed more balmy textures from his drone-based vinyl and sampling experiments. As with this record's predecessor, Above Buildings, the music on Pulled Under is true to the title, a linked series of murky soundscapes and tidal flows akin to the sounds heard from within a diving bell. As such, it's a bit low-key. But it is still eminently approachable -- more Kevin Shields than John Cage. Tellingly, it is dedicated to Schaefer's girlfriend, immediately steering it away from studied minimalism or random generative guff. For an artist working entirely with abstraction, it gives the lie to the notion that experimentalism is a cold façade.
This Italian label (Kathodik) site has a great background
What would Jesus share?
Tuesday, April 29, 2003
USB keyring drives or whatever they morph into will likely become the storage of choice for everything from backups to movies
Monday, April 28, 2003
Free e-books: [STARE]
Apple to offer 99¢ downloads, unrestricted
Sunday, April 27, 2003
Actually I think it was Dennis Hopper's Blue Velvet endorsement