ENGINEwear In Second Life

April 26th, 2006 | brainjuice, people I know

Tom Reynolds is practically giving away ENGINE t-shirts for Second Life avatars, right here.


Chavez Leans On Andean Nations To Cut Free Trade With USA

April 25th, 2006 | researchmaterial

Venezuela could change its decision to withdraw from the Community of Andean Nations (CAN) if neighboring Colombia and Peru were willing to reconsider their free trade deals with the United States, President Hugo Chavez said on Monday.

“I would be willing to reconsider out decision if Colombia and Peru reconsider their free trade agreements with the United States,” Chavez told a news conference after receiving a letter from Bolivian President Evo Morales, who asked him to reconsider his stance.

Last week, Chavez said that Venezuela would leave CAN, saying that it had been fatally wounded by the Colombian and Peruvian free trade agreements with Washington.

If a member of the Common Market of the South (Mercosur) were to sign a free trade deal with the United States with similar terms, that organization would be dead too, the president added. Fortunately, Mercosur members have no such plans, Chavez said.

Venezuela has also been moving to become a full member of Mercosur, which includes Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay…

(I found this interesting. I think Chavez is more than a little crazy, but neither he nor anti-US sentiment in South America should be ignored. After all, he isn’t the only “socialist”, anti-US leader over there.)


The Family Heirloom

April 25th, 2006 | researchmaterial

A family heirloom is not going over well with police.

The mummified body of a baby kept by a Concord, N.H., family has drawn attention from investigators. The current keeper of the baby, Charles Peavey, said the tiny mummy has been passed down in his family for many years.

Concord police recently got word of the remains and they took them in for testing. A forensic anthropologist will examine the tiny corpse.

Peavey said the mummy belonged to his great-great uncle, who was born in Ashland in 1850. The family estimated that the mummy is 90 years old. It was discovered among the uncle’s possessions in 1947 in Manchester, N.H…


Mercury Vagabond

April 25th, 2006 | photography, researchmaterial

Zoetica Ebb, shot by Vladimir Perlovich: this, too, plays right into images I’m trying to devise for another new project (put into my head by shots of Pygmy Wife in her flight hat a few weeks back, and a repeat viewing of Guy Maddin’s HEART OF THE WORLD).