links for 2008-01-30

January 30th, 2008 | photography

Someone In My Circle Is In Trouble

January 30th, 2008 | brainjuice

The partner of designer and COILHOUSE co-creator Mildred Von has been arrested in Dubai for carrying melatonin. This, apparently, gave them the excuse to declare without testing that a few fragments of dirt in the bottom of his bag were hashish. Everyone’s hoping that they’ll be forced to release him in another seven days but the Dubai authorities, as you might expect, are behaving like monsters.

Details are here. Please read them before asking questions. Mil’s contact details are in that post too. We might get lucky and they might bounce him out when it turns out there’s nothing to hold him on, but, really, that doesn’t sound like Dubai. If you think you can help, please do get in touch with Mil. Thanks.

Great. Now I Have To Worry About Claytronic Robot Swarms

January 30th, 2008 | researchmaterial

Swarms of robots that use electromagnetic forces to cling together and assume different shapes are being developed by US researchers… using simulations to develop control strategies for futuristic shape-shifting, or “claytronic”, robots, which they are testing on small groups of more primitive, pocket-sized machines.”

Freaky video ahoy:

Why Most Drugs Are Shit

January 30th, 2008 | researchmaterial

Reports from users of carbogen, an oxygen/carbon dioxide mix apparently sometimes described as a “panicogen”:

After 26 breaths, subject uttered in a profound tone, “Death is very personal.”

Apparently, this stark and gleaming wisdom from The Other World was worth also experiencing “every cell in his body dying.”

BLACK SUMMER #5: Out This Week

January 30th, 2008 | Work

From Wednesday in North America, from Thursday in the UK and elsewhere: