Garth Ennis’ “When 2000AD Was The Future”

August 24th, 2009 | comics talk, people I know

Garth’s birthday wishes to the venerable British comics institution that made us what we are, at Bleeding Cool:

Thank you for two Tyrannosaurs fighting to the death on the rim of a volcano; Bofors gunners shooting it out with UFOs; Old One Eye’s last and greatest kill; the only Bear on the CIA death list; “Quack-quack, Volg!”; the truly unstoppable Artie Gruber; Dan Dare at the battle of Jupiter; Conclusion: MACH One terminated. Now closing down transmission; the Space Fort’s final battle with the Starslayer Empire; I came into the apartment blasting. I’ve been at this game for forty years and there’s one thing I’ve learned- never give a robot an even break…


Low Frequency Signal

August 22nd, 2009 | people I know, photography, researchmaterial

End-of-week stuff that needs collecting up.

Pachube. I haven’t paid attention to this, yet, but I need to get around to it, because, as Adam Greenfield says, it’s

pointing at something very interesting and valuable

Related: Tom of BERG on "Preparing Us For Augmented Reality."

Geoff Manaugh on The Bioluminescent Metropolis, or:

….you’re watching a film one night down at the cinema when you realize that there is no light coming through from the projector room behind you – because you are actually looking at bacteria, changing their colors, like living pixels, as they display the film for all to see.

Or: that’s not an iPod screen you’re watching, it’s a petri dish hooked up to YouTube.

The installation at Laurenn McCubbin’s forthcoming exhibition in Vegas:

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Something I need to finish reading, as it seems related to the linkposts about Buddhism in Sri Lanka: Robert Kaplan on "Buddha’s Savage Peace":

President Rajapaksa came to Kandy a few days later, on May 23, to receive the blessings of the chief Buddhist monks at the Temple of the Tooth for winning the war. He expressed no apologies or remorse for the victims of the war, and he promised the monks, “Our motherland will never be divided [again].” He told them that there were only two types of Sri Lankans, those who love the motherland and those who don’t. Because he conceives of the motherland as primarily Buddhist, his words carried too little magnanimity.

I recently stood in front of a bunch of architecture types and described mega-engineering and megastructures as essentially a medieval pursuit. English Russia has some fascinating photographs of that Russian hydroelectric plant that suffered an explosion the other day. And this one just struck me as the summation of that thought. Tiny tiny people wandering around what looks like the collapse of the biggest tent in the world.

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Apparently Russian authorities were warned in 1998 that the place was falling apart. It’s going to take two to four years to effect repairs, presuming the money can be found. Terrible quote:

Regional emergency official Dmitry Kudryavtsev told The Associated Press that nine workers remained missing after the latest bodies were found Saturday. "I am almost sure that the remaining missing will be found," he said

Also from English Russia: The Testing Base Of The Emergency Control Ministry Of Belarus. How can you not love The Emergency Control Ministry?

Jamais Cascio on three new futures for economics. I like "Griefer Economics."

Ugandan police are investigating a religious cult of predominantly wealthy people linked to human sacrifice in the country. Your actual blood cult.

Authorities in West Africa have in the recent past fought running battles with cult members. On August 6, cult members shot and killed a policeman in Nigeria who was considered a threat to the cult’s activities in Adigbe area.

In the same country, 13 students were killed in clashes between cults calling themselves the Black Axe and the Black Eye, all said to be practising black magic. Some of their activities include killing, rape, extortion and theft.

Nigeria Police also clashed with the Boko Haram cult, killing 700 people and arresting hundreds of members of the group.

“We are investigating a cult which makes them [followers] take human blood periodically. It is a devil cult,” Binoga says of the Kampala cult.

“It is an open secret everyone is talking about it, they say if you don’t take blood, the wealth will go,” Binoga says.

And:

According to James Ongom, an investigating officer, 40 children have lost their lives to ritual killings this year alone. Out of these cases, 15 have so far been investigated, but no one has been convicted.

And, tying bottom to top, Bruce Sterling’s fairly giddy and joyful talk to Layar about augmented reality and basically how not to get fucked up by what is coming next:

Video: Bruce Sterling’s Keynote – At the Dawn of the Augmented Reality Industry from Maarten Lens-FitzGerald on Vimeo.


Station Ident: Low Power

August 21st, 2009 | brainjuice, people I know

There is much to do and to see in the next several days, so broadcasts will be few and far between. I probably won’t be on Twitter that much either. I have an animation project, a screenplay, a treatment and a few books to puzzle out.

Have a good weekend.

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(Cristina: this photo just cracks me up)


Fandom Secrets

August 21st, 2009 | brainjuice

People have been sending me this all week. Now I have to post it just to stop people sending it to me. There is apparently a thing on the webs called Fandom Secrets. And this week the following image was found on it.

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Thank you, Fandom Secrets person, for making me laugh, and for making all my friends retch.


The Illustrated Ape

August 21st, 2009 | researchmaterial

A friend of mine just got published in the magazine THE ILLUSTRATED APE, so I thought I’d take a look at their website.

This, ladies and gentlemen, is a website with opening music provided by Ryuichi Sakamoto. It deserves a visit for that alone. And, as my friend says:

advertisers are scared of it because (ahem) they sometimes print dirty stuff, so it needs your help to stay alive!