I recently posted a Slashdot article about 3M transparent aluminum, and had included an additional note on the sad news of James Doohan's (Scotty of the original Star Trek series) diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease in July of this year.
Alzheimer's is a horrible disease, I hate to see that happen to anyone. :(
(snagged from boingboing) -- Other Popular Links at Snarkyspot:
The Apollo Prophesies is a long sidescrolling panoramic artwork, very detailed and fanciful. I could easily see motivation for a composer to create a musical score to complement the visuals.
About the Artists:
"Nicholas Kahn & Richard Selesnick have been collaborating for over ten years on panoramic photographs, sculpture and writing that portray the fictional world of the Royal Excavation Corps in 1930' s England. Their work is in numerous collections, including the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C., the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Kahn was born in New York City in 1964 and now divides his time between Coxsackie, N.Y. and Brooklyn, New York. Selesnick born in London in 1964, divides his time between Truro, MA and Brooklyn, New York"
Anonymous Coward writes "A movie theatre owner in Logan, Utah is hoping to start a new trend by bringing video games (Halo in this case) to the big screen. The local newspaper in Logan, The Herald Journal has a nice write-up about the success they had. Does anyone else think this could catch on to be successful, especially in college towns?"
Note from Monkeyman: I think this is such a great idea for theatre owners, much better than their 'host your corporate meeting here, hooray!'
My only reservation is that I'm not sure anyone would want to play games that involve wearing the gear in the above picture.
Guess I'm just not down with the hip crowd anymore.
Professional Courtesy: According to the attorney who sent it to me: this was a voicemail message 'that an associate at Winston & Strawn left for an associate at Latham. Latham is representing a borrower in a real estate transaction and W&S represents the lender. I don't know what correspondence preceded the voicemail but as I understand it, W&S asked Latham to make some cosmetic changes to mortgages a day before closing and Latham responded by email that they thought the changes were unnecessary. The response from W&S is pretty unbelievable--a pretty abusive voicemail. This is soon to be part of law firm urban legend along with that summer associate from Skadden [I earlier guessed--wrongly--that they meant here Tucker Max's story, The true story behind 'The Now Infamous Tucker Max Charity Auction Debacle' email --SK]--it's already making it's way around the email circuit. Enjoy!'
And along those lines, an oldie but a goodie: Voicemail message, with increasingly frustrated obscenities, purportedly left by trademark applicant/appellant with the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB); resulting Final Order concerning disclipinary action of the attorney (linked here)."
"Shock jock Tom Leykis says he was attacked in Seattle."
By Mark Rahner
Seattle Times staff reporter
Seattle police are looking for radio listeners who allegedly assaulted syndicated shock jock Tom Leykis outside a Seattle bar early Monday.
Leykis said yesterday that the attack left him with 17 stitches above his right eye. His call-in show originates in Los Angeles and airs afternoons on Seattle's KQBZ-FM (100.7). Reached by phone in Los Angeles, Leykis said the attack occurred during one of his regular trips to broadcast from Seattle, where for several years he's maintained a large fan base."
Stromotion - software that breaks an athlete's fluid movements into stop-motion-style freeze-frames.
The tres cool software is made by the Swiss company Dartfish, and apparently Olympians have been using it to train in an incredibly innovative way: They take a performance of a classic Olympian from the past and run it alongside their own, with both broken down into Stromotion frames.
"Pittsburgh Brewing, Alcoa to Make Aluminum Bottles That Keep Beer Colder for 50 Minutes Longer
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- How much would you pay for a bottle of beer that stays cold nearly an hour longer? Pittsburgh Brewing Co., maker of Iron City Beer, is asking an additional $1 per case.
The brewery has partnered with Alcoa Inc., the world's largest aluminum maker, to produce aluminum bottles that keep beer colder for as much as 50 minutes longer than a glass bottle, Alcoa officials said."
Ok, but what are you gonna smash and brandish in a barroom scuffle?
What the Pro-Choice crowd doesn't seem to realize is that the rest of us consider abortion murder. If that's what you believe, that shirt might as well have said "I murdered my own baby." See how that is a bit upsetting? It doesn't matter how well you've done in business if you consider convenient murder something to be proud of or used for political gain.
Ben: do you see how the first and last sentences of your comment negate each other logically? Ms. DiFranco can't be assumed to share your belief that abortion is murder. With all due respect to your beliefs, slipping these kinds of fallacies into your arguments does you no service.
Beautiful collage work by Tony Fitzpatrick. A quick Google, and here is another site with his collages, drawings, and etchings.
The visual art poetry of Tony Fitzpatrick, in the true style typical of Chicago eloquence, chronicles the causes of the little guy given the short end of the stick. His etchings, paintings, drawings, and collage work all are visual short stories and poems of the hardships of urban survival. His style and his vision both epitomize the gritty, working class celebrated by Carl Sandburg, Upton Sinclair, Nelson Algren, and Studs Terkel. Through his art, Fitzpatrick is a historian, passing along the images and moods of a world that was Chicago in its earlier times: a robust, brawling stew of hard labor in packing houses, steel mills, factories, open air markets like Maxwell Street, and other by-gone legendary places and people. Tony Fitzpatrick’s larger than life artwork festers and boils with concerns about prisoners on death row, sideshow freaks, prostitutes prowling dark avenues and dangerous niches of cities, has-been boxers, anthropomorphic dogs, cats, birds, and other animal types, all anti-heroes, all metaphors, which mirror the stories of struggles past and present, both real and imagined.
"One day last month, Tommy Frank found himself just where he likes to be -- about to do battle with a seven-foot alligator gar weighing more than 200 pounds, which he held, literally, on the end of a string."
Damn, that's a big fish. The guy went all Robin Hood on it and shot it with a bow and arrow.
"The Battleship USS Iowa (BB-61) firing off of Puerto Rico, Public domain photo from history.navy.mil at http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/images/dod/8505379.jpg"
I love this image from Wikipedia's Featured Artwork page, the blast from the guns is awesome and the concussion shockwave on the surface of the ocean is pretty mind-numbing if you consider how much water is being displaced. Boom!
Ah, 30 years of Dungeons and Dragons. How fondly I remember my 8th grade year, rolling and re-rolling stats and generally just making up bad-ass player characters. Good times... good times... I actually had more fun reading all the descriptions of the monsters in the manuals and soaking in the artwork.
(Especially soaking in the artwork of the hawt femmes in the skimpy outfits, huzzah!)
"Jason Scott writes 'While we're celebrating 30 years of Dungeons and Dragons, Slashdot readers might as well sit back with their DVD players and enjoy a few documentaries that have recently popped up; all of them done by independent filmmakers, too! Uber Goober: The Movie calls itself 'A Film About Gamers' is a not-taking-itself-too-seriously overview of the life of RPGs and LARPs. Life With the Dice Bag, a 'Documentary about Role Playing Games and the people who play them' looks to take itself a bit more seriously as it covers the last GenCon held in Milwaukee. And finally, who can resist the pull of 'The Dungeons and Dragons Experience?'"
"Kodomo no kuni was one of the leading artwork-featuring journals for children founded and published in 23 volumes and 265 issues from January1922 to March 1949.
The magazine included pictures, stories, children's songs, dances, plays, and articles on handicrafts for young children. In format and content pioneering the totally new genre of artistic children's magazine, it was published by Tokyosha."
I've seen links for this today on boingboing, metafilter, and several other places. The artwork is very delicate and colorful, very interesting to compare it to artistic styles current in manga and anime.
Interesting article, guy acts a fool at a Republican political rally, hooray for free speech.
The kicker is that the guy's workplace had been provided tickets by a client who was soon not-so-amused with this dude's antics, blah blah blah, guy gets fired/pwnd/served.
"I was told that my actions reflected badly on the company and that a client was upset," Glen Hiller of Berkeley Springs said.
Ok, as much as I sympathize with this guy getting thrown under the bus, how smart do you have to be to not pull that kind of stunt when it is obviously connected to work? That's called 'asking to be fired.' Sure, he has every right to speak his mind, but how about being a little smarter about it?
I hope those martyr steaks taste good.
Anyway, I thought this snippet at the bottom of the article was interesting and/or a bit disturbing:
"Last month, Charleston City Council apologized to two protesters arrested for wearing anti-Bush T-shirts to the president's July 4 rally. The pair were taken from the event in restraints after revealing T-shirts with Bush's name crossed out on the front and the words 'Love America, Hate Bush' on the back. Trespassing charges were ultimately dismissed. "
Tell me what you think in the comments if you want, I'm easy to amuse.
Most Influential Christians in America/Jan 2003/Church Executive Magazine -
Saw this on Fark today, pretty interesting read. The magazine's website is down for the count courtesy of the sledgehammer web collective known as Fark, mousing through and soon pounding the magazine's web prescence to it's buttery lil knees.
The list is from the Jan.2003 edition, wonder why it is just coming to attention now?
(...oh yeah. Forgot there is a prez election this year...)
Here's positions #1 and #2:
 George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States
Formerly the Governor of Texas, this compassionate conservative has grown in popularity since 9/11. His decision to go after terrorists at all costs has recently caused an uproar, but he has also proposed bold initiatives to ensure churches can play a role in the betterment of this country. His establishment of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives had a rough start, but President Bush is working to ensure its success.He is always willing to share his testimony after being saved at age 40. He is also very open with his faith, unlike his many predecessors.
 John Ashcroft, Attorney General of the United States
Attorney General Ashcroft has been the center of controversy since his appointment in 2001. This son of an Assemblies of God minister has not been bashful about discussing his religious beliefs. However, he has not allowed those beliefs to dictate his enforcement of the nation's laws, much like his opponents thought they would.He leads an area and department that typically has been predominated by secular individuals. For many years God was purposely left out of decisions at the Justice Department.
The mag's website is still down, but luckily Google has a copy cached for viewing.
Man, i saw a t-shirt ad on Fark, jumped in and browsed around the shirts. This shirt made me laugh and squirt sweet precious tears of justice. Sounds like something Preach would say.
Here's the shirt's description on the site, pure greatness:
Detailed Description Chillin' Like A Villian - San Quentin State Prison T-Shirt.
Some times I feel like doing nothing, nothing like the fellas down at San Quentin. No work, no bills, no bitching girlfriends, no laundry, no meetings, nothing to do but chill. So buy this shirt and let the world know you be chillin' like a villian.
(Note: I saw this a loooong time ago on the web, but it is time to dust this gem off for another showing. The following snippet sets it up quite nicely.)
My neighbors moved into the house next to ours in October 1997. Its a brand new neighborhood with new houses. Everyones house looks beautiful but thats about to change. The new neighbors seem like normal people until shortly after they move in (more later).
First, let me say that my redneck neighbor is not destitute or under-privileged. The guy owns a business, drives VERY nice new cars, he just doesnt care about his house. In order to protect the ignorant, well call him John Doe # 8 or JD8 for short."
"An unidentified supporter of President Bush tries to silence protester Kendra Lloyd-Knox (right) outside Southridge High School in Beaverton. Elsewhere in Portland, supporters of Democratic candidate Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., rallied on the waterfront. "
You know, I don't care hold old that lady is, but I just might freak the hell out if someone stuck their hand in my face like that.
Queen Elizabeth and Princess Di were out driving in the family Bentley
when they were overtaken by highwaymen. The thieves demanded all their
jewels, but the ladies insisted that they weren't wearing any. After
searching them, the thieves decided to settle for the car, and left. As
the Queen and Princess were walking back to Buckingham palace, the Queen
asked Di, "Weren't you wearing a diamond ring when we left?" Di said
"Yes I was. But when I saw the thieves, I hid it up my... well, you
know. But weren't you wearing that sapphire necklace Prince Philip gave
you?" The queen answered "Yes, but when I saw the thieves, I put it up
my...well, you know." They walked a little further and the queen added
"It's a shame we didn't have Princess Margaret with us; we could have
saved the Bentley!"
VeryVito writes "You can tell Flash programming is beginning to grow up: It's not just for designers anymore, but for real, honest-to-goodness tech geeks. As evidence, I present The ActionScript Jabberwocky. Enjoy!" It's almost as good as reading it in the original Klingon.