"Science Commons is a new project of Creative Commons and will launch on January 1, 2005.
The mission of Science Commons is to encourage scientific innovation by making it easier for scientists, universities, and industries to use literature, data, and other scientific intellectual property and to share their knowledge with others. Science Commons works within current copyright and patent law to promote legal and technical mechanisms that remove barriers to sharing."
(Preach forwarded these lyrics for a song written a few years back by the band formerly known as 'Ten Hands' today. You can donate to the tsunami disaster relief fund at the main Paypal site via UNICEF here.)
Ten Hands- The Big One is Coming.
The big one is coming The land is gonna split Tsunami's gonna hit The sky turn all black And the water come rushing in The big one is coming The air is getting hot And all the plants begin to rot The sky turn all black And the water come rushing in And when I'm called to judgment I don't know what I'll say... "I did not know that it was a crime To live from day to day" ? The big one is coming The land is burning dry And the seas are on the rise The sky turn all black And the water come rushing in The big one is coming The power is gonna fall Right on top of us all The sky turn all black And the water come rushing in
BIO -QRSTUVR is An online Art Gallery and shop, dedicated to Surreal, Mystic, Visionary, and Fantastic Artwork and merchandise created by me, Christopher Gendron..
-Established online July 17th, 2001 by artist Christopher Gendron. (shown at right)
-QRSTUVR is maintained entirely by one person, the Artist, you guessed it, Christopher Gendron. I have over 10 years of retail experience, a strong Artistic background, and a strong belief in the use of the internet as a means of commerce and exposure to the great things in our world.
-I am currently located in the wonderful city of Brattleboro, VT. Check out the link for more of his artwork, posters, t-shirts, weed... err... "VARIOUS items" stash tins, etc.
(from her site today)
"To The People Of Islam:
Just think: If we'd invaded your countries, killed your leaders and converted you to Christianity YOU'D ALL BE OPENING CHRISTMAS PRESENTS RIGHT ABOUT NOW!
Merry Christmas" She sure is one surly bitch. In a parallel universe somewhere, she dies and wakes up in Muslim Paradise, then proceeds to get skullfux0rd by Mohammad Atta.
"Cliff Kincaid of the conservative media watchdog group Accuracy In Media (AIM) thinks the proverbial cat is out of the dimebag with a story exposing the employment history of American Association for Retired Persons (AARP) magazine editor Ed Dwyer, who worked for High Times and Playboy, as well as Penthouse with top AARP editor Steven Slon. When the AARP released a study showing 75% of elderly Americans favor the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, the ears of suitcase sniffing dogs perked up and now seek to damage the credibility of AARP with their alleged drug and pornography backgrounds.
AIM uses such non-biased phrases as 'pro-illegal drug lobby' and 'counter-culture takeover' to describe the AARP's editorial agenda. Of course, the organizations under AIM's founder Reed Irvine, who died this past November, are right-wing and funded largely by billionaire Richard Mellon Scaife. So you tell us Mr. Pusherman, who's pushing whose agenda?" Meh luv teh AARP, those damned sexed up hippies = kewlness.
In the 25 years of his artistic career Edward Eyth has provided creative input on everything from toys to automobiles, baby products to fashion accessories, toilets to theme parks, retail environments and museum installations. Eyth was educated at the prestigious Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles where he received a Bachelor of Science degree with distinction.
His experience in the entertainment industry includes production design, set and costume design, character design, puppet design, illustration, environmental and theme park design, licensed product, graphics and musical composition.
For five years Eyth taught advanced visual communications at the Art Center College, and he instructed a course in toy design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. He has lectured at various colleges and educational institutions including UCLA, Parson’s School of Design – New York, the Art Institute of Pittsburgh; for the Society of Illustrators, and the Puppetry Guild of Los Angeles.
He recently returned to Los Angeles after 6 years in New York where he began his current position as Director of Creative Services for the Jim Henson Company.
His lifelong fascination with figure drawing, and more recently sculpture; augment an exuberant and diverse body of artistic work.
"LokiTorrent is a BitTorrent indexing site -- like the lamented Suprnova -- that has been threatened with legal action by the MPAA for telling people where to download torrent files that allow them to download video and other large data-objects. Unlike some of the other Torrent indexers that shut down last week, LokiTorrent is mounting a legal defense. They're trying to raise a legal defense fund of $30,000, and they've made $11,500 in the first 12 hours" Go, go, go!
(yeah, I know it's a an old lady in the story, but I like this pic, leave me be, whippersnappers...)
"BOSTON - A 94-year-old woman who won a $5.6 million dollar Megabucks lottery drawing in September wants to get the cash now instead of a 20-year annuity payout.
Louise Outing of Everett said she won't live to collect her full winnings, and she wants to be able to help her family and spend the money as she chooses.
'In March, I will be 95 years old. Do you realize that? Ninety-five in March. Now, you know I'm not going to live another 20 years,' she told The Boston Globe." Her position seems pretty fair, so of course the lottery commision is balking at her request. Locking horns with the elderly is never a smart PR move, but the 'lotterati' elite DID say her beneficiaries will continue to receive the yearly payout if she (most likely) kicks the bucket before the 20 years of cash dribble is up. On second thought, It might be better for said family members to get it a little bit at a time, so they don't blow all that loot at once like a bunch of cash-crazed morons.
I wash my hands of these idjits. Hit the link to read the full story, if you must.
Artist profile: Documentary on Ray Johnson 'How to Draw a Bunny'
How To Draw a Bunny
A pointed film about a most peculiar artist -- an artist too peculiar even for the New York art crowd. Ray Johnson had as much talent as Andy Warhol (a friend and colleague) but he really didn't want money or fame. He just wanted to make mail art and to amuse himself at home with whimsical and sly collages. (A goofy kilroy-is-here scribble bunny became his signature.) Soon, like Picasso, or a naive folk artist, everything in his grasp became art. Real artists grokked his stuff --if they ever got to see it, which few did. So he came by reputation to be the most famous unknown artist in America and then as a recluse he mysteriously disappeared, probably a suicide drowning. He left behind a huge master collage -- one clue pointing to the next in a complex recursive joke -- which turned out to be his life. In a delicious way I really enjoy, this documentary itself became an integral part of his grand collage to keep us guessing.
How To Draw a Bunny
By John W. Walter
2002, 90 min
What's needed is a program that decentralizes the way we find and distribute torrent and tracker data. The idea is to remove the single point of failure by having each person running the application share torrent and tracker data with eachother in almost the same way file data from a torrent download is shared with all users.
Suprnova.org's vision of the future is called eXeem. It's an application that promises to change the face of p2p file distribution by encorporating bittorrent technology in a way that solves the problems listed above. The beta version of eXeem is running at version .15 and is only accessible to 5,000 beta testers. There is currently no date set for a public release. Thanks to one of our own Mitosis members (to remain unnamed) I had the ability to try eXeem tonight. Below is my review and some screenshots."
"The Coming Atlantic Mega-Tsunami
Posted by timothy on Wednesday December 29, @02:14PM
from the something-will-kill-you dept.
rbrander writes 'It's not news at all that scientists predict an eventual 'mega-tsunami' that will sweep across the Atlantic that will still be anything from 60 to 150 ft high when it hits the U.S. Eastern seaboard. This Old News, however, suddenly seems fresh. Like an asteroid hit, it could be millenia away, or tomorrow, that a volcano in the Canary Islands just off Africa drops half a trillion tons of rock into the Atlantic. A short description of the problem from BBC News and some more graphic descriptions (of up to 100 million dead) and shrewd commentary on the politics of warning from journalist Gwynne Dyer.'" I, for one, welcome our new Atlantic mega-tsunami overlords.
"Sodium lights in downtown Billings glow orange in contrast to a frost-covered ponderosa pine tree on the Rimrocks overlooking the city early Monday. Icy fog and a cold wind combined to cover the north side of the trees with frost that contrasts brightly when illuminated with a strobe light. " Stephen King would have phrased it as "sodium arc lights", but I'm just being crazy.
I love the smell of napalm in the morning. Smells like... victory.
"A Tokyo Tea packs more intergalactic elixirs in a glass than Santa can carry presents in his bag. Although its origins are more stateside than eastern cultured, as a knock off of the infamous Long Island Iced Tea, this green hued holiday stress reliever finds itself to be a much more satisfying journey than its predecessor, although as equally a dangerous one. The recipe goes like this:
1 part Vodka
1 part Tequila
1 part Rum
1 part Gin
1 part Triple Sec
2 parts Sweet and Sour Mix
1 part Melon Liqueur (Midori) " Some pretty good recipes in the article.
"The case was filed by a group of Ohio inmates - Jon Cutter, J. Lee Hampton, John Gerhardt, John Miller, and Daryl Blankenship - who are demanding access to religious books, medallions, and costumes, as well as the right to worship in groups while in custody." LOL. Inmates 'demanding' rights. Puh-leese. Hit the link for the rest of the article.
"Among Surrealist techniques exploiting the mystique of accident was a kind of collective collage of words or images called the cadavre exquis (exquisite corpse). Based on an old parlor game, it was played by several people, each of whom would write a phrase on a sheet of paper, fold the paper to conceal part of it, and pass it on to the next player for his contribution.
The technique got its name from results obtained in initial playing, 'Le cadavre exquis boira le vin nouveau' (The exquisite corpse will drink the young wine). Other examples are: 'The dormitory of friable little girls puts the odious box right' and 'The Senegal oyster will eat the tricolor bread.' These poetic fragments were felt to reveal what Nicolas Calas characterized as the 'unconscious reality in the personality of the group' resulting from a process of what Ernst called 'mental contagion.'" History of the exquisite corpse
MTV Exquisite corpse - video style Interactive story you can add to and send to friends Ed Gorey Interactive 'Exquisite Corpse' generator
"BERLIN (Reuters) - Adolf Hitler spent years evading taxes and owed German authorities 405,000 Reichsmarks -- equivalent to $8 million (4.1 million pounds) today -- by the time his tax debts were forgiven soon after he took power, a researcher says. Klaus-Dieter Dubon, a retired Bavarian notary and tax expert, said he found Hitler's tax records in a Munich archive. They show the Nazi dictator battled tax collectors for eight years before becoming chancellor in 1933."
Reggie White dies at the age of 43 - http://espn.go.com/classic/obit/s/2004/1226/1953400.html
White worked tirelessly in the offseason with inner-city youth. But his image was tarnished when he gave a speech in which he denounced homosexuality and used ethnic stereotypes. White later apologized for any harm his comments may have caused.
This is not about whether God speaks to Reggie White, although you might question whether White stops talking long enough to hear Him, if He does. You might remember the speech last month to the Wisconsin State Assembly. White was expected to speak for a few minutes and went blazes for 50. He spoke from the heart, and he spoke from left field. He spoke what he believed. He said homosexuality is part of the sin that has 'run rampant in our nation, and because it has run rampant in our nation, our nation is in the condition it is today.' What condition is that, Reg? Close-minded and judgmental? Races, meanwhile, were reduced to stereotypes. Asians can 'turn a television into a watch.' Hispanics are 'gifted in family structure ... they can put 20 or 30 people in one home.' Whites 'know how to tap into money.' Blacks are 'very gifted in what we call worship and celebration.'
Former NFL star Reggie White and his wife are offering to pledge $25,000 of the equity in their Green Bay home to help post bail for an alleged gang leader facing racketeering and narcotics charges. The attorney for Gamaliel Matos, 29, said in federal court this week that Reggie and Sara White had made the offer, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported in today's edition. The newspaper said the Whites wrote a letter a year ago in support of Matos, one of 33 alleged Latin Kings named in indictments handed down in June 1998. Matos, who was working as a youth mentor when indicted, is charged with two racketeering counts and conspiring to distribute narcotics. The racketeering counts allege he was involved in drug trafficking in 1987, an attempted car arson in 1988, an attempted murder in 1988 and drug conspiracy. The Whites said in their letter that they met Matos in 1996 when Reggie White, a minister, was preaching at a Milwaukee church.
Heavenly International Tours, Inc., Reggie & Sara White Pilgrimage Tour: "DATES: March 25 - April 3, 2000
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The change of the millennium is upon us and pilgrims from all nations will follow their hearts and faith to the Holy Land, in celebration of 2000 years since the birth of Jesus. There is nothing more powerful than visiting the sites where Jesus walked and ministered than during the change of the Millennium.
Join our family and friends on another exciting and inspirational tour as we rededicate ourselves to Jesus and follow his footsteps.
Join us in evening song, worship and fellowship as we form new friendships which will last long after we arrive home. Christian fellowship is the main ingredient that makes this tour the experience of a lifetime!"
"In the UK, a new Freedom of Information Act takes effect at the beginning of 2005. To prepare, government officials are keeping real busy. From The Independent: Shredded: Hundreds of thousands of government documents.
Hundreds of thousands of secret Whitehall files are being shredded before the public gains the right to see them under the Freedom of Information Act on 1 January.
Figures obtained by The Independent show a dramatic escalation in the destruction of confidential papers before the new rights of access come into force. Whitehall departments, including the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), have almost doubled the number of files they have destroyed since the Freedom of Information Act became law." Ah. Gotta love governments. :(
"In the night of 12/24/07, though sensors woven through the very fabric of the house had thus far registered a complete absence of sentient bio-activity, I found myself abruptly summoned from a rare, genuine and expensively induced examples of that most priceless of states, sleep.
Even as I hurriedly dressed, I knew that dozens of telepresent armed-response drones would already be sweeping in from the District, skimming mere inches above the chill surface of the Potomac. Vicious tri-lobed aeroforms that they were, they resembled nothing more than the Martian war machines of George Pal’s 1953 epic, “The War of the Worlds”.
And while, from somewhere far above, now, came that sound, that persistent clatter, as though gunships disgorged whole platoons of iron-shod mercenaries, I could only wonder: who? Was it my estranged wife, Lady Betty-Jayne Motel-6 Hyatt, Chief Eco-Trustee of the Free Duchy of Wyoming? Or was it Cleatus “Mainframe” Sinyard himself, President of the United States and Perpetual Chairman of the Concerned Smart People’s Northern Hemisphere CoProsperity Sphere?
“You’re mumbling again, big guy,” said Memory, shivering into hallucinatorily clear focus on the rumpled sheets, her thighs warm and golden against the Royal Stewart flannel. She adjusted the nosecones of her chrome bustier. “Also, you’re on the verge of a major fashion crime.”
I froze, the starched white tails of an Elmore of Shinjuku evening shirt half-tucked into the waistband of a favorite pair of lovingly-mended calfskin jodhpurs. She was right. Pearl buttons scattered like a flock of miniscule flying saucers as I tore myself out of the offending Elmore. I swiftly chose a classic Gap t-shirt and a Ralph Lauren overshirt in shotgun-distressed ochre corduroy. The Gap t’s double-knit liquid crystal began to cycle sluggishly in response to body-heat, displaying crudely animated loops of once-famous televangelists of the previous century, their pallid flanks streaked with the sweat of illicit sexual exertion. Now that literally everything was digital, History and Image were no more than Silly Putty in the hands of anyone with a BFA and a backer in Singapore. But that was just the nature of Postmodernity, and, frankly, it suited me right down to the ground.
“Visitors upstairs, chief,” she reminded me pointlessly, causing me to regret not getting her that last chip-upgrade. “Like on the roof.”
“How many?” And this was Samsung-Sears’s idea of an “expert” system?
“Seventeen, assuming we’re talking bipeds.”
“What’s that supposed to mean?”
“That Nintendo-Dow micropore sensor-skin you had ‘em stretch over the Realistislate? After those Columbian bush ninjas from the Slunk Cartel tried to get in through the toilet-ventilators? Well, that stuff’s registering, like, hooves. Tiny ones. Unless this is some kind of major Jersey Devil infestation, I make it eight quadrupeds – plus one definite biped.”
“It can’t be Sinyard then.” I holstered a 3mm Honda and pocketed half a dozen spare ampules of gel. “He’d never come alone.”
“So maybe that’s the good news, but I gotta tell you, this guy weighs in at close to one-forty kilos. And wears size eleven-and-a-half boots. As an expert system, I’d advise you to use the Mossad & Wesson bullpup, the one with the subsonic witness protection nozzles—“ She broke off, as if listening to something only she could hear. “Uh-oh,” she said, “I think he’s coming down the chimney…”
[Originally published as "Cyber-Claus", in The Washington Post Book World Dec 1, 1991. A very merry Christmas to all, and may Memory and President Sinyard rest easy upon you.)
(Rubik's Revenge! That extra rowed bitch is listed at #93 with the other Rubik progeny.)
"As Christmas hoves noisily into view for another year, and the marketing divisions of the world's toy companies go into overdrive, we inevitably start to ponder... was it all like this in our day? If you're reading this, it's likely there'll be a good twenty-plus years lying between this Christmas and the last one you started by tearing down the stairs at five in the morning, in wide-eyed anticipation of the contents of that mountain of wrapped boxes under the Woolies' fireproof silver tinsel tree. So, to this end, we polled TV Cream's readership to find the most well-remembered - for better or worse - toys that turned up in the stockings of yesteryear, from the tiniest fifty pee rubber novelty to the many bulky Bakelite candidates for that hallowed 'main present' status. Quite often the little things, mainly through having lower expectations to live up to, went down better than the battery-hungry robo-gun-battleship thing mouldering in its box in the airing cupboard by Boxing Day. Anyway, enough of all this - it's now 6.30AM, and we've just been told by hungover parents that we can go downstairs and start sorting out the presents into piles. Let the blizzard of Mr Men wrapping paper commence..." Some good stuff from the past listed on this site, I used to love brutally dismantling my Rubik's Cubes.
"If you aspire to cartoonish superhero proportions, where your massive muscles and barrel chest allow you to leap computer-generated buildings with single, animated bounds, you should take a lesson from Mr. Incredible: Sew your underwear to your shirt."
She only goes by 'Scrapatorium' on her blog, but the title link shows a nifty array of collages. You can even watch them as a slideshow. She also has a cool collection of found photographs for you to peep at.
Normally the browser will make one request to a web page at a time. When you enable pipelining it will make several at once, which really speeds up page loading.
2. Alter the entries as follows:
Set 'network.http.pipelining' to 'true'
Set 'network.http.proxy.pipelining' to 'true'
Set 'network.http.pipelining.maxrequests' to some number like 30. This means it will make 30 requests at once.
3. Lastly right-click anywhere and select New-> Integer. Name it 'nglayout.initialpaint.delay' and set its value to '0'. This value is the amount of time the browser waits before it acts on information it recieves.
If you're using a broadband connection you'll load pages MUCH faster now!" Yup, this does work, try it out if you use Firefox. :)
"L.A.'s hot zones are tiny, intensely dangerous areas where nothing works, where law has broken down and mainstream institutions simply fail. Places where mail carriers and meter readers balk when the bullets fly. Where paramedics and firefighters are hesitant to enter because of the crossfire. Where police officers go in only heavily reinforced or with helicopters; in the LAPD's South Bureau there was an 80% increase in sniper fire on police in 2004, according to a report by LAPD Chief William Bratton. " Hit the link for rest of the doom-and-gloom article. Damn spawn campers...
In 2005, Basic Hip Digital Oddio will feature an entire year of albums from the golden age of kiddie records, lovingly transferred from the original 78s and encoded to 192kbps MP3 format. That's one a week for 52 weeks!
We believe people from around the world and of all ages will be delighted to hear these records. Not many folks these days play 78s or share this type of recording online. Chances are you've never heard them and if you have, it's been a long, long time. They are nostalgic, entertaining and just plain fun. The colorful covers are beautiful works of art.
Someday soon these records will be altogether forgotten and we think that's a shame. Our mission is to give these wonderful old recordings a new lease on life.
All year long you will be able to access 32kbps streams and cover scans of all records used in the project. Please note that 192kbps MP3s of each record will only be available during the week it is featured.
All My Tunes: The master list of all my lil' ones.
40 in '04: My project to write, record and give away 40 songs in 2004.
Live Song Stats: A complete list of songs that I've played live, including covers.
My Album: My first actual album, Here Today, is available online for $8.
Sharing Policy: Also known as, "Why are you giving all this away for free?"
The Corpse Bride Synopsis:
In a 19th-century European village, Victor (Johnny Depp) travels to the underworld for a quickie wedding to a mysterious corpse bride (Bonham Carter) while his living wife (Watson) pines for his return. A stop-motion animated film like the Burton-produced "The Nightmare Before Christmas".
Burton says it's therapeutic to laugh at death instead of fearing it.
"Rather than make it this dark, unspoken thing -- which is kind of how I grew up -- I always liked the idea that it was more a celebration. It feels more positive, somehow, and more spiritual and right to me."
We collect influences from many styles of music including psychedelic pop, post rock, punk, post punk, indie, ska, experimental rock and from bands such as the Beta Band, Death in Vegas, The Bees, British Sea Power, Chemical Brothers, Salako, Nirvana, Super Furry Animals, Aphex Twin, The Kinks, Joy Division, Radiohead, The Flaming Lips, Interpol, Trail Of Dead, Mad Capsule Markets, Prince Buster, Meat Puppets, Beatles, Capitol K, At the Drive-In, The PIxies and so many more, but it's safe to say that we don't sound like any of them. We have recorded an album called Flower Festival. You can download some of it from this very site and burn it off to a CD. You can also get the album artwork and print off your very own cover.