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Friday, December 13
To my great relief I am finally finished with this year's holiday card and have delivered it to the printer. This one was a bitch. I think I redid the whole thing four times. Jen kept picking at the story. It was endlesly frustrating but I think the result is worth it. I am so glad its finished. I seem to put my life on hold while doing these cards. I become another person. Very weird. It's my last big pre-holiday task out of the way, so tonight I can enjoy a Boy's Night Out without distraction.
Mark Vadnais sends a site about web-based Feng Shui.
People have been generously sending site links and I am woefully behind in posting them. My mother sent me License Plates of the World which is a surprisingly informative archive of strange designs. Jon Morris suggests Recipes of the Damned, and I recommend perusing it at your own risk, and only after several hours have passed since your last meal. I'll be putting these, and others, on the link page (which recently exceeded 1800 links) soon.
Ghostland is reporting that Tony Levin may join King Crimson for some shows when they tour the US next year. I have yet to read any confirmation of this from official sites or other news outlets, but it's an exciting prospect nonetheless.
A visit to the Hawkwind site revealed that the band is participating in a live stage production of Jeff Wayne's War of the Worldswhich is touring the U.K. next spring. I would love to see that. Perhaps if we all believe hard enough the tour will come to the US.
Sunday, December 8
Someone posted the following message on Fark.com: "Farscape saved - Geeks rejoice." Turns out that declaration was a bit premature, and now the beatings have begun.
Friday night someone stole two Van Goghs through an Amsterdam museum skylight. The museum will likely sue the producers of at least three dozen movies involving art thefts for inspiring the idea.
BBC Science reports the creation of a real-life bionic eye, which should go nicely with the bionic eyelid they created a few years back. I've also seen several articles in the last week about wearable computers. The gradual mechanization of the human form seems pretty damned apparent to me, why aren't all the bioethical fucks up in arms about this? I don't recall any biblical passage about "if your eye offends thee, pluck it out and replace it with a neural chip implant."
Friday, December 6
I will be spending most of my free time this weekend tying down my frisky muses and racing to finish this year's holiday card, so I'll probably not post a lot.
Reason's Ronald Bailey has posted a piece about recent advances in regenerative medicine. Simon Smith of Better Humans.com has a creepy article about Leon Kass of the National Committee of Bioethics and his psychotic view of what mankind should strive for. This is the man who said that "we must avoid runaway scientism." If the democrats had a clue they would be gunning for this guy's head on a plate. He is a generator of ignorance and should be publically referred to as such loudly and often.
The Post Office is putting out a series of stamps commemorating the craft of filmmaking. Stamps feature cameramen, editors, and even a guy being done up in Frankenstein make up. Quite cool. I am wondering if other trades will be honored. Butchers and proctologists leap to mind.
The body of a woman that had leapt off an art gallery in Berlin lay on the ground for hours while people thought she was part of the exhibit. People thinking you're a performance artist is one thing, but when you're performance consists of complete inaction...
Wednesday, December 4
If you play surf rock, and you perform on stage wearing well-made Star Trek uniforms, you must be The Nebulas.
And just in case you doubt that geeks have complete and total domination of the world: Scientists at Los Alamos, who obviously wanted to be Spider Man villians when they were kids, are working on a sonic refrigerator that uses sound waves to lower temperatures. Meanwhile, someone was watching Things to Come a little too much when designing this computer monitor.
Tuesday December 3
A frightening collaboration between Adrian Belew and Les Claypool has resulted in a song called "Incompetance and Indifference." It's available as a free download at Adrien Belew.net.
Reccomended reading: Dr. Marty Klein has written an article in the print edition of Playboy concerning the harmful sexual attitudes and advice of Oprah and Dr. Phil. Buy it or borrow it. There's also the oldest centerfold ever (35), but get it for the articles.