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RE: The Ware Tetralogy
Topic: Arts 3:05 pm EDT, Jun 23, 2010

Sweet! This is wonderful!

possibly noteworthy wrote:
Rudy Rucker's classics are now free.


I love Rudy Rucker.

Dr. Nanochick:

I dig Rudy Rucker.


Rudy Rucker rules!

Rudy Rucker:

It starts with Software, where rebel robots bring immortality to their human creator by eating his brain. Software won the first Philip K. Dick Award.

In Wetware, the robots decide to start building people -- and people get strung out on an insane new drug called merge. This cyberpunk classic garnered a second Philip K. Dick award.

By Freeware, the robots have evolved into soft plastic slugs called moldies -- and some human "cheeseballs" want to have sex with them. The action redoubles when aliens begin arriving in the form of cosmic rays.

And with Realware, the humans and robots reach a higher plateau.

On the internet:

I just hope the public won't ever be bullied or bamboozled into letting the bosses bottle up the genie. That's something we need to keep an eye on.

On "Infinity and the Mind":

It is in the realm of infinity that mathematics, science, and logic merge with the fantastic. By closely examining the paradoxes that arise from this merging, we can learn a great deal about the human mind, its powers, and its limitations.

On "Mathematicians in Love":

Rucker cleverly pulls off a romantic comedy about mathematicians in love.

On "Frek":

Like every great science fiction novel, "Frek and the Elixir" is really about the present -- about the power of corporations, about media and entertainment, about bioengineering, about quantum mechanics, about your wife or girlfriend, your next-door neighbor, and your boss, and about you, at age twelve, and now.

On "Spaceland":

Spaceland challenges readers to imagine what life might be like in a world with four spatial dimensions.

RE: The Ware Tetralogy

RE: 1213154081_picsu_14.jpg (JPEG Image, 640x482 pixels)
Topic: Arts 9:09 pm EDT, Jun 27, 2008

Jello wrote:

We are all going to die. And for some of us... its the damned robots that are going to do it.

I love this!!!!

RE: 1213154081_picsu_14.jpg (JPEG Image, 640x482 pixels)

Strange Dolls Indeed - Just in time for Christmas
Topic: Arts 9:11 am EST, Dec 14, 2006

If you're looking for that Tim Burton on bad acid look for your living room, these dolls could really add to the ambiance.

-No, I don't want one of these for Christmas Tom...keep looking:)

Strange Dolls Indeed - Just in time for Christmas

Suspiria (1977)
Topic: Arts 4:40 pm EST, Oct 31, 2006

A German ballet school for girls is the setting for mysterious deaths, in this 1977 horror story, written and directed by Dario Argento. "Suspiria" is a visually stunning film. The images contain objects we recognize, like people, buildings, and interior decor. But the objects seem vaguely menacing, and less real than surreal, as though they symbolize ideas, repressed desires, or subconscious fears. The vivid, rich colors, strange camera angles, deep shadows, and bright light piercing through darkness, all contribute to the impression that the viewer is trapped in someone else's nightmare.

Suspiria (1977)

Boing Boing: RIP, Octavia Butler,
Topic: Arts 4:46 pm EST, Mar  1, 2006

Octavia Butler, the brilliant science fiction writer, reportedly died on Saturday following a fall.

Somehow I missed this. Very unfortunate.

(This is very sad indeed...she is a brilliant biopunk author. I recommend her writing...

Boing Boing: RIP, Octavia Butler,

Barbara Kruger
Topic: Arts 9:41 pm EDT, Jun 14, 2005

[I especially liked "Your manias become science"....anyone know where I can get a print of that? It would go wonderfully in the lab:) - Nano]

If you liked PostSecret, you may also like Barbara Kruger. Here's a description from a gallery of Barbara Kruger's work:

The juxtaposition of word and image in Barbara Kruger's highly recognizable work is derived from twelve years as a designer and photo editor for Conde Nast publications. Short, pithy caption-like copy is scattered over fragmented and enlarged photographs appropriated from various media. Usually declarative or accusatory in tone, these phrases posit an opposition between the pronouns "you" and "we," which satirically refer to "men" and "women." These humorous works suspend the viewer between the fascination of the image and the indictment of the text while reminding us that language and its use within culture to construct and maintina proverbs, jobs, jokes, myths, and history reinforce the interests and perspective of those who control it.

There's another gallery:

Barbara Kruger's on going project is to provoke questions about power and its effect on the human condition: to investigate the way power is constructed, used and abused. In her works, which have become the demonstrative visual icons of the 1980s and 1990s, power is interrogated and interpreted through the social, economic and political arrangements which motor the life impulses of love, hate, sex and death.

Kruger was also featured in the PBS documentary art:21.

It's our pleasure to disgust you is in the permanent collection at MOCA in Los Angeles.

In 2000, some of her art was shown at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Here are some prints from the gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum:

We, Longer, Heard, Seen, And, No, Not, Be

A Slate article from July 2000 begins:

Barbara Kruger comes as close as anybody can to being the official artist of American consumerism.

An interview with Barbara Kruger:

By using familiar images and text from modern advertising, Kruger forcefully exposes the misleading and aggressive lies of pop media. Her works involve humor and irony, though they are often disturbing at the same time. Kruger gained her "fluency and comfort with pictures and words" from working as a graphic designer for magazines before she became an artist in the mid-'80s.

Barbara Kruger

God Speaks To Me Through Scrabble
Topic: Arts 9:34 pm EST, Dec 20, 2004

whoa...this is the good stuff

God Speaks To Me Through Scrabble

The Zoom Quilt: A collaborative art project
Topic: Arts 7:00 pm EST, Nov 13, 2004

A quick, entertaining piece. What M.C. Escher would do with flash.

[Very cool. Good procrastination tool from grant:) - Nano]

The Zoom Quilt: A collaborative art project

ICv2 News - In the Shadow of No Towers
Topic: Arts 11:59 am EDT, Aug  8, 2004

] In September, Pantheon Books will publish Art
] Spiegelman's comic strip musings on 9/11 and its
] aftermath, In the Shadow of No Towers. Spiegelman, of
] course, is the author of Maus, a key book in the
] development of the modern graphic novel, as well as the
] editor (along with his wife Francoise Mouly) of Raw, the
] award-winning anthology of avant garde comics. 

I felt that Maus was really well done, so I anticipate that this book by Spiegelman will be awesome as well.

ICv2 News - In the Shadow of No Towers

Kill Bill: Volume 2
Topic: Arts 9:36 pm EDT, Apr  4, 2004

Book-ends for tax day.

On April 13, go to Borders for a second helping of Neal. On April 16, go to AMC for another course of Quentin.

Revenge is a dish best served cold.

After having killed the first two on her death list, O-Ren Ishii and Vernita Green, The Bride continues in her journey of vengeance to hunt down and kill the remaining victims, Elle Driver, Budd, and ultimately, Bill. However, matters become complicated when The Bride learns that her daughter, whom she presumed dead, is still alive.

Form 1040, line 42: Would you like to donate $10 to Miramax?

[Werd....I am so there. I freakin loved Vol. 1. - Nano]

Kill Bill: Volume 2

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