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Wired News: DNA Spirals Into Artists' Medium
Topic: Arts 11:43 pm EST, Mar  7, 2004

] His latest installation, which opened Thursday at the
] Exploratorium in San Francisco, doesn't involve
] transgenic pets or fluorescent mutants. Instead, he has
] translated Descartes' "cogito, ergo sum" into his own
] designer DNA sequence and inserted it in a tomato plant.
] The piece, called Move 36, is inspired by the 1997 chess
] game in which Garry Kasparov was defeated by Deep Blue,
] IBM's computer. Kac's installation is named for a
] surprising move in Game 2 of the match when Deep Blue,
] instead of making an expected move to position its queen
] for an attack, chose to exchange pawns. Kasparov
] reportedly was so unnerved by the tactic that it ruined
] his concentration for the rest of the match.
] "I was intrigued by what the match meant
] philosophically," Kac said. "It was the first time we've
] seen a computer exhibit behavior previously thought of as
] only in the realm of humans.
] "I was also interested in Kasparov's emotional response,"
] Kac added, "as a human being in the face of a novel
] event. What happens when we come into contact with
] something not living, but that nonetheless demonstrates
] behavior reminiscent of humans?"
] Move 36 comprises a large chessboard, a genetically
] modified plant and two grids of projected blocks of
] undulating colored patterns. The chessboard's dark
] squares are made of soil (representing life); the light
] squares

If you are in San Fran, go see this art. For one, the exploratorium is just a fun place to visit, and for two, I don't get to go, so you can rub it in forever:)

Wired News: DNA Spirals Into Artists' Medium

Yahoo! News - Family Guy coming back to the air
Topic: Arts 11:23 pm EST, Mar  4, 2004

] It's official: Stewie Griffin's plans for world domination
] shall continue!


Eh, or rather...

Alllll Riiiight....

[Yes! I freakin love this show. The funny thing is, I really didn't pay attention to it when it was on the air, but now that it has been brought to my attention, I own the DVDs from seasons 1-3 because I love this show so much. Can't wait! - Nano]

Yahoo! News - Family Guy coming back to the air

MSNBC - Bush makes case for second term
Topic: Arts 2:01 pm EST, Jan 21, 2004

] Inside the United States, where the war began, we
] must continue to give homeland security and law
] enforcement personnel every tool they need to defend
] us, the president said, noting that key provisions
] of the Patriot Act were set to expire next year.
] The terrorist threat will not expire on that
] schedule, he told lawmakers. Our law
] enforcement needs this vital legislation to protect our
] citizens. You need to renew the Patriot Act."

Fuck you Ashcroft. We are not interested in more Patriot Act. We do not live in the middle east. We live in America. We have rights and civil liberties built by our forefathers. You strip those from us and leave us with only what our forefathers would be rolling in their grave to learn about. You are not making me safer from terrorism by reading my bank account statemets without court concent but by dropping bombs on tents where terrorist reside. Also, you are not providing due process to those terrorist that reside in the United States. You only lock them up and throw away the key. Why not show the world our court system and due process and what happens to people/groups that carry out evil deeds.

Let the Patriot Act die is deserved death and bring on the guns and bombs where the real war of terrorism is fought.

MSNBC - Bush makes case for second term

Crash Different
Topic: Arts 6:57 pm EST, Jan  8, 2004

Rather funny.. :)

[hehehe....mac kills my inner child - Now thats just damn funny. I, um, still want one though - Nano]

Crash Different

Channeling Propellerheads on Kill Bill and Quicksilver
Topic: Arts 3:03 am EDT, Oct 12, 2003

Quentin Tarantino and Neal Stephenson are birds of a feather.

Both are passionate about their work and conduct extensive research on the subject matter. The artists' latest efforts have been criticized for being overloaded with details -- some might say trivia -- that demonstrate their mastery of the literature. Their works are laced with references within references, including many so obscure that few in the audience are likely even to detect all of them, let alone trace them back to the source.

Each of these works is so large, so grand, so packed with detail, that the marketplace is unable to accommodate it all at one time. And so a story is broken into pieces, with the releases spaced apart in time, that the audience might take advantage of the intermission to savor the tasty bits of the first course while waiting in eager anticipation of the next.

[That movie rocked...go see it now. Why are you still sitting there?! GO....NOW!:) -Nano]

Channeling Propellerheads on Kill Bill and Quicksilver

New compilation CD and upcoming live show survey Nashville's electronic musical underground
Topic: Arts 10:50 pm EDT, Oct  8, 2003

Showcase of Nashville electronic music at The End Oct. 11th 9PM. Link goes to this week's Nashville Scene write-up about the local electronic musicians.


In short, Area 615 is a fine survey of what gets called electronic music these days. Contributors like Satellite City and Callisto (both side projects featuring members of local band Venus Hum) bring an appreciation for recent trends and ideas--e.g., the "glitch" style of clicking and popping noises promulgated by the German label Mille Plateaux. Notably different, but hardly out of place here, is Mr. Natural, who uses contact microphones, guitar pickups and the surfaces of objects to create what could appropriately be called sound explorations. His approach shares a kinship with a totally different group of musicians, among them San Francisco's Loren Chasse and the UK's Jonathan Coleclough, who electronically process field recordings to create pieces that can be at once gentle and disorienting.

Props to all the people on this CD....this is a truely great thing, and I can't wait to buy my copy (aKa, sell some at PN and reserve one for me damnit:))

New compilation CD and upcoming live show survey Nashville's electronic musical underground

Before The Matrix, There was Only Meat
Topic: Arts 2:07 pm EDT, Jun  4, 2003

] "They made the machines. That's what I'm trying to tell
] you. Meat made the machines."
] "That's ridiculous. How can meat make a machine? You're
] asking me to believe in sentient meat."
] "I'm not asking you, I'm telling you. These creatures are
] the only sentient race in that sector and they're made
] out of meat."
] "Maybe they're like the orfolei. You know, a carbon-based
] intelligence that goes through a meat stage."
] "Nope. They're born meat and they die meat. We studied
] them for several of their life spans, which didn't take
] long. Do you have any idea what's the life span of meat?"

Before The Matrix, There was Only Meat

George Foreman USB iGrill
Topic: Arts 3:50 pm EST, Apr  1, 2003

] The low-fat, high-bandwidth solution to your networked
] cooking needs is finally here. The George Foreman USB
] iGrill conveniently connects to your home or office PC
] using USB 2.0 technology, and provides a sophisticated
] web-based cooking interface.
] Download recipes, enter in the type of food, weight and
] desired degree of doneness, and the iGrill handles the
] rest. Did you know that a medium rare 1/4 lb. hamburger
] made from 80% lean beef takes 1 minute and 45 seconds
] less cook time than an identical patty made from 95% lean
] prime Black Angus? The iGrill does. As your meal cooks,
] the subtle glow from under the unit increases brightness
] and pulses faster until your meal is perfectly done.

This is just damn cool.....Geek Grilling....its the wave of the future!

update: Damn april fools day.....bah humbug:(

George Foreman USB iGrill

Movie Industry Screwed! Economy Screwed! Rattle's cousin screwed out of financing for '2000 Maniacs' remake!
Topic: Arts 12:30 am EST, Mar 24, 2003

] What does it say about American culture if Venice
] filmmaker Tim Sullivan can't get financing for a remake
] of the 1964 splatter classic "2000 Maniacs"?
] What it said to Sullivan is that raising funds for
] low-budget independent movies -- never easy -- has gotten
] tougher since Wall Street laid an egg.
] At 38, Sullivan is a 20-year horror veteran. His first
] break came in his hometown of Metuchen, N.J., on 1983's
] forgotten "Return of the Aliens: The Deadly Spawn."
] Sullivan's job, wielding a Black & Decker hand pump
] behind the scenes, was to make sure the blood gushed on
] cue and on budget.

Tim is also my cousin, so meme/blog this around and get my kin some attention..

] The plot: Confederate zombies take revenge on
] present-day Yankee tourists.

Whole bunch of folks in the southeast on MemeStreams.. If this dosen't get you going, what will?

] A couple of characters will be dropped and some action
] sequences trimmed. However, there are some compromises
] he won't make. The script said eight murders, and eight
] murders there will be.
] "If I have to choose between a decapitation and a
] motorcycle chase," Sullivan said, "I'm going with the
] decapitation."

Right on..

Movie Industry Screwed! Economy Screwed! Rattle's cousin screwed out of financing for '2000 Maniacs' remake!

Save Clone High Petition
Topic: Arts 12:07 am EST, Mar 16, 2003

Apparently there is a petition to save Clone High. Canceling this would be a shame. However, online petitions aren't a very effective tool, and of course we've seen Farscape fans raise hundreds of thousands of dollars and not gotten anywhere.
[Sign it please....I dig Clone High...they took away Daria. - Nano]

Save Clone High Petition

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