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Radebaugh: The Future We Were Promised
Topic: Arts 10:37 pm EST, Mar  2, 2003

Welcome to the exhibition of rediscovered works by the mid 20th century illustrator A.C. Radebaugh.

A very cool exhibit, soon to open in Philadelphia, displaying lots of futuristic graphic artwork from the 1950s. Flying cars, urban airships docked at skyscrapers, and more. This stuff is almost propagandist in its technological optimism.

[Damn this looks cool. Anyone feel like a road trip?:) - Nano]

Radebaugh: The Future We Were Promised

The Infinite Matrix | Rudy Rucker and Rudy Rucker, Jr. | Jenna and Me
Topic: Arts 8:08 pm EST, Feb 24, 2003

Rudy Rucker rules!

[I dig Rudy Rucker. I recommend reading "The Fourth Dimension" was so intense, I actually had several dreams about the fourth dimension. Definitly rad. - Nanochick]

The Infinite Matrix | Rudy Rucker and Rudy Rucker, Jr. | Jenna and Me

Wired: Legomancer
Topic: Arts 8:43 pm EST, Feb  9, 2003

] Science fiction has long been William Gibson's electric
] guitar - the instrument he uses to gain perspective, to
] transform life's ditties into anthems of transcendent
] strangeness. In Pattern Recognition (Putnam, $26), he
] goes acoustic, unplugging the overt sci-fi tropes that
] have marked his work and producing a mainstream product.
] He succeeds because our real world has such gnarly tech
] (Web surfing on a laptop with a Wi-Fi connection is
] functionally the same as jacking your brain into a
] cyberspace deck) and because his riffs make such a good
] read.

Rudy Rucker reviews William just doesn't get any better than that:) - Nano

Wired: Legomancer

Switch to Linux
Topic: Arts 5:12 pm EST, Jan 27, 2003

Another great 'Switch' Ad..

[ROFL...this is my favorite - Nano]

Switch to Linux

Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom - Free Download
Topic: Arts 3:22 pm EST, Jan  9, 2003

] Yeah, there are legal problems. Yeah, it's hard to figure
] out how people are gonna make money doing it. Yeah, there
] is a lot of social upheaval and a serious threat to
] innovation, freedom, business, and whatnot. It's your basic
] end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it scenario, and as a science
] fiction writer, end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it scenaria are
] my stock-in-trade.

Is scenaria a word? Anyway, Cory Doctorow's new novel is available today, and for FREE on the Internet. Download here.

BTW: you should all read the interview posted on this site. It sounds exactly like Memestreams (you will know what I am talking about once you read it):)

Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom - Free Download

William Gibson's Blog
Topic: Arts 1:14 pm EST, Jan  7, 2003

] So welcome, and special thanks to those of you who
] arrived early and started colonizing the place before it
] was even completed. That really cheered me up, a couple
] of weeks ago. I don’t have to feel I’m moving into an
] empty (and dishearteningly brand-new) structure. There
] is already some human space here, the start of that
] sense of duration and habitation, and soon there’ll be,
] I hope, more.

] In spite of (or perhaps because of) my reputation as a
] reclusive quasi-Pynchonian luddite shunning the net (or
] word-processors, depending on what you Google) I hope
] to be here on a more or less daily basis.

Its live now!

William Gibson's Blog

Detroit Shows Its True Grit in '8 Mile' - 11/6/02
Topic: Arts 3:11 pm EST, Nov  6, 2002

] "If New Orleans is "the Big Easy," then Detroit is "the
] Big Ugly."
] A convenient metaphor for all things scary and doomed,
] the city has long served as a bleak backdrop for writers
] and filmmakers who paint it as a desolate, dangerous
] melange of burned-up buildings and forgotten dreams."

I'm fairly interested in seeing this movie. Making it out of a ghetto as a rapper is a difficult road, especially for a white guy. There is a very powerful story to tell here if they do it well. The thing is that Americans put so much focus on rock stars and basketball stars, and the fact is that most people who do get out of the ghetto are much more likely to come out of it as accountants then as rock stars, and the challenges associated with that are every bit as real. Focusing on talent based activities instead of skill based activities encourages people to focus on stuff that most people will never be good at no matter how hard they try.

Of course, right now you are thinking, who would go see a movie about an accountant. I'll offer that if we can't make the right message interesting its because we're not trying.

Detroit Shows Its True Grit in '8 Mile' - 11/6/02

Bringing Up Baby (1938)
Topic: Arts 9:42 pm EST, Oct 27, 2002

Better yet, watch Bringing Up Baby with Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant. 116 of Top 250 @ imdb.

Just watched this again last night. You'll love it.

[yay....anything with Cary Grant and a Hepburn in it is bound to r0ck:) - Nano]

Bringing Up Baby (1938)

Charade (1963)
Topic: Arts 11:31 am EST, Oct 27, 2002

Romance and suspense in Paris, as a woman is pursued by several men who want a fortune her murdered husband had stolen. Who can she trust?

Watch the original and classic "Charade" instead of seeing the new remake "The Truth About Charlie". It's Technicolor in Paris ... plus, Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant beat Mark Wahlberg and Thandie Newton any day ...

[mmm....Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant. I am definitly going to have to check that out. - Nano]

Charade (1963)

Mathematician Fills in a Blank for a Fresh Insight on Art
Topic: Arts 4:03 pm EDT, Aug  1, 2002

Escher's goal was to create a cyclic bulge "having neither beginning nor end." Carried to its logical extent, the process would have generated an image that continually repeats itself, a picture inside a picture and so on, like a set of nested Russian wooden dolls.

After a recent talk Dr. Lenstra gave at Berkeley, the audience remained seated for several minutes, mesmerized by the spiraling scene.

This article goes into some detail about the recently-blogged project using Escher's "Print Gallery".

Mathematician Fills in a Blank for a Fresh Insight on Art

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