Wyoming Ministry of Reshelving
I just relocated 2 copies each of 1984 and Brave New World at the Hastings here in Laramie, Wyoming.
See Ministry of Reshelving.
Unofficial Paul Laffoley Site
This site contains detailed scans of a few of Paul Laffoley’s paintings, less detailed scans of many other pieces, and some interviews. And a picture of Jason Louv and Richard Metzger in front of a couple of Laffoley pieces at Metzger’s apartment.
Paul Laffoley gallery and interviews
Light exceeds the speed of light
A team of researchers from the Ecole Polytechnique F?d?rale de Lausanne (EPFL) has successfully demonstrated, for the first time, that it is possible to control the speed of light ? both slowing it down and speeding it up ? in an optical fiber, using off-the-shelf instrumentation in normal environmental conditions. Their results, to be published in the August 22 issue of Applied Physics Letters, could have implications that range from optical computing to the fiber-optic telecommunications industry.
(Science Blog, via Discordian Research Technology)
I’m not sure exactly what these are, but they’ve got some cool artwork.
ABC’s Emotionally Manipulative Fall Lineup
Whenever I tune into the type of reality show where producers save the destitute by giving them an expensive house and bigger tits I find myself wanting to scream out loud at the emotional manipulation. Having known the developmentally delayed as well as many autistic and Asperberger’s children and having grown up with a physically disabled sister, I generally withold a lot of the self-serving pity that characterizes attitudes toward the clinically abnormal. The recent lawsuit by a black family against the family who used them for an “extreme” house makeover represents the cream of shit. The upcoming NBC program Three Wishes could take this phenomenon to new levels.
Where to begin? The website informs the reader that “deserving” individuals will receive these mythic wishes. So far as we can tell “deserving” means having a severely impaired IQ, a crash helmet and a projected lifespan of less than thirty years. Really, tho, this show just seems to represent the logical concordance of both “extreme reality makeovers” (what the fuck do any of those three words mean individually let alone collectively?) and the Wesley Willis branch of outsider art. While the late Mr. Willis clearly held the reins on the freakshow to which he dedicated most of the last two years of his life, Three Wishes seems little more than an excuse for Middle America to gawk at cripples.
I see no problem with the Old Timey Freak Shows of yore. Such groups generally allowed for human anomalies to congregate together with “others of their kind” (which generally had more to do with genuine tolerance than body type) and make some money off of damned fools who would pay to stare at their deformities. That said, shows like Three Wishes seem the inverse of the freak show. Rather than allowing for a collectivity to emerge and empowering those marginalized and outcast because of their bodies, emotionally manipulative “reality” programming serves only to make difference more of a spectacle. And who benefits? Television producers, certainly not the poor saps getting fucked by them.
I suggest reading the below article about the impending lawsuit then watching a reality show remembering how such things become assembled in post-production.
Back from the northwest
I’m back from the northwest. It was a great trip, much needed. Haven’t gotten much sleep the past few days, though. I drove 16 hours yesterday to get home from Portland, and went back to work today. It might take me a couple days to get the ball rolling again…
Google wants to know where you are
Business 2.0 speculates that Google may be readying a free wifi program. Sounds cool, but: “Google’s interest in Feeva likely stems from the startup’s proprietary technology, which can determine the location of every Wi-Fi user and would allow Google to serve up advertising and maps based on real-time data.”
A number of people, notably Abe, have been concerned with Google’s emerging “big brother” status for quite some time. I’ll be the first to admit that geolocative advertising would be useful to both businesses and consumers… but I also have to admit that yes, things are getting scary.
Could this work like Dodgeball as well? Search for your friends, pull up their location on Google Maps? Now’s the time to check out Headmap if you haven’t… this stuff’s finally happening.