Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Taskbar of Hell


taskbar
Originally uploaded by Kuja.

Roland Piquepaille disserts about Durl, the new del.icio.us search tool that has the ability to bear things away from their usual places. In my case, I went from Roland Piquepaille to Alexandre B A Villares, non stop. Great displacements, great discoveries. Speaking of which, Napster ATTENS AP2P has discovered my taskbar. Good grief. Scare the hell out of me.

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Mister Szantó, Look and See

I've recently seen András Szantó, director of National Arts Journalism Program at Columbia University, define culture as something "sensitive to surprising the observer". Surprisingly, he said that Internet was not conferred to such quality. I know that Szantó is a defender of the gate keepers' culture, but say that the Internet is incapable of surprising someone is a crime of, well, lese culture. It is not by chance that the word "serendipity", coined by Horace Walpole in the 18th century, has been gaining scale since the Internet advent! Kublai Khan yesterday and Google Suggest today (by the way, thank you LazyWeb! Some days ago, looking for information about WindowBlinds, I almost lost my head trying to find in plain Google the name of that hatful of graphic software called devianART; my memory were insisting in remember just the prefix "dev" and the word "art". After that ordeal, a thing came into my mind: Why does search algorithms are so dependent of complete words if the mind usually works through fragments?). Please, Mr. Szantó, don't blame me for being an iconoclast! I'm just a poor mortal suffering from "loss of forgetfulness". Iconoclast and, thanks god, atheist. Quoting my new hero, Marshall Sahlins, There is a sure, one word solution to all the world's current problems: Atheism. I'm sure that the great American anthropologist would love Mr. Gruff, OBJECTIVE: Christian Ministries' mascot.

[ Ltj Bukem - Unconditional Love ]

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Copy Me If You Can

Hey, MPAA, RIAA, FCC: learn with the Easterners! The Chinese language has two different words for copy, as remind us Alexander Stille in his superb "The Future of the Past". Fang Zhipin is closer to what we, Westerners, would call a reproduction, a cheap copy of something. Fu Zhipin, by the other hand, is a very high quality copy, almost perfect, as good as the original. Few people know, for instance, that the Emperor Qin's Terra-cotta Army that travels around the world is one of the second kind. Marshall Sahlins, in "Waiting for Foucault, Still", tells a likewise story, about the shrine of Ise that is unchanged since the 7th century, better said, has been rebuilt with the same ancient instruments and same materials. For us, it is Ise re-created; for them, it is the same old Ise. Under those same criteria, how long Tinturn Abbey would be considered... Tinturn Abbey? Or a last U2 MP3 rip with a super dupe kbps, a Fu Zhipin U2 copy? This is s good patisserie for thought.

[ Tom McRae - Stronger Than Dirt ]

Monday, November 29, 2004

Ukraine Is Not Here

Where is Lech Walesa? Do you remember him? He is now in Kiev, among the demonstrators in Independence Square. Yushchenko and the National Salvation Committee have given the last ultimatum. Even those who desire a Kofi break are not in the dark side of the force. Le Sabot Post-Modern goes beyond the obvious coverings. I know some brothers here are giving a shit to Ukraine. It's a pity. In that case I suggest to them two links: Astronomy of the Brazilian Flag and Landscapes from Brazil, by Alex Uchôa.

[ Bebel Gilberto - Aganju ]

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

My Favorite Things

Following the steps of Yoz Grahame, I'm posting more on del.icio.us than here. In fact, I'm plenty adicted to that social bookmark engine. Totally hooked.

[ American Music Club - Home ]

Monday, November 08, 2004

BitTerrorism

Reuters had spread a note asserting that "BitTorrent accounts for an astounding 35 percent of all the traffic on the Internet". Somebody made a fact checking about this? Anyway, Suprnova should take the burden of a part of that traffic, because it is offering trackers of manuals like "US Army FM 5 250 Explosives and Demolitions" and "Atomic Bomb - An Introduction to Nuclear Physics". Where those requests are coming from? Iran?

[ The Futureheads - Hounds Of Love ]

Saturday, November 06, 2004

Chimp Evolution

Chimp won. Ok. Hail Chimp! No sour grapes. I've rooted, obviously, for Kerry, but I don't mind. Who are us, poor Brazilian liberals, to know what the best is for US? I’ve been following reds and blues opinions, and I've noticed that all of them have been sold a bill of goods. Sure, Hiawatha Bray, from Boston Globe, pushed a little too hard, but I also don't think that US citizens are losing the American Dream. Many liberals are quoting Thomas Frank's "What's the Matter with Kansas?" as a way to explain that the defeat were due a moral values confrontation. Hey, the Scopes trial is history now, people! (Strange that the new sally of the creationists is coming from technogeek gurus, as George Gilder, while the best evolutionist rebuttal came from National Geographic Magazine, a supposedly conservative outlet.) The reality is much more complex than red neck counties and latte drinkers strongholds, and the liberals are wrong if they play the Manicheism game. Against all odds, David Brooks, from The New York Times, has shot a principled view: In the first place, there is an immense diversity of opinion within regions, towns and families. Second, the values divide is a complex layering of conflicting views about faith, leadership, individualism, American exceptionalism, suburbia, Wal-Mart, decorum, economic opportunity, natural law, manliness, bourgeois virtues and a zillion other issues. Yes, the reality is definitely not black and white or red and blue.
UPDATE: Jim Lindgren, from The Volokh Conspiracy, remembers that John Scopes based his teachings on George Hunter's "Civic Biology" (1914), a book about eugenics and white genetic superiority. Go figure.

[ Paul Westerberg - Looking Up In Heaven ]

Thursday, October 28, 2004

Skype Over Beethoven

Now I'm talking with my friend Mark Abene through Skype. He is in Queens, NY, and I'm in São Paulo, SP. This little piece of VoIP tchotchkes made this miraculous bridge happens, I can tell you. I can hear a chain gang busting into Mark's house carrying several bags of tacos now. They are eating and playing Mark's arcade and talking about the World Series that will be over tonight (David Blumenstein, one of the gang, says that Boston Red Sox will sweep the series from St. Louis Cardinals). Meanwhile the gang play and I try to convince Mark that 2600 Hacker Quarterly still put out good stuff, David calmly watches The West Wing on NBC (I guess he has a crush on C.J., I don't know). I'm also trying to convince them to stop the US political quagmire and go to the ballots next Tuesday. C'mon, boys, GWB and Kerry are in a statistical dead heat and every vote counts now. How can you put up with that stalemate? Do you need a stimulus? Then run and watch the last Eminem's videoclip.

[ Czerkinsky - Natacha ]

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

First and Only

Christopher Lydon was the first podcaster. Period. What Jon Stewart would think about podcast? And Bill Maher? Plus: An opera about the massacre of Muslims by Bosnian Serbs at Srebrenica, circa 1995. Hum... Does Bill Clinton play sax in it?

[ Brian Wilson - Our Prayer ]

Sunday, October 10, 2004

Duelfer & Ellsberg

The Duelfer Report will rampage likewise Daniel Ellsberg's Pentagon Papers? The predicament is if Iraq's embargoes worked out or not in inhibiting Sadam's WMD dream. Thus, one must remember that France vetoed US in UN in exchange for a bunch of oil contracts. I guess that WMD was just a talking point, as mentioned by several credible sources (and how credible!) in the new documentary "Uncovered: The Whole Truth About the Iraq War", by Robert Greenwald. Rather than RAND Corporation, the world deserves the Institute without Boundaries (see Massive Change)

[ Plus Minus - She's Got Your Eyes ]

Monday, October 04, 2004

Semiotic Ghosts

In his last review for Technology Review, professor Henry Jenkins had a whim. The Tomorrow That Never Was is the best review about Sky Captain & the World of Tomorrow (a new retro-futurist film) and, at the same time, In The Shadow of No Towers, Spiegelman's new graphic novel. And, for the general amusement, professor Jenkins, probably unware, has set off a genuine "when life imitates art" occurrence upon refering to the Zeppelin Hindenburg III. Two times.

[ Gotan Project - Around About Midnight ]

Friday, October 01, 2004

Clampdown!

In one more attempt to grant a technology clampdown, Computer & Communications Industry Association was obstructed from taking part in the meeting on S. 2560, also known as the INDUCE Act, a proposal created for extend the power of copyright laws and debunk innovation. The stakes involved are high, because the law might affect several sort of devices, as VCRs, optical disk recorders, radio receivers, audio devices, IMs, personal computers, iPods (and other personal music players) and online music services. It simply covers every recording, duplication and information technology device today – even the Internet itself.

[ X - Hungry World ]

Monday, September 27, 2004

Mesh in Salvador

ITU TELECOM AMERICAS is to be held from 3-6 October in Salvador, Bahia. I'm almost certain that 3G will be addressed. Yes, because it is supposed to surrogate the DSL and cable broadband networks. For know, the developing countries have been watching the war between GSM and CDMA. But this is the iceberg's tip. In the undercurrents new and exciting technologies start to emerge, as Flash-OFDM and WiMax. Giants as Intel, Nortel and Cisco back the last. But, in my opinion, Wi-Fi mesh networks could be faster deployed in Brazil, instead of WiMax. Time will tell.

[ Guided by Voices - Everybody Thinks I'm A Raincloud ]

Venezuela From Below

Last weekend I've seen Venezuela From Below, a film by Dario Azzellini and Oliver Ressler, and it made my mind boils big time. It is a well-directed documentary about the revolutionary process by which Venezuela is passing through. The film is absolutely educational and begins with a historic overview introduced brilliantly by the philosopher Carlos Lazo. The ascension of Hugo Chavez, Lazo explains, is the result of a bourgeois process that excluded the left-wing parties from the political decisions. The outcome of this exclusion was inevitable: the reclaiming of a progressive constitution. It is staggering to note how Venezuelan people are politicized and how well they are versed in the participatory culture. The people, supported by the army, refuted two coup d'etat and several attempts of sabotage of the country's main economic asset: the oil production, concentrated in the oil company PDVSA, in Puerto La Cruz. By the way, the army is very embedded into the people environment, and Ressler's documentary has captured the proof of this concept, a show where soldiers and other officers play guaracha before a dancing popular audience. The revolutionary spirit has triggered a broad process of grassroots self-organization in vital areas like education (Mission Robinson, Ribas and Sucre), health care (Barrio Adentro) job generation (Vuelvan Caras) and alternative media (El23.net). Venezuela From Below is highly recommended for Brazilian investigative journalists, left-wing politicians and rappers.

[ Señor Coconut – Autobahn ]

Friday, September 24, 2004

Moog and Theremin

Ok. This is completely irresistible not point out to two thought-provoking documentaries. The first is "Moog" (2004), about Bob Moog, inventor of electronic musical instruments, the most famous one named after his name. The second is "Theremin" (1995), about the Russian inventor Leon Theremin, who created the world’s first electronic instrument, and it also bore his name. Needless say that I’m looking very forward to watch them.

[ Kings Of Convenience - Know-How ]

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Je Ne Sais Quoi

Oil crisis is killing giant squids. Who is next? Tiburonia granrojo? Sick capitalism... Some are understanding the Pirate War as a Marxist struggle. Brazil, I'm by your side during the development agenda for WIPO attack!

[ Moss - Semantics is a Bitch ] [ Fantastic Plastic Machine - Beautiful Days (Reprise) ]

Thursday, September 16, 2004

AdSense à la Benedict

Congrats, Kuja! Your Google AdSense application has been approved! I know it is a bummer sign a Certification of No U.S. Activities, but, hey, you might even earn some dimes if God help you. Congrats also to Anthony Bourdain, Les Halles chef, for have aroused in Kuja the K-line (see The Society of Mind, by Marvin Minsky) of the Eggs Benedict receipt!

[ Belle And Sebastian - Stay Loose ]

Radioactive Knee

My diagnostic was: osteoarthritis of the knee, result of an ancient war injury. The clinic doctor suggested a different approach of the trivial non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, so we've decided for a new technique known as intra-articular injection of sodium hyaluronate (hyaluronic acid), a product extratcted from rooster combs and filtered at molecular level. This is a natural polymer, breed of the glycosaminoglycans family (note that it is not "shenanigan"), radioactive components of extra cellular matrix. Wow! Feeling like Homer Simpson! :) The doctor had shot rightly on the spot, as if the syringe were an acupunture needle. Bingo! I give praises to him and to Hublog, who have had created the code for HubMed, a repository of papers with topics related with medicine and health. There I've found a curious abstract called Reduction of DNA fragmentation and hydroxyl radical production by hyaluronic acid and chondroitin-4-sulphate in iron plus ascorbate-induced oxidative stress in fibroblast cultures. And the classic Hyaluronic acid in the treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee, by E. C. Huskisson and S. Donnelly. In this study, they demonstrate that five weekly intra-articular injections of sodium hyaluronate (Hyalgan, in the case; in mine, Polireumin) were superior and well tolerated in patients with ostheoarthritis of the knee with a symptomatic benefit which persisted for 6 month. Beautiful. Hey, folks! I have also survived Service Pack 2!

[ Postal Service - Sleeping In ]

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Point-to-Point Tunneling, The Other Way

TeledyN has delighted Ben Hammersley with its "Living Webservices" story. FlickR is really a scale-free network, since it tunnels, somehow, other galleries through RSS channels.

[ Telepopmusik - Genetic World ]

Monday, September 13, 2004

Brighton, 1999


Brighton, 1999
Originally uploaded by Kuja.

My wife, Maria Teresa, shot this in 1999. Before we'd arrived in this Albion gray and metallic coast city, we've stopped at Forrest Row, near East Grinstead. A guy from Scholle Müllerinnenart was returning to an earlier or less mature pattern of feeling...

Saturday, September 04, 2004

Black Clouds over the Black Sea

Do you think the caucasian disputes are focused in Chechnya? No. You also have to mention Abkhazia, South and North Ossetia, Ingushetia, Dagstan and Adigeya. Ah! Don't forget Transdniestria and Nagorno-Karabakh.

[ Chichi Peralta - Un Dia Mas ] [ Sensation Junkies - Ollala ]

Friday, September 03, 2004

Bush Mix

Congratulations to all people who had courageously counterstroke the National Republican Convention in NY. Furtherfield and Anne-Marie Schleiner had promoted live and online multimedia performances - the first jamming the official media channels with staggering guerrilla broadcasts and the former launching the project OUT (Operation Urban Terrain), an artistic intervention of military games played out in public spaces. (This makes me get ashamed of how idiots are some Brazilian media "artists" who overstate their ridiculous public SMS messages as state-of-art interventions.) Yesterday, Bush Jr. had made his address in Madison Square Garden. How loath and nauseating is his overbearing arrogance! I almost puked when I heard this line: Some people think I have the swagger. In Texas, it means walking. Gosh! Who he thinks he is? Tom Mix? If so, Kerry is right when he says that the soul of America is in Hollywood.

[ Talking Heads - Stay Up Late ]

Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Orion Drooling Features

Orion Multisystems, Inc. is offering a home multi-thread super computer loaded with drooling features: Orion also announced a partnership with Wolfram Research, Inc., which pioneered the modern concept of technical computing when it launched Mathematica 15 years ago. Millions of users on every continent currently use Mathematica technology. The company's gridMathematicaTM combines the power of the world's leading technical computing environment with modern computing clusters and grids to solve the most demanding problems in mathematics, science, engineering, and finance. And Tableau Software is selling google-type databases with graphics a la Tufte.

[ Dzihan & Kamien - Sliding ]

Thursday, August 19, 2004

Burnout Case

Robert Bryce has showed that US lost the Iraq war. Imagine Hitchcock's Saboteur crossed with an Arab version of They Might Be Giants (but instead of the oil galore, imagine a burn out field). Iraq today confirms Baudrillard's statement in Pataphysics of Year 2000, in which one can read that "political (...) exchanges have set loose a tempo of liberation whereby we have become removed from the sphere of reference to the real, to history".

[Bossacucanova - Mais Perto Do Mar]

Tuesday, August 03, 2004

No Pain, No Gain

If you hear Johnny Cash singing "Hurt" you'll feel a kind of bluegrass pain, spiritual or even physical. But what is "pain"? This question has been poking doctor's minds for centuries. Albert Schweitzer, for example, called it "the most terrible of all the lords of mankind". I've found his statement in a website about a medical Symposium which took place in 1998. More recently, a journalist friend of mine had showed to me The Hedonistic Imperative, a manifesto that proposes eradicate suffering in all sentient life by means of genetic engineering and nanotechnology.

[ Beck - Paper Tiger ]

Monday, August 02, 2004

Future of the Past

I've seen "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" yesterday and I liked. It is a "scriptwriter film", yes, but this is not a problem at all. Because it is also a kind of authorial film well conducted by a known videoclip director. I agree that there is an overacting of twist and turns, but the apparently chaotic narrative mirrors perfectly the to and fro love of Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet characters. It is a libel in favor of forgetfulness, an important cultural self-organizing resource, as affirmed by Eco. Nietzsche and Pope almost force the audience into believe that it is possible erase from the brain a sorted out memory. But I guess that Ingram Marshall, American compositor, is right: The all too familiar hymns of my childhood have come back to haunt me ... For me the research into memory is an important tool. We are, all of us, always searching our past in an attempt to understand the present. I’ve recorded his “Steal Across the Sky” piece from Radio@Netscape, which streams in Dolby AAC. Nice capture, if it is saved with a pure FhG codec (not LAME).

[ Unkle - Bloodstain ]

Monday, July 26, 2004

Puerile Dems

I've put some faith in the Blogistanis covering DNC 2004, but this kind of "covering", commited by Dave Winer, is childish and give to the tradicional media types ammo enough to smash them up without mercy: Blah blah blah John Kerry blah blah Kerry Edwards blah blah values values values blah blah John Kerry blah blah blah standing at a crossroads blah blah. There's a din in the room. I had to go get a Dunkin Donuts iced coffee to stay away. Zzzzz. Blah blah K-E-R-R-Y blah blah Kerry Edwards and you.

[Listening to: Jaffa - Star 67]

Friday, July 23, 2004

Fire in the Sky

NRO put out a funny story about the new paranoia that has taken over American citizens: Arab terrorists doing dry run assembling of bombs inside domestic airplanes. It has turned out that the "terrorists" inside Northwest Airlines 327 flight were just a band lead by the Syrian musician Nour Mehana. The situation could be only pathetic, if it was not tragic and has not awaken a new wave of jingoism and racism, as indicates one of the last posts of the neo-fascist Glenn "Instapundit" Reynolds: Are we still frisking grandmothers and six-year-olds and letting Mohammed Atta-lookalikes cruise through metal detectors? If so, why? Reynolds got worried about the conclusions of 911 Commission Report and made a "call of action". I suppose he also got worried that America is suffering from a lack of foreshadowing and not just imagination, as affirmed by Tom Kean. God only knows to what sort of snake pit America is going down. If I were Reynolds, I’d vote for Crosby-Nash. (Layman might want begin with this masterpiece. Thank you, Vowe!)

[Listening to: Jim White - Bluebird]

Thursday, July 22, 2004

Surreal But The Real

As I was searching for an old entry I've made about Max Ernst, I've found Jerzy Kujawski (1921-98), an obscure polish surrealist painter. Nice to know that my parenthood is not just natural backgrounds in Gunter Grass "Dog Years" (1963). Well, someone has digitalized and put in the Internet all Ernst's "Une Semaine de Bonte" (A Week Of Kindness). Surrealists are more vivid as ever. I guess even more than beatniks and hippies.

[Listening to: Kultur Shock - Tutti Frutti]

I Want to Ride My Bicycle

Not everybody knows Kraftwerk's Hütter bicycle-obsession. It is not by chance that the robot-man and his electronic band made an entirely piece about Tour de France. Speaking of the world's most famous bicycle race, not everyone knows that it has a blog (read all about the last Gilberto Simoni's prowess). I'm very eager to learn what might be Hütter's opinion about the Brompton folding bike...

[Listening to: Sonic Youth - Unmade Bed]

Monday, July 19, 2004

Global Idiocy

Following suit the post The Orkut Curse I have another considerations about how the mob gather itself as a unified mind. In the book "The Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many Are Smarter Than the Few and How Collective Wisdom Shapes Business, Economies, Societies and Nations", James Surowiecki explains that the "wisdom of crowds" emerges only in groups with many different points of view. Apropos, Thomas Paine has said, in 1783: I have always strenuously supported the right of every man to his own opinion, however different that opinion might be to mine. He who denies another this right makes a slave of himself to his present opinion, because he precludes himself the right of changing it. And, as quoted by Kotke, "the problem with the global village is all the global village idiots" (Paul Ginsparg). That is exactly why I prefer a thousand times the isolated biodiversity of rappers in Senegal than a single group in Orkut.

[Listening to: Sun Kil Moon - Glenn Tipton]

Thursday, July 15, 2004

The Orkut Curse

Is it not curious how some people take Orkut too seriously? Hey, this is just a botched social network. Maybe Google never will leverage it to a more efficient application. A friend of mine has said, some years ago, that Internet is not so different from real life. As to say, trolls and baddies in real life tend to be trolls and baddies in cyberspace. How ironic is Orkut environment! People who are profiling themselves as "open spirit" and "free to make new friends" don't think twice before deny a friend addition from an unknown or an indirect friend. Ok, I'm being somewhat bitter with those poor souls, even because I must accept that we live in a neotribalist world. A gang of four will be ever a gang of four, not five, six, or thousand. But is this the best way to combat the orkutsluts? I don’t think so. Six degrees of separation? I don't think so. Better say: eons of separation. This is the curse of modern times.

[Listening to: Jim White - Alabama Chrome]

Thursday, July 08, 2004

Resurrection

I’m feeling like a flatliner who got escaped from a near death experience. So it seems I’m a bit morbid on these comeback. My first hunch is International Necronautical Society, a group of artists who believe the death is a "type of space" that deserves to be explored by a kind of "craft" (it is, as they say, under construction). Second in the row is a game that should convey its players to a more realistic death realm. S.T.A.L.K.E.R, creation of Russians game designers, is a mixture of Andrei Ujica's "Unknown Quantity", Andrei Tarkovsky's 1979 homonymous film and a bunch of monsters that seem like to have been depicted by Ralph Steadman. Death, private and public are the core of Diary of a Star, a critical blog that appropriates selections from the Andy Warhol Diaries.

[Listening to: Andrew Bird - Weather Systems]

Monday, June 14, 2004

Cantrell & Cochrane's Ginger Ale

Too much work (until July) & rereading Joyce's Ulysses. No time to blog, huh?

Tuesday, June 01, 2004

The Disobedientti

Receipt for spit the bushites out of your mind: first of all, recite an excerpt from Hakim Bay's CHAOS: THE BROADSHEETS OF ONTOLOGICAL ANARCHISM (could be this one: They lied to you, sold you ideas of good and evil, gave you distrust of your body and shame for your prophethood of chaos, invented words of disgust for your molecular love, mesmerized you with inattention, bored you with civilization and all its usurious emotions.) with Mariza's Fado Curvo in the background. After that, watch Ron Mann's documentary Dream Tower, Michael Parenti's speech "Terrorism, Globalism & Conspiracy" and read from beginning to end Lessig's Free Culture. Well, for the impatient, cut short and rewrite the history.

[Listening to: Juana Molina - Tres Cosas]

Saturday, May 29, 2004

FeedBurner and Realkulture

FeedBurner, among several other things, inserts an image inside blog's feeds. Guess what is mine? Do you remember the old sci-fi TV series, The Invaders? Go figure. Some real culture gunsights for the weekend: a vast and enlightening frontline's interview with David Crosby, the only folk singer legend with guts. PDU-1, a strange and beauty "novella of the remote future" written by F. E. Potts, a founding mother who had built an outpost on the Aleut land. And, last but not least, the new book from the Mozambican writer Mia Couto, a good example of real literature.

[Listening to: Kenny Larkin - Tedra]

Tuesday, May 25, 2004

The Polymath Girl

Suw Charman, a Welsh girl who began her career writing for BBC Wales, is the new blog queen. Who would say that a girl living now in Dorset would arouse the attention span from high ranking fellows like Sébastien Paquet and Doc Searls? The English word for "welsh" means "foreigner" or "outsider", but Suw is not an outsider anymore. She is the new blog queen. Bonus link: Futurama Panoramas.

[Listening to: a mixing of particulate solids radio from Bratislava/Slovakia]

Sunday, May 23, 2004

Sexton, Lies and Video Arts

Art is dead more than ever. Curators, artists and others scumbags ought to put a Bounty's chocolate bar above their loser's egos and wait for the worst. That's why I love Netochka Nezvanova and her iconoclast rants against the "motherfuckers" who insist in exhibit "occident kommercial refuse" in modern galleries. She is the brain who had written Nato.0+55, a software that manipulates video for live performance and installations. She has been accusing Cycling '74, a San Francisco software company, of stealing her code. Has she or not the right to despise the 21th century ennui? In fact, nobody knows if Netochka is really a real person or a group. Whatever is the true, she is my new hero and the one who could prevent me to flee to Gunkanjima. She and Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11".

[Listening to: Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter - Troubled Soul]

WordPress Micro Review

After the fresh installing of Apache/1.3.31, MySQL 4.0.20 and PHP 4.3.6 (Zend's terrific job), I finally got WordPress 1.0.2 up and running in my Red Hat 7.1, the box I fondly call of "corral". I won't make a full review here, because I want to let this job for the pros, namely Mark Pilgrim et caterva. In a few words, WordPress is a revolution in the CMS area (pun not intended) due to its feature galore and clean architecture. At a first sight, the code is a cargo cult full of fancy tricks, but with a closer look, one will note that the code is simply poetry. Post searching, categories management, links ranking, placement of GeoURL ICBM location and a truly complete options list are a few qualities to mention. Matt and his gang have rescued my faith in humanity.

[Listening to: Baldwin Brothers - Lava Lamp]

Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Tuvalu Pythoness

Who could imagine that the Greek Delphi priestess would transfer her temple to Tuvalu? Not exactly to the geographic South Pacific island, but an Icann domain. In ILUVU.TV, one will discover that the priestess is divining the future through television messages with amazing personal accuracy and acute vision. This makes sense, since Tuvalu domain is .tv, right? Quoting the release, it works through a combination of methodologies involving her blue-blocking wrap-around shades and the ILUVU.TV proprietary technique called Th(m)eme Mapping, which uses the remote as a tool for harnessing the meta stories inside the television set, channeling, as it were, the samples of wisdom between the TV scan lines. Don't know how it is true, but the effect is unforggetable.

Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Occam's API

Ole Eichhorn is asking if hell (yes, that place depicted so well by Doré) is exothermic or endothermic. Catching on Eichhorn's medieval flashback, I'd like to ask the syndication format warriors to follow Occam's razor in their yellow brick road towards a truly universal blog API. By now, I bet on Atom API. You?

[Listening to: Celso Fonseca - Bom Sinal]

Ninth Art

I've compiled a not so obvious list of future must readings. First of all, Achewood's Roomba! The Robotic Floor Vac, a series that satirizes the robotic appliance that is gaining a strange fetish momentum. Second in the row is Une Semaine De Bonte, Max Ernst's surrealistic novel - a collage recommended by the New Weird Fiction outside right, China Miéville. The last one is not a comic character, but deserves a look anyway. I'm talking about Sunflower, the black female centaur that mysteriously was wiped out from Disney's Fantasia (1940).

[Listening to: Kaija Saariaho - Chateau De L'ame: I, La Liane]

Sunday, May 16, 2004

Sonic Backlash

I've installed Winamp 5. In the site, the user can read: Winamp 5 combines the best aspects of Winamp 2 and Winamp 3 into one player. Hence Winamp 2 + Winamp 3 = Winamp 5! Well, this is not true, because in the new version the stream info is not yet implemented. Hum... Winamp 3 had it. Darn! It was not supposed to be backward compatible? This sucks... UPDATE: Winamp 5 is a bloated beast. All hands on the deck for the downgrade! Ahoy!

Saturday, May 15, 2004

The Newcomer

Whilst most of the blog developers are worried about money - in a rather greedy manner - the ex-b2 guys are launching WordPress, a new blog tool made under GPL. I'm gonna see how it behaves in my LAN corral.

[Listening to: Esa-Pekka Salonen - Gambit]

Wednesday, May 12, 2004

Negativland and Decentralization

"Bootstrap" for Douglas Engelbart and Dave Winer has different meanings. To the first, is to boost the society to successfully cope with complex and urgent problems. To the second, is stuff the trunk with groupies. Decentralization is the key word. As the time of connection passes by, dynamic IP addresses acquire the status of a true and perennial peer. Even for the eyes of BitTorrent networks and Donkey meshes. Decentralization and freedom are actually key words. Scoble has been complaining that his newsreader doesn't read Atom feeds. Why implement an auto-censor policy against yourself, my friend? Go change the newsreader! Next time better choose a decentralized one, as the cool Bloglines. Speaking of BitTorrent, I was flopped today trying watch The Mashing' of the Christ, the last Negativland prank and top-secret-not-for-viewing video. Video? Why not call it beforehand a footage frottage? Yes, because the guys had filtered the most violent movie scenes related with Christ's crucifixion, like Barabbas (1962) and, sure, Gibson's The Passion of the Christ. UPDATE 1: A new flop with Negativland's video. Seems like I don't have a MPEG-2 codec installed in my box. Thanks God, VideoHelp.com exists. UPDATE 2: Now I have seen Negativland's work craft. It was well edited. The devil baby skull morphing into Nikita Khrushchev's head is very scary, though I'd like to better know the connections between communist leaders and the martyr. UPDATE 3: Jon Udell is as much dazzled as I'm. The network is the computer. And the computer is the network. We live in interesting times! This is exactly what I meant by "decentralization". The circle is closed now. Good night.

[Listening to: Iron And Wine - Bird Stealing Bread]

Monday, May 10, 2004

The Infantile Disorder of Blogunism

Why adopt Blogger and Atom? A recent change in Blogger world speaks for itself. Concerning Atom, I have the same opinion that lead Tim Bray to promote an Atom Meeting in some Sun's quarters next month. We want them entirely free of intellectual-property encumbrances, in particular patents, said him about the new syndication format. Well, as anybody know, Dave Winer tried to register RSS in United States Patent and Trademark Office (I lost the link of Winer's filing, sorry). Radio Userland is the infantile disorder of blogunism.

[Listening to: Nikakoi - Trz2]

Wednesday, May 05, 2004

Sickness

When Mark Frauenfelder got the ringworm in Rarotonga, I humbly suggested him look for some advice in Dermatologic Image Database. Many days after, he helped me too. Indirectly, I mean. How? He put out a post in Mad Professor about Zicam, a new medicine, or better say, a method for refrain the cold virus action in the turbinates of the nose. Inspired by that, I made a little adaptation, covering the Q-Tip head with propolis. Believe it or not, that worked for me like a charm, even facing the situation of having to live together with two sick co-workers. I didn't end up like Jeremy Zawodny and have gained a better resistance and willingness to read Tim Bray's article about Jython.

[Listening to: Yvette In English - David Crosby - Thousand Roads (05:55)]

Tuesday, May 04, 2004

Shaken, But Not Stirred

James Bond likes his Blue Martini shaken, but not stirred. Or did M16's Boy Scout wanted mean something completely unlike? I really don't know. I'd like to know a lot of things. How to make a screen scraping of KEXP's play lists directly to Audioscrobbler's log list, for instance. Preferably with Eclipse IDE. I know, though, that Sofia's gypsies are tourch. And well humoured. At the same time.

[Listening to: Jony Iliev & Band - Gaida Cocek - KEXP]

LW&C

Who wouldn't like to see it?

[Listening to: CAT BLUES - Yoko Kanno - COWBOY BEBOP (02:37)]

Monday, May 03, 2004

From the ocean depths...

Maciej Ceglowski tells how Poland reacted to the new European Union recent add-ons. In an opposite direction, Jeremy Zawodny and Nelson Minar, both enthusiastically, have found a precious book in the form of a Vintage Polish erotica flash animation.

[Listening to: Secret Agent - DJ Shadow - Changeling]

Cryptoislamic

Try to remember "Audioscrobbler" by hearth, in the mid of a purple haze. You sure will come up with key words like "audio discover" or something like that. But, in the view of the A9/Google bots, "discover" should also means the results of a "sartori", or other type of spiritual enlighten. So, the brave looking for just a simple song list, would also find the "American Splendor" way of life and the pitch of a mesmerized wahabite. Audioscrobbler, however, is not fitted for me, because it doesen't read plenty HTML streams, and I'm listening too much Internet radios lately.



[Listening to: Secret Agent - Nucleo Antirapina]

The Black Bridge of John Negroponte

Aliette Guibert pointed out to a Council On Hemispheric Affairs memorandum about the nomination of John Negroponte to be U.S. ambassador in Iraq. The document alerts that he has a sordid human rights record in Honduras and is famous for admin the brigades of the death in Nicaragua. This guy is a kind of Rudolf Hess wannabe. Maybe they are sending him to Iraq in order to improve the torture techniques of Abu Ghraib prison.

Sunday, May 02, 2004

Akma on Switchers

AKMA was wondering exactly about the process of moving from one CMS/Blog to another CMS/Blog. How many variables one must take into account before take a decision! The most predominant factor is how one can migrate the database. Well, one may choose not take any ancient post to the new blog at all. Start from the scratch. Literally. Why not? After all, if someone is looking for a specific entry of the late blog, he or she have Google and Internet Archive as friends. And I'm happy with Blogger. No muss, no huss.

[Listening to: KEXP - Charles Leonard - Funky Driver ona Funky Bus]

Saturday, May 01, 2004

Wave bye-bye

Well, Radio Userland is now history. I got tired of Winer's World. I confess it was useful in the beginning and I'm grateful for that. But now is time to migrate. It was not the $40 bucks regarding the renewal of the licence key that made me change of mind. Radio Userland software is stuck in time. Besides the outliner tool, Userland has nothing more to offer. Oh! All Manila farms were abandoned too. Ghost towns. Let's move!

[Listening to: KEXP - The Beatles - It's All Too Much]