fresh stuff netted frequently

You smell Like Play -Doh!

From the Hasbro web site:

It's Scent-Sational! For the first time that fresh-out-of the can, eau-de-PLAY-DOH scent is available for fun, highly-creative people who seek a whimsical scent reminiscent of their childhood.

As part of our year-long celebration of the beloved modeling compound's 50th birthday, PLAY-DOH compound's distinctive aroma will be available in a limited-edition 1-ounce spray bottle.

Childhood memories last forever, but the PLAY-DOH perfume is only available through the end of the year.


clock Posted Wed May 31st, 2006 - 5:43am by CPC  Return to home page Top of page


Public smoking bans hit Ont., Que.

CBC News

Smokers in Quebec and Ontario will be spending more time outside as laws that ban smoking in all enclosed public places kicked in at midnight Tuesday.

The Quebec government has vowed to crack down immediately, with inspectors fanning out to check bars, restaurants, bingo halls, shopping centres, and other facilities — even tents and churches.

Any business owner who allows illegal smoking will be fined $400 for a first violation of the new law.

Ontario, on the other hand, plans to phase in its legislation gradually. Although its law is also tough — banning cigarettes even in enclosed smoking rooms or partially roofed patios — the province plans to initially hand out warnings instead of fines to violators.

As well, people in many Ontario municipalities — including Ottawa and Toronto — have long faced bans on smoking in many public spaces.

Quebecers, on the other hand, have rarely been forced to butt out.

Many bar and restaurant owners in Quebec have fiercely opposed the crackdown, predicting the new law would bring financial disaster, lead to job losses, lower video lottery terminal (VLT) revenues and slimmer profits for bars and restaurants.

But the provincial health minister, Philippe Couillard, dismissed concerns that a smoking ban would damage the economy and put bars out of business.

Couillard said the province hopes that banning tobacco use will drop the percentage of Quebecers who smoke to 20 per cent, from 23.

The ban is sound fiscal policy, because any reduction will help the province reduce health-care costs, the health minister said.

He also dismissed the dire warnings that many bars and restaurants would fold because of the new ban.

He recalled the banning of cigarettes from drugstores in Quebec. At the time, retailers warned it meant imminent bankruptcy, Couillard said — but the financial disasters never materialized.

clock Posted Tue May 30th, 2006 - 7:46am by CPC  Return to home page Top of page


Kitty Litter Cake


clock Posted Mon May 29th, 2006 - 5:32am by CPC  Return to home page Top of page


Join a timeshare island tribe in Fiji

Today's LA Times has a short article about Tribewanted, a project to recruit 5,000 people from around the world who want to live on an island with 100 other people for a couple of weeks and build a community.

The goal: to build a sustainable eco-community and keep at bay developers with dreams of massive hotel complexes. Memberships — Nomad ($220), Hunter ($440) and Warrior ($660) — entitle members to seven, 14 or 21 days on the palm-fringed 200-acre oasis, 100 at a time. Fees cover food, lodging and local airport transfer.

This is not for the five-star hotel crowd. The tribe will be roughing it, especially the early arrivals, who will have only tents and basic shower and toilet facilities.

"The first job for the tribe," [co-founder Ben] Keene said, "is to build for those who come later," working alongside paid Fijian laborers to build beach huts. There's no electricity, but solar energy will provide Internet access.

So far, about 400 people have signed up, ranging in age from 18 to 67.



clock Posted Sun May 28th, 2006 - 9:01pm by CPC  Return to home page Top of page


Cloaking devices described in scientific journal

Two papers  in this week's issue of Science describe the possibility and theoretical method to construct cloaking devices. Imperial College London physicist Sir John Pendry and his colleagues describe an approach based on metamaterials that could bend electromagnetic radiation, including light around an object. (Link to abstract.) Meanwhile, Ulf Leonhardt of the University of St. Andrews, writes about using metamaterials in "a general recipe for the design of media that create perfect invisibility within the accuracy of geometrical optics." (Link to abstract.)

From National Geographic News:

Invented six years ago, the man-made (metamaterials) are embedded with networks of exceptionally tiny metal wires and loops.

The structures refract, or bend, different types of electromagnetic radiation—such as radar, microwaves, or visible light—in ways natural substances can't.

"[Metamaterials] have the power to control light in an unprecedented way," said Sir John Pendry, a theoretical physicist at England's Imperial College London.

"They can actually keep it out of a volume of space, but they can do so without you noticing that there's been a local disturbance in the light..."

So far researchers have only developed metamaterials that divert radar and microwaves—rather than light waves, which are the key to invisibility.

While that's good news for Air Force generals who want to conceal warplanes, it's bad news for wannabe wizards hoping for a magic cloak.

Link to National Geographic News article

Link to BBC News report


clock Posted Sat May 27th, 2006 - 12:11pm by CPC  Return to home page Top of page


Interpreting global law

by Lawrence R. Douglas | the Times online

A look at two provocative books:

Philippe Sands LAWLESS WORLD Making and breaking global rules 404pp. Penguin. Paperback, £8.99. 0 141 01799 6 John Yoo

THE POWERS OF WAR AND PEACE The Constitution and foreign affairs after 9/11 366pp. University of Chicago Press. $29. Distributed in the UK by Wiley. £20.50. 0 226 96031 5

For more than fifty years, the United States and Britain stood as two of the great defenders of international law. In 1941, Churchill and Roosevelt drafted the Atlantic Charter, a vision of a future world order based on limiting the use of military force which served as the inspiration for the grounding principles of the United Nations. In the waning days of the Second World War, the two countries energetically supported the creation of the world’s first international criminal tribunal, to punish Nazi aggression and atrocities. More recently, the US pushed strongly to establish international tribunals to try war criminals from the Balkans and Rwanda, backing these courts with substantial financial and logistical support. And if the Clinton Administration never entirely overcame its suspicions of the International Criminal Court, it nevertheless signed on to the tribunal’s enabling statute.

Yet since the events of September 11, 2001, the US and Britain have largely assumed a different stance towards global rules. In Philippe Sands’ provocative formulation, the United States under George W. Bush has engaged in nothing short of a “war on law”. Britain, meanwhile, has weakly turned into a “handmaiden to some of the worst violations of international law”. Sands is a prominent practitioner and Professor, at University College London, of International Law, and in Lawless World: Making and breaking global rules he has written an important book that documents President Bush’s contempt for international law and Tony Blair’s endorsement of his ally’s strong-arm tactics. ..

Read the rest of the review here


clock Posted Fri May 26th, 2006 - 7:12am by CPC  Return to home page Top of page


Zoom forever into this photomosaic

It's been quite awhile since I've posted a cool photomosaic.

The photo on this page is made up of tiny photos. Click on the photo to zoom in. More tiny photos. Forever. And ever.



See previous entry: Starry Night Photomosaic


clock Posted Thu May 25th, 2006 - 9:11pm by CPC  Return to home page Top of page


Grow a square watermelon

Grow a square watermelon by putting it into a box. 


See previous entry: Watermelons = Dinosaur Eggs




clock Posted Wed May 24th, 2006 - 7:34am by CPC  Return to home page Top of page


Killer reel of 1970s toy commercials

Someone has uploaded a 7 minute reel of amazing 1970s toy commercials -- for Bing Bang Boing, SSP Pee Wees, SSP racers, Smash Up Derby, Screen-a-Show, Slip n' Slide/Water Wiggle, Bug Out!, Screech, and Masterpiece. These are commercials from an era of cheap plastic and no advertising-to-kids regulation, and as a result, the toys look incredibly fun, even today. Plus who knew buying fine art at auction could be fun for seven-year-olds?


clock Posted Tue May 23rd, 2006 - 7:14am by CPC  Return to home page Top of page


For a Guilty Nation, Docu-Satire "My Bad" Profoundly Scorches

by Ron Rosenbaum | the New York Observer

Could it be that the public apology has become the iconic new literary art form of our times? With an aesthetic and a taxonomy and a subtle rhetoric all its own? This is the thought that occurred to me while reading a sneakily profound new book called My Bad: 25 Years of Public Apologies and the Appalling Behavior That Inspired Them, by Paul Slansky and Arleen Sorkin.

I say “sneakily” profound because the Slansky/Sorkin opus partakes of the sneaky new satirical art form that Paul Slansky has invented over the years in his “quizzes” about the hard-to-believe, obscure, bizarre and blundering statements of Nixon, Reagan, Bush and other ripe targets among public figures. Coming upon one of Mr. Slansky’s “Quizzes” in The New Yorker and other venues is one of the rare pure comic-satiric pleasures to be found in contemporary periodicals.

Mr. Slansky, who has been called “a documentary satirist,” has made an art out of scouring public, mostly political, utterances for emblematic instances of verbal misdeeds, misspeaks and mystifications, the more bizarre the better, all of which deserve more than their 15 seconds of ridicule. Because such emblematic idiocies, documented with the attentiveness of Mr. Slansky’s deceptively simple quiz form, become compressed verbal embodiments of our misbegotten times.

But Mr. Slansky does more than document; he possesses, like the great satirists, a Swiftian disgust at human folly. He is still capable, one senses, of being outraged at pure stupidity. Long after many inured themselves to Nixon and Poppy Bush’s pronouncements, say, Mr. Slansky, one felt, was constantly slapping his forehead and saying, “Can you believe this guy!”

I remember running into him at a party a while ago and discussing our mutual fascination with Nixon. Where mine had mutated into a “He’s a great representative of the dark side of the American character” mode, Mr. Slansky had preserved the pure flame of righteous wrath at every new White House tape revelation. And I admired him for it.

Another thing about Mr. Slansky: He respects your intelligence. He doesn’t feel he has to spell everything out, connect the dots for you, jab you in the elbow and say, “See the relatedness of it all.” (That’s my job.) He just lets his quotations lie resplendently (in both senses of the word “lie”) on the page and allows the attentive reader to savor their many-layered meretriciousness. (See his books The Clothes Have No Emperor and The George W. Bush Quiz Book.)

Comes now Mr. Slansky (and Ms. Sorkin) to the public apology—a natural progression, in a way. Where once he would make multiple-choice quizzes out of various instances of verbal infamy (the answer to many of his multiple-choice quiz questions was “All of the above”), now he’s focusing on the language we use to apologize for the language we use or the behavior we “regret,” as well as the mendacious way we ask (and grant) forgiveness. And what a big fat lie it all is.

In My Bad, he and Sorkin move beyond satire to the realm of moral philosophy. (Although you could argue great satire is a form of moral philosophy.) Moral philosophy that asks such questions as:

Are there any deeds that are unforgivable? Does a verbal apology—an expression of “heartfelt regret to those I may have hurt,” a formulaic verbal act of contrition to “anyone I might have offended”—wipe the slate clean? Is there any way of judging the “sincerity” of such ritual and convenient and job-saving formulae? How much does it matter if the apology is unforced or forced (only given because caught)? When it comes down to it: Are words enough?

Should shame last beyond the press conference? Do we believe in shame at all, or rather syndromes, diseases, addictions of the sort that rehab rather than real consequences will redress? Does promiscuously granted forgiveness encourage bad behavior if the only consequence suffered is uttering a verbal formula? But what’s the alternative: a return to the public stocks, tarring and feathering?...

Read the rest here

Read a review of "the George W. Bush Quiz Book at Ramblings
Read a review of the Clothes Have No Emperor at Common Dreams


clock Posted Mon May 22nd, 2006 - 10:11am by CPC  Return to home page Top of page


Coffins woven from wicker

Britain's Somerset Willow Company sells these very  handsome and biodegradable,  wicker coffins.

From their web site:

"Each one of our coffins has been beautifully and caringly hand woven by one of our skilled basket makers, making each coffin unique and special.

Willow is one of the few truly environmentally renewable resources. The willow plant grows on the Somerset Levels and can be harvested annually from the same crown for up to 60 years."



clock Posted Sun May 21st, 2006 - 11:13pm by CPC  Return to home page Top of page


Koranic fish

Markings on this tuna fish caught on the Kenyan coast south of Mombasa may or may not spell out the Arabic words for "You are the best provider." According to the BBC News, the phrase is close to a text in the Koran. After the tuna was reeled in, it was brought to a local fish shop "for preservation." Shortly after, the tuna was moved to the fisheries department for protection. It was promptly reported stolen from the fisheries office but has since been located back at the fish shop where it first came to the public's attention. From the BBC News:

After being asked by Muslim leaders in Kenya, Kenya's National Museum had offered to take custody of the fish and preserve it for the country's heritage.

The reported theft followed numerous attempts by locals and Muslim scholars to buy the mysterious fish.

An official at the fisheries department in Mombasa said someone had even offered to pay as much as $150.



clock Posted Sat May 20th, 2006 - 10:21am by CPC  Return to home page Top of page


Christian ad about Code gets pulled

Theatre chain drops spot that was to appear before film

Brian Hutchinson | National Post

VANCOUVER - A movie house commercial that encourages churchgoers to see and discuss Hollywood thriller The Da Vinci Code has been dropped by Canada's largest cinema chain, which said the ad was part of a religious campaign to "stalk" unsuspecting film patrons.

The 10-second spot was produced by evangelical Christians and was to be shown for the next month inside 65 Cineplex cinemas in Ontario and Western Canada.

The ad directs people to a Christian Web site devoted to the controversial film, which opens across North America today.

Cineplex Entertainment LP is promoting the movie heavily; however, on Wednesday, the company abruptly cancelled its $63,000 advertising deal with Campus Crusade for Christ Canada, a B.C.-based affiliate of the world's largest evangelical Christian organization, CCC International.

The decision was announced after a story about the Campus Crusade ad appeared this week in the Toronto Star.

In addition to producing the ad, the Star reported, Campus Crusade had "mobilized a small army of volunteers from Toronto to Vancouver willing to stalk moviegoers in the line outside cinemas" and to press upon them "biblical tracts," debunking contentious claims about Jesus Christ said to be in the movie treatment of The Da Vinci Code.

Cineplex made direct reference to the Star article in an e-mail to Campus Crusade yesterday.

"With the knowledge that this organization plans to 'stalk' our moviegoers outside of our theatres handing out unapproved material concerning a film we are presenting, we cannot lend support to this activity by running this campaign," wrote Cineplex ad saleswoman Diane Rajh.

Campus Crusade's marketing director was flabbergasted when he read the Cineplex e-mail.

"We never planned to stalk anybody," Braden Douglas said yesterday.

Read the entire article here


clock Posted Fri May 19th, 2006 - 7:33am by CPC  Return to home page Top of page


Garbage house full of 70,000 empty Coors Light cans

A rented house in Ogden, UT was discovered to have accumulated some 70,000 empty Coors Light cans in eight years of tenancy -- the cans covered the furniture and blocked the entrance. The garbage house tenant consumed 24 cans of Coors Light per day for eight years. Ryan Froerer, Century 21: "As we approached the door, there were beer boxes, all the way up to the ceiling." Inside, he took just a few snapshots to document the scene. Beer cans by the tens of thousands. Mountains of cans burying the furniture. The water and heat were shut off, apparently on purpose by the tenant, who evidently drank Coors Light beer exclusively for the eight years he lived there.



clock Posted Wed May 17th, 2006 - 4:55pm by CPC  Return to home page Top of page


Man builds 90-ton scale model of cruise ship in back yard

François Zenella, an ex-coal miner, spent 25,000 hours building a 90-ton one-eigth scale model of Royal Caribbean International's cruise liner, the Majesty of the Seas. In his back yard. He launched it in 2005 and has sailed it ever since.

Link (via Make Blog)


clock Posted Tue May 16th, 2006 - 7:22am by CPC  Return to home page Top of page


Spelling out Camus's "Myth of Sisyphus" in cookies

Boing Boing has a link to "Jane McGonigal's real-world application of cookie/biscuit text/edible graffiti called 'cookie rolling,' in which she attempts to write the entire Myth of Sisyphus, one word at a time, in cookies, in public places around the world."

...the artist will spell out Camus’ existential essay “The Myth of Sisyphus” in cookies, one word at a time. each word will be installed in a public location and constructed from a different kind of cookie, locally-purchased or prepared. each word of the essay, 1406 in total, will appear in a different city. the project will continue indefinitely until the improbable event of its completion. the temporary cookie installations will be documented through digital photography and video. The photos will be added to the Flickr database and the videos posted to the artist’s website.



clock Posted Mon May 15th, 2006 - 7:03am by CPC  Return to home page Top of page


Smithsonian Magazine on Dada

This month's issue of the always-excellent Smithsonian magazine has a long feature about the history and influence of the Dada art movement, described by artist Tristan Tzara as a "virgin microbe" that spread around the pre-World War I world leaving mind-blowing artifacts of absurdity in its wake. The article is timed with the massive Dada exhibit touring the US that will be on display at New York's Museum of Modern Art beginning next month. From Smithsonian:

“In 1913 I had the happy idea to fasten a bicycle wheel to a kitchen stool and watch it turn,” (Marcel Duchamp) wrote, describing the construction he called Bicycle Wheel, a precursor of both kinetic and conceptual art. In 1916, German writer Hugo Ball, who had taken refuge from the war in neutral Switzerland, reflected on the state of contemporary art: “The image of the human form is gradually disappearing from the painting of these times and all objects appear only in fragments....The next step is for poetry to decide to do away with language.”



clock Posted Sun May 14th, 2006 - 10:05pm by CPC  Return to home page Top of page


Buh-bye Hummer H1!

Get ready to say goodbye to the Hummer H1, the hulking, gas-guzzling status symbol that has attracted celebrities and off-road enthusiasts but has drawn the ire of environmentalists.

General Motors Corp. said Friday that the 2006 model year will be the last for the H1 (re-badged the H1 Alpha), which has been the foundation for the automaker's Hummer brand. Based on the military's Humvee, the about 12,000 put on the road since 1992 defined the Hummer name.

Related newsDow Ends Down 120, Nasdaq Ends Down 29 U.S. Narrows Trade Gap to $62B in March GM Stock Posts Gains on Analyst Upgrade Big Movers in the Stock Market VIDEO from Medialink: What to Consider When Considering a Buyout "It's a reflection of where we're going with the Hummer brand," Hummer general manager Martin Walsh said of the decision. "The Hummer DNA still resides in the Humvee. ... It will always be the core from where we come."

GM expects the last H1s to be built next month.

Walsh said Hummer plans to focus on models with broader appeal instead of the niche-market H1. Since taking over the Hummer name in 2000, GM has introduced the still hefty H2 and a midsize H3 sport utility vehicle.

The H1 gets about 10 miles per gallon, but Walsh said rising gas prices didn't factor into GM's decision. He noted that H1 buyers typically have been less sensitive about gas prices than most other drivers....

Read the rest of  this at Money Central / MSN

See also: USA Today

see also : Is Hummer's H1 on It's Way Out? @


clock Posted Sat May 13th, 2006 - 10:22am by CPC  Return to home page Top of page


Animal costumes made from "stuff"

This gallery of photos of homemade animal costumes showcases how the ingenious use of stockings, tennis-balls, sleeping bags, ski-gloves, tennis-racket covers and other commonplace items can produce striking and amusing animal disguises.


 Link to creator's site


clock Posted Fri May 12th, 2006 - 8:17am by CPC  Return to home page Top of page


Space colony art

According to NASA, "A couple of space colony summer studies were conducted at NASA Ames in the 1970s. Colonies housing about 10,000 people were designed. A number of artistic renderings of the concepts were made." Here are more than a dozen of them. Ah, the good ol' daze of Gerard O'Neill's High Frontiers and Timothy Leary's rallying call of SMI2LE (Space Migration, Intelligence Increase, Life Extension).



clock Posted Thu May 11th, 2006 - 9:02am by CPC  Return to home page Top of page


Ingenious makeshift contraptions


This gallery of "redneck" photos is a testament to human ingenuity.






Posted Wed May 10th, 2006 - 7:16pm by CPC  Return to home page Top of page


Emil Dudek’s Vintage Technology

Emil Dudek has a fantastic collection of obscure vintage calculators and other outdated technologies.






clock Posted Tue May 9th, 2006 - 7:22am by CPC  Return to home page Top of page


Born Into Cellblocks

In the penitentiary of Nuevo Laredo, children do time with their mothers -- and the cartels.

Violence seems to love the line running through the Rio Grande at the twin cities of Laredo, Texas, and Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas. The Mexican community was born in the humiliation of the U.S.-Mexican War. When the peace treaty left the Spanish colonial town of Laredo on the American side of the river, Mexican patriots decamped to the southern bank and, legend has it, took their buried dead with them. That favorite murder song “The Streets of Laredo” migrated from Great Britain (“The Unfortunate Rake”) to New Orleans (“St. James Infirmary”) and to Texas, where it mutated into the classic cowboy ballad of dying by the gun.

As I walked out in the streets of Laredo, As I walked out in Laredo one day, I spied a poor cowboy wrapped up in white linen, Wrapped up in white linen, as cold as the clay.

Now Nuevo Laredo has become the line between two major Mexican drug cartels, and every day new lyrics are written in blood to a lament we all know but fail to face.

Bullets killed the police chief last summer, just a few hours after he took office. This brought in the Mexican army. The ongoing slaughter of many cops and citizens caused the U.S. government to shut down its consulate for a spell last August. This winter the local paper was visited by some strange men, presumably working for the cartels, and they fired dozens of rounds and tossed in a grenade. One reporter took five bullets. The editor promptly announced a new policy: His paper, one of the few Mexican publications on the line actually printing news about the drug cartels, would no longer report on the cartels. One major U.S. daily had to evacuate a reporter after getting what editors termed “creditable death threats.” Dozens of U.S. citizens from neighboring Laredo have vanished while visiting Nuevo Laredo. This January the city experienced, at a minimum, 20 cartel killings.

Beneath this gore, women and children muddle on, some in Mexican jails. Incarceration, like law, is a bit different in Mexico. Conjugal visits are permitted; small children younger than six can be locked up with their moms; and men and women peddle goods and themselves within the walls in order to survive. Mexican prisons often do not provide grub. I’ve stood in line with family members who toted a week’s supply of food on visiting day, seen women reel out of cells in disarray after their weekly intercourse sessions with their men. Drugs are commonplace inside the walls, as are gangs. Money can buy anything. For years the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has complained about the posh quarters given to major drug players and how they continue to do business without interference while theoretically being under lock and key...


clock Posted Sun May 7th, 2006 - 7:16pm by CPC  Return to home page Top of page


Canada's New Democratic Party Embraces Copy-Fighting Musicians

A coalition of copyright-reforming superstar Canadian musicians paid a visit to Parliament yesterday, and won the hearts of the Members from the New Democratic Party. The Canadian Music Creators Coalition, which includes Barenaked Ladies frontman Steve Page and Andrew Cash from the Cash Brothers, spoke to Parliamentarians about the need for balance in copyright, and the insanity of suing music fans and locking them down with crippled digital music offerings. NDP Heritage Critic Charlie Angus (Timmins-James Bay) took the message to heart, and the NDP has endorsed the musicians' position on its website. This is a smart move for the NDP, who scored a seat in the riding of Parkdale for candidate Peggy Nash this year when her Liberal Party opponent Sam Bulte imploded over her shameful pattern of taking huge campaign contributions from the copyright industries in exchange for laws favorable to their interests.

“This is not a debate between bands who want to give music away and bands who want to be paid. This issue is about artists who have adapted to new digital markets and an industry that is trying to use legislation to impose a 20th century business model on a new generation of fans. There is no going back. Canadian bands have thrived and adapted. It’s time Parliament woke up to this fact.” Angus, who is also a two-time Juno nominee with the band Grievous Angels, said the copyright agenda has been largely driven by corporate interests.

“It’s important to have the coalition at the table when new legislation is drafted. New copyright legislation will have profound implications not just for music fans but for students, educators and software innovators. The music coalition is giving politicians a badly needed wake up call.”


clock Posted Sat May 6th, 2006 - 11:44am by CPC  Return to home page Top of page


Phoenix 1000: Submerge Yourself in Luxury

As the superrich try ever harder to impress each other, submarines are the next frontier, and personal luxury subs are all the rage right now, where the undersea boats are approaching the size of cruise ships with all the amenities you could imagine.

For example, U.S. Submarines offers the Phoenix 1000, a 213-foot personal luxury submarine that was originally custom-built for a client but is now for sale at an undisclosed price. There's 5000 feet of living space, with huge viewports on the side. It's capable of transoceanic crossings, and when the weather gets rough, the boat can submerge into a perfectly smooth and quiet environment. Take a look at the company's site, where there's a variety of submarines from which to choose.


Product page   [via BornRich]


clock Posted Fri May 5th, 2006 - 10:13pm by CPC  Return to home page Top of page


Gallery of home-made radios

Jeff Duntemann has a gallery of the beautiful radios and radio apparatus he's made at home. Lots of juicy notes, but the photos are what make this.




Link (via Make Blog)


clock Posted Thu May 4th, 2006 - 6:55am by CPC  Return to home page Top of page


Superhero anarchists steal gourmet food for poor

From The Scotsman: A gang of anarchist Robin Hood-style thieves, who dress as superheroes and steal expensive food from exclusive restaurants and delicatessens to give to the poor, are being hunted by police in the German city of Hamburg. The gang members seemingly take delight in injecting humour into their raids, which rely on sheer numbers and the confusion caused by their presence. After they plundered Kobe beef fillets, champagne and smoked salmon from a gourmet store on the exclusive Elbastrasse, they presented the cashier with a bouquet of flowers before making their getaway.



clock Posted Wed May 3rd, 2006 - 7:34am by CPC  Return to home page Top of page


20-storey robotic cylinders of Volkswagens

Volkswagen has a fully automated garage made of 20-storey-tall towers in Wolfsburg, Germany. These photos make it appear to be some kind of egg-chamber for the Queen VW to stash her larvae in before they hatch into marauding auto-duelists. Which is to say that it's really quite lovely. When cars are ordered, they are robotically fetched down for delivery: "In a fully automated procedure, your new car is brought down to you from one of the 20-story Car Towers. Large signboards in the Customer Center show you when your turn has come. Then, you're handed the keys, your picture is taken, the glass doors open and your brand-new car appears. You're all set to go."



clock Posted Tue May 2nd, 2006 - 7:22am by CPC  Return to home page Top of page


Plan Eh

Harper's Magazine

From “War Plan—Red,” a United States plan for war with the British Empire. The plan was first approved at the cabinet level in 1930. The United States is “Blue,” Canada is “Crimson,” and the United Kingdom is “Red.”

Read the article here


clock Posted Mon May 1st, 2006 - 8:45am by CPC  Return to home page Top of page


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May 2006

You smell Like Play -Doh!
Public smoking bans hit Ont., Que.
Kitty Litter Cake
Join a timeshare island tribe in Fiji
Cloaking devices described in scientific journal
Interpreting global law
Zoom forever into this photomosaic
Grow a square watermelon
Killer reel of 1970s toy commercials
Docu-Satire "My Bad" Profoundly Scorches
Coffins woven from wicker
Koranic fish
Christian ad about Code gets pulled
Garbage house full of 70,000 empty Coors Light cans
Man built 90-ton scale model of cruise ship in back yard
Spelling out Camus's "Myth of Sisyphus" in cookies
Smithsonian Magazine on Dada
Buh-bye Hummer H1!
Animal costumes made from "stuff"
Space colony art
Ingenious makeshift contraptions
Emil Dudek’s Vintage Technology
Born Into Cellblocks
Canada's New Democratic Party Embraces Copy-Fighting Musicians
Phoenix 1000: Submerge Yourself in Luxury
Gallery of home-made radios
Superhero anarchists steal gourmet food for poor
20-storey robotic cylinders of Volkswagens
Plan Eh


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