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Club and Shield Bedside Table


James McAdam’s bedside table for the paranoid converts into a club and shield in a matter of seconds!


clock Posted on Thursday, September 14, 2006 by CPC  Return to home page Top of page


Condiment Packet Museum

The Internet has got everything, including an online condiment packet museum with over 900 ketchup, mustard, relish, and other condiment packets in their collection!



clock Posted on Wednesday, September 13, 2006 by CPC  Return to home page Top of page


Japan Wins 2006 International Air Guitar Title

Competitors from Australia, Austria, New Zealand, Netherlands, Norway, Finland, United States, Germany, France, Japan, Italy, and Great Britain met last week at the 11th International Air Guitar Championships in Oulu, Finland. Five finalists faced off on September 8, 2006, against last year's champ, Michael "The Destroyer" Heffels, and when the dust from the energetic air battles settled, Ochi "Dainoji" Yosuke (click to watch Yosuke's performance) from Japan was crowned the winner and will receive a custom Flying Finn guitar and a Vox BM Special amp designed and donated by Brian May (Queen).

Press release »

From Modern Guitars Magazine

clock Posted on Tuesday, September 12, 2006 by CPC  Return to home page Top of page


The Dream and the Curse

In Greil Marcus’s new book, America goes on trial, and its artists are the judges.

By Devin McKinney | American Prospect

9-11 is an absence in Greil Marcus’s The Shape of Things to Come: Prophecy and the American Voice -- an absence that gives the book its structure, just as in Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11 it was a black screen and montage of screams, and in Oliver Stone’s World Trade Center an engulfing shadow. It’s the thing that isn’t shown, that cannot be shown, but which draws in and defines all that is shown. In those two movies, the attack is a physical event; in The Shape of Things to Come it is a miasma, red death over a landscape crawling with acts and artworks that seem at first unrelated to the tragedy. Marcus invokes 9-11 and then leaves it to drift as -- to use a favored Marcusian image -- a curse, one that resonates with the prophesies voiced at the very founding of our country.

The book’s premise is simple: “There is no American identity without a sense of portent and doom.” The founding Americans defined themselves as a chosen people, possessing God’s sanction and deserving of his favor. Therefore God’s justice would be all the harsher should America betray its covenants as set down in the Constitution and Declaration of Independence. But rather than judge our nation on its sworn ideals, we’ve justified each betrayal, conquest, massacre, and enslavement in “a voice of power and self-righteousness” -- i.e., our public voice, the one we transmit to ourselves and to the world.

In opposition to that is the private voice speaking publicly, acting symbolically, carrying out that original prophesied judgment of American doom in “speech and acts that begin with a single citizen . . . saying what he or she has to say.” Marcus hears that voice in the later novels of Philip Roth (self-satisfied American discovers the hidden history of his century), the films of David Lynch (splatter art in the small town of the American mind), the performances of actors Bill Pullman (self-loathing highway existentialist) and Sheryl Lee (figure of innocence both corrupted and corrupting), the music of Pere Ubu vocalist David Thomas (avant-ranter and social outcast), and the poetic incantations of Allen Ginsberg (gay Jew chanting Midwest mantras from the back of a van)...

Read the rest here


clock Posted on Monday, September 11, 2006 by CPC  Return to home page Top of page


Top 25 stories ignored by media in past year

Each year, Project Censored compiles an annual list of 25 socially significant news stories of social significance said to have been missed, underreported or self-censored by mainstream press in the US.

Here are some of this year's picks:

#1 Future of Internet Debate Ignored by Media
#2 Halliburton Charged with Selling Nuclear Technologies to Iran
#3 Oceans of the World in Extreme Danger
#4 Hunger and Homelessness Increasing in the US
#5 High-Tech Genocide in Congo
#6 Federal Whistleblower Protection in Jeopardy
# 7 US Operatives Torture Detainees to Death in Afghanistan and Iraq
#8 Pentagon Exempt from Freedom of Information Act
#9 The World Bank Funds Israel-Palestine Wall
#10 Expanded Air War in Iraq Kills More Civilians

Here's details on each.


clock Posted on Sunday, September 10, 2006 by CPC  Return to home page Top of page


The advertising art of Dr. Seuss

The doctor named Seuss is well known for books
But here are some other pics worthy of looks:
Some ad art for sugar, some ad art for clocks,
Some ad art for shaving cream inside a box,
Some ad art for bug spray, some ad art for beer
To heck with this rhyming.
Go on, now, click here!


via Drawn


clock Posted on Saturday, September 9, 2006 by CPC  Return to home page Top of page


2006 NYC Fretless Guitar Festival

This year's fretless festival takes place September 29 (evening) and September 30 (all day) at New York City's Knitting Factory and includes guitarists Dave "Fuze" Fiuczynski, Ned Evett, Scott McGill, Jon Catler, Ed DeGenaro, Neil Haverstick, Ratko Zjaca, Michael "Atonal" Vick, among others, performing on instruments such as the fretless 11-string Godin Glissentar (photo), various Fernandes fretless models, and the Vigier Surfreter.

On September 30, the festival will offer a fretless guitar workshop conducted by several artists performing at the event.

Press release »


clock Posted on Friday, September 8, 2006 by CPC  Return to home page Top of page


Bizarre 60s Mosrite/Von Dutch guitars

This kind of thing doesn't come along too often: These three guitars were made for the 60s psychedelic one-hit-wonders Strawberry Alarm Clock by Semie Moseley of Mosrite (much more about him here) . As if that wasn't cool enough, Semie sent the surfboard-shaped guitars to Von Dutch to be painted. After the band played them in a film (possibly 'Beyond the Valley of the Dolls'), Semie got the guitars back.

After his death, they were bought by food-supplement millionaire and ultimate guitar collector Scott Chinery (who also owned the Batmobile). Scott died aged 40 in 2000, and his family sold the entire collection to Michael Indelicato of E Guitars, who are now selling them on eBay, item #120026471951.

from musicthing


clock Posted on Thursday, September 7, 2006 by CPC  Return to home page Top of page


Why teenagers are "more selfish than adults"

A new scientific study suggests that teenagers use a different part of their brains than adults to make decisions, resulting in a kind of selfishness. University College London neuroscientist Sarah-Jayne Blakemore asked people of various ages decision-making questions and questions about the well-being of others. In teenagers, the superior temporal sulcus lit up. In adults, the prefontal cortex was more active.

From New Scientist:

The superior temporal sulcus is involved in processing very basic behavioural actions, whereas the prefrontal cortex is involved in more complex functions such as processing how decisions affect others. So the research implies that "teenagers are less able to understand the consequences of their actions", says Blakemore.

In (one) experiment, Blakemore asked 112 participants (aged from 8 to 37) to make decisions about other people’s welfare and timed how long it took them to respond. The questions included: "How would your friend feel if she wasn’t invited to your party?"

She found that the response time got shorter as the participants got older, suggesting that the older people found it easier to put themselves in other people's shoes.

Blakemore suggests that both findings might be explained by an evolutionary mechanism in which the development of the brains of adolescents takes precedence over its performance. “You don’t need to be on a par with other people because you are looked after until reproductive age. Only then do you need to start to take into account other people’s perspectives.”



clock Posted on Monday September 4, 2006 by CPC  Return to home page Top of page


Artificial cartoon-character skeletons

This Korean art exhibition explores the fictional anatomy of cartoon characters, with elaborate faked-up skeletons for Looney Toons characters, anatomical drawings of Mickey and friends, and many other artifacts from the study of toon anatomy.





clock Posted on Saturday, September 2, 2006 by CPC  Return to home page Top of page


Anatomical anomalies of the famous monsters of filmland

Michael C. LaBarbera, a professor in Organismal Biology & Anatomy at the University of Chicago, published this wonderful paper about the reality of movie-monster anatomy in 2003. In the paper, LaBarbera explores the implications of extremely large and extremely small fantasy creatures, whose mass, volume and surface-area scale at different rates as they are shrunk/enlarged (ants can carry many times their body-weight, but if they were the size of tigers, they'd be crushed under their own carapaces). Other issues covered include the respiratory difficulties of Mothra, the biomechanics of Jurassic Park dinos, and the reason ET is so darn cute:

The upshot of all this is that Mothra is going to have to add a lot of tracheal tubes to maintain a sufficient oxygen supply. Of course, the more of its volume that is tracheal tubes, the less is biomass that needs oxygen, but this implies that although Mothra may be heavy (because it's big), its density is going to be very low--about the same as your average cotton ball. This insight into Mothra's physiology eliminates two other problems. Although wearing one's skeleton on the outside has distinct mechanical advantages (as we'll see shortly), large insects are prone to a mode of failure called buckling. If Mothra had really been just a scaled-up moth, its legs would have collapsed when it landed. Second, Mothra's wings are in the same proportion to its body as the moths that bat their heads against the lights outside your door. Total lift generation is proportional to the area of the wings; if mass increased in proportion to volume, Mothra would have to walk home.


clock Posted on Friday, September 1, 2006 by CPC  Return to home page Top of page

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September  2006

Japan Wins 2006 International Air Guitar Title
The Dream and the Curse
Top 25 stories ignored by media in past year
The advertising art of Dr. Seuss
2006 NYC Fretless Guitar Festival
Bizarre 60s Mosrite/Von Dutch guitars
Why teenagers are "more selfish than adults"
Artificial cartoon-character skeletons
Anatomical anomalies of the famous monsters


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