August 22nd, 2005

Porsupah smile by Djinni

Bob Moog, 1934-2005

Ooh! That might be something for me to go along to.. the "qatsi" trilogy - with live accompaniment by Philip Glass and the Philip Glass Ensemble. Not until the end of November, though.

On a much sadder note, Bob Moog lost his fight against brain cancer.

Wandering around Amazon, I happened upon a promo page for what sounds like quite an odd fish: Jesus and Her Gospel of Yes. As one of the quoted reviews puts it, "Alfred Eaker's Jesus And Her Gospel Of Yes was definitely.. a trip. as in a journey. the non-stop bombardment of images and anti-rhetoric was liberating and exhausting simultaneously. It reminded me of Hobbs' Roseland (and other psychedelic Something Weird titles), the Sub-Genius film Arise!, Kenneth Anger, and the low-rent lunacy of Michael D Moore (the 'other' Michael Moore)... all fused into one jaw-dropping mélange. craziness of the first order.. and that is a recommendation."

Now this could be very cool to see come to fruition: a reusable European/Russian orbiter - "Kliper", drawing on the respective strengths of RKK Energia and ESA.

Thinking of that partially disabled cat I pointed out a little while back, I wondered - instead of just a plain box containing all the motors and radio control kit, how about a dalek body? Could even sell them to owners of perfectly healthy cats. Maybe ferrets, too.

Okay, VG Cats is often an online highlight - but the first two frames of 116: Skittles really tickles[1] me. ^_^

Remember that recent case of New London residents having their property seized under eminent domain, for private development? It gets better: the New London Development Corporation is now asserting that it's owned that land since the NDLC's first claim, in 2000, so they're offering to pay up according to those valuations made five years ago - and charging the residents backdated rent to that point. In one resident's example, $6,100 per month. (Thanks to stego_s_aurus for the link)

A cheery article from the Telegraph, looking at avian bird flu, and the outlook of a human-to-human transmissible variant. "Some scientists are already drawing parallels with the so-called Spanish Flu outbreak of 1918, in which another bird flu virus - code-named H1N1 - hit the right genetic combination needed to trigger human-to-human transmission. The resulting pandemic led to at least 20 million deaths, double the number of people killed in the First World War."

[1] I'm claiming "first two frames" as being a single item of that many panels. Nyah!

Quote for the day, from vandringar: "[The cat] hasn't thrown up in quite a while, which I'm sure makes us all here happy. However, he's replacing quantity with calculated style, as he puked all over Raff's brand new chair.

I'm renaming him Ipecat."