Have a math problem you can't solve? Ask Winnie Cooper
for the answer.
The only thing worse than being Mahir is being a Mahir wannabe
says: "In addition to the kick-in-the-gut gustatory abortions of the Gallery of Regrettable Food, James Lileks's Institute of Official Cheer ('helping tomorrow feel superior by scoffing at yesteryear') features annotated scans of old motel postcards and stock certificates. The Bureau of Corporate Allegory
matches elaborate engravings with snarky commentary."
Here are a couple of "The Cat"
cartoons from Gene Deitch. "The Cat" ran in a jazz collectors' magazine from the 1940s called The Record Changer
. Later Deitch went on to become the art director of UPA (the studio of Gerald McBoingBoing
) and created Tom Terrific
for Captain Kangaroo
. Deitch's son is Kim Deitch, a well-known underground cartoonist.
I had the pleasure of meeting Gene a few years ago when he was in San Francisco (he and his wife visit the US from their home in Prague every year). One of these days I'll transcribe my long and fascinating interview with him. Now in well into his seventies, Deitch is still working on a lot of projects, and has taken to the Web like a natural. Look at his latest project, The Unknown John Lee Hooker. He is also selling his autobiography on this site.
Bruce Sterling just sent me the URL for the Unusual Museums of the Internet Webring
. It is, as he says, "truly an embarrassment of riches, d00d."
The eboy design group in Germany creates some swell-looking stuff. I like they way that they transform 72 pixels-per-inch from a liability to an asset. eboy has a new collection of monster trading cards
Salon article about author Daniel Pinkwater
"Pinkwater's writing reminds you how easy it is to sneak out of the ordinary world. All you need to do is take the bus to a different neighborhood, catch a midnight movie, walk to the end of an unfamiliar street and you're somewhere else: Tintown, Mars, the Waka-Waka plane of existence. What you find there is unexpectedly beautiful."
The Pantheon of Idols
is a page of the literary and musical heroes of Chaleon I.O. Myme, a neurologist at Brandeis University. His detailed accounts of meeting The Amazing Kreskin and Kate Bush are so full of giddy joy and keen insight that I know I'm going to spend at least $100 buying the books and CDs he raves about. On my wish-list: Karel Capek's War With the Newts
, Paul Krassner's Confessions of a Raving, Unconfined Nut
, Raymond Smullyan's This Book Needs No Title
, and Daniel Pinkwater's, Alan Mendelsohn, the Boy From Mars
Interview with Chris Ware
, another cartoonist I really like. Ware does the Acme Comics Novelty Library.
Interview with Seth
, the creator of one of my favorite comic books, Palookaville.
"A Pakistani judge yesterday convicted a man of murdering 100 children and sentenced him to be strangled with an iron chain, chopped into pieces and dissolved in acid in front of the parents of his victims." -- from News Unlimited
The Lost Decade
is a 50,000-word history of the Pogues. In the mid-80's I was living in London, playing in a band called The Elephant Boys. We played a lot at the same club The Pogues did, so we got to know them. One night after a show, singer Shane MacGowan was standing in the street, holding a bottle of whisky. He backed up and a car whammed into him. He flew 10 feet through the air and landed on his butt, but somehow managed to keep the whisky bottle from falling out of his hand. He stood up, took a swig, and walked onto the sidewalk as if nothing had happened.
My friend Alberta Chu is an incredible documentary filmmaker, who focuses her work on the blending of technology and culture. She recently finished a short film called ELECTRUM, about a fantastically wealthy weirdo rancher in New Zealand who commissions the erection of a gargantuan Tesla Coil next to his house. The artist enlists the help of a gang of meticulous engineers and subterranean gearhead culture jammers in San Francisco to build it. You can find out more about the video, and the other stuff Alberta is interested in at her site, Future Culture
Now that Wired News has been redesigned so they can throw up more banner ads, I'm going to read it this way.
Alisa Sanada alternated school years between Japan and the US. Here's her take on Japanese youth culture.
Tell me who I have to kill to own Marc Newson's 021C concept car
? Here's a good shot of the dashboard
"The Fair Division Calculator
finds approximate envy-free divisions up to any precision for the following problems: cake-cutting (division of goods/desirables), chore-division (division of burdens/undesirables), rent-partitioning (allocation of indivisible goods mediated by divisible payments) "
A nice little piece by Teller (the quiet guy from Penn & Teller) describing his visit to the Gardner Gathering, an annual get-together for mathematicians and magicians.
I want to learn how to put together six business cards to form a sturdy cube, as one attendee demonstrated.
I wrote a long article in the March 2000 issue of Wired about people who like their old computers and don't ever want to upgrade. It's called Retroactivists
The April issue of Wired has a long essay by Bill "Mr Java" Joy about the potential extinction of the human race
in the next 50 years as a result of technological progress.
Take the Porn Star or My Little Pony Quiz
. I scored 6 out of 12, which means I could have done just as well flipping a coin.
I dare you to read this article about Minox spy cameras
and not covet one for yourself.
I wrote an article for Digital Living Today about how I use my Palm V to read articles.
Unfortunately the site is laid out so that you can't read the entire article at once -- you have to keep clicking on a "more" link. Those things stink.
Somebody is launching an encyclopedia based on the Open-Source model.
The open source method has a lot of merit, but sometimes I wonder if stuff created by quirky individuals isn't more interesting, even if it is buggier. Web logs are a good example. The ones maintained by one person are usually much more fun and flavorful than the ones that allow a bunch of people to contribute. Long live the lone weirdo!
This guy added funny comments
to a few old print ads for baked goods. It made me snicker, which is about as hard as I can laugh while using the Web.