This amazing ALIEN-like sculpture is made out of scrap metal and old auto parts such as nuts & bolts, connecting rods, motorcycle chains, gears, spark plugs, bearings, springs and whatever can be found in junkyards. Artists spent approximately 2 months to create this incredible piece of art by collecting different parts from the junkyards and welding them together piece by piece. It was polished and coated with lacquer to prevent it from rusting. This sculptre is about 7 feet in height, comes in 7 different pieces legs, body, left arm, right arm, head and tail with incredible details. Very easy to assemble just need some muscles. We never put him on a scale but the estimate weight is about 300-400 lbs. This will be a great conversation piece in any living rooms.The same artists are also auctioning junkyard models of the USS Enterprise, Predator, Boba Fett, and Robbie the Robot. Link (Thanks, Michael-Anne Rauback!)
Two weeks ago, BTK dropped off a package at Kansas television station KAKE, which included a floppy disk linked to a computer at Rader's church. "They asked me if I had a list of people who had access to our computer and I provided a list of people for them," said the Rev. Michael Clark of Christ Lutheran Church. "Yes, [Rader] was [on that list]."According to reports, the disk had been used before. Investigators "electronically peeled it back" to reveal older data that had not been erased when the disk was written over with newer information -- a common digital forensics technique. A computer from a local library has reportedly also been seized. Link
Previously: Web Zen -- Sushi Zen. See also this fine series of snapshots on Siege's blog (site NSFW): Link 1, Link 2.
Update: Matt says, "I hope this doesn't come off as know-it-allish, but just FYI, the Japanese word for sushi served on a naked lady is not nyataimori but nyotaimori (女体盛り):
nyo (女) - womanI guess it's possible that nyataimori is some regionally-accented version, but I've never heard of it and Google doesn't turn much up. Incidentally the male version is 男体盛り, usually pronounced nantaimori."
tai (体) - body
mori (盛り) - helping, plateful, serving, arrangement, etc.
Link to image gallery (Thanks, Sean and Happy Birthday!).
Link (Thanks, Bruce Sterling).
Herb Vest believes that true love should come with a criminal-background check. Vest is the chief executive of True.com, an online dating service that pledges to verify whether your dream date is a convicted felon or, worse yet, already married.Link
"Although criminal-background screening is not entirely foolproof, we owe it to our members to provide a truly wholesome environment for online courtship," Vest said last year.
This would be an engaging but otherwise unremarkable business plan, except for one twist. Instead of competing head-to-head with his rivals in the business world, Vest has veered into the political world by pressing for new laws that would put True.com's competitors at a severe disadvantage.
Vest has managed to convince legislators in states including California, Texas, Virginia, and Michigan to sponsor bills that would target rival dating sites like Match.com, Yahoo Personals, Spring Street Networks, craigslist and eHarmony...it would regulate far more than just dating sites. The California bill introduced last week covers any Web site offering "compatibility" or "social referral services"--a sweeping definition that encompasses everything from high-school reunion site Classmates.com to a matchmaking site for a tennis doubles tournament.
Under the California proposal, social referral services Friendster.com and Google's Orkut.com would be on the hook for fines of millions of dollars a day if they declined to post a warning similar to the one above on California members' ads or profiles.
* hello kitty
* more chocolate
* wind up
* which kind are you?
* table manners
* iron stomach
Image: sushi served on the body of a clothes-free hottie. web zen home, web zen store, (Thanks, Frank). Previously: Naked Lady Sushi parody website from Japan, Naked Sushi Lady history. See also this FAQ/FQA on "Nyataimori": Link
The February issue of National Geographic Magazine has a comprehensive feature about Bollywood by "Maximum City" author Suketa Mehta. While he offers readers a behind-the-scenes look at the production of the hit film Veer-Zaara, the true gem of this package is a narrated photo essay by William Albert Allard. The magazine also delves into the Indian film industry's less-than-stellar counterpart in Pakistan, dubbed Lollywood.Link to multimedia feature (Flash).
While you're at it, check out Bollycat. Apul explains: "Watching Bollywood films can often strike you with a maddening case of deja vu. You think you've seen the movie before, but you just can't identify the what, when and where of your suspicion. Enter Bollycat, a new web site created by a team of students at SUNY Rockland, which aims to link Bollywood films to their Hollywood 'inspirations.'"
Link to news story, link to image. This is the same team behind "Posy," the "flower girl robot" released in 2002: Link to Japanese press release.
(thanks, Julie Hall)
In 1991, the experimental sound collage band Negativland released a single called “U2”, which extensively sampled both U2’s hit single “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” and colorful studio recordings of Top 40 disc jockey Casey Kasem. This offbeat recording would have languished in obscurity if weren’t for Island Records, U2’s record label, which decided to sue Negativland and their independent label SST Records for deceptive packaging and copyright infringement. After a protracted legal battle, Negativland’s legal funds were exhausted and they settled out of court. Today, it is illegal to produce the “U2” single in the United States. (U2, on the other hand, would go on to use unauthorized samples of appropriated satellite video in their Zoo TV tour.)Link to auction, Link to Wired News article
Now you can commemorate this ignoble episode in intellectual property history with the Unauthorized iPod U2 vs. Negativland Special Edition. From its packaging to its pre-installed content, this unauthorized iPod modification is an artful mash-up of the forces of corporate megarock and obscure experimental music, and a provocative symbol of the ongoing struggle between those who would confine culture and those who would free it.