Ed Forchion, aka "The New Jersey Weedman" and his friend Daniel Price, who both have medical marijuana licenses, attempted to go to Washington D.C. where Forchion would be speaking at an event. While going through a security checkpoint, Price was detained for bringing his medical marijuana onto federal property where it is illegal to possess. Forchion gave us this statement afterwards:
"This is a example of The irrational war on drugs at its finest - here on the lawn of our capital citizens arrested and persecuted for a plant! This is the reason we now lead the world in the imprisoned we are not the bastion of a Freedom we once were - Return freedom to America / End the drug war."
The police banned him from the event but they let him go!
Rudy Rucker published two new books this week, Transreal Trilogy and All The Visions.
Transreal Trilogy includes three of his “transreal” novels, that is, SF about his own life: (1) the growing-up-novel Secret of Life, (2) the beyond-infinity White Light, and (3) the scary-funny-futurological Saucer Wisdom.
The short All the Visions is a Kerouac-style autobiographical novel that Rucker wrote in 1983. Several sections of the Visions later morphed into passages of Secret of Life, and the two books are wack funhouse mirrors of each other. I somehow lost my copy of All The Visions right after I read it, which was a shame because it was one of the greatest things I've ever read. I think it had a cover painting by Robert Williams. I'm glad Rudy has re-issued it.
You can browse full online versions of Transreal Trilogy and All The Visions on their web pages.
All the Visions: paperback | Kindle | epub
Transreal Trilogy: The Secret of Life, White Light, and Saucer Wisdom: paperback | Kindle | epub
Photographer Ron Risman runs timelapse video workshops and the results are transcendent. Here's his latest, called "Dark Skies of Utah." Ron said to me:
"Dark Skies of Utah" was captured by eleven photographers last month in Utah during a 5-day Timelapse workshop. Eight of the eleven photographers had never captured timelapses before they attended the class. The results are simply breathtaking.
The photographers had instruction over a 5-day period and were given access to motion control gear. Some used them, some didn't. This film is the result of their work after just a day or two of instruction. The timelapses are made up of over 5400 images.
Time Lapse Workshops
From our friends at adafruit: "Celebrate the 20th anniversary of that classic gaming device by building your own with 3D printing and DIY electronics from adafruit. The 3D printed enclosure (files here) will house all the components and you can print it in your favorite color. Find out how to assemble and program this project by checking out the guide on the adafruit learning system.
"Found at Gallery at Ice in Windsor, UK painted by Brian Weavers."
The video almost looks speeded up.
Daoíz and Velarde are 142-year-old bronze make lions that sit in front of the Spanish Parliament in Madrid. Velarde has testicles, but Daoíz does not. A campaign to endow Daoíz with testicles has met resistance from José Ignacio Wert, the Minister for Education and Culture.
Genitalia made from a different metal could have 'harmful effects' on the statue. 'This can be a particularly serious problem for metal sculptures as adding a different material can cause galvanic corrosion,' Wert said.
Tim Jenison, Founder of NewTek and star of Tim's Vermeer, a critically acclaimed documentary about his discovery of a possible tool used by hyper-realist painters throughout history, takes Kevin Kelly and me behind the curtain to see what tools made this investigation possible.
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Would you like to shoot a plastic soda bottle, filled with explosives, from a distance of 500 yards without looking at the bottle? These guys have you covered.
In his vast photo collection are old Chicago movie theaters, delightfully dirty old Times Square, and his backyard tower of impaled baby dolls. Brought to you by Random House Audio (click here for free downloads!)
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"Sean Kendall shot this video of his interaction with Salt Lake City police after learning an officer had shot his dog in his backyard."
The officers on the scene explained that a police officer was looking for a lost child, went into Kendall's backyard, and shot the dog when it threatened the officer.
Washboard, a subscription service that that sold US quarters for 37.5 cents, called it quits after being in business for two weeks.
Washboard founder Caleb Brown wrote:
Nearly 100% of the internet thought Washboard was an absolutely absurd concept. I had a very difficult time convincing people the service was even real but we did have customers that were excited for it. I apologize to those folks but we have decided to shut down Washboard.
(Via Weird Universe)
Bill Kelly's Teenage Wasteland on WFMU is my favorite radio show. I love 1960s garage rock, surf music, and psychedelia, and Kelly has plenty of it on his show. Here's another similar show that I just came across: You Got Good Taste, a "monthly podcast show that’ll corrupt your soul with the kind of music your parents warned you about. Raunchy rock’n’roll’, sleazy r’n’b, greasy garagepunk."
Artist Robin Antar makes stone sculptures of everyday objects.
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