Kasey McMahon decided to combine an interest in taxidermy with her PC. Fearing that the natural world is being replaced by technology, the artist installed a working computer inside of an idle beaver… After three months of work, the result was Compubeaver, followed up by its accessory, Text-o-Possum, a stuffed possum that’s equipped with a laser in its back leg that projects a virtual keyboard.
"Whose prison break is the most impressive? I’m gonna go, I’m gonna go, I’m gonna go: Tim Robbins in Jacob’s Ladder. Such patience, such verve and poise. But, wait a minute. Shit. That’s the wrong film. Morgan Freeman would roll in his grave if he were dead, which he nearly was, if you believe the hysterical gung-ho technicolor crapfest that is Sky News, or Murdoch Live, or whatever the hell the devil calls himself…"
I love the rambling nonsensical intro to this song almost as much as the rest of it.
The petition has now been signed by more than 70 film industry luminaries, including Polanski’s fellow directors Michael Mann, Wim Wenders, Pedro Almodóvar, Darren Aronofsky, Terry Gilliam, Julian Schnabel, the Dardenne brothers, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Wong Kar-Wai, Walter Salles and Jonathan Demme. Actors Tilda Swinton, Monica Bellucci and Asia Argento, as well as producer Harvey Weinstein have also put their names on the petition. Yesterday, Weinstein stated he was “calling on every film-maker we can to help fix this terrible situation”.
David Lynch, Martin Scorcese, and Woody Allen also added their names today to the petition that demands the release of ADMITTED CHILD RAPIST ROMAN POLANSKI.
He raped a child. And pled guilty. And fled the country. Why is there an opposing viewpoint?
I know that the Craigslist killer is a straight up evil murderer, but he did use Craigslist after all. I love Craigslist! Let him go!
If Plaxico Burress can get two years for shooting himself in the leg, and Michael Vick can serve a year and a half for dogfighting, I don’t see why Roman Polanksi can’t serve at least eighteen months as an NFL tackle dummy.
Then again, The Pianist was pretty good. Let him go!
In which the intrepid blogger/designer (Henry Yee) shows the process by which he designed the cover of Last Last Chance, “an apocalyptic comic novel about a deadly outbreak of plague, reincarnation, narcotics recovery, a family in trouble, and some Norse mythology.” I think it’s pretty neat that part of his inspiration for a very modern high-minded design includes a panel from The Mighty Thor featuring the Rainbow Bridge that connects Earth to Asgard, home of the Norse Gods. Nice. (via @timoni)
In other daily tee news, Woot! has attempted to jump on the bacon bandwagon, and would have managed a solid if uninspired winner if the designer didn’t junk it up with yet another stale pop culture reference (at least this one doesn’t involve Super Mario Brothers):
"A family is a group of people traveling at different velocities, some of them accelerating and some of them slowing down, some departing for a while to other time zones, but all of them usually circling back. For stretches of time, our family has been a uniform frame of reference, something against which I gauged the movement of other things."
An awesome New Yorker piece from a couple of weeks ago I’d missed until today:
Today is 9/9/09, and besides being the devil’s upside-down birthday, it is also the release date of The Beatles: Rock Band. Here’s what New York Times had to say about the landmark video game:
The Beatles: Rock Band is nothing less than a cultural watershed, one that may prove only slightly less influential than the band’s famous appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” in 1964. …[it] provides a transformative entertainment experience. Never before has a video game had such intergenerational cultural resonance.
On first read this may seem to be hyperbolic praise for a video game, but before jumping to any conclusions, take a look at previous write-ups the Times has given big games:
The new Nintendo video game Duck Hunt is a game about hunting ducks, right? Wrong! It is so much more. In this deep, rich cultural narrative, we are the ducks and society the gun. Simply try to lift the pistol to the screen and you will have an existential crisis of conscience. Why kill? Is it because we are told to? Or is it because we are designed to? This video game has bested Nietzsche and trumped Sarte, all within the confines of its tiny plastic cartridge.
This is the first thing I’ve ever read that made me actually consider a Zune.
Previously, when I would wag my finger at my broken or disfunctioning iPod and threaten to replace it with a Zune, it was an impotent and sad little joke. Nobody ever laughed. Maybe now, when I get tired of Apple’s hegemonic dominance and threaten to walk away, I’ll mean it.
I think it is telling, and worrisome, that both liberals and conservatives have become so knee-jerk about health care reform — it’s either totally not worth doing unless there’s a public plan or it’s totally not worth doing if any illegal immigrant ever gets anything out of it.
I was angry at Obama for giving up on the public option, but once I got past the political symbolism of it and started to read more about all of the other moving pieces, I began to come around to Obama’s perspective that it’s not the only thing that matters. And what I’ve seen out of the Baucus plan (reading stuff on the right, left, and middle) is that it gets a lot of the other things right.
Media coverage of health care in general has been just atrocious, with the media simply running a he-said-she-said on whatever issue the GOP is running on their daily complaint sheet, and coverage of the Baucus Bill is no different. There is almost no real discussion of the hard-to-follow innards and I shouldn’t have to work so hard to find reasoned analysis of it. I keep hearing it being referred to as a “moderate” Bill written by an insurance industry lackie when the subtler reality is that it reflects an honest effort to expand coverage in as fiscally conservative way as possible.
It has some major problems because it routinely falls on the side of corporate priorities rather than on the goal of expanded coverage, but considering that the primary issue w/ health care in this country is financial, it’s not a bad place to start. There’s a lot not to like in this Bill (not that I’ve read it myself, mind you), but it seems there are some things to like, and that the months it took to put it together reflect an honest effort to really hash out important details.
I don’t know whether Obama wanted to start from the center because he thought he could win some GOP support before the issue became too divisive (that is, the push to get it done in July) or because he felt that if he started too far to the left, he’d doom the process from getting off the ground anyway. But this is where we are. It’s a reasonable Bill, and if it can get some important tweaks, it’s OK by me.
I think the important thing now is for Dems to pursue a two-prong strategy: (1) Start pushing the Bill to the left and start fixing it’s biggest problems, and (2) Make a stronger case that GOP complaints are excuses — they’re looking for reasons not to achieve reform. It’s clear that the GOP’s position is sort of a rope a dope approach wherein they delay and delay and delay, finding one thing after another to take issue with (public option, illegal immigrants, individual mandate, etc), until support withers and the thing won’t pass at all. Republicans who *want* to vote for it need to look like they’re standing up to a backwards-ass Party of No to cross the aisle, and Dems need to make the case that this is what’s going on.
This is why the attacks on the Baucus Bill from the left and the right will ultimately serve to strengthen it. The more “nobody” likes it, ironically, the more the American people might see it as a legitimate compromise and as a more reasonable middle-ground. And if some moderate Dems can make that case (while Pelosi serves an important role of pushing it to the left), the GOP might be better pinned down to vote for it or look like they’re not serious about reform at all. And that’s how something passes.