In the midst of all life's fretting and planning and schlepping, don't we all just want a time-out to focus on...our domestic... READ ON
Yes, I'm obsessed with Short Circuit. Yes, in my book Steve Guttenberg can do no wrong. But more importantly, I love AI...And those AI troubadours are always thinking up new ways to slip a little robot power into world consciousness. Hence: Robocup! Since 1993, this World Cup for robots pits all the latest versions against their Beckham-ian brothers. According to Robocup headquarters, their official goal is summed up as follows: "By 2050, develop a team of fully autonomous humanoid robots that can win... READ ON
Artist Martin Konrad's series of bound and otherwise afflicted books reifies the concept of intellectual contraband. He has recreated actual banned books and presents them as full-on incendiary items in all their overt--if not absurd--armor. His statement elaborates:
based on concepts 'dirty' and 'book'. series of books as reminder of ongoing censorship and restrictions on intellectual freedom.
cover with information on censorship of specific book. first amendment of bill of rights to US constitution... READ ON
Oh, the joys of stress relief toys. When I was a kid, my friends and I used to get together at recess and fill balloons with all-purpose flour. Those were good times. Until my dog got "stressed." I always liked the idea of stress toys--basically capitalizing on the chewing-gum-with-your-hands reflex--but somehow, when I'm really stressed, I never end up resorting to any of these toys. I usually just seethe in privacy, but hey, I'm working on it. Here are a few derivatives on the classic "ball"... READ ON
If you're driving any of the more trafficked roads in Illinois, you might come across some of Jessica May's art. She's been busy playing undertaker to the most recent waves of roadkill, choosing to leave them in their original locations of impact but adorning them "in pet and baby clothes" and leaving many of them with their nails done:
Although she has dressed, and given some manicures, to three raccoons and three possums, she said she is not trying to make a political statement: "I'm not trying to be... READ ON
Some laws I get. Others seem like edicts drafted during some legislative mad-libs session. When I was living in Ann Arbor, there was a law circulating that went as follows: your body can be considered an open container (i.e. Bud tab is to beer what your mouth is to, well, that same beer--or some nasty jungle juice). There are numerous sites devoted to compiling the more entertaining U.S. laws, and here are some of my favorite selections:
A person must be 18 years old to buy a wax container. (CA)
No... READ ON
People keep calling our office and offering free dental appointments, and we were finally so sick of taking their calls that I threw myself under the bus and agreed: fine--shower me with your comped dentistry! I don't mind going to the dentist--as long as the incline angle on the chair incline isn't drastically obtuse--and I love keeping up with the latest kinds of toothpaste hand-outs. When I was a kid, a favorite pastime was gargling with concoctions that would highlight where your teeth were hoarding... READ ON
It's May, and there's no shortage of occasions for which flowers are appropriate. This and that mother could use some, the graduating nieces, not to mention the wedding party cast. I used to work for a florist in high school, and when they finally flung some FTD orders my way, I was schooled. There'd be the frustrated long-distance boyfriend who wanted something "simple and stunning" for his allergic-to-everything girl, the embarrassing dictation of greeting cards, and, finally, there was the man who... READ ON
I've always been fascinated by devices named after girls--the spinning jenny, the catherine wheel, the lazy susan. As a child, one of my favorite things to do was to spin the lazy susan--I mean really leaning some torque into it--when my parents weren't looking, causing all of the condiments and ceremonial objects of decoration to fling across the room. Some theories claim Thomas Jefferson coined the term after his daughter, Susan, and her protestations at having to lift a finger at dinner. The wheel, of... READ ON
When I was in high school, my life was wanting for espionage. I was too restless to devote much time to online RPGs--the only really popular one was Quake, and although it was scored by NIN, I was too recently out of nerddom to take part in virtual death matches. But by my junior year in high school, the pendulum of cool was nudging back over to the subversive, kinda nerdy side. MTV's "Daria" was in and my gentlemen friends who'd fared puberty intact could pregame for QuakeCon and still reasonably get a... READ ON
The dot of the letter "i" is called a tittle.