Thursday, March 31, 2005

Baltimore e Houston: NEWS

GSW*: servizio sulle ferite da arma da fuoco a Baltimora, città che non conosco ma mi affascina. Storie del genere le avevo sentite anche da NY, comunque ecco un altro link che non ho tempo di leggere.
The Maryland Shock Trauma Center figures indicate that Shock Trauma alone treated a staggering 430 gunshot wounds in 2004.
Tutti i survivor sono neri e mostrano le cicatrici in belle foto B/N. Da Houston invece una storia di cacciatori di taglie
Typically, a bounty hunter brings a fugitive back from Mexico in one of three ways: he bribes a Mexican authority to bring the guy to the border; he grabs the guy himself and shoves him in the trunk of his car; or he has his partner hold the guy's family at gunpoint until he's in U.S. custody. McKee and Valero apparently wanted to do it the legit way. The problem was, they weren't quite sure what that meant.

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

A fifth of November to remember remember

backbytes: "It was a very loud explosion so we all went to town before the police turned up." We're reporting this out of admiration.
Sacred Texts: African Religion: Ultimately, we are all Africans. (Studies of mitochondrial DNA have proven that all human beings are descended from a small population (less than a hundred individuals) that emerged from Africa about 60,000 years ago.) The earliest written religious texts as well as the first documented monotheistic religion also developed in Africa. During the European dark ages, many ancient manuscripts were preserved in African libraries in places such as Ethiopia and Timbuctoo.

Thursday, March 24, 2005

Can I bring my gat, mp3 blog di Hip Hop, scovato da Bow to bow, un altro blog di musica che sembra promettente.
newswire: il weblog di una giornalista giordana in Qatar.

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Google

Adwords ha il login sulla sinistra, Adsense sulla destra. Cosa nascondono questi bastardi capitalisti?

Su totalitarianism today, alla pagina Convalescing in wonderland, trovate il link per Wonderland (progetto di rivista brasiliana ispirato ad Alice e sviluppato come fotolog). Bellissimo.
Dot Dot Dot Dot Dot Dot Dot Dot Dot: is the most stimulating and original visual culture magazine produced by designers since Emigre's heyday in the late 1980s to the mid-1990s.*



* OK, Cabinet is pretty good, too. So is 2wice.

Monday, March 21, 2005

Fruminator: The Tulip-Bulb Craze

The Biggest Market Crashes in History: The Tulip-Bulb Craze: In 1593 tulips were brought from Turkey and introduced to the Dutch. The novelty of the new flower made it widely sought after and therefore fairly pricey. After a time, the tulips contracted a non-fatal virus known as mosaic, which didn't kill the tulip population but altered them causing 'flames' of color to appear upon the petals. The color patterns came in a wide variety, increasing the rarity of an already unique flower. Thus, tulips, which were already selling at a premium, began to rise in price according to how their virus alterations were valued, or desired.
The Ward-O-Matic: The Subconscious Art of Graffiti Removal

Post del mese per un cortometraggio su un'attività cui ho pensato spesso anche io, come contrappasso naturale del writer.

Schermaglie clueless

More PR Than No-Holds-Barred On Bosses' Corporate Blogs
He explained why he thought HP was in trouble. HP's lawyers filed a cease-and-desist order. Sun fired back, and the issue was dropped.
Schermaglie HP/Sun tra corporate blogger di alto livello, in un articolo su washingtonpost.com dove non si cita nemmeno Scoble per Microsoft.

In giro stamattina ho letto che è tornata la bolla da una parte, che c'è il consolidamento del mercato dall'altra.

Friday, March 18, 2005

Cercando dove fosse Tergoviste, mi son messo a leggere una favola del gigante Vadim. Ambientata in Vojivodina, una regione della Serbia storicamente ungherese, mi ha preso subito bene. Il finale un pò mi ha lasciato strano, ma tante fiabe balcane sono diverse dalle nostre. Ho visto sul sito la storia della regione, all'inizio dell'era di Cristo con le invasioni barbariche. Purtroppo il sito è una roba fan di un gioco di ruolo fantasy, un mix di elementi veri, tutti mischiati.

In effetti lo sapevo che Targoviste è in Romania, qualche migliaio di chilometri a nord, ma si scrive con la A. Comunque, ho scoperto su un altro sito del genere, una buona citazione sui dhampir, che gli slavi del sud chiamavano Vampirici, piccoli vampiri detti Mules (spettri clonati). Belle le tre tradizioni diverse sui dhampir degli zingari ortodossi e musulmani. Una pagina Dhampir esiste su Wikipedia, ma in polacco. Fortuna che Milano per tradizione non ha molti spiriti e fantasmi.

Roadkill: real connection to the meat

Now the 25-year-old enjoys roadkill regularly with his friends. Last fall, they found two deer and spent three days preparing the carcasses in their campus-area house; the hide from one of them is still hanging in the basement, waiting to be tanned.

Erisbright and his friends are not alone. Activists all over the country are being inspired by an organization called Wildroots. Located on a 30-acre homestead in North Carolina, these "green anarchists" are critical of modern society and believe that reconnecting with wildness will abolish the oppressive institutions of civilization.

Members of Wildroots live a primitive lifestyle and practice earth-based skills, like primitive shelter building, hide tanning, herbal medicine and crafts.
Alternative food sources, like roadkill, are essential to their cause, as is outreach, and the group travels the country promoting their lifestyle at conferences and workshops. One of their publications, a zine called Feral Forager, details how to eat roadkill.

For more info, click on Columbus Alive or wildroots.com and homefoodsafety.org

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

  • mirumir: Nuovo cinema inferno
  • Stay Free! Daily: The dark side of net communities


    Due storie che mi avevano turbato senza capirle, che metto in prospettiva solo oggi con un seguito al pezzo del LA Times che citava da Stay Free.
    To hold war's horror at bay, we touch it

    Anche la storia del secondo link è uscita di nuovo: cfr Boing Boing per i link al NY Times.
  • Monday, March 14, 2005

    SXSW Baby!: Grupo Fantasma

    Grupo Fantasma: ancora Prentiss Riddle con la cumbia Tex Mex. Vedere questo da Chapel Perilous.

    Libri di città

    Yatta: Davis wrote Planet of Slums, an article on the effects of an increased urbanization of the globe without an increase in the infrastructure to support it. It's a good article that's been turned into a book. Mike Davis is speaking at CUNY in Manhattan on Wednesday.

    World Changing: Robert Neuwirth has a thing for squatters. Fascinated by the illegal, homemade neighborhoods lived in by a billion people worldwide, Neuwirth spent two years (courtesy of a MacArthur Foundation grant) living in four squatter neighborhoods around the world: Rocinha, in Rio, Brazil; Kibera, in Nairobi, Kenya; Sanjay Gandhi Nagar, in Mumbai, India; and Sultanbeyli, in Istanbul, Turkey. His time living in these neighborhoods has led to a book - Shadow Cities - and a blog, SquatterCity.

    World Changing: Jared Diamond’s new book Collapse has joined the ranks of Joseph Tainter’s book The Collapse of Complex Societies as a seminal work on why civilizations fall apart. But what can these works tell us, if we don’t want to be doomed?

    Extinction and natural disasters are the trope of our times. Why is the BBC's Horizon team so obsessed with the end of the world?

    RZA on NPR

    chemistry, class: "Yesterday she sat down with Wu Tang's RZA, and, per O-Dub, had her game face on (or whatever the radio equivalent is). Somehow seems fitting that it is on the occasion of his new book, The Wu Tang Manual, and not timed to any new music."

    Insightful Evidence

    (Swhack it) The Clark-Trimble experiments: "In the experiments which finally confirmed him in this view, and which he demonstrated before the Royal Society in London, Clark-Trimble arranged four hundred pieces of carpet in ascending degrees of quality, from coarse matting to priceless Chinese silk. Pieces of toast and marmalade, graded, weighed, and measured, were then dropped on each piece of carpet, and the marmalade-downwards incidence was statistically analysed. The toast fell right-side-up every time on the cheap carpet, except when the cheap carpet was screened from the rest (in which case the toast didn�t know that Clark-Trimble had other and better carpets), and it fell marmalade-downwards every time on the Chinese silk. Most remarkable of all, the marmalade-downwards incidence for the intermediate grades was found to vary exactly with the quality of carpet."

    Tuesday, March 08, 2005

    Buona pubblicità, buone idee, buone risorse

    Mi sono abbonato a CreativeClassics, in italiano.

    Monday, March 07, 2005

    Willie Tee - Teasin' you

    Grande ascolto con Willie Tee, preso a naso da un folder di file sharing. La ricerca mi ha portato alla stazione WWOZ, che trasmette dal vivo e dove anni fà ho ascoltato lo zydeco piu' bastardo. Ora vorrei scaricare Wasted (The Gaturs Featuring Willie Tee), mentre stamattina ho sentito la sua roba vecchia nella compila Teasin' You - Tee's recordings with Nola Records (1965-1971, arranged by the legendary Wardell Quezerque) and the self-produced singles from Tee's own lable Gatur Records. While Tee went on to lead the funk band the Gaturs and was the force behind the Wild Magnolias, these recordings (anchored by his biggest hit "Teasin' You") serve as the richest bedrock to his electric career. Check back: louisianamusicfactory.
    Te telly in the grand hyatt, amman - Russell Davies ha scattato cento foto del suo viaggio d'affari in Giordania, una per ogni canale della TV satellitare dell'albergo. Nessuna immagine speciale, ma una bella idea.

    Intanto AraBlog ha ricominciato a postare, se vi interessa il mondo arabo in versione blog forse ha una prospettiva diversa sui fatti di attualità. In diversi paesi arabi i blogger finiscono dentro che è un piacere, vedi committee to protect bloggers, per la prospettiva della blogosfera internazionale.

    Io resto ignorante e mi accontento di vedere foto della tele.

    Sunday, March 06, 2005

    En el Callejon

    Patato teamed with Totico for the esteemed Afro-Cuban rumba workout Patato And Totico '67 on Verve (reissued on Mediterraneo '92), including tres guitar maestro Arsenio Rodríguez, legendary bassist Israel 'Cachao' López, singers, percussionists and composers Papaíto and Virgilio Marti (d '95); also on Verve, he sessioned on Chico O'Farrill's Married Well '67 and Miguelito Valdés's Inolvidables '67, the latter arranged and conducted by O'Farrill, including Machito, Graciela, Victor Paz. Sessioned on Cachao's revered cult LPs Cachao y su Descarga '77 Vol. 1 '76 and Dos, Vol. 2 '77 on Salsoul and important all-star charanga gathering Super Típica de Estrellas '76 on All-Art (reissued on WS Latino '95) directed by Don Gonzalo Fernández.

    Ho scaricato More than mambo, una compilona di jazz latino. En el Callejon è un pezzone tra boogaloo, jazz latino e salsa. Il resto della compila è pieno del solito sound buonista di Cal T Jader.

    Friday, March 04, 2005

    Infocult: Polar music, a query

    Infocult alla ricerca di una muisca polare di oggi. I lettori rispondono e io rebloggo, curioso e spaventato di ascoltare musica da un posto così freddo.

    Da parte mia consiglio Vapaa Muurari/Live un disco fenomenale di Uusitalo, al secolo Vladislav Delay. Ho scaricato altra sua roba che però non mi piace, il live è l'unico caldo e col feeling del dub originale. E' del 2000 e fà paura.

    Wednesday, March 02, 2005

    From ‘A’ to ‘B’ by bus... Baltic-style

    One of the nice things about living in Riga is the fact that it’s equidistant from the other two Baltic capitals. You can swing either way in the space of just four or five hours (given the elements). Except that I am one of those many unfortunate people who is forced, through the lack of something called a car, to make the journey by bus. And what a journey it invariably is.

    Tuesday, March 01, 2005

    BoingBoing: Party Flyers, i "famosi" poster di Phase II - qualcuno di noi li ha sulle magliette che aveva portato all'epoca. Ormai son passati 10 anni, se non fossi un cazzone ristamperei le fanze, ce n'erano pure di bilingue.

    oh no, gojira, aaaaiiiieeeehhhhhh!!!!!!

    Octolan >> Gojira69's Ephemeral Treasures: "Ritual: The Jazz Messengers featuring Art Blakey", strano sito con lista di film giapponesi di mostri in homepage e disco jazz del 1957 all'interno, con scan ad alta risoluzione e mp3 da ascoltare. Gojira69: oh no, gojira, aaaaiiiieeeehhhhhh!!!!!!