September 29, 2012

Conan O'Brien interviews Hunter S. Thompson

Along those lines: Charles Bukowski - Worst Hangover Story.

Posted by the Flea at 09:08 AM

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Renovations on HMS Victory turn to traditional hemp and pitch to keep out the water; modern synthetic alternatives weren't up to the job (I couldn't figure out how to type sempahore into the subject heading).

Posted by the Flea at 09:07 AM

Chelsea Wolfe - Appalachia

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

Posted by the Flea at 09:04 AM

September 28, 2012

Call the Sweeney Todd

A pop-up human butchery and morgue is set to appear in Smithfield; a promotion for the next iteration of Resident Evil.

Once at the butchery, members of the public will be invited to sample and purchase a dizzying array of edible human limbs including hands, feet and a human head, which will be available to buy directly from the shop. As well as these specially created products, gamers will be able to buy 'Peppered Human & Lemon Sausages' and 'J’avo Caught Human Thigh Steaks' along with some specially made pots of Red Herb and Green Herb. All proceeds from the sale of the meat will be donated to the Limbless Association, which provides information and support to the limb-loss community.

Looks like marketing. Feels like foreshadowing.

Posted by the Flea at 10:08 AM

House Ryan - "A man chooses."

Some Game of Thrones house sigils for video game families.

Posted by the Flea at 10:07 AM

Bourbon > whisky

Gavin McInnes: Ten things I hate that everybody loves (via Kathy).

Posted by the Flea at 10:04 AM

Rick Springfield - Jesse's Girl

Posted by the Flea at 10:02 AM

September 27, 2012

Calculating machines

"Johann Helfrich von Müller (January 16, 1746 – 1830) was an engineer in the Hessian army who conceived the Difference Engine in 1786. He has also designed - among other things - a large and powerful burning mirror, a sun clock, an air pump, an air gun, a barometer, a range finder device, etc."

Posted by the Flea at 11:28 AM

Vaisravana, King of the North

''In a discovery that sounds uncannily like the plot of an Indiana Jones film, researchers have discovered that the 1000 year old Buddhist statue found by a Nazi expedition in 1938 is made from a meteorite".

Posted by the Flea at 11:27 AM

The Beijinger

McYin and McYang.

Posted by the Flea at 11:23 AM

Rosa Ponselle - Song of India

Posted by the Flea at 11:22 AM

September 26, 2012

Multi-billion dollar scam

It's funny because it's true.

Posted by the Flea at 07:48 AM

Global bacon shortage

"New data shows the European Union pig herd is declining at a significant rate, and this is a trend that is being mirrored around the world. Pig farmers have been plunged into loss by high pig-feed costs, caused by the global failure of maize and soya harvests."

By contrast: The existence of cupcake dispensing machines.

Posted by the Flea at 07:44 AM

Understanding the Modern Gamer 9.2012 | North America

"This Google whitepaper examines the changes in video gamer digital behaviors through the lens of millions of tablet, desktop, and mobile searches. It also explores the meaningful link that exists between online engagement and game sales. Our research uncovers the following key trends:"

Posted by the Flea at 07:43 AM

Kylie Minogue - Flower

Cover your assetts: "Simulacrum & Hyperbole, Series 1  British artist Katerina Jebb made this film of Kylie Minogue for her imaginary TV channel Lucid TV Paris. It is part of the exhibition titled" Simulacrum & Hyperbole ". The series was presented at Trading Museum , Comme des Garcons Paris." (hat tip to Mr. Hawk)

Posted by the Flea at 07:42 AM

September 25, 2012

Nick Abrahams - Ekki Mukk (Sigur Ross Valtari Mystery Film Experiment)

Featuring Aidan Gillen.

Sigur Rós - Ekki múkk from Sigur Rós Valtari Mystery Films on Vimeo.

Posted by the Flea at 07:48 AM

Allach Tarot

Boris Kobe (1905-81) was a Slovenian architect and painter who became a political prisoner in the concentration camp of Allach, a sub-camp of Dachau, near Munich, Germany.

The contextual framework and point of departure of the art project is a deck of tarock/tarot cards made in Allach by Kobe most probably after the April 1945 liberation by American forces (see card XXI which depicts liberation, the Slovenian flag,and a tombstone-like image marked Allach which is aflame). As a whole, this work of art represents a visual summary of life in a concentration camp, the main vehicle of which consists of Kobe's tragic and humiliating sequences spiced with acrid humor.

Images at the link.

Posted by the Flea at 07:47 AM

Hitler's Courts (2006)

Betrayal of the rule of law in Nazi Germany.

Posted by the Flea at 07:44 AM

Nicolas Jaar - And I Say

Posted by the Flea at 07:42 AM

September 24, 2012


Beautiful devices. With apologies for promoting the network and their farm team, if only indirectly.

One craftsman is determined to keep the history and tradition of Japanese human-like automata (Karakuri) alive.
Posted by the Flea at 06:08 AM

The Casual Vacancy

"A rare chance to see an interview with JK Rowling. The Harry Potter author talks about insomnia, the Scottish referendum and what her most favourite recent novel has been."

Posted by the Flea at 06:07 AM

Martian eclipse

Curiosity sends back an image of a transit of Deimos (Phobos also makes an appearance).

Posted by the Flea at 06:04 AM

Paul Kalkbrenner - Das Gezabel

Posted by the Flea at 06:02 AM

September 23, 2012

Robbie Williams - Candy

Hat tip to Mr. Percifield.

Posted by the Flea at 08:24 AM

September 22, 2012

Gabriel Over the White House (1933)

"... @verumserum says it's as weird and creepy and prog-porn as it sounds -- he says he kept waiting it for it to get less weird (I guess-- to explain late in the film that fascism is not, in fact, a panacea) but it never does."

Gabriel was the brainchild of media titan William Randolph Hearst, whose "yellow journalism" helped start the Spanish American War. By 1933, Jonathan Alter explains in "The Defining Moment: FDR's Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope," "Hearst believed that the country needed a dictator but he wasn't sure FDR knew how to fill the role." So with this film, Hearst "set out to show Roosevelt the way."
Posted by the Flea at 07:48 AM

CAD and STL files

Make your own iPhone 5 case.

Posted by the Flea at 07:44 AM

Submotion Orchestra - Live at Momo

Posted by the Flea at 07:42 AM

September 21, 2012

Eve's Wireless (1922)

''The phone even has a lid which makes it the first flip-phone we are aware of, although it is probably not going to win any design awards. ...
"The footage appeared in Eve's Film Review issue 41, a cinemagazine for women which was run by Pathé between 1921 and 1933."

Related thought: Is this Apple's Mapgate?

Posted by the Flea at 06:28 AM

Solefald - Sun I Call

Posted by the Flea at 06:22 AM

September 20, 2012

The Birth of a Tool (Axe making by hand)

The music: Don Iver - Holocene.

Posted by the Flea at 10:28 AM

In the game of thrones

"Don't you ever do anything that isn't motivated by politics?" Garion asked him. For some reason, Zakath's flippant explanation of his act irritated him.
"Not that I can think of," Zakath said. "Politics is the greatest game in the world, Garion, but you have to play it all the time to keep your edge."
Silk laughed. "I've said the exact same thing about commerce," he said. "About the only difference I can see is that in commerce you have money as a way of keeping score. How do you keep score in politics?"
Zakath's expression was peculiarly mixed - half amused and half deadly serious. "It's very simple, Kheldar," he said. "If you're still on the throne at the end of the day, you've won. If you're dead, you've lost - and each day is a complete new game."

- David Eddings, Demon Lord of Karanda (1988); this quote from the first paperback edition, pg. 108 (1989).

Posted by the Flea at 10:27 AM

The last pre-digital counterculture

Wired interviews William Gibson on the emergence of punk.

I suspect — and I don’t think this is nostalgia — but it may have been able to become kind of a richer sauce, initially. It wasn’t able to instantly go from London to Toronto at the speed of light. Somebody had to carry it back to Toronto or wherever, in their backpack and show it, physically show it to another human. Which is what happened. And compared to the way that news of something new spreads today, it was totally stone age. Totally stone age! There’s something remarkable about it that’s probably not going to be that evident to people looking at it in the future. That the 1977 experience was qualitatively different, in a way, than the 2007 experience, say.
Posted by the Flea at 10:23 AM

Dead Can Dance - Opium & Paris

Posted by the Flea at 10:22 AM

September 19, 2012

Project Habakkuk

Project Habakkuk was a proposed fleet of iceberg aircraft carriers meant to provide air cover against U-boats for convoys dashing across the Atlantic gap. The "berg ships" were to be 2000 feet long with 40 foot thick hulls constructed from Pykrete, a machinable blend of frozen water and wood pulp.

According to some accounts, at the Quebec Conference of 1943 Lord Mountbatten brought a block of Pykrete along to demonstrate its potential to the bevy of admirals and generals who had come along with Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt. Mountbatten entered the project meeting with two blocks and placed them on the ground. One was a normal ice block and the other was Pykrete. He then drew his service pistol and shot at the first block. It shattered and splintered. Next, he fired at the Pykrete to give an idea of the resistance of that kind of ice to projectiles. The bullet ricocheted off the block, grazing the trouser leg of Admiral Ernest King and ended up in the wall.

CBC's Ideas podcast tells the story, including a cameo by Winston Churchill in his bath tub.

Posted by the Flea at 07:07 AM

I dwell with her

A fragmant of papyrus has emerged demonstrating that at least some early Christians belief Christ was married to Mary Magdalene.

This representation of Jesus as a man with earthly passions and needs has not survived in the doctrines of the established churches, which emphasize celibacy and asceticism as a spiritual ideal.
Posted by the Flea at 07:05 AM

And per se and

The history of the ampersand, formerly the 27th letter of the alphabet.

Posted by the Flea at 07:04 AM

Packwood - Bats

Packwood - Bats from Packwood on Vimeo.

From Bayden Packwood Hine's debut EP, Packwood. Engineered by Chris Vallejo (Josh Pyke, Passenger) at Linear Studios in July 2011 and mastered by Sean Magee (Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd) at Abbey Road Studios in London in August 2011, my copy of the EP just arrived from Australia. Canadian tour, please!


Also: Packwood at Tumblr.

Posted by the Flea at 07:02 AM

September 18, 2012

Mars Curiosity Descent - Ultra HD 30fps Smooth-Motion

Posted by the Flea at 08:48 AM

The illusion of life

Some prehistoric cave paintings - including twenty at Lascaux - were animated by torchlight (video at the link).

The cave drawings were found by archaeologist Marc Azema and French artist Florent Rivere, who suggest that Paleolithic artists who lived as long as 30,000 years ago used animation effects on cave walls, which explains the multiple heads and limbs on animals in the drawings. The images look superimposed until flickering torch-light is passed over them, giving them movement and creating a brief animation.

Mind. Blown.

Posted by the Flea at 08:47 AM

The Art of Manliness

Seven lessons on appearance learned in the United States Marine Corps.

Posted by the Flea at 08:44 AM

Pietro Mascagni - Cavalleria Rusticana

La Scala Theater Orchestra. Herbert von Karajan, conducting (1965). Performers: Adriana Martino, Carlo Bergonzi, Fiorenza Cossotto, Giangiacomo Guelfi, Maria Grazia Allegri.

Posted by the Flea at 08:42 AM

September 17, 2012

One Day (2012)

Posted by the Flea at 06:28 AM

Netflix exec

Canada's bandwidth caps "almost a human rights violation."

Asked about it on Thursday, [Ted] Sarandos had to concede that business in Canada could be better if broadband access came without caps and expensive overage fees. Said Sarandos: “The problem in Canada is… they have almost third-world access to the internet.”
Posted by the Flea at 06:27 AM

For great justice

A bacon sandwich really does cure a hangover, by boosting the level of amines which clear the head..

Posted by the Flea at 06:24 AM

Kernkraft 400 - Zombie Nation

Posted by the Flea at 06:22 AM

September 15, 2012

The emperor's new phone

"I'm a Mac cultist, but I won't be rioting over this blasphemous video.

Posted by the Flea at 11:36 AM

Bryan Lewis Saunders

This is your brain on drugs.

Posted by the Flea at 10:48 AM

From wine to whiskey

An infographic on the life of a cask.

(Hat tip to The Campblog.

Posted by the Flea at 10:47 AM

Beauty Micrometer

Recently perfected by Max Factor.

Posted by the Flea at 10:43 AM

Natalia Kills - Controversy

Hat tip to Mr. Percifield.

Posted by the Flea at 10:42 AM

September 14, 2012

Science fiction's greatest "failures"

"We're all using technology and trading ideas that only make sense in a world that's had Star Trek and Blade Runner."

Related: Shooting The Prisoner.

Posted by the Flea at 08:08 AM

Performance capture

"It’s a total game changer, in terms capturing performance, which is why we call it performance capture, not motion capture.”

Posted by the Flea at 08:07 AM

Bacon number

Google now has Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon functionality (hat tip to the Sister of the Flea).

Posted by the Flea at 08:04 AM

Sugarland - Life in a Northern Town

Sugarland:Life In A Northern Town from Risen Magazine on Vimeo.

Posted by the Flea at 08:02 AM

September 13, 2012

High Tech Soul: The Creation of Techno Music (2006)

Posted by the Flea at 10:08 AM

Singularity & Co

The Brooklyn bookshop saving out-of-print science fiction, one ebook at a time.

Posted by the Flea at 10:07 AM

Paris, 1914

In colour.

Posted by the Flea at 10:04 AM

Jackson Browne - Somebody's Baby

Posted by the Flea at 10:02 AM

September 12, 2012

RIP: Sean "Vile Rat" Smith

"He was on jabber when it happened, that’s the most fucked up thing. In Baghdad the same kind of thing happened - incoming sirens, he’d vanish, we’d freak out and he’d come back ok after a bit. This time he said ‘FUCK’ and ‘GUNFIRE’ and then disconnected and never returned."

Posted by the Flea at 10:08 AM

Under a Leicester car park

Archaeologists searching for the grave of Richard III have unearthed a skeleton with a curved spine and an arrow in its back.

Posted by the Flea at 10:07 AM

Jupiter Impact Video

George's Astrophotography: "Here is a 4 sec. clip of an impact on Jupiter I recorded on 10 Sept. 2012."

Posted by the Flea at 10:03 AM

Vibrasphere Live @ Mystic Arts Warsaw 2008

Posted by the Flea at 10:02 AM

September 11, 2012

BBC Radio 3 - Isaac Asimov's The Foundation Trilogy (1973)

Isaac Asimov's The Foundation Trilogy was adapted in eight hour-long episodes by the BBC, first broadcast in 1973. Sound design by the immortal BBC Radiophonic Workshop.

Posted by the Flea at 09:57 AM

Skyrim media

Female Ancient Nord cosplay.

Also: Prachov Rocks, Czech Republic.

Posted by the Flea at 09:54 AM

Pulse Emitter - Longing Thresholds

Posted by the Flea at 09:52 AM

September 10, 2012

Monika Delgado & Mickey Todiwala - Fragments (2012)

FRAGMENTS from Mickey Todiwala on Vimeo.

Posted by the Flea at 06:34 AM

Stuck in the '80s - Episode 272

Seven years they've been doing Stuck in the '80s and they waited until now to offer a tribute to Highlander. Why?

Actually we figured we better honor it now before its image is tarnished by a remake featuring Ryan Reynolds.

The link takes you to Steve Spears' Tampa Bay Times blog and from there to the podcast/iTunes. I listen to the show via Tunein.

Posted by the Flea at 06:24 AM

In the three-ninth kingdom

Soviet Photoshop.

Posted by the Flea at 06:23 AM

Shirley Manson - In The Snow (Demo)

Hat tip to Agent Bedhead.

Posted by the Flea at 06:22 AM

September 08, 2012


"...Jean-Pierre Dupuy proposed a convincing critique of John Rawl's theory of justice: in the Rawls model of a just society, social inequalities are tolerated only in so far they also help those at the bottom of the social ladder, and in so far as they are not based on inheritied hierarchies, but on natural inequalities, which are considered contingent, not signifying merit. What Rawls doesn't see is how such a society would create the conditions for an uncontrolled explosion of resentment: in it, I would know that my inferior status is fully justified, and would be deprived of blaming my failure on social injustice."

- Slavoj Zizek, How to Read Lacan

Posted by the Flea at 12:08 PM

It rains both on the just and the unjust. But mainly on the just.

"James Franco got a masters degree in filmmaking from NYU last May, and is even expected to teach a class on directing short films at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts this fall, which is surprising because he skipped 12 of his 14 classes on directing and received a “D”."

Posted by the Flea at 12:07 PM

Man cave

"Silvio Berlusconi's summer retreat on Sardinia's exclusive Costa Smeralda, which gained notoriety for parties with topless models, features an underground cave, complete with an emergency escape exit to the sea."

Posted by the Flea at 12:04 PM

Melodrom - Strah pred skokom

Posted by the Flea at 12:02 PM

September 07, 2012

If you must label the absolute, use it's proper name

"The pressure in Mount Fuji's magma chamber is now higher than it was in 1707, the last time the nearly 4,000-metre-high Japanese volcano erupted, causing volcanologists to speculate that a disaster is imminent."

Posted by the Flea at 08:47 AM


The Department of Defense Cheetah robot can outrun Usain Bolt.

Posted by the Flea at 08:44 AM

Klangkarussell - Sonnentanz

Posted by the Flea at 08:42 AM

September 06, 2012

Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem (2003)

"Interstella 5555 is a feature-length Japanese animated musical film originally released on December 1, 2003. The film is the visual realization of Discovery, an album by Daft Punk. Each track from the album has been animated as an episode in the story of the abduction and rescue of an interstellar pop band. The film was produced by the creators of the Discovery album, along with Toei Animation, under the supervision of Leiji Matsumoto."

Music list
1 "One More Time"
2 "Aerodynamic"
3 "Digital Love"
4 "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger"
5 "Crescendolls"
6 "Nightvision"
7 "Superheroes"
8 "High Life"
9 "Something About Us"
10 "Voyager"
11 "Veridis Quo"
12 "Short Circuit"
13 "Face To Face"
14 "Too Long"

Posted by the Flea at 10:08 AM

Shepard's Prayer

"Shortly before the launch, Shepard said to himself: 'Don't fuck up, Shepard...' This quote was reported as 'Dear Lord, please don't let me fuck up' in The Right Stuff, though Shepard confirmed this as a misquote. Regardless, the latter quote has since become known among aviators as Shepard's Prayer."

Cognitively related: Space whisky.

Posted by the Flea at 10:04 AM

Trend Factory - Hongdae Style

Posted by the Flea at 10:02 AM

September 05, 2012

The pose. The form. The thrust.

The Motya Charioteer, as warmed by hyperbole.

Imagine David Beckham naked within an ankle-length dress of gossamer linen designed by Mariano Fortuny, his sinuous contrapposto exaggerated by the clinging cloth, his genital mound and the muscles of his buttocks thrusting against it. I write of Beckham because he is by so many regarded as a sportsman of great physical beauty, setting a benchmark for the ordinary mortal of today, and on view in the British Museum there is, for the moment, an Olympian Beckham of more than two millennia ago, a benchmark of male beauty then. It is a sublime sculpture of such realism and sexuality, such serene pride and magnificence, such grandeur, nobility and even majesty, that I stood in awe of it for minutes, in a milling crowd yet quite alone — and just as well, for in its presence I could not have spoken. It was for me a Stendhal moment.

He's just getting warmed up.

Posted by the Flea at 10:28 AM

Deceit Perfume

The invention, called Deceit Perfume is intended to camouflage the smell of gunpowder by spreading odors over “vast areas.”

Tehran’s troops will also have a choice of four agreeable aromas: fresh air, rainy weather, seaside weather (for the navy) and tea, according to the news agency.
Posted by the Flea at 10:27 AM


Chinese researchers have unveiled a system that allows you to control drones with your thoughts. What could go wrong?

Posted by the Flea at 10:24 AM

Kill The Noise - Kill the Noise Pt. I

Posted by the Flea at 10:22 AM

September 03, 2012

In the Eye of the Ring

An Introduction to the world of symbols in Richard Wagner's The Ring of the Nibelung.

Posted by the Flea at 09:28 AM


Queen Victoria's Coronation Ring.

Posted by the Flea at 09:27 AM

Can't talk, maple syrup drill

Why does Canada have a Strategic Maple Syrup Reserve?

Via Reddit.

US vs Canada, round 2 (or War of 1812: The Sequel)
Opening moves:
- US moves to seize strategic corridors to Alberta and the Prairies, embargoes Halifax and Vancouver. Toronto is amphibiously invaded across Lake Ontario. Ottawa is occupied, nuclear submarine fleet deploys into Arctic.
- Canada throws entire army into "the Vermont gambit"; seizes American maple syrup manufacturing and assets (along with John LeClair)
Posted by the Flea at 09:24 AM

Verdi - "Va, pensiero, sull'ali dorate" from Nabucco (1842)

Posted by the Flea at 09:22 AM

September 02, 2012

The medium is the massage

"Why on EARTH are McLuhan’s works not in ebook form? That’s a sick gag to pull on the man’s legacy."

By requiring us to constantly fill in the spaces of the mosaic mesh, the iconoscope is tattooing its message directly on our skins. Each viewer is thus an unconscious pointillist painter like Seurat, limning new shapes and images as the iconoscope washes over his entire body.
Posted by the Flea at 08:48 AM

Some small steps

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Observer sends back photos of the Apollo 11 landing site. You can see Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s footsteps.

Also: Yet another image made possible by the heroic era preceding this new Dark Age. The Earth from 11 billion miles out.

Posted by the Flea at 08:47 AM

Kubrick // One-Point Perspective

Posted by the Flea at 08:44 AM

Rolling Stones - Emotional Rescue

Posted by the Flea at 08:42 AM

September 01, 2012

Deadmau5 feat. Gerard Way - Professional Griefers

Posted by the Flea at 09:28 AM

Ruin culture

Yet more abandoned China.

Posted by the Flea at 09:27 AM

Church Cottage

J.K. Rowling slept here circa 1982.

Posted by the Flea at 09:24 AM

May Arcade - Call Me Maybe (Geordie cover)

Posted by the Flea at 09:22 AM