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Friday, 12. December 2008

PRODUCTS:

GET A STYLISH SHAKESPEARE BUST REMOTE CONTROL

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Item# WILLY
$315.00

Redhotphones.com: "Shakespeare statuette with hidden remote control to open your Batcave, turn on your music, or anything else.(...) In the Batman TV show, when Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson were in the library in stately Wayne Manor and needed to go into the Batcave, Bruce would tilt back the head of a bust of William Shakespeare.

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Wednesday, 10. December 2008

POLITICS:

"MAD" PREVIEW FROM THE "HUFFINGTON POST"

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Tuesday, 9. December 2008

MEDIA:

IWITNESS

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Picture taken from mobile video on CNN: "This is mobile phone footage of a teenage boy allegedly being shot in Greece."

Honestly, I don't see how this picture can prove anything.

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POLITICS:

CRASH TEST DUMMIES

Brennende Schaufensterpuppen in Athen

From here: www.ireport.com

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ART:

D*FACE

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Art of Dface

Hypebeast about D*Face's aPOPcalypse Now Exhibiton: "The show’s focus on pop culture led to several pieces referencing topics such as superheroes from both the world of DC Comics and Marvel as well as popular pieces in our current cultural landscape."

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MOVIES:

A SHOW CALLED "MY DVD COLLECTION"

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Watch The Show. It's user generated content, it's fresh, it's wild, it's all the bullshit bingo in the world...

What I really like is the guy's special "my dvd collection" series. Here's the latest episode:

Dude, you're cool.

Oh, yes, more people talking about their dvd collections on YouTube....

Dude, they stole your idea!

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Monday, 8. December 2008

POLITICS:

LIVE RIOTS IN ATHENS AND OTHER CITIES IN GREECE

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Greek Internet Riot 2.0:

"Official" Griots Live Twitter

Indymedia Deutschland
Greek Indymedia is down right now
indymedia.org.uk

Thibet on Twitter : "police NOWHERE in athens except Maximou str and in front of Parliament. everywhere else CHAOS, major fires in Calirois Str
athens downtown under huge looting operation... fires everywhere, extensive damages to all shops, trapped people among looters"

athineos: "Kolonaki, an "upper-class" district of Athens, is being looted and torn apart, especially streets Voukourestiou and Skoufa."

Athens Live Twitter
Videos on YouTube
"Official" Pictures on Flickr
Pictures on Flickr

ThessTV - Videos from Thessaloniki

1.0
Spiegel
CNN: "See images of anarchy on Greek streets »
Videos on CNN
CNN: Dozens hurt as Greek riots spread
New York Times - Anti-Police Riots Continue in Greece

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PEOPLE:

WAR IS OVER (IF YOU WANT IT)

It's been 28 years today.... It's John Lennon Day. Shut down your computer and do something to make this world a better place.

Posted by the very underestimated and very misinterpreted Y0K0ON0

Did you see the Official Beatles Channel on YouTube?

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Sunday, 7. December 2008

MUSIC:

BEST BAND 2008 - THE COWBOY KILLERS

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Mike Ellison (guitar,harp), Sully Morland (washboard), Charlie Booth (banjo)

The Cowboy Killers are from New York, but they're currently stranded in big, bad Berlin. I have seen these fine young men many times this year and killers they are indeed. They get any place and any age dancing in three minutes.
If they play live around the corner, go and see him. And if they don't, go and book them for your parties and venues. Meet them on MySpace over here!

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You can buy their cd almost exclusively at a joint called "The Room" on Graefestr. 77 in Berlin-Kreuzberg where they also play for a beer and burger every once in a while. Support these guys and get them as a support, all you big boys playing the big places ! They're really phantastic!

April'08 - Sunday-Afternoon at Lohmühle Berlin:

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ART:

VICTOR ASH BACK IN BERLIN

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...just taking pictures!�: "Guess what? Victor ASH returned to Berlin for a new Mural.

After his Astronaut in Kreuzberg his new Project is showing some “falling Graffiti-Painters”…
Here´s a quick preview (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6). (Here for his Website)."

Interview with Victor Ash in English

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MUTANTENWELT:

IN IRLAND SCHÄTZT MAN KLARE WORTE

Irish Independent: O'Leary: 'Take them out and shoot them'

RYANAIR chief executive Michael O'Leary has vowed to sack the board of Aer Lingus should his €748m bid to buy the former State airline be successful.
(...)
Mr O'Leary refers to them as "Bertie's pals, political appointees or trade union representatives" who know nothing about running an airline.

Rounding off his damning assessment of Aer Lingus's directors, the Ryanair chief, in typically cavalier fashion, calls for the various board members -- with a few notable exceptions -- to be "taken out and shot" describing them as "useless".

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Saturday, 6. December 2008

MEDIA:

MAD'S TRIBUTE TO THIS YEARS'S BIGGEST IDIOTS

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Via Slashfilm

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Comics:

"THE MAXX" BY SAM KIETH (MTV ODDITIES)

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I really loved the comic and that show and it's unique simple style. The animated series is out on YouTube now. Not the best quality, but it's not out on dvd and the VHS tape is sort of rare.

Wikipedia: "The Maxx is an American comic book and character created by Sam Kieth and published by Image Comics. The comic book spawned an animated series that aired on the MTV network.

The series follows the adventures of the titular hero in the real world and in an alternate reality, referred to as The Outback. In the real world the Maxx is a vagrant while in the Outback he is the protector of the Jungle Queen. The Jungle Queen is similar to the Maxx in that she also exists in the real world as Julie Winters, a freelance social worker who often bails the Maxx out of jail. While the Maxx is aware of the Outback, Julie is not, though it is integral to the story of both the Maxx and Julie."

Sam Kieth's website seems to be dead.

The (almost) complete Sam Kieth checklist

Picture from this great collection of DC Comics Wallpapers

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HISTORY:

LOONEY TUNES - THE DUCKTATORS (1942)

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Model Sheet from Wartime Model Sheets. Click for the big version!

File under "Warner Brothers War Propaganda". Watch it at Google Video

Wikipedia"The cartoon takes place on a farm, beginning with numerous animals being shown. After a brief few moments, two ducks (who are expecting a duckling) go over to their egg after it starts to hatch; once the egg has hatched, a baby duck with a Hitler moustache emerges and yells "Sieg Heil!" while giving the Nazi salute. After time passes the baby duck grows into adulthood, holding aggressive speeches toward other ducks and geese; one goose who was listening agrees with him and gives the nazi salute. The goose, representing Benito Mussolini, then delivers a speech to the only listener: a baby chicken who had been forced to stay and applaudes.
(...)
The complete version was made available on the Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 6 on October 21, 2008."

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DEUTSCHLAND:

FREDDY QUINN - WIR

"Jemand muss da sein, der nicht nur vernichtet...."

Ein wichtiges Stück Schlagerhistorie. Bei jeder Feierei immer wieder gern gehört. Kann man auch gut jede Menge Doktorarbeiten drüber schreiben.

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Computing:

CCC CONGRESS 09 - SURVEILLANCE IN TEN YEARS

A big experiment involving 14 chairs coming up at the 25th Chaos Communication Congress (27-29 December, Berliner Congress Centre, Berlin, Germany)

CCC "The Open Attendee Meta-Data (OpenAMD) system and SocioPatterns.org will merge RFID technology with social networking to create live visualizations based on people's locations and interests. For only €10, over a thousand conference attendees can upgrade their badges to participate in a real life incarnation of Harry Potter's "Marauder's Map."

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PEOPLE:

R.I.P. FORREST J ACKERMAN - MR. SCIENCE FICTION PASSED AWAY

He must have been a wonderful person. I always wanted to go and see the legendary Ackermanison and interview him about Jack Parsons.

Monsters and aliens are crying.

Harry Knowles has published his "just in case" letter: " in 2003 - Forry sent me a letter contemplating his own impending death that he had asked me to pass on in case he passed away. This is his personal statement and closing thoughts on life that he wished for me to share. Things he wanted to set straight according to his personal beliefs and philosophies. It is especially hard to read today..."

HauntedMuseum: Here are some surviving clips of the interview and the "tour" of his home cum museum.

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Friday, 5. December 2008

ART:

STOP MOTION PHOTOGRAPHY

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Crazy pictures over at Orschlurch

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MUSIC:

KIDS WANNA ROCK

This is great: WFMU - The Next Generation of Metal

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TV:

THE SIMPSONS - MAPPLE STORE OPENS IN SPRINGFIELD - S20E07

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"You think you're cool because you buy a $500 phone with a picture of a fruit on it. Well guess what? They cost 8 bucks to make and I pee on every one!" shouts Steve Mobs with the Bart Simpson voiceover.

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That was definetely one of the best episodes ever. You should like soooo check it out. Lisa gets a Mypod, Bart gets a muslim friend and Homer gets into a lot of trouble. The parody of Steve Jobs was solid comedy gold.

Official website for The Simpsons

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Thursday, 4. December 2008

Comics:

AQUAMAN DOESN'T WORK!

Aquaman Pictures, Images and Photos NPR: Baggin' On the Sea King, or: The Comedy Meme that Ate Atlantis "Thanks to you, said meme itself — the very act of pointing out that the highly specific nature of Aquaman's power-set would logically circumscribe his effectiveness as a deterrent of crime and administrator of justice (i.e., "The guy talks to FISH!") — is now officially the hoariest, hackiest arrow in the quiver of pop-culture commentary.
Qua humor, it is to our Internet Age what "And what is the deal with airline peanuts?" was to the skinny-necktie 90's.
It is not remotely fresh; it is fresh's antithesis, its polar opposite, its mortal enemy. It's what steps onto the Enterprise wearing a goatee after a transporter malfunction strands Fresh Himself in the anti-matter universe.
"

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PRODUCTS:

SNUGGIE - THE BLANKET WITH SLEEVES

This video is very disturbing. People wearing "Snuggies" scare me. They're like members of some crazy cult.

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Wednesday, 3. December 2008

MOVIES:

THE STORY OF A CREATIVE COMMONS PICTURE ON FLICKR WHICH ENDED UP BEING A BACKGROUND FOR IRON MAN AND THE DUDE

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Fascinating: Adactio.com - Iron Man and Me

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MUTANTENWELT:

MAN - THE MOST DANGEROUS ANIMAL OF 'EM ALL

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Von De-Bug.de: Axl Rose seine Katze

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PEOPLE:

SCARED OF SANTA

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Funny pictures by readers of the Chicago Tribune

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Tuesday, 2. December 2008

PLACES:

SUPERARTIST BANKSY DOUBLES PUB'S VALUE

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Former run-down pub in Liverpool has seen its market value soar after being targeted by 'Banksy' Photo: WENN

Telegraph: "The derelict building has been adorned with a giant rat, while the outer walls of the pub have been scrawled in red lipstick.

Banksy has used images of vermin throughout his politically-motivated work, and this particular piece of 'guerilla' artwork has attracted the attention of collectors.

The Whitehouse pub was originally estimated by local estate agents to be worth some £495,000, but its value has now doubled to around £1 million, as art dealers scurry to get their hands on it.

Liverpool estate agents Sutton Kersh, who are overseeing the sale, have reportedly been inundated with offers from excited buyers looking for safe investment.

Earlier this year, the artist's works defied the credit crisis with a sale fetching more than £350,000 at auction.

Despite his popularity, Banksy has zealously guarded his anonymity which has fuelled speculation about his anonymity which has fuelled speculation about his real identity."

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DEUTSCHLAND:

SUCHANFRAGE

Search request: unschöne zeit von hitler

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PEOPLE:

ENGLISCHE POLIZEI SETZT SEIFENBLASEN GEGEN TRUNKENBOLDE EIN

Drunkard Pictures, Images and Photos
Tagesschau: Wer hier, im Norden Englands, künftig am Wochenende volltrunken aus einem Pub oder Club torkelt und nach einer handfesten Schlägerei Ausschau hält, muss nicht mehr mit dem Gummiknüppel oder umgedrehten Armen rechnen. Vielmehr wird ihm ein freundlicher Polizist ein Fläschchen mit Seifenblasen-Tinktur überreichen. Dahinter steht die Hoffnung, dass der eben noch Gewaltbereite sofort von seinem verwerflichen Tun ablässt, auch nicht dem Polizisten mit der Flasche auf die Mütze haut, sondern umgehend von kindlichem Spieltrieb gepackt wird. Elaine Sherrington von der örtlichen Verwaltung jedenfalls ist davon überzeugt, dass die "Nachtschwärmer" auf diese Art "etwas Spaß" haben, "auf den sie sich konzentrieren können".

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Monday, 1. December 2008

PRODUCTS:

THE WORLD'S SMALLEST BURGER

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How to make the Worlds Smallest Burger, Fries & Soda Meal... Yummy!

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POLITICS:

46664

I saw some of the short films by contemporary artists on this dvd. Impressive stuff. From the info: "Amongst other artists that have created exclusive works for 46664 - 1 Minute of Art to Aids are Bill Viola, Sam Taylor Wood, Alfredo Jaar, William Kentridge, Keith Haring, Pipilotti Rist and Matthew Barney"

Amazon: "Named after the number worn during his 18-year imprisonment by Nelson Mandela, the former president of South Africa and the inspiration for this global initiative, 46664 was created to draw attention to the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa. The main event, organized by Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen and Dave Stewart of Eurythmics, was a November 2003 concert in Cape Town, and it's quite a show, preserved here by more than four hours of performance footage spread out over two discs."

Unfortunately the website is broken. Mister Bono, get your mechanic NOW!

Video: 46664 Concert Honoring Mandela at 90 - London, 27 June 2008

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