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Thursday, July 29, 2004

Guns and Dope Party Position Paper #23

Little Tony was sitting on a park bench munching on one candy
bar after another. After the 6th candy bar, a man on the bench
across from him said, "Son, you know eating all that candy isn't
good for you. It will give you acne, rot your teeth, and make
you fat."

Little Tony replied, "My grandfather lived to be 107 years old."

The man asked, "Did your grandfather eat 6 candy bars at a time?"

Little Tony answered, "No, he minded his own fucking business."


The Cactus Project

The cactus project is a transgenic artwork involving the fusion of human genetic material into the cactus genome resulting in the cactus expressing human hair.
The cactus project involved the use of the agrobacterium system introducing the keratin gene into the cells of the cactus. By taking advantage of the totipotency of plant cells, the transformed cells were used to regenerate genetically engineered transgenic cacti. (Via)



CBEN wins grant for undergraduate nanotech course

The course, titled "Nanotechnology: Content and Context," will be offered jointly by the departments of chemistry and anthropology this fall. The grant, awarded under NSF's Nanotechnology in Undergraduate Education program, allows Rice to join a small but growing number of schools offering undergraduate nanotech classes aimed at preparing students for a future in which nanotech is an integral part of the technology landscape.

"What's innovative about the Rice approach is the combination of technical content with social context," said Kristen Kulinowski, executive director for education and public policy at CBEN, a faculty fellow in the department of chemistry and principal investigator on the grant. "As students are introduced to the science and engineering aspects of nanotechnology, they will be considering the ways that new technologies like nanotech are funded by, introduced into and ultimately impact on society."

After an introductory segment that looks at nanotechnology from the perspective of the futures it may enable, the course is organized around four technical theme areas that cover the following aspects of nanotechnology: (1) scale, measurement, and manufacture; (2) machines and money; (3) life and how to change it; (4) risk and the environment.


Hack Nano


Thursday, July 22, 2004

OUT: Operation Urban Terrain - a live action wireless gaming urban intervention. To be enacted on August 30, during the republican national convention in NYC

OUT takes its name from MOUT a military term for Military Operations in Urban Terrain. Many military simulation computer games implement MOUT. For example, the US Army developed game Full Spectrum Warrior trains gamers in MOUT combat. OUT is a criticism of the increasing militarization of civilian life which has been implemented in the US and elsewhere since 911. The Patriot Act, surveillance of public libraries, and the increased powers of government to hold citizens in military custody without trial are instances of these increased powers of government instigated by the Bush administration. In an endless spiral war of terror a government is at war with its own citizens, with soldiers in the midst of the fabric of ordinary life, as has been the case for a while in terror alert cities like Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

OUT is an artistic intervention in the public space of online games and cities. OUT is also happening at a moment when the street has become again a viable mode of expression. From Seattle to Cancun activists are using wireless technologies and the web to organize actions and and congregate. Dada-like agenda-less mobs have appeared in New York and spread to other cities, In contrast, police at these events are increasingly high tech and cyborgean. They wear the latest riot gear shields and padding and use high tech wireless communication systems. They move in sophisticated crowd control formations. OUT, on the other hand, is a high tech art intervention, art activists with high tech gear and strategy. OUT of the closet of MOUT.

Republicans OUT of New York. The United States OUT of Iraq and the Middle East. Escalating worldwide Militarism and Violence, from whatever source, (right wing oil hungry U.S. capitalists or wealthy Islamic fundamentalists), OUT of Civilian Life. The U.S. Army and Pentagon computer game developers OUT of the minds of prebuscent gamers.


Tuesday, July 20, 2004


A Maryville man spent his 23rd birthday in custody after police said they found him early Sunday running nude from the John Sevier pool snack bar with a box of stolen snacks.

Authorities said the man had apparently scaled an 8-foot tall fence while naked and covered in nacho cheese and was seen running toward a Jeep in which officers found clothing and an open bottle of vodka.

Spicer reported at 3:38 a.m. Sunday he saw a Jeep CJ-7 in the parking lot of the pool and saw an open bottle of vodka in the console along with various articles of clothing. Minutes later, a nude man carrying a cardboard box ran toward the Jeep before Spicer stopped him and found the box filled with Frito Lay snacks and a container of nacho cheese.

"In addition, the male had nacho cheese in his hair, on his face and on his shoulders,'' Spicer reported. "The nude male had a strong odor of alcohol and was semi-incoherent.''

An official with Maryville Alcoa Blount County Parks and Recreation was called to the scene and together with police, they searched the facility. They found someone had climbed an 8 foot fence, broke into the snack bar through a window, ransacked the facility, left the freezer door open and caused $100 damage by ripping the water heater from the wall, according to a report.

Authorities reported someone also defecated in a garbage can, threw nacho cheese on the exterior wall of the snack bar and scattered chips on the ground outside the facility. About $40 in chips and $7 in nacho cheese were stolen from the snack bar, police said.

Monday, July 19, 2004

Bruce Sterling on "The Coalition of the Billing"

The role of private companies in Iraq has been widely reported. What hasn't gotten so much play is that, taken as a whole, contractors make up the second-largest armed force there, after the US military. Although this "army" is mostly on the Pentagon's payroll for now, it doesn't fly any flag or belong to any state. It's a multiethnic, for-profit, postnational force, and its sole agenda is to mind the bottom line. It has no incentive to stand down as long as there's money to be made. It's not afraid of terrorists, and whatever passes for an Iraqi government in the future will likely live at its mercy.


Psi Research, Online Games, and Scientific Heresy

Psi research, while condemned or dismissed as pseudoscience by many mainstream intitutions and researchers, is alive and kicking on the internet via a number of online experiments. They allow for an assesment of one's own "psychic" capabilities and also serve as data collection tools for ongoing psi research. These experiments are, on the whole, rather well designed and amusing to participate in. For example, in the Fourmilab retropsychokinesis project, the participant is asked to try to influence a stream of random data generated by measurements of radioactive decay, a source of true quantum randomness. Then the results of the experiment are cataloged and along with those of thousands of other participants, and the resulting data is searched for statistical anomolies. To participate in any of these experiments, visit one of the following sites:

The Retropsychokinesis Project

Got Psi?

Psi Arcade

IONS Intuitive Diagnosis Experiment

In a similar vein, also check out Princeton University's Global Consciousness Project.


'Why Knot?' comic book teaches mathematical theory

Different from standard textbooks in almost every way, "Why Knot?" presents the basics of mathematical knots in a comic book. Designed to get high school and college students actively engaged, the book includes a plastic, rope-like toy called the Tangle, which students can use for exercises described in the book. Every page is filled with humorous and instructional illustrations, turning the challenging study of knot theory and the application of knot theory to DNA into an accessible adventure.

Sunday, July 18, 2004

Street Memes

"street meme": a sticker, stencil, or poster that can spread a single image around the world. Unlike traditional graffiti art where each piece is unique, street memes can be copied repeatedly, taking on a life of their own, and spreading through the collective effort of people scattered around the world.

"meme": A term coined by Biologist Richard Dawkins to describe self replicating ideas. Read more about the concept of the meme here.


More Hot Bug Porn!

Wednesday, July 07, 2004

Indegenous Amazonian peoples make cultural map of their land using GPS technology, and use it to drive loggers off of their land

Conrad Feather is only part way through his PhD but has already spent several years living with indigenous people in the Amazon, helping them drive loggers from their ancestral land. Recently he trained them to use GPS devices so that they could create the first map of their territory and make an ambitious bid to win legal title to it. This month the project won him the prestigious St Andrews Prize for the Environment. He talks to Alun Anderson about his life with the Nahua

Saturday, July 03, 2004

Mark Lombardi: Global (Conspiracy) Networks

Mapping criminal corporate-government connections is a dangerous occupation. Exposing the players and their front companies is even more hazardous. These are the subjects of Mark Lombardi's art -- the hidden global realities of money and power. His artwork, literally as well as figuratively, connects the dots of international high-level white-collar crime networks.

Lombardi's drawings are mandalas of conspiracy, flow charts of shady deals and shaky agents, and org charts of world-class con men, revealing the genealogy of wickedness in the highest places of corporate and government power...

Artist Mark Lombardi (1951-2000), whose business card ironically read "Death Defying Acts of Art and Conspiracy," was found dead in his studio, officially declared a suicide in the police report. Or as government whistleblower Al Martin, author of "The Conspirators: Secrets of an Iran Contra Insider" (http://www.almartinraw.com) says, "The guy put together one chart too many."



Redbeard Gets Down
Reuters Alertnet
New World Disorder
A Graboid Ate My Mommy
Science Daily
Boing Boing
Infoshop News
Posthuman Blues
Vortex Egg
Cult of the Dead Cow
Mechanical Spirit
MySociety Blog


Open Source, D.I.Y. Media/Tech:

Blackout Media Project
Biological Innovation for Open Society
Open Source Biotechnology
Downhill Battle
Bureau of Inverse Technology
Carbon Defense League
Critical Art Ensemble
Biotech Hobbyist Magazine
Ubuntu Linux


CIA World Factbook
Spunk Library
Hyperhistory Online
Noborder Network
People's Global Action
Critical Resistance


Public Library of Science
Quantum Consciousness
MIT Biology Hypertextbook


Art Crimes
Guns and Dope Party
Temple of the Screaming Electron

Brain Tools:

SMI2LE Nootropics
Bouncing Bear Botanicals

Online Books and Booksellers:

AK Press
Project Gutenberg
Feral House


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