Archive for July 2008

 
 

Fresh Jersey Eggs (Open Thursday Only)


Fresh Jersey Eggs (Open Thursday Only) from mgo on Vimeo.

Jeremiah is back to mining the movies for the way New York used to be, and this time he’s watching Moscow on the Hudson, in which Robin Williams lives above the Thursday Egg Store (across from Wolinnin’s).

“People used to line up,” said Olga Worobel, who bought the vintage storefront at 72 East Seventh Street several years ago. For more than 30 years the store had been owned by the family that owns Shady Hollow Farm in Whitehouse, N.J., whose product was both the store’s namesake and its star attraction. The store would open on Thursday morning when the egg truck arrived with 500 dozen or so and close when the last gray cardboard flat was sold, about three hours later.

“The whole neighborhood came and stood in line and talked,” said Ms. Worobel, who is 30 years old and attended St. George High School on Sixth Street back when it was still mostly Ukrainian. “Waiting for eggs was like church: it brought people together.”

Digging around, I found the amazing video above over on Gothamist.

Bunny Rabbit Heads

Harvey Darko

I wasn’t sure how to get intimate with a rabbit cranium, so I went straight for the tongue. The tongue just sits there wiggling half limp between the open jaws of the bunny skull. Man, they’ve got big ol’ chomper teeth! So I carefully kept the jaw parted and put the tongue in my mouth and pulled it out. A bit of rubbery resistance, but it came off easily.

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Steampunk Thursdays

Dune, Spice Guild 3rd Stage Navigator

The Steampunk folder on my desk is filling up fast, and it’s time to lance the boil. We begin with what I consider the ur-Steampunk film, David Lynch’s original cut of Dune. Evidence: the Spice Guild 3rd Stage Navigator – was it Pauline Kael who first nailed this as a flying talking vagina? – and the best part this scene when the Clive Barkerettes swept up the leaking spice as they towed the Navigator’s Victorian vitrine out, as if sealants will be unknown in twenty centuries. Isn’t this exactly how the “Mister Peabody” segments from Rocky & Bullwinkle used to end?

1856 – First underwater photo

1856 - First underwater photo

[Link, via Unscathed Corpse]

The Haldol Needle Night-Night

Into the Ether

When you get tired of reading
all the beautiful words
by lousy human beings, and come to

the end of your patience with the voluminous
indeed inexhaustible
mediocrities of goodness,

what to do? I suggest –
I don’t know.
Let him think.

And if there are no words

to this place give him back
the illiterate sleep: no need
the Haldol needle night-night;

let him go quietly; not
in horror
not in glory.

     Franz Wright, Entry and Prayer

Al Gore Places Infant Son In Rocket To Escape Dying Planet

Al Gore Places Infant Son In Rocket To Escape Dying Planet

Although Gore and his wife voiced regrets that they could not accompany their son on his journey, they tried their best to equip Kal-Al for life on his new planet, providing the infant with a Keynote slide-show presentation of all human knowledge, a self-growing crystal fortress from which to monitor glacier shrinkage, and a copy of Al Gore’s 1992 bestseller, Earth In The Balance.

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Zimbabwe Currency Being Traded on eBay

From Boing Boing.

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings

The only reason I regretted not going to Bonaroo this year.

Want your mind blown? Check out their cover of “This Land is Your Land,” courtesy of WFMU.

Los Surcos de la Ciudad

The Grooves of the City Project

French photographer and street artist JR has just completed his latest epic project, “Los Surcos de la Ciudad” (“The Grooves of the City”) in Spain. Seeking to tell the tale of the ancient Spanish Mediterranean port city of Cartagena in the region of Murcia through the faces of its oldest residents, the 25-year-old artist spent three days photographing the city’s elders and then transferring the giant-sized portraits onto the city’s walls both new and old and in various states of decomposition. (via Ektopia)

Rapa das Bestas – Spanish Horse Wrestling Festival

Horse Wrestling

(via J-Walk Blog)

Trojan Commercial Deconstructed

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pi Tattoo

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Young Tom Riddle will be played by Hero Fiennes-Tiffin, nephew of Ralph Fiennes, in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. [Link]

The Fatal Consequences of Masturbation

The Fatal Consequences of Masturbation
The Fatal Consequences of Masturbation

The Devastation of Iraq’s Past

Iraq Archeological Site

In early June 2008, the British Museum and the British Army (Multinational Division), with the full support of the State Board for Antiquities and Heritage in Iraq, undertook a unique joint project to assess damage at a number of archaeological sites in southern Iraq. (via MetaFilter)

In The Buried Book, his recent account of the rediscovery of The Epic of Gilgamesh, David Damrosch observes that the poem portrays Gilgamesh as one of the great kings of Sumer by emphasizing his accomplishments as “custodian of ancient cities and monuments that have to be maintained and repaired.” Indeed, in the prologue of the epic, the poet describes the story he is about to tell as an artifact of the past, to be discovered—as in fact it was by archaeologists in the nineteenth century—and carefully preserved:
[See] the tablet-box of cedar
[release] its clasp of bronze.

[Lift] the lid of its secret
[pick] up the tablet of lapis lazuli and read out
the travails of Gilgamesh, all that he went through…

The example of Gilgamesh was forgotten in 2003, and we may never know how many other such “secrets” have been lost as a result.

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News Round-Up

Stories from the past week that stood out.

July 17

July 21

Serious Soldier

July 22

John and Cindy McCain

July 23

  • Cindy McCain robot gets new head.
  • Well, I called the Obama campaign several weeks ago and said that I’d like to go and my invitation has apparently been lost in the mail.
  • “What I’m afraid of is that if Sen. McCain picks one more relatively boring, normal, mainstream Republican white guy… he just makes the ticket seem boring compared to the level of energy and drive and excitement that Obama has.”
  • Blackwater affiliate Greystone Ltd, registered offshore in Barbados, is an old-fashioned mercenary operation offering “personnel from the best militaries throughout the world” for hire by governments and private organisations. It also boasts of a “multi-national peacekeeping programme,” with forces “specialising in crowd control and less than lethal techniques and military personnel for the less stable areas of operation.”
  • The political controversy that has swirled around Pastor Hagee reminds me of one of the unique lessons in the Bible about leadership. In Greek mythology, the leaders were flawless and virtual demi-gods. It was impossible for mere mortals to try to emulate them. The heroes of the Bible, however, are humans, great humans, but with human failings.

Obama,Tiergarten, Berlin

July 24

Ex-Gay Billboard

July 25

  • “Obviously one is interested in a candidate looking towards the future rather than the past.”
  • The entire world drafted an open letter to Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) today, asking him to drop out of the U.S. presidential race and concede the presidency to Senator Barack Obama (D-Illinois).
  • White House gave FOX commentators talking points.
  • “For those who oppose the death penalty and want to see it end, our best bet is to vote for Barack Obama because his supporters have been working behind the scenes to end this practice.”
  • ACLU releases three new documents on the government’s torture program. “If a defendant acts with good faith belief that his actions will not cause such suffering, he has not acted with specific intent. A defendant acts in good faith when he has an honest belief that his actions will not result in severe pain or suffering…Although an honest belief need not be reasonable, such a belief is easier to establish where there is reasonable basis for it.”
  • “He got up there in front of 200,000 people and he glommed on to one of the most ridiculous and one of the hateful stereotypes about America, which is that we torture. The fact that he did that on foreign soil I think is absolutely atrocious.”

Banksy, American Influence

July 26

Karl Rove

July 27

Stand By Your Mess

This slam of a supposed Guinness ad on YouTube – it proved to be a fake – reminded me of this authentic Guinness ad.

Racial Disparities in Criminal Justice

Racial Disparities in Criminal Justice

Piangerò la Sorte Mia

New Blog: Passive-Aggressive Notes

Passive-Aggressive Notes