for sake of completeness.

I know many of you have seen these already, but I've talked to a few people who hadn't heard of them, so I feel it is my duty to make sure.

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I, for one, welcome our Japanese foetal rat masters

Design Festa:
"They are clear pregnant rubber dolls with organ parts and veins but that's not the strange part. Each one had an ACTUAL DEAD RAT in the womb. Not a model of a dead rat, not a plastic dead rat. A real, previously living rat baby."

Apparently this is the gentleman responsible. Also with maggots!

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New from EroTech Industries

LoveLump™ is an artificially-engineered transgenic tissue sculpture. It is created using a variety of animal and vegetable DNA strands, which is then mapped onto a host chromosome palette. It is considered to be one of a handful of new species created from the basic building material now available to us through recent breakthroughs in modern science.

A detailed explanation on the some of the inner-workings of this amazing new technology can be found on our Breakthroughs page.

Model LL-002: LoveLump™ Persephone
Destined to be our most popular model, the Persephone will provide its owner with years of enjoyment!

  • Single V-gauge (2cm-10cm) entry port
  • Single R-gauge (1cm-7.5cm) entry port
  • Single reactive appendage (7cm-10cm circumference) with Stimul-Act
  • Duraflex Skinning available in a variety of tone, texture, and hirsutness
Lifespan: 5-7 years
Dimensions: 75cm(L)x35cm(W)x20cm(H)
Weight: 50kg
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start growing your army of atomic supermen now! (ages 10+, batteries not included.)

Discovery DNA Explorer Kit:
  • Centrifuge
  • Magnetic mixer
  • Electrophoresis chamber
  • Test vials
  • Ink samples
  • DNA stain (fabricated to mimic real DNA)
  • Mail order card for first two experiments
  • And lots more

zee dem driffen before you

Apparently Buy Nothing Day went very well this year...

Woman knocked unconscious by trampling shoppers: Patricia VanLester had her eye on a $29 DVD player, but when the siren blared at 6 a.m. Friday announcing the start to the post-Thanksgiving sale, the 41-year-old was knocked to the ground by the frenzy of shoppers behind her. [...] Paramedics called to the store found VanLester unconscious on top of a DVD player, surrounded by shoppers seemingly oblivious to her, said Mark O'Keefe, a spokesman for EVAC Ambulance. [...]

Ellzey said Wal-Mart officials called later Friday to ask about her sister, and the store apologized and offered to put a DVD player on hold for her. "We are very disappointed this happened," Burk said. "We want her to come back as a shopper."


lj-collage, almost

Face-lift: a grid of random LiveJournal user icons.
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(The lack of detail here makes me doubtful, but I understand that they wouldn't be allowed to print it if it weren't true.)

Chicken Little:

In San Francisco, you never know what you're going to find when you knock on a car window -- but nothing prepared the cops for what they found the night of Nov. 3 down by Aquatic Park.

The window came down and there was a guy with a chicken sitting on his lap and a second chicken in a bag on the passenger seat.

"What's with the chickens?" the cop asked.

"I'm going to take them home and eat them,'' the driver replied.

"Lift up the chicken,'' the cop said.

The driver did -- and the next thing you know, the driver was in cuffs and the chickens were on their way to the humane society -- where (we kid you not) the hens were given a sexual battery exam by a vet the cops called in.

All we can say is, it's going to make for some very interesting testimony on the witness stand.

"But the killer will be the other evidence,'' a law enforcement source said. "A 15-ounce jar of Vaseline... with three feathers in it.''

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DNA Lounge: Wherein photos are presented.

New Model Army + David J photos are up now. Man, what a fantastic show! David J was alone on stage, and played some new songs, but also quite a few accoustic numbers from his Bauhaus and Love and Rockets days ("Who Killed Mr. Moonlight", "No New Tale to Tell", etc.) But the high point (for me, anyway) was that one of the CDs he had on sale at the show was him performing live at DNA Lounge back in January!

New Model Army also did a (mostly) accoustic set, and I was very impressed. I'm not real familiar with their music, but they were really, really great live.

The downside to the show was that a small percentage of the audience seemed to be completely oblivious as to what is appropriate behavior at an accoustic performance. There were two or three small groups of people who spent whole show being boisterous and screaming and cackling at each other, ensuring that the 200+ other people who actually did care about the show had to hear the quiet parts of the songs punctuated by the mating call of drunks. I mean, sure, this is a nightclub and not a church, but seriously, this went way beyond "bad movie theatre behavior."

Even better was that one of the louder groups was up on the closed-off half of the balcony: which means that all those people were friends of club staffers. So that means that not only were they screwing it up for the people who actually cared about the show, but also almost certainly meant that none of them even paid to get in.

For obvious reasons, I find it interesting to read about other clubs and how they came about. Caroline loaned me a fascinating book called This Ain't No Disco: The Story of CBGB. Recently someone pointed me at a very long (and interesting) "oral history" of the Minneapolis club First Avenue (you may know it as "the club in Purple Rain.") Also good reading is Working on a Building of Love, a history of The Hacienda, the Factory Records club in Manchester. This was also the subject of the recent movie 24 Hour Party People, but that article is a lot more interesting (and believable) than the movie was.

There are some interesting parallels between CBGB and First Ave. You can pretty much sum up both their histories like this: open a dive; have live music all the time, with no customers to speak of; it becomes a place where most of the customers are also members of the bands who play there; squeak by in poverty for five years, then BANG, something happens and suddenly there's a vibrant music scene and the place is packed all the time.

Sounds like a good plan: the piece we're missing here is "low overhead." Sadly, our overhead here could more accurately be described as "astronomical."


fish in a barrel.

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fire! fire!

Apparently these are French firemen, not villians from a 70s Japanese tv show:

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