Sunday, January 27, 2008

Czech Pranksters Hack Morning Show Opening Footage

From the NYtimes:

Across the Krkonose Mountains, or so it appeared, a white flash was followed by the spectacle of a rising mushroom cloud. A Web address at the bottom of the screen said

Ztohoven, to no one’s great surprise, turned out to be a collective of young artists and friends who had previously tinkered with a giant neon sculpture of a heart high atop Prague Castle, and managed (during a single night, no less) to insert announcements for an art opening inside all 750 lighted advertising boxes in the city’s subway system.


To hack into the CT2 broadcast, Ztohoven simply switched cables on an unmanned, remote camera at a limestone quarry in the mountains, which the artists had scouted three years earlier. Then they piped in their video. The name Ztohoven makes a pun in Czech that means both “out of it” and an obscenity. Rightly, the group presumed this would tip off viewers that the explosion was fake, in case they hadn’t already guessed it from the cheesy special effects.

Now they face prison sentences for "attempted scaremongering".

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Image of the Day

Pistol ring. See this site for more, including hand cannon, lighter gun, and pipe gun. Hat tip, Cabinet of Wonders.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Image of the Day

Transatlantic submarine cables reaching land, a photograph by Taryn Simon, from An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar, featured at Wired:

"There's a humor because the cables are so important, yet they look so unguarded and unimportant," Simon said."

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Alim Qasimov

Tonight I bring you Alim Qasimov (also translated as Gasimov), hero of Azerbaijani Mugham, courtesy of Azerbaijani TV.

Also see this performance with daughter Fergana, and a documentary in two parts.

"When I sing, it seems like I leave the physical world," he explains. "I feel myself entering a different world, a spiritual world-as if there is no materiality. I feel so good and comfortable there; I would love to stay there forever. But unfortunately, when I finish singing, I suddenly return to this world.

Image of the day

Bowie, looking stylish at the Rochester N.Y. precinct, following a 1976 arrest. Apparently this photo just surfaced and was sold on ebay for $2556.0, by a someone who fished it out of the trash from the estate sale of a retired Rochester policeman.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Image of the Day

Farmer Gus Worke from the Library of Congress' collection of photos posted on Flickr. Many other amazing color photos of America to be found there.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

The Loudness War

Rolling Stone Magazine published an interesting article on the Loudness War, a trend in the music recording industry to boost the loudness and compression of recorded music, essentially making all instruments and vocals equally loud. This video demonstrates it; read the articles to understand the commercial motivation for ruining music in this way:

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Raconteurs: Level

Thats Jack White of the White Stripes, and Brendan Malloy, Patrick Keeler and Jack Lawrence from the Greenhornes.

Also see the video for Steady As She Goes

Two from Gnarls Barkley

And a live performance on Letterman of "Crazy":

Al Green: Simply Beautiful

Wednesday, January 2, 2008