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Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Monday, June 23, 2008

WTF, George Carlin died.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

I found his previous use of the third arm impressive. Apparently Stelarc is moving on to other appendages.
"Picking up where the Vacanti mouse left off, Australian performance artist Stelarc went through with his plans to implant a cell-cultivated ear beneath the skin of his forearm earlier this year, and he's now showing off the results for the world to squirm at. Stelarc apparently isn't satisfied with his newfound appendage just yet, however, and is reportedly planning another surgery to give the ear "more definition." What's more, he's also hoping to implant a microphone inside the ear that'll use a Bluetooth transmitter to, you guessed it, broadcast what it hears over the Internet."
Does the ear hear or does Stelarc?

Performance artist Stelarc implants "third ear" in forearm - Engadget

Sunday, October 29, 2006

I stumbled across the Iranian poet Forugh Farrokhzad yesterday. A popular poet in Iran during the fifties and sixties, she died at age 32 in a 1967 car accident. She was born in a middle class family, studied painting and sewing, and later film. In 1963 she wrote and directed the film The House is Black. Her work is remarkably emotional given the constraints of Iranian society in the time in which she wrote. Notwithstanding those constraints, she was both feminist and social commentator. In the example below, I particularly appreciate her refusal to tie love to social conventions.
Conquest Of The Garden

That crow which flew over our heads
and descended into the disturbed thought
of a vagabond cloud
and the sound of which traversed t
he breadth of the horizon
like a short spear
will carry the news of us to the city.