May 18th, 2006

Chris Keeley

Lou Reed and John Cale do Heroin

Video: Lou Reed and John Cale do Heroin

The song, that is. In this 1972 video, John Cale and Lou Reed perform 
the Velvet Underground tune at a Paris club called Le Bataclan: Link. See 
also this video of Nico singing "Femme Fatale" from that same show. (
sorry, I can't remember who pointed me here, but thank you.)

posted by Xeni Jardin

Chris Keeley

Siberian DollBaby

Marina Bychkova incredible dolls

Siberian born Vancouver resident Marina Bychkova makes haunting, beautiful and incredibly detailed porcelain dolls with elaborate costumes. They take up to 500 hours to make. She describes her process and thoughts in this interview at Pixelsurgeon.
Picture 3-7Your dolls are very darkly erotic; definitely not children's toys! Is the doll's sexuality an important part of their attraction for you?

The eroticism is definitely a significant element that has to be present in every doll. I suppose that says something about my personally, I’m just not sure what. It was present in all my dolls. I remember when I was, maybe six or so, I saw a picture of a painting of a beautiful naked woman in a magazine. It was explicit. I cut it out and made a doll out of it. One day my grandma discovered it. She was confiscated and destroyed with disdain. I was made feel very ashamed. I grieved for her. 

The dolls are more anatomically correct than your average Barbie doll; why was it important to include detailed genitalia?

It’s compulsory. Most of the dolls, both, Fine Art and children’s dolls, though try to imitate human form, are sterilized through a complete removal of sex organs. It’s as if they need to be cleansed of all their sinful humanity. I find this deliberate denial of the essence of life to be ignorant and appalling. I don’t know why there is so much fear and shame associated with human sexuality. Every Barbie needs to have a vagina. Every Ken needs a penis. I think it’s time the dolls leave the realm of tea parties and innocence and address some important issues.

Link (via Drawn!)
Chris Keeley

In a survey of nearly 62,000 undergraduates on 96 campuses over the past four years, two-thirds of t

With their arsenal of electronic gadgets, students these days find it easier to cheat.

Colleges Chase as Cheats Shift to Higher Tech

LOS ANGELES — At the University of California at Los Angeles, a student loaded his class notes into a handheld e-mail device and tried to read them during an exam; a classmate turned him in. At the journalism school at San Jose State University, students were caught using spell check on their laptops when part of the exam was designed to test their ability to spell.

And at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, after students photographed test questions with their cellphone cameras, transmitted them to classmates outside the exam room and got the answers back in text messages, the university put in place a new proctoring system.

"If they'd spend as much time studying," said an exasperated Ron Yasbin, dean of the College of Sciences at U.N.L.V., "they'd all be A students."

With their arsenal of electronic gadgets, students these days find it easier to cheat. And so, faced with an array of inventive techniques in recent years, college officials find themselves in a new game of cat and mouse, trying to outwit would-be cheats this exam season with a range of strategies — cutting off Internet access from laptops, demanding the surrender of cellphones before tests or simply requiring that exams be taken the old-fashioned way, with pens and paper.

In a survey of nearly 62,000 undergraduates on 96 campuses over the past four years, two-thirds of the students admitted to cheating

Chris Keeley

RamRod . . . R.I.P.

RamRod  .  .  .  .  R.I.P.

Taken from us yesterday. An amazing guy, and original GD road crew guy...Robert Hunter elegy below..

Elegy for Ramrod

Most never knew his given name.
They called him Ramrod.
Lawrence didn't fit him.
He came down from Oregon,
Prankster sidekick of Cassady,
Kesey and the merry crew,
a silent stoic in a vocable milieu
his heart was stolen by the Grateful Dead.

A country boy, not given to complexity,
his crowning gift was loyalty
for which he was loved more than
the common run of men by friends.
This is not to say more than was so,
the common fault of eulogies
which shine the silver of modest virtue
into the gold of rareness.

Every soul owes life a death.
Between each heartbeat is a moment
within which the pulse is still.
In the longer beat between life and death
a man was here we called a friend,
a father, a husband and a son.
He is us and we are him,
his death is ours, our lives are his.

Some see Heaven as dying's recompense,
some acknowledge only nothingness
in a space we know not of,
in a place we know not where.
But this we know, as a poet said:
"To have been here but the once
Never can be undone."

Some will pray, some just remember.
Those who pray, having prayed,
will go on to pray for others.
Those who remember,
having remembered for awhile,
will in the course of time forget,
more so as the years dissolve.
This is as it should be
lest death overstep its bounds
and impinge too much on life.
Life, being what is, cannot
impinge too much on death.

The circumstance we most desire
in grief which shakes our branches
like some holy hurricane raging
through this barren world of little light,
is that our brother be gathered in glory.
If so, rejoice! If wishful thinking,
give thanks instead
that he was here among us.
Delivered from the testing fire of pain,
a truer heart was never broken.

May 17, 2006
Chris Keeley

BBC is still feeling the effects of an embarrassing gaffe

BBC Interviews “Wrong Guy”
And the BBC is still feeling the effects of an embarrassing gaffe that made it to air last week. On May 8, a man named Guy Goma showed up for a job interview for a technology-related position at the BBC. A mix-up led producers to believe Guy Goma the job applicant was in fact Guy Kewney – a technology website editor who was scheduled to appear for a live interview. Well, it turns out they had the wrong Guy. Guy Kewney watched the interview from the green room where he was waiting to go on. The BBC later apologized to viewers and invited Guy Goma back for a follow-up interview. 

16 Arrested Outside Halliburton Shareholders Meeting

In Oklahoma Wednesday, sixteen people were arrested outside the annual meeting of the oil and gas services company Halliburton. The demonstrators were charged with trespassing after they left the designated protest area to attempt what they called a citizens’ arrest on Halliburton chief executive Barry Lesar. Meanwhile, inside the meeting, shareholders rejected a proposal by a group of Texas and Kansas shareholders to adopt a policy based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 

Hamas Deploys New Militia Over Abbas’ Objections
In the Occupied Territories, Hamas has deployed a new militia in Gaza over the objections of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. The new force is led by Jamal Abu Samadhana, a Hamas figure who is high on Israel’s wanted list. Hamas says the new force will restore order. The move threatens to increase tensions between Hamas and the Abbas-led Fatah. This week, two Hamas members were killed in drive-by shootings blamed on Fatah militants.

Jurors Begin Deliberation in Enron Trial
Back in the United States, jurors have begun deliberating in the fraud and conspiracy trial of former Enron executives Ken Lay and Jeffrey Skilling. The two are accused of overseeing one of the worst cases of corporate corruption in US history. On Wednesday, Lay was questioned as he left the courtroom. Ken Lay: "I think we've told a lot of it, it's just too bad that so much of it continues to be distorted and twisted, but I guess that's just all part of our system. But we'll keep working at it. I think we'll get as fair a trial as we're going to get."

Former Deputy Mayor Files Medical Claim For Post 9/11 Illness
Here in New York, a former deputy mayor in the Giuliani administration has filed a medical claim for respiratory illnesses contracted by pollution at the World Trade Center site. The man, Rudy Washington, worked in the area around Ground Zero for several weeks after the towers fell. 

Senate Votes To Build 370-Mile Border Fence
The Senate has voted to build a fence along parts of the Mexico border to prevent illegal immigrants from entering the country. In total, 370 miles of triple-layered barriers would be added near San Diego and in the Arizona desert. Senators also approved a provision that would prevent illegal immigrants from petitioning for a guest-worker permit without the sponsorship an employer. And in a unanimous vote, Senate accepted an amendment that would bar granting work permits to undocumented immigrants convicted of either a felony or at least three misdemeanors. The measure would effect even those who ignored a court-deportation order.

Bush Looks To Military Contractors For “Virtual Fence”
Meanwhile, the New York Times is reporting the Bush administration is preparing to turn to several military contractors for a planned “virtual fence” along the border. Companies including Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and Northrop Grumman have announced they will bid on the multi-billion dollar contracts within weeks. The “virtual fence” would place unmanned aerial vehicles, ground surveillance satellites and motion-detection video equipment in isolated areas along the Mexican and Canadian border. According to the Times, the Bush administration will ask contractors not just to supply equipment but to devise and build a whole new border strategy. Earlier this year, Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Michael Jackson told military industry leaders: "We're asking you to come back and tell us how to do our business."

Report: White House Considering North Korea Peace Treaty
The New York Times is reporting the Bush administration is considering entering into negotiations with North Korea that would lead to a possible peace treaty. The new stance would go back on President Bush’s refusal to deal with North Korea until it gave up its nuclear program. According to the Times, a classified National Intelligence Estimate concluded North Korea has likely produced the fuel for more than a half-dozen nuclear weapons since the President took office and was continuing to produce roughly a bomb's worth of new plutonium each year. A senior Asian official told the Times the initiative may be prompted by the Bush administration’s views on Iran. The official said: "There is a sense that they can't leave Korea out there as a model for what the Iranians hope to become—a nuclear state that can say no to outside pressure."

Chris Keeley

the crew were in Beverly Hills in April when police pulled over Eriksson's wife in a rare Mercedes a

For most car watchers, the hobby is about snapping a few photos with their cellphone cameras. But Spyder and his friends shoot videos and post them on car-watching websites like and where enthusiasts offer their latest sighting of a $1.4-million Bugatti Veyron.

But then in February, Swedish businessman Bo Stefan Eriksson crashed a rare Ferrari Enzo on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, making international headlines.

Spyder became part of the story. He had videotaped Eriksson and other parts of his exotic car collection weeks before the crash. And he and the crew were in Beverly Hills in April when police pulled over Eriksson's wife in a rare Mercedes and confiscated the vehicle. His footage suddenly became hot property.,0,3771554.story?coll=la-home-highway1