July 24th, 2007

Chris Keeley

Giant rice paddy art

Giant rice paddy art


Pink Tentacle describes the practice of growing giant rice-paddy illustrations "by growing a little purple and yellow-leafed kodaimai rice along with their local green-leafed tsugaru-roman variety." There's a fantastic gallery of these illustrations, ranging from "36 Views of Mount Fuji" to various demons, gods and traditional illustrations, as well as the Mona Lisa. Link (Thanks, Karen!)
Chris Keeley

Roma Alta Moda, Vol. 4 [IMPORT]

Roma Alta Moda, Vol. 4 [IMPORT] 

http://www.amazon.com/Roma-Alta-Moda-Vol-4/dp/B000QXDJ7W/ref=pd_sim_m_1/105-8213492-0731603



  • Audio CD (May 23, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: May 23, 2007
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Cool D:Vision 

    Disc: 1
    1. Season Rebirth - Joker Juice
    2. Belle Journée Pour Ne Rien Faire - Isis Project
    3. Something Good - Freddie Cruger
    4. Mission Improbable - The Herbaliser
    5. Chronic Break - Beat Assailant,
    6. Syleste
    7. This Is Not a Tango - Juju Orchestra
    8. Strange Transmissions [DJ Strobe "Sand Under My Havianas" Bossanova Rem - Norah Jones, Peter Malick Group
    9. Way That I Feel - Vikter Duplaix
    10. No Hopper - Al Chem
    See all 14 tracks on this disc
    Disc: 2
    1. City Star
    2. Not with Me - Jojo Effect
    3. Avant le Jazz
    4. Exercise 7
    5. Simplesmente [Tom Middleton Cosmos Mix] - Bebel Gilberto
    6. 49 Percent - Röyksopp
    7. Into the Sunrise - The Ananda Project
    8. Revolution Solution [TC Remix] - Thievery Corporation
    9. Lautlos
    10. Destination - Dennis Ferrer
    See all 14 tracks on this disc
  • Chris Keeley

    an Okinawan yakuza and a hitman, a household on the verge of family breakdown, a hardcore Gundam gee

    an Okinawan yakuza and a hitman, a household on the verge of family breakdown, a hardcore Gundam geek office worker, Confucius’ apprentice

    Jun Hanyunyuu: Impact Manga!!

    Jun Hanyunyuu: Impact Manga!! PingMag... Jun Hanyunyuu: Impact Manga!! "...Jun Hanyunyuu is the original manga author of the film “Koi no Mon” (directed by Suzuki Matsuo) which was selected for the Venice International Film Festival in 2004. His works portray a pristine anarchy - a realistic world with a chaotic mixture of violence, eroticism and fresh humour - both merciless and intense. And the characters in his manga, while way beyond the imagination, somehow manage to present a cutting reflection of our contemporary society - the editor of a supernatural phenomena magazine, cyber-homeless men, a poverty-stricken manga artist and a cosplay girl, an Okinawan yakuza and a hitman, a household on the verge of family breakdown, a hardcore Gundam geek office worker, Confucius’ apprentice… His works have a cult following in the creative industries in Japan."









    http://pingmag.jp/2007/07/06/hanyunyuu/


    Chris Keeley

    Secret list of buildings you can't photograph

    Secret list of buildings you can't photograph

    The DHS says that it's against the law to photograph "sensitive" government buildings, but they won't publish a list of these buildings, so it's impossible to comply with the law. The rub is that if you get caught breaking the law, you'll get shaken down, have your name and personal information taken, and go into a file, presumably forever.
    The bottom line is that McCammon was caught in a classic logical trap. If he had only known the building was off-limits to photographers, he would have avoided it. But he was not allowed to know that fact. "Reasonable, law-abiding people tend to avoid these types of things when it can be helped," McCammon wrote. "Thus, my request for a list of locations within Arlington County that are unmarked, but at which photography is either prohibited or discouraged according to some (public or private) policy. Of course, such a list does not exist. Catch-22."
    Link (via Making Light)
    Chris Keeley

    Femi Kuti: Don't pity Africa, visit it and trade with us

    Femi Kuti: Don't pity Africa, visit it and trade with us


    Snip from an LA Weekly interview with Nigerian music star Femi Kuti, whose father was afrobeat icon and "Black President" Fela Kuti:

    Q: What’s your take on Bono and concerts like Live 8 that campaign on behalf of Africa?

    A: Bono doesn’t need to tell us that we are poor. We know we are poor. All these concerts come and go and nothing changes in Africa.

    Q: So then what’s the best way for concerned Americans to get involved with helping Africa?

    A: Not to feel sorry for us but to be positive toward us. Do more business with us. Come and visit us. We, in turn, have to get stronger and not rely on leaders to do everything for us. We must take action ourselves. But Western democracies must also stop turning a blind eye to African corruption and start taking action — then we can start moving forward as a nation.

    Link, via Daniel Hernandez' blog, which includes some thoughtful related links. (image of Femi Kuti ganked from Daniel's blog). (Thanks Cyrus!)

    posted by Xeni Jardin

    Chris Keeley

    45 Pro-Impeachment Protesters Arrested at Rep. Conyers Office

    45 Pro-Impeachment Protesters Arrested at Rep. Conyers Office
    In Washington 45 protesters calling for the impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Cheney were arrested Monday at the U.S. Capitol. The arrests occurred after the demonstrators refused to leave the office and hallway of Congressman John Conyers of Michigan. The arrested included Cindy Sheehan and former CIA analyst Ray McGovern. They were urging Conyers – the chair of the House Judiciary - to introduce articles of impeachment. 

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