Posts from 5th March 2004

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Mar 04

Call David Icke!! Proof “they” walk among us uncovered while watching

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Call David Icke!! Proof “they” walk among us uncovered while watching Crufts Dog Show on BBC2

Dogs from space!!

Ryan McGinley finds new vices.

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Ryan McGinley finds new vices.

This months issue of Vice is called the Travel Issue, and for that reason it has three pages of photos of swim suits. They are done by a variety of photographers, but they all look like McGinley.

The casual nudity, the groups of young people at play, the odd cropping, and delibrate colour sense all scream Ryan, but there is onyl one photo by him here. Is this there way of saying, we dont need you anymore, we have a whole army of clones that can replace you ?

That and the more expcilit hatred of the poor, and the “ironic” use of fag seeming less and less ironic, i think that Vice has lived out its days. McGinley has a whitney show and is finding himself in Purple and Italian Vogue–he doesn’t need them anymore anyways.

Thinking of Mr Sinkers thoughts on the Langley Kids…

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Thinking of Mr Sinkers thoughts on the Langley Kids, and his desire to hear more kids singing Hymns, I am reminded of this pop culture and theory class that i am taking, and thinking about music that is not pop cult, that has not been excorporated, and the only ones i can think of are hymns, ritual singing of a culture that is slowly dying.

(But then there is also Xian pop music, where in an act of transubstiation,the methodology of pop is being used by these people, but not the content.

So we have hymns to jesus sung in the style of Britney Spears that are selling millions of copies in an underground economy, but not anything that resembles Kyrie Elision or Ave Maria or a Mighty Fortress is My God.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Britney as much as I love Luther as hymn maker, but there is a certain mourning about what is lost in conflating the two.

It’s no PBS yet (it’s only a few days old)

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It’s no PBS yet (it’s only a few days old), but here’s Chicago physicist Sean Carroll’s Preposterous Universe blog, plus manifesto:
“Let’s cast this as a shrewd, techno-savvy blow against the hyperspecialization of the modern academy. In other words, the conventional modes of expression available to a physics professor (writing papers and books, giving talks, hectoring students) just don’t provide sufficient scope for all of my opinions that I’m sure the world is waiting to hear.

“The plan is to occasionally talk about science, both substance and politics (the decision to abandon further servicing missions for the Space Telescope was the issue that first made me want to start this), but also about things that have nothing to do with science. If Matt Drudge can have a significant impact on our nation’s political culture, why not me?”

[Afterthought: maybe rather than just posting this one possibly arbitrary link, I shd actually have plunged on through into the undergrowth of low-echelon sci-academic bloglinks it quite quickly leads to, and said something abt what cd be found – unfortunately I haven’t time right now]

PRINCIPLES OF GENETIC ANALYSIS

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“They have female external genitalia, a blind vagina, and no uterus.”

“His skin became very thick and formed loose spines that were sloughed off at intervals. When he grew up, this “porcupine man” married and had six sons, all of whom had this condition, and several daughters, all of whom were normal.”

PRINCIPLES OF GENETIC ANALYSIS Richard Lewontin, David Suzuki, et al

Cute cover with a cheesy computer graphic of fruitflies with DNA and pedigrees. Glossy pages, and the text is set in a rather stuffy Garamond-looking font. There are plenty of pictures, but you need to poke around for the really cool ones. Don’t buy this textbook if you, like me, just wanted to learn how to genetically engineer mutant human beings; this book won’t tell you the answer. But there is a silver lining. Skip the rest of the book and only look at chapters 2 and 3 for fascinating pictures of genetic disorders, like the pictures of people with six fingers and the men born with female genitalia and all that. Those chapters alone save the book, moving it from a measly 1.5 to a more respectable 2.5 on our scale.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars.