Monthly Archives: April 2004

Sprouting

Does anyone here have any experience with automatic sprouters like this one or this one? The first one (pictured below) looks a little bit like a cheap gadget, but they'd be really nice as a little desk garden I think. Maybe I'll get a miniature gnome for it.

Anyway, if anyone has tried any of those, let me know. I really want something a lot more hands-off than a jar/bag/collander solution because I tend to be forgetful.


In other news, the folks in Guantanamo Bay are going to be held indefinitely and there are no plans to ever charge them with anything. To be clear: they have no plans to either release them or try them for any crime. Permanent life sentence.

POW MIA shirts?

News posting

Iraq is at a dangerous turning point in Falluja. The military is continuing to hemorrhage corpses, losing 59 US troops and contractors defending oil installations yesterday, and sailors are dying as suicide boat attacks are launched. Americans killed about 30 insurgents last night in Falluja, and residents report that the US is using “collective punishment” and killing civilians (and killing journalists) when they can't get at combatants — 600 or so just in the suburbs of Falluja. 60,000 people have already fled the Boston-sized metropolis (many dying in the process), as one survivor describes:

We were nearly bombed by the Americans when we tried to leave on Friday. Bombs fell in front and behind us, so we had to turn back. Saturday we were lucky to escape. There were so many snipers, anyone leaving their house was killed... I saw two of my neighbors shot by US snipers when I went outside one time. I also saw some of the small cluster bombs on the ground that were dropped by the warplanes of the Americans. Most times, we were too afraid even to look out of our windows.

The US has scrapped what little government it had in Iraq, with no idea who the power should be handed to on “June 30″… With Falluja currently under seige, Bush has one of his toughest decisions in Iraq — should America kill 500,000 people to “free” them from the violence of the invasion (ie. fighting terrorism with terrorism)? Bush has vowed that “America will never be run out of Iraq by a bunch of thugs and killers”, but what he leaves out is that those thugs and killers are the people of Iraq. This ludicrous myth that it's “just a few rebels” is foolish to anyone who looks at the demographics of those groups, or knows anything about the politics of guerrilla warfare.

Solution? More dead Americans. It doesn't seem like a very good solution to me, but hey, you won't have any choice in the matter, what with the return of the draft in spring 2005 (or not)… You know, when the US government is willing to execute its own citizens in order to do nothing but make the multi-national corporations money, you know things have gone terribly wrong.

I can not emphasize Luke 22:36 enough.

BMEFest art show

I want to again mention the art show at BMEfest. To recap, we're setting up a gallery space for the day after (also the Uvatiarru pre-screenings) in which people here are welcome to hang their artwork. This is for a silent auction with part of the proceeds going to charity (I'm leaning toward a teen anti-suicide charity or an anti-teasing campaign, but I'm open to suggestions) and the remainder going to the artists themselves.

I'll be hanging a painting I think, but not the (blurrily photographed 4'x4') one above because that was a present for Rachel. If you want to hang work as well, I hope you do! To do so, just contact Badur and let him know what you'd like to exhibit — painting, photography, sculpture, etc. is all welcome. It does not have to be body modification related.

I was a bit worried because I wanted to do a darker painting. Like most people I think, I paint from my emotions, and I try and tap into the better ones. However, when it comes down to it, at my core, sex and violence is pretty much what I'm about. Luckily I have a decent conscious processor that keeps it locked in my nightmares and daydreams instead. Anyway, I was worried because people who know me know that everything I paint (hell, everything I do) is a self-portrait, so working in darker areas might make them uncomfortable.

But this morning I read Bernard Wolfe's Limbo (more), about a WW III neurosurgeon who escapes to a Pacific Island where he becomes the doctor for the tribe, which does primitive lobotomies as a part of their faith (to induce pacifism). When he takes over, he starts documenting what is “lost” when he removes parts of the brain, and tries mapping it. He discovers that aggression and eroticism and creativity and violence are inexorably linked. I believe that's true. So maybe it's OK.

The book then continues about the “queer limbs”, people with nuclear powered arms and legs… Check it out, it's way ahead of its time as a transhumanist novel.

Anyway, I've got a buffet to go to.

Apparently the Irish don't watch TV-USA2

Yesterday I mentioned this story, which had a funny quote in it (assuming you live in North America or another market that carries Monster Garage):

Sandra Bullock is getting serious with musician Jesse James from the band Monster Garage and they are reportedly planning to get engaged...

Where it gets funnier is that they corrected the story:

Sandra Bullock is getting serious with mechanic Jesse James from the TV show Monster Garage and they are reportedly planning to get engaged....

OK, they got it right that time, but still, calling Jesse James a “mechanic” that is on a TV show is kind of missing the point I think. If I said to you “hey, my friend Sandra is dating a mechanic, I think he's on some TV show”, you'd probably think of someone with a little less resumé than Mr. WCC.

No, I don't know Sandra Bullock, but I hear rumor that I might be stopping in at John Travolta's house some day soon.

Yay

My Corvette is back! I've been looking forward to this for some time. I haven't driven a fun car since last summer when we got rid of our Porsches… My friend that did the engine building for me was pretty nervous looking when I drove off though — the whole car is set to fall apart…

The passenger door doesn't open, only the outside handle works on the driver side, everything is rusty and cracked, the suspension and brakes are worn out (but working, don't worry too much) and so on. But that's part of this car's character… It's just 600-700 HP of engine strapped into an old $3000 beater.