DADA DADA DADA DADA DADA

The late-1960s documentary film of Dada by Helmut Herbst has haunted me for some time and has been an influence both in its form and for its subject. “Germany Dada” or “DADA-Manifest – DA DA – ein Alphabet des deutschen Dadaismus” or “Germany-DADA: An...

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Douglas Adams Was Born 61 Years Ago Today

In case you were wondering what all that spaceyship stuff on Google today is about. Douglas Adams, the creator of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is not 61 years old today, he’s over a decade deceased, and we are much poorer for that loss. I’ve been on a bit of an...

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Lady Starlight In*Tandem

Lady Starlight In*Tandem

Lady Starlight is profiled in the online magazine IN*TANDEM, with many pull-quotes and video loops by Jason Martin. Jump to page 95 for the action. Has she traded in the Jack Daniel’s for donuts? Denim for diamonds? What is going on?

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Brown Cuts Neighbors – X Simple X and More

Mike Nobody has uploaded some vintage 1990s Brown Cuts Neighbors video to his YouTube Channel. First up is the video for X Simple X (above), from 1995’s Squeeze Out Another Twinkle EP on Nose Hair Records. It takes a few seconds for the show to get going, but it is worth it. Mike also...

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May I Use Your Phone? E.T. Meets the Inspector

May I Use Your Phone? E.T. Meets the Inspector

From The Guidepost English Reader 2A. ET, The Extraterrestrial Meets the Inspector and asks to use his phone; and is given the tourist treatment. Garfield looks on approvingly. The book also features Popeye, Minnie and Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Little Duck, The Pink Panther, Little Bee and a...

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Rest in Peace Frank Sidebottom

Rest in Peace Frank Sidebottom

When I first saw a tweet of the news that Frank Sidebottom had left us today, I was pretty sure it could not mean that Chris Sievey, the man behind the enormous head, was actually dead. Maybe just taking a break or retiring the character he’d played for over a quarter century. But, no...

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Sound Effect Renditions of Wallpaper Designs

I’ve been deeply mired in what is some fairly obscure bits of research lately. Things like, ‘what did World War One nurses wear?’ and ‘why the hell is HD video not performing on my damn computer?’. I’ve also been digging into some of the more elusive parts of...

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Set the controls for the heart of the VCR

Continuing with the Pink Floyd theme, this hypnotic video is from Mark Sunshine’s Armoredbaby YouTube channel. Mark is an old friend, collaborator, creator of the classic Montezuma’s Revenge video game graphics, artist, musician, designer and contributor to the late, great Tuna...

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Am I Bovvered?

I’m at a terminal bar in MSP – The Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport, a few stools down from me is a woman who has an astounding resemblance to Catherine Tate. And her personality is like one of Tate’s characters from her old show, but American. It’s kind of amazing, she has...

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James Kopta – Gone Six Years

His massive body of work in music, video and art continues to trickle out to the world like he never stopped. The Frank Budgen record has been available from Specific Recordings for a few months now. The Exploding Corpse Action LP should be out soon from Armageddon Records. Many other projects...

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Criswell Predicts – Comics on iTunes

Criswell Predicts – Comics on iTunes

OK, I’m not Criswell (although my grandmother was an actual psychic) But I have a strong sense (hell, a tingling of a spider sense) that in the near future we will see comic book downloads on Apple’s iTunes. I have a strong feeling that DC Comics will be in the initial offering. You...

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I So Want To See This Movie

Here is an excerpt from the most brilliantly scathing review of anything I have ever seen: This is the most torturous, pretentious, incompetent mess of a movie I have ever seen. Don’t believe the reviews that suggest this film is visionary or a classic. The songs are ridiculous: the groans...

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Guiltcology – the Wow Cool Word of the Day

Guiltcology. A cute little portmanteau neologism that stabs right at the heart of the green zeitgeist. Long overdue, I think. Has that same beautiful illogical quality as Irangate and chocoholic. Coined this day by Marc Arsenault. Guiltcology can be loosely defined as an approach of argument...

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Happy Easter

Happy Easter

Happy Easter and Equinox from Optiplex the Divine, protector of the universe, eater of gamma rays and organizer of the sublime dark matter.

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Strange Tales of the Unusual

Strange Tales of the Unusual

The other day, there was a link in the Random News Round Up section of Tom Spurgeon’s always great The Comics Reporter to an essay in the New Yorker by art spiegelman on revered EC Comics artist Bernard Krigstein. I came to a total stop in my light reading of it at this sentence…...

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