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seventy six trombones in the big parade

a conversation with toby and kevin about that lego fight club thing that's all the rage for the next 23 minutes, led me back to Jason Salavon's work, last noted by kevin in April 2004 (thank you, this artificial...

Posted in Saturation.org on June 2, 2006 09:55 PM

stack o wheat murders

James's post on Les Krims reminded me of something I read about Krims that relates to our current cartoon riots. In the very early 70s, Krims showed his prints -- maybe the stack o wheat murders? -- in Texas or...

Posted in Saturation.org on February 6, 2006 11:18 PM

Sandra Day

Memory lane: "Newsweek confirms that Sandra Day O'Connor shouted "this is terrible" when Florida was called for Gore early on Election Eve. Her husband explained to the surprised party goers that the O'Connors wanted to retire to Arizona, but if...

Posted in Saturation.org on July 1, 2005 10:40 AM

When the geeks start telling you how to eat

There's an odd and oddly fascinating thread on slashdot about diet, exercise, and mental acuity. I recommend we all follow the geeks' advice, and maybe also quantify it, like this ubergeek: Re:Breakfast? (Score:4, Interesting) by nightskier (886235) on Thursday May...

Posted in Saturation.org on May 26, 2005 04:29 PM

Just Like This

I followed a link to this Times Magazine story on FSA color photography, which I'd known about but never really looked at. Let us now look at these pictures, via the Library of Congress. Don't expect much of Evans...

Posted in Saturation.org on May 18, 2005 09:46 PM

Another explorer

I was never a Lethem fan, but then on the plane read his piece "Speak, Hoty-Schermerhorn" in the December Harper's, the best meditation on place I've read for a long time (and better in whole than in part). “...my spying...

Posted in Saturation.org on November 26, 2004 11:20 PM

Travels with George

This passage from Russ Baker's "why bush left texas" -- "'I had the impression that he knew that Georgie was using pot, certainly, and perhaps cocaine," she said." -- made me, for a moment, have a sense memory of inhaling....

Posted in Saturation.org on September 15, 2004 03:49 PM

Dreamcoat

I wore Johnny Cash's clothes today. Was up at Sotheby's, doing a small bit of reporting on their upcoming sale of the Johnny and June Carter Cash estate. The department head was giving me a tour of the sale --...

Posted in Saturation.org on August 9, 2004 10:05 PM

fiction

Ana's mention of Chris Matthews's odd justification of Reagan and his foggy lies makes me think of the ex-president's appearance in Cryptonomicon: "Shaftoe looks harder and sees that it is not a bomb but a large bullet-shaped microphone on the...

Posted in Saturation.org on June 9, 2004 05:04 PM

The Memory Hole

Two saturation posters recently decided to delete their posts. We wish them well. Unfortunately, they took down a lot of words written by others, too. Fortunately, nothing is ever deleted anymore. If you're looking for their posts, you can find...

Posted in Saturation.org on May 3, 2004 12:17 PM

August, 1969.

I'm not exactly sure how to explain why I wanted it, but I was high bidder this evening on this 34-year old Intel C3101 chip. This was Intel's first product, and the world's first solid-state memory device. I know this:...

Posted in Saturation.org on April 28, 2004 04:13 AM

Global and Local, Thinking and Acting, Variables. (Auto)

Martin Liebscher (an old and fine friend) is the artist who builds his own cameras to make the world reflect his own movement and rhythm as he rolls film through the gate. You sort of have to see them...

Posted in Saturation.org on April 27, 2004 03:48 AM

Googleplex Synthetic Memory, Chapter 57.

I don't care one way or the other that this regards an Anglican web site. What interests me is the use of Google's cache as a last-resort backup server. We remember when every search engine sought to capitalize on high...

Posted in Saturation.org on April 23, 2004 04:37 PM

Like Tears in the Rain

Here I am, always talking about the difference betwen storage and memory, about how the storage is binary, on or off. About how memory is blur and smudge, and that's what makes us human. That the difference between a well-recorded...

Posted in Saturation.org on March 23, 2004 07:15 PM

(Patrice Lumumba) Moore's Law

Somehow, with all the small print that collects around me like plankton, I missed the really important story of Patrice Lumumba Moore (guess what year he was born in.) Moore is the modern day Collyer brother, the packrat recuperating "from...

Posted in Saturation.org on March 15, 2004 03:15 AM

Too bad I'm not sick today

from Spike TV's schedule for today On the cruise, Neely is attacked by a rampaging bear. Mitch and Cody rescue her, and then she and Mitch share a very intense moment. Meanwhile, Leslie, the jewel thief, is trying to elude...

Posted in Saturation.org on March 10, 2004 10:19 AM

The stars have a filament of blood

a random Brazilian person posted a poem in Portuguese to my fotolog today, which led me to babelfish for the first time in a while. Herewith, the translation: The stars have a filament of blood grasped to the body of...

Posted in Saturation.org on February 3, 2004 02:16 PM

9 Most Popular Photos, Yahoo! 17.Dec.03

Many, including me, wonder what the exact difference is between history and memory. Looking at Yahoo's most popular photos, two days after the end of the highest-bounty manhunt in human history, I'm getting clearer on this point....

Posted in Saturation.org on December 17, 2003 07:02 PM

Silence of the Cams

This kind of goes back to the earlier thread about technology and memory, since the idea of recording every waking moment of one's life is predicated on some kind of always-on recording device: there appears to be a growing backlash...

Posted in Saturation.org on December 12, 2003 10:07 PM

Memory vs. Storage, chapter whatever

As is often the case, in the process of researching material for a thought I had, I find that someone else has expressed it far better than I ever will. In this particular case, it's Jim Lewis in Wired on...

Posted in Saturation.org on November 10, 2003 03:40 PM

That Other Economy is Our Own

Until recently, I was unaware of mock trial/moot court as a tool to explore ethical or legal issues. I think maybe that's what Debate Club was about, but I spent much of high school at the movies instead. But fake...

Posted in Saturation.org on October 20, 2003 06:53 AM

Cities and Memory, As If.

As if memory came in any other form, as if cities came in any other form. I was thinking about it recently when db etc and I were at the Met exhibition of French Daguerrotypes. I was thinking it...

Posted in Saturation.org on October 16, 2003 12:55 AM

Virtual Memory

For those of us who grew up at 300 baud, those for whom BBSes were the bad neighborhoods, textfiles.com is like finding a box of snapshots from adolescence, ones that you never knew existed. At the Tokion "creativity" conference a...

Posted in Saturation.org on September 23, 2003 01:25 AM

Information Architecture

On August 15th, when the city was rebooting from the blackout. Anna and I were in Times Square, and it was beautiful the way jodi.org is beautiful. All the electronic architecture was fucked up and blotchy, coming online in patches...

Posted in Saturation.org on September 22, 2003 04:31 PM

Memory is a Lot Less Fragile When the FBI Gets Involved

From the Topeka-Kansas Journal, a portrait of Jeanne Boylan, with her portrait of Ted Kaczynski (recognize him?) in the background. It's a pretty interesting read about her techniques in working with kids who have seen someone the police need...

Posted in Saturation.org on September 11, 2003 02:00 PM

CD-X

If I remember it right, and it would be fitting if I didn't, Stanislaw Lem's Memoirs Found in a Bathtub took place in a future world that had been ravaged by a virus from space. The virus did no...

Posted in Saturation.org on August 25, 2003 06:48 PM

Memory Was Supposed to be Invisible

Cornell's University's geeplog -- "Like ghosts in midair, such remarks surfaced whenever the palmtop, equipped with a small Global Positioning System unit, was carried to any of the spots where they were written a year or two ago." Like...

Posted in Saturation.org on August 19, 2003 01:39 PM

Our Nero

Hindsight is 20/20, but conspiracy-vision is 200/20, especially when you have video to scrutinize. Does this show a) evidence of W's foreknowledge of the WTC attacks; b) W's skepticism that such an attack could happen here; c) W trying...

Posted in Saturation.org on June 26, 2003 08:39 AM

HAMMURABI, THE EXALTED PRINCE WHO MADE GREAT THE NAME OF BABYLON, HAS WORDS FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF DEATH FOR DONALD RUMSFELD

The Exalted Prince channeled by Arial Dorfman. Via Tom Engelhardt. and yet and yet Rumsfeld Rumsfeld who did not defend the words and the widow if I do not curse you, who will? A bit ... something. But somehow also...

Posted in Saturation.org on May 7, 2003 12:04 PM

Some Joke To Make About Addressing The Memory Stack

There were a few books that were really crucial to me as a teenager. I remember reading about how to distill explosive hydrogen from liquid-plumr, from the Anarchist's Cookbook. I remember learning about how to spec type to send out...

Posted in Saturation.org on March 30, 2003 09:50 AM

The Bracketing of Existence

No scissors, no paper, no rock. My recent experience with catastrophic data loss prompted, for me, some fundamental questions about just who I am, without the data I produce. If I'd had no record or memory of anything I'd ever...

Posted in Saturation.org on February 25, 2003 04:25 PM

state of the union

well, when you want to go one step beyond the memory hole, you just re-edit footage and make politicians say what we all know they're thinking....

Posted in Saturation.org on January 27, 2003 06:28 PM

naming names

Truth will out, at least in a small way. The western (+ Japanese) companies that have supplied Iraq's (alleged?) weapons research are now named, whether the U.N. wants them to be or not. No Halliburton subsidiaries, here, but those are...

Posted in Saturation.org on December 23, 2002 10:43 AM

guantanamo baby blue

I'm not sure if this is illegal, or inhumane, but it sure isn't pretty. On the way to Guantanamo....

Posted in Saturation.org on November 11, 2002 09:30 AM

Specious reasoning, admirable chutzpah

I don't know about the stated rationale, but the Buy Bush a PS2 campaign (and copies of SOCOM and Conflict: Desert Storm, and an extra controller for Dick) seems to have been a quick success. The continuation is even better:...

Posted in Saturation.org on October 28, 2002 11:48 PM

how much is memory worth?

In today's department of ephemeral value, exhibit a is this simple cocktail glass, whose owner's lofty goal is to monetize personal experience: "...back in the late 60's when i was in my twenties i was there and Mr. Sinatra Knocked...

Posted in Saturation.org on October 3, 2002 12:35 PM

I forgot to tell you

Meanwhile at the World Memory Championships... "Each event starts with a cry from the starter: "Neurons-on-the-ready Go!" Competitors must then accurately memorize thousands of items including long numbers, unfamiliar names and faces, quotations, dates and random words. The grand...

Posted in Saturation.org on August 29, 2002 11:31 AM

klebold harris

The Memory Hole (a more political thesmokinggun?) has posted the first 320 pages of the FBI's file on Columbine. A perusal reveals plenty of inadvertent excision art on the part of the FBI -- check out page 283. And don't...

Posted in Saturation.org on August 9, 2002 11:26 AM

Googlization

It was something that first came up over a decade ago as the comparisons between the human brain and the hard drive became popular, namely the difference between memory and storage. Memory is just like storage, except that it's not...

Posted in Saturation.org on July 26, 2002 03:57 PM

Finally a place where even.

Beyond Found Magazine, as if it needed anything beyond it, is In Passing, a site which is a kind of auditory Found. Finally, a place where even the things that we say and hear can be put in jars, filtered...

Posted in Saturation.org on May 24, 2002 03:52 PM