March 30, 2010

Jimmy Kuehnle Performs in Dallas

Don't miss this; it will be cool and fun; plus he may need help getting unstuck or whatever. This Friday at noon, at the corner of Akard and Pacific.

Jimmy Kuehnle: Trailer from Mark & Angela Walley.

Previous post on Kuehnle here. (Thanks, Danny!)

UPDATE: I was out of town so couldn't make this, but one friend caught a bit of it on video here (thanks, Julie!)

Lovers Play Dead

"Tossed Out Into A Sea Of Normal is series of live home video recordings of each track from Drink Up Buttercup's debut album, Born and Thrown on a Hook. This track . . . was performed live at "The Sweetheart Dance" at Mike's Grandma's retirement home. The album drops March 23rd 2010."

Nice n' creepy.

March 27, 2010

Animated Gifcopia

Awesome agglomeration of animated gifs at Note the secret messages.

(Thanks, Ben!)

March 26, 2010

Dogs Eat Patrol Car

Hope they fill up before they get to the people inside.

Cat Cannot Unsee the Horror

(Thanks, Julie!)

B.t.w., sorry I've fallen behind on post frequency lately, but I've been busy. Please be patient; posts should pick up again in June.

Remember My Post Re- Donations for Haiti?

Specifically, this one, in which I said, "Please consider making your donations to the International Red Cross rather than the American Red Cross. I personally came across numerous reports of problems with the ARC while researching the Katrina disaster, and I'm not the only one; see Common Dreams; see also here and here."?

Well, forgive my i.t.y.s., but:

Recent media reports have revealed that the American Red Cross has collected $354 million for Haiti in the past two months but has accounted for only $106 million. . . . Haitian people have patiently waited for basic necessities, to no avail. The hurricanes and rainy season is just a month away and time is of essence. Shelters are needed now. Where is all the money going?

That was the burning question asked by the crowd that converged on the doorstep of the American Red Cross Headquarters on Monday, March 22, led by the Friday Haiti Relief Coalition. The coalition was organized by the December 12th Movement . . . .

* * * * *
Omowale Clay of the December 12th Movement said, “The American Red Cross has not been held accountable for the hundreds of millions they have collected in the name of Haiti and we won't let them off the hook. They did the same thing during hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. The money donated to Haiti is for the people in Haiti, not the Red Cross CEO and executive bureaucrats. Haiti needs shelters now!”

More at nyc.indymedia.

(By way of further background, while trying to do something helpful during the Katrina debacle, I came across info from a purported, current ARC employee explaining that several years ago (longer now), conservatives spotted the organization as a cash cow and systematically took it over. Once they gained control, in this employee's local office, all but three of the original 15 employees were fired, with the remaining three left to do the work of all of them. That report was unconfirmed as far as I know; but that wasn't all I came across. For more, go here and search page for Red Cross.)

March 22, 2010

Calculator: What the New Healthcare Bill Will Do for You

at WaPO.

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March 20, 2010

The Barriers Have Been Lowered for $100, you can put an ad up on a national network and reach 100,000 people.

"Amazingly, our ad aired 7 times during Glen Beck episodes."

In Amerika

March 19, 2010

Viacom Suing YouTube for Allowing Viacom to Infringe Itself

For years, Viacom continuously and secretly uploaded its content to YouTube, even while publicly complaining about its presence there. It hired no fewer than 18 different marketing agencies to upload its content to the site. It deliberately "roughed up" the videos to make them look stolen or leaked. It opened YouTube accounts using phony email addresses. It even sent employees to Kinko's to upload clips from computers that couldn't be traced to Viacom. And in an effort to promote its own shows, as a matter of company policy Viacom routinely left up clips from shows that had been uploaded to YouTube by ordinary users. Executives as high up as the president of Comedy Central and the head of MTV Networks felt "very strongly" that clips from shows like The Daily Show and The Colbert Report should remain on YouTube.

Viacom's efforts to disguise its promotional use of YouTube worked so well that even its own employees could not keep track of everything it was posting or leaving up on the site. As a result, on countless occasions Viacom demanded the removal of clips that it had uploaded to YouTube, only to return later to sheepishly ask for their reinstatement. In fact, some of the very clips that Viacom is suing us over were actually uploaded by Viacom itself.

Given Viacom’s own actions, there is no way YouTube could ever have known which Viacom content was and was not authorized to be on the site. But Viacom thinks YouTube should somehow have figured it out. The legal rule that Viacom seeks would require YouTube -- and every Web platform -- to investigate and police all content users upload, and would subject those web sites to crushing liability if they get it wrong.
Posted by Zahavah Levine, YouTube Chief Counsel, at Broadcasting Ourselves; more worthwhile info at the link.

March 17, 2010

Supporting the Arts

For those of us who may never see the inside of Dallas' new "Coliseum" in person, D Mag has some nice photos here. May Jerry Jones be rewarded for installing actual art; here's hoping the City takes a lesson.

(Thanks, Danny!)

March 13, 2010

As We Suspected . . .

Ram it down our throats? A package that size is a terrible thing to waste.

March 10, 2010

Hot Cars

(Those are German names for cuts of pork.)

March 9, 2010

Acting Locally

Ever wonder if you should pay more attention to state and local governmental affairs? If you live in TX, The Texas Tribune can help, first by providing coverage of such matters, then then by helping you identify and contact the appropriate reps or authorities, here.

March 7, 2010

March 1, 2010

The Future Un-Inc'd

"Future Unincorporated is a consulting company created by Cassie [Thornton]. The mission of The Future Unincorporated was to create an office where very important meetings can take place. To consult is to give and take advice. Cassie developed an interrogation system that created a reason for conversation with each individual client. The goal of the interrogation is to amass information about individuals in order to discover the perfect corporation inside every person. The Future Unincorporated understands the future starts in only 5 minutes, and it goes on forever. The company would like to ask you what you will be doing then. It believes the consultations will change the future just by talking about it." Read more here.

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Company of Colours, 2009, Shadow Box 9, hi-res interactive display with built-in computerized tracking system. "This piece shows the live surveillance camera view constructed out of a variety of culturally significant color swatches and palettes, from the 4 shades of green of the original Nintendo Gameboy to the X11 CSS3web browser palettes."

From bitforms, at Pulse NY.