Saturday, September 08, 2007

Cayetano Ferrer

Chicago's Cayetano Ferrer is doing urban styles that play with our pre-accepted notions of transparency.

Comedy Essence

That old scene-stealer Jason Bateman doing some career defining work here in Smokin Aces:

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

a snip here, a snip there

You are looking at someone's thumb. The SNPs -better known as snips- on the genome derived from a person's thumb, to be precise. SNPs are sites on the phenotypic data where a single unit of DNA is changed.

Breakthroughs in scientific exploration are never more fascinating than when they cull wonders from the basic, fairy-dust substance of the human genome. There's even a website at the center of the genome revolution that is free to the public and definitely worth checking out. It is unobtrusive and wonky, but also it provides us the chance to put our own thumbs on the pulse of human endeavor the ramifications of which -positive or negative, I am optimistic- will not be fully understood for decades to come.

Sunday, September 02, 2007

1st (of Seven)

"1st (of Seven)" sounds like a Borg, doesn't it? Worry not, dear reader, this is not the case; this blogbit intends you no ill.

My "favorite" movie is actually seven movies: Midnight Run, Viridiana, Children of Men, Young Frankenstein, Le Double Vie De Veronique, and John Carpenter's The Thing. And (thanks, Andy!), let's not forget the finest of the fine, Tron.

The same for musics: Chaos Theory (Amon Tobin), Small Change (Tom Waits), Passion (Peter Gabriel), Tabula Rasa (Arvo Part), Guero (Beck), Rock it to the Moon (Electrelane), and Rhythm Science (DJ Spooky).

Finally, my "first" book is an octopus: Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said (PK Dick), The Unvanquished (William Faulkner), Heretics of Dune (Frank Herbert), Gargantua&Pantagruel (Dr Rabelais), A Personal Matter (Kenzaburo Oe), The Road (Cormac McCarthy), Anti-Oedipus (Deleuze&Guattari), and of course the immortal Don Quijote (Cervantes).

(And can I just say, it was fun looking up the links for these! I hope you enjoy them, too.)