typed for your pleasure on 24 December 2008, at 7.08 pm

Sdtrk: ‘Turritopsis’ by To kill a petty bourgeoisie

Links! It’s like likes, it’s like licks. It’s even a bit like lax!
I, ah, don’t know where I was going with that.

+ Having recently popped round the forum on Broadcast’s official site, hoping to find some news of a new album, cos with each release they lose a member, and soon, the band will be reduced to just Trish playing a theremin by herself onstage, there was a thread concerning groups that sound similar to Broadcast. Two bands that struck my fancy: To kill a petty bourgeoisie, which are kind of a more dissonant and soundtracky collision of the Sixties-era BBC Radiophonic Workshop sound with Shoegazer, and The new lines, which is headed by Hewson Chen, formerly of the late-lamented indie-synthpop duo Vitesse. I’ve been playing the hell out of ‘dc1’ and ‘th case fr public organisation’ on their Myspace player. And soon, you will be too! I guarantee it

+ Almost twenty years ago, David Lynch filmed a perfectly normal little television series called ‘Twin Peaks‘ in Snoqualmie Valley, Washington. Recently, some obsessive has undertaken a project to photograph various locations that were used in the series, to show what they look like now. If nothing else, you have to admire his determination

The Double R Diner, then

(Not quite) The Double R Diner, now

+ People with more time and scissor dexterity than myself are rather keen on papercraft, which is a hobby centred round cutting out pre-printed shapes, folding them up, and slotting them together, resulting in all manner of amusing objects. A prime example would be what you can find on cubeecraft. ‘Download, Print, Cut, Fold’ as they say there. They boast a growing array of characters in .pdf form as well, such as Number Six from The Prisoner, or Oh Dae-Su from ‘Oldboy’, or Brock Samson, or the Prince from Katamari Damacy, just to give a few examples. So why not fire up the ol’ dot matrix and assemble a couple of your favourite characters, instead of sitting on the Internet all day… o, wait

+ Have you considered the humble tetrapod lately? Have you??

photo by kana_m

Hit the beach anywhere in Japan, and you are likely to see endless piles of tetrapods — enormous four-legged concrete structures intended to prevent coastal erosion. By some estimates, more than 50% of Japan’s 35,000-kilometer (22,000-mi) coastline has been altered with tetrapods and other forms of concrete. Critics, who blame the tetrapod invasion on decades of excessive government spending designed to bolster the construction industry, argue that in addition to posing a danger to swimmers, surfers and boaters, tetrapods actually accelerate beach erosion by disrupting the natural processes that shape the coastal environment. Meanwhile, others have developed an aesthetic appreciation of the tetrapod landscape, as evidenced by a host of stunning Japanese tetrapod photos on Flickr.
from a post on Pink Tentacle

I’ve always thought tetrapods were cool, but then, I would. Frankly, I’m surprised that there aren’t like significantly scaled-down versions that you could buy to use as home accents or whatnot. Think of it! Toy tetrapods! I’m hoping someone will take that particular ball and run with it

+ For nearly a decade, I’ve always gone on public record as being in love with the city of Toronto, Ontario, and wanting to eventually move there. But lately, I’ve been reconsidering. For instance, with the weather being as polar as it’s been in Michigan, what godforsaken arctic winds would I have to put up with the further north I were to go? So these days, my party line is Bye bye Toronto, Hello Milwaukee! And after viewing this informative video, I’m thinking I won’t be the only one to want to relocate there!

+ Finally, anyone who’s aware of my manias interests knows that I like squirrels. Not as much as cats, and certainly not on the level of one of my ex-coworkers who loved pigs and had about a billion pig-related pieces of ephemera all over her cubicle, but I think squirrels are endearing little critters. To that end, I give you (not literally) a purple squirrel.

STEP ONE: soak squirrel in bucket of grape Kool-Aid

Purple squirrel baffles experts | 12:38AM GMT 22 Dec 2008

A purple squirrel which appeared at a school has baffled experts who are unable to explain its colour.

Teachers and pupils at Meoncross School in Stubbington, Hants, were amazed when they saw the creature through the window during a lesson.

Since the squirrel, now nicknamed Pete, was first seen, it has become a regular fixture at the school but no one has been able to say whether the animal has fallen into purple paint, had a run-in with some purple dye, or whether there is another explanation.

Dr Mike Edwards, an English teacher, said: “I was sitting in my classroom and looked out the window and saw it sitting on the fence. I had to do a double take.

“Since then it’s been a bit of a regular at the school – everyone’s seen it.

“We thought it might have been paint or something but then when you look at it up close, it’s an all over coat, not in patches like you’d expect if it had been near some paint.

“Its fur actually looks purple all the way through. It’s an absolute mystery.”
the rest of the article is here

Looks a bit Photoshopped to me, but anything’s possible in this day and age, really. *coughthatcatwithtwosetsofearscough*

So you lot can keep yourselves busy with those! I might try to pop off one more post before the end of the year, but I’m going to give upgrading to the latest WordPress a go, so wish me luck that it doesn’t turn out like the last time I tried upgrading without proper adult supervision. Man. *shakes head*
In the meantime, Happy (belated) Festivus, and Happy Holikwanzimasnukkah! Hope it’s enjoyable for you all! And don’t forget that the Doctor Who 2008 Xmas special is on tomorrow, for those of you who have access to that sort of thing. Allons-y!

Random similar posts, for more timewasting:

Again with the Dears??! on June 7th, 2005

Bellsbellsbellsbellsbells on January 20th, 2007

6 have spoken to “IT IS LINK MAGICK”

  1. Kat writes:

    Those tetrapods remind me of these items that Stego makes for our masks:

    Seen here sans the NATO threading:

    They are just missing a “leg”

  2. Davecat writes:

    Maybe with a wee bit of welding (and a whole lot of free time), you can make rubber toy tetrapods! It’s like I say: find a niche and fill it; otherwise, if there isn’t a niche, make one, and then fill it…

  3. Veach writes:

    I watched the Milwaukee clip with my paramour. I began giggling about three or four sentences in. After about a minute, I’m laugh-exploding–and my paramour turns and says, ‘this is a parody, right?’ (just asking, gave me a whopper of a tickle at the time and thinking about her asking, now, makes me chortle a bit, mostly inside). I suspect she was (A) not devoting her full attention to it and (B) asking because I attended college there and would–therefore–be able to know better than anyone (in the room) if it was an accurate depiction of Milwaukee. Which, again, has me snickering at the memory-thought.

    I almost answered her: Well, I did work at Blackstar over summer break once, but I’m terrible at keeping a straight face in those situations. I just nodded and laughed.

    Thanks for that.

  4. Davecat writes:

    Well played, sir; well played. 🙂 But you totally could’ve told her about how ham burgers are cheap and delicious there! After all, they only cost a few Dark Dollars!

    That whole video has its own mystique about it, as viral videos do. There’s even a Wiki site about it, where you can download the pamphlet ‘Milwaukee: A Reasonable Haven‘, which was made by the Milwaukee Tourism Commission. As it was leaked early (certain employees in the MTC will undoubtedly be in it deep because of that), you should probably pick that up as soon as you can.

    It’s a hell of a viral, you have to admit. No-one knows yet if it’s for a game, or a film, or what. But whatever it’s for, the marketing company did a bang-up job, cos I am intrigued!

  5. Laura writes:

    Daniel has tried to convince me to dye my cats and ferrets different colors or to give them tiger stripes.
    For the record, I do not encourage the dying of animals 😛

  6. Davecat writes:

    But you have to admit — a tiger-striped ferret would be unstoppably cute. 🙂

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