Institute of Contemporary Art – Boston

December 8, 2006

Despite the fact that the computer lab uses iMacs, let us stand and praise the first attractive new architecture constructed in Boston in about 30 years. It’s grand opening is December 10th.
Here’s a favorite feature of SHSIBAE:
(Okay, just me, but I am sure the rest of us would like it if they were awake.)

Staring straight down into the water as you are trying to unplug (reboot) your iMac during yet another system crash seems like an amazing idea. Hopefully it doesn’t suffer the curse of other Boston projects (Big Dig; John Hancock Tower; Bill Walton) by having some major structural flaws. I had the privilege, or should I say masturbatory experience, of having Scofidio as a professor, and I am proud that he actually built something that… well, that he actually BUILT something, for one, and that it isn’t completely an abstract metaphor.

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MS Paint your picture: Democratic House & Senate

November 15, 2006

Perhaps this will turn into a series, perhaps not.  Nevertheless, I have made this picture in MS Paint of what I predict could/might happen with the democrats in charge of the house and senate.  Feel free to post yours!

Note:  If you want to post your own rendition, the only real guideline is that you MUST use MS paint.  I have blatantly copied and pasted one of H.R. Giger’s aliens a few times, so you can do the same.  Just no Photoshop, please.

Also, your picture doesn’t have to be in the House of Representatives, it could be a picture of anything that could/might happen with a democratic house and senate.


Gaming Industry News & Rumors

November 2, 2006

PS3 Online Launch Woes
As if Sony needed any more negative press, rumor has it that most launch titles for the PS3 will have very little online content or gameplay. Developers are frustrated at the lack of support they have thus far received from Sony in this area, and many have supposedly decided to entirely drop the online component from their titles. There is still time for some of these issues to be addressed, but that time is quickly running out.

Considering a) these new online issues, b) expected unit shortages at launch, and c) a very high price-point, Sony seems to be relying heavily on consumer brand recognition to help carry the PS3 through the early stages of the its lifespan. Only time will tell if that strategy works, but Microsoft and Nintendo must be quietly (or loudly) excited.

Nintendo Announces Wii Launch Titles
Yesterday, Nintendo announced their complete list of launch titles. This list includes both next-gen titles for the Wii and downloadable Virtual Console titles, all of which are expected to be available by the end of December.

Next Gen Titles
Excite Truck
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
Wii Sports (bundled with the Wii console)
Call of Duty 3
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance
Rapala Tournament Fishing
Tony Hawk’s Downhill Jam
World Series of Poker
Dragon Ball Z Budokai: Tenkaichi 2
Trauma Center : Second Opinion
Madden NFL 07
Need for Speed: Carbon
Elebits
The Ant Bully
The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy
Happy Feet
Rampage: Total Destruction
Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz
Metal Slug Anthology
Super Swing Golf
Avatar: The Last Airbender
Barnyard
Cars
SpongeBob SquarePants: Creature from the Krusty Krab
Far Cry: Vengeance
GT Pro Series
Monster 4×4: World Circuit
Open Season
Rayman Raving Rabbids
Red Steel – This & Zelda are the hottest launch titles.
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Double Agent
Ice Age 2: The Meltdown

Virtual Console Titles
Mario Bros.
The Legend of Zelda
Donkey Kong
Donkey Kong Jr.
Ice Hockey
Pinball
Soccer
Tennis
Urban Champion
Wario’s Woods
Baseball
Solomon’s Key
F-Zero
SimCity
Super Mario 64
Sonic the Hedgehog
Altered Beast
Golden Axe
Columns
Ecco the Dolphin
Gunstar Heroes
Space Harrier II
Toe Jam & Earl
Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine


South Dakota: I’m afraid of you

November 2, 2006

1 – “Current South Dakota law generally allows a pregnant woman to obtain an abortion during the first 24 weeks of pregnancy. Beyond 24 weeks, abortions may be performed only if necessary to preserve the life or health of the pregnant woman.

House Bill 1215 would prohibit any person, at any time, from providing any medicine or other substance to a pregnant woman for the specific purpose of terminating her pregnancy. However, a person may provide a contraception substance to a woman
without penalty prior to the time her pregnancy could be determined by conventional medical testing.

2 – “This initiative would allow persons, including minors with parental consent, with a debilitating medical condition, to be certified to grow (not more than six plants), possess (not more than one ounce) and use small amounts of marijuana for medical purposes.”

3 – “Amendment C affirms the traditional understanding of marriage in South Dakota. The amendment is designed to make clear what marriage is and what marriage is not.

The amendment merely reflects what South Dakota citizens have always understood—that marriage is a union between one man and one woman and that the State of South Dakota should not recognize any other kind of “marriage” or “quasi-marital relationship,” whether called a “civil union,” a “domestic partnership,” or by any other newly-coined name.”

    These are just examples of constitutional amendments that are up for the vote on November 7th in SOUTH DAKOTA. Yes, all 7 of the farmhands that know what voting is in South Dakota will be able to vote on some of the most controversial issues being debated in our country. Do conservatives think that because it’s in a state no one cares about that people won’t pay attention to what’s going on? Do people in South Dakota smoke a lot of grass?

These are questions I want to know the answers to. I’m really surprised this hasn’t gotten more attention from the media.

SHSIBAE poll:

Would you change your state of residency just to vote on issues like this?


Thank you sir, may I have another

November 1, 2006

So I was musing the other day with a friend about what the threshold of tolerance would be for Americans, in terms of the way things are going right now for the country (and the world, for that matter). If all that this administration has done for us wouldn’t be enough to make Americans revolt against their goverment, what would it really take? Or would we “break” at all?

I don’t mean people with angrily-worded signs standing in front of the white house, I mean revolutionary war style. Before you turn me in to Homeland Security, hear me out. Granted, the context of our situation now is not really comparable to the way it was back then, but the sentiment would be the same. People getting angry with their ruler, trying diplomacy, failing, then feeling the need to actually act. To me it seems like every word that can be said to try to change this government has been said. Obviously, this method has failed. This administration will continue to turn a deaf ear towards reasoned dissent. So, what next? Keep bitching? Wait and see if things change with the next president?

I’m asking you, the reader, what do you think it would really take for Americans to revolt (aggressively)? Is that even the answer? What are possible solutions, do you think? As long as the media and the goverment make us feel isolated from the rest of the world, I think that most Americans will go along with whatever they’re told to believe. What do you think?


A letter from Max Powers, actor

October 26, 2006

Hi, I’m Max Powers. I don’t know why all of you critics out there want to ridicule my genuinely humanitarian act of adopting kids from underdeveloped and impoverished countries. My most recent acquisition love of my life came from Cambodia and I love her very much. She is like a tiny off-white snowflake. Her original name was Ming Lee, but her name is now Britney Powers since I saved her. I think this will really enrich her life as she is growing up in the U.S..

Ming Lee

My other children will get along great with her once they all learn to speak English, and I just don’t see what the problem is. How could you doubt my sincerity here? Are you a racist, because I’m definitely not. You can plainly see that because of my new multi-colored children.

I’d like to see what kind of comments you bastards can come up with. You’re probably just ignorant of what it’s like to be caring for all humans. You know, like I am.

Me and Ming Lee


News from/about my Hometown

October 12, 2006

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“A time-worn excuse for failing to hand in one’s homework has been offered as the reason that a red bra triggered a rollover accident last month on northbound I-75 in Wood County.

The dog ate it.

The driver of a car containing four teenage girls, Tabitha Adams, 17, of Bowling Green, told the Ohio Highway Patrol that one of her passengers took the bra off underneath a shirt because the family dog had chewed it earlier that day, causing it to fray.

Emily Davis, 17, of Bowling Green admitted that it was her bra that broke and later flew from the car’s antenna on Sept. 26 along I-75 in Middleton Township, according to a 24-page state patrol crash report released yesterday.

Two Toledo men in a trailing 2006 Dodge Neon were injured when driver James Campbell told troopers he swerved to avoid the flying bra and his car flipped several times in the grass median.

Asked by Trooper C.R. Hasty what lane they were in when the accident occurred, Mr. Campbell’s passenger, Jeff Long, replied: “The fast lane.”

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