content delivery apparatus

8.28.2003

 
the perils of geniusdom

"I just heard a thing on NPR/BBC News about-- I swear to god-- The Scholar Rescue Fund. It's an anonymous fund set up to finance the rescue of scholars and, uh, the errant genius, from opressive regimes that threaten to kill them. It was started in the '30s to get intellectuals out of Europe, and has recently come back to life and is actively, uh, RESCUING GENIUSES." - originally posted by Matt Fraction.

8.27.2003

 

8.26.2003

 
"The Macho Man" Randy Savage releases album

Lyrics sample:

...used to be hard, Hulk now you done turned soft.
Doin' telephone commercials, I seen ya.
Dancin' in tights as a ballerina
I knew all along you had those tendencies
cause you been runnin’ from Macho like I got a disease.

 
Black Woman Offered White Foot

LONDON (Reuters) - A black woman due to have her lower leg amputated was offered a white false foot and told she would have to pay extra if she wanted one that matched her skin, she said Monday.

Ingrid Nicholls, 46, said she was told at the state-funded hospital in Oxford, central England, that she would have to pay about $4,725 for a prosthetic limb that matched her skin color.

The cost of the white foot would have been covered by the National Health Service.

"If you've got to have an amputation, you should be allowed to have an artificial limb in the color that is relevant to your skin," she told Reuters.

"It's not cosmetic. Who would want to look like a freak, having one white leg and one black one -- nobody."

8.25.2003

 
Internet Suicides Plague Japan
Young People Make Death Pacts With Strangers

TOKYO -- Glued to a computer screen in his north Tokyo apartment, the stocky, part-time sushi delivery man spent weeks searching the recesses of the Internet. Going simply by the handle "Murata," the 28-year-old surfed for online companions harboring his same dark interest: the desire to die.

He found what he was looking for on a host of new Japanese-language Web sites such as "Underground Suicide" and "Deadline." Promising to supply most of the materials, he made arrangements to kill himself with two anonymous Internet friends on a mid-May afternoon. Face to face for the first time, the three young men drove to a tranquil mountain pass six hours north of Tokyo. They shared sleeping pills, and then -- following detailed instructions posted on a Web site -- set charcoal alight inside their car and died from carbon monoxide poisoning.

"Maybe he didn't have high hopes for the future, but it is still so hard to understand how he could have done it," said Murata's 35-year-old brother, who shared their apartment. He spoke on condition that both their names be withheld. "I've disconnected the Internet at home, at least while our family comes to terms with this."



 
eargasam:




 
Police hunt for "Batman"

LONDON (Reuters) - Police have launched a manhunt for Batman, after a man dressed as the superhero beat another man unconscious outside of a cafe over the weekend.

"Police are hunting a man dressed as Batman who was involved in an assault in the early hours of Sunday morning," Thames Valley Police said in a statement on Monday.

Police rushed to the scene after the assault and the unconscious victim was whisked to the hospital. But the masked offender had already made his escape.

8.22.2003

 
He'll be headbutting Jesus now

From Alternative Tentacles Records:

Dear Friends and fellow Wesleynauts,

We are deeply saddened to report that one of our artists, Wesley
Willis passed away yesterday, Thursday, August 21st. Wesley will be greatly missed by all that had the privilege to know him, as well as the fans who have been fortunate enough to experience his genius. Wesley was diagnosed with Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML) at the end of 2002, and had to undergo emergency surgery on June 2nd to identify the source of, and to suppress internal bleeding. It is not clear if this bleeding was related to his leukemia or not, and the exact cause of death is still unknown. Wesley had been recovering at a Hospice in Illinois, and since the surgery his health had deteriorated rapidly.

His songs were simultaneously disturbing, hilarious, blunt, and
intoxicating. Wesley's sheer excitement and unaffected honesty about every cultural phenomenon, defined his music as truly individual, and truly punk rock.

Wesley released well over 50 albums - 3 of which are on
Alternative Tentacles, and a 4th, entitled, Wesley Willis Greatest Hits Vol. 3 (CD) had already been scheduled for release in October of this year.

For more information on Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia, please visit
http://leukemia-lymphoma.org.

Currently there are no plans for any funeral service but we will inform you if there will be.

(Found by Fraction)
 
Brain Drills

Radical New Treatment for Parkinson’s Disease Involves Drilling into the Head, Injecting Viruses

Nathan Klein allowed doctors to drill a hole in his skull and inject more than 3 billion viruses directly into his brain to combat Parkinson's disease. He was the first man to undergo this experimental procedure.

8.21.2003

 
Zombie Infection Simulator

http://www.blearg.com/zombies/zombies.htm

8.19.2003

 
Puppy

We have a dog now. So if the updates are few and far between it's because I'm dividing my time between making sure the dog isn't chewing up and/or shitting on everything we own and writing comics.



8.15.2003

 
the truth. respect.


 
the hand tumors should show up soon

smokestackcreep houseTeam Sonambulo
mouse huglegopredator
doom no give shit aria giovanni and the pornstar puppet showmotionhawk
from the lou: the action figurechicago news interviews nerds in costumeday one: ultraman cap (not pictured: day two: godzilla cap
                              end

8.14.2003

 
Cloning Yields Human-Rabbit Hybrid Embryo

Scientists in China have, for the first time, used cloning techniques to create hybrid embryos that contain a mix of DNA from both humans and rabbits, according to a report in a scientific journal that has reignited the smoldering ethics debate over cloning research.

(Found by Steve Sanders)
 
Eggers thing

Something Might Plummet. Something Might Soar
Dave Eggers
Saturday August 2, 2003
The Guardian

Mrs Gunderson. Whahaooaoooa. Mrs Gunderson. This is about Mrs Gunderson and it gets dirty.

You know she's got to be in her fifties but whahaooaoooa, what is it about her that's got you thinking? She's got great posture. She dresses like some kind of royal person or something, like that American lady who married the king of Jordan. What was her name? Queen Someone. Mrs Gunderson's prettier than her, though, and her earrings are so delicate. Hoops like rings you'd reach for if you were very small, and riding around her head on some kind of crazy miniature floating carousel. How old is she, anyway? Fifty? Sixty? Man, you just do not know. You'd love to be one of those guys who can guess ages. Your friend Naveed is pretty good at it; when you met him he knew you were a year older and you hadn't told him dick - he just guessed you were 10 and... you were 10! And you've been friends since, three years now, even after he threw a rock at your head while aiming for a cop car, and you still have a red mark that looks like the one you get from your booster shots - round red dots just under the surface that hardly hurt at all.


 
night during dayunderpassdriving
lakeshoredinosaurrainforest cafe
peephoodconstruct
crimetowerzoomtrain

8.12.2003

 
Please kill yourself so I can rock.

from this we escape (the only band in St. Louis that's worth a shit) Mp3's here.

8.11.2003

 
The man who changed his name to Jack Ass dies

HOT SPRINGS - The former Robert Craft, the man who changed his legal name to Jack Ass in 1997 and founded the Hearts Across America campaign that encouraged people to put up big red "healing hearts" along highways, has himself died.

A coroner said Wednesday that Ass shot himself with a hunting rifle last week in a yard used for automobile storage east of Hot Springs. He was 45.

No information was available earlier because, at his own request, he was buried in a simple pine box with no embalming of the body. By law, the body had to be interred within 48 hours, an official with the funeral home that handled the burial said. There was no obituary or death notice issued.


Sanders County Coroner Mark Denke said Wednesday that the sheriff's office received a call at 11:50 a.m. Monday, Aug. 21, from the owner of the property where the suicide occurred. The property owner, Verlan Smith, told officials that as he was inspecting his property he heard a gunshot, saw a portion of the body, and immediately called 9-1-1, the coroner said.

Ass died instantly from the gunshot, Denke said.

 
The Nerdprom

Andi and I went and I bought a ton of small press and mini comics, schmoozed with the pros and found potential artists. I also ordered expensive room service and watched god-awful amateur porn.

Swag:
- 40 oz Comics #3 (mini comic)
- Suburban Folklore # 1
- Gone South# 1
- Tokyopop 2003 Sampler
- Claxton and Jon (mini comic)
- Slop #6 (mini comic)
- Snakepit #3 (mini comic)
- Masks of Sonambulo
- a print of Keeley Carrigan's art
- a print of the Masks of Sonambulo cover
- little tiki dashboard ornament
- and host of free stuff from up-and-coming comics artists.
- porcelain Kabuki Noh masks
- The Muppet's Superhero Scooter action figure

More photos to come.

 
photodrop//001A//actual con photos

ready to believe youalternative ghostbusters line here
the ohhzeefor bro-dawg
                  a n d i

8.10.2003

 
I am returned.

8.08.2003

 
Ghost Dad

It's early o'clock a.m. in the morning and I'm preparing to leave for a 5 hour drive to Chicago to attend the Comic Con. I considered setting up a textamerica account and moblogging the entire thing. I think my legions of thralling fans are simply going to have to do without any updates for the weekend.

But when I get back prepare for some only mildly interesting photos of people you don't know. I can already hear the ladies creaming their jeans.

Be back in three days, behave yourselves.
 
Action Squad!

In a nutshell, Action Squad explores. This generally occurs late at night, to aid in avoiding other people, particularly those with badges and funny blue uniforms. We climb buildings, sneak into factories, crawl through all kinds of tunnels, spelunk old brewery caves, poke around abandoned buildings, and run across the rooftops.


8.07.2003

 
The results of searching for "sam teer" in Google's image search:


8.06.2003

 


(Found by Dennis Culver)

8.04.2003

 
futurephone dumping

t r a i nfrom this we escape
s c u hhorsey
the neighborhood stirs tonightc u t e
                unseen in a canoe
 

One of three Afghan girls who form the group 'Burqa Band' plays the
guitar while dressed in the traditional Afghan garment for women, the
burqa. The group has become a surprise hit in Germany where the song
Burqa Blues is played in clubs (AFP/File)


Full story here.
 

Battle cry : A woman drinks red wine in Catoira village,
in Galicia, northwest Spain, as villagers in viking garb
simulate the assault of the North - European warriors
on the coast of Galicia 1000 years ago. (AFP/Miguel Riopa)

8.03.2003

 
Random Movie plots:

Howard Taft and a cynical bison with cybernetically-enhanced reflexes want to make their new rap company take off; unfortunately, they become angry and go their seperate ways, only to meet again in the future.

8.01.2003

 
Joe Stalin VS. John Wayne

Joseph Stalin ordered the KGB to assassinate John Wayne because he considered his anti-communist rhetoric a threat to the Soviet Union, according to a new biography of the film star based on interviews with Wayne's close associates and the movie legend Orson Welles.

Stalin apparently learned of Wayne's popularity from the Russian filmmaker Sergei Gerasimov, who attended a peace conference in New York in 1949. Michael Munn, a film historian and author of John Wayne - The Man Behind The Myth, said Gerasimov told Stalin of Wayne's fervent anti-communist beliefs.

"Stalin decided that he would have him killed," said Mr Munn

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