How the People See Current Events

Crossing the airwaves today: BLACKSBURG, Va. — A gunman massacred 32 people at Virginia Tech in the deadliest shooting rampage in modern U.S. history Monday, cutting down his victims in two attacks two hours apart before the university could grasp what was happening and warn students. The bloodbath ended with the gunman committing suicide, bringing … Continue reading

Through the Small Window One Can See an Angry ex-Hoosier

My friend Mike, aka BeardSex, has been in South Korea for the past few years (Is it four? Five? Three?) and has had more strange illnesses than anyone I have ever come across. At one point I thought he had died only to find out months later that he almost died. I tripped upon this … Continue reading

As if They Weren’t Strange Enough…

…a whole site dedicated to strange maps. Included is a world map with the planets of the solar system hovering above certain countries according to their mass (for instance Jupiter is above Russia, Saturn above Canada, etc.), one showing the shrinking of a lake in Chad, and my personal favorite, a Vulture’s View of Ethiopia:

Surreal, Silent Raves Sweeping the World

They’re called “flash mobs,” and they started popping up in the U.S. a few years ago. Coordinated via the internet, large groups converge at a particular place, where they do … something. It almost doesn’t matter what; as evidenced by the agendas of a few early flash mobs: “More than one hundred people converged upon … Continue reading

Your Door is a Jar. My Mother is a Chair

Check out this turn of the century tintype, posted by Swapatorium, in which this baby’s mother is actually disguised as the “chair” he’s sitting in. Swapatorium’s blogger says he has “a small collection” of mother-as-chair photographs, and a commenter mentions that the Columbus, Ohio Museum of Art devoted “a whole exhibition on the ‘mother-disguised-as-furniture’ genre” … Continue reading

I’ve Listened to These Records…

…and decided to write a short blurb about each one. Artist: Menomena Album: Wet and Rusting Format: Mp3 I was first intrigued by the cover, a fantastical cartoonish view of what’s in the remains of a glass of water. It starts out with the title track and one thinks of pre-bald Peter Gabriel playing with … Continue reading