Army opens Mil internet access to Flickr, Facebook, Twitter, Delicious, Vimeo

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Photo by tcmhitchhiker

Today was the day that Army bases were ordered to stop blocking social media sites. No Youtube, yes Vimeo. No Myspace, yes Facebook. Seems arbitrary, but those are the sites I prefer anyway, so I would be happy were I in the mil.

It’s interesting what remains banned… The list includes:

(a) YouTube,

(b) 1.FM,

(c) Pandora,

(d) Photobucket,

(e) MySpace,

(f) Live365,

(g) hi5,

(h) Metacafe,

(i) MTV,

(j) BlackPlanet,

(k) StupidVideos,

(l) Filecabi,http://www.

Check out the official order below…

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Bushwick Open Studios 2009 [photos]


Here’s a few photos from the Bushwick open studios last Sunday. I saw perhaps 20 of the 200 open studios/spaces, and snapped pics of just what stood out to me. Sometimes the physical art was less interesting than the studio space.
I got a chance to chat with a lot of amazing artists who were chillin in their studios waiting to talk to random strangers with cameras like me. I asked a lot of questions then snuck up on them with my camera! My path is plotted out roughly below. For the full map + list of artists, download this pdf.
Oliver Warden @ Robot bigfoot. Besides some awesome large scale drip oils, he created a set of screenshots from Counter Strike (as c-prints in very high res) that he said explored the Iraq war, its outcome, and their uncertainties.

Also met Fred Harper whose caricatures I had seen before…
He does awesome caricatures for ‘The Week’ like this:

Here is the general path I took..


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Dada, medicine, futurism: “Fritz Kahn (An Iconography of the Industrial Body: Fritz Kahn, Popular Medical Illustration and the Visual Rhetoric of Modernity” [art lecture]


Upcoming lecture

An Iconography of the Industrial Body: Fritz Kahn, Popular Medical Illustration and the Visual Rhetoric of Modernity
A presentation by Michael Sappol, author of A Traffic of Dead Bodies
Friday June 19th
7:30 PM
543 Union Street

This talk focuses on the publications of Fritz Kahn (1888-1968), a German-Jewish physician. Between 1920 and 1950, Kahn was a widely-read author of books and articles for the general public on medicine, health and science. His principal works, Das Leben des Menschen [The Life of Man] (5 vols.; Stuttgart, 1922-31) and Der Mensch: Gesund und Krank [Man: In Health and Sickness] (2 vols.; Zürich, 1939) feature thousands of illustrations. Influenced by Dada, neue Sachlichkeit, surrealism, futurism, Bauhaus, constructivism, Art Deco, neo-classicism, comic strips, photomontage, and advertising graphics, Kahn, and the artists working under his direction, visually explained how the human body works, based on the findings of modern biological science. At the same time, the images refer back to the chaos, violence, impasses, pleasures, dreams, and technological and sociocultural ambitions of early and mid-20th-century Germany. Kahn deployed a visual vocabulary of modernism to figure industrial modernity within the body and the body within industrial modernity. The result was a corpus of images and tropes which imagined a new body for the modern age. (via)


‘Infinite Summer’ – Read Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace


Join a community of committed bibliophiles in their noble journey to complete David Foster Wallace’s masterpiece Infinite Jest this summer. David Foster Wallace was genius, and I’m glad he’s being honored in this way. For a taste of Wallace, here’s a few words from his May 21, 2005 commencement address at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio:

As I’m sure you guys know by now, it is extremely difficult to stay alert and attentive, instead of getting hypnotized by the constant monologue inside your own head (may be happening right now). Twenty years after my own graduation, I have come gradually to understand that the liberal arts cliché about teaching you how to think is actually shorthand for a much deeper, more serious idea: learning how to think really means learning how to exercise some control over how and what you think. It means being conscious and aware enough to choose what you pay attention to and to choose how you construct meaning from experience. Because if you cannot exercise this kind of choice in adult life, you will be totally hosed. Think of the old cliché about quote the mind being an excellent servant but a terrible master. (full text)

I wish he was still creating.