MonthFebruary 2005

Bob Flanagan

So I was thinking I’d rather have my scrotum pierced with a rusty nail than go back to work this morning. Except that no one would pay me to pierce my scrotum. At least not as much as work pays me.

Then I was thinking, didn’t the late Bob Flanagan get paid to do that sort of thing? So I took a look at a couple Flanagan web sites and… well, there’s nothing like good old Bob to remind you that your job (and life) ain’t so bad. Happy Monday.

Bob Flanagan Pain Journal with a bio

Bob Flanagan has some pics.

Of course there’s also Sick: the Life and Death of Bob Flanagan on DVD and the book Bob Flanagan: Supermasochist. If you’re into that sort of thing, I’ll leave it to you to find them.

Sponsor Technoccult for one year for 13 bucks

Update: Big thanks to Mad Ghoul for his sponsorship =)

As many of you know, I just moved last month. What you might not know is, I’m pretty broke right now. I just had to renew the klintron.com domain name, which cost me $12.95, which may not sound like a lot, but is quite a lot to me right now. So the first person who paypals me (klintfinley at yahoo dot com) $12.95 will get a spot on the Technoccult sidebar listing them as a sponsor. I promise to keep this spot for 1 year.

(I’ll just decline subsequent Paypal payments)

Zombie Infection Simulation v2.3

Great idea:

Zombies are green, move very slowly and change direction randomly and frequently unless they can see something moving in front of them, in which case they start walking towards it. After a while they get bored and wander randomly again.

If a zombie finds a human directly in front of it, it tries to kill them. They will succeed, unless the human population is low. In that case, there is a chance the human will expect the zombie, and have a chance to attack first!

Link (via Grumpkins).

The Cuddly Menace

More Christian propaganda remixed.

Link (via LVX23).

Taking narcotics may be part of our evolutionary inheritance

A different spin on things:

Taking narcotics may be part of our evolutionary inheritance

IF DRUGS are so bad for us, why do so many people use them? Because they helped our ancestors survive, argue two anthropologists.

Our predilection for psychotropic substances is usually seen as a biological accident. The conventional view is that drugs fool the brain into thinking it is getting a reward when in fact it isn’t.

But anthropologists Roger Sullivan of the University of Auckland and Edward Hagen of the University of California at Santa Barbara point out that our ancestors were exposed to plants containing narcotic substances for millions of years. In the April issue of Addiction, they argue that we are predisposed to drug-taking because we evolved to seek out plants rich in alkaloids.

Link.

R.U. Sirius and Tom Frank in conversation

Online conversation between R.U. Sirius and What’s the Matter with Kansas author Tom Frank.

Link.

The Good Die Young

I’ve been so preoccupied with other things in my life right now that I didn’t notice the 3 year anniversary of the last time anyone saw Jon.

Wherever you are Jon, we all still miss you.

D12: “Good Die Young”.

Temping

I didn’t the awesome university job I was trying for. So I registered with a temp agency yesterday, and on Monday I will start a 2 month stint as a bank receptionist. Not the most exciting job in the world, but certainly not the worst. And just in a nick of time too.

DJ Spooky talks about remixing Birth of a Nation, and more

That Subliminal Kid says:

Basically the whole vibe of the film is to think about why America still has the kind of amnesia that would let a an election like the last two happen. “Birth of a Nation” is the first film to show a corrupt American election. Plus, its got the added bonus of being crazy racist. Combine the two, and it makes for a sad reflection of contemporary America. Dj-ing breaks these things down, and that’s what I do to the film. Kind of highlight the fact that there’s multiple situations going on. That’s why I’m “Dj-ing the film.”

Link (via Disinfo).

Hope the dude comes to Denver soon…

Borges stories in Spanish

I can’t read ’em, but hopefully someone out there will enjoy this.

Link.

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