MonthMay 2007

Occulterati as a Psychotronic Mix Tape

Ep15 - Negative

EPISODE 15 :: “Thought Reform”

Ask not what Occulterati can do for you; ask what you can do for Occulterati.

Duration :: 00:22:18
Download :: MP3 (20.433MB)
Hosts :: Brenden Simpson, Wu

Baby’s bizarre ‘bite’ of passage with cobra

A one-year-old is forced to fight a neutered cobra during a shocking snake-charming rite of passage in India.

The baby tries to protect itslef while being repeatedly hit by the animal, which has also had its mouth stitched up and its fangs removed.

This bizarre spectator sport – reportedly from Kasimkota in Andhra Pradesh – has been condemned by animal rights protesters after footage appeared on the internet.

They’ve warned that a cobra’s fangs grow back quickly, putting the youngsters in mortal danger.

Several snake charmers die each year while handling the animals.

From: Daily Mail.

Another video.

(Thanks Jess!)

Ghost detecting USB device

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his is their latest USB, with a ghost detector attached. If it detects a shift in the magnetic waves within a room an alarm sounds and lights on the unit flash.

There are six different Ghost Radars and they cost between $60 for 128MB and $220 for 4GB.

Full Story: Gizmodo.

(Thanks Tasha!)

More strange USB devices: Solid Alliance.

New Richardson Ads: I’m OVER-Qualified To Be President

(Via)

Arthur Magazine not dead yet!

This particular Arthur saga has a few chapters left in it.

Despite being declared dead by co-founder and editor Jay Babcock back in February, the much-mourned Arthur magazine announced its return earlier this month to the already too-small world of long-form counterculture journalism. Babcock’s negotiations with publisher Laris Kreslins to buy out Kreslins’ half of the mag had reached a seemingly hopeless impasse, but a recent breakthrough finally pushed the deal through.

“The main thing is that he came back to the table and we reached a deal, and I got loans from friends and family which allowed me to buy him out,” says Babcock, who has run the magazine from his home in Atwater Village since its inception in 2002. “I have now gained 100 percent control of Arthur, and I intend to resume publishing the magazine as soon as all the financing is in order.”

Full story: LA CityBeat.

Frog Juice in High Demand in Peru

Carmen Gonzalez plucks one of the 50 frogs from the aquarium at her bus stop restaurant, bangs it against tiles to kill it and then makes two incisions along its belly and peels off the skin as if husking corn.

She’s preparing frog juice, a beverage revered by some Andean cultures for having the power to cure asthma, bronchitis, sluggishness and a low sex drive. A drink of so-called “Peruvian Viagra” sells for about 90 cents.

Full Story: ABC News.

Mobile technology and public space pt. 2

Something’s bothering me about my mobile technology and public space post (besides sounding like an anarcho-hippie by talking about “reclaiming” something), and no one’s called me on it. I utterly failed to make a case for why these changes to public space might be bad.

My attitude towards social change is usually brutal: evolve or die (or, in less harsh terms, “go with the flow”). So am I being hypocritical here? Should I just accept the evaporation of third places and individualization/interiority of public space? Is my resistance to living a life with sound hampered by iPods, viewed through LCD screen of a digital camera mere neophobia?

I think for the most part the desire for public space to be shared is a matter of preference. It’s fine for some people to want to “opt out” by disappearing into the comforting nullification of headphones and laptops.And if we want to make a comparison – is “then” (the pre near-ubiquitous wifi and iPods time) better than “now”? I’d say no – high storage capacity mp3 players and free high speed internet in public places are great tools that have made many new experiences and activities possible.

Besides “just getting used to it,” I can think of two main avenues for the furthering of the public experience:

1. “Tech free zones.” – Adam Greenfield predicted long ago that one of the first business models in the “ubicomp” world would be “dead zones” where there was no ubicomp. (See his book Everware).

2. Technological solutions. More mobile social technology. There’s more and more of this sort of stuff coming out, we’re getting closer to the world envisioned in The Headmap Manifesto. Twitter seems to have taken off, but it doesn’t have any location awareness or “discovery” features (Dodgeball was close to this, but looks to be dead). Plazes seems interesting as well, but it’s never really taken off (I’ve never really used it… and it’s still in beta?).

Communist Mutants From Space

communist mutants from space

Wikipedia: Communist Mutants from Space.

(Thanks Chaoflux).

DJ mixes for spring…

Forget mopey indie rock, it’s spring!

Mad Decent mix by Paul Devro (via Blentwell).

SANY PITBULL future funk express mixtape (via Fat Planet).

MPC – baile dancehall mixtape (via mudd up!).

Filastine – Blentcast mix (via mudd up!).

The Man From S.L.A.K.

A video document created by amateurs in 1991 and recently unearthed by SubGenius scholars. The quality is terrible and the editing is atrocious; however, because this video discloses important clues as to the nature of the S.L.A.K. organization and its agents, it is hereby presented for historical and informational purposes only.

(via Titan)

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