Cranky anti-semite wacko and world chess legend Bobby Fischer is now a free man with a new home. Fischer was detained at Japan’s Narita airport trying to board a flight to Manilla in July of last year and had been in a Japanese prison for the past eight months awaiting extradition to the U.S. on charges that he violated U.S. law when he played a chess game in Yugoslavia in 1991. But the U.S. was outmatched in this diplomatic chess game. Fischer renounced his U.S. citizenship and, along with his lawyer and fans, was able to persuade the Icelandic Althingi to grant him citizenship. Fischer arrived in Reykjavik last Thursday a free man.
Archive for March, 2005
Was the invasion of Iraq driven by pillow talk from Paul Wolfowitz’s mistress? It sounds preposterious, but an article in the London Daily Mail alleges Shaha Riza, a 51 year-old Oxford-educated Arab feminist, had some influence in shaping Wolfowitz’s policy decisions. Riza has worked for the Iraq Foundation– set up by expatriates to overthrow Saddam Hussein after the first Gulf War– and was passionately committed to democratising the Middle East when she allegedly began to date Wolfowitz, the article asserts. And a recent article in the Washington Post quotes a neighbor of Riza’s as saying the the former Assistant Secretary of Defense does a lot of entertaining with top officials at Riza’s house. The President recently appointed Wolfowitz to head the World Bank, where Shaha Riza is a communications adviser. Wolfowitz has been living separately from his wife Clare since 2001.
You ever feel like there might me another version of you living in a parallel universe? Maybe somebody who made different choices and is perhaps a more rugged and self-reliant version of you, someone who lives in a home he built himself in the montains of Montana. I feel that way.
In the past few days, artist/prankster Bansky has dressed as a British pensioner and attached his artwork to the gallery walls of New York’s finest museums. The Brooklyn Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Museum of Natural History were all hit. The one in the MoMA stayed up for three days before being discovered.
The latest trend in desktop backgrounds is to use some clever Photoshoping to see through your computer.
A Finish subsidiary of John Deere, Plustech Oy, has come up with a walking forest machine that has the best possible working stability and minimum impact on the terrain. But it’s also a crazy robotic insect monster you can drive. Be sure to watch the videos of the thing walking. The third video shows it doing push-ups.
Nasa has just released World Wind 1.3, a program that uses Landsat satellite imagery and Shuttle Radar Topography Mission data to zoom in and fly around the Earth’s terrain in 3D. Virtually visit any place in the world. Look across the Andes, into the Grand Canyon, over the Alps, or along the African Sahara. You can download the software for free (a hefty 171MB).
Great new sneaker ad directed by Spike Jonze. As nice as it is,
Kimya Dawson Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs is one of the last people I’d expect to ever receive a check from TBWAChiatDay. (thanks for the correction, Chris) But those things happen and tv commercial music has definitely gotten hipper over the last few years. You can lookup the latest music used in tv commercials at Songtitle.info.
Toby is a very cute lil’ bunny rabbit. He was found injured, nursed back to health, and thanks to his owner’s kindness, Toby has become the most loving, adorable pet. However, God as my witness, I will devour this little guy unless I receive 50,000$ USD into my account from donations or purchase of merchandise. Toby’s owner plans to eat him soon after a June 30th slaughter. Read the recipes or buy the shirt at savetoby.com.
What happens when someone places a packaged, hand-made Benito Mussolini doll onto the shelves of a Wal-Mart? Confused workers assigning a value to the item and manually enter Mussolini onto the receipt. Artist Packard Jennings did just that and even videotaped the scene at the register. The Il Duce Action Figure is part of Shopdropping: Experiments in the Aisle, and exhibition at San Francisco’s Pond Gallery that investigates the insertion of art into conglomerate retail stores. The show is up 03/11/05-4/10/05 at 14th and Valencia.
A Long Island, NY company is building plants around the country that use a thermal depolymerization process to turn almost anything into oil. Changing World Technologies has finished pilot plants in Missouri and Philadelphia that can produce oil for $15 a barrel and they expect that to drop to $10 within three years. And it can turn anything– turkey offal, tires, computers, medical waste, even people– into oil. If a 175-pound man fell into one end, he would come out the other end as 38 pounds of oil, 7 pounds of gas, and 7 pounds of minerals, as well as 123 pounds of sterilized water.