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American

2014-02-23

American
The Video album! by Swezlex


This song was made after Porest yelled at all his friends for being American.


Chris didn’t want to play with David’s league because he thought no one was serious enough. He was wrong.


My game!


Study time buddies.

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Noise Picnic!!

2012-06-22

It’s summer. I’ve had a lot of fun getting stuff together for this new Episode of Zeek Sheck. I’ve been recording the last Zeek Sheck album all summer and really want to focus on that but it’s been more entertaining than I expected trying to incorporate the recordings into this live show coming up on Sunday. I probably overdid it, again. Invited a bunch of people to play too, can’t wait for that! Jake Rodriguez, Carrie Barclay, Danishta Riviera, Theresa Currie, and Julia Bernstein will all take part.

Come bring a blanket and picnic food and hear the noise.

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Joshua Kit Clayton favorites

2012-04-20

Question: What are your favorite creations?
Answer: “Taking pleasure in one’s own creations is a funny process. It can be like staring into a mirror, popping zits, finding the treasures that your body has created and you are compelled to expunge, left with a sore puffy wound. Looking back at my life, I suppose the creations I’m interested in most would have to be the memories and experiences that I’ve cultivated as myth and continued to share as I’ve grown older. Most of the artistic, technical, or material creations I’ve made, I could probably take or leave, and I find myself wanting to talk little about them, even if I indulge myself in the privacy of my own bathroom. I won’t elaborate on these personal myths here, but instead will provide a very succinct list, and leave it to the reader to create their own myths for me.”
-Joshua Kit Clayton

1. Booger Man.

2. Giant Woven Vagina.

3. Hammer Throwing Incident.

4. Drug-Addled Rave Days.

5. Amateur Participant/Observer “Research”

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Gregory Jacobsen Favorites

2012-04-20

in no order:

This album:
Ritualistic School of Errors – Sweat Stained Fancy Heaps for First-Rate Ladies

This Lovely Little Girls Performance:

Yellow Pile:

Bountiful Merkin Bag Corsage:

Muffins! OH! Crumpets! OH! Fresh Today!
http://gregoryjacobsen.com/images/2006/muffins.jpg

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Eric Landmark Favorites

2012-04-20

“What are the top 5 creations you’ve made?”

Eric Landmark:

1. The Buzzerk
An instrument using metal apartment buzzers – specifically the pitch adjust screw on the back.

2. The Fuck You Garage
A slide show examining some graffiti.

3. The Hidden Realities of Asteroids
A short video trying to determine what is really going on in the game Asteroids.

4. I Can’t Wait To Die
An old timey upbeat sacred song

5. Rat Tar flyers
Xerox flyers combining a found image with a phrase I used to post around Madison.

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Spore

2012-04-20

Macro world Spore

Check out pictures of spore grown in a single month on pumpkin, onion, tomato sauce and mixed vegetable.

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Our Sun the musician

2011-12-28

Solar wind at 20 Hz causing a geo-magnetic storm in the Earth’s upper atmosphere.

20 Hz from Semiconductor on Vimeo.

I haven’t seen a lot of this footage. It’s GREAT!!!

Brilliant Noise from Semiconductor on Vimeo.

for anyone who enjoys monitoring the sun, also check this out: Soho’s screensaver of daily sun

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0th Asteroid Capes

2011-05-22

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Liz Albee Favorites

2011-04-9

“What are the top 5 creations you’ve made?”
Liz Albee Favorites:

1.) that song jason and i wrote in 1996. gotta find a copy.
2.) my bulbous maroon head made of spray-foam.
3.) my early obsession with words and strings and rooms.
4.) that neanderthal mask and hair construction, the one that still had sheep shit in the wool.
5.) the fake tupperware and latex electronic trigger tits.

Liz Albee

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William Bennett Favorites

2011-04-9

“What are the top 5 creations you’ve made?”

William Bennett Favorites: I really don’t know how to answer that, I kind of fond of it all (not presuming it’s good, just that it’s hard to compare)

WB Blog

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George Chen Favorites

2011-04-9

“What are the top 5 creations you’ve made?”
George Chen Favorites

1. Beth Louise Chen, my daughter. Nothing so perfect has ever issued from my loins.
2. 7 Year Rabbit Cycle – Ache Hornes
3. KIT – Invocation
4. Everything on my record label (http://zumonline.com)
5. My Twitter account

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Kelly Kuvo Favorites

2011-04-9

“What are the top 5 creations you’ve made?”
Kelly Kuvo Favorites:

1. Miss Artificial Spring cable access tv show. (Chicago)
2. Strawberry Shortcake records review article in Roctober Magazine (New York/Chicago)
3. Sweet Thunder Talent Expo at Astor Place Starbucks. (New York City)
4. Bubblegum Queen for the Bubblegum Music Achievement Awards Ceremony at the Magic Castle. (Los Angeles)
5. Tour Guide for the John Fante & Raymond Chandler literary bus tours. (Los Angeles)

Kelly Kuvo!

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Julia Bernstein Favorites

2011-03-13

“What are the top 5 creations you’ve made?”
Julia Bernstein:

The truth of the matter is that I think my top 5 creations are yet to be made. I also kind of didn’t make much work while I was working my job in public policy research. That said, I’m still really happy about a 4-part photo series I did for a show in the jury assembly room at the alameda county courthouse. It’s the story of a trial in which I play judge, defendant, jury and prosecutor. It’s on the wall there still if you want to go some time and see. I also felt really good about the baboon costume I made for a number with my dance troupe. I’m also still really fond of the photos I took while I was in Antarctica. The other two would probably just be any drawings i’ve made in the last couple years that friends felt compelled to save. A few co-workers kept my goofy drawings above their desks for years. That is incredibly flattering to me.

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Mark Porest Favorites

2011-03-13

“What are the top 5 creations you’ve made?”
Mark Porest:

Porest – “Tourrorists” (album)
I Remember Syria (double album)
Cambodian Cassette Archives (compilation)
Sumatran Folk Cinema (film)
“Bad Day” A claymation film about a clay man brushing his teeth with clay-eating poison (super-8 film)

http://www.porestsound.net/

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EMA Favorites

2011-03-13

“What are the top 5 creations you’ve made?”
Erika Anderson:

1. Email to my Grandfather telling him how much I appreciate the sacrifices he went through as a soldier in WWII

2. 5 great years of substitute teaching including many collaborative performance art pieces

3. Version of “Midnite Rider” recorded on 4 track when I was a teenager

4. Red State album / Kind Heart track

5. pumpkin pie made from scratch with my high school best friend (and lots of love and fun)

http://cameouttanowhere.com/

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Hans Grusel Favorites

2011-03-13

“What are the top 5 creations you’ve made?”
Thomas of Hans Grusel:

1. First Experiments with Modular Synthases. Prior to this I was focusing solely on acoustic based composition. These early experiments opened my eyes to the fact that I did not need an orchestra of humans to realize a work, instead I could have a unique pallet of electronic sounds under my fingers; so I traded my pen + paper for some patch cables.

2. My orchestral work “Objecy”. Largest acoustic basted work I’ve created to date. Revised later to include electronics.

3. Earliest wood grain costumes, scenery and props including the Amplified Mushroom. As a child I always marveled at woodgrain. Depending on how I look at it, I see every detail of humanity in the grain: life, death, beauty, horror, psychosis, serenity, and the ultimate beyond.

4. “Blooded Milkmaid” a yet unrealized work. A spookhouse /darkride type attraction. Basically a series of rooms each with a specific design of sound and visuals. The piece exists for what I call a “drag-through attraction,” where participants are hooked to a pulley system and drug through a series of rooms. The attraction follows a somewhat standard storyline: a young milkmaid is brutally tortured and executed, and after a series of ritual events, her specter is resurrected and seeks revenge on the murderers. Uplifting stuff. I plan to release it as a CD-storybook, but I doubt the attraction will ever see the light of day for obvious safety reasons.

5. The reversible Vampire/Angel costume I made when I way 5. I was obsessed with Barnabis Collins as a youngster, probably because my mother had Dark Shadows on in the background while she was vacuuming. In any event I took piece of black cloth and sewed a draped vampire covering. Sunday school or Christmas probably taunted me to reverse the garment and sew a white cloth in the underside to make an Angle in reverse. Silly Stuff!

http://www.hansgrusel.com/

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Nuclear Alarm

2011-02-14

Nuclear War movies:

The day after (1983)
On the beach(1959)
The Atomic Cafe (1982)
Them! (1954)
Testament (1983)
Jericho (TV Series)
Idaho Transfer(1973)
wargames (1983)
the war game(1967)
The Terminator (1984)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)
Mad Max (1979)
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)
Kin-Dza-Dza(1986)
Def-Con 4
Night of the Comet
Return of the Living Dead
When the Wind Blows
Repo Man
Dr. Strangelove
BattleStar Galactica (TV Series)

Nuclear Bomb books:

Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank
On the Beach by Nevil Shute 1957
When the Wind Blows by Raymond Briggs
Warday by Whitley Strieber
Z for Zachariah by Robert C. O’Brien
The Compound by S. A. Bodeen
Level 7 by Mordecai Roshwald
A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller
Down to a Sunless Sea by David Graham
Fail Safe by Eugene Burdick
The Hundredth Monkey by Ken Keyes
The Medical Effects of Nuclear War: Report (A Wiley Medical… by British Medical Association
London After the Bomb: What a Nuclear Attack Really Means… by Owen Greene
War Plan UK by Duncan Campbell
Arc light by Eric L. Harry
Nuclear Nightmares: An Investigation into Possible Wars by Calder Nigel
The cold and the dark : the world after nuclear war : the… by Paul R. Ehrlich
Nuclear War: What’s In It For You? by Ground Zero
Long Voyage Back by Luke Rhinehart
Brother in the Land (Puffin Teenage Fiction) by Robert Swindells
Crack of Doom by Robert Cromie
Children of the dust by Louise Lawrence (1985)
Warday and the journey onward by Strieber Whitley and Kunetka (1984)
The parable of the sower by Octavia Butler
Sentries by Gary Paulsen (1986)
The Last Children of Schevenborn by Gudrun Pausewang (1988)
The wall around Eden by Joan Slonczewski (1989)
After the bomb by Gloria Miklowitz (1985)
Brother in the landvRobert Swindells (1984)
A gift upon the shore by MK Wren (1990)
Hiroshima by Laurence Yep (1995)
The postman by David Brin (1985)
Dawn : xenogenesis vol 1 by Octavia Butler (1987)
Engine summer by John Crowley (1979)
Fiskadoro by Denis Johnson (1985)
I feel like the Morning Star by Gregory Maguire (1989)
Vanishing point by Michaela Roessner (1993)
The shore of women by New Pamela Sargent (1986)
The fifth sacred thing by Starhawk (1993)
“By the waters of Babylon” by Stephen VincentBenet (1969)
The gate to women’s country by Sheri Tepper (1988)
Children of the light by Susan Weston (1985)
Phoenix rising by Karen Hesse (1994)
The bomb Theodore Taylor (1995)
Tomorrow When the War Began (The Tomorrow Series #1) by John Marsden (Paperback – Jun 1 2006)
After the bomb by Gloria Miklowitz (1985)
Hadashi no Gen (Barefoot Gen the Day After; a cartoon story of Hiroshima) by Keiji Nakazawa (1988)

Thanks for the book contributions, crowbold!
Please let me know if there are more!


Biggest bombs ever:

#5 Hiroshima Little Boy 13-18 kilotons


Little Boy was the codename of the atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima, on August 6, 1945 by the B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay, piloted by Colonel Paul Tibbets in the 393d Bombardment Squadron, Heavy of the United States Army Air Forces. It was the first atomic bomb ever used as a weapon, and was dropped three days before the “Fat Man” bomb was used against Nagasaki.
The weapon was developed by the Manhattan Project during World War II. It derived its explosive power from the nuclear fission of uranium 235. The Hiroshima bombing was the second artificial nuclear explosion in history (the first was the “Trinity” test), and it was the first uranium-based detonation. Approximately 600 milligrams of mass were converted into energy. It exploded with a destructive power equivalent to between 13 and 18 kilotons of TNT (estimates vary) and killed approximately 140,000 people. It was also never tested at the Trinity test site (unlike Fat Man), due to the fact that enriched uranium was very rare at the time, and the United States wanted to conserve its uranium.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Boy

#4 Trinity 20 kilotons


Trinity was the first test of technology for a nuclear weapon. It was conducted by the United States on July 16, 1945, at a location 35 miles (56 km) southeast of Socorro, New Mexico, on what is now White Sands Missile Range, headquartered near Alamogordo. Trinity was a test of an implosion-design plutonium bomb. The Fat Man bomb, using the same conceptual design, was dropped on Nagasaki, Japan, on August 9th. The Trinity detonation was equivalent to the explosion of around 20 kilotons of TNT and is usually considered the beginning of the Atomic Age.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trinity_test

#3 Ivy Mike 10 Megatons


Ivy Mike was the codename given to the first US test of a fusion device where a major part of the explosive yield came from fusion. It was detonated on November 1, 1952 by the United States at 11°40′15″N 162°11′53″E / 11.6709, 162.198 on Enewetak, an atoll in the Pacific Ocean, as part of Operation Ivy. The device was the first full test of the Teller-Ulam design, a staged fusion bomb, and is generally considered the first successful test of a hydrogen bomb. Due to its physical size (82 tons) and fusion fuel type (cryogenic liquid deuterium–tritium) the Mike device was not suitable for use as a thermonuclear weapon; it was intended as an extremely conservative experiment to validate the concepts used for multi-megaton detonations. A simplified and lightened bomb version (the EC-16) was prepared, and scheduled to be tested in operation Castle Yankee, as a backup in case the non-cryogenic “Shrimp” fusion device (tested in Castle Bravo) failed to work; that test was cancelled when the Bravo device was tested successfully, making the cryogenic designs obsolete.
text taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ivy_Mike

#2 Castle Bravo 15 Megatons


Castle Bravo was the code name given to the first U.S. test of a so-called dry fuel thermonuclear hydrogen bomb device, detonated on March 1, 1954, at Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands, by the United States, as the first test of Operation Castle (a longer series of tests of various devices). Fallout from the detonation—intended to be a secret test—poisoned the islanders who inhabited the test site, as well as the crew of Daigo Fukuryū Maru (“Lucky Dragon No. 5″), a Japanese fishing boat, and created international concern about atmospheric thermonuclear testing.
Castle Bravo was the most powerful nuclear device ever detonated by the United States, with a yield of 15 Megatons. That yield, far exceeding the expected yield of 4 to 6 megatons, combined with other factors leading to the most significant radiological contamination ever caused by the United States.
In terms of TNT tonnage equivalence, Castle Bravo was about 1,200 times more powerful than the atomic bombs which were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castle_Bravo

#1 Big Ivan, The Tsar Bomba (“King of Bombs”) 100 Megatons



Despite the very substantial burst height of 4,000 m (13,000 ft) the vast fireball reached down to the Earth, and swelled upward to nearly the height of the release plane. The blast pressure below the burst point was 300 PSI, six times the peak pressure experienced at Hiroshima. The flash of light was so bright that it was visible at a distance of 1,000 kilometers, despite cloudy skies. One participant in the test saw a bright flash through dark goggles and felt the effects of a thermal pulse even at a distance of 270 km. One cameraman recalled:

The clouds beneath the aircraft and in the distance were lit up by the powerful flash. The sea of light spread under the hatch and even clouds began to glow and became transparent. At that moment, our aircraft emerged from between two cloud layers and down below in the gap a huge bright orange ball was emerging. The ball was powerful and arrogant like Jupiter. Slowly and silently it crept upwards…. Having broken through the thick layer of clouds it kept growing. It seemed to suck the whole earth into it. The spectacle was fantastic, unreal, supernatural.

Another observer, farther away, described what he witnessed as:

… a powerful white flash over the horizon and after a long period of time he heard a remote, indistinct and heavy blow, as if the earth has been killed!

A shock wave in air was observed at Dickson settlement at 700 km; windowpanes were partially broken to distances of 900 km. All buildings in Severny (both wooden and brick), at a distance of 55 km, were completely destroyed. In districts hundreds of kilometers from ground zero, wooden houses were destroyed, and stone ones lost their roofs, windows and doors; and radio communications were interrupted for almost one hour. The atmospheric disturbance generated by the explosion orbited the earth three times. A gigantic mushroom cloud rose as high as 64 kilometers (210,000 ft).

Despite being exploded in the atmosphere, it generated substantial seismic signals. According to a bulletin of the U.S. Geological Survey it had seismic magnitude mb = 5.0 to 5.25. The blast wave was detected circling the world.
http://nuclearweaponarchive.org/Russia/TsarBomba.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsar_Bomba

Strange Water tests:

A nuclear weapons detonated underwater to test effacts on ships

How to Survive

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Zeek Sheck – Bulbs – Anti-Ear – All Talk : Live in Oakland

2011-01-11

Zeek Sheck: In a massive rescue attempt that included years of tunneling, the Revolutionaries drilled into the Care Company with a giant hole boring machine in order to free the Shecks. The Revolutionaries discovered the Sheck’s cutoff heads attached to Rebrainwashing machines. Much to everyone’s surprise, the Sheck heads did not wish to be rescued, they had become content. The disheartened Revolutionaries rode their giant hole boring machine out onto the great planes until it broke down, then they wandered aimlessly about the country side. Meanwhile the Care Company Attendants maintained the Sheck heads and the rebrainwashing machines in pristine condition so that the town’s people could come in for continual rebrainwashing.
Music played by Carrie Barclay on bassoon, Matt Ingalls on clarinet and bass clarinet, Canner MEFE on clarinet and computer, Tyler Harwood, Moe Staiano, Jacob Heule, and Sarah Lockhart on drums.

Bulbs: a power duo with guitar, drums and electronics. Put on your tin foil hats so THEY can’t hear your brain prancing around in delight. A rare and special treat, you really don’t want to miss these two. Yes, they have soul.

Anti-Ear: Alway evolving and expanding, a brand new sound and experience can always be expected with this hilarious one. Just when you are feeling all bored and uninterested like you have heard and seen it all, up comes Anti-Ear to jostle your system.

Small Talk: So new that I have no idea what is going to happen!

January 15, 2011 Saturday 9:00PM
Life Changing Ministries
1629 8th Street. Oakland, CA

http://cannermefe.com
http://www.sfsound.org/matt/
http://www.stin-g.com/
http://heule.us/
http://www.myspace.com/moestaianomoekestra
http://www.aphidtrip.com

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Stay out of Prison

2010-10-21

I have been reading this thread by this guy who went to prison for a few years. It’s pretty interesting.

http://www.teamliquid.net/forum/viewmessage.php?topic_id=136858

“So anyway, this has all been pretty grim shit. So since I started with a list of the worst things about prison, I thought I’d leave [sic] with a list of the best things about freedom. Not sappy bullshit about your parents and sunshine – but things you probably take for granted because you’ve never had them taken away.

Laughter

No one laughs inside. You might occassionally fake a laugh when someone does something stupid, or gets what they deserve. But inside you laugh at straight up irony. Nothing is really funny when you’re locked in a concrete bunker with seemingly no hope of getting out.

When I went inside, my favourite things were horror movies and violent video games. But now I can’t stand the thought of them. I’ve seen too much real violence for one life time.

Instead I’ve burned through three seasons of 30 Rock. I haven’t laughed so hard in my entire life. I find myself laughing at shit that a couple of years ago I would have been too jaded and cynical to laugh at, or thought that it wasn’t cool to laugh at. Now I find myself cruising through Metacritic for the funniest films of the last two years. I liked to think that I used to be funny, but now, I realise I’m not. That I look in the mirror and there is this kind of grimness there.

So don’t take laughter for granted. It can actually be taken away quite easily.”

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harmless predatory ground beetle

2010-10-19

I found this bug in my studio and got totally distracted with my microscope, after which I researched z-brackets. I thought maybe the bug was a termite but Daniel Marlos from http://whatisthisbug.com said it’s a harmless predatory ground beetle. Apparently termites have no waists and they don’t wear girdles.

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