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Tuesday, March 18, 2003

Get it while you can

A friend of mine pointed me toward Illegal Art, an interesting site set up by Carrie McLaren, who has long published a zine called Stay Free that I've been reading for years. The site has some amazing stuff on it that I haven't seen in years, like the Binky slaps the Trix Rabbit cover of Bunnyhop Magazine, and Wally Wood's Disneyland Memorial Orgy poster, as well as some things I thought I would never see, like DVD-quality versions of Todd Haynes' Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story and Brian Springer's Spin, a compilation of "wild feed" satellite video from the 1992 Presidential campaign used to devastating effect (Larry King comes off particularly badly here). Fascinating stuff; there are so many potential lawsuits waiting to happen here it's not funny. Interesting that the site is supported by, among others, Brewster Kahle's Internet Archive and Rick Prelinger's amazing Prelinger Archives, which is devoted to preserving our heritage of corporate propaganda.

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Illegal Art's Christmas compilation A Mutated Christmas has some interesting cuts on it. I can't recommend the entire disc but a few of the tracks have become permanently lodged in my brain.

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What do you mean there is no cat? "You see, wire telegraph is a kind of a very, very long cat. You pull his tail in New York and his head is meowing in Los Angeles. Do you understand this? And radio operates exactly the same way: you send signals here, they receive them there. The only difference is that there is no cat." - Albert Einstein, explaining radio

There is so a cat Mischief Sylvester (the Dorito Fiend), who died at Thanksgiving, 2000.

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Posted by Mike at 10:08 AM, March 18, 2003 [Link]

Yow. Sorry about that. I don't know what happened there. I previewed my comment and then posted it. Somehow most of the text on the preview page ended up in the comment. Maybe I didn't close the anchor tag?

Posted by Mike at 10:09 AM, March 18, 2003 [Link]

Boy, that's pretty funny. I'm going to have to do some testing in my sandbox version of the site to see if I can duplicate that.

Before your followup, I was thinking that the including of my text was an oblique comment on the fact that I'm writing about copyright theft while maintaining a copyright notice on my blog. :-)

Posted by ralph at 2:53 PM, March 18, 2003 [Link]

coincidentally, this weekend loren brought over his copy of "superstar: the karen carpenter story" and several of us watched it for the first time. i gotta tell you, by the end of the story, those dolls are REAL. a masterful film. loren claims that it's really the same film as "far from heaven." i can see the parallels. first everything seems perfect, then it falls apart bit by bit...

Posted by shirley at 1:41 PM, March 20, 2003 [Link]

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What do you mean there is no cat?

"You see, wire telegraph is a kind of a very, very long cat. You pull his tail in New York and his head is meowing in Los Angeles. Do you understand this? And radio operates exactly the same way: you send signals here, they receive them there. The only difference is that there is no cat."

- Albert Einstein, explaining radio


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[ photo of Mischief, a black and white cat ]

Mischief, 1988 - December 20, 2003

[ photo of Sylvester, a black and white cat ]

Sylvester (the Dorito Fiend), who died at Thanksgiving, 2000.


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