Monthly Archives: January 2004

melville is loquacious

my spam filters have been getting progressively more sieve-like. the spammers are getting smarter at disguising their drivel. at least the email titles provide some entertainment value. for your sampling, here is a list of recent subjects:

  • melville loquacious january moliere
  • afghanistan down
  • draftsman marvelous maudlin gar
  • bolshevik hereof cone
  • Re: MDM, grunya! what’s this
  • Re: HDIIKINY, the procurator understood
  • beauregard actinium roof
  • hackneyed every michaelangelo
  • gallberry formatted ceil foot
  • expletive haunt maul exclaim osaka
  • hydrometer messy nitrogenous hartley adultery
  • bitwise narcosis gelatin mart
  • academy andorra influenza

it’s hard to pick my favorites, although any spam email that includes an element from the periodic table in its subject is pretty cool in my book. go actinium! (Z = 89)

rhino life support

after a few million years of evolution, humans have grown from knuckle-dragging primates into amazingly sophisticated thinking and artistic machines, with massive civilizations capable of seemingly endless achievement. and let’s not forget the place where we really earn our evolutionary stripes – as overblown life support systems for germs.

sure, we can jump and shout about technology and art and science, being the top of the food chain, going to the moon, making iPods. blah blah blah. but when it really comes down to it, what can everyone do effortlessly, from birth and without training? become hacking, sneezing, phlegm factories.

as i was laying on the couch last night, propped up to avoid death by drowning, i was thinking about our curious relationship with these little bugs. specifically, i was wondering, why do we feel sick when we’re, well, sick?

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shameless plug

i recently collaborated with my friend Katherine Aoki on a Flash project…the goal of the project was to look at issues surrounding technology and personal privacy, using a combination of art and storytelling. the result can be seen within the Alternative Museum web site (look for "six degrees of personal privacy" in the left column).

if we had had lots more time, it would have been more animated, more interactive, and more, well, flashy (ahem). the usual excuses apply (namely, having full-time jobs outside of this work…). anyway, we were both pretty happy with how it turned out, since our goal was to share some of our ideas and concerns about recent social, political, and technological events.