Author Archives: David Wm. Sims

Why Can't I See the Wind? Is It Made of Ghosts?

David Rees, who created the amazing “Get Your War On” cartoons, wants you to send eco-stumper questions to him at his blog so he can forward them to Steven Chu, the Secretary of Energy. Rees is inspired by the exchange … Continue reading

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Auto-Tune the News

I’m going to install this chip in my brain and make my entire existence sound like this: Here’s another one: Auto-Tune the News -  Pirates, Drugs, Gay Marriage (hat tip: Boing Boing)

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Dangerpuss: "Permanent Fatal Errors"

Another song from Dangerpuss: Ah, the bombastic rock instrumental. Click the link to play a song or right-click and select “Save Link As…” to download: Permanent Fatal Errors (7.2 MB MP3) The guests: Duane Denison (the Jesus Lizard, Legendary Shack … Continue reading

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Record Store Day

Tomorrow is Record Store Day, so go out and show some love for the vinyl jobbers.  Touch & Go is releasing a limited edition pack of nine 7″ singles by the Jesus Lizard.  I tried to take some pictures to … Continue reading

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Duane Denison's New Guitar [UPDATED]

(I added a new photo which has the fretboard inlays.) This is the all-aluminum guitar Kevin Burkett at Electrical Guitar Company is building for Duane.  It has a semi-hollow body, which Duane likes for the added resonance, and looks like … Continue reading

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Finally, Someone Explains Second Base to Me

I have to admit, I never understood how the whole base system of sexual accomplishment worked, except I’m pretty sure I know what home base was.  I’ve learned so much from xkcd, and now this: From xkcd.com.

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Carrying Gunpowder through Airport Security

Ever wondered if you can carry gunpowder onto an airplane?  Me, too.  Turns out you can.  It’s even easy.  Bamboo flutes are a little iffy, as well they should be. Wild Bee: Carrying Gunpowder through Airport Security (hat tip: Schneier … Continue reading

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Erwin Wurm's Fat Cars

One of the best things about living in NYC is not having to own a car, but if I did own one, I want it to be a honkin’ fat one, like these by Erwin Wurm. (hat tip: Geekologie)

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Dangerpuss: "Snow Angel"

Another song from Dangerpuss: Click the link to play a song or right-click and select “Save Link As…” to download: Snow Angel (8.7 MB MP3) The guests: Duane Denison (the Jesus Lizard, Legendary Shack Shakers, Tomahawk) Jason Wolford (Teledubgnosis, Machmen) … Continue reading

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Tourist Scams

The Rick Steves web site has a collection of tourist scam stories.  Some are pretty clever. My husband and I arrived at Paris’ Gare du Nord train station in the early evening, and proceeded to read the map to find … Continue reading

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Pretty Loaded

Big Spaceship curates Pretty Loaded, a museum of the little animations that are supposed to keep you amused while your computer is doing its thing.  I’ve always found loaders annoying, so I was surprised at how mesmerizing it is to … Continue reading

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Dangerpuss on "The Watt from Pedro Show"

Mike Watt made my Sunday by playing the Dangerpuss song “These Boots Are Made for Knockin’” on his excellent radio show.  This is my first sighting of a Dangerpuss song in the wild, and I couldn’t be prouder.  Don’t get … Continue reading

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Modular Robot Reassembles Self When Kicked Apart

And I for one salute our new robot overlords! I can’t exactly say why, but something about this reminds me of a night out with David Yow.

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Dangerpuss: "These Boots Are Made for Knockin'"

Another song from Dangerpuss: Duane gives a lesson on jazzy noodling. The form and tonality here are nothing new: sixteen bars in Dm Dorian mode, up a half-step to Ebm for eight bars, and then back to Dm for eight … Continue reading

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We Miss Cheney.

Hart Seely at Slate gives a preview of the man’s memoirs: “We want to see the minutes of your energy-policy meetings,” she barked, her snotty, liberal leftist nose high in the air. “We want to know the lobbyists you’ve met … Continue reading

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Crunks 2008: The Year in Media Errors and Corrections

Craig Silverman’s blog, Regret the Error, has a nice roundup of 2008 media corrections and errors: National Post (Canada): There is no documented evidence to suggest dance poles sold at Condom Shack cannot bear the weight of a user. An … Continue reading

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Dixon E. Coulbourn Photo Archive

Check out the archive of photos by Dixon E. Coulbourn from the early days of the Austin punk rock scene.  Dixon put out the fanzine Idle Time, and took thousands of pictures of the Butthole Surfers, Dicks, Big Boys, Offenders, … Continue reading

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Boris Artzybasheff

Rob Warmoski, wrangler of the excellent blog RW370, has started an Facebook appreciation society for illustrator Boris Artzybasheff which he calls, cunningly, the Boris Artzybasheff Appreciation Society.  Artzybasheff’s bizarre anthropomorphism is crazy, wonderful stuff.  Click the thumbnails for samples: American … Continue reading

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the Jesus Lizard: 1991 Peel Session

A few weeks ago, Chunklet posted these MP3s of a 1991 Peel Session by the Jesus Lizard, and I’m passing them along.   The session was produced by Dale Griffin, the drummer from Mott the Hoople.  After we recorded the basic … Continue reading

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Mr. Yow Keeps in Fighting Trim [UPDATED]

(Thanks, Chooch, for the edit and music!) Damn, he makes it look so easy.

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