Nehmt gleich den Kugelschreiber und tritt mit mir in totale Federkrieg!

Before the Internet, there where penpals. One of these Kugelschreiberkriegerinnen is Angela Dorothea Merkel. ABBA Fan and chancellor of ze Germany, who was looking for penpals in Bravo Magazine, oh so many years ago.

Because THE APOCALYPSE said so

For those of you who might have some connection with the artsy-fartsy world:
on Curators

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Bill Hicks – War in Iraq

War in Iraq, going overkill on the enemy? The US government making you believe we have to wage this war because otherwise Saddam Hussein will destroy us all. We’ve heard this in the months after 9/11. However, this little video fragment I found originated from  years before, when 9/11 meant the US sponsored coup d’etat in Chile…

Bill Hicks was, in my humble opinion, one of the best stand up comedians out there. I’m not so much in the mood of getting in that whole debate whether Denis Leary stole his work or not so lets now get into that!

What is interesting about this clip is to see that Hicks’ story, even though it’s about the Persian Gulf War, could be applied to most of the US’ military actions throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. When you hear his story you can simply replace Iraq with any other place the US invaded, be it Vietnam, Grenada, Afghanistan, Iraq (again?), Korea, Somalia, Dominican Republic, Lebanon, Pakistan, etc etc etc.

Some might say that Hicks was ahead of his time when telling this story, especially in the context that this same war was repeated about a decade later by yet another Bush. However, when taking a closer look it is part of a common pattern that has been repeated over and over and over. Sadly this means that Bill Hicks wasn’t that ahead of his time in this story, but simply described something that has always part of US’ foreign policy.

And here I was trying to simply post a Bill Hicks video…

The Blame

Metropolis – Nietzsche tried to teach us the Superman and to surpass our human limitations. It took a refuge from Krypton to achieve that very goal, however. Normal humans like you are still stuck in blaming others for their misfortune. Weak. But, this is earth, not Krypton, so even Superman is allowed to cut corners, sometimes.

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal (SMBC) is a humorous webcomic by Zach Weiner. SMBC is “at heart a geek comic, but it nevertheless addresses a broad range of topics, such as love, relationships, economics, politics, religion, science, and philosophy.” It has been featured on a variety of websites and blogs, including The Economist, Boing Boing, Bad Astronomy and Joystiq. It is published daily, and has few recurring characters.

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UK Spies Plotted to Feed Hitler Estrogen

They hoped an Adolf ‘herr’ to ‘her’ transformation might curb violence.

In one of the British forces’ wackier schemes to rid the world of Adolph Hitler’s violence, secret agents plotted to slip estrogen in the fuhrer’s food in a bid to tame his aggression, according to a new book. The estrogen would be tasteless and the transformation gradual as Hitler changed from a “herr” to a “her,” as the Daily Mail quips. It’s not clear if the plot was launched, but it was seriously considered by the government, according to the book Secret Weapons: Technology, Science and the Race to Win World War II, written by Cardiff University Professor Brian Ford.


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More Ghanaian movie posters that will melt your brain into porridge

More Ghanaian movie posters that will melt your brain into porridge

We’ve previously expressed our love for the hand-painted mobile cinema posters of Ghana, many of which took extreme creative liberties with films’ plots. For example, who knew that Cujo was an evil Cocker Spaniel?

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Bob Dylan + Michael Jackson = Libyan dictator?

Annual Historian Convention cut short after speaker invokes Godwin’s Law.

Dusseldorf – The annual meeting of historians was cut short this year, after one of the attendees, Professor Fickschnitzel, invoked Godwins Law when he presented his new thesis on World War II.

“This is an outrage”, professor Niegewust responded. “I came here to have an intelligent discussion with my peers, but instead I am treated with childish comparisons.” Godwin’s Law is a law formulated in 1990 by Mike Godwin, which states:

“As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1 (100%).”

It is a generally accepted fact that once this happens, the discussion is over. “It’s unacceptable,” Niegewust furiously continues. “I once would like to have a serious debate about World War II, without someone bringing the Nazis or Hitler into it. Yet this always happens!”

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Niegewust claims to have a busy schedule, and tried to fit the annual meeting into it. “In hindsight, a waste of time, due to the childish tendencies of people like professor Fickschnitzel.

“I can’t deny that the Nazis played a role in World War II, but so did everybody else. It isn’t called a World War for nothing, after all. However, I feel there is no reason on beating on a dead horse like that, it’s getting really old. We have Godwin’s Law for a reason.”

Professor Fickschnitzel also responded: “Like butchers, beating dead horses comes with the job. When things are getting old, that’s where the historians should come rushing in.”

“Furthermore, if you look at the letter of the law, you can only Godwin online discussions. Although nowadays everyone is online 24/7 and we’re on a slippery slope towards total digitalisation.”

Now the dust has settled, it’s too late for the annual meeting to continue. “It has been Godwinned, it’s over now.” is the general consensus. Niegewust doubts he will visit the annual meeting next year. “Historians aint what they used to be.” he sighted, “You can’t stop this so called progress, I suppose.”

Unfortunately, Mike Godwin, who formulated the law wasn’t available for comments.

Looking at stuff with Kim Jong-il

I found this somewhere, thought you guys might appreciate these pictures:


Looking at things with Kim Jong-il

Compare Nineteen Eighty-Four to Brave New World