dreaming of a life after cubicles

Got one of these guys in my bathroom this morning! A Plume moth!
December 8, 2006, 10:32 am
Filed under: nature, photography, weird

Corporate Email Oddities – Edible Gum
December 8, 2006, 9:51 am
Filed under: email, weird, work

Whoa – this is an excerpt from an email I rec’d at work today on the subject of a wikipedia entry for “edible gum”, which is apparently an East Indian hallucinogen/dessert…

I wonder why I built Taj Mahal. I thought Shakespear would play in it. But why is Ronald Reagan saying that? After all, Alexander could be right. Who knows!! May be I need to rediscuss this with my kids – Elizabeth Taylor and Martin Luther King Jr. Son, get my elephant on the rikshaw. I need to get my breakfast from McDonald’s before going on for WW1.

weird video of the day
December 4, 2006, 9:41 am
Filed under: streaming media, video, web, weird

Big octopus squeezes itself through a little hole – video

Cory Doctorow:  This video of an octopus squeezing its large, rubbery body through a one-inch hole in a plexiglas box is positively eerie and entrancing. Octopi are freaking amazing, whether they’re running on two legs and impersonating a crab or strangling sharks or escaping from their cages in feats of mechanical derring-do. Link (via Digg)

rogue taxidermy art… it’s about time!
November 21, 2006, 2:37 pm
Filed under: art, weird

David Pescovitz: New York artist Takeshi Yamada creates spectacular taxidermy gaffs–frauds and fakes that are right at home in a Victorian cabinet of curiosity or PT Barnum’s American Museum of the 19th century. (Seen here, Yamada’s Human-faced fly with penny.) Culture chronicler Silke Tudor wrote a wonderful profile of Yamada in last week’s Village Voice after meeting him at a recent bizarre taxidermy confab orchestrated by BB pal Robert Marbury of the Minnesota Association of Rogue Taxidermy.


From the Village Voice profile:

Born out of the mythos of Coney Island, Yamada’s present-day cosmos includes several six-foot-long Mongolian death worms; a pair of Fiji mermaids; a two-headed baby; a hairy trout; a seven-fingered hand; fossilized fairies; jackalope stew; a five-foot-long bloodsucking chupacabra; a 16th-century homunculus; a legion of samurai warriors trapped in the bodies of horseshoe crabs; a tiny marsh dragon; a coven of freakishly large, nuclear-radiated stag beetles from Bikini Atoll; and a furry mer-bunny, all of which are brought to life using old bones, shells, resin, origami, and bits and pieces of refuse, both inorganic and fleshy.

“In the East, abnormalities are not seen as shocking,” explains Yamada as he slogs through a deep, soggy thicket behind a baseball field. “The freakish is not a bad thing. It can represent the mystery of the universe. An expression of divinity. A blessing.”

He felt a bit differently when a tiny, horn-like tumor began to grow out of his finger after he moved to Coney Island.

“Shazam!” exclaims Yamada, as he often does. “I was like jackalope!”

Link to Village Voice article, Link to Yamada’s page at Sideshow World