Droplifting

The Droplift Project:

The idea came suddenly. Manufacture our own CDs, go into chain stores, and leave them in the appropriate bins. Down among the established pop hits and top 40 product, these CDs await those curious few who take them to the counter.
Then what? Witness the confused faces of cashiers and customers alike when the CD does not show up in the inventory. But they’ll most likely make the sale, and the CD known only as THE DROPLIFT PROJECT will go home with yet another customer. Mission accomplished.
Severe copyright restrictions on the use samples in works of audio collage often prevent this type of work from ever reaching the ears of listeners. The members of the Droplift Project feel that these restrictions amount to censorship of an entire artform, and so they have created this art-response to the current relation of artists and lawmakers to the techniques of appropriation, collage, and sampling in music. The artists know that the disc may not be found by the right people, and they know that they will not get paid. But they needed a chance, so they made one.

I wonder if anyone has droplifted DVDs yet.

English Differences

English Cultural Differences Explained:

Americans: Seem to think that poverty & failure are morally suspect.
Canadians: Seem to believe that wealth and success are morally suspect.
Brits: Seem to believe that wealth, poverty, success and failure are inherited things.
Aussies: Seem to think that none of this matters after several beers.

I used to know nothing about Australia before reading this.

Disabling The Abled

CRAB = Currently Regarded as Able Bodied, a phrase used by disabled people to describe idiots in The Attack Survival Guide:

When a [person] with a disability speaks up about the was she feels when treated rudely, a Currently Regarded as Able Bodied (CRAB) person labels her feelings “wrong” and advises her to approach the rude person. That way, the CRAB can use the contact as an opportunity to perpetuate more of the same sad stereotypes we’re so tired of battling.

The object of the game: manipulate and exploit all CRAB attack situations to obtain maximum points.

Examples (quoted from website):

  • Intrusive Questions: How did you get that wheelchair? – “It started as a wart on my ass” is effective, but “I stole it from some guy at the grocery store but don’t say anything because it’s a lot of fun” works quite well too. Score one point for every second they don’t respond.
  • “What happened to you?” – This is where you really get a chance to shine. Make it SPECTACULAR.. and as long and as detailed as you possibly can. Score one point for every second you keep them hanging. Score an additional 25 points if they walk away in mid-sentence.
  • Staring – Immediately upon detecting the offending starer, begin darting furtively between parked cars, all the while moving closer and closer. Every so often, pretend your watch is a communicator and speak into it. Whatever you do, DO NOT LAUGH – it ruins the entire effect. Score 10 points if you make them run away. Score 25 points if you make it withing five feet of the starer and score 50 points if you make contact in any way.

And you’ve won…

…if you make it home without strangling anyone who thinks our being in public is an opportunity to rudely invade our privacy.

(Thanks, Scott)

Knit Any Image

knitPro:

…a web application that translates digital images into knit, crochet, needlepoint and cross-stitch patterns. Just upload jpeg, gif or png images of whatever you wish — portraits, landscapes, logos… and it will generate the image pattern on a graph sizable for any fiber project.

The photo is of my daughter when she was one year old. Click it to open a .PDF created using knitPro.