Flower’ Blooms, Ends Smelly Peak
That was CBS' lead for the story on an exotic plant that bloomed this week
at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Its Latin name is Amorphophallus
translates roughly to ‘giant waxy penis.’
The plant rarely blooms,
this being the first specimen to bloom in New York in 67 years. The flowers
well, phallus-shaped affairs with a very strong and distinctive odor — designed
to attract carrion beetles, which are one of the insects that pollinate the plant
in the wild.
the various organizations that grow these plants scoop up the pollen (the plant
version of semen) and store it until another one blooms in another city. [Can
you say ‘sperm bank?’] The plants' handlers artificially apply pollen to the
female part of the plant (in-vivo fertilization) when it blooms, in
the hope of spawning a next generation of giant stinky plants.
I wonder if there's a stud fee for
the pollen. Considering the fun The Daily Show had with the Taepodong missile,
imagine what they could do with this...
I've got to see This
Film is not Yet Rated when it opens in September. What a fascinating
premise for a movie. Here we are in 2006, with TV news dominated
by the Right wing, and film (or at least ‘independent’ film)
dominated by the Left.
Unfortunately, that means that we generally have to pay something to get the
other side of the story, but at least we get more than thirty second sound-bites,
and the message isn't jumbled up with commercials and fluff.
There are some features of iView that are better than Adobe Bridge, and that's
why I continue to use it even though I've finally upgraded to CS2. I was a
bit dismayed to find out about a month ago, that iView had been sold to Microsoft,
who really don't seem to get visual software.
Now, a blurb in MacWorld gives
me further pause. It says the company will offer upgrades to future
products based on iView. That suggests that iView may get rolled into some
typically bloated MSmonolith.
We'll see whether iVeiw and the feature set I've
grown to like so much remain visible in its new incarnation, but I'm starting
to think I should plan my workflow around Bridge, or look into some of the
other asset management tools, and forget iView.
Or, maybe Microsoft will get it right... but I'm not holding my breath. This
isn't a coder's tool.
Scotty, it's not Dead Yet
Seems trekkies can't accept the idea that the Star Trek franchise has given
up the ghost, beamed up for the last time, been blasted by disruptors...
you get the idea.
No matter that Paramount may not have any plans to launch another series
based on Gene
Roddenberry's epic idea. That didn't stop some intrepid fans
from creating Star Trek: Intrepid — Heavy Lies the Crown. Could this little
fan film get the legs of Blair Witch? We'll see. In the mean time, you can
check out the trailer at starshipintrepid.net.
argued that photography is not an art form, but a medium through
which art can be produced. She went on to say that it is the medium which will
ultimately render art obsolete. I'm not sure about the obsolescence part, but
it's clear that photography has dramatically altered our relationship to, and
experience of, art.
Reading On Photography has me looking more closely
at the nature of ateurship in the photographic medium. It has me thinking a
lot more about the importance of the body of work as the context for making
photographic art. It also clarifies how some images and many photographers
can pass so fluidly between the worlds of art and commercial work.
Most are likely to attribute the famous photo at the left to Dali, but
& Halsman collaborated on this image, with Halsman as the photographer.
Strange that the work would be lifted, and the bodies clad to promote the
‘The Descent.’ Doubly-funny, that
they would bill this as the best horror-thriller since Alien. I wonder if
there's anything remotely original about this movie.
And you wonder why Dali has that look on his face.