30.9.11

.: Tripolar II - m0n0cycle [1996]



'Tripolar II' was recorded by Monocycle [aka Dj manson]. on a Saturday night in 1996.
In a studio overlooking Kings Cross, one of 5 tracks recorded that night.
All were Independently released a 7 track CD - 'Monocycle' -Intent Recordings.
The video was done in 2011.

'Tripolar II' was also included on the Freaky Loops Compilation Cd in 1998.
http://www.discogs.com/Various-Freaky-Loops/release/399679

The images in this clip are paintings by the visionary surrealist pioneer, Max Ernst.

.: The Greatest Speech Ever Made



In 1940, one of the most important speeches in recorded history was given by a comedian by the name of Charlie Chaplin.
This is the speech from the end of his film 'The Great Dictator',cut together with more current footage that poignantly highlights the importance of his words.

26.9.11

.: How to sell bras bras bras!

Yes, this is an actual Australian TV advert.


 
Stay classy, Wollongong.

via 777? and t03cutt3r

.: Kevin Cyr's Camperbike gives me wood veneer.



 W A N T !
 W A N T !

And so to answer the inevitable questions:
  • Yes, it's real.
  • Yes, - it is 'Art'.
  • No, you can't buy one, - you have to make your own.
  • You just pedal it. Doy!
  • No, it would not be better with an engine.
  • Well, your mum stayed over and she didn't complain.
 .: Kevin Cyr's Homepage :.

I have nothing more to say but; - cars and mortgages are now officially for suckers and bogans.
 Get off the petrol, or get off the planet!
Kapeesh?


25.9.11

.: Tripolar I - m0n0cycle [1996]



'Tripolar I' was recorded by Monocycle [aka Dj manson].
Kings X Sydney, 1996
Originally released on CD.
Video done in 2011.

The paintings in this clip are by one of the greatest concept artists of the 20th century,
John Berkey, [RIP].
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Berkey
I have incorporated them without permission, but full credit goes to this amazing artist, my intention is to expose people to his talent. All these images were available online, I just did a Google image search for 'John Berkey'
His work is just incredible.
If you like his art, [and you can afford it] you can buy his book here:
http://www.amazon.com/Art-John-Berkey-Paper-Tiger/dp/1843401223

Videos for Tripolar II & III are on the way.
They will feature the art of Max Ernst and Richard Dean, respectively.

.: Microville





So, I modified my crappy old nokia camera-phone with a small fisheye lens, because the plastic lens-cover broke.     




The lens was salvaged from an old LED torch, that had a spot type beam.
It was just an experiment, since the phone took shitty photos anyway.

Wow, was I suprised!
It won't focus on anything further than 10cm from the lens, however the depth of field effect is wicked. If I had another camera, I'd take a photo of the phone.
Anyway, I spent a day capturing the tiny parts of my neighbourhood.
The results are quite cool.


.: Enter Microville.

.: The Soundtank





More at Nowak’s Panzer SoundTank page.
via The SoundTank Will Crush Your Puny Little Mobile Music Making Device » Synthtopia

.: Noam Sayin'? The High Times Interview with Noam Chomsky

Brandon Bird: "Signifier and Signified"

Noam Chomsky  - interviewed by T.A. Sedlak - High Times, July 29, 2011

Q: You've spoken out against the War on Drugs, explaining that it's
essentially a means to lock up poor people, that it actually increases
drug use, and that it serves as an excuse to control foreign nations.
Would you briefly elaborate on these points?

A: Let's grant that there's a drug problem, for the sake of argument --
drugs meaning, you know, cocaine, marijuana and so on. Suppose you
accept that. How do you deal with it? There are studies -- government
studies and others -- that say that the most cost-effective way is
prevention and treatment. More expensive and less effective is policing;
still less effective and more expensive is border interdiction. And the
most expensive and the least effective is out-of-country operations,
like what they call "fumigation" -- which is, in fact, chemical warfare
-- in Colombia and so forth. I've seen it firsthand; it really is
chemical warfare. So those are the basic facts, and I don't think anyone
questions them very much.

Now take a look at the way the Drug War is conducted over the past 40
years. It goes back farther, but start from 40 years ago: There's very
little spent on prevention and treatment. There's a lot on policing, a
ton of stuff on border control and a lot on out-of-country operations.
And the effect on the availability of drugs is almost undetectable; drug
prices don't change on measures of availability. So there are two
possibilities: Either those conducting the Drug War are lunatics, or
they have another purpose.

Well, in the law, there's a standard way of trying to determine
intention, and that's by looking at predictable consequences. You have
40 years of experience with almost no effect on what they claim they're
trying to do, and you have very predictable consequences -- in fact,
several. At home, you lock up the people who are essentially
superfluous. The economy shifted dramatically in the '70s away from
domestic production and towards financialization and the export of
production. That leaves a class problem: What do you do with unemployed
workers? We happen to have a very close class/race correlation in
America, so that means, overwhelmingly, black males and Hispanic males.
Well, you know, we're a civilized country, so you don't assassinate them
-- you stick them in jail. And, in fact, the incarceration rate has
been shooting up, especially since the early '80s; it's now way out of
line with any other comparable country. Meanwhile, overseas, the War on
Drugs contributes to counterinsurgency operations. So a rational
conclusion is that those are the purposes. The only alternative I can
think of is sheer lunacy....'

.: How to build a House with a Reciprocal Roof

         


It looks like a still from 'Lord of the Rings' but it's not, it's a real home, in Wales.
This incredible hobbit-like house was handmade by a man named Simon Dale.

He'll even tell you how to do it on his website and he makes it sound fun and easy;
"The house was built with maximum regard for the environment and by reciprocation gives us a unique opportunity to live close to nature. Being your own (have a go) architect is a lot of fun and allows you to create and enjoy something which is part of yourself and the land rather than, at worst, a mass produced box designed for maximum profit and convenience of the construction industry. Building from natural materials does away with producers profits and the cocktail of carcinogenic poisons that fill most modern buildings."
'I am not a builder or carpenter, my experience is only having a go at one similar house 2yrs before and a bit of mucking around inbetween. This kind of building is accessible to anyone. My main relevant skills were being able bodied, having self belief and perseverence and a mate or two to give a lift now and again."

18.9.11

.: 'It felt like a kiss' - Adam Curtis

                
It Felt Like a Kiss is an immersive theatre production, themed on "how power really works in the world".
Below is the 54 minute film component made by BBC documentary film maker, Adam Curtis.

"I wanted to do a film about what it actually felt like to live through that time ... Where you could see the roots of the uncertainties we feel today, the things they did out on the dark fringes of the world that they didn't really notice at the time, which would then come back to haunt us"

.: Vintage Techno >> 'Tribal Punishment' mixtape

All Dj manson mixtapes can now be found on Mixcloud.

.: "Why I am an anarchist" - ESR

Eric S Raymond [or ESR] is most widely known for his definitive book on the history of the rise of open source software and Linux,  'The Cathedral and the Bazaar'. He is also responsible for the assembling of  'The Jargon File'. aka 'The New Hackers Dictionary'
He is a bit of a legend from way back in hacker culture and open source dev & his website is a must-visit HTML treasure, well worth exploring. His essays are very interesting and wide ranging.
lots of great stuff to read.
I read this one many years ago,
William Shirer's The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich is one of the most subtly horrific pieces of writing ever uttered. The single most chilling paragraph in a book that does not flinch from describing Nazi atrocities is this one:
On August 19, 1934, 95% of the Germans who were registered to vote went to the polls and 90% (38 million) of adult German citizens voted to give Adolf Hitler complete and total authority to rule Germany as he saw fit. Only 4.25 million Germans voted against this transfer of power to a totalitarian regime.
With this vote, the position of F├╝hrer as an amalgam of President and Chancellor — the elevation of Adolf Hitler to the status of dictator — was formally and democratically approved by the German people.