Monday Morning “Impediment to Productivity” – 20070625

Well the the Spectrum & Ross Ryan gig has been and went, it was a good gig. There is a review at and a review of my new favourite toy, a Zoom H4 recorder at

On to this weeks silliness.

Around the end of April I pointed out Raku Ray Guns the one-of-a-kind ceramic sculptures well two of a kind is better (ask Nigel. it goes to eleven it’s gotta be better) so today I point you towards Dr. Grordborts Infallible Aether Oscillators.
I quote from the website.
“Meticulously built to the exacting standards and plans of Dr. Grordbort, these weapons, bespangled in fine detail and with various (most likely quite dangerous) moving parts are the perfect addition to a gentleman’s study or a deterring centerpiece for a lady’s powder room or chiffonier.”
Whether or not the idea of paying seven grand US to own a limited edition anything made by WETA (crafted by the same people who designed props and miniatures for King Kong and the Lord of the Rings films), you have to check out the website. It’s a hoot.

And here as promised is a Special Illustrated Tour of Hell by roving reporter Dante, I mean really. Who knew that the whole “Going To Hell thing was so complicated. I always thought you that you annoyed the “powers that be” and they shipped you off. It turns out that the getting there IS Hell.

Even though Jools is not the official “Games Procurement Officer” she keeps sending them through, here is this weeks.
” This is a mere 10 levels of one of my all time favourite time wasters.
Jools ”
For reasons I haven’t worked out fully, this seems to work better on the IE browser.

Ken Kesey and the Pranksters would be proud of this one.
“Like many European TV channels the state-owned CT2 broadcasts live panorama / weather streams from popular recreation areas in its morning programme, fully automated 30 second pans per site with music in the background. Initiative Ztohoven, an art collective, somehow managed to inject a pre-recorded pan with a sudden atomic explosion in the midst of a beautiful countryside.”
They also hacked the traffic light icons in Prague with illustrations of drunk, urinating or ranting figures a few months ago.
The video is at
The art groups statement is at

Also from Europe, serial cereal art, a German programmer named Ben Hopfeng-Aertner, wrote in Semacode, a type of visual code that contains “machine readable information” that can be used to graphically encode web-links. Since the code is visual, Ben was able to take a picture of his 160 square meter programming artwork from an airplane and have a machine read the code to output the words “Hello, World!” God help me I am not making this up. (Oh yes that would be redundant, see the Dante item above).
And lastly some of the highlights from over at this week. Jools found a madrigal group and I had a rather “acoustic” week, well except for the death metal band. Have a listen.


{Currently listening to Camera Obscura & Windham Hill and Imogen Heap}
{Currently reading: CSS,DHTML & AJAX manual}
{Quick Status Check: Still going to Hell. But taking my Zoom H4 }
{Crop Circle Status: June: Only 10 so far for the month of June. }

Categorized as Mondays

1 comment

  1. Well frankly any weapon which comes ‘bespangled in fine detail’ is a must-have accessory for me. But maybe that’s because I belong in the 4th Circle of Hell with the rest of the Hoarders and Wasters.

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