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Intellectual history of cannibalism. “Cannibal Feast–Fiji.”

Intellectual history of cannibalism

Postcard sent on 15 July 1907. Romanian political scientist Cătălin Avramescu is the author of the enticing book An Intellectual History of Cannibalism. It is apparently the best scholarly book about the cultural impact and political theory surrounding people who eat people. Interesting topic, but perhaps too meaty for my current media diet. Dover Demon sketches.

Fordlandia

History of the Dream Machine. As I've written on BB before, Brion Gysin is one of my favorite artists, and his thinking and interests influenced me in myriad ways.

History of the Dream Machine

Gysin is perhaps best known as the "discoverer" of the cut-up technique popularized by his best friend William S. Burroughs, and the co-inventor of the trance-inducing Dreamachine. Gysin was also a pioneer of sound poetry and multimedia collage that, in my mind, underpins remix culture, quick-cut video editing, and nonlinear Web experiences. Ancient temples designed for tripping. Acoustic archaeologists are exploring how the Chavin culture in Peru may have designed underground temples to blow worshippers' minds using low-tech sound and light shows.

Ancient temples designed for tripping

Of course, this thread continued in cathedrals with massive stained glass windows and organs all the way to today's high-end multimedia megachurches. According to Miriam Kolar of Stanford's Center for Computer Research and Acoustics, the temple's maze of tunnels "could be physically disorienting and the acoustic environment is very different than the natural world," and might be especially freaky for folks who were tripping balls. "The iconography (of ancient Chavin drawings) shows people mixed with animal features in altered states of being," said Kolar, who is presenting her recent work at a conference in Cancun, Mexico this week.

Chinese Twitter sentence: a year in a labor camp for a retweet. The Twitter avatar for Cheng Jianping.

Chinese Twitter sentence: a year in a labor camp for a retweet

A retweeted joke has landed a Chinese woman in a labor camp for a year, Amnesty International reported Wednesday. On the day of her wedding, Oct. 27, Chinese online activist Cheng Jianping disappeared. Only this week did her whereabouts surface: She had been detained and sentenced by police to a year of "re-education through labor" for retweeting a suggestion that Chinese youth attack the Japanese Pavilion at the Shanghai Expo. HOWTO investigate a Satanic ritual killing.