May 28, 2010 Tokyo Art Exhibition –- Louis Netter Using video of sped up drawing and multiple images, artist Louis Netter immerses the viewer in his visual world of irreverent but playful satire. Netter's work will be part of an exhibition in Tokyo June 15-17.
May 26, 2010 Come Along and Ride on a Fantastic Voyage . . . Oops. CNN, during a segment about a 103-year-old African-American woman, mistakenly aired a portion of a song that includes the word "nigga." The segment was about Gladys Flamer, a woman from Pennsylvania who is still driving at 103 years of age. After telling the story, anchor Kyra Phillips said, "Miss Flamer, this shoutout's for you." The audio cut to "Fantastic Voyage" by Coolio –– specifically, a part of the song with the words "punk ass nigga" — over footage of the woman climbing into her car. The chorus of that song begins, "Come along and ride on a fantastic voyage" About 25 minutes later, Phillips acknowledged the mistake and apologized.
May 21, 2010 Should Obscenity be Illegal? Porn producer John Stagliano faces up to 32 years in federal prison for distributing adult films. As Stagliano gears up for a court case due to begin this July in Washington, D.C., it's worth asking whether obscenity prosecutions make any sense, especially when dealing with material created and consumed by consenting adults in private. The definition of obscenity is notoriously slippery — works as varied (and sexually inoffensive) as Lady Chatterley's Lover, Ulysses, and I Am Curious Yellow have all been deemed obscene — and its prosecution is famously subjective and selective. Material is considered obscene only when a jury finds it to be so; the same book, movie, or song can be illegal in one region and totally fine in another. As Stagliano, whose website followed all legal restrictions imposed by federal mandates, notes, "I didn't know I was breaking the law."
May 20, 2010 Robot Presides Over Japanese Wedding A humanoid robot conducted a wedding ceremony in Tokyo on May 16, 2010 - a world first, according to the manufacturer of the "I-Fairy," a 1.2 metre tall seated robot with flashing eyes and plastic pigtails.
May 18, 2010 Time Lapse of the Eyjafjallajökull Volcano Sean Stiegemeier saw mainstream media’s mediocre footage of that volcano in Iceland nobody can pronounce the name of, so he figured he should go there and do better.
May 12, 2010 "It's not a leak. It's a volcano spewing oil." This
video was taken by Alabama resident John Wathen as a volunteer pilot flew him over the area where the oil rig sank. Officials have stopped guessing at the amount of oil leaking, although some speculate it may be closer to 1 million gallons per day. Don't let BP spin this into something trivial.
May 5, 2010 Bill Murray Reads Poetry to Construction Workers Members of the construction team which built Poets House's new home joined actor Bill Murray in May 2009 for the first poetry reading at 10 River Terrace. Produced for Poets House by Limey Films, Inc.
May 4, 2010 Senator Uses Laptop for Hot Babes and Wet Dogs Florida State Senator Mike Bennett views hot babes and wet dogs on his Senate-issued laptop computer during the second to last day of session. Bennet Said it was an unexpected email from a woman he knows. (Black sensor bar added by Sunshine State News).