Archiv der Kategorie 'these modern times'

Where is nowhere.com?

Fax copies of replies to spam
Heute schon auf Spam geantwortet?

Artist Nick Philip directs you to a row of garbage cans placed below twelve whirring fax machines at Tokyo’s Intercommunications Center. The domain nowhere.com, he explains, is often used as a return address by shady Internet spammers to disguise their actual Internet location. Irritated recipients reply to the spam but because of the false return address the replies are returned to nowhere.com instead of back to the spammers. That is, until Philip directed all email addressed to nowhere.com to a series of fax machines at the ICC. Now the piles of lost missives are redirected into a physical representation of their final digital destination – the trash can. […]

Emails are copied as they pass through nowhere.com on to their final destination. They are distributed through 12 fax modems and then printed by 12 fax machines. Thermal paper is collected in trash cans, then allowed to overflow onto the gallery floor.

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ImprovEverywhere strikes again: Frozen Grand Central

ImprovEverywhere hat einmal wieder zugeschlagen, diesmal in der Grand Central Station in New York, wo mehr als 200 Leute auf einmal einfroren und sich fünf Minuten nicht bewegten:

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Details zur Mission: Auf den ImprovEverywhere-Seiten.

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IKEA Nomenclature

EKTORPUpholstered furniture, coffee tables, rattan furniture, bookshelves, media storage, doorknobs: Swedish placenames (for example: Klippan)

Beds, wardrobes, hall furniture: Norwegian place names

Dining tables and chairs: Finnish place names

Bookcase ranges: Occupations

Bathroom articles: Scandinavian lakes, rivers and bays

Kitchens: grammatical terms, sometimes also other names

Chairs, desks: men’s names

Materials, curtains: women’s names

Garden furniture: Swedish islands

Carpets: Danish place names

Lighting: terms from music, chemistry, meteorology, measures, weights, seasons, months, days, boats, nautical terms

Bedlinen, bed covers, pillows/cushions: flowers, plants, precious stones; words related to sleep, comfort, and cuddling

Children’s items: mammals, birds, adjectives

Curtain accessories: mathematical and geometrical terms

Kitchen utensils: foreign words, spices, herbs, fish, mushrooms, fruits or berries, functional descriptions

Boxes, wall decoration, pictures and frames, clocks: colloquial expressions, also Swedish placenames

from: Wikipedia, via: David Byrne

Nancy Friedman goes on to speculate:

Still, the IKEA taxonomy is no less enigmatic for having been described. I‘m sure there are several PhD theses waiting to be written about it. Music, chemistry, and nautical terms for lighting? Feminine names for curtains, masculine names for chairs and desks? And what subtle intra-Scandinavian tensions or harmonies are revealed by the assignment of Danish, Norwegian, and Finnish words to certain categories but not others? Is there some national stereotype about the Finns (for example) setting an especially attractive table? Or, more perversely, not?

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Delicious for Chanukah

Ham!
via Israellycool von NancyKay.

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Ach so na dann!

Aus aktuellem Anlass:

Dabei mißbraucht die Partei [die völkisch-nationalistische LAOS, die in der griechischen Parlamentswahl 3,8% einfuhr] gerne auch Zitate, die aus linken Quellen stammen. Er wolle sich dafür einsetzen, »daß Griechenland den Griechen bleibt«, hatte [der Vorsitzende] Karatzaferis noch in der Wahlnacht verkündet. Das Zitat stammt von Andreas Papandreou. Der Sozialistenführer und Gründer der PASOK hatte sich damit 1981 allerdings gegen die Dominanz der US-Amerikaner in Griechenland gerichtet.

Schuss mal wieder nicht gehört. Von hier.

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