Day: July 7, 2002

‘Natural’ Artists:

[cosmic; Crumb]

The Crumbs: A Family of Artists: Members of the Crumb family — R. Crumb, his older brother, his daughter, and her mother — will be featured in five exhibits in Manhattan in upcoming months. NY Times

Related: Here’s the Crumb Museum; a Salon portrait from last year, asking whether “the bull-goose legend of underground comix the Brueghel of our time or the purveyor of an arrested juvenile vision?”; the Crumb Products outlet, run by R. Crumb’s son Jesse and offering “original art,

autographed underground comics and books,

limited edition figurines,

prints and posters”; [Stoned Again] the Lambiek Gallery’s Crumb site; the Toonopedia Crumb pages; and (!) a limited-edition Crumb collaboration with Charles Bukowski, The Captain is Out to Lunch

and the Sailors Have Taken Over the Ship:

Any collaboration between Charles Bukowski and R. Crumb is a notable event. Each man is a consummate example of the anti-establishment artist who calls society to task for its foibles and failures. With humor and scathing satire Bukowski and Crumb have exemplified this important tradition.

These unpublished last journals by Bukowski candidly detail the events of his daily life, which R. Crumb has brilliantly illustrated with five full color hand printed serigraphs and six full page black-and-white illustrations.

Succeeding in Business

Paul Krugman: “President Bush profited personally from aggressive accounting identical to the recent scams that have shocked the nation.” NY Times op-ed

FmH mailing list (again)

You can get every posting (or a daily digest of all posts) to FmH as an email, by subscribing to the FmH mailing list at Yahoo Groups. If there is interest, the mailing list can also be for discussion of posts or issues. I could change the comment icon at the end of each post so it points to the mailing list instead of my own email address, if this takes off. [I prefer this to the script-based commenting systems several of which I tried a number of months ago and which continue to proliferate… and which invariably break, or slow down page loads by a significant factor, or both. — FmH]

Declare E-Mail Independence

Net Effect — Simson Garfinkel: “More than 630,000 AT&T customers were forced to make this change. They could have used the occasion to simply and inexpensively assert their electronic individuality and independence. Instead, the majority behaved like good sheep and did what they were told: moved from one mega-corporate address that they didn’t own to another. Baa-a-a-a! Baa-a-a-a!” MIT Technology Review Access to the rest of the article at Tech Review requires a subscription, but you can subscribe to Simson Garfinkel’s mailing list simsoft@nitroba.com for unrestricted access to his writing on digital freedom and cyberculture.

Annals of the Invasion of Privacy (cont’d.):

Rental car tracking spurs suitagain. Budget Rent-a-Car is apparently tracking its customers in Arizona with GPS, using the data they collect on routes driven and speeds over those routes to impose extra charges without their customers’ foreknowledge. A Connecticut rental agency which created a furor by doing the same thing was ordered by a state consumer protection agency to refund fines it had levied on renters who had been speeding. Arizona Daily Star [via Slashdot]

Was Atkins Right?

What if It’s All Been a Big Fat Lie?:

“At the very moment that the government started telling Americans to eat less fat, we got fatter. The truths about why we gain weight and why it is so hard to lose it just might turn out to be much different from what we have been led to think.


(…)

The crucial example of how the low-fat recommendations were oversimplified is shown by the impact — potentially lethal, in fact — of low-fat diets on triglycerides, which are the component molecules of fat. By the late 60’s, researchers had shown that high triglyceride levels were at least as common in heart-disease patients as high L.D.L. cholesterol, and that eating a low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet would, for many people, raise their triglyceride levels, lower their H.D.L. levels and accentuate what Gerry Reaven, an endocrinologist at Stanford University, called Syndrome X. This is a cluster of conditions that can lead to heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.

It took Reaven a decade to convince his peers that Syndrome X was a legitimate health concern, in part because to accept its reality is to accept that low-fat diets will increase the risk of heart disease in a third of the population…” NY Times Magazine

Closing-the-Barn-Door Dept:

Agency to Put More Armed Guards at Airports NY Times

"It’s a snakehead but it’s not James Carville…"

Maureen Dowd: Have You Seen This Fish?:

‘Over this hot holiday weekend, people here have been more absorbed with the search for the noxious and elusive Snakehead than the search for the noxious and elusive Evildoer.

Forty miles east of Washington, in a scummy pond in Crofton, Md., hidden behind a shopping center, biologists have discovered an ichthyological Andromeda strain.

Lurking beneath the algae is a walking fish that can breathe air and waddle on land for days, dubbed Frankenfish by the locals and “the baddest bunny in the bush” by a Maryland Department of Natural Resources biologist, Bob Lunsford.’ NY Times

Finding Their Inner Trader…

Portfolios Depressed, Traders Seek Therapy: “Instead of simply seeking psychological help from their therapists, traders and hedge fund managers now expect investment advice too.: NY Times

RIP John Frankenheimer

Resilient Director of Feature Films and TV Movies Dies at 72: “John Frankenheimer, one of the foremost directors of the 1960’s with classic films like The Manchurian Candidate, Seven Days in May, Birdman of Alcatraz and The Train, died of a massive stroke today from complications after spinal surgery. He was 72.

Mr. Frankenheimer, whose career stumbled badly in the late 1970’s and 1980’s because of personal problems and alcoholism, came back in the 1990’s with significant television work that was flourishing at the time of his death.” NY Times