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March 29, 2006;/h3>

{     Wondershozen Season 1 DVD     }

Using elements from kids television like puppets, child actors, cartoons, etc., dirtying them up for laughs and presenting it as adult entertainment is nothing new. The Groove Tube, a skit-oriented '70's comedy, did it (using an actual penis as the head of a 'puppet' on a park bench in one scene and a clown kids show host reading porn to his child audience in another). Peter Jackson's early masterpiece Meet the Feebles did it too (complete with a rabbit puppet who thought he had AIDS, and a hippo who fucks a Walrus puppet only to go on a machine gun rampage at the end). Hell even Broadway has done it with Avenue Q (and it won a Tony). So to say Wondershozen, the 30 minute "Kids Show" that appears on MTV 2, usually very late at night on the weekends, is original would be wrong. That's not all that's wrong with this show though.

In fact, there's not a whole lot that's right. I'm talking politically now though. But that's what makes it beautiful, brilliant, and more hilarious than anything else on TV right now. The art collective PFFR who are the brains behind this operation use it to call out more of America's problems than John Stewart, Bill Maher, and Steven Colbert combined. From religion to retards to race issues nothing is sacred. It's all skewered, mocked and ridiculed usually by devious children and unassuming puppets. Their form of shit and violence humor coupled with the way they fuck with the general public will catch you off guard and make you laugh as though you'd seen your asshole boss get shit on by a flying cow while porn stars masturbated with ice cream crucifixes around him. It couldn't be a more vital necessity in today's increasingly conservative, religiously manipulated, corporately conditioned globo-world.

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March 27, 2006;/h3>

{     Top Twelve Bad Names for Energy Drinks     }    

1| Mega-Quiver
2| Clacka-Lacka
3| Mind-Lightning
4| Twitch: Extra!
5| Aneuryistik
6| C-C-Convulsion
7| Brain-Locker
8| Orange Seizure
9| Hot Balls
10| Super Break Shit
11| Spasm Plus
12| The Shocker


March 23, 2006;/h3>

{     Attaboy Floating Submerged published by Last Gasp     }'ve been a fan of Attaboy's hallucinatory character designs since first laying eyes on them, so it's just natural that I completely dig this collection of some of his finest paintings and illustrations served up in book-bound postcard form. If you're not familiar with the drippy trippy landscapes and guffaw-inducing creatures that populate Attaboy's imagination, Floating Submerged is a great intro to the mind behind YumFactory. The pieces are slickly reproduced in bright and delicious candy-coated colors, and I can't stress how important that is to appreciating Attaboy's work. His use of a wild and vivid palette and manipulation of odd strokes, shapes and lines not only hold the eye, but allow him to engage in a unique form of cartoon-bent abstract expressionism, from which a whole passel of mutated critters emerge. The book includes 32 postcard reproductions, and though I've yet to be able to bring myself to actually write on one and drop it in the mail, I have taken two of them out, framed them, and hung them next to my desk at work. Now mescaline-esque Looney Tunes daydreams are only a glance away....


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March 22, 2006;/h3>

{     Dvorak Symphony no 9: From the New World     } Time for the city classical radio. What makes good music so challenging is that in its contemporary emotional and spiritual value it is able to grow and renew in importance and style. Sometimes we forget, and sometimes we turn on radio magic. Like I did two days ago. Now take Antonin Dvorak’s Symphony no 9. The last one in his ouvre. Did you know that Neil Armstrong took this symphony to the Moon during the Apollo 11 mission in 1969? Word.

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March 17, 2006;/h3>

{     New Visual Culture of Modern Iran     } book showcases amazing illustrators, designers and photographers living and working in Iran today. As the author writes "This book... will give you an insight into the real Iran, other than what the BBC or CNN news would give you." Only understanding Iran through the news clearly discredits the creativity and culture that exists. Mark Batty Publishers has done a great job offering this book at an interesting time in our lives. The book is beautifully designed and full of stunning work. It amazes me how the difference in typography really lends itself to a totally different aesthetic. Do yourself a favor and either stop by your library or pick this up for yourself. It looks like it's hitting book stores soon. - Contributed by Dustin:

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{     Arabic for Designers     } for Designers is a really helpful book for any designer. It touches on subjects such as when and why a western logo needs to be changed when it enters an Arab market. In general it's a really great tool for anyone trying to design for an Arab market or just understand the differences in visual culture. The book itself has a rather drab design, full of odd color choices... but the work examples and photography are helpful and clear. This book would make a great resource edition to any design library. The publisher claims this book is a first of its kind, which is kind of amazing. I picked up a press copy, so keep an eye out for this when it hits stores or pre-order it from Amazon. - Contributed by Dustin:

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March 2, 2006;/h3>

{     Bad ideas for knuckle tattoos if going to jail.     }    


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