Flimflam Junction

A buncha malarky

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Fishing with John

Everyone must now watch Fishing with John. What is Fishing with John? A television program originally aired in 1991. Perhaps you would like to know more? Well, it features saxophonist, fake jazz aficionado, actor and man-about-town John Lurie. Mr. Lurie invites friends such as Jim Jarmusch and Mr. Tom Waits (who is sometimes very grumpy) on fishing trips to faraway locales. However, John and his guests have minimal knowledge of fishing, and the show’s main focus seems to be awkward conversation, oddball narration, peculiar cinematography and soft music.

 


P.S. Oddly enough, Criterion released a Big Ass DVD Set of this show, twice. Somebody up there likes me.

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Max Headroom and the Culture Jamming Intrusion of Doctor Who

Max Headroom Broadcast Signal Intrusion

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqgeM6rWSkw

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max_Headroom_broadcast_signal_intrusion

Later that night, around 11:15 p.m., during a broadcast of the Doctor Who serial Horror of Fang Rock …

The person in the Max Headroom mask appeared, as before, this time saying, “That does it. He’s a freakin’ nerd,” before laughing and jeering, “Yeah, I think I’m better than 
Chuck Swirsky. Freakin’ liberal.”[3]

He then held up a glove, said “my brother is wearing the other one,” and put the glove on. He then took the glove off, adding that it was “dirty.”

The picture suddenly cut over to a shot of the man’s lower torso. His buttocks were exposed, and he was holding the now-removed mask up to the camera while being spanked with a flyswatter by an unidentified accomplice wearing a dress, as the man exclaimed “They’re coming to get me!”
an unidentified accomplice wearing a dress, as the man exclaimed “They’re coming to get me!”

"They’re coming to get me!"



Common tactics include re-figuring logos, fashion statements, and product images as a means to challenge the idea of “what’s cool”

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Curmudgeonism

I hereby propose a new philosophy and way of life: Curmudgeonism



If you’re a cranky old bastard who’s set in his/her ways, and you hold very stern philosophical, ideological and/or cultural principles, Curmudgeonism may be for you. Take it from this man, a bigoted old fart who could never be dissuaded from any position he ever held. HE COULD BE YOU.

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Quotation Mix-up: Playing Marbles Inside a Giant Sphere

"Ray’s proposed solution to the problem of "pyramiding" was a million-dollar marbles tournament. The million-dollar prize would attract people concerned about the long-term implications of society’s "pyramiding", or disillusioned with its current state these people would then be convinced of Ray’s views through the experience of playing marbles inside a giant sphere. The 1987 St. Petersburg Times article reports that Ray was planning to form an "Order of the Sphere" to promote his philosophy."

"Critics of Ray like to draw attention to his "marbles period" because they consider it inconsistent with his later Time Cube theory. Under the Time Cube theory, the circle is considered a "zero value", and "circle measure is slop bucket". Supporters of Ray, however, see his circle-based philosophy as a natural precursor to the Time Cube. Ray first recognized the significance of the circle-cycle, and only later discovered the fourfold division of the circle into the four corner quadrants of the Time Cube."

or disillusioned with its current state these people would then be convinced of Ray’s views through the experience of playing marbles inside a giant sphere
these people would then be convinced of Ray’s views through the experience of playing marbles inside a giant sphere
the experience of playing marbles inside a giant sphere
playing marbles inside a giant sphere
inside a giant sphere
giant sphere
giant sphere
giant sphere

Supporters of Ray, however 
Supporters of Ray, however 
Supporters of Ray, however 

See:
Mr. Marbles: Marbles for Everyone by Gene Ray

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Quotation Mix-up: Newt and the Trilobite-Centric Worldview

Trilobite!: Eyewitness to Evolution
by Richard Fortey

Newt sez:
 ”I highly recommend it.”

Richard Fortey urges us toward a trilobite-centric worldview:

"The fever of discovery was upon me…. I found a trilobite…the textbook came alive…this was my first discovery of the animals that would change my life." 

 
"I knew, by some principle which I could not articulate, that the wider end was the head of the animal. And of course upon the head there were the eyes. Despite the unfamiliar conformation of the fossil I knew that eyes must always belong on heads. So despite the exoticism of the fossil there was already a common bond between me and the trilobite - we both had our heads screwed on the right way."

"I want to invest the trilobite with all the glamour of the dinosaur and twice its endurance. I want you to see the world through the eyes of trilobites, to help you make a journey back through hundreds of millions of years…this will be an unabashedly trilobite-centric view of the world" [bold and italics added]

this will be an unabashedly trilobite-centric view of the world
this will be an unabashedly trilobite-centric view of the world
this will be an unabashedly trilobite-centric view of the world

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So, Nat’rualists observe, a Flea
Hath smaller Fleas that on him prey,
And these have smaller Fleas to bite ‘em
And so proceed ad infinitum
Jonathan Swift

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