Bandwidth Frittering and Shutterbuggery by Jay Lee
Cthulhu dot com

fhtagn-dazs.jpgI have owned the domain cthulhu.com since 1998 when it inexplicably became available to be registered after being one of the first Internet domains created. I’ve generally had the domain pointed at baldheretic.com or geekradio.com as I’ve been quite lazy about creating any Cthulhu specific content. There’s been the odd thing here and there, but nothing lasting or involved.

What with it being an election year I decided to throw something up and voila! Cthulhu For President now has an official site. I’m still looking for content and direction. I’ve got feelers/tentacles out to my like minded friends so we’ll see what develops. If you know any artists or writers that might want to contribute, send them my way.

Right now the site has been put up on stumbledupon.com so it’s getting a lot of hits and is in the process of going up and down, along with the other sites hosted on the server, so don’t be feel compelled to tell me you can’t reach it if you can’t reach it. I am already aware.

Flowering Pear Tree

My poor pear tree. The weather’s been so weird that it didn’t drop it’s leaves until last month and now it’s already sprouting new ones and flowering…

Flowering Pear Tree

Robot Building

On our way to dinner tonight Cynthia and I were both struck by how much the new hospital building going up on I-10 near Gessner looked like a giant robot…

Robot Building

Interestingly enough, there’s a whole Flickr group dedicated to photographs of things that look like a robot and it’s called, you guessed it, “Things That Look Like A Robot

File Sharing

Lori Jones here in Houston got a letter from lawyers representing the RIAA indicating she is being sued for copyright infringement to the tune of over half a million dollars. Apparently her daughter had downloaded and installed Limewire to share music.

According to the lawsuit the half-million dollar price tag works out to $750 per infringement. That’s $750 per song. Pretty steep considering you can purchase the songs at the iTunes store for 99 cents a pop. On the plus side, they are willing to settle for a one time fee of $4,000.

You can see the whole story here.

Jeff Ehling from the local ABC affiliate station here in Houston, TX called me to setup an interview. Since I had taken the day off we did it in the comfort of my living room.

Strangely, this time I was only referred to as:

Jay Lee who hosts a radio program that specializes in computer issues

Negativland

Mark Hosler

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Mark Hosler holds a copy of the infamous U2 single.

Took the time to go to the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center @ The University of Houston to listen to Mark Hosler speak about media and Negativland (wiki).

I’ve been a fan of Negativland since the early 80’s and used to play their stuff on the old Wake Up And Smell The Coffee program I did back in the day and it was a treat to get to listen to him speak.

The most entertaining anecdotes were the details of the U2 lawsuit and the David Brom axe murderer hoax.

The discussion ranged from fair use and copyrights to culture jamming and touched upon things like Youtube and P2P file sharing as a cheap and effective means of mass distribution for digital artists.

My friend Chuck Ivy was able to record the presentation so perhaps there will be a copy of it available soon.

Rocrament

Rocrament

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Rocrament

Rocrament

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Rocrament

Flickr Coolness

Flickr 3D

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Flickr 3D
See images being uploaded to Flickr from all over the world.

Flickrvision 3D

Peter And James

Peter and James at The Big Top

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Peter and James at The Big Top

Shop As Usual

hosler.jpgThursday, March 13, 4:00-5:30pm
Adventures in Illegal Art: Creative Media Resistance and Negativland
Mark Hosler of Negativland in attendance!
Quintero Lab Theater, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center, University of Houston

A film/lecture/presentation/conversation with Mark Hosler of Negativland presented by the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts.

Interested in media literacy? Want to know more about creative and humorous anti-corporate art/activism? Interested in challenging the roles of advertising and corporate power in our lives? Opinionated about intellectual property issues? Want to be involved in the evolution of art, law, and resistance in a media saturated world? Then…

Reserve your space now! 713-743-5749

Imported Beer

At work I sometimes find myself on the phone with our contractors in Bolivia. A few weeks ago I was going back and forth on a particular problem that required multiple phone calls before arriving at just the theory of what was causing it. This was followed by a few more calls to Bolivia as we implimented the solution.

The net result was that we not only resolved the problem, but likely cleared some things up going forward that should reduce the impact of this kind of issue in the future.

The developer/tech I worked with was so happy with the efforts and the results that she informed me she would be sending me a sample of her favorite Bolivian beers as a thank you. These arrived today via one of our Houston employees who travels back and forth between locations

And she sent them in a nifty leather man purse which goes GREAT with some shoes I just bought!

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