who’s bad?

zeph’s pop culture quiz #7 What’s the name of the villain?     Just leave a comment with your educated guess—you can ask for additional hints, too. [Leaving a comment is easy; just click the ‘Leave a comment’ at the end of the post and fill in the form. If it’s the first time you post a comment, it will be held for moderation. But I am constantly checking, and once I’ve approved a comment, your next ones won’t be held, but published immediately by the system.] UPDATE and solution (13 December 2011): Frankly, I have no idea how he’s … Continue reading

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lennart green

  After having watched ↵Marco Tempest‘s performance at TED, I discovered, that ↑Lennart Green had performed there, too. It may well have been the same convention, twenty-odd years ago, at which I saw both, Marco Tempest and Lennart Green, live for the first time. No digital electronics or any other high-tech—except a laser beam—in his act. It’s clean and classic, absolute top-notch, highest astonishment and entertainment value, plus downright hilarious. Lennart Green is one of the world-class card magicians alive—my friend ↑Denis Behr, who belongs to the same league and on whom a post here is way overdue as well, … Continue reading

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marco tempest

… get to the poetry faster  This is way overdue. It must have been in the late 1980s or early ’90s that for the first time I saw ↑Marco Tempest perform live. It was at one of those bigger magicians’ conventions in Germany where you can see and meet—if you’re a bit lucky—real top acts. Marco Tempest’s act was top, plus it was completely not off the peg. Brilliant stage magic lacking every standard element. Centerstage there was a big television set, Mr Tempest acted left, right, and behind that set and made flashy colored rubber balls move and jump … Continue reading

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infiltration

my first ↑vig! The good Evil Doctor to be seen here just recently found out that his newest invention, the death-ray, is just perfectly suited for joining aquatic cartilage and human tissue. While welding the head of a ↑Galeocerdo cuvier upon his latest victim, the latter’s comrades have discovered a sneaky path into his well secured laboratory …     It’s not a mere tradition but a rule that supervillains, ↑mad scientists in particular, build their secret hide-outs and laboratories within or right above active volcanoes at the brink of eruption. In sharp contrast to public opinion this has significant … Continue reading

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la jetée

La jetée (English: The Jetty or The Pier) (1962) is a 28-minute black and white science fiction film by Chris Marker. Constructed almost entirely from still photos, it tells the story of a post-nuclear war experiment in time travel. It is an absolute future noir cyberpunk masterpiece and sets its creator Chris Marker (aka Christian François Bouche-Villeneuve, *1921) on par with Andrei Tarkovsky. Film-noir elements are abound, including e.g. the voice-over narrator. The decisive plot-twist is the same as in a short story by almost forgotten German writer Alexander Moritz Frey [in German]—in the collection ‘Dunkle Gänge’ [Dark Passages] (1913), … Continue reading

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lovecraftian tintin

Artist Murray Groat has created four wonderfully atmospheric Hergé meets Lovecraft covers for Adventures of Tintin albums that sadly will never be. There of course is a vast tradition of homage-à-Tintin covers, often linked to current affairs, like Zartosht Soltani’s Tintin in Tehran from 2002, and many more, but I haven’t yet seen Tintin associated with Lovecraft’s universe. via entry @ infocult … Continue reading

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nazgûl of armonk

I was startled to hear the thundering of hooves. Having lived near Armonk, NY all my life, I had never heard such a sound before.     “What is that horrible sound?”     “That is the sound of the Black Steeds riding west from Armonk.”     “The Black Steeds?”     “The ↑Nazgul. They once were men. Now they are neither dead nor alive.     They are IBM’s attorneys.” comment at slashdot … Continue reading

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reptiles

Once upon a time, when I was a kid, as a present I received a thick catalogue of the works of ↑M. C. Escher—since back then ↵I am hooked. In ↑reply to my telling Weird Tales—see also ↵visual phenomena—, today I received a nice e-mail which rubbed my nose upon one of Escher’s famous lithographs: “↑Reptilien“ (1943). Again wondering at the picture I cherish since decades, suddenly it came to my mind: It’s the perfect metaphor for my cyberanthropological research-project “↵maxmod“. A twodimensional representation of the li’l beasts crawling out of 2D-space, ↵into 3D-space, and back again … meaning those … Continue reading

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charlie’s demons

Imagine a world where speaking or writing words can literally and directly make things happen, where getting one of those words wrong can wreak havoc, but where with the right spell you can summon immensely powerful agencies to work your will. Imagine further that this world is administered: there is an extensive division of labour, among the magicians themselves and between the magicians and those who coordinate their activity. It’s bureaucratic and also (therefore) chaotic, and it’s full of people at desks muttering curses and writing invocations, all beavering away at a small part of the big picture. The coordinators, … Continue reading

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