Image from our "Stan VanDerBeek: The Culture Intercom" slideshow.
Turns out, you don't have to look very hard to find the geeky bits of any given issue of the Phoenix. Here are a few choice morsels for your lazy-Sunday perusal.
[tech] Peace, love and QR codes: South by Southwest Interactive plots a course to a better worldWhat
happens when hordes of hackers, hacks, entrepreneurs, and consumers
converge upon Austin for SXSWi (the birthplace of Twitter and
Foursquare)? As Chris Faraone reports, it involves lots of digital
soul-searching: "Capitalist avarice is not the elephant in any
interactive room, but rather the bloody, bludgeoned beast who gets
dragged out by the tusks after each session."
[film] Review: LimitlessOh, if only we could unlock that unused 80% of our brains.
Just imagine the astounding mental feats we could perform! Well, no
need to actually ponder that (wouldn't want you to sprain anything),
because Hollywood has done a pretty slick job of it for you already.
Behold, Bradley Cooper transformed from disheveled writer to
god-man, thanks to a steady regimen of Thinker's Little Helper, NZT-48.
Brett Michel gives us the rundown.
[film] Review: Orgasm Inc.Our
"Things We Can Never Unsee" list has plenty of stiff competition, but
topping the leaderboard has got to be the image of Kim Airs -- the former
proprietor of Coolidge Corner's Grand Opening sex shop -- giving some
faceless fellow a handjob with a Lamb Chop puppet. This was the pièce de résistance
from Airs's terrifying annual amateur-porn film series "You Oughta Be
in Pictures." A few years ago, Airs high-tailed it to L.A., and
Boston just hasn't been the same without her. (Amanda Palmer might agree with us on that.) So we're pretty chuffed to see her show up as a talking head in this Gerry Peary-approved doc about big pharma's quest to develop Viagra for women.
[art] The proto-web utopian consciousness of Stan VanDerBeekTechie
media experiments with trippy pixelated words and kaleidoscopic
computer-animated psychedelia? Sounds like something that would be right
at home at SXSWi ... and yet Stan VanDerBeek (an acolyte of LSD guru Timothy Leary)
was doing this stuff back in in the ‘60s. Greg Cook reviews "The Culture Intercom," the new exhibit of Stan VanDerBeek's work at the MIT List gallery.
[books] Review: Sarah Vowell's Unfamiliar FishesIn
her newest book, NPR darling and history nerd extraordinaire
Sarah Vowell unravels the history of Hawaii -- the tale of how "a small
group of Protestant missionaries sailed from Boston Harbor in 1819
intending to save the souls of the brown people Captain James Cook had
encountered." Our reviewer Amy Finch fills us in on the details.
[music] The Big Hurt: This month's inessential press releasesCome
for the spiritual pontifications on whether Techno-Monk is giving up
Facebook for Lent (the answer may surprise you); stay for the hilarious shitfight between David Thorpe and Batter Blaster HQ.
[classical] Review: Death and the Powers: The Robots' OperaLast week, Chris Dahlen gave you the behind-the-scenes peek at Tod Machover's high-tech production. This week, our critic Lloyd Schwartz autopsies the operabot opus.
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