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Parallel-world Electrons (24 Jan 2005 at 20:40)
Today I went to see the "Parallel-world Electricians" Maywa Denki give a "Product Demonstration" as part of the Wats:on festival at CMU (the first ever in the USA). For the most part this was really great. There were loads of weird nonsense machines and toys and MIDI-controlled mechanical instruments. The "president" of the art collective was especially endearing because his English was so "cheap" (as he put it).

After the show I was recognized by a young art student because of my web page (she had been "visiting since high school"), which is a flattering and alarming experience. This is actually the second time this has happened on CMU's campus in recent memory--an oddity to me since I have felt that I have been mostly concentrating on projects (ie, aphasia; escape; PhD) without much mainstream appeal for the last few years. Anyway, that was very nice of you, thanks.
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jcreed (pool-141-151-190-129.pitt.east.verizon.net) – 01.24.05 22:03:12
PhD is my favorite web-scripting block-pushing language game.
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cdqr (ool-435392aa.dyn.optonline.net) – 01.24.05 23:39:08
PhD is a battle against the bewitchment of our CVs by means of publishing.
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Tom 7 (h-67-101-136-23.phlapafg.dynamic.covad.net) – 01.25.05 00:33:33
Hands off my CV!
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Tom 7 (h-67-101-136-23.phlapafg.dynamic.covad.net) – 01.25.05 10:43:11
Rescue the five star course spirits!
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Cloud Street (p40079-adsau04yokonib2-acca.kanagawa.ocn.ne.jp) – 01.25.05 22:37:14
Did you see the Fish Killing Machine? The one that uses the tones from the telephone time-guy to plunge knitting needles into a fish tank. You just sit there waiting for this fish to finally get one... I waited for an hour but had no luck!

My other favouite was the machine that attracts lightning bolts and then returns fire at the gods. These guys are genious!

They also had a touring band at one stage, in the completely bizarre Japanese tradition. I've got a VCR copy of one of their gigs. The huge gigantic retractable arms with single castinets attached, and then played remotely from a chest mounted pack should really have taken off by now.

Anyway
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Tom 7 (h-67-101-137-168.phlapafg.dynamic.covad.net) – 01.25.05 23:39:28
Haha. I didn't see either of those first things, but he played the retractable arms device, and we saw some concert video which looked pretty awesome.
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jcreed (pool-151-201-56-239.pitt.east.verizon.net) – 01.27.05 09:44:58
very Witty-genstein, cdqr.
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Fish Killer (198.209.24.251) – 02.02.05 13:56:54
What? There was a fish killing machine and I missed it?! *cries*
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Tom 7 (gs82.sp.cs.cmu.edu) – 02.02.05 14:51:19
Oops!
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