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NetNomad 17

Five offbeat, timely reviews of Web sites on the arts, politics and news -- with a dash of the absurd thrown in for good measure. This week: Biotic Baking Brigade ... Alliterative Religious Euphemisms for Male Masturbation ... Biochips, Medicine and Humans ... and more.
 
 
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Biotic Baking Brigade ( http://www.asis.com/~agit-prop/bbb)

The San Francisco-based Biotic Baking Brigade has a vision. They are working toward a time "when corporate crooks and their lackeys in government and the nonprofit sector will have to leave this bioregion for fear of our delicious mischief." Nothing so revolutionary there. But of course few revolutionaries include pie-throwing in their "toolbox of resistance." It is called "political pie-throwing," in fact, and there are many articles here describing what it is and how it should be done. There is also a link featuring a recipe for making your own Vegan Key Lime Pie. It's all for a worthy cause, but it almost sounds too good to throw, if you ask us.

Alliterative Religious Euphemisms for Male Masturbation ( http://www.ugcs.caltech.edu/~werdna/alliteration.html)

It sounds so clinical, the title, but rest assured it is anything but. The idea here is for visitors to the site to contribute various expressions that relate to male masturbation. The catch is that they should have something to do with religion. We regret to inform the pious among our readers that there are dozens and dozens of these fool things. And, again presuming you are not religious in nature, they are hilarious. A few samples should suffice: Alter the Altar Boy; Jerking for Jesus; Strangle the Sacred Staff; Cane Abel ...

Biochips, Medicine and Humans ( http://www.accessexcellence.org/AB/IWT/biochip.html)

We were very pleased to discover that it is only because of Internet and religious fanatics that we have come to fear the of placing microchips in humans. These microchips, said to be the "size of an uncooked grain of rice, small enough to be injected under the skin using a syringe needle" will be used only for good, not evil, such as tracking "lost children, downed soldiers, and wandering Alzheimer's patients." And of course pets. The civil liberties debate over the use of biochips, we are told here, has only served to obscure their more ethically benign and medically useful applications. What a relief!

Jet City Orange ( http://www.jetcityorange.com)

When asked to describe Jet City Orange, the editor usually replies that it is "a weekly photo-centric webzine." It features digital photos, free screen savers, and irreverent social commentary. The name of the magazine came to him (sorry, we couldn't find a listing for the editor's name) while walking down the street. He "lives in Seattle and likes citrus. Oranges. And tangerines. Grapefruit too." But he tends not to wear the color. He doesn't take pictures, he finds them. What he calls lens food. Some of the photos are of descansos, the roadside crosses that dot our highways, marking traffic fatalities. So what in the world does all of this have to do with the magazine? It is all tied together. You'll know what we mean when you see the site.

Philip Glass ( http://www.philipglass.com)

There are those who say his music is not really music at all. Traditionalists lament the apparent lack of a "narrative progression" in his music. Others will tell you that it is hypnotizing, its subtle melody repeated over and over again, weaving magical foundations that seem to continue to improve with age. From film scores (Koyaanisqatsi, Mishima, and The Thin Blue Line) to operas (Einstein on the Beach, the 4-1/2 hour epic now seen by some "as a landmark in 20th century music-theater") and everything in between, Glass has been at the center of the Minimalist storm for over 30 years, and this wonderful site explores in great deal both the man and his music. If you don't have an opinion on Glass' music, you're bound to cultivate one after visiting this site.