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Mon, 01 Apr 2002

[17:25] A Toast to... Toast

"In this piece of work, we break down the daily pattern of this piece of kitchen machinery. The toaster toasts and when it does this it reproduces itself. The use of the object and the responsibility that we give to the material (in this case the bread) to change, transforms the pictures and the area of representation within them. But yet still, this transformation does not guarantee a representational figure in the traditional sense: the viewer moves between the instability of physical closeness, where the picture is erased but the individual pieces of bread are identifiable, and distance, where it is possible to reconstruct the picture at the expense of the image of the bread."

No, this isn't an April Fool's Gag, they really mean it. (via Steve McNabb)

[03:03] RIAA Changes Mind, Opens Free MP3 Download Site

And if you believe that, I have some swampland in Pennsauken that you might be interested in developing. April Fool's Day is an annual event of great significance in ever-playful hackerdom, like my personal favorite, last year's announcement that Perl and Python would be merging. (I was personally involved in that one -- Simon Cozens did a full write-up of the story behind the story.) Since there's no way in hell I'd be able to top that this year, I present you instead with the very timely Museum of Hoaxes and its Top Ten April Fool's Day Hoaxes of All Time (via Nigel Ballard).

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