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“When the wick was lit, a gallon jug filled with gasoline didn’t ignite as one might suspect. Gasoline itself doesn’t burn—its vapors do. The narrow opening at the top of a jug allowed only so many vapors to escape at a time. The gasoline itself acted as a coolant, letting the device burn as slow and steady as a kerosene lamp. It could be 21 minutes before the jug’s plastic melted, allowing the gasoline and its accompanying vapors to spread across the porch. Once it did, the fire would reach the wood or aluminum siding.”

Letters From An Arsonist

[1] Gasoline | Tom Pfannerstil
Items from Tom Pfannerstil‘s “From the Street” collection are “carefully crafted, carved and painted, trompe l’oeil depictions of everyday common objects” that he discovers along his travels. Are you getting that? That battered gasoline can is actually a finely carved and expertly painted piece of basswood. It’s faux trash to hang on your walls.

[2] Letters From An Arsonist
The Washington City Paper’s expose on Thomas A. Sweatt, a convicted serial arsonist who, over a twenty year period, set hundreds of fires in and around Washington, D.C..

[3] Fire performed by The Crazy World of Arthur Brown (1968).
The godfather of shock rock Arthur Brown with his signature burning crown always seemed to be on the verge of lighting not only himself but the entire stage on fire. His fiery theatrics were too much for Jimi Hendricks, who kicked Brown off his tour and one of the few times in his career when Brown accidentally did ignite himself, he had to be rescued by audience members who extinguished the flames with their beers.


“I have been a “Taita” in prison. Taita” means the prison’s lord, the wisest one, the toughest one, the biggest killer. If you’re “Taita” you master a bunch of thugs, because they respect you, you have a certain weight.”

Luis Cuevas Manchego

After spending 27 years in prison for multiple murders, Peruvian folk artist Luis Cuevas Manchego (aka Lu.Cu.Ma) has spent the last decade dedicating his to life to social change through art. In the documentary “From the Knife to the Brush” Vice Magazine examines Manchego’s criminal past, how he uses art as a way to repent and the message that even a stone cold killer can change.


Conversnitch is an inconspicuous recording device that automatically tweets snippets of overheard conversations onto twitter. Disguised as a light bulb or a lamp, the Conversnitch works anywhere that has wifi — a restaurant, library, or home, for instance — and uses a Raspberry Pi and a microphone to record audio.

Project creators, Kyle McDonald and Brian House built the device for about a hundred dollars and then pay to have the audio transcribed through Amazon’s Mechanical Turk crowdsourcing platform. Although it’s creators admit that the art project could be used for a variety of illegal activities, they intended it to raises questions about the nature of public and private spaces in an era where anything can be broadcast by ubiquitous, Internet-connected listening devices. (Via)

At Newark Airport, The Lights Are On, And They’re Watching You


History Of The Devil is an entertaining documentary about the origins of Satan that Top Documentary Films sums up best:

“The History of the Devil is wickedly good, informative and concise. A no-frills Welsh film produced in association with SBS Australia and distributed by Siren Visual, it’s roughly 52 minutes in length and packs a fair dinkum amount of history into its slender running time.

The documentary itself is made up entirely of mostly still images alternating sporadically with talking heads; religious scholars, theologians and reverends.

Directed by Greg Moodie and written and produced by Dave Flitton, it was researched by Eibhleann Ni Ghriofa, Deirdre Learmont and Craig McGregor.

It’s an impressive and very open-minded account and offers some fantastic insight into the evolution; the hows and whys the specter of the Devil has existed and morphed through the ages from the dawn of civilization through to the new millennium.

So despite its relatively low-fi approach, the richness and diversity of its imagery; the historical plaques, plates, engravings, illustrations, paintings, drawings, and the occasional staged re-enactment (some dude dressed up in rather bemusing demonic attire), keeps the documentary at a high level of beguilement.”


Image: Engraving made by Cornelis Galle I, After Lodovico Cigoli, Belgium, 1591-1650. Lettered extensively around image with excerpts of Dante’s Divina Comedia.


In his latest project, Hysterical Literature, photographer Clayton Cubitt takes a beautiful woman, places her at a table in front of a black backdrop and gets her to read from her favorite book while an unseen accomplice below the table attempts to bring the woman to orgasm with a vibrator. The results are an intimate, sexy experience that captures a beauty rarely found in most modern pornography.

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