Beware of the Chlob!

Long time no see, huh? Well, it was too frustrating to post any of the many bad news from Japan. Like the new gouverment which rethinks nuclear energy vice versa again or the fish which burries the needle of the Geiger counters.  And Namazu’s activity went to an rather average level again, so nobody is listening to fair warnings anyway. Today there was a magnitude 6.2 in Japan and a rather disturbing report from Fukushima that proofs that nothing is normal at all, here you go.  Got it? While other kids cosplay elegant Manga/Anime characters, the ones in „the Zone“ actually become the Blob.  But not of the funny burlesque kind shown in the video above. Involuntary couch potatoes, either by house arrest or being afraid of going outside, no matter if there’s nuclear winter or summer. Even more frustrating, gaining fat indoor has no real positive side effect, because „IT“ is in the air, the water, the food, everywhere. What will these kids become in the half life of Caesium? Oversized cysts, half man, half sofa, watching the repetive „March 11 2041: Now it’s really half that worse!“ reports over and over again, munching potatoe chips? The radioactiv Blob is a real double horror feature… it creeps and leaps and glides and slides across the floor right through the kitchen door!

Is it really one year ago already?

©Tiny Zoo Friends
©TinyCo

Yes, it’s about time for a Namazu-e-shirt birthday serenade (not custom, but made by Jessica Tommassello). Is it a happy birthday? Not really, but I won’t bother you with the poor statistics and the even poorer feedback. Let’s have some Namazu art trivia instead, did you know that:

1. the Chinese artist Ai Wei Wei is under house arrest because of Namazu? His related installation „Remembering“ in Munic made him and his investigation in the Sichuan schools corruption scandal world famous, the rest is history.

2. quake freak Goethe (see last post) wrote his most famous poem „Mignon“ („Do you know the land where citrons bloom?„) during a stopover on his trip to Italy? The poem itself isn’t that interesting in that context, but the stopover was at the Walchensee wich is the home of the Bavarian Namazu.

3. Namazu can actually make music? The artist Micah Frank aka Kanomi triggers his audio sculpture „Tectonic“ with real time seismic data, just like the Namazu necklace.

4. I’m really fed up with running this blog?

The sorrows of young Catfish

Goethe in Italy (note the ruins!)

It’s said that Goethe had a 6th sense, especially for earthquakes. One anecdote says that he once called his butler in the middle of the night to ask him if he senses something in the air. The butler denied, but young Goethe told him that there must be an earthquake. A few weeks later the butler read in the newspapers that there was actually an earthquake that night, but far, far away. Just a legend? One of the most important moments in his life was the 1st November 1755, over 5o years later he wrote about this historic performance of Namazu in his autobiography, using the term „demon of terror“.  From 1786 – 1788 Goethe was „on location“, he travelled Italy down and up. A sample from his letters:

„One can’t feel the earthquake now in the lower parts of Italy, in the upper, Rimini and nearby places were recently damaged. It has strange whims, one speaks here like of wind and weather and wildfires in Thuringia.“

Catfish in disguise or not, Goethe was always extremely scared and fascinated by earthquakes, even the big one of Lisbon made a cultural impact to others, too, of course. Listen how composer Teleman did imagine the sound of Namazu:

The lyrics are about God showing his muscles to sinners, just like the Japanese catfish does in his myth. And if you think it over, it’s about time for a new age of enlightement, science and economy became myths itself…

1 Girl 1 Cup

Got cream for my tea?

Mama Monster strikes again, one of her tecups got sold for $ 14.600 for Japan, the whole story here. No, wait, there’s still some vital information missing, the better half is here. Now tell me: How much is it to ship a rubber bracelet including the envelope? Even without postage flatrate and quantity discount not more than $ 1.50 or $ 2 in the USA, I guess. You now it from eBay, small item, big shipping, bad romance. And even she did actally ship it deluxe, the postal services made profit from that and she had priceless promotion for the money of other people. Different day, same shit, the item she did donate now has an real value of… let’s say, $ 40. And what are the odds, her Asia tour starts next week. The benefit is bullshit, too. Why support guest students from Japan if there is still so much suffering in Japan? Many refugees still life in camps, many more have lost everything. Remember: A house in „the zone“ is not even worth a single Yen anymore. For the owner, mortgages are still valid, no insurance pays for that. The residents on Minamisoma are allowed to come back now, but in a ghost town. Short: This kind of charity sucks, rather make yourself a Namazu-e-shirt and donate $ 5 to Bansho Miura’s HEART CARE RESCUE. Well, I had to trick Google to translate the contact info, but maybe it’s just facebook acting strange with Fukushima info: Weiterlesen