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Sunday, March 14, 2004

Sunday March 14, 2005 The Weisman museum (the one which looks like it's made from tin cans, on the U of MN campus) has an exhibit on genetics and art. I went there with Pat Craft.

Among interesting and otherwise good stuff: Daniel Lee's photographic-looking portraits from the court which decides where in the traditional Chinese afterworld the newly-dead go. It includes the judge, several members of the jury, and two court guards, each a mix of human with some other species. I particularly liked the two female jurors shown: the cat spirit and the snake spirit.

Larry Miller's certificate for copyrighting your genetic code; versions in several languages. Apparently, it's now online; I'll have to search for it.

Larry Miller's contract for a female clone of him (no bidders for the job as yet).

Laboratory equipment for extracting "soul music" (several genres) from the brain.

Interesting but stupid: the Critical Art Ensemble's "resist capitalism by holding on to your own genes!" campaign. This group uses "workers" and "lower class" as exact synonyms.
They also appear to believe in everything Charles Fort wrote about.

Among the permanent exhibits, we saw something which I remember seeing at the Walker Museum: Pedicard Apartments. It's a replica of a now-gone apartment building in Spokane.
If you lean against an apartment door, you hear some fragment of the tenants' life: a sports broadcast, snatches of conversation, a dog barking, a woman crying.
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Climate risk to UK apple orchards
By Alex Kirby
BBC News Online environment correspondent

The landscape of much of the southern UK will be altered for ever by climate change, a gardening expert believes.

Dr Simon Thornton-Wood of the Royal Horticultural Society told BBC News Online orchards would vanish, and some fruit varieties would no longer thrive.

But as they move northwards, he thinks, peaches and other fruit from southern Europe may move in and replace them.

He says he also expects "significant" drops in yields of several summer fruit like pears, cherries and blackcurrants.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/low/sci/tech/3502476.stm

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