kevan + prison   31

Sendapackage.com Bills Itself as ‘New York’s Inmate Superstore’ - NYTimes.com
"The items that Mr. Barrett’s service sells online (as well as through its catalog) have all been chosen in advance to adhere to the extensive directives put in place for gifts by the corrections department."
prison  shopping  via:danielle 
december 2013 by kevan
Marc Steinmetz Photography | Escape Tools
Scratch-built tools and weapons. "Shotgun made from iron bedposts; charge made of pieces of lead from curtain tape and match-heads, to be ignited by AA batteries and a broken light bulb."
prison  technology  design  germany  via:amuchmoreexotic 
june 2009 by kevan
Voluntary Confinement
"The show's creators bill Solitary as a harmless 'social experiment,' that red button rendering bogus any comparisons to actual torture."
psychology  television  prison 
march 2008 by kevan
The Stars My Destination - Alfred Bester
The Count of Monte Cristo in Space, with a straightforwardly amoral protagonist; driven and ruthless, with no attempts to be arrogant or likeable. The good, undated writing style makes it easy to forget how groundbreaking the random sci-fi tropes were.
booklog  space  mysteries  secrets  technology  science  prison  future  lies  business  skin  via:alex 
march 2007 by kevan
Twelve Monkeys (1996)
Tighter rules of time travel than I remembered, and the wandering-zoo-animal apocalypse trope is always a good one. A few nice touches of the world ending gradually. Didn't remember the ending being so concretely unambiguous.
filmlog  4stars  time  delusions  pestilence  monkeys  terrorism  prison 
march 2007 by kevan
The Night Of The Hunter (1955)
Men are evil and women are stupid, but children endure. Overrated, apart from a few stand-out scenes - there's a good and genuinely sinister, unstoppable villain in there somewhere, but the slapstick and weird editing undermines him almost completely.
filmlog  2stars  religion  children  death  crime  prison  money  secrets 
february 2007 by kevan
chris glass: How to catch a mouse without a mousetrap
A cardboard tube with a bit of food at one end, hanging over the edge of a worktop, above an empty bin.
rodents  prison  technology 
december 2006 by kevan
The Elusive Pimpernel (1950)
Half-watched. David Niven being nonchalant in a ridiculous collar, with a few particularly clever flourishes of bluff and subtle psychology.
filmlog  3stars  history  france  secrets  prison  illusions 
november 2006 by kevan
Evelyn Manesta and the Resistance to "Modern" Photographic Surveillance
"Thanks to the recent discovery of 90-year-old police files, unearthed by researchers at the National Archives in Kew, England, one can say with some confidence that - in England, at least - 'modern' photographic surveillance began in September 1913."
surveillance  history  photos  prison  via:foe 
september 2006 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | Luxury hotel, equestrian centre, cinema complex - welcome to the new Maze
"The 360-acre development [is] scheduled to include a 42,000-seat sports stadium, a multi-screen cinema, an upmarket hotel, restaurants, an indoor equestrian centre, an 'international centre for conflict transformation' and, possibly, an ice rink."
prison  architecture  dereliction 
may 2006 by kevan
Temporary Services - Prisoners' Inventions
Improvised tools, appliances and game pieces. "When I set my mind to the task, though, I recognized the surprising range of inventions and innovations that I had witnessed. I had just become so used to it all that the uniqueness no longer registered."
prison  technology  hacking  design  via:arbroath 
may 2006 by kevan
Another World - Site officiel
High-resolution remake of the vividly weird 90s platformer.
games  download  nostalgia  aliens  prison 
may 2006 by kevan
Capture-the-Flag With Stuff
"Stuff is a key concept in game design. Pong plus Stuff makes Arkanoid. Risk plus Stuff makes Cosmic Encounter. Rock-Scissors-Paper plus Stuff makes Magic: the Gathering. Capture-the-Flag plus Stuff makes... Capture-the-Flag With Stuff."
games  sport  prison  magic 
january 2006 by kevan
Nothing (2003)
Solipsism and the limits of improvement through subtraction. Some good directions, but it's a meandering and facetious waste of a good premise, for the most part.
filmlog  2stars  society  depression  prison 
november 2005 by kevan
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
Edits are a bit too clear having just read the book, and the removal of the subjective, unreliable narrator is quite a huge loss, but it's much better paced than the original. Astonishing supporting cast, as well.
filmlog  4stars  prison  brains  delusions  medicine 
october 2005 by kevan
MosNews: 15 Years in a Fridge
"The man is suffering a rare heat exchange disorder and cannot stand temperatures over 5 degrees Celsius. For nearly fifteen years now, Matyukhin has been living in a fridge."
russia  ice  medicine  science  prison 
october 2005 by kevan
Times Online: Kidnapped in the name of art
Kidnap-staging artist Brock Enright comes to London. "Things got nasty. Enright was shouting abuse, saying that our agreements counted for nothing and that he'd had enough of journalists."
art  crime  lies  prison  via:holly 
september 2005 by kevan
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Ken Kesey
Brilliant choice of unreliable, omniscient narrator, of an inmate feigning deafness and dumbness. Should watch the film again, but wanted to get the book in first.
booklog  medicine  delusions  depression  prison 
september 2005 by kevan
The Terminal (2004)
An oddly, patronisingly bleak opening, then some reasonable survival-in-margins, and then nonsense. Seems almost pointless for anyone other than J G Ballard to fictionalise the stranded-at-airport story.
filmlog  2stars  travel  transport  prison 
july 2005 by kevan
Cuttlefish Husbandry; What is a Cuttlefish?
Tips on buying and keeping. "New cuttlefish are especially prone to inking if their environment rapidly changes. For example, if someone bumps the tank or the lights come on suddenly they may ink."
squid  water  prison 
march 2005 by kevan
Bright Coop, Inc.
Conveyor-belt chicken-catcher. "Extendible conveyor enables rotating fingers to harvest chickens against the house walls and in corners." Dystopian foreshadowing.
technology  food  birds  prison 
march 2005 by kevan
MediaGuardian.co.uk | C4 lines up Guantánamo-style torture show
"The programme exposed the volunteers, three of whom are Muslim, to 48 hours of "torture lite" including sleep deprivation, the use of extreme temperatures and "mild" physical contact."
prison  television  simulation  sleep 
february 2005 by kevan
SocietyGuardian.co.uk | Straitjackets for mental patients?
American 'mechanical restraint' company in talks with the NHS. "[Spokesman] says people need to 'open their eyes' to the advantages." And listen to some Beethoven.
clothes  psychology  prison  technology 
february 2005 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | The road to Abu Ghraib
"General Stubblebine rifles through his bag and produces, with a flourish, bent cutlery." Jon Ronson on loony post-Vietnam psychic warfare (the subject of his new book), and how it became darkly repurposed at Abu Ghraib.
goats  lunacy  music  prison  psychology  sound  war  weapons  ronson  cutlery 
october 2004 by kevan
Wired News: New Tack Wins Prisoner's Dilemma
Brilliant: "Tit for Tat" beaten by teams of cooperative agents that use opening moves to communicate, and sacrifice themselves if they meet their team's master agents.
cheating  games  prison  simulation  society  software 
october 2004 by kevan
IOL: Businessman jailed for making up DNA results
"A British businessman was jailed on Friday for making up the results of more than 100 paternity tests after his lucrative DNA analysis business became swamped with work."
cheating  genetics  prison  scams 
september 2004 by kevan
Yahoo! News - Doing hard time in monkey jail
"Some monkeys sit slumped against the wall, occasionally picking up a peanut. Others pace. Urban State College Monkey stares at the ground."
monkeys  prison 
september 2004 by kevan
BBC NEWS | England | Poster firm staff in Asbo threat
Camden council bring an Anti-Social Behaviour Order against the smug fly-posting agency Diabolical Liberties. Potential prison sentences if they flypost again.
advertising  cheating  law  prison 
august 2004 by kevan
The Economic Organization of a P.O.W. Camp
Fascinating personal account of the "simple economy" of a POW camp; a market without production. "Naturally, people with machine-made cigarettes broke them down and re-rolled the tobacco, and the real cigarette virtually disappeared from the market."
cigarettes  food  history  money  prison  war 
july 2004 by kevan
Make Your Own Pruno
Alcoholic beverage brewed in prisons. "After a week's worth of being heated up and wrapped in a towel, your pruno will be a mushy bag of fruit glop."
drinks  poison  prison 
june 2004 by kevan

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