A hardened computer hacker has been arrested on suspicion of writing a computer virus that systematically destroys all the files on victims’ PCs and replaces them with homemade manga images of squid, octopuses and sea urchins. Between 20,000 and 50,000 computers may have been infected.
Masato Nakatsuji, 27, of Izumisano, Osaka Prefecture, was quoted as telling police: “I wanted to see how much my computer programming skills had improved since the last time I was arrested.”
He was collared in 2008 for violating copyright laws by creating a computer virus that replaced data with an anime image. He was serving a suspended sentence for that offense when he was arrested in connection with the latest virus.
“Florian - wardrobe. Warhol - projections. Prof. Stephen Hawkins - vocoder. Erik Satie - piano. Thomas Tallis - backing vocals. Karlheinz Stockhausen - guitar solos. The Futurists - sound system. Wendy Carlos - synths. Press and PR - Rupert Murdoch. George Martin - tape loops. Marcel DuChamp - sleeve design. Mix - Lee Perry. Video - David Lynch. Nico doing refreshments.”—John Foxx illustrates his dream band at allgigs.co.uk (via metamatica) (via rocketsandrayguns)
Born to a millionaire family, Meier is not only a performance artist, but a millionaire industrialist, a professional poker player, and also one time member of the Swiss national golf team.
As a conceptual artist, he has been keeping himself busy with many art exhibitions. In 1972 as part of Documenta 5, Meier installed a commemorative plaque at the railway station in Kassel (Germany) which read: “On 23 March 1994, from 3 to 4 pm, Dieter Meier will stand on this plaque”. He honored the promise 22 years later.
Back then, he wore make-up, never smiled and inspired onlookers to suggest that he probably dreamed of computers - and that he was some kind of androgynous robot.
"What robot do you know that has spots?" he asks, smarting. "I had spots! That was the only thing about me that was different to anyone else. I wore make-up because I had bad skin when I was 21! So much for androgyny!"
What about the serious stage demeanour? “I didn’t smile on stage because I was nervous and I didn’t want anyone to see my Bugs Bunny teeth and my floppy lower lip,” he says, somewhat disarmingly. “And people would say of me afterwards, ‘Oh, this is a really stern, robot-like person who never smiles and is really alienated.’”
"I’d be like, ‘What the fuck is that all about? I’ve got big teeth!’