Art history

· Art, Enterzone

every icon - just now

B shared with me (ok with everyone she knows on the facing book) a great article about software artist John F. Simon Jr.’s creative process. We are fortunate to know him via mutual friends in New Orleans and he contributed an edition of his seminal Every Icon to episode eleven of our 1994-1998 era webzine*, Enterzone.

In the ensuing Facebook thread, we noticed that the original version of the artwork requires a Java plugin that modern browsers don’t love, so Simon pointed us to the now open source version of the piece and I updated the Enterzone page today.

It felt good!

Enterzone deserves more love.

More on that later.

* or, as we preferred to call it, back in the day, “hyper web text media zine art”

What was the Watergate scandal?

· long story short

Another in my new series of longwinded Aardvark answers made public, in this case answering a question about U.S. history from a 19 year-old in New York State: “What was the watergate scandal?”

Here’s my answer. (How’d I do?*):


Watergate is the name of a famous hotel in Washington, D.C. where a lot of political organizations (and individuals) kept offices and apartments. In the 1972 presidential election the Democratic Party, or the campaign of Democrat George McGovern, had an office in the Watergate. This office was robbed in a burglary that turned out to have been planned by undercover operatives working for the campaign of Republican Richard Nixon. This story leaked out bit by bit, mostly in the Washington Post (the movie “All the President’s Men” and the book it was based on, by Post reporters Woodward & Bernstein, tells this story pretty well if you’re interested, btw) and eventually turned out to be a scandal that reached up to the president himself. As with nearly all such poltiical scandals, it was the coverup where the worst crimes were committed. In the end, Nixon resigned (in 1974) rather than face an impeachment hearing. Hope this helps!

(image found using Creative Commons image search at Yahoo! and used with permission)

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