In other vandalism news, the Berkeley anti-graffiti vigilante Jim Sharp, aka “The Silver Buff”, is still tagging strong, soon to debut in a vanity project entitled “Vigilante Vigilante.” The documentary, scheduled for a late 2010 release, hopes to “delve headfirst into the debate over illegal public expression.”

Sharp’s relentless YouTube documentarian, username Vigilantefilm, remains convinced that his meticulous removal of Berkeley’s “visual noise,” i.e. tearing down of posters and smearing local tags with large, mysterious silver voids, makes him “the most prolific graffiti vandal [Berkeley] has ever seen.”

So keep your eyes peeled for that silver paint, ladies. You never know when and where “The Silver Buff” will strike next.

Vigilante Vigilante – The People Who Buff Graffiti [YouTube]
The Silver Buff Anti-Graffiti Vigilante in Berkeley [SFist]


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A picture on Flickr of Flickr? Now that's meta-shit!
You decide at “Flickr, Flarfing, and Babelfish: The Internet and Art Practice,” a talk by sculptor Ray Beldner about how he incorporates the wonder of the World Wide Web (including, naturally, porn) into his art. Of course, this all feeds into the deeper discussion of the interwebz as a sort of pervasive collective consciousness that manifests itself in every sphere of modern life by making information universally accessible and connecting high and low culture and yada, yada, yada.

Anyway, you see where this is going. Sounds like it could be interesting, though, if only to find out whether or not “Flarfing” is actually a worthwhile art form. Also, it’s free.

Who: Ray Beldner for the Berkeley Center for New Media, as part of the ongoing Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium
When: Monday, Mar. 2, 7:30-9 p.m
Where: 160 Kroeber Hall

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Flickr, Flarfing, and Babelfish: The Internet and Art Practice [Events Calendar]

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Berkeley science has once again confirmed that which we have always suspected: People don’t like being told they’re wrong. A study looked at how Californian adults react to studies that conflict with their political beliefs.

Short story shorter, studies with “liberal” conclusions were attributed in part to a liberal bias on the researcher’s part—by both conservative and liberal study participants, surprisingly enough.

We won’t go over the specifics of the re-research—it would be harder to argue there’s liberal bias in that case.

While the study was confined to political research, odds are the results also apply beyond the political arena. Well, it could be worse.

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Research explores policy research and impressions of bias [NewsCenter]


While admittedly not a blog centered on the city or university, the Berkeley Rep unveiled its new blog earlier this week. Of particular note is the second entry concerning the play Yellowjackets.

Why? Well, if you’re reading this, it means you’re reading a newspaper blog post about a blog about a play about a newspaper. Isn’t that awesome? That’s like, metashit right there.

At least they’ll have an easier time coming up with content than, say, the last Berkeley blog, as the Rep is planning to use their blog as a way of connecting with its readers and audience and to provide info on what literally happens behind the scenes.

But if you’re into entertainment-related blog stuff, check the Daily Cal’s own arts and entertainment section. It’s what’s for blog!

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Berkeley Rep [Blog]

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