Ai Weiwei arrested
The outspoken Ai, 53, was the artistic director for the “Bird’s Nest” Olympic Stadium, but he later turned critical of the Games. He has been arrested before: In 2009, in the western city of Chengdu, Ai was beaten so badly that he required surgery to have blood drained from his brain. Late last year, he was stopped at Beijing’s airport from flying to South Korea because authorities feared he might go to Oslo to attend the Nobel ceremony for Liu. Liu is in prison, and his wife, Liu Xia, is under house arrest.
The blog at Hyperallergic has an in depth look at the reports over the last day.
Charlie Sheen Disaster Tour
Sheen’s second stop on his “My Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat Is Not an Option” in Chicago reportedly fared slightly better than his debut in Detroit. But from the reports, it couldn’t have gotten much worse. A.O. Scott has an eviscerating story on the show:
Mr. Sheen is hardly the first celebrity to mistake morbid, hysterical curiosity for adoration, or to think that he could extend his fame by finding the right alloy of self-mockery, bravado and false populism. His act, such as it was, vacillated between sentimental declarations of solidarity with the audience and reminders of his own superiority. “I have two goddesses,” he said to one heckler. “How many do you have?”
Google Motion in real life
To celebrate the Day of Fools, Google put out a tutorial video on how to send Gmail with body movements. The prank became a reality when a group of computer scientists hacked Kinect, the gaming console, to recognize the body movements. And like that, truth bests fiction: