Buddhist nomad in action!

Quinn Comendant, immersing himself in another project.

Quinn Comendant, immersing himself in another project.

Keen readers of the Running Eye Blog might have noticed the occasional contribution from Quinn Comendant, the wandering coder from Chico who has taken part in exceptional projects in … well, in just about everywhere. Beijing, Paris, Berlin, Greece, Turkey, London, California, etc. etc. etc..

Recent years have seen him embark on a wide-ranging spiritual quest that involves a strain of Buddhism, a thirst for meditation, and a perplexing guru. Even though Quinn is mostly preoccupied by these ephemeral pursuits, happily he still has time for the occasional cultural lark (see his above-pictured starring role as the mutant mime Loupe) or an applause-worthy political engagement.

Falling into the latter category is his recent involvement in a hack-a-thon in Mexico meant to develop technology that solves issues of migration in Latin America. The life of a migrant is particularly horrible; as Quinn notes, “things are fucked up here: the government has acknowledged more than 27,000 people are disappeared, 60% of women on some routes are raped.”

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The mural on the facade of Atlantis Books

On the island of Santorini, Greece, on a cliff at the edge of the Aegean Sea, there is a famous bookstore called Atlantis Books, which opened in 2004 and has brought further literary enhancement to the island, organizing artistic and cultural events and festivals with artists and authors of international stature, making it one of the important places visited by many famous authors who want to read their work to a captivated audience, as David Sedaris and Billy Collins have done.

Going down the stairs to the bookstore that is in a traditional cave, we find a striking mural by the Mexican artist Alma Ayon, which is praised by the hundreds of visitors that it attracts to enter this magical bookstore. This work shows books that fall from the shelves, with texts by well-known authors, inviting us to continue reading and descending down the stairs to discover the mystery behind the wall. These books fly, they want to talk, they fall scattered, eager to be read, shouting their fuss and with their impulse for the reader to travel to new worlds through them. That is why they pile up and open up. They don’t want to stay on the shelves, no. Their destiny is beyond, perhaps in remaining in the minds of the readers, transcending, their reason for being. They invite you to come in, in that unconventional bookstore. The effect that this vision generates on the viewer is provocative, it shakes a lot and is able to propel you to the literary venue with great enthusiasm.

Visit the artist’s website for more of her work.

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Moko & Loupe London screening

The inimitable Tim Vincent-Smith and the incogitable Quinn Comendant star in … here’s the trailer:

To be screened in London for one night only! With live music from s i n k and special guests Alabaster DePlume and Timothy Victor’s Folk Orchestra.

Saturday 30 November, 8.30pm
Tea House Theatre, 139 Vauxhall Walk, London SE11 5HL

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Bookstore Kitchen Quips

What’s the difference between a bagel and a Robbe-Grillet novel?
Once you’ve finished a bagel, the hole in the middle’s gone!

What’s the difference between a hot dog and a Burroughs novel?
If you cut up a hot dog, it doesn’t really work any more.

What’s the difference between a blueberry muffin and 50 Shades of Grey?
You can’t leave a blueberry muffin in the bathroom.

for the Shakespeare & Sons book-n-bagel store, Berlin.
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Cannibalism & Killer Fairies


Killer psychopath bent on revenge or sassy rascal with a heart of gold?

When you have small children, you consume a lot of children’s entertainment. And, sometimes you consume the same bit of entertainment over and over again. Forty-seven viewings of Cars, Good Night Gorilla read so many times the spine is in shreds, the tune to Baby Beluga welded so deeply into the synapses that fantasies of strangling Raffi haunt your waking hours.

After a while, it’s natural that a few narrative inconsistencies or plot peculiarities begin to stand out. Take Tinker Bell. In the original Disney version of Peter Pan (1953), she is a jealous sprite who twice tries to have Wendy killed, once by getting the Lost Boys to shoot her out of the sky, once by helping Captain Hook plant a bomb in her temporary tree home. Yet, in the Disney Fairies incarnation, [Tinker Bell (2008), The Lost Treasure (2009), The Great Fairy Rescue (2010), etc.], which are prequels to Peter Pan and feature the ‘birth’ of Tinker Bell, she is so syrupy that you begin to wonder what event will eventually transform her into the blood-thirsty fairy that wants Wendy dead. Do all her fairy friends get massacred before Tinker Bell’s eyes, only for her to be rescued from the flesh-spattered carnage by Peter Pan, which creates a mix of repressed trauma and unhealthy emotional dependency that manifests itself with murderous inclinations? Continue reading

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My clocks is wrong

dali_thepersistenceofmemory_325PH was staying with his daughter when he remarked she should, ‘Get a decent telly — one where the sound and programme are synchronised.’ He wandered through into the kitchen to make a cup of tea, and looking up at the tv on the wall there, noticed that that one was out of sync too. ‘Hey you’ve got two tvs that need sorting!’ he called to her. She came through.

‘There’s nothing wrong with the tv, Dad,’ she said.

Watching her speak, PH realised her lips were out of sync with her voice. He started to answer, but he was out of sync too. He could hear his words coming out before he’d started to move his mouth … Continue reading

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Deepest passion since childhood

Hi Sir,

I have been reading your posts on your website KMZ and learnt that you have programmed for Porn Studios in Budapest.

Sir, I am an indian moving to Budapest to find a job in porn industry as it is my deepest passion since childhood. I am writing to you to know how easy  or difficult is it for a male to get into porn in Budapest.

I would be highly grateful if you could take 2 minutes out of your busy schedule and guide me.

Thanks & Regards


In this email we received last week HM refers to Mechanics of Porn, published in KMZ Issue 03 in 2002. In eleven years this is the only response we’ve received. HM is a diligent man to have found the article – you won’t find it googling ‘porn industry’. It seems appropriate to reply to ask,  Continue reading

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Gag Dyad: art theft / foot fetishism

Recently a guy in Paris nearly got away with stealing several paintings from the Louvre. However, after planning the crime, breaking in, evading security, getting out, and escaping with the goods, he was captured only two blocks away when his Econoline van ran out of gas. When asked how he could mastermind such a crime and then make such an obvious error, he replied: ‘I had no Monet to buy Degas to make the Van Gogh.’
— Crow Jane

Did you hear about the podophilic sadist and the masochistic misopod?
Podophilic sadist says, ‘Feet!’
Masochistic misopod cries, ‘Feet!’
Podophilic sadist whispers, ‘Feet!’
Masochistic misopod whimpers, ‘Feet!’
Podophilic sadist exults with a delirious, ‘Feeeeet!’
Masochistic misopod expires with a breathless, ‘Feet!’
‘Huh,’ says the podophilic sadist. ‘That guy really has a problem with feet.’
— AH

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Contemplations of the Rat

Lab rats contemplating alternately Fermi’s Paradox and the Pauli Exclusion Principle (click images to enlarge)

Fermi’s Paradox: Given the vast size and age of the universe (the sheer number of stars, amount of matter, and how long it’s all been swooshing around), probabilistically you’d expect life to be cropping up all over the place. You’d also expect, unless the earth is very atypical, that some life would be much less advanced than us, and some much more. It follows that the more advanced life forms should really be out there, travelling around and colonising the galaxy. But — we haven’t seen anyone much. Hence the paradox.

The Pauli Exclusion Principle: This states that no two electrons can share the same space (or more precisely, the same quantum numbers). As a result of the exclusion principle, electrons are prevented from all bunching up in the lowest energy tier next to the nucleus, and as a result — the need for different energy tiers, the structure of the atom, the shape of the periodic table, all of chemistry, and the reasons for how almost everything in the universe looks, sounds, feels and behaves.

Rats drawings by Hannah Marcus
Concepts for the possible volume The Secret Life of the Lab Rat: C is for Cheese

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