Tuesday, May 31, 2005

wishing upon a star

tammy from citizen cake rawks. today we talked about the ex and made jokes about elliot smith.

Friday, May 27, 2005

update on carl crack

wow. so the conversation about a death in ATR turns out to be Carl. That's kind of surprising to me given my interactions with him (not drinking alcohol, hangin' out talking about the beatnigs and listening to the mahotella queens) - really bums me out given that on first impressions he seems like the most generally nicest person you're likely to meet. I'm not sure if I was seeing him at his best or his worst just started getting more pronounced after the mid 90s. Aside from nikki, whom I had a rather pleasant innocent enough crush on, Carl was the person who was easiest to connect with - on some level I just got the impression he was interested in things just because things were in fact interesting - whatever they were, coincidences, necessarily related things, necessarily unrelated. It feels pretty strange to find out about something as significant as someone's death so long after it actually happens - but really it's not surpring given how short the time I had any interactions with that band was (1996-1997 I guess) - I thought pretty regularly about those guys without any way to get in touch with them - even once tried to get jim o'rourke to give me alec's email a few years back but I guess he couldn't be bothered. Now I really wish I had pushed it a bit further.

Alec Empire

So somehow the idea that Alec Empire might be dead came up yesterday during a conversation. This seemed very unlikely to me given my impression of Alec's personality, which I must admit is based on only a few hours of conversation over a few days in the mid 90s but still... at any rate I really didn't want it to be true regardless of if I thought it was likely or not - I think Alec is great - I like what he's doing and to be frank, I like his fuck off attitude, despite it rubbing a lot of people the wrong way. He reminds me of all the parts I like about the white suburban punks in Repo Man actually - but more sincere and intellectual. Anyway, he's apparently alive and well. Here's a nice pic from his new video:

And if anyone knows how to get ahold of him I'd like to again, despite him probably only vaguely remembering our times in Chicago on a few of their tours. Also, I'd like to get back in touch with Chris Green, who I fleetingly saw in a wilco outtake a few months ago.

I guess if anyone from that band were to kill themselves I would think it would actually be Shizuo (aka David) who was actually not in the band but on tour with them and was admittedly dangerously unstable. I still really enjoyed his company but clearly it was making the tour difficult for everyone. The whole thing actually reminds me of how frequently bands have crashed at my places...kinda coming full circle with more berliners last night. being on tour is such a strange lifestyle. I was actually surprised Ashod took this tour managing gig.

Last week when in Nashville Willy T and I spoke a bit about the whole on the road vs. at home sensation and how they compare - it's so hard to describe the inertia of each activity and how the grass is almost always greener once the inertia becomes familiar. Pangs of itchiness to jump on the road again I will admit.

stereo total

crashed at our place last night after their show at bimbos. what super nice people. i give francoise and brezel two thumbs up. great conversations about momus, improvised music, mr. robert quintron and voice crack. good peeps for sure.

it should be noted that brezel had a line that I'm not remembering quite correctly but was totally awesome:

"you are dynamic grey while I am merely uninteresting white"

I'm ever so slightly off on the exactitude meter but I nearly fell out of my chair when he said this.

arrest the dude in the tom delay shirt

WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Majority Leader Tom DeLay is upset that a popular NBC crime drama used his name as part of its show.

DeLay wrote NBC to complain that one of the characters on ''Law & Order: Criminal Intent'' invoked his name in a story line about the shooting death of a federal judge. ''Maybe we should put out an APB for somebody in a Tom DeLay T-shirt,'' the fictional police officer said.

DeLay, in a letter to NBC Universal Television chief Jeff Zucker, called that reference a ''slur.''

''This manipulation of my name and trivialization of the sensitive issue of judicial security represents a reckless disregard for the suffering initiated by recent tragedies and a great disservice to public discourse,'' he said.

DeLay, R-Texas, criticized the federal judiciary after the courts refused to stop the death of Terri Schiavo. ''The time will come for the men responsible for this to answer for their behavior,'' he said in a statement on March 31, hours after Schiavo died.

DeLay apologized the next week, saying he had spoken in an ''inartful'' way and meant that Congress should increase its oversight of the courts.

''This isolated piece of gritty 'cop talk' was neither a political comment nor an accusation,'' NBC Entertainment President Kevin Reilly said. ''It's not unusual for L & O to mention real names in its fictional stories. We're confident in our viewers' ability to distinguish between the two.''

Creator/executive producer Dick Wolf added: ''But I do congratulate Congressman DeLay for switching the spotlight from his own problems to an episode of a television show.''

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

a story about an ivory merchant

Ismail Merchant passed away today at only 68 (my, that's younger that I thought he was). You certainly have to be in the right mood to enjoy a merchant ivory film but you don't have to be in the right mood to acknowledge the team was very productive, especially when you consider how long it takes to get into all that fancy dress.

what a day to be driving by louis-ville

A heart felt pha-q to Northwest Airlines which officially sucks in my book at this point. The problem, as near as I can figure is that they cannot properly handle cancelled flights from other carriers which they colist on their boards. at least in memphis. After cancelling the flight and not making that information public for 1.75 hours they informed me that I was going to have to stay in memphis at my own expense for 14 hrs and that there was NO WAY I could get closer to cincy. well, my solution to the problem was simple - rent a car and drive - all 8 hrs. when it finally dawned on me that driving 8 hrs starting at 8:30 was a bad idea I called and asked if there were earlier flights leaving from nashville (3 hrs away) - yes there were, but NWA was not willing to fly me from there because my ticket was from memphis - well, excuse me assholes but I paid to get to cincinatti, it was you that suggested flying through memphis.

In the end I spent two hours on the phone with NWA assuring them that just because I missed my flight in memphis I would not be missing my flight home. end result - I drove 8 hours paid for gas and the rental car and northwest got to sell my memphis-cincy flight twice (no refund of course) - so when NWA goes bankrupt and it's employees are all hoping my tax dollars will cover their pension my sincere hope is that I keep my tax dollars and they all starve to death.

None of that crappy experience kept me from having a great time in Nashville for 2 hrs hangin' with willy T, rockin' with Jason and Mercedes, Bill and Beth, Fluffy and his girlie, seein' Schlarb, the Singer boys, hangin' with my folks and Joan and Paikey, plus seeing Nina and her new baby Isabela. Lest I neglect to mention: Luke and Jen had a grand wedding, though surprisingly overly religious. good to see lee and betty too.

I did managed to hang with a great group of people growing up. I feel very fortunate for that.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Nicely done jab

by Ari Berman at newsweek's cowering under guilt and pressure from the admin despite descecrating the koran being standard MO.

I'm also rather fond of citing things written in other languages.

Galloway's acerbic tongue unsettles his inquisitors

Do you ever get the impression that English Parliamentarists would just totally whoop the crap outta American Congresspeoples? They're not smarter, they're just quicker and wittier.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

i used to be an engineer and now i are one

spent the night at bolsinga's last night - pants two days in a row is fine but couldn't pull it off with the shirt - so I encountered this problem:

engineers do not have dress clothes.


so today I'm rather proudly dressed like a cowboy. really. complete with an embroidered cowboy hat on the breast pocket.

did that make hearing the creatures/siouxsie sioux at citizen cake even more enjoyable over my corto espresso this morning? hell yeah.

parachute coat ; crazy tailors

AP newswire on death of an extreme publicity event at the eiffel tower gone awry - most interesting is the selection of historical deaths on the tower:

PARIS (AP) -- A Norwegian man who leaped off the Eiffel Tower in a publicity stunt was killed after his parachute got stuck on an upper deck of the monument and came off, officials said Tuesday.

The man was Norwegian, said Anne Lene Sandsten, a spokeswoman for Norway's Foreign Ministry.

Preliminary investigations indicate the man planned to film his jump as part of a publicity stunt for a Norwegian clothing brand, police said. The man, 31, entered the tower with a hidden parachute and a helmet that had a small video camera attached to it, an official at Paris' police headquarters said on condition of anonymity.

When the man reached the tower's second deck 380 feet up Monday evening, he jumped. Investigators believe his parachute got caught on the tower's structure and detached.

The man continued his fall, crashing onto the 182-foot-high first deck of the Paris landmark, according to police and an official for SNTE, the company that manages the tower.

Hundreds of people have died at the tower, which is 1,063 feet tall with its flagpole, since it opened as a star attraction of the 1889 World's Fair.

Most of the deaths were suicides. The first reportedly was that of a printer's mechanic, who hanged himself from the tower's north pillar in 1891, bequeathing his clothes to builder Gustave Eiffel in his will.

The tower also has long attracted daredevils. Franz Reichel, a mustachioed Austrian tailor, was killed leaping from the first deck in 1912 to test a tent-like parachute coat he had invented. He is said to have died of fright before hitting the ground.

A British couple successfully parachuted from the top deck in 1984, and a New Zealander bungee-jumped off the second floor in 1987.

Monday, May 16, 2005

john glassie may not be your hero...

bolsinga got a problem with a bottle

lunched with GB, whose head got cracked at Erica's party for the bay to breakers. he'll post a spectacular picture and I'll link to it. hot damn. ouch. those dudes at azul don't mess around.

Sunday, May 15, 2005

"I Have a Primate Made of Copper and Zinc"

it's not cricket, or well, yes it is.

a cricket in particular. this is the third in the past week. I've found where they're getting in - and it's a long enough hole that it will be a pain in the arse to fix, but it's either that or lose kharma points for killing the damned things (so far I've just caught them and let them go outside - sadly right near where the hole is so it's technically possible I've seen/heard this one before.

some things, it should be noted, are beautiful when they're trying to get laid. here are three things that aren't:

crickets (at least ones inside)
pigeons (inside or out)
people (also inside or out)

is there still hope?

Amidst really depressing articles on fucked up christian politicians with a disturbing anti-homosexual agenda and the terrifying stories about the evangelicals running the air force academy I find this: a wonderful article on Banks Violette's Burzum cover art inspired burned down church of salt. Ah the Whitney - really refreshing that New York is considering this stuff with such respect as a solo show of a single piece.

I remember when all of the Norwegian black metal shit was happening in the 90s, I saw the music as a natural extension of the grindcore shit that was developing in some strange parallel response to speed metal, totally slow and focused on the mood - the idea of creating a more pure form for expressing some of the angst and anger that manifested itself in frustration - freed from the (restraints of) childish aggression (manifest in speed). I guess I owe appreciation for this to Luke (who's finally formalizing years of being hitched to Jen this very week) - he loaned me a copy of Obituary's first album back then, in juxtaposition to Sepultura and Slayer (the latter seems so childish now in comparison to what was then developing in Norway). It would be a shame if I didn't mention his band Avulsion so I have. (oh the paths we choose).

What does all this mean? Well, that I still love art for one, despite feeling further pushed away from some friends who are making art and a bit more superficially inspired for this project with Felix (localizing people (textually) with polution). It also means I'm ten plus years from the darkest times I've ever had - that damned loft on lake street - 2 blocks from the harp factory. no one is monodimentional except in bad narritives so I cannot blame anyone (or any one group) for that time but what seems most real to me in retrospect is how commodity driven those kids were (with the exception of mr. happy human (eric newman) of course - a good soul probably frustrated at being stuck there) - even burzom was the idea of burzom - commodity of extremist views made real. This is just not the way you think of things when you see norwegian snow falling and think to yourself how does this culture develop here? It's hard to describe exactly how culture shapes things at that level - especially when you can only reference things you see as an outsider by internalizing them to the familiar that is necessarily different - maybe this is why some people are fascinated with foreign/native kitch - they can't relate it to anything in their lives so it has value as "other" despite having no value save for it's monetaristic or collectible/ownable value.

How did I get to here from there? well, is it that far away? salt pillars stacked in the semblance charred church for viewing at the Whitney (which will ensure the collectability/ownable and monetaristic value of Banks Violette's work) legitimizies the artist's work which seeks to relate black metal culture (or the ideas underpinned by it) to his own.

I wonder what Beth B (also a former Whitney endorsed edgy artist, though with a more political view of art and the world and the art world) thinks of this? A lost spirit I should find again.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

leave, run, come to life

''Leave, run,'' security officers shouted to staff and reporters at the Capitol.

''This is not a drill,'' guards shouted as they moved people away from the building.

for some reason this reminded me of kanevski's "freeze, die, come to life"

honest arrogance vs. hypocritical humility

"Trust us, museums say: the rules need to bend, and we know how much bending is enough and how much is too much. In a curious way, commercial galleries are in a better position. We see where they're coming from. Frank Lloyd Wright had a saying. At an early age he made a choice between "honest arrogance and hypocritical humility." He picked arrogance. Galleries are honest about wanting to sell you something. Museums often traffic in moral hypocrisy - and are then exploited for their presumptive lofty independence. Chanel couldn't have bought better publicity."

great nytimes article on the way museums bend the truth about their patron/sponsors to suit the PR needs of their patron/sponsors.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Routers may look unexciting, but they are the engines of the internet

Cisco profit is up 16% this quarter primarily driven by VoIP hardware sales! too bad those boxes aren't as pretty as, say, a calla lilly.

the title was from a BBC article on the increase in profit.

No story about the concommitant decrease in universal service funding of course.

Friday, May 06, 2005

Gogle Open House

I had a great time at the Google Open House - which was as Bolsinga had expected giant recruiting dealie. great technology and a great working enviorment. Plus I won an Bose I-Pod Docking Station. whoo hah. door prizes are awesome.

Thursday, May 05, 2005

first 4:20 now this

cinco de mayo on the 5th year guey.

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

you and your catharsis

(This is an article in which euphemisms will be crucial.)

great piece in the nytimes on wither the loo in public places.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Bloody Sam Kidd

Thanks to Salim:
Every pirate lives for something different. For some, it's the open sea. For others (the masochists), it's the food. For you, it's definitely the fighting. Even though you're not always the traditional swaggering gallant, your steadiness and planning make you a fine, reliable pirate. Arr!

Monday, May 02, 2005

separated at birth?

james brown and golda meir were born on the same day (diff years tho)

pics in the "this day in history" page on the nytimes website (for tomorrow technically) were quite spectacular:

please shoot me.

Sunday, May 01, 2005

''It's got to be restored; otherwise we're in big trouble''

There's no government like big government. okay, so the above quote is from a sunflower seed researcher worried that a sunflowerseed researcher position that had been funded by the feds was going bye bye would lead to the death of snackey goodness.


ugh, please shoot me.

I guess the real concern is that the just shy of 3 million acres of sunflowers here in the states would be threatened by fungus if we didn't protect them. "the official comment is no comment" does come to mind.

I do think of the sunflowers of southern france more than those of north dakota for some reason...

a good idea?

well, I'll leave you with this quote:

Kleingartner compared field testing to ''having a mechanic guess what might be wrong with your car'' without the help of computer equipment. ''It's an old way of doing it,'' he said.

f*ckin' shut 'em down I say - if you can't figure out how a carburator works you shouldn't be allowed to drive a car with fuel injection I say.