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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

greatest website ever

tokyo rose dies

so iva toguri d'aquino died at 90 in chicago. her story is one of many sad, sad stories of our nation's war efforts miscast as justified racism. reading her story it is hard to imagine what life must have been like for her both during the war and afterward. the worst kind of homeless, I think, is to be away from home and denied the right to return by your neighbors at the same time you're denied the right to stay by your hosts. i had no idea that ford pardoned her and restored her citizenship.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

whoever left me the dr. dog cd

I owe you a big thanks. they rock. do you hear me everyone? they rock.

now, if only I can figure out where this CD came from....

Thursday, September 07, 2006

TOUCH AND GO!!!!!

I AM SO DAMNED EXCITED ABOUT THIS SHITSTORM OF A GREAT SHOW!!!!!

really, I see a lot of rock and roll. maybe even more than bolsinga. and I AM SO GADDAMNED EXCITED ABOUT THIS SHOW I CANNOT CONTAIN MYSELF.

WHOOO HOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!

this is what i learned on the bus stop

Had a brief but really entertaining conversation with a differently abled chap of about 40 this morning at the bus stop. He had a really pretty bike he had ridden down to the bus stop.

He said “I like bikes. They're cool. They weigh less than people.”

He was riding a retro-vintage three speed. He volunteered the number of gears, I told him I preferred the single speed. At that point he switched into automobile mode and said so you prefer “chu-chunk” (with hand gesture for automatic transmission on steering column) over “chu-chunk, mmmrrrrrrrrr, chu-chunk, mmmmmmmmmmrmrrrrrrrrrr, chu-chunk, mmmmmmmmrrrrrrrrr” (with hand gesture for manual transmission on steering column).
I was pretty sure he missed the point at the time he said it, but on retrospect he was still correct – I'd rather have an automatic and than a manual with a tree-mounted shifter. I'll have to spend some more time with the idea with regard to bikes to see if there are parallels or not.

He also asked “what make's a western flyer?”
but I heard “what makes a western flyer?”
I didn't know the answer to either, but I only answered the latter.
Apparently he has one back home. It's from 1950. This I learned at the bus stop.

Finally, when my bus arrived, I said to have a good day. He saluted me and said “10-4”

he seemed like a really cool person.

write this: film of poetry

on ted's suggestion we attended the screening of several films related to architecture and the city at the SF public library yesterday. Particularly excellent was Continuum by Dominic Angerame.

that was followed by me taking the time to track down another SF artist, the poet Michael Palmer, who recently was awarded 100Grand for being such a great poet. and how. give him 2 I say.

Found his poem sun on the uiuc modern american poetry website. continued the Bartesesque conversation of writing on writing and the act of construction where things are perceived as unbuilt.

exxcerpted below:

Write this. We have burned all their villages

Write this. We have burned all the villages and the people in them

Write this. We have adopted their customs and their manner of
dress

Write this. A word may be shaped like a bed, a basket of tears
or an X

In the notebook it says, It is the time of mutations, laughter at
jokes, secrets beyond the boundaries of speech

I now turn to my use of suffixes and punctuation, closing Mr.
Circle with a single stroke, tearing the canvas from its wall, joined
to her, experiencing the same thoughts at the same moment,
inscribing them on a loquat leaf

Write this. We have begun to have bodies, a now here and a now
gone, a past long ago and one still to come

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

sets and subsets of sets

so, there are things that are always responsible for things. seals are one (is one? are ones? are somes? awesomes?) of those things. so are intersections, which are a lot like seals in some situations and not at all like seals in others.

nonetheless, systems consist of seals and paths and paths frequently have intersections with seals.

Does any of this matter? of course. this is how things break.

I've always been a big fan of how things break. (brake too, as many a post on the fixie list demonstrate)

salim posts under the category "intersections" too. I find the term particularly poetic. I like the cross section too, but it's not quite as beautiful.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

militigan

went to muskegon again this weekend.

swam in lake michigan too.

and watched taladega nights and snakes on a plane at the drive in. double feature baby.

so there.