Tuesday, May 27, 2008

sydney pollack had a farm in africa

sid pollack died today at 73.

it feel strange to me because for some reason he should just keep making movies.

while i've never really felt compelled by his films, he's always been a worker I've respected and appreciated. entirely adequate, working to tell stories. and while they've been functional stories, for some reason they've rarely rated to the level of captivating or compelling for me; still it is quite strange that he will no longer be doing so.

what is certainly fair to say about him is that he's always been above schlock, and that the gems he's worked on have been, for me at least, rough cut stones mounted nicely and obviously inspired and beautiful - why waste time and effort on filigree when there is a reason to tell a story. that should be enough no?

Saturday, May 24, 2008

well here's a little story that I'd like to tell

Mr. Rick, the slick one.



a rather nice picture of him with a fancy eye patch to boot.

contrary to popular belief he did not in fact rob another and another and a sister and a brother.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

file under "I only beat you because I love you"

our country so retarded sometimes.

yes, the United States is arguing that a ban on cluster bombs would prevent humanitarian relief efforts.

how you ask? well, ummm, because, well, if you ban cluster bombs, see, and the US still uses them, see, then the US won't be able to help out during earthquakes because they'll still have cluster bombs, see?

I swear sometimes I wonder how people manage to breath with their head so far up their asses.

I am trying to find a parallel and I just can't.

smokey mountain piggy dip

Nice RRM video featuring, well a lot of people, and one pig.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

bade's house

yo! nytimes shout out to the one and only badehane and the amazing clarinet player mr. selim sesler.

this makes me so happy!

I will confess to having had a brief but wonderful crush on bade herself nigh upon a decade ago now (a slight exaggeration by a couple of years, but hey).

really and truly makes me so happy to read this article!

I have commended badehane to anyone I know going to istanbul in the beyoglu/taksim istiklal area (don't forget to take the fernicular train up but walk down past the music store to buy a cheap cello!).


Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Lon Paul Ellrich

Shit. LP apparently died last week.

Difficult dude I always liked despite wishing he'd be a better person some times.

Those days, hangin' in the Sardina loft on Archer with Michelle, PJ and he, remain quite dear to me in ways I really cannot explain to others. there is just sometimes magic in a time, place, and the balance of people.

We got back in touch a few years back during one of his less dark Marmoset-era moments. Ever so edgy.

At some point I guess you decide there is a lot in life.

his zine about walking through indianapolis remains one of my favorites -

"actual names of actual beauty parlors" is a gem

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Rauschenberg, RIP

“I really feel sorry for people who think things like soap dishes or mirrors or Coke bottles are ugly, because they’re surrounded by things like that all day long, and it must make them miserable.”

can it be better said? likely no.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

diving into the jury pool

disadvantages of being in the jury pool - all these white people are really my peers? what have I been doing with my life?

advantages of being in the jury pool - I can actually see my house from the waiting room.

Friday, May 09, 2008

train wreck in slllllooooooowwwww motion

this hour in death metal now presents:

Thursday, May 08, 2008

still broken

yes, that was bad enough, but this one is even worse - it took two years and three minutes or so.

i'm pretty sure the internets are broken

because it took me two years to find this video!!!

seriously, 1 2 1 2 is this thing on? ferrealz.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

terrence rafferty

not my favorite film critic, but I'm giving him props today for this line:

"...nearly every studio picture that features more action than, say, “My Dinner With André.”"

from an article on indiana joneseses.

smug? check. arcane? check. I guess that makes him a good film critic.

jackson jordan


jack jordan was someone I knew pretty well in college, spent a lot of time with, hangin' at the point, workin' at Doc while he was a building manager at Ida Noyes, etc.

getting the news today that apparently he's been stalking celebrities (well, a celebrity) is pretty intense.

i always liked jack.

i apologize in advance

and I warn you - do not look!!!

apparently it is easier in this country to own a gun than a real guitar.

i do not know what to say.

marxist theory on intellectual property

So, I have weird dreams. Last night I had a dream about ideas. Specifically I had a discourse on Intellectual Property and Marxist theory.

Here's my question:

Does the creation of intellectual property effectively lower the bar on ownership of the means of production to the point where Marx would not have been capable of drawing the conclusions he does?

Does property that is purely abstract act differently under his theories than those necessarily tied to physical objects?

Does the ACLU's recent position that one cannot patent purely abstract ideas undermine this concept?

Marx himself wrote (and died) before the Berne Convention, but clearly not before a long history of copyright and patent law already existed.

The contentiousness of the subject of ownership of intellectual property in Wikistan seems to be reflected in the first wholely inadequate wikipedia page I personally have ever come across, that of intellectual property. For future refernce, wikidorks, a page that provides the history of the use of a term is not the same thing as a page that describes the history of the underlying subject.

I suppose I'll have to go re-read me some K. H. Marx now to see if he got down into this level of detail.

Monday, May 05, 2008

stop while you are behind

tim o'reiley, your maker faire is too big, you either need to make it huge or kill it. really. that sucked. tooooooo crowded. figure out how to not fail because of your success or die trying.

also, it's bullshit that you give a subscription for 10 bucks to people that buy tickets but no discount on tickets for people that already have a subscription - that's a good way to lose subscribers that actually represent your productive core.

Saturday, May 03, 2008

apres moi, le deluge

It was apparently 30 years ago today that the first spam was sent on ARPANET.

damn. I guess someone had to start it. I do wonder the relative balance of wasted time to sales of (chances are) completely retarded products/services.