Saturday, December 29, 2007
Oh man, this movie really pushes tha boundaries of taste n tests yer threshold fer cheeze actin/etc. Forbidden Zone plays like a Troma movie even though it predates The Toxic Avenger by 5 years.
Shot in black and white to be "campy," the story is basically about a 6th dimension that is in tha household of some really fawked up family. It's scored by Danny Elfman n directed his brother Richard, n tha musick is pretty much tha most redeeming factor (although thars a good portion of topless chicks). From what ah unnerstand, tha musick included is a sort of pre-cursor to Danny's band "Oingo Boingo" (whom ahm more er less fascinated with these days). Thars also a midget (played by that guy from Fantasy Island), n plenty of cross-dressing. Unfortunetly, thars more then a lil bit of homophobia n inherent racism in some of tha scenes, n it's more of a mess then anythang else. Honestly, ah don't know if ah recommend someone WATCH this movie, er stay tha hell away from it. Ah dae know that it's really fawked up, even by MY standards, so thats sayin sumthang!
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
we just ate an amazing meal of rockfish baked with crab, Gruyere mac + cheese, yellow carrot soup and some delectably creamy lemon pie. thank you chef maya. the cat has built a nest out of wrapping paper and the dog is napping contentedly, filled with table scraps. the chef is now playing Wii and im ready for a nap.
i hope your holidays are equally filled with decadence. its not too late to start.
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Friday, December 21, 2007
RIGHT HERE you ken find my newest recording, an arrangement of Sebadoh's "Beauty of the Ride". Ah really like this band, dig this song, n am pretty proud of tha arrangement ah came up w., so ah hope you all enjoy. N let me just say, HELLZ YEAH fer havin a PA (albeit an old one) in my basement, which made recording this w. a decent mix SO much easier then its been in tha past.
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
So, if you haven't seen Mike Judge's Idiocracy, this probably won't be AS funny/unbelievable. Howevah, ah think it stands pretty good on it's own.
Brawndo WAS a fictional drink from Idiocracy, but will be available (at least directly via website) this Saturday. Ah can't WAIT ta start considering crushing people's skulls!
By tha way, Idiocracy is a pretty decent movie if yer lookin fer sumthang stupid but funny. Why nawt NETFLIXIT?
Saturday, December 08, 2007
Today, at 11:15 pm in fact, is the 27th anniversary of the murder of John Lennon in NYC. Most of you readers are too young to remember, but I do. I was in BC with baby R. and I remember lighting white candles and feeling the world had changed into a sadder place. You all know his music, tho, and you can check out the Imagine Peace Tower that Yoko, Sean, Ringo and Olivia dedicated back on John's birthday this past October. Please take a moment to imagine peace, and about what we can do to make it happen.(See also my blog.) "War Is Over, if we want it to be."
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
Look at this crazy octopus fruit! Actually it's called "Buddah's Hand" Maya brought me one from Tan A once but we thought it was a lemon gone wonky. Turns out it's a real thing that grows all the time and one of the oldest members of the citrus family. You can learn more about it here. Get a really good look at it.
"Grown primarily as a novelty, this large yellow citron looks like a large, lumpy lemon. Known as "fo-shou" in China and "bushukan" in Japan, the impressive Buddha's Hand is considered a symbol of happiness, longevity, and good fortune. This traditional temple offering and New Year’s gift is closely related to the lemon. It has an intense and long-lasting fragrance which makes it an excellent choice for a table ornament. The rind is very thick and extremely aromatic and can be grated for use in recipes that call for lemon zest, such as biscotti, fruit compotes, casseroles, and soufflés."
Sunday, December 02, 2007
Online reviews seem ta compare it to tha "DaVinci Code," but this is not only entertaining and well written, but it also is able ta geek-speak to cinephiles in a comforting way. The basick story is that a film scholar, over the years, learns more and more about some "secret" and "evil" filmmaking techniques used by a relatively unknown German director named Max Castle. As the story develops, and Jonathan Gates discovers more about Max Castle's techniques, influence, and spooky-assed religion, we find that film could actually be tha eternal struggle between good and evil (or something like that.) Honestly, it's a good read fer no otha reason then it makes those of us who have spent waaay too much time payin attention to movies feel a lil less alone, n ah personally really enjoyed some of tha "discoveries" made about tha Cathars religion. Tha endin is somewhat predictable, but tha book moves pretty well, and when ah finished ah really wished ah knew someone else who'd read it so we couldve had some convos, etc. Apparently thars rumors that mr. Darren Aronofsky will be turnin this intae his new movie, but tha internet tells me he's denying those rumors, so who knows.
Friday, November 23, 2007
By visiting The Official Order Form, you can choose to either download tha album at 192 kps for FREE, or pay a modest $5 to get it at 320 kps or FLAC lossless media (I don't know what that means exactly, sorry). From my preliminary listen, it is pretty kickass, and I'm not surprised (while the last couple NIN albums haven't blown my socks off, Trent will always be a top notch producer), n you gawta dig tha lack of mainstream marketing. It also comes w. beautifully designed liner notes in a pdf format, 33 pages of them, whether or not you pay the 5 bux.
Also available on the website is this player, which I believe will give you access to this album, as well as possible random broadcasts by NiggyTardust himself.
So what are you waitin fer....free or cheap awesome digital musick awaits!
also, ah bought this bike (it's a 2007 Brodie Dynamo. Ahm callin it tha "Dynamo Hum" from tha Frank Zappa song of tha same name, altho spelled differently):
Monday, November 19, 2007
So, as I'm job hunting, livin in tha burbs w.o transportation (altho I did just buy a bike) I have a lot of free time on my hands. This meant I decided to watch a movie that ah figure MUST be a classic, (if fer nae otha reason then it spawned at least 2 sequels, n some video games) Robocop! Were you aware that Red Forman from "That 70s Show" (Kurtwood Smith) as well as BOTH Leland Palmer (Ray Wise) and Agent Albert Rosenfield (Miguel Ferrer) from Twin Peaks are supporting cast in this?
Also - speaking of movies w. sequels, did anyone else see that Sylvester Stallone, aftah his success w. tha new "Rocky" has written n will be starring in a new RAMBO? Action movies are totally tha ultimate in awesome, cheese, explosions, n random celebrity placement!
BTW, how am ah tha only one that wants a street named aftah them? SEVERE WAY...one of these days....one of these days.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
check it out at www.rvamag.com
My friend Emily found a $20 bill folded in fourths on the floor of her apartment one day. She had no idea where the money came from. She went to shower and when she came out she found another $20 bill folded in half on the floor by her dining room table. Where could this mysterious money come from? That night, we came up with the only logical conclusion; A MONEY GHOST!
I think we could all use a Money Ghost, to randomly leave us some scrilla. To tell you the truth, I’d also settle for a Sushi Ghost or a Sushi Money Ghost! Godzirra Rolls & $20 bills would just appear for you! Money Ghost, I dedicate this mix to you. Please come visit me. To hear this mix and more visit www.last.fm/user/RVAmix for mix tape comments and suggestions hit up Lauren@rvamag.com - LV
Friday, November 16, 2007
I have to tell you that on this crisp autumn morning, am totally head over heels in love with BOTH of these boys! And this is one of the greatest love songs ever written in my opinion!
I met Sean Lennon once when I worked at the Ben And Jerry's booth at the Mayo Island Music Festival and Cibo Matto played with the Roots! I was star struck.
A dear friend of mine recomended M. to me and I loved his music instantly. Chedid also composed the music for the film "Les Triplettes de Belleville"
This is also a great video I don't know who directed it but I'd like to shake their hand. The end of the video is the best part. Oh la la!
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
The Shopocalypse is upon us! I saw my first Christmas ad on tv just before Halloween, (a credit card ad, because debt is essential for the holidays) and I nearly threw up. You probably also know this is the time of year when I start ranting about my hatred of the consumerization of a religious holiday (which, incidentally, celebrates the birth of a man who turned away from material posessions). you know i love to shop but i hate the feeling that my man/mother/best friend won't love me as much if i don't buy them a diamond x-box.
Lucky for me, I can send everyone to see Rob VanAlkemade's What Would Jesus Buy? for a little temperance of their holiday spending. See! Rev. Billy and the Stop Shopping Gospel Choir! Be Amazed! at responsible shopping practices! Watch! and be entertained!
WWJB showed at SILVERDOCS this summer (i reviewed it) and is opening in limited theaters this month around the US - check it out! NY, Seattle, Baltimore and Oakland you're in luck, it's screening in your town - DC, Richmond, Hawaii, call your fav indie theaters and ask them to play the film!
don't get me anything.
Monday, November 12, 2007
Thursday, November 08, 2007
These two solid-state Tesla coils are able to generate enormous, spark-inducing RF energy at precise frequencies accurately enough to actually control the sound the spark makes while it's, er, sparking. What you're hearing is a carefully-controlled buzz, at massive power and current. No speakers. Just Mario!
Mario, and two giant gal-durn solid-state Tesla coils!
More fun about Tesla coils: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tesla_coil
New York's $25,000 dessert sets Guinness record
By Vivianne Rodrigues
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A day after New York City came up with a $1,000 bagel, a local restaurateur unveiled a $25,000 chocolate sundae on Wednesday, setting a Guinness world record for the most expensive dessert.
Stephen Bruce, owner of Serendipity 3, partnered with luxury jeweler Euphoria New York to create the "Frrozen Haute Chocolate," a blend of 28 cocoas, including 14 of the most expensive and exotic from around the globe.
The dessert, spelled with two Rs, is infused with 5 grams (0.2 ounces) of edible 23-karat gold and served in a goblet lined with edible gold. At the base of the goblet is an 18-karat gold bracelet with 1 carat of white diamonds.
The sundae is topped with whipped cream covered with more gold and a side of La Madeline au Truffle from Knipschildt Chocolatier, which sells for $2,600 a pound.
It is eaten with a gold spoon decorated with white and chocolate-colored diamonds, which can also be taken home.
READ/SEE MORE HERE!
The full-set can be found at http://www.vimeo.com/375786. This performance took place at the 5th anniversary of RobotSpeak, on Haight St. in San Francisco.
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Eight-Limbed Girl Has Successful Surgery
BANGALORE, India (Nov. 7) - Doctors in southern India completed a grueling 24-hour operation Wednesday on a girl born with four arms and four legs that surgeons said will give the 2-year-old a chance at a normal life.
The surgery went "wonderfully well," said Dr. Sharan Patil, who led a team of more than 30 surgeons in performing the marathon procedure to remove Lakshmi's extra limbs, salvage her organs and rebuild her pelvis area.
READ/SEE MORE HERE!
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Here are some lyrics from an excellent song called "When I win the lottery" by Camper Van Beethoven (from Richmond, VA!) I don't know why but when I hear this song, a comic book plays in my head to the lyrics. This is an idea I've had for a while now. Make comic books out of some great songs I like.
See also, Murder By Death, The Rollingstones, Lucero, REM, VCR, The Clash, etc.
Anyways see if a comic book doesn't flip pages in your head when you hear this song and tell me what you see. If you can't find it on itunes or somewhere else, it will be on the next mix tape and until then you can just read it and imagine David Lowery singing it to you.
Well I lost an eye in Mexico
Lost two teeth where I don't know
People see me comin' and they move to the other side of the road.
I robbed a liquor store or two
Made myself at home a few times
Borrowed myself a car when I needed it.
I got me a shack at the bottom of the road
Fixin' cars and givin' tows
Spend all my money on the lottery.
When I win the lottery
I'm gonna buy all girls on my block
A color TV and a bottle of French perfume
When I win the lottery
gonna donate half my money to the city
So they have to name a street or a school or a park after me
When I win the lottery
Never run a flag up a pole
Like Mr. Red, White, and Blue down the road
But I never called myself a hero for killing a known communist.
Now I can walk into any old bar
Find a fight without looking too hard
But I never killed someone I don't know just 'cause someone told me to.
And when I win the lottery
Gonna buy the house next to Mr. Red, White and Blue
And when I win the lottery
Gonna buy Post 306 American Legion, paint it red with five gold stars.
When I win the lottery.
When the end comes to this old world
The rocks will cry and the rest will curl up
And God won't take the time to sort your ashes(asses?) from mine.
'Cause we zig and zag between good and bad
Stumble and fall on right and wrong
'Cause the tumbling dice and the luck of the draw just leads us on.
And when I win the lottery,
gonna buy all the girls on my block
Silver-plated six shooters and a quart of the finest highland scotch
'Cause when I win the lottery,
the rocks will shake their heads and say that
God is good but surely he works in mysterious ways.
When I win the lottery.
Saturday, November 03, 2007
This tasty lil treat was found on The Internet Archive which has tons of free videos whos copyrights are up or fall under some other sort of weird legal rammajamma. And yes, they have Nosferatu!
At first glance, I thought, "another basic metal band", especially as their latest album is lacks a lawt of tha overly harmonized choruses that pepper tha "lame musick that is still sorta nawt lame sometimes" metal genre. Howevah as you ken prolly see, they all have priest collars on! Ah couldn't find out if any of them were actually clergy, b/c ah couldn't find any mention of Christianity on their website. Wearin collars in a sacreligious way could be kinda finny anyway. Never fear tho, these boyz have tha faith, n while ahd nevah hold that against them, when ah saw tha musick video that tries ta make church RAWK, ah hafta admonish them. It's totally cool to be Christian (n these guys look sorta Catholic even) n love metal, n even mix them now n then. But sunday service (n this looks like a mass) is nawt metal, especially when yer video capitalizes on all tha mind-numbing, n none of tha "love of god". er even tha HATE of god. Nae horns dudes, nae horns.
EmmyLou Harris gave me homework today: listen to the Legend of Jesse James.
I just got back from hanging with the G'earls - they did a shape note song about Napoleon.
I'm in the same hotel with the weird floral bomb air fresher in the lobby, the slowly rotting glass-preserved chocolate sculpture, and the diamonds patterns in the all the carpet and wallpaper. Why do the hallways make me feel endless? But I do always like the way the elevators go so fast you get that funny feeling in your stomach on the way down.
or it could be the moonshine...
Thursday, November 01, 2007
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
You have to admit that hair-do is pretty great!
Thanks to everyone who came out to the halloween party! it was a good time with lots of great costumes! You can see the pics here: HALLOWEEN PICTURES! I swear that I would skip pretty much any other holiday if we coudl have Halloween twice!
Friday, October 26, 2007
AP released a poll about belief in the supernatural today. best line:
23% of americans have felt the presence of ghosts. Apparently, single people, Catholics, liberals, and those who never go to church are most likely to see ghosts, so i guess if i've got three out of four (more or less) than it makes sense that i conjured up Klamoswa, the Egyptian ghost in the basement of 809. A single heathen, even at 13.
Those who dismissed the existence of ghosts include Morris Swadener, 66, a Navy retiree from Kingston, Wash. He says he shot one with his rifle when he was a child.
Also of note: Young men are more likely to 'seek out luck,' but i think they might have confused this phrase with 'getting lucky.'
So, what about you? have you seen a ghost? a UFO? monsters under the bed? are you scared to say 'bloody mary' in the dark bathroom? take the poll! share it with the world in the comments. it's halloween people, get creeped out!
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Nirodh, meaning "The Protector," is also the brand name for the prophylactics featured in this video. Other fun facts include the way South Indian languages adapt English words by adding "u" to the end, as in "lubricant-u."
As you make your way through the seven-minute clip, notice how it moves from a more educational tone to a more elderly tone of wisdom about the folly of youth, followed by a string of brutal realities. But brace yourself once you clear halfway; buried in the tail end of the clip is a deeply graphic image that, as far as I can tell, is the sole purpose of the video.
Enjoy the goofy sound effects, if nothing else!
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
CLICK HERE to see the slide show of ALL of the NEW Sea Creatures!
Scientists discover rare marine species
By OLIVER TEVES, Associated Press Writer
Tue Oct 16, 7:36 PM ET
MANILA, Philippines - Scientists exploring a deep ocean basin in search of species isolated for millions of years found marine life believed to be previously undiscovered, including a tentacled orange worm and an unusual black jellyfish.
Project leader Dr. Larry Madin said Tuesday that U.S. and Philippine scientists collected about 100 different specimens in a search in the Celebes Sea south of the Philippines.
Madin, of the Massachusetts-based Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, said the sea is at the heart of the "coral triangle" bordered by the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia — a region recognized by scientists as having a high degree of biological diversity.
The deepest part of the Celebes Sea is 16,500 feet. The team was able to explore to a depth of about 9,100 feet using a remotely operated camera.
"This is probably the center where many of the species evolved and spread to other parts of the ocean, so it's going back to the source in many ways," Madin told a group of journalists, government officials, students and U.S. Ambassador Kristie Kenney and her staff.
The project involved the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and National Geographic Magazine in cooperation with the Philippine government, which also provided the exploration ship.
The expedition was made up of more than two dozen scientists and a group from National Geographic, including Emory Kristof, the underwater photographer who was part of the team that found the wreckage of the Titanic in 1985.
The group returned to Manila on Tuesday after spending about two weeks in the Celebes Sea off Tawi-Tawi, the Philippines southernmost provincial archipelago nearly 700 miles south of Manila.
Madin said the specimens they collected included several possibly newly discovered species. One was a sea cucumber that is nearly transparent which could swim by bending its elongated body. Another was a black jellyfish found near the sea floor.
The most striking creature found was a spiny orange-colored worm that had 10 tentacles like a squid, Madin said. "We don't know what it is ... it might be something new," he said.
He said it would take "a few more weeks" of research to determine whether the species are newly discovered. He expects to release a report by early next month.
Madin said the Celebes Sea, being surrounded by islands and shallow reefs, is partially isolated now and may have been more isolated millions of years ago, leading scientists to believe that "there may be groups of organisms that have been contained and kept within" the basin since then.
"That makes it an interesting place to go and look to see what we might find," he said
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Also, there's trailers being circulated (fer who knows how long, cuz ahm nawt really all THAT up w. this stuff) fer ZAPPA PLAYS ZAPPA ,live footage from Seattle/Portland shows last December. I saw this in Washington, DC last October and it was tha best musickal performance ahd evah seen. Ah may be biased, but these guys are rawkin tha hell out of some amazing tunes, and I can't help but advocate. They're also on tour, but won't be in Northern California so my loss could be yer gain....will be travelling to Australia as well, which has such a ring to it....
Checking out the Estradasphere Myspace page , ah see that they are releasing a dvd version of their most recent album "Palace Of Mirrors", which is totally fittin, as tha album feels like movie musick. Check out tha trailer, and then tha artsy write-up:
"Palace of Mirrors Live" is a psychedelic-sci-fi-gypsy-metal-jazz epic performed by the six musicians of Estradasphere, a live-cinema projectionist, and an innovative visual team. As the themes of the music associate with the enigmatic video projections, a dynamic film is created in which the members of Estradasphere are both the characters and the soundtrack orchestra. The mind melting Palace feature is counterbalanced by an entire opening set of 60's foreign/domestic film music, cartoon and bebop jazz, anachronistic Classical music interpretations, channeling of a non-existant American truck commercial, classic Estradasphere Gypsy Metal, and 50's Gospel favorites. Among the interpreted composers are Raymond Scott, Nino Rota, Frederic Chopin, Camille Saint-Saëns, Bud Powell, Sam Cooke, and Bernard Herrmann"
Estradasphere is also supposedly going to be opening up and supporting Amanda Palmer of the Dresden Dolls sometime soon. Further investigation tells us some members are collaborating w. Secret Chiefs 3, who have affiliation w. John Zorn's Tzadik record label.... which is generally jewish folk/klezmer musick-on-drugs sounding musick. With a description like
" Spectacular arrangements of Masada compositions by mad alchemist Trey Spruance, mastermind of Secret Chiefs 3 and one of the most brilliant musicians around. Drawing upon an astonishing array of musical styles from Exotica and Surf to Ethiopian Funk and Gypsy Swing, Trey ’s colorful orchestral arrangements perfectly compliment the lyricism and dynamic rhythmic complexity of Zorn ’s evocative Book of Angels. Featuring some of the best musicians from the Bay Area, LA and Seattle scenes, this is one of the most compelling installments in the entire Masada series.",
can you help but be interested?
Apparently Breakdancing Godzilla benefits when I'm putting off packing.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
secretary for population affairs -overseeing the family planning unit of HHS Monday. She has railed against requiring health insurance plans to cover contraceptives, saying: “It’s not about choice,” said Orr. “It’s not about health care. It’s about making everyone collaborators with the culture of death,” and "fertility is not a disease." (Because health care is apparently all about diseases.)
Orr will oversee HHS’s $283 million reproductive-health program, a $30 million program that encourages abstinence among teenagers, and HHS’s Office of Population Affairs, which funds birth control, pregnancy tests, counseling, and screenings for sexually transmitted diseases and HIV.
You can sign a Planned Parenthood petition against her, here, but note that she doesn't require a Senate Confirmation (for readers that actually have a senator), so you may just want to stock up... although hopefully she won't be 'acting' in this role very long. ugh.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
wooo!! halloween costumes for everyone! did you vote for that?
seriously though, swan dress and occidental guest-geisha will make appearances at a party near you! if near is new york or a costume ball after thanksgiving in another city!
Please encourage dave to dress as Gary Gilmore from Cremaster Cycle. Also, kidnap him and bring him to the party near me.
Monday, October 15, 2007
This show also brings to mind a plethora for excellent Halloween costumes! I love Nurse Ratched, but I wish I would have held out for Cleopatra... dang.
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Although after spending a week in Nashville with bluegrass kids, I'd be lying if I didn't say my (lack of) guitar skill embarrasses me a bit. I guess I could practice...
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
I think we all love puppies.
Ben.c's mother, Susanne, is a dog breeder--the legitimate kind. None of that puppy mill stuff.
Her dog, Jenn, is about 5 years old and reaching the end of her breeding time. She'd been having some reproductive issues, so Susanne had her artificially inseminated at Va Tech. When the vet checked in a few weeks later, there appeared to be TEN puppies baking in her doggy oven. As you can see by the picture there, she was quite a hairy pear.
Because Jenn is a little bit older, and the last of the line of Golden Retrievers that Susanne has been working on for some time, she wanted to ensure that she'd get the best chance of having a female puppy to carry on the line. So when the proper time rolled around, Jenn went away to the vet and had a C-section.
Ten happy, healthy, squirmy wormy puppies were born into the world, Jenn was stitched up, and everyone went home. After mom and babies were home for a while, Jenn started acting a little agitated. Susanne couldn't figure out what was wrong, and after a while, being awake for over 24 hours got to her, so she took a nap for an hour or two.
When she came back downstairs...there were ELEVEN puppies. The vet had apparently missed one and Jenn gave birth to it the old fashioned way, despite having had a C-section earlier in the day. Brave dog (and careless vet)! Luckily, all of the puppies are alive and well.
If you want more puppy pictures, Susanne updates this webpage every so often with pictures of the puppies. Check back for more cuteness.
Sunday, October 07, 2007
Learn more about the mobile gem sweater museum and how to rock gold spandex pants at:
Friday, October 05, 2007
Back in 2001, the artists’ collective Temporary Services started a project with a prison inmate named Angelo in which they asked him to document how inmates adapt to their surroundings while confined.
The project, entitled Prisoners’ Inventions, resulted in this fascinating 119-page book of detailed drawings that explain exactly how prisoners build contrivances from all sorts of found materials.
The book documents everything from how to build an electric cigarette lighter out of paper clips, ice cream spoons and parts from a hot-pot, to an electric tattoo gun made from a bic pen, a walkman cassette player and a battery, to how to use your toilet to chill your soda.
This book, above all things, proves that necessity is truly the mother of invention. Maybe the best way to really get the most creative solution to technical problems would be to lock up engineers during the design phase of their projects.
The book can be ordered from the Giant Robot store for $12.00.
Thursday, October 04, 2007
Going back to the feline theme, did you know this is the 75th anniversary of the Kit Kat Clock? They claim that every 3 minutes for the last 70 years, someone has bought one of these clocks. I am sure am glad they are not all in my house! Do you have them? But I would like a turquoise one when I finally redec my kitchen... there is even a Kit Kat creed:
Put a smile on everyone's face;
Love in everyone's heart;
Energy in everyone's body;
and Be a positive force in everyone's life!
In a fascinating related note, the Kit Kat candy bar was introduced in 1931. One of my favorites!
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
The most recent hours of the morning were spent standing with a circle of musicians - strings, super fast fingers, faces contorting with out the usual permission or awareness of their owners.
Notes had colors - browns, reds, oranges - occasionally a green or purple would fly in, but few songs were in minor.
When the music paused between songs we just stood there looking at each other - tired, as if woken from a sleep. So enrapt with the being in the present that our minds cease to think ahead enough to put thoughts into sentences.
I need some breakfast.
Monday, October 01, 2007
Sunday, September 30, 2007
So really, the dragon was a mutated crow. it got the zombie virus or whatever, and started growing, and i accidentally taught it to breath fire, so it was a dragon.
i've really got to stop accidentally teaching zombie crows to breath fire, it only turns into trouble.
originally, i was in a school with a bunch of classmates, and we launched a defensive campaign against the invading zombies, but then they all ran away, died, or turned into zombies.
we had fancy-pants compound bows though, like they use in archery competitions. we fought off the first wave, and i decided to set out on my own to get the crow/dragon before it came back for us. it sort of sucked, because it was on top of one of those giant power line towers, so i had to climb up w/o it seeing me i got about halfway up before some jerk that followed me woke the dragon up, and i had to magically float back down, run away, and do the whole fall down/ roll over and shoot thing with my last arrow.
luckily, i got it.
by the time i got back there were only a few people left at the school, and we were getting surrounded again. we took the elevator to the top floor, cuz zombies can't accuratly push buttons, and shot arrows down at them, but then somehow i was the only one left. apparently i also decided that since no one else was around, i should probably finish up fighting the zombies naked, which seems like a bad idea, in hindsight.
but, i killed off all the zombies, and was down to 2 arrows, which i used on the two talking zombie crows that crawled through a small vent and started making fun of me. jerks.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
What a great marketing tool. Get your song on a new i-pod nano commercial. It is one of those tunes that gets stuck in your head, "1 2 3 4 ..." So I found her, Canadian girl Feist. I like her video for "My Moon My Man" even if it does sort of feel rather familiar....
Somebody teach me how to upload a video to the blog!
Monday, September 24, 2007
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
READY? Drum Roll please...
That's right! I'm going to be the fifth most evil villain ever! according to the Amercan Film Institute: Mildred Ratched RN (from One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest of course!)
I have a great hair dresser I just need a brand new pair white sneakers (size 8.5) and a uniform, a nurse hat and maybe a neck brace. Should I be the scary, stern Nurse Ratched, or the defeated, post-choking Nurse Ratched?
What are you guys going to be for Halloween!?
Saturday, September 08, 2007
CLICK HERE! and the scroll over the descriptions to find out about this pizza's fruity ketchup, honey maple syrup dressing and hamburgs.
Also It Never Really Was, Dave Smooth Maya Bean, and Ohyouknowocto, are all CHILLAXIN' right now! What What!
Friday, August 31, 2007
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Hi! Our friends at ToolBox DC have a clip of their film about worldwide landmines up on you tube. it was recently aired on AlJazeera English! congrats! so, check it out, vote! and spread it around. Part 1 is here, and you can see part 2 by clicking the link in the youtube page. I saw this doc in it's full length a year or so ago and it's an important subject, great access and footage, well-made and with a great soundtrack by ex-fugazi brendan canty. http://disarmfilm.com
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Monday, August 27, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Midnight is no time for Poetry.
The heart is much too calm
The spirit too lagging and dull.
With the sunshine in one's eyes and breath.
And all the pink clouds
Like chiffon in a dressing gown
And the orange-white mists
That leap and furl.
Ah, I should greet the morning
As though I never saw a morning before
And only heard that it
was this or that,
Gossip that was good either way,
There being nothing derogatory to say.
And in that strange-white mist
I'd be content to go upon the paths
with neither shoes nor hat
winding my way away from home
much like a
Holding vibrations of laughter in my
That floated from who knows where
and goes who-less-could-care.
There are no orange-white mists
They are a world away
Midnight is not time for Poetry
©1974 American Negro Poetry: An Anthology
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Monday, August 13, 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007
Monday, August 06, 2007
2 tbsp. pizza sauce
8 slices pepperoni
2 tbsp. shredded Mozzarella cheese
Cut bagel in half. Place cut-side-up on microwave-safe serving plate. Spread each half with 1 tablespoon pizza sauce. Top each with 4 slices pepperoni and 1 tablespoon cheese. Microwave on high, uncovered, 1 to 1 1/2 minutes or until cheese begins to melt, rotating plate once.
NOTE: If heating only one of the halves, reduce time to 35 to 45 seconds.
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Monday, July 23, 2007
also - where is everyone?
Friday, July 20, 2007
Thursday, June 28, 2007
The Coney Island Mermaid Parade. they claim it's a family show, but it's only for boobs-& -performance-art-friendly families. like ours.
the Cyclone coaster is extremely fast & dangerous. nothing says Coney Island like carnies smoking on the platform & barking at you to "GET ON! Move IT!" & then they 'hold' your camera for you while you are worrying that a) your boobs are going to come flying out of your dress atop that first hill and b) [says ct] youre going to careen either into the projects or the ocean. did i mention this 80 y/o wooden coaster is still run by levers hand-cranked by that same carnie that's 'holding' you camera. ride it while you still can.
the Wonder Wheel is also reccomended, especially in a thunder storm, as Maya, Dave, Amy & I learned last year. Mermaid Queen pic by Dave Smooth. I'll let him post the rest of the gems here or on his exceptional photo blog.
Thunders storms are one of my fav parts of summer, and there's one about on now. hopefully the sky will finally pour the rain it's been threatening for the last few days & cool us off. its one of the better things going on the east coast (sorry seattle.)
new Bjork album Volta - i've heard it a little and am anxious to buy it, thou im not sure i'll spring for the Dolby Surround delux version. i do hope i can spring for the tour.
summer = doing nothing. i hope.
summer = random trips to random places. look out Atlantic City. gambling punks looking for a spectacle are coming to your shore.
oh and in hot literature news, JT Leroy is fake. ok that that's hot or news is questionable, but what is news is that Laura Albert, who concocted the whole story/character & essentially used JT as an elaborate pseudonym has been charged with fraud and fined, seemingly because a movie contract was signed with the pseudonym and there was money involved. Now, im no legal expert, but would anyone charge any of the other famous pseudonym-users with fraud (movies have been made in their names)? is this an issue of hurt feelings? or was she truly misrepresenting herself to gain the attention of the world that, in a quest for some kind of authenticity in their fiction, otherwise disregarded her writing?