Monday, December 31, 2007
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Wendy Savage is, Linney said, “Just a mess. I know a lot of people like this, sort of arrested development people, who are knocking on 40 and still living like college students with the milk crates that are the coffee tables and that sort of stuff.”
Check it here.
No way is that a coffee table, man. That's my armoire!
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
How can both Juno & The Savages use this song on their soundtracks? Well, they can, and do, to great effect,and it's OK with me (not like anybody asked). What great films. It's been a long time. No spoilers here, but I have been a Tamara Jenkins fan since I saw her perform in Baal and then later a performance piece at The Brattle back in 1887. Her vision is crackily funny, serious, real, no shit.
I didn't connect Jason Reitman, director of Juno, to Thank You For Smoking, until after I saw the film. It's not as battle scarred, maybe it's the Song Of Innocence to The Savages' Song Of Experience.
Saturday, December 15, 2007
China produces about 70 percent of the farmed fish in the world, harvested at thousands of giant factory-style farms that extend along the entire eastern seaboard of the country. Farmers mass-produce seafood just offshore, but mostly on land, and in lakes, ponds, rivers and reservoirs, or in huge rectangular fish ponds dug into the earth.
"They'll be a major supplier not just to the U.S., but to the world," said Richard Stavis, the chairman of Stavis Seafoods, an American company that imports Chinese catfish, tilapia and frog legs. China began emerging as a seafood power in the 1990s as rapid economic growth became the top priority in the country. But environmental experts say that headlong pursuit of higher gross domestic product has devastated Chinese water quality and endangered the country's food supply.
In Guangdong Province in southern China, fish contaminated with toxic chemicals like DDT are already creating health problems. "There are heavy metals, mercury and flame retardants in fish samples we've tested," said Ming Hung Wong, a professor of biology at Hong Kong Baptist University. "We've got to stop the pollutants entering the food system." More than half of the rivers in China are too polluted to serve as a source of drinking water. The biggest lakes in the country regularly succumb to harmful algal blooms. Seafood producers are part of the problem, environmental experts say. Enormous aquaculture farms concentrate fish waste, pesticides and veterinary drugs in their ponds and discharge the contaminated water into rivers, streams and coastal areas, often with no treatment.
Friday, December 14, 2007
Here is a Pere Ubu video (via Alan Partlow) that reminded me of that quote.
"Let's watch the whole world just goin slow/Let's watch the whole world goin slow..."
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
My own (facile, off-the-cuff, blogged in short) take:
"When the legend becomes fact, print the legend"-- The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.
Friday, November 30, 2007
When it was Lebewohl’s turn, he got up, noteless, and looked at the audience. “What am I gonna tell you?” he said. “My food will kill you.” Abe Lebewohl, Second Avenue Deli
This is an excerpt from Bill Buford's Heat, just re-posted by The New Yorker. The closest I have come to reconsidering meat-eating was reading this great writing. If I change my mind on being veg, I suppose the only way to go is by doing some slaughtering & butchering before eating. Being around some of America's greatest cooking didn't provoke a critical look at my eating the way that Buford's writing did.
When we made sausages at the butcher shop, people often ate the meat raw, straight from the bowl, which—I don’t know, call me old-fashioned—just seemed wrong. But it illustrated an attitude toward good meat: if you’re lucky enough to get it, don’t mess with it. Bill Buford
But how can I make my own kosher salami? And which way to the cardio ward? And won't I end up dead in Katz' with a pastrami sandwich stuck in my craw after this binge?
I become a vegetarian in 1979 (pescatarian by 1989) reviewing the evidence available to me at the time. Including IB Singer's statements on the matter. I picked the most progessive option available.
"When a human kills an animal for food, he is neglecting his own hunger for justice. Man prays for mercy, but is unwilling to extend it to others. Why should man then expect mercy from God? It's unfair to expect something that you are not willing to give. It is inconsistent. I can never accept inconsistency or injustice. Even if it comes from God. If there would come a voice from God saying, "I'm against vegetarianism!" I would say, "Well, I am for it!" This is how strongly I feel in this regard." IB Singer
Nowadays, the picture is more complex, since it is not just a case of factory farming vs. tofu eating. Eating fish can, in some cases, be contributing to eco-ragnarök more than a burger who you knew back when he had a face.
The year before I became a vegetarian I was a Camus-carrying existentialist/fatalist, but hey, at 17 I was more idealistic than at 16. Today? I suppose I am keeping faith with that idealist even if I am often a tired would be cannibal.
Certainly the appeal of having a rabbi of some sort to declare what is kosher and what is trayf is evident when faced with the moral/health dilemmas of the flexitarian/locavore. I am presently staying with a Pareto-vore Solution: 80% of the moral and health issues are solved by eating from 20% of the menu! Or something.
Vincenzo Cerami emphasized the creative process in his remarks. He was a powerful speaker and even with simultaneous english translation his vim came through.
Cerami on Pasolini's creative process: "Everything I have said until now is WRONG." Repeat.
"Pasolini used myth to tell his stories because using contemporary images would be too ugly" (He used the word "BRUTO" which of course sounds better to these anglophone ears.)
A story of the nearly blind comedian Toto being fed his lines by Cerami and seemingly mangling them when asked to repeat them... Cerami realized that he was being played by the comedian as Toto riffed & sought the right note for his improvisation. "Comedians don't like scripts, they like the setup and the idea." Also he noted Pasolini's choice of a comedian regarded as low-brow for his films, characterizing the archetype of the comedian as "a non-psychological, metaphysical character." cf. Laurel and Hardy appearing to have wives in one comedy and then dressing as wives in the next.
Patti Smith graciously and patiently listened to the others speak and then, in that voice familiar from her records spoke like the oracle. WOW.
"Pasolini gave me permission to use the whole palette of mediums to create" (music, poetry, photography). She compared him in this regard to Ginsberg among others.
She recounted her being raised in the austere confines of Jehovah's Witnesses* and wishing she could be a Catholic because "they had all the great art and ritual", but then "by the time I was 12 I was disillusioned and declared my existence and my independence" She got laughs of recognition over the 12 year old line and then linked this emancipation to the opening lines of Gloria on Horses "Jesus died for somebody's sins/but not mine". Flash to her post 1977 accident and her discovery of Pasolini's Gospel According to St. Matthew. She found his near documentary style to uncover "Jesus the revolutionary", scraping away the "man-made artifice" of the church and "reconsecrating Jesus as a friend" to her.
Smith then told a story of hearing Warhol say that he liked the "shit, literal shit" in Pasolini's Salo. And when asked what he thought of Pasolini's film said, "it's really funny."
Finally she recounted hearing of Robert Mapplethorpe's death and the synchronicity of randomly opening up a book of Pasolini's and reading "It isn't that the dead do not speak, it's that we have forgotten how to listen." and how that helped her cope with the loss of her friend and confidente because when she learned to be quiet, his voice started talking to her and did not stop.
Smith also reinforced this last statement on Pasolini's use of Maria Callas in Medea, that having her remain silent throughout the film left the viewer in a state of having experienced a powerful opera.
Pasolini's short film Ricotta was then screened and it was funny, profane and nailed it. (So to speak.)
*Patti's entrance immediately reminded me of Lester Bangs' essay "Stagger Lee Was a Woman". Bangs was also raised as a J.W.
Monday, November 26, 2007
Marvel & DC are trying to kill popular comics torrent-linkers, but before they have their own digital comics solution in place.
In short, the parallel with Napster is all in place, but what will be the iTunes type of solution?
I bought New Gods in pulp, in collected book set and then I downloaded the .cbrs. Same with Watchmen (well, I got the book as a gift, but still...). So, I bought 'em legally 2x. The scans are a great format.
Mini rant: The multigig 1960's Kurt Schaffenberger Lois Lanes? Well, I am still waiting for the trade paperback of those, man! (What, DC, too busy killing off Big Barda? Oh, that's another rant and not a pretty one. Suffice to say that Barda will outlive us all.)
Cbrs are the mp3s of online comics, and the scan-and-posting crowd is pretty meticulous about their craft. The reasonable solution is probably DRM free authorized downloads with ads. I don't know what the mainstream comics publishers clear, but a buck a comic is probably alot. Plus they can still publish the collected graphic novels, distribute in bookstores and clean up.
Marvel is doing Rhapsody style subscriptions, but they don't have the newest stuff available. DC is doing an artistically more experimental format actually setup for the computer screen, but, hey, where is Grant Morrison?
Interesting perspectives on this issue:
Sunday, November 25, 2007
From the site:
The Himalayan Cataract Project is one of the world’s most financially efficient international health nonprofits—the organization was recently awarded a 4-star rating by Charity Navigator for "sound fiscal management."
Monday, November 19, 2007
My favorite was from an opera singing friend "I think I'm starting to get your work. (I don't know how that sounds, but I meant it in a positive way) I find a lot of humor in it - particularly the juxtaposition of drawing and text."
That says it all.
There is a learning curve to both making and viewing art--not the usual one, of "how do I draw this" but also understanding "can you hear me out there?!".
I think that both my sister Amy's painting (pics to come) and mine currently has a layer effect of text/marks working against a field of some kind. In her case, for this show, they were luminous abstractions with witty, idiosyncratic marks suggesting time being marked off or looped around somehow beneath the surface. In my case, it was cartoon over text over flat color. Do you "read" the drawing, the text or both as a dissonant rhythym?
As far as people asking me about specific meanings of the text in the new pieces, my new policy (as of today) is to ask THEM what THEY think first.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
"Ooh ooh ooh complete control, thats a laugh
On the last tour my mates couldnt get in
I'd open up the back door but theyd get run out again
At every hotel we was met by the law
Come for the party - come to make sure!
Ooh ooh ooh have we done something wrong?"
Thursday, November 15, 2007
"And this is, in sum, the Creation Museum. $27 million has purchased the very best monument to an enormous load of horseshit that you could possibly ever hope to see." link here
(via Daring Fireball).
Wait, one more quote, this is too awesome not to echo:
"Not for the Creation Museum that mamby-pamby weak sauce known as “Intelligent Design,” which tries to slip God by as some random designer, who just sort of got the ball rolling by accident. Screw that, pal: The Creation Museum’s God is hands on! "
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Monday, November 05, 2007
Caine simultaneously had skinhead and grunge looks and attitude--even the dual presentation as a minimalist monk and a shaggy slacker is striking. He was like a one man Hawk and The Dove.
The Future is Unwritten: Strummer reverberates through my head after seeing this documentary.
Kiku: The Art of the Japanese Chrysannthemum at the NY Botanical Garden. O.C.D. has never yielded more sublime results. Plus, you know, Albert used to practice nascent REBT here, so it was also a pilgrimage for me.
Square Foot Show-Hey, not bad. I am in it, it is up until November 17th. I will do more paintings in this format.
N+1 = 0: I still love Indecision, the novel by Benjamin Kunkel, but the NYPL Live talk with Alex Gourevich was a bust. I am all for being skeptical of manipulative politics, but has this retard (Gourevich) ever read any Alan Moore Swamp Thing?
Friday, November 02, 2007
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
Sunday, October 21, 2007
My first contact with Al served to reinforce his image in my mind as the Lenny Bruce of psychotherapy. I was a doctoral student attending my 1st APA convention in 1980 or 81s. Al was one of four presenters on a symposium on the interface of religion and psychotherapy. The presenter before Al delivered an eloquent plea for the inescapable confluence of spirituality and psychotherapy. Quite moving and uplifting. Al then stood up and said as his opening line: “Religion and psychotherapy: I say fuck it!” Half the crowd gasped in horror and half of the crowd roared its approval. An atheist suggesting that a belief in God was an irrational idea.
The Dictator as a Young Poet-Thug (NYT Book Review)
Based on the photo of glamourous young Stalin with his New Romantics hairdo, the moral bankrupcy inherent in Sexy Che Guevara icon -tshirts looks less like an aberration and more like the norm.
I can definitely see this portrait of Stalin making it as a t-shirt among the Young and Useless.
Fucking primates are retarded.
While I am on this tangent, I highly recommend Spain's comix bio of Stalin featured in Arcade #4 about a zillion years ago. I can't find a direct link, but go hit the comics bins, this one is worth it.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Shmuley has some good ideas, even if I feel distant from religious Judaism at the moment. The same way that Buddhist values find their way into everyday discourse, Jewish values are similarly worth spreading.
Check it out here.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Saturday, October 06, 2007
Notetaking as a tool is valuable. But I am finding that I am able to reconstruct most of what was important to jot down. The act of writing imprints the event to some extent. Also, I am using the Moleskin Shuffle, with 64 pages each, that is not like having to reconstruct a 200 page journal, is it?
Still, I fucked up. Where is the damn thing anyway? Is someone reading it somewhere in this city, cracking up? Or I did write something as inflammatory as "What kind of person doesn't like tomato sandwiches?" that will lead to my downfall??? Is there some vital information that the Russians weren't supposed to get?
The Phantom Notebook is having an interesting half-life as a lesson in impermanence and memory. Making me retrace the events and thoughts in a way that is different from the way they show up on this blog.
Still, if anyone finds this damn thing, would you email me already? Cash reward, no questions asked.
Thursday, October 04, 2007
"Well, I wake in the morning,
Fold my hands and pray for rain.
I got a head full of ideas
That are drivin' me insane."
Today's Shemini Atzeret, so I wound up at CBST for Yizkor. Of course, we do the ancient prayer for rain afterwards. It's 83 degrees & humid in NYC on Oct. 4, so that is the least we need to pray for. We need autumn weather.
Here is a great digression on the etymology of the Prayer for Rain, (tefillat ha-geshem).
The Maggie's Farm lyrics were the ones that spontaneously erupted while en route this a.m.
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Merlin Mann and Omnifocus at Tekserve.
Visions of Albert Ellis after the orgy of video and Rational Emotive Songs at his memorial. Still thinking about the man and his work. How to Be Rationally Stubborn, Emotionally Undisturbable, Behaviorally Happy, Unconditionally Accepting, Shamelessly Unfrustrated, and Unmiserably Reasonable While Keeping People from Pushing Your Buttons. Here.
Darjeeling Limited--worth the wait, and great. Maybe Anderson's Down By Law. Anyway the 2 films would make a great fantasy double feature.
This show is hilarious and disturbing--Infrared flash photos of voyeurs, turning the viewer into one too. Til Oct 20, hurry.
NY Book Fair:
Retard Riot-great comics influenced stickers, buttons, images, ideas. Link to great buttons this mf made.
Sto's upcoming show (Oct 12-Nov 11) at Cinders, The Cinders table
Batforum available here at Sara Ranchouse --a comics parody of artforum, I will post a scan/review soon
Slavs and Tartars-interesting posters and ideas: "What's the Plan, Uzbekistan?/I'm your man, Azerbaijan!"
Saturday, September 29, 2007
How to convey the ordinary and spectacular spark that was Ellis in action? Nando Pelusi said he was "Epictetus via Groucho Marx with a stop at the Bronx Botanical Gardens." and "I may not have Albert's genes, but I will pass on his memes."
Thursday, September 27, 2007
But nearly every writeup of Darjeeling makes a point of slamming The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, one of the finest films ever made. Ah well, the film exists, it is a great meditation on life, death, age, fatherhood, sonhood and lighting fast rescue missions. It hardly needs another blogger to defend it, it stands on its own.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
"I gave up watching television 25 years ago because I liked it so much even though I couldn't remember what I had watched the day before and could see that if I went on as a viewer my life would become a blank." Garrison Keillor
"The Iranian leader's visit to Columbia provoked outcry, support and a twist on free speech: 'We're glad you're here -- so we can tell you you're an asshole.'" Ellen Miller, a sophomore at Barnard
Saturday, September 22, 2007
It ought to be spread out more visually in that case, hmm?
Friday, September 21, 2007
"Man, the dope is that there's still hope".
The official Transportation Alternatives press release:
Turning Parking Spots into Parks
20 NYC Parking Spots to get a Green Makeover
September 21st is National PARK(ing) Day, when thousands around the country will reclaim parking spaces in their neighborhoods and convert them into lively parks and public spaces. For one day, Transportation Alternatives (T.A.), The Trust for Public Land (TPL) and more than a dozen community groups around New York City will convert 20 on-street parking spaces into "vest pocket" parks, bicycle parking, extended sidewalks and open air cafés to show the potential of city streets to do more than just store private cars.
"Less than half of NYC households even own cars, and yet we give over so much road space to parking them," says Paul Steely White, Executive Director of Transportation Alternatives. "What if one parking space on every block was converted into a greener public space that everyone could use? That’s the message behind Park(ing) Day."
"Every bit of green makes a difference," said Rose Harvey, Vice President of The Trust for Public Land, the organization putting on National Park(ing) Day. "In New York City, we have more than eight million residents dependent on our parks and open spaces. We need every community garden, every playground, every park that we can get."
Here is a clip, but it is worth seeing this film in a movie theatre.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
'Hey, what are you doing with that tuna-and-pickle sandwich?" asked a puzzled Gerald Schwartz of the Arab prisoner. "I'm surprised you aren't keeping Ramadan," continued Schwartz, a bearded Orthodox social worker, referring to the the Muslim month of introspection and daytime daily fasting.
"I'm a secular Muslim," said Mahmoud, who was incarcerated for a misdemeanor unrelated to any political activity. "And also I am not capable of the daytime fast."
"You can't, or you think you can't?" challenged Schwartz and urged Mahmoud to try for one day.
Schwartz later recalled: "Mahmoud fasted one day, and went on to keep the entire month of daytime fasts. He was a nice guy. He found his own strength, began to believe in his ability to change, cleaned up his act, and never returned after being released. This principal applies to all."
I see you and me on these:
Batavus available here:
Here is a CA company trying to do something similar, lacking a bit of style.
A general info page:
UPDATE: Too pricy still, but there is a FL company called Dutch Bicycle Co. that is importing some of these models. It's a start, anyhow.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Heery: So you yourself never meditate?
Ellis: It's a fucking waste of time. Why should I meditate? I'm not anxious.
Friday, September 14, 2007
Still feel like I o.d.'ed on words & oxygen. Wow.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Saturday, September 08, 2007
What the media don't get is that the iPhone tech pricing was the followup to
your Stanford speech. You are transcending tech to administer a swift THWACK of
the bamboo stick to the shoulders of your grasshopper-disciples.
The iPhone release & pricing swap are at once performance art and an act of enlightening the faithful.
"The real function of a spiritual friend is to insult you"
The Myth of Freedom
Namaste--I honor the place where I treasure my 1st gen Shuffle while watching
the newbie grasshoppers get burned, not without a certain nostalgia.
Thursday, September 06, 2007
Sunday, September 02, 2007
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Twee for the people: Vacation in Christine, ND. If they had posted some Crayon songs (earlier incarnation of the band) I would have posted that b/c that band had guitars. But still worth considering on a 90 degree Saturday in stinky NYC.
Also: Pop Songs Your New Boyfriend's Too Stupid To Know About (though he slams The Breeders).
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007
Ivan Brunetti, creator of Schizo, is a Bushmiller devotee and auditioned for the Nancy comic strip. Mike Lynch is a cartoonist who does a great blog which reprinted scans from an out of print zine that featured a characteristically blunt and honest self-assessment by Brunetti.
Even the "just getting started" wobbly strips are strong. It's great that Brunetti got his chops down and you can see the value of the woodshedding he did on this strip as he continues, but also how the rougher ones still deliver the goods.
Here's the link.
Anyway, it sucked, but I caught up on 1% of the 35 billion Charlie Rose shows that are now free online. He needs to change his meds (One suspects too much cough syrup in the mix right now)... But no question he chooses great guests and lets 'em roll.
Wes Anderson was one:
Bill Buford was another:
He remembered something that the last 20 years of bad xeroxes of Miller and Moore missed: the damn book is FUN as well as having all the dystopic paranoid shit worked out so well. Gotta go out and find everything else this guy worked on now.
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
Saturday, July 28, 2007
"6B is a little on the soft side--I'm more of a 2B man myself.
"...I think it's now recognized that technology is no substitute for the quickness and efficiency with which the brain and hand can connect and demonstrate creative ideas via pencil and paper. The problem with technology is ... that it can become so addictive that it absorbs time and energy and crushes creativity. People become techno junkies rather than creative whizz kids. Rather than let technology gain the upper hand, designers need to allow more poetry and 2B pencils into their work.
"Thank God for the 2B pencil and the A4 layout pad."
from Q&A: A Sort of Autobiography by Terence Conran p.165
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Dr. Ellis made a big contribution for the positive in my life among the
many others he helped. His ornery, salty persona did not conceal the
idealism which underlay the mission statement on friday nights to "cure
every screwball in town, one at a time".
In fact, it enhanced its accessibility to this "Fallible Fucked Up
Also: New York Times obit
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Lucky Star Bus -> South Station -> Revere Beach.
Why this much used beach means so much to me, I dunno. It's like a used bookstore book that has pencilled in annotations, marks of being much handled, lived in... All I know is that it is a summer ritual to take a walk along that concrete boardwalk and check out the scene, or scenes.
Thursday, July 19, 2007
David Denby in this week's New Yorker.
I couldn't find the Jonathan Richman song I wanted to post here, but here is a Reason To Be Cheerful: J.R. doing an intro to Girlfren:
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Like pornography, I know it when I see it.
Everytime I see info about Ettore Sotsass & the Olivetti Valentine
typewriter, my heart skips a beat.
This blog had a few sweet pix I want to link to:
The MOMA catalog cover is just gorgeous.
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Shades of John Belushi screaming "AMSTERDAM!...HASH IN THE STREETS".
Pink leatherette cases? Ugh.
This is the moment when the band you love comes out with a record that the jocks like too. A friend said "Combat Rock" in answer to this formulation.
Of course this is better than being a "beleagured computer maker". And even after The Clash and Bruce Springsteen started playing arenas, they were still (insanely) great.
Sunday, July 08, 2007
"I tell myself I will not go/Even as I drive there."
Back in a bit with either more pointers to Reasons To Be Cheerful or a new take on what blog move to make next.
Friday, June 22, 2007
Frank Sulloway is ecstatic, but I am not so sure that Norwegian family dynamics are the the same as my family (or anyone else I know) for some reason...
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
I love Minuteur. It is a great way to do Now Habit timed project sprints as well as a way to keep track of billable time for freelancers. Freeware up through version 4, with a suggested donation of 8 euros (like, $12.25 or something).
A good cheat sheet on Neil Fiore's Now Habit is here, by the way.
I finally contributed since I use it so much and Philippe Galmel, the developer, sent me a link to the beta of version 5, which has some other cool, simple functions -- like being able to adjust the eggtimer ticking volume really LOUD when I need to be reminded that my Time Is My Life. Which, of course, is a reminder I need constantly.
I have put in a feature request for a cortex implant in version X for the rare occasions when I am away from my Mac.
It was great to see a book launch at The Strand rather than Barnes and Noble. Also: thanks to friend Suzanne who relayed the info about the appearance from S.F.
Plans to edit & post my notes are taking a backseat to my own work (what's the point of getting inspired if you use the energy up in rabbit-trail detours?--Actually, I am unfortunately a lab rat in that experiment often enough.). Here is a pretty good Leonard Lopate interview with Serra to check out.
Sunday, June 17, 2007
"In fact, it's hard to imagine anything that contributes more fundamentally to authoritarian attitudes than this does, in addition to
the fact that it just engages a lot of intelligence and keeps people away from other things."
Wow, I always thought Chomsky was a turd for being a much harsher critic of Israel than other countries, but here is an interview about spectator sports I agree with. Well, Rush Limbaugh loves the Macintosh...
Sunday, June 10, 2007
Saturday, June 09, 2007
When it comes, will it come without warning
Just as i'm picking my nose?
will it knock on my door in the morning
Or tread in the bus on my toes?
will it come like a change in the weather?
Will its greeting be courteous or rough?
will it alter my life altogether?
O tell me the truth about love.
"Reading: Theres an awful lot of literature worth reading available for free on the web. Very recently I found a program called Tofu; all it does is takes selected text (or html) and puts it into justified columns of adjustable width. The upside of this is that theres no vertical scrolling, and its actually much easier to read long pieces of text. Its infectious; Im starting to wish that every piece of text that I have to read on my computer be formatted into a justified column. The program is a little touchy when it comes to preferences, but its a great tool."
Thursday, June 07, 2007
embed src=" http://www.youtube.com/v/dGAL2wWctII", for example, should be changed to:
embed src=" http://www.youtube.com/v/dGAL2wWctII&rel=0"
It just doesn't get any user-friendlier than that!
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
The "Plea for the Horizontally Organized" is great stuff.I agree wholeheartedly with everything written there... I think the appropriate response is "AMEN"! There is a door on milkcrates in my workspace that I have been trying to "keep clear for work". Every once in awhile it gets cleared... because I have moved all the second tier projects onto a pile... on the floor. Eventually, I can't
walk around and all projects come to a screeching halt. A lazy Susan the size
of my workspace would be ideal.
Saturday, June 02, 2007
(There was one picture of Motherwell's that he liked.)
"Go home and make a lot of them. What it is to be an artist is to get to know your own forms."
The whole interview is here
Saturday, May 26, 2007
Although the Albert Ellis Institute is currently hijacked by a bunch of jerks, I always loved when Albert would refer to his institute. If I had one, what would I call it? What should I call it? The repeated references to the Banzai Institute in all the support materials for Buckaroo Banzai reminded me of this. Steven Solomon Inc. or something is OK, but...
I am currently doing some text stuff, maybe feeling freed by the Bruce Nauman retrospective I saw in Berkeley this year, and also the wonderful
Miranda July (who I was just lucky enough to see do a reading/performance
at the NYPL last night).
Steven Solo or stevensolo is just a moniker of convenience, since I wanted a ".com" and stevensolomon.com is a "17 Year Old Professional Pianist
Jazzing Up Chicago's Music Scene".
Hey, he is a neat doppelganger and I have been following his career (sort of) since I realized he had snagged the domain.
Linking this blog to www.stevensolo.com has had a chilling effect since
the persona connected to the comics-influenced painting has stagnated so
I will be setting up some satellite identities this next 6 months, maybe
taking a cue from Hokusai. It is time for multiple secret identities,
movement in general. Art making as communication, directness, shedding the
skin, accepting The Me Of Now (Thanks Oblique Strategies).
Friday, May 25, 2007
I saw it in french while travelling--needless to say I missed quite a bit back then. What a great movie. I would love to see it in a triple feature with Repo Man and The Life Aquatic. Add Liquid Sky as the
midnight feature, even. The persistence of the aliens in all three of the mid-eighties movies and their involvement in terran love affairs is pretty weird and interesting.
Friday, May 18, 2007
One more, damnit, one more...from the Helvetica documentary, touching on font fetishism, here it is:
Thursday, May 17, 2007
I liked Waitress much, much more (saw it on the same day) but since most comics-illiterate reviewers are fucking up so badly at writing about this film, this link is a corrective.
And the movies' version of Sandman just smells like 1963 pulp paper. (Even if they blew it by a dumb ret-con that is as bad as the crappy Jack Nicholson Joker.)
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
not, go check this article:
But, more importantly, check out his geek love song, "Laptop Like You". I
truly can say that, as an artist, he voiced my deepest emotions concerning
my MacBook Pro.
Go here, scroll to Other Experiments at
the bottom and click "Hear". Then click "Buy"!
Thursday, May 10, 2007
If you don't know about Oblique Strategies, here is the wiki.
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Again, Brian Eno visualized the world we are now living in 22 years
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
Tuesday, May 01, 2007
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Hypernova, from Iran. "Stop The Madness" (Here is a cover of "Bonzo Goes to Bitburg" as well.
Teapacks, this year's Israeli Eurovision entry. "Push The Button"
So much for the "Jimmy Carter of Iran". At least Ahmadinejad (pretty much the Ronald Reagan model: inspiring rhetoric; high debts) has more integrity, fruitcake-wise. I say, if we have a dialogue with Iran, Marjane Satrapi is the one I want to talk to. (Of course, for official representation of the US, Art Spiegelman would cover state matters. )