Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Emoology is not a Be-Bop Standard

I was in a store today when I saw a young girl run up to a table. "OH MY GOD, THAT'S SO EMO!!!" She said while holding up an ice tray that turns water into cubes shaped like skull and bones.........Is this what those Emoites in Mexico were after...? What is EMO?

This evening at the Boston Independent Film festival showed the latest Herzog doc.....I went out for dim sum with my mother.....I let you down Sarcamus.....I'm sorry

Monday, April 28, 2008

Art: Everybody has an Opinion

It's a wonder that so many people give a damn. Did the Costa Rican artist starve his dog? It's amazing that so many people care about art and dogs so much. But not so much when a grown man is tortured by his peers in a corporate setting."Everybody was involved and enthusiastic."

Lou Reed's Honda Scooters

Kind of undermines the whole idea of "selling-out."

Apparently Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson are no longer living in sin. Don't know if they've been married before (to each other.) I imagine that they have been married to each other in the Eyes of God for a long time. Of course, Lou Reed is God of the Hipsters, so it may not count.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Yipes! Train to Qingdao from Beijing

43 dead
. My sister and I were on this train last year--going the other way. And I thought we were in trouble when we were on horseback in Mongolia, freezing in the rain.

While were on the topic of China, great article in The New Yorker about a language teacher and the phenomenon of CRAZY ENGLISH.

Jews for McCain: Massive Retaliation

Look at Hillary before you dangle your chad for McCain:

She wants to obliterate Israel's enemies--can't you see that? Vote for Hillary. McCain might part of the pansy two-state solution brigade.

I love that term "destabilization." The world has been existing in such perfect balance previously.

PS: Bono is an agent of Mossad. (Is this article from the Onion? "Bono says new U2 Album will be extraordinary.")

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

The "Obliterator" Wins!


Differences in Opinion regarding Haile Sassie, Ryszard Kapuscinski, Rastafarians







Wikipedia wars: Herzog, Dokdo and Israel

Here's an interesting page on wiki wars. Note the entry on Herzog:

Werner Herzog

Born in Germany, supposedly of a German mother and a Yugoslavian father, and raised in Bavaria, Germany. Does that make Herzog: a) Croatian or b) Serbian? How about the fact that the relatives live in Bosnia-Herzegovina? Use edit summaries to publish interviews that you conducted — or heard rumors about. Mirrors and forks are great sources too. After consulting a printed source, it turns out that it was the mother who was from Croatia. Ouch.

Ouch indeed!

Here's the list of wars on wikipedia (that happened in the real world not on wikipedia.) I love lists.

And here's a real war being waged on wikipedia by some right-winger Israel Nationalists.

News Items: Killing Pianos; Killer Seniors

25 five ways to kill a piano, via the Occidental Errorist.

Senior women who kill homeless men whom they feed, shelter, clothe and put life insurance policies on!

Even grimmer, the 18 per day suicide rate of returning vets. Christ! What a war! But in base-31 it's only, oh, damn, 18. But in base-35 it's only 15 a day. And it goes down as the bases go up.

I'm voting for Reverend Wright. And I'll take in homeless pianos.

Sallie Mae at 28%

And rising. Here's an article about it. Har har har. Har har har.

via Sadly No!

Har har har. Har har har.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Tunnel Lore: Cheyenne Mountain

Great essay about the big bunker. But no mention of the zoo.

Why pay these fuckers?

If they can't even pay their own bills?

Monday, April 14, 2008

Swan Song

Exciting News!

Density of Sound has been updated a few times in the last month.
This man is doing a seriously good service for music; he deserves a wide(r) audience.

Meltmaster also got airplay for the first time ever last Saturday Night on Little Fyodor's Under the Floorboards show on KGNU. Thanks LF! He chose one of my truly odd tunes, and I'm just hope somebody chipped a tooth while flipping around the dial; that would make my life. Although I also subsequently hope they have dental insurance.

Check out this write up of Little Fyodor and Babushka and other outsider Denver bands in a mainstream publication(!?!?!?!)

Last, my good buddy Debzies has a new podcast. I expect great things from this talented young lady. I'm not just saying that because she studied with my adored Ingram Marshall. Who she says is like my friend Dave the weird landscape and naked ping-pong player painter from Kansas. I wonder if Dave even knows what myspace is. Much less a podcast. Anyway, this is self-promotion, but of the most giving kind, I believe.

WWDFKD? Dave from Kansas would do it.

So Long Losers, Whom I've Always Hated

No just kidding, that's a reference to Futurama. One of those things I think about and I can't help inwardly if not outwardly chuckle about. (Just like John Oliver's Fox News gatecrashing.) I thought it was a funny line, and I've been saying to people around here, but it's not true. I haven't always hated you. I've never hated you.

I thought it would fun to do that in intermediate to advanced language class and explore the nuances of these phrases:

I love you.
I always love you.
I am always loving you.
I have loved you.
I have always loved you.
I loved you.
I could have loved you.
I would have loved you.
I might have loved you.
I should have loved you.
I wouldn't have loved you...etc....

Obviously, you could do it with other verbs, but using love (or hate) would make it more interesting for the class.

Anyhow, when we're on the subject of Robots, there's buzz on the net: an interesting question posed by an interesting blog [or blogs I don't understand the web anymore (I found it via popurl.com)]: if you were a robot, and I knew, but you didn't, would you want me to tell you you were a robot?

Interesting. But it would sure depend on the robot. If it's the air-hockey robot, it might just reply that it doesn't care, as long as it beats you in air-hockey. These kinds of questions are why most of San Francisco, I mean Science Fiction sucks.

I'll be in San Francisco on Tuesday!

Maybe the question should be: if you were a robot, and I knew, but you didn't, would I want me to kiss you? Interesting twist, eh?

Now I'm going to use a robot translator for my love poem:

Here's English to Danish to English:
I love you. I forever love you. I am forever affectionate you. I've love you. I've forever love you. I love you. I could receive love you. I ville receive love you. I be at liberty to receive love you. I ought receive love you. I ville that no receive love you. and the like

Here's English to German to German to Polish to Polish to English:
me tendering this status pleasantry until yield owa on collateral until lichen programming language classify as well ausbaldowieren this nuances over this phrases : me love she. me in each love she. me bin in each fond she. me assets loves she. me assets in each loves she. me loves she. me may rashness well-beloved she. me status possess loves she. me mógł rashness well-beloved she. me ought rashness well-beloved she. me status rashness well-beloved she. etc.

Here's English to Brazilian Portueguese to BP to Bulgarian to Bulgarian to English:
АЗ чудо he shoulder be play action a част what em middle определителен член front език ear & investigate определителен член shade на these phrase : АЗ love you. АЗ always love you. АЗ be always lover you. АЗ obtain love you. АЗ obtain always love you. АЗ love you. АЗ p.t. from can tem love you. I'd have love you. АЗ p.t. from may obtain love you. I'd have love you. АЗ as if have love you. etc.

here's my favorite so far, English-Italian-Dutch-Spanish-English
MY thought spent would creature pleasure run on leave expensive whom UNITED NATIONS hub run on leave UNITED NATIONS staid tongue scope or substantiation does the point until multicolored nought this saying : MY sweetmeat you. MY forever sweetmeat you. They swimm forever loving you. I've sweetmeat you. I've forever sweetmeat you. MY sweetmeat you. MY might one's sweetmeat you. MY would creature one's sweetmeat you. MY May MY one's sweetmeat you. MY will one's sweetmeat you. MY would creature one's sweetmeat you. etc

Here's more translator experimentation.

(Go ahead and kick your robot friend in the back of the knee. Actually, the name of that jpeg is "the robot that would not fall down!" And would a robot that can't fall down need friends???)
The real question is, if you know your friend is a robot, and they don't know you're a robot, I mean, they don't know that they're really the robot, how do you know you're not really a robot too??????? Ooooooooooh.

Worse than Bio-metrics: Smile Gauger

This is really bad news for me. Corporations will start measuring our smiles; as far as I go, this means I'm dead meat. I smile for the camera pretty, sure. But my quotidian quotient of queasy easies is mighty low. I'm doomed.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

CGI: The Empire Strikes Back(!)

That exclamation point at the end there was my CGI effect, you see because I was watching Empire Strikes Back, one of my favorite movies of my youth, and I noticed all the scenes without CGI sucked hardcore. You could totally tell they were fake, non-CGI effects.

PS: Meltmaster's music is on KGNU tonight, thanks Little Fyodor.

He played one of my stranger tracks, as one might expect from Little Fyodor. It was one in my Landlady Re-mix series, the current title is Rent1. It was made by triggering my sampler and synthesizer with another sequence I had intended for a different sampler and synth set-up. It got strange. I made it in Carloni's basement.

I got to get to work packing. I'll be in San Francisco on the 15th, for some reason. Oh, to get my visa.

Little Fyodor Under the Floorboards show is pretty cool so far. But I knew it would be. Oops, I think they're having some technical difficulties. Wish it was on podcast. Maybe it is. The KGNU podcast page is hard to figure out.

Friday, April 11, 2008

The Church of Satan is DAMN BORING

Who would've known?

Little Fyodor and Babushka write up in Rocky Mountain News

Link here.

Great band, great people. (And they have the greatest roommate.) Congrats on being awesome.

First Child Camel Jockeys, now Air Hockey

Robots replacing children in sports is nothing new, as A&S Subhino K-man reported earlier this week; so this video of air hockey robot should come as no surprise.

But my god, it freaks me out.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

The Space Lizard Conspiracy: True or not? Vie de bohème, La

Here's a great discussion on an old blog post that should be kept alive. Maybe it is being kept alive, by sancrosanct, crypto-pedophiliac rituals.

And randomness is a kissing cousin to sloppiness, so I'm glad I found you.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Camel, Love and the ABM- a report

Once the poster "children" for human rights's abuses, middle eastern child camel jockeys have been shunned from their sport due to the advances of modern technology. A move that has child advocates around the world cheering.
"Oil-rich Abu Dubai..have begun using remote-controlled robot riders in its camel races in place of child jockeys." For one young Jockey this has come has no surprise.
"We knew the times were changing when we were flown to California, in the United States, to the EA Sports laboratories." Young Solman El-Din states. "For three days we were wired from head to toe and placed on ad-hoc camels made of broom mop tops and pillows." Before the young Jockey, made famous for being denied entrance in the 2007 Kentucky derby for qualifying with a steroid enhanced super camel , had the chance to participate in one final race before puberty set in. he was told to throw away his silks and put away the whip. Welcome to the 21st century of camel riding, he poised.
But one thing young El-Din did not realize was that he was part of the great Alien Black Market.
"For years Aliens had been focusing too much on selling to military." States an insider to ABM activities. "But the military didn't need Alien technology. It was too basic, not destructive enough."
For five years the Aliens sought out government officials in the hopes of making a small fortune until they discovered the Alien Black Market.
"They never thought about how their technology could be used for good. They wanted to see destruction. In the end it was all just a matter of marketing. A concept that they had no sense for." The insider states. "The ABM used their Saudi Connections. A young Sheik named Hamel Diner was the first to contact the ABM. He was simply trying to bridge politically correctness and technology together, hoping to somehow get an edge over his competitors."
"I can't say where the technology actually from," Diner states. His youthful gaze hides the secret knowledge he may possess about our interplanetary strangers. "But my connections from the EAs Sports Lab were somehow able to inject the robot with the young riders competitive DNA through a process I don't understand."
EAs Sports refused to comment on this story, and denies any involvement with camel racing. But a young programmer from the video game company did comment:
"We focus solely on North American gaming save Rugby, Soccer, Cricket, Ping Pong, and Curling."
The amazing robots have allowed the camels to race with speeds that have shocked horse breeders in America.
"It's scary," Says Kent Rockworth. Kent has been training horses for thirty years in North Tennessee. "If you see the robots after each race you see them talking to the camels. I have heard that they can actually communicate with the animals."
Indeed such instances have been frequently noticed. But few reporters are allowed access to the robots. They are quickly shuffled from the track to the stable immediately after each race.
"Each robot has it's own strength." Diner says. "They are six generations deep now. I have nightmares about them. I have even heard about robots training robots to race. There are rumors that the last great jocky Schlomo Mints from Israel was murdered by a robot because he refused to give up his harness." Diner looks down at the dry infertile ground of his homeland in the UAE. "It's out of hand," he says almost weeping. "The sport is changing before my very eyes."
The ABM insider has suspicion that aliens are beginning to manipulate the sport for their own purpose. "They may be broadcasting the sport to their home galaxies. Fixing the races for wealth."
More later.......

LL Cool J; Isadora Duncan, random cut and paste

"Mama Said Knock You Out"


C'mon man

[News Report]

And with the local DBT news, LL Cool J with a triumphant comeback
but tonite...


Don't call it a comeback
I been here for years
Rockin my peers and puttin suckas in fear
Makin the tears rain down like a MON-soon
Listen to the bass go BOOM
Explosion, overpowerin
Over the competition, I'm towerin
Wreckin shop, when I drop these lyrics that'll make you call the cops
Don't you dare stare, you betta move
Don't ever compare
Me to the rest that'll all get sliced and diced
Competition's payin the price


I'm gonna knock you out (HUUUH!!!)
Mama said knock you out (HUUUH!!!)

Don't u call this a regular jam
I'm gonna rock this land
I'm gonna take this itty bitty world by storm
And I'm just gettin warm
Just like Muhummad Ali they called him Cassius
Watch me bash this beat like a skull
Cuz u know I had beef wit
Why do u riff with me, the maniac psycho
And when I pull out my jammy get ready cuz it might go
BLAAAAW, how ya like me now?
The river will not allow
U to get with, Mr. Smith, dont riff
Listen to my gear shift
I'm blastin, outlastin
Kinda like Shaft, so u could say I'm shaftin
Old English filled my mind
And I came up with a funky rhyme



Shadow boxin when I heard you on the radio (HUUUH!!!)
I just don't know
What made you forget that I was raw?
But now I got a new tour
I'm goin insane, startin the hurricane, releasin pain
Lettin you know that you can't gain, I maintain
Unless ya say my name
Rippin, killin
Diggin and drillin a hole
Pass the Ol' Gold


Shotgun blasts are heard
When I rip and kill, at WILL
The man of the hour, tower of power, I'll devour
I'm gonna tie you up and let you understand
that I'm not your average man
when I got a jammy in my hand
DAAAAAM!!!!! Oooooohh!!
Listen to the way I slaaaaay, your crew
Damage (UHH) damage (UHH) damage (UHH) damage
Destruction, terror, and mayhem
Pass me a sissy so suckas I'll slay him
Farmers (What!!!) Farmers (What!!!)
I'm ready (we're ready!!!)
I think I'm gonna bomb a town (get down!!)
Don't u neva, eva, pull my lever
Cuz I explode
And my nine is easy to load
I gotta thank God
Cuz he gave me the strength to rock
HARD!! knock you out, mama said knock you out


As I mentioned in the comments your writing will improve if you learn how to make more complex sentences. Writing complex sentences involves inspecting your writing for sentences that repeat nouns, phrasal verbs and even entire phrases and then combining them to reduce repetition. Watch, I can improve my last couple of sentences by combining:
If you learn how to combine sentences that repeat nouns, phrasal verbs and even entire phrases you can reduce repetition and make your sentences more readable and interesting.

Slavery in Ancient Greece

A will be doing some creative translating of this if I ever finish my homework for my Korea job. Here's a sample of the original:

One did not expect much of slave children. The yearly attrition was reckoned at ten per cent, and one naturally wished to keep one's slaves as useful animals. One saw one's friend suffer hardships or perish without being much concerned; but one took one's slave to the doctor and nursed him, if he died, one lamented and regarded it as a loss.

We may ask what happened when a region became so impoverished that it could no longer afford to buy slaves, and especially when the number of free-born laborers dropped as they became more loath to work. Most likely the country soon turned into a waste.

Later on, Cappadocians, Phrygians, and Lydians usually did the baking because of their skill in it. On large estates a slave was made an overseer of the others, and from among the female slaves one became the stewardess who was carefully instructed and treated gently and discreetly. Aristotle supposed that one should respect and deal fairly with slaves entrusted with the more responsible jobs, while giving the ordinary ones plenty of good wholesome food. Larger households needed doorkeepers to check on things carried in and out. A slave no longer useful for other work might well have handled this.

Monday, April 07, 2008

And Dan Arrives back in Korea...

बोम्बे गेनिउस पीटी 2

Dan the Bombay Genius Part III

This is a series that only makes sense if you watch them in order:

Dan the Bombay Genius Part II

Dan the Bombay Genius

I guess you'll be seeing a lot of these things, not just here but everywhere. It's the new Madlibs, except you don't need people.

Emo's in Mexico

I don't know exactly what this means, but this fantastic pull quote gives me an idea:

"It's a great clusterfuck for the American mind's idea of Mexico," Arellano said. "This teaches the rest of the world that Mexico is not just a bunch of cactuses and sombreros."

Fantastic. I'm so interested in Emos as I am Gothos. Back when I was a kid there "New Wavers" and "Stoners." Before that it was freaks and geeks, or something, or other. Maybe there's a social history out there. To paraphrase an anonymous bystander, the thing about goths, is that when you meet them in person they're really really boring people. I don't know if that is universal. I don't understand these sorts of tribalisms; do kids wake up someday and decide "I'm going emo;" or "I'm going goth."

I've got a million different feelings in me baby, and want to use them; I want to use them all!
Big Daddy, the fantastic Burl Ives:

Pictures of Leaving, Part 1

Click on this facebook link.

Friday, April 04, 2008

Baby Lucy

Hope everything goes well. We've known Ben and Marlena for a long time, and are especially dear friends of my brother. Wow.

Hot dog!

The other night I was flipping around the television and the Food Network had one of its behind the scene shows; this one was about hot dogs. My mom was in the room, messing with her shiny new mac, when she noticed that the show didn't talk about where the meat comes from. All the show showed was hot dogs shooting out of a machine. And then they went on about the first hot dog at the worlds' fair and all the kinds of condiments, with expansive coverage on SAUERKRAUT and MUSTARD. No mention of its original source. Anyhow, maybe my ancestors were on to something when they said no eat no pigs; There was nothing on the Food Network show about BRAIN MIST DISEASE:


I wasn't watching the FOODNETWORK TV show too closely, but I don't even know if it mentioned any animals; neither fish nor fowl. One last thing, vegan Mickey Z says that Obama's a fascist too. Okay okay, I said I'd stop using that word. And I knew that he was a fascist. But if we don't have hope, at least we can hope for hope.

And my pal Wendi is talking about scarier things; what's in our water supply.

Never mind. Let's think happy thoughts.

(Super Grover: Save US!)

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Chinese Horoscope for Today

Is spot on as usual:

Disturbed atmosphere as far as your physical and psychic state is concerned--tendency to edginess, clumsy movements, rather pronounced stress and above all diffuse anxiety. Take some rest and give yourself a treat. Beware of your utterances which may outrun your thoughts and cause damage. Powerful friendships will help you progress in your career. You'll not know what stance to adopt concerning your children, and this will anger you.

That's for us wood tigers, you understand. I'm especially worried about what stance I should take regarding my children. Maybe the Celestial Bureacracy is referring to my nephew. We had a pretty good time today, only one altercation.

Wish I could get an RSS feed on here of my Chinese Zodiac. I'll look into that.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

I'm always into checking the old site meter

There's always some strange stuff, but this search that lead to A&S is probably my favorite so far.

The clinch is that it was a French surf.