Sunday, August 27, 2006

Take a look at the new two rocket system Nasa has developed..."Orion". Absolutely fascinating. I'm always a little torn with these Nasa things... national debt, cancer, AIDS, starvation, hurricane reconstruction....or space.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Go here and listen to Beneath a Heart of Darkness....

Animals we are. But I know there are good hearts in this world that will steer us the right way one day.

Monday, July 17, 2006

David Byrne makes one of the most articulate expressions about the creative process in a recent Pitchfork interview. What a great mind:

"There's still a feeling that uncensored emotions make a good song. They don't. Pure emotion is just somebody screaming at you, or crying. It doesn't communicate anything. It has to be mediated with some skill and craft, in order to communicate it to a second, a third, or a fourth person. That doesn't make it any less real. And it doesn't make it any less true. But it does mean that, yeah, it's the combination that makes it work."

Saturday, May 06, 2006

American Majesty

Great American record. Michael Holland used to play in Jennyanykind and is a talented cat...check out Crystal Meth Freak.....

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Post Crunch

It could be that mind is not up to speed this a.m., but I'm starting to lose track of all the genre/sub-genre/subversive-genres of music these days. It seems that most of these are springing out of what used to be called techno (which I think is no longer used) and hip hop, but they are prevelant everywhere (slow-core, emo core, shoegaze, post-rock (a true misnomer), glitch, twee pop, etc., etc,...).

So I am going to save many writers some trouble and forecast some genres for the next year:

Post Crunch
Pasty Town
Rip Rip
Cloud Hop
Frizz Core
Peter Pop
Antique Beat
Salad Core
Post Ear

Monday, April 03, 2006


I was watching
Big Love last night on HBO (which should be a topic to discuss on its own polygamist merits) and noticed a scene which I have seen at least five or more times in the last couple of weeks- a vicious wolf attacking a child. It is entirely ignorant to continue with this portrayal, not to mention trite and lazy writing for what is usually a pretty interesting show.

There has never been a documented case of wolves attacking human beings in the continental U.S. There are only a couple of cases known where wolves scavenged on humans (one of which was during a drought that coincided with the Mexican-American war and a corpse-strewn battlefield).

Never the less, we have multitudes of nursery rhymes to reinforce the fear, not to mention at least one scene on every "great american pioneer" movie ever made (except for Dances with Wolves). Bears and Mountain Lions are far more dangerous, but there is something about the expression of a growling wolf which makes more of an impact for the directors.

Why not go ahead and put a Sasquatch in place of the wolf for your next scene? Such an attack would be absolutely as credible as the ones I keep seeing with wolves.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Consider the Lobster

Consider the Lobster
, David Foster Wallace's latest essay book is brilliant as usual. This guy is so incredibly talented....while his fiction sometimes becomes a little too much like work for me, his essays are always funny and enlightening. The whole subtext of this main essay is whether or not animals feel pain, how they feel pain, how much pain is considered true pain, and finally what moral, ethical, or otherwise carnivore-related questions do we raise at the Maine Lobster Festival- the largest mass-boiling of live creatures event known to man.

So the author (a self-descibed meat eater hoping to find out that it's really OK to eat this sweet lobster meat) visits this festival and forrays into long detailed ruminations about the biology of the brain and nervous system and the philosophy of pain.

More importantly, he asks the reader a complicated question: If you eat meat, but you whince at the thought or discussion of how your meat got to your table, why do you whince? It's one thing to know the process and be at peace with it.

It's quite another to know the process, not be at peace with it, and still want the meat. This is the fundamental paradox of our nature as human carnivores.

Now, I would like to discuss this more, but I have a date with a yummy bowl of sushi.....