Thursday, January 31, 2008
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
or four chords
it is not a rock song
it is not a dream
it is not a whisper
but an endless chatter
So tell me
blood, sweat, tears
tubes, drains, papers
that brought you here?
it is a machine beeping
to the floor
as you try to walk faster
it is more
it is not beautiful
things i wanted to
that i didn't and
maybe we just
ran out of
or i forgot
hang on to
the shadows of
an illusion of
before the fact
before we'd ever
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
image from http://graphics.jsonline.com/graphics/owlive/img/jul02/mingus071402_big.jpg
So, Charles Mingus' album "Cumbia and Jazz Fusion" has been totally blowing me away lately.
Click here for a video of a rehersal for the LEGENDARY performance in Stockholm, 1964:
i'm typing this except that
the worlds feels so
achingly beautiful now
(your phrase, not mine)
and i guess i had
thought, suddenly, of
our mutual friend
"If You Could Read My Mind, love"
on the rooftop of the WAG on a
bluesky summer day,
sirens in the
you were crying and
someone's hand was
on my back,
and just now,
i thought of you,
in far away montreal,
drunk in the redyellow sun
of grassy hospital yard and i
wanted to protect you
from all of this, and to
but i can't
life has dealt us all
its hands i'm
glassy eyed now with
whoever believes in
though he were
dead yet shall
he live with
old age and
on us now
bright blue day,
Monday, January 21, 2008
Howdy. Im in Ontario clearing trails through the bush for a prospection Uranium mine. There's a strong force of people in the area native and non-native who are oposed to the mine. On the 28th they say that they'll put up a blockade (ipperwash) so that we can't go to work. I signed a three month contract. If work stops I still get payed!
Uranium is a highly radioactive material. If you bought a uranium care charged with a peice of uranium the size of a double A battery. That Uranium car would keep going without needing a new battery for 50+ years. Uranium is weird.
Watch the news for this story. On the 28th of january it should be national news.
(Ill be in my balaclava trying to stir the pot)
Thursday, January 17, 2008
The Los Angeles County Superior Court suit says Palliser, which introduced the Brando home theater chair in 2004, has “callously and willfully” disregarded the family’s rights to Brando’s name and likeness. It specifically accuses the company of misappropriation of the name of a deceased celebrity, which is a violation of the state’s civil code.
The Brando estate is seeking an injunction prohibiting Palliser from selling the Brando chair, as well as other unspecified damages and legal fees.
The suit includes a copy of a letter Palliser sent to representatives of the estate in January. In the letter, the company denied the chair was named for the late actor. It said Brando was chosen because it is the name of a popular tourist area on the island of Corsica.
Friday, January 11, 2008
here in the darkness awake
but what spark of light is this
draws burning venomous kiss
formless shadows play to dance
as distant peaks begin to ring
see there red spot on hands
reawaken ruin they can bring
distance banish thee from sight
cast the very stars from the night
speak none. hear none. see no.
No, not what i have done
Fear is not beyond thee imagination
but precision exacted on the reality
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
Cellar door is a combination of words in the English language once characterized by J. R. R. Tolkien to have an especially beautiful sound (In his 1955 essay "English and Welsh").
Wilfred Funk's list of the most beautiful words in English: ASPHODEL, FAWN, DAWN, CHALICE, ANEMONE, TRANQUIL, HUSH, GOLDEN, HALCYON, CAMELLIA, BOBOLINK, THRUSH, CHIMES, MURMURING, LULLABY, LUMINOUS, DAMASK, CERULEAN, MELODY, MARIGOLD, JONQUIL, ORIOLE, TENDRIL, MYRRH, MIGNONETTE, GOSSAMER, ALYSSEUM, MIST, OLEANDER, AMARYLLIS, ROSEMARY. [Alysseum may be a misspelling of alyssum, but this is how the word appears in Paul Dickson's Words.]
In the same poll, other American writers, poets, and critics responded with these selections: HOME (Lowell Thomas), CHATTANOOGA (Irvin S. Cobb), MELODY (Charles Swain Thomas), NOBILITY (Stephen D. Wise), VERMILION (Lew Sarett), GRACIOUS (Bess Streeter Aldrich), PAVEMENT (Arnold Bennett), LOVELY (George Balch Nevin), HARBORS OF MEMORY (William McFee), and NEVERMORE (Elias Lieberman). Louis Untermeyer responded, "The most musical words seem to be those containing the letter 'l'. I think, offhand, of such words as VIOLET, LAKE, LAUGHTER, WILLOW, LOVELY, and other such limpid and liquid syllables" [Charles Turner].
According to James Joyce, CUSPIDOR is the most beautiful word in English [Dickson].
In A Pilgrim at Tinker Creek (page 86), Annie Dillard writes: "My friend Rosanne Coggeshall, the poet, says that 'sycamore' is the most intrinsically beautiful word in English" [Sarah Gossett].
A survey conducted in 2004 by the British Council which asked more than 40,000 people around the world to rank the most beautiful words among a list of 70 words found MOTHER first, followed by PASSION, SMILE, LOVE, and ETERNITY [Charles Turner].
The ten worst-sounding words in English, according to a poll by the National Association of Teachers of Speech in August, 1946: CACOPHONY, CRUNCH, FLATULENT, GRIPE, JAZZ, PHLEGMATIC, PLUMP, PLUTOCRAT, SAP, and TREACHERY.
According to reporter, editor, writer, and author Willard R. Espy, the ten most beautiful words in the English language are GONORRHEA, GOSSAMER, LULLABY, MEANDERING, MELLIFLUOUS, MURMURING, ONOMATOPOEIA, SHENANDOAH, SUMMER AFTERNOON, WISTERIA [The Book of Lists 2 (1980)].
In a 2005 column in the New York Times, James Gorman wrote that he was infatuated with the word AMYGDALA. "I like its sound, you might say its musicality" [Robert Brown].
According to Espy, the ten ugliest-sounding words in English, excluding indecent words, are FRUCTIFY, KUMQUAT, QUAHOG, CREPUSCULAR, KAKKAK, GARGOYLE, CACOPHONOUS, AASVOGEL, BROBDINGNAGIAN, JUKEBOX [The Book of Lists: The '90s Edition].
VICTUALS (pronounced "vittles") is the ugliest word in the language according to Harry Golden [Dickson].
NYNEX was deemed to be the worst name of any company in America by the publisher of Advertising Age [Dickson].
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
what was said behind the words
could not be stopped.
live by thee, die by thee
A carcass whole, sinew
and bone at the crossroads
pools of blood full of swords
come here to be reborn
carry truth into the light
hide not in the darkness
cast by your own night
It is not just dreaming minds that lie
Beyond swimming lost horizons
Monday, January 07, 2008
Saturday, January 05, 2008
Friday, January 04, 2008
I was most interested in the Mosuo's mores and rules associated with love, marriage and commerce.
04/01/2008 9:15:00 AM
The pop star is going to stay with her nice friends at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for awhile.Related Video: Watch Britney's hospital drama caught on tape | Britney's Piece Of Me video
It was a pretty quiet day yesterday, except for when Britney Spears, practically frothing, was strapped to a gurney and carted off to a hospital. A spokesperson for the L.A. police said the sexy schoolgirl turned python-wrangler turned wig enthusiast was on drugs at the time. Her mansion in L.A. became a standoff zone around 7 pm, when Kevin Federline's bodyguard rolled in to pick up the kids for daddy time. While the bodyguard managed to get two-year-old Sean, Britney wouldn't hand over one-year-old Jayden. Making matters worse, Britney locked her court-ordered parenting supervisor out of the house while she hid inside with her assistant Carla, pal Alli Sims and Jayden. After 90 minutes, the bodyguard called the police.
After getting paperwork from K-Fed's lawyer, the police busted into Britney's house and strapped her to a gurney. As she was being loaded into an ambulance, pictures on TMZ show her with a dopey smile on her face, although Ok! reports she was in tears when she was being taken out of her home. The 26-year-old was taken to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center at 11:50 pm, where she was held overnight. Britney's one-year-old son Jayden was also taken to the hospital in an ambulance, TMZ reports, while Sean was staying with his dad. So far Britney's visitors have included her father Jamie, le K-Fed, and her pal Sam Lutfi, oh, and Us Weekly and TMZ. Ok! reports that she will be held under observation for 24 hours, and then will likely be slapped with a charge or two.
It was a Daniel Powter-style bad day for Britney all around. The day started with her showing up to a two-hour deposition with Kevin Federline's lawyer an hour and 45 minutes late. She had missed the previous day's deposition and had skipped out of one in December, blaming anxiety.
We're kind of grateful this meltdown happened. The court should be able to make some moves now to put her kids in a less meth-y, er, messy, environment. And, as always, we're grateful she didn't die.
Thursday, January 03, 2008
Wednesday, January 02, 2008
Your work as an artist spans a variety of media. Is there a particular medium that best conveys your messages?
--I don't define my work by medium. Being an artist is a life choice that encompasses all aspects of one's life--not only the moments when one is "making art".
Being an artist involves living one's life meaningfully --that is, as a meaning-generating act.
It also involves making one's life public, making it into something shared and open to others' judgement and influence.
Of course, what I have just said applies to all of us, not only to artists. As a result, many artists in the modern period have asserted that everyone is an artist!
If I were pressed to define my medium of interest, it would be "society".
When people view your installations or participate in your performances, what you do want them to learn, to take away with them?
--Here is my ideal scenario: that my work makes people feel engaged enough and free enough to give something of themselves to the project. There is a place within each of us that is our source of meaning, our power, our gift to the world.
Through my work, I would like to touch that place in other people, and in this way to create situations of contact and intimacy with others. Art withers without this intimacy, and so do individuals.
Tuesday, January 01, 2008
I know it's not really 2008 New Years related, but it was created in 2008 =)
It will take me 10 years to get around to actually carving it, but this design was inspired by a recent fascination with chess, and my interest in Northern culture (as well as Carlos's).