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The Art of Simon Bisley.
I haven't seen the new Batman film yet.
Looks like it borrows from
One. Give me a couple of days or so.
Mazzucchelli doesn't appear to have a website.
can read this for free. As someone
who has read his brilliant but demanding short stories, I strongly recommend
that you increase your IQ by 70 points, assuming the base and site average
of 130, before jumping into it. It not easy read. Or to quote a blurb on
Greg Egan's "Axiomatic": "Science fiction for people who like science
fiction." I once quoted techno mage
Stross in my Locus Online story about
Harlan Ellison's lawsuit (check footnote 16) and I also
kicked his Scot ass all over the place for claiming that Dean was a
stooge for the trusted computing movement. I'm sure he's forgiven me. After
all, I was right.
ONLINE MUSIC EMPORIUM
Interspersed Theme: Girl with the Beautiful Tone
Esthero "That Girl" (only
vid I could find)
Mahavishnu Orchestra Covers
by Gregg Bendian's Mahavishnu Project
Try "You Know
You Know" and "Meeting
of the Spirits" (Real Actual Jazz Rock That's Downloadable!)
Massive Attack's "Protection",
featuring Everything But the Girl vocalist
Only Goldfrapp tune I like "Pilots"
Try All The Superior Koop Vids but "Summer
Sun" makes you want to live, even if
have stolen your vote.
Trail of Dead's "Caterwaul"
(rips off Led Zep's "Black Dog" but in a good way...)
the Blues Away"
Eighty Mile Beach's "Red
Helicopters" (need more clarinet in acid jazz)
Zero 7 "Destiny
And I Gotta Have
More Cowbell! "Little
(I am amazed by this band.)
Gallery level ar-teest
Williams is also drawing the comics version of
Darren Aronofsky's "The Fountain". And I think the new Batman movie
looks good adolescent fanboy that I am...
American Scientification Around the Internets
Ted Rall on Our Boil 'Em Alive
Update on Vote
Fraud in Ohio
Worldchanging Interview with Cyborg Democracy Spokespeople Garreau, Naem and
Humans gets a facelift. They're trying the Daily Kos Scoop model. I've
already registered as Steelydan.
Multiple Reasons Why We're Screwed (His
high brow academic terminology) in Iraq by Juan Cole (short version:
insurgency widespread with deep public support + too few American troops)
(My short counter to the short version: A Chaotic ethnic rivalry in Iraq
makes it easier for us to steal their oil. That's the overall evil plan. The
Dark Side is strong...)
Understands the Dark Side
I'm reading Cringely
again thanks to Robot Wisdom.
Epochal Events You Might Have Missed.
Bit Torrent Now Has A
Search Function...Search for "Best of Seka" comes up empty...
Space Confab (cue the Heinlein vibe)
Well, I sorta liked it.
For me, its about the gorgeous Mysty visuals even though I do care about the
characters. Sad to see the Jedi slaughtered like that. (Had to be more
survivors than just the two. Not convinced am I of Mace Windu's demise.) But
man those worlds are beautiful. Alien architecture and alien flowers rule.
Loved that big goofy lizard. I find that the actions of the Sith remind me
of the Bush administration, although the direct plotline seems more like the
episode "The Die is Cast". That's where the
Administration knew about 9-11 Dominion knew about the secret
attack but did nothing to stop it because it fit into their imperialist
world-owning plans. You be the judge and no
I am not this person. I wish George would do two or three more. He could
always shop the director's duties. What else is he going to do in his final
20 years? American Graffiti 3?
Meanwhile, back to our
harsh and evil reality, where the Dark Side is winning resoundingly...
I'm looking forward to seeing the
next Stars Wars movie.
say it's a thinly disguised attack on the Iraqi war. Of course, the same
people who attack Mike Moore
are already complaining
about the film. Looks like I'll have to see it, five time or more, then.
Artist Juan Zanotto
passed away. Here's
some info about his
work. He looks like someone whose work I may have seen in Metal Hurlant
or in those astonishingly well-illustrated Warren books of yesteryear.
Around the Internets
Lindie in her Room, B366B, Site C
Lindie is putting herself through school by waiting tables in the city.
"I will run my own company one day. And I will definitely have a place of my
(From South Africa With
Mooney has asked for
some suggestions for new additions to his blogroll.
Aside from shamelessly
plugging this site, I really think he has to add
Worldchanging. The above photo
is from a photo essay called "From South Africa with Love". South Africa
came up with a wonderful constitution, but our friends at the World
Bank--now headed by notorious
neo-con vampire Paul
Wolfowitz--are working overtime to keep the
its citizens poor, unable to
afford their soon
to be privatized water sources.
And that's just one link. The other killer links include
reactive solar wallpaper,
an Indian made
electric car (Downside: only gets 40 miles per gallon, but in Tokyo or
the emerging mega cities of China, it might not be too bad.), and
undoes RNC protest prosecutions--love that term "the participatory
This came out
my previous post on Philly's waycool wifi cloud: the
war against public
broadband. I guess the point here is that more broadband means more
democracy. The Democratic Party, which includes Ed Rendell, should support
it every opportunity they can. Can the Washington Generals party even
imagine winning a game?
One of the best debunkers of the
"Global Warming is a Myth" crowd is Chris Mooney by the way. I highly
this speech if you want to understand not only the dangers of the
Intelligent Design movement, but how the objective mainstream media approach
doesn't help us very much in understanding the problem. He also does his
usual excellent work on debunking the global warming debunkers
Local site that offers a "Carnegie
Military University" factsheet. It's from a site called
from a Marxist Perspective
I'm headed to Hacker
High School, where all the kewl kids go! I might get laid this
time...no? Same as before?
By the way
I got all my news about the apparently wondrous Philadelphia Wi-fi cloud
not from my local corporate media outlets, but from the excellent Daily
Wireless. I like taking the bus so Rendell gets my vote probably. But his
decision to cave in and only let Philly do this was a bad call. I might note
that his conservative detractors would only be too happy to point out that
he's a stooge for the cable companies, which was done over at Grassroots
(our local Drudge like site.) The reason I don't like it is that if you help
the corporate cable companies, you help Republicans. Broadband for the
masses means you, in theory, replace Fox News with Air America and 2
Political Junkies. Why is a Democrat opposed to this? Did you need the
monopolist cable vote that badly? More
here from the Philly CIO. And where was the Pittsburgh delegation
demanding their piece? This is why the
Generals theory of the Democratic Party makes sense--the theory that the
Democratic Party is paid to roll over as the other less ruthless business
party. I mean, I didn't support the Nader run, but I understand why he
ran...(although not the second time...)
Speaking of Air America, look up last Thursday's Morning Sedition (April 7)
Marc and Mark's interview with Jeremy Rifkin about his new book on the
ascendant European Union.
(last 15 minutes) Rifkin, while stressing that it's not a utopia, makes
Europe sound like some fantastical place, just minutes away from The Shire
and Earthsea, with their mandatory 6 week vacations and state funded health
and child care and a government that functions to protect the public good as
opposed to raping it. And in a related story:
number one in many ways.
City review done as a comic book. (from Gravity Lens comments
section...I wonder what his take was on the movie, so I can publicly
ridicule it as is my wont. He shall rue the day...)
Methuselah Mouse Page (not religious)
Space Race News
Let me add my praises.
Sin City rocked.
It's just a gorgeous film. I can't say I was that impressed with the
writing--it really felt like Pulp Fiction two in its narrative vibe and
Tarantino even directs a scene. I also know Frank Miller is capable of
better writing. In fact, for the record, I think Ronin, Martha Liberty, all
of his Batman books and his stunning Electra (Why didn't the people who were
doing that awful Electra film just follow his adaptation?) were more
interesting than his Sin City books.
On the other
hand, it was visually stunning. You just haven't seen anything like this
before. Hookers with uzis and swords are cool. And I don't mean stunning but
cold like that World of Tomorrow movie, but a tech that felt organic and
stylized, even warm. In fact, because the scenes were so drained of color,
every hint of baby blue or
bloody red felt special and rewarding. And, of
course, unlike those inept people who have ruined the Electra franchise,
these producers were smart enough not only to bring in Frank Miller, but to
let him co-direct as well. And they didn't radically rewrite his hard boiled
strip and felt no need to add Tom Sawyer apparently. Smart. Now, if we could
just get Alan Moore to go to Hollywood. Give him an Ozymandius-style Big
Wall of tv screens to direct from Northampton.
AROUND THE INTERNETS
Two "We're All
Gonna Dieeeeee" Stories from Future Pundit. There's
increasing possibility that you will die from the Avian flu. The flu has
an 80 percent mortality rate. He assures us that he will give us some
helpful hints to survive if he's not killed by the plague. As for his second
massive death scenario, Futurepundit suggests that the geological
that happens every 60 million years or so is overdue. Could be, and this
is my speculation, something that distorts the outer rim of the solar system
and forces meteors and comets streaming our way,perhaps that long rumored
twin star or a rogue black hole. Who knows. Just something to worry about
that you can probably do nothing about--at least not without a viable space
Worldchanging, one of the best
alternative energy and development blogs, ever, has two interesting stories
about wind power--which is already competitive with fossil fuels. One
wind turbines that look like high flying kites, or this:
The other story involves something called
multi rotor wind
power. And it looks like this:
The guy behind Worldchanging was
Changesurfer radio by the way.
CNN has discovered a
aircar, and apparently forgotten about the
aircar, which has been around for
years. We don't invest in those things here because we're evil
Americans. I'm buying an eye patch meself. I practice saying Kill
Iranians Syrians Bond Now! That's what evil Americans do now. Or,
if commenting about the Iraqi War, I note that
I mourn the 1500 Americans that have died, and ignore the thousands of
Iraqis that we murdered for no good reason. That's evil. And to think I
used to regret that this guy stopped writing. No more. Yeah, "Victory is
Cheap" when you're not doing the fighting.
A Slacker Astronomy Podcast?
I'll have to try that when I have some time...and as I was looking at that I
wondered where I could find a podcast directory and that led me
page...and that led me to
Leo Laporte's new radio
gig. I miss Leo. Gawd how they destroyed Tech Tv. I never watch it now.
Charlie Stross has placed his
story online for you to read. And so I will.
available as a toy O Lord I do not believe in.
Article About Aging That Hopefully doesn't insult Aubrey personally.
Teacher and student suspended for bypassing idiotic filters.
fave science program is now available as a mp3s and podcasts. And also
from Boing Boing: Richard Kadrey
new novel as a free PDF. And he points you to another free book
Now, this if funny:
Lethem and Chabon to the rescue.
My friend El Jefe ("He Shall Rue
the Day...") over at Gravity Lens thought
was eye candy without
(Update: he responds on the same thread.)
I disagree. I thought it was a
gorgeous looking film with a fairly compelling story. In fact, as I started
watching it I wondered why I had never seen it even in Pittsburgh's Indy
film theaters. After I finished watching it, I could make a guess. It was
produced by French people and featured a doltish fundamentalist lead
character who was leading his people to doom. All of this set on a tree of
bio tech wreckage, where our female hero disdains hierarchy and gives power
to the masses. El Jefe said he saw this coming. Okay. Perhaps El "drowned in
Ayn Rand's musky aroma" Jefe didn't like the commie Up With Computer
Generated People message at the end. His loss.
And famous pulp fiction painter James Avati,
whose work and style you've seen even if you never knew his name (like me),
passed away recently. So, whenever an artist shucks off this mortal coil I
will honor him here by showing his work. I'm sure someone will do the same
for me. ("Ack! Phil's resistance cell has been blow'd up! So, check out
Phil's computer art pieces here.....")
Links N' Things I should be studying more:
New Wired is out. Cover
stories on hybrids happens to be
out. Bruce Sterling also blogs and offers running commentary on
Lebanese bombing and how the
US is getting dumber, even features a Red State slam against Alabama.
Big news there...
is up and running and not very interesting, yet. Potentially, though, it
could be very very interesting. I've checked out some of the 8 music vids--not
in favor very much from music channels these days--and I enjoyed the one
tune from the ex Throwing Muses Kristen Hersh.(B-) There's also a
related story in Wired about a band using P2P to distribute their video,
even features a slam against Launch, which, with current memory, should have
every video ever made but doesn't.
The Democracy Lie
by Juan Cole
Resistance Dot Org
How To Turn
Your Red State Blue (Short version: Look at the Mormons and canvassing
New issue of Neo Files
Has Been Out Awhile
Both books by my
Cyborg Democracy pals are recommended by Scientific American. How's that
Morrisey tune go...Don't you hate it when your friends become successful?
And out of a jealous raging spite, I'm permalinking
Ramez Naam. His book is called
"More Than Human: Embracing the Promise of Biological Enhancement." Not to
be confused with this excellent Theodore Sturgeon graphic novel, which I
used to own, until I gave it away like an idiot...
I just can't get enough of
from Katie Nice,
of Spumco (Ren and Stimpy) fame.
I got this
from a blog I'll be
stealing from looking at. It's called "Drawn"
I usually don't permalink a site until I get to know it better but in this
case...I'll be using a condom.
And oh look: I just stepped into the Internets and found
this public archive of art. Amazing those Internets.
Robot Wisdom, you can only contain him. Kneel before his almighty
powers of linkage: (Kneel before Zod!)
Detailed history of political blogs and the Gannon
Pakistani terrorists target Indian programming
Evidence that the Iraqi resistance has no head
Voting Glitch Haunts Statistician
OBL dotting I's and T's
Before Nuclear Attack?
Corporate Watch UK
I like this quote: "The Earth is not dying, it is
being killed, and those who are killing it have names and addresses."
- Utah Phillips
says Do Not Press and I know I shouldn't touch that red
button, but, oh well...
Look, I don't
know if you can judge a book by its cover, but judging from the trailer,
Sin City may be the greatest film ever made...
The European artist
Zdzislaw Beksinski who I had never
heard of and whose first name I can't pronounce, (although he reminds me of
Jacek Yerka), was found
murdered in his home. I like his dark style. I wonder if he would have
preferred his gruesome demise...? (Probably not.)
On a related
note, I found these interesting pages of surrealistic art
My arch foe (He shall
rue the day...)at Gravity Lens has some interesting posts. These
animation shorts by
Doug Chiang truly are impressive. He also alerted me to a site called the
Venus Project. They're
building the Brave New World here on Earth. They're just not too sure about
that constitution yet.
And Robot Wisdom
is Back!!! And he's baaaaaader than Eva...! I have some affection
for Jorn and hope he conquers his problems. He holds a sentimental value for
me because he's one of the first persons on the net to imply that I'm a
dick, the first of many I might add...
some great catches from Jorn already:
CIA drones over Iran, and this profile of
over at Wired.
One of the ironies of
the Iraqi and Afghan elections:
They get more
democracy than we do.
Of course the BTK killer
is devoutly religious. Time to reread Bertrand Russell's "Why
I'm Not a Christian."
plans from Japan.
leads the way in alt fuels. Well, someone should.
Luis Royo. Nuff said.
robot from a
japanese artist i wasn't aware of
And a bunch o' links
discovered Red Pepper, sort of a
Interesting site about direct democracy,
which I'm researching. Don't be put off by the use of the word
confederation. They're from Norway. (However, I refuse to call my new
Martian society the Confederacy. Sorry.)
There's more on
vote fraud case here. The attorneys who are pursuing this have provided
about 900 pages of evidence. Both scary and depressing.
I found two new nan sites run by scientists
McGovern (That's former darkside CIA operative McGovern) on how it's a
war for oil,
if you haven't guessed already.
Overview of Digital Activism, and there's a link to
Another Interesting Boycott Company
Bill McKibbon, who I often don't
agree with, addresses the
conundrum/problem of how environmentalists can be against Wind.
New Fangled Drug Tests
(Scary part of story: New Federal law that could allow for testing of
drugged drivers--no matter how unimpaired you may happen to be.)
How to beat
Napster's DRM scheme. Done, seemingly, within seconds.
Russian MP3s Sell
for 20 cents a song.
Tom Moody sampled
Looks like the Bush administration
tried to stop this from entering the country. Yet you can watch
this toon online.
Links N' Things:
Interviews Brian Eno. But the link doesn't make it clear where...(Oh
Click on the latest show link on the upper right hand side. Not sure where
Moore's last interview is. He was interviewed last week...)
The above photo of Titan
was rendered by an
"amateur". It looks like a nice place to visit, even though it's all
methane and explosive gases. Why doesn't it go up in a ball of smoke? They
must get lightening on Titan. Looks pretty though.
Hellraising Atheist Site (He's
starting a Carnival of the Atheists.)
by Robert Kennedy? He would be great. I've seen him in action...And I
now predict a plane crash and/or lone gunman will kill him in 3, 2, 1...
Why Do We Have
Reproductive Choice Laws?
Free Juliana Hatfield
Downloads Right Here
Ken Layne Columns on Secession.
The Center for Responsible Nanotechnology Has Built A
Timeline for Real Molecular
Manufacturing (Short version:10 to 20 years)
You can now get your own
Jesusland T-Shirt Here.
Politics N' Science Links:
River at Baghdad Burning Tells Us Life Still Sucks in Iraq
Site About Companies That Engage In
Essay About Corporations Corrupting Academia
Nanotech and Energy Startups
Dimming (So much for solar...is it an oil industry plot?)
Freedom to Tinker Guy Comments on Wired Article, Wired Writer Comments in
the Comments Section
Primer on What
the Falling Dollar Means
Oddly In Depth Yet Insulting Profile of Anti-Aging Spokesman Aubrey De Grey
("He sho' is weird...he dresses funny! N' he's got that crazy assed beard!)
Predictable Yet Justified
Outraged Reaction At
Fighting Aging and Cyborg Democracy
Creative Commoners of the world Unite! you have
nothing to lose but your antiquated and inefficient copyright regime chains!
Freas passed away during the last several days. These were two legends
in science fiction and comics circles. Full links
on Eisner here.
See some extra pics of Freas over at
Sounds and Pictures.
Links n Stuff
Local Paper Covers
Intelligent Design Debate.
They Got It Wrong.
I'm Debating Local Guy
Over Stem Cell
Sure I'm Winning.
I review the New Wired
Story About Local Robotics Hero Hans Moravec And His New Company
teleportation doesn't mean teleportion of people, but it could
quantum communication--which could lead to the teleportation of
people. Just have to build that quantum communication receiver...
Steam Engine Car
Biofueled Cars...One Day They Will Eat People
How Craigslist Takes Away Ad Revenue From Newspapers (I used to
have something up
called five dollar classifieds but why bother...? Can't say I would
lose any sleep if corporate media newspapers went under. Any press
that allows fascist governments to rule unquestioned and
unchallenged deserve to die...)
Cory Doctorow Reams Out Wired Management. No comment from Boing
Boing Poster and Wired staffer Xeni Jardin (who's hot!).
If I were in Chris's seat, I would be sure
that every single review of a DRM device carried the following
notice: WARNING: THIS DEVICE'S FEATURES ARE SUBJECT TO REVOCATION
WITHOUT NOTICE, ACCORDING TO TERMS SET OUT IN SECRET NEGOTIATIONS.
YOUR INVESTMENT IS CONTINGENT ON THE GOODWILL OF THE WORLD'S MOST
PARANOID, TECHNOPHOBIC ENTERTAINMENT EXECS. THIS DEVICE AND DEVICES
LIKE IT ARE TYPICALLY USED TO CHARGE YOU FOR THINGS YOU USED TO GET
FOR FREE -- BE SURE TO FACTOR IN THE PRICE OF BUYING ALL YOUR MEDIA
OVER AND OVER AGAIN. AT NO TIME IN HISTORY HAS ANY ENTERTAINMENT
COMPANY GOTTEN A SWEET DEAL LIKE THIS FROM THE ELECTRONICS PEOPLE,
BUT THIS TIME THEY'RE GETTING A TOTAL WALK. HERE, PUT THIS IN YOUR
MOUTH, IT'LL MUFFLE YOUR WHIMPERS.
I brazenly stole this from
Tom Tomorrow. I'm sure
Sparky would approve.
And don't forget novelist
China Mieville's version of a Christmas Carol. Keep in mind that
China's in Europe so that means he's a real socialist.
I'd been getting all that ready, but then the most extraordinary thing
happened. I won the lottery!
I mean, I didn't win the lottery. But I was one of a bunch of runners-up,
and it was a peach of a prize. An invitation to a special, licensed
Christmas™ party in the centre of London, run by YuleCo itself.
When I read the letter I was shaking. This was YuleCo, so it would be the
real deal. There'd be Santa™, and Rudolph™, and Mistletoe™, and Mince
Pies™, and a Christmas Tree™ with presents underneath it."
And just to make sure you that get
it that perhaps this isn't the most joyful of Holidays, please check out
Kos Diary: The Week in Fascism.
Powerful and continuing expression of nationalism.
Ivolsky found for us that the White House rational comes as surprise to
Iraqis. This is based on a poll performed in Baghdad in October. The
Iraqi’s do not believe the U.S. is in Iraq to create a free and
independent nation. Looks like the Iraqi’s believed Presidents Bush’s
announcement before his first term that he did not believe in nation
building. But if you hear the rhetoric from the Government and the
“talking heads” on the right you would think the average Iraqi is
overjoyed that we are creating a new peaceful county. 2.
Disdain for the importance of human rights.
The biggest news item out this week is the President may have issued
Executive Orders that allowed for torture of detainees and prisoners in
the “War on Terror” Descrates brought to our attention the fact that the
FBI Email Mentions Executive Order TEN Times. The best is yet to come.
Where an Executive Order actually makes torture legal then Bush’s
statements “that he only authorized techniques that fell under existing US
law” were technically correct. This is a definite sign that we have
crossed the line to the point that the things we used to condemn others
for are now made legal for us just because the President says it is. 3.
Identification of enemies/scapegoats as a unifying
cause. Nob told us that Inhofe says Clinton's cuts made Iraq mess.
What a load of bull! The prime sign of scapegoating is blaming someone
else. It does not matter that Cheney, as Bush the first’s Secretary of
Defense started the Defense in 1991 and Clinton only approved the
programmed cuts he scheduled. Now it seems that no democratically leaning
spokesman has even came forward to challenge these statements. That is a
And by the way:
He obviously doesn't get the point: We know who killed Christ. Your
retribution is at hand...Thank God for Jews who routinely don't
question their vote for right wing Christian fundamentalists.
Perhaps you've seen this flag. I think the
man behind it is probably joking.
On the other hand, I sincerely hope that the
people behind Move On
California are quite serious. I support them. There has to be a more
vigorous way to show our dissent other than voting for Democrats who won't
even fight for our votes. I can't think of anything more serious than
secession. I might add that I'm willing to fight and die for things I
actually believe in, as opposed to slaughtering Iraqi civilians for fossil
fuels. It's aggressive. And it puts the right on the defensive. To use the
crudely inappropriate football metaphor that our Moron in Chief uses to
describe the War on Terror, we get to take it to them. We get to ask what's
so great about the United States? You clearly don't give a fuck about us. We
don't even have basic healthcare. We get to say that if you criminalize stem
cell research or a woman's right to choose, then we're out of here. I've
emailed those Move On folks and I'm not clear if they've thought of the
ballot initiative. I guess there's a question of legality and this is where
you would need some leadership with some balls that would say: "You just try
and stop us from taking this vote and you'll have a civil war on your
hands." And for some strange reason I could imagine Arnold mouthing those
words. Offer him a shot at being the King of Cascadia or something, or vote
someone in who has the guts to move for radical change. Time it for the 2006
Gubernatorial elections. Condition it's adoption based on the choice issue
or approval of transparency in the voting process.
If California could pull this off, then the rest of us could follow. We
could create a Canadian Union. I'm ready for a radical change. How about
you? This is what the new country might look like:
Again, I'm not sure where the MoveOn folks are at in terms of a constitution
or the ballot initiative. But, again borrowing from Oliver Willis' Brand
Democrat theme, here's how you could brand progressive change.
by Philip Shropshire at 6:23 AM Comments (5)
For those of us who long for another
Portishead record or keep on wondering what happened to that gorgeous
vocalist who headed Esthero (Update: Esthero just put out a
new album and the
first song is here. Kinda of a rockin' tune where she says Britney and
rapists of little girls (R. Kelly I think but that seemed consensual, urine
notwithstanding...) get way too much vid time. Mentions MTV mediocrity by
name. I guess I won't be seeing her video too soon..), Ilya might just fill
your need for cinematic grooves and beautiful soulful lyrics. If you don't
believe me, then watch the incredible video for
Bellissomo. It's stunning. Trust me. You can watch it either here at
Soundgenerator (A great online site for videos by the way in case you're
sick of MTV. They do this relational thing where they point out that if you
like Portishead, you might like Ilya. And they were right.) or at the
band's site. And here's
an interview with the band. The new album, blaring in my personal
background, is called They Died for Beauty.
If you're looking for more of this
kind of music, I
highly recommend Soma
online, which actually plays about several different brands of Acid
Jazz. I usually have the Secret Agent stuff in the background...
All Hail the Return of the King: And speaking of stunning
artists you won't be seeing on the MTV countdown anytime soon--or anywhere
on MTV for that matter--Kaki King
new album out. You might remember I declared Kaki the best female
guitarist that I had ever seen, just narrowly beating out Joe Pass Protege
Mimi Fox, also
incredibly gifted. At her website, she has about three video downloads where
you can check out her incredible Stanley Jordanesque tapping style. You can
also find a
King NPR interview, which features another video and four of her tunes.
Her compositions are just as
mind-blowing as her technique. You're watching a living legend, once in a
generation kind of artist. Now, if they would only play her on the radio.
All Hail the King.
Week of December 5th - 12th
This is the work of Japanese
artist Aya Kato. Instead of ripping off Gravity Lens or Tom Moody, I
decided to rip off Boing Boing. Remember: Great bloggers steal, they don't
And: I'm seriously thinking about
moving to this country:
I think this guy might be kidding, but
I think secession is an idea that you might want to start thinking about. He
a very cool blog, well-designed.
actually think Oliver's Brand Democrat idea is pretty good. But I think that
we have to also counterbrand the Republicans. It's not quite as evil as
challenging voters at the polls but it shows we're serious.
Here are a couple of
disappointed about the election results. I'm also genuinely frightened for
the future of my country and I'm starting to be a little frightened by at
least a slight majority of half the people in my country.
I am, however, proud
of the fact that I worked hard at ACT. ACT and MoveOn and ACORN and others
in the America Votes coalition did a great job of winning states that Kerry
probably would have lost without us, such as Wisconsin, Michigan and
Pennsylvania. IN fact, Pittsburgh ACT was thinking about closing up
shop on the 15th. I hope they reconsider. I'd certainly be happy to stay on
And yes I really
wanted to take down that upside down distress flag in the lefthand corner of
the site. I guess I should just make it bigger.
Here's the two best
Post Mortems I read that speak for me. Here's one from Eric Alterman:
Let’s face it. It’s not Kerry’s fault.
It’s not Nader’s fault (this time). It’s not the media’s fault
(though they do bear a heavy responsibility for much of what ails our
political system). It’s not “our” fault either. The problem is just this:
Slightly more than half of the citizens of this country simply do not care
about what those of us in the “reality-based community” say or believe
They don’t care that Iraq is turning into murderous quicksand and a
killing field for our children. They don’t care that the Bush
presidency has made us less safe by creating more terrorists, inspiring
more anti-American hatred and refusing to engage in the hard work that
would be necessary to make a meaningful dent in our myriad vulnerabilities
at home. They don’t care that he has mortgaged our children’s future
to give trillions to the wealthiest among us. They don’t care that
the economy continues to hemorrhage well-paying jobs and replace them with
Wal-Mart; that the number without health insurance is over forty million
and rising. They don’t care that Medicare premiums are rising to
fund the coffers of pharmaceutical companies. They don’t care that
the air they breathe and the water they drink is being slowly poisoned and
though they call themselves conservatives, they even don’t care that the
size of the government and its share of our national income has increased
by roughly a quarter in just four years. This is not a world of
rational debate and issue preference.
It’s one of “them” and
“us.” He’s one of “them” and not one of “us” and that’s all they
care about. True it’s an illusion. After all, Bush is a
millionaire’s son who went to Yale and Harvard and sat out Vietnam, not
even bothering to show up for his cushy National Guard duty, and succeeded
only in trading on his father’s name and connections in adult life.
But somehow, they feel he understands them. He speaks their
language. Our guys don’t. And unless they learn it, we will
continue to condemn this country and those parts of the world it affects
to a regime of malign neglect at best—malignant and malicious assault at
Given the media’s talent
for pandering to their lowest common denominator, the things that have
driven us crazy about their past pathetic performance are bound to get a
lot worse. Most of us—readers and writers of this web log and
peoplelikeus-- derive an awful lot of benefit from being Americans.
We owe it to our better selves, and though it sounds horribly clichéd, to
our children-- not to walk away from this battle. I will admit,
however, it’s pretty damn hard to see through this fog just where to turn
before we march.
And there's Tbogg quoted from Tom
TBogg is not
sounding like an optimist this morning:
Four more years of American
soldiers being used as cannon fodder.
Four more years of scientific decisions being made by
people who believe in a ghost in the clouds.
Four more years of debt that our children and
grandchildren will have to pay off.
Four more years of racists and lunatics for judicial
Four more years of looting the treasury and
squandering it on corporate cronies.
Four more years of making enemies faster than we can
Four more years of fear and darkness and racism and
hatred and stupidity and guns and bad country music.
I look at the big map and all of the red in flyover
country and I feel like I've been locked in a room with the slow learners.
We have become the country that pulls a dry cleaning bag over its head to