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weird dj oppurtunity

>> Saturday, August 30, 2008

i just got contacted by a pal george for a great dj assignment. i'm to do 9-10 minutes of music for a fashion show by lialia for genart's 14th annual fresh faces of fashion show...

they are inspired by sophia loren, monica vitti (pictured), claudia cardinale, and anouk aimee, spanish/italian summer nightlife and fellini films of the 60s and 70s, all with a modern twist...

i'm on it.

any suggestions for tunes? i'm looking at you, frank...

UPDATE: it's done. i used ableton to mix it super-tight. (also because my new vestax pdx-3000s and traktor scratch aren't in yet...) i'm pretty happy with it, considering how tight the schedule was for this assignment. (basically 36 hours!)

the tracklist is as such:

nino rota - la dolce vita
trentemoller - vamp
junesex - a finger or two
matthew herbert - gang of boys
flanger - how long is the wrong way
bukkador & fishbeck - decade
metro area - miura
smith n hack - strength and inspiration
riz ortoliani - tiffany sequence m.8
riz ortoliani - una sull' altra
gino soccio - dancer
la lupe - fever (sinden remix)
pete rodriguez - i like it like that (aaron jerome remix)
gotan project - diferente
gritos de guerra - buleria

if you want to hear it, i may send you a link... ask. i want to wait until i work out the rights with the designers before i just post it. anyway, wish them luck... some people get hella famous from winning this show.


the trolley problem and bill ayers, sort of...

i didn't know a bout the trolley problem until recently, but the complexities one has to face while dealing with it beautifully illustrate my feelings about bill ayers, the weather underground and revolutionary violence in general.

the problem, according to wikipedia, is thus:

"A trolley is running out of control down a track. In its path are 5 people who have been tied to the track by a mad philosopher. Fortunately, you can flip a switch which will lead the trolley down a different track to safety. Unfortunately, there is a single person tied to that track. Should you flip the switch?"

most people would decide to flip the switch, to save five lives by sacrificing one... some wouldn't and that would amount to killing five people to save one.

a further variant example goes as such:

"A brilliant transplant surgeon has five patients, each in need of a different organ, each of whom will die without that organ. Unfortunately, there are no organs available to perform any of these five transplant operations. A healthy young traveler, just passing through the city the doctor works in, comes in for a routine checkup. In the course of doing the checkup, the doctor discovers that his organs are compatible with all five of his dying patients. Suppose further that if the young man were to disappear, no one would suspect the doctor.

as rare as it is to find someone who does not think we should turn the trolley, it is even rarer to find someone who thinks it is permissible for the doctor to murder this patient and harvest his organs... ...yet both cases seem to involve a choice between one life and five."

THIS is the real question of violence. in the face of immense state-perpetrated violence, the revolutionary may risk the lives of others to stop a greater threat. is it a slippery slope? yes. do they always know it will help? no. is morally superior to sitting on the sidelines not addressing the issue at all? maybe.

it keeps coming up in ads that bill ayers says he "didn't do enough" and falsely implying that means he thinks he didn't commit enough violent acts. but even if that IS what he meant, is it more morally reprehensible than the people who fought in the war, or funded it, or defended it?

these are questions of nuance, and historical context, and research, not bold opinions to slash through any conversation of "radicals vs. the state" or "hippies vs. the straight"... each situation need be analyzed. the ends just may justify the means, afterall...


the piri reis map

i first came across the odd story of the piri reis map while skimming the dubiously scholarly book by graham chapman, fingerprints of the gods, and it stuck with me as an interesting alternative history... or potentially revolutionary true history.

the map was found in the (marvelous) topaki palace in istanbul, it's from the 16th century and it seems to accurately map the coast of antartica... BEFORE antartica was ever officially sigthed, and even weirder, BEFORE it was covered in ice (as it says in the link to odd historical artifacts laura sent me, "so which civilisation between 13000 BC and 4000 BC were capable of such detailed cartography!")

here's what one researcher had to say about it...

"Dear Professor Hapgood,
Your request of evaluation of certain unusual features of the Piri Reis map of 1513 by this organization has been reviewed.
The claim that the lower part of the map portrays the Princess Martha Coast of Queen Maud Land, Antarctic, and the Palmer Peninsular, is reasonable. We find that this is the most logical and in all probability the correct interpretation of the map.
The geographical detail shown in the lower part of the map agrees very remarkably with the results of the seismic profile made across the top of the ice-cap by the Swedish-British Antarctic Expedition of 1949.
This indicates the coastline had been mapped before it was covered by the ice-cap.
The ice-cap in this region is now about a mile thick.
We have no idea how the data on this map can be reconciled with the supposed state of geographical knowledge in 1513.

Harold Z. Ohlmeyer Lt. Colonel, USAF Commander"

anyway, here's the map... the wiki has more information:


aesthetic visuals

>> Friday, August 29, 2008

the first is a still from baraka that my friend count zero used recently on his blog. the still is from kecak, as far as i can tell, and i know it mostly as an excellent rave visual. powerful piece of film, and worth watching the whole movie to see this part:

this utterly inspirational piece of photography/digital art comes from mostly fahion firm mi-zo... great work in the music section and the first fashion gallery... much of it nsfw.

white tigers, while usually inbred are quite beautiful. this one from a gallery in pravda i found via watching america.

dolce q is an aesthetic duo out of rome that specializes in bold graphics, hearts, nude women and money-inspired etching style... it's usually a formula for blingy trash porn, but with them it takes a gorgeous form of it's own... peep the portfolio... definitely nsfw

this is a drawing of my hand i did when i was 17. the poetry i cropped off was so embarassing... and twisted, but the drawing is still my best of hands that i'm aware of. i've been going through old sketchbooks and scanning, so this has prompted a study of my aesthetics... maybe more to come on this?


great reggae and dubstep resource

>> Tuesday, August 26, 2008

datadelic. they have a lot of great dubstep tunes, and some dub fore-runners to the style. i liked this iration steppas track from 2003, "too much war". heavy sinewave bass, but not yet dubstep. "we don't want more war, president bush"

(mp3)iration steppas - "too much war"

demolition, travel and dubstep
bass pt. 3 a dubstep primer


anarchists on electoral politics...

>> Monday, August 25, 2008

: i forgot to mention this, but i once tried to set up a group on barrackobama.com called "anarchists for obama for now", but it was not ever fully activated, and no one responded to my queries as to why not... i have a guess, but anyway that's where this logo comes from... it was to be the icon on the site.

so i've promised this for a while, but it is in no way an attempt to decisively determine the right or wrong in this topic...

what do the anarchists want this election cycle?

we'll first off, the anarchists are no monolithic block, and there is always differences of opinions. but make no mistake. there are a lot of anarchists who are decidedly against the democrats and are disinterested in voting. some are protesting the convention.

there are a few different (dis)organisational branches of protest. there is the recreate68 contingent (attempting to recreate the riots of 1968), dnc disruption, and unconventional action. some really great events (like a public enemy and dead prez concerts), and the usual marches, direct action and protest.

the big issue is of course the fact that the democrats are complacent in a lot of the nastiness that is done in our name by our government. but the big question is "obama or nobama?" some sites like tent state are open to both answers... "maybe you'll vote for obama or maybe you'll vote no to the entire system"... "maybe obama can end the war and maybe he will... ...but it's not going to happen unless the people force the issue on the streets" (slight paraphrasing there...) this is similar to the strategy of code pink, who has claimed to want to "push obama towards peace" but generally supprt him... other sites like worldcan'twait.org basically make the argument that a vote for obama isn't really any better than voting for mccain. i encourage people to click on their link and read the obama faq. the data is all true, but i take a different perspective than they do in the opinionated aspects fo their presentation.

let me break down a couple disagreements from that faq (worth reading the faq first, seriously):

1. "Oh, so he’s only arguing for going after terrorists – the “bad guys”? Sure, ok. This is exactly what Bush and Cheney have always claimed to be doing. "

well, he might be serious. the bush/cheney folks actually forged evidence to go into iraq. if obama is serious about only going after terrorists, it's a lot different. also, he has alluded to some awareness that a lot of what america does worldwide is a cause for terrorism, but that is a very unpopular (if true) idea. more on popular ideas later...

2."...shows that Obama’s objection to the Iraq War is motivated by the same factor as his decision to nonetheless keep funding it: The fact that, to paraphrase Bob Dylan, “He just wants to be on the side that’s winning.”

yes and no. yes, he want's to win if we are fighting... makes some sense to me. no, he doesn't wan't to jsut be with who's winning. if that we're so, he would be aligning with a lot of nasty dictators/governments who are winning... russia, zimbabwe, etc...

3."Obama infamously voted in favor of the FISA Amendments Act, which greatly expanded the President’s power to spy on the communications of American citizens , and grants immunity to communications companies who carried out this spying in the past. This infuriated many supporters, especially since Obama had repeatedly promised to vote against immunity for telecommunications companies. This is what Obama is doing when he’s still trying to win your vote! Imagine what he’ll do once he’s been elected. "

this is a really important issue.

on the fisa thing... yeah. it sucks. the bill was a little better than the old one, but it definitely is unconstitutional... but keith olbermann makes a few good points on it. to paraphrase, repuglicans could have argued that "obama. no. vote. thing. terror. stop. uh. oh."

on the "this is what obama is doing when he's still trying to win your vote imagine what he'll do when elected!" thing... repeat after me... obama is trying to get your vote, and his vote, and her vote, and so on. he isn't just pandering to you! he's got to convince people who could give a shit about the constitution... to help him save the constitution! of course, it's a slippery slope, but still. think with some pragmatism, some strategy, some tacticality. what if it stops john mccain?

4. "...These are just a few of an endless list of examples that show the nightmare that a McCain presidency would bring. But an Obama presidency would also be a nightmare for the people of the world. As the above facts have shown, a vote for Obama is a vote for (among other things): Extended war and heightened brutality in Afghanistan; increased big brother surveillance of American citizens; threats of war (if not actual war) against Iran and Pakistan; repression of immigrants; and complicity in the face of torture.. And that’s just what Obama is telling us now. Who knows what else he’ll do if he wins the election. The question—“So you’re saying we should let McCain be elected?” —is the wrong one to be asking. The question we should be asking is: What are we doing right now, up to, and after the elections to resist the direction both McCain and Obama want to take this country and the world?"

all right. if all the stuff in bold is actually true, which is hard to say it is, given the panderific nature of campaigns, it still is NOTHING compared to the mess pf shit concocted by mccain. and an obama presidency being a nightmare for the people of the world? which people think it will be more of a nightmare than mccain? not the crow indians, who adopted obama into their tribe, calling him "he that brings peace throughout the world", not the countless europeans who approve of him dramatically more than mccain, not the people of the middle east who see him as the first hope for a sane american leader in years. sure, he may fuck things up in afghanistan and pakistan, but arguably no worse than bush has... musharraf?, the i.s.i.?... think the pakistanis like them? bhutto's assasignation? nothing smells like c.i.a. there? come on people. also, mccain = roe v. wade overturned. that spells violence and death for women right here at home. frankly, NOT VOTING FOR OBAMA IS VOTING FOR MCCAIN. i made that mistake with nader in 2000, and i learned from it. i'm not saying i'll never vote for a third party presidential candidate again, just that i learned it makes a big difference in swing states (to be fair, i voted for gore in PA and traded with my mom in UT to her to vote for nader there...)

5."This declaration and recognition must then lead to a basic determination: to become part of, and to contribute as much as you can, to a mass independent movement that is resisting both of the two evils being offered to us; a movement that is fighting to stop endless war, torture, spying and repression, no matter which party is carrying it out. "

i actually agree with this... pretty much completely. i just don't think barrack is offering us evil. i think he's offering the best shot at consensus (an anarchist ideal) possible in this complex and largely clueless country. maybe i'm wrong... maybe he's a plant by the bohemian grove ne'er do wells, or the new world order or whatever, but i think he's worth the shot. he's a risk, but mccain is obviously complete slime.

there is no question in my mind that the suppression of these protestors as terrorists, which is happening in a number of ways, is wack... (no bike racks?) i think it would be great if the democrats could realize that outreach to anarchist and far-left groups is really in everyones long-term interest. the message is clear... the people want peace, equality and justice. in a weird way i think everyone wants that, but there are all these different ways of trying to implement this, and those language (and scale) differences are where the communication breaks down. also, there are idiot anarchists and idiot democrats, and they inevitably are the ones who fail to recognize the common causes. also (despite fox news being total trash), the public gets to see scenes like this interaction of fox news and protestors, which isn't exactly the best face for anarchists (even though the video is hilarious). anarchists could argue (succesfully) that most of the public face democrats put out there is pretty embarassing, too... (see nancy pelosi justifying not going after impeachment of bush/cheney/rice/etc...)

i see both sides, but it really comes down (for me) to the fact that VOTING TAKES AN HOUR, and you have the rest of your life to smash the state in every way you can, and to encourage others to. bizzarely enough, i think this year part of smashing the state is to make sure barrack gets in there (hopefully with a 60 vote democratic senate) so he can at least take a shot at being one of the only respectable presidents in history.

i'm ready to hear any arguements against what i've postulated... i really am not sure about much of this, despite the all caps and red and what-not... i'll try to update it as i notice typos/have new ideas.

UPDATE: ethan persoff is covering the police response at the dnc and has hilarious tijuana bibles with bush and mccain...


in motion beautiful

>> Sunday, August 24, 2008

stunning collection of images using motion blur. i love to shoot at slow shutter speeds, but it's tough to get the right exposure. this collection has it all, nature, water, human movement, kids, lights, fire, even a gunshot... nice work. via popurls


fascinating talk on epidemics by larry brilliant

ted prize winner in 2006, larry brilliant. great stuff. learn how they eradicated deadly smallpox before the internet, and how the internet helped stop SARS...

earlier - who's t.e.d.


obama biden his time...

>> Saturday, August 23, 2008

sorry 'bout the pun...

biden was my awesome grandmother's first pick for president, so hopefully she's happy with barrack's pick. besides certain parts of biden's 1994 "crime law", i think biden's record is positive and that he's a good v.p. choice for a few reasons... ( UPDATE: best reason yet here) he's maybe not as exciting a choice as caroline kennedy, al gore or derrick jensen, but...

FREE OBAMA SCHWAG!!! WOO-HOO! fuck those corporate shills in the grand oil party, fuck john mcsame, GET YOUR FREE BUTTON AND YOUR FREE STICKER!!! we're putting a guy with a weird name in the white house and all your money ain't gonna stop it!



>> Friday, August 22, 2008

really enjoying deadbeat's work these days... all the full length albums are good, in my opinion... i already posted a track here, but this one caught my ears recently. a slow, beautiful build to some poised dub...

(mp3)deadbeat - "abu ghriab"
from new world observer


reverse graffiti

as a companion to my graffiti update last post, some REVERSE graffiti... this is where the artist cleans off grime, pollution or other scunge to create works of art.

this first one is from the originator of the style, "moose"... a beautiful mural in san fransisco...

this one is from alexandre orion in san paolo, brazil... video of this person getting caught in the act is here.

via environmental graffiti


amazing large graffiti pieces

a pretty way to say it...
click on this next one:

mixed messages:

first three from this collection... this next one from the always interesting wooster collective blog...



photos of ne'er do wells... "young and blunderous" via notcot.


incredible trees of the socotra islands

>> Thursday, August 21, 2008

the socotra islands are off the coast of africa and are a part of yemen... anyway they have these awesome trees... supre weird. click on the link to see lots more. at least one of the species is part of the "dragon" family... how cool is that? via popurls


the dick cheney blues

from danny cox, a humorous ditty on our vice war criminal:


a people's history of american empire

there's no question that "a people's history of the united states", and it's companion oral history history "voices", are two of the most important modern historical efforts. howard zinn is criticized by some for his obvious lefty leanings, but i saw howard zinn speak once, and he was an erudite and open-minded speaker, and despite being very charming, didn't at all come off as a blind partisan or foolish radical... he came off as someone who documented some very sad truths and took what delight he could in the struggle that he saw as necessary... long sentence, but the point is that book is now available in comic book form... here's a video preview, narrated by danish hunk, viggo mortensen:


calligraphy with light

i think the beautiful calligraphy created with light pictured above means "think".

the stunning work of julie briton.


amazing video and photography composite technology

>> Sunday, August 17, 2008

you couldn't trust photos, and now you can't trust video... building on the amazing photo-stitching technology blaise aguera presented in the t.e.d. talk collection i posted here, this video shows how some similar technology is being applied to video.
Using Photographs to Enhance Videos of a Static Scene from pro on Vimeo.


the far "right" and obama fears

it occurred to me almost instantly when obama came into focus for me in early 2008. what will happen if he's elected in this country with some population of violent bigots?

ignoring for a moment the dangers of a racist secret service, what about klan people claiming he'll be shot?

what about those who want barrack to win to push people to their "cause", or so he "fails" and provokes race war?

it's particularly disturbing to me considering how this country seems to ignore the (larger!) percentage of white terrorists in (lack-luster) search of the darker variety. in this story of bradley khale, the judge let him go after he said he wanted barrack obama dead, and that he planned to go to pittsburgh (my home city) and to et aon rooftops and shoot black people. the article asks,

"Would I be crazy to suspect that if he were a Muslim talking about shooting white people from a high rise and hoping John McCain would get killed, no judge on earth would let him go?"

no, you wouldn't.

the mccain campaign isn't going out of it's way to avoid making matters worse. a lot of the crazies involved in racist violence identify as christian, though any real christian would find them abhorent, and mccain's ads like "the one" have stoked the popular right-wing narrative that obama is somehow the anti-christ. some have drawn comparisons between the ad's portrayal of obama and the main character in the "left behind" novels, but even the creators of the christian fiction series say obama is clean. that doesn't stop the smear machine though, and the emotional decision making is a serious factor in american politics.

a breif addendum on the "law enforcement approach to terrorism" that i found while researching this story is here.


randy pausch

randy pausch got a bit famous there towards the end of his life, going on t.v., appearing before congress, etc...

he was a professor of mine at c.m.u. my family asked me if i knew the guy who died of cancer who was really famous, and i said i didn't, because i hadn't seen any of the coverage. finally the viral stuff came to my attention, and i noticed it was randy.

to be frank, i thought randy was a bit of a jerk. he was talented, no doubt, and a great motivator, but at the end of day, he seemed to care more about results than the people that brought them to him. it's a personal choice, for sure, but i feel the opposite (most of the time). the guy did get me my first high-paying job, and taught me a lot about team-building (and virtual reality), and overall provided a memorable learning experience, so i mean no disrespect, but it's funny how he became this celebrity.

anyway, here's his famous "last lecture" i didn't watch the whole thing, but there's some golden nuggets here.

and here's his site with more info...


las ramblas, internet style

>> Saturday, August 16, 2008

a little of this, a little of that. some bad news, some good news... get some chairs for the old folks and let's ramble.

first some fun stuff... this was a funny and convincing video on how easy it was to get into a club by pretending to be a d.j... guess i should hold onto my record bag even though i don't use records so much anymore...

hit me later is a great service to forward your mail into the future when you are more likely to reply. i've wanted this feature, and it's free.

in the ongoing scandals of the bush administration, a little more meat on the evidence i spoke of last week provided in this interview on democracy now. if you were not convinced of crimes already, pelosi, this should help... also even fairly mainstream press isn't buying the pinning of the 2001 anthrax attacks to bruce ivins. lots of good video. more info.

this mother jones article describes how the u.s. military fancies itself the successor to history's great empires. to bone up on history, check out the excellent and innovative timelines on the website historycommons.org.

for the web to stay innovative and pump out great collective efforts like wikipedia and history commons (above) we should be careful to provide alternative sources of bandwith, especially considering the upcoming internet patriot act. (AARRGH!!!)

if you are in spain, maybe you could help this anarchist on hunger strike... i still owe you all a post on the anarchist perspective on the 2008 presidential race... some day before election day!

and some good news, it looks like there are a lot more gorillas alive than previously believed, and even the humpack whale is making a comeback.


osama bin laden

>> Thursday, August 14, 2008

interesting article on the difficulties the c.i.a. is facing trying to find bin laden. a quote:

"In late 2005, senior CIA officers gathered at “The Farm,” the agency’s training facility near Williamsburg, Va. During the session, the CIA chief in Pakistan was asked why bin Laden remained free. He responded that he had fewer case officers covering the tribal areas than the CIA had in its counterterrorism squad in Rome, according to a former CIA officer who would not allow his name to be used because the session was classified. There were about a dozen agents in Rome at the time."

also see morgan spurlock's "where in the world is osama bin laden"

earlier - may 5th, 2008 post 125 "osama bin laden's son works for peace"


"you're on cctv!"

>> Wednesday, August 13, 2008

l.v. & dandelion (above) created a beautiful tune. "cctv" is an orwellian roots tune atop a hotsteppin' dub bass cluster. mining deep the tubby playbook with some burial updates the beat is a mover for sure and the harmonic pondering of dandelion is loaded with lovely bytes... "i'm gonna fight you with my heart and soul," "give a smile to the authority!"... surely this distopian vision has been moved by britain's obnoxious surveillance, but it's not a mere message tune... give it a listen. UPDATE:removed after a very kind note from LV... check their myspace pages for the track (links above off their names)

(mp3) l.v. & dandelion - "cctv" from hyperdub011(buy it link)


how to carry groceries with a cloth

>> Tuesday, August 12, 2008

do it in several awesome japanese styles... two minute video:

original linkvia popurls


a little news update...

>> Monday, August 11, 2008

the youth (and older folks) riot in montreal after the killing of an 18 year old by police.

russia invades georgia. obama calls for international mediation. john mccain plagiarizes wikipedia instead.

while even more evidence comes in that bush has commited crimes, pelosi hasn't read the articles of impeachment!

oh yeah, and the olympics are happening in china. seriously.

to recover from all this information of a largely negative nature, you can read some beautiful poems by recently deceased palestinian poet, mahmoud darwish...


awesome piano scale resource

>> Friday, August 8, 2008

i've always really liked this piano scale resource site. it's super-intuitive, exhaustive and has funny names of chords like "enigmatic", "pelog", and "roumanian minor" (which is a beautiful scale...)


states renamed for countries with similar g.d.p.

>> Thursday, August 7, 2008

states renamed for countries with similar g.d.p.
click image for the big version...

via strange maps


rome wasn't burned in a day...

keep it up people... (a letter from "annie nimmety", typos and all, a good call to action!)

i still owe people a post on the anarchist perspective on the elections... just busy... soon!

in the meantime, enjoy this: (mp3)flying lotus - "comet course" from "los angeles", sweet!


the stunning work of chris jordan

>> Tuesday, August 5, 2008

can you tell what this image is? probably not, that's ridiculous. let's zoom a little closer to a detail...

the maybe perfect vision having of us can probably tell what this is. but for sake of clarity, let's zoom a little further...

that's right, it's a 60" x 100" photo print by chris jordan, depicting 426,000 cellphones, equal to the number of cell phones retired in the US every day. EVERY DAY! his work is amazing and makes (more) visually palpable, more obvious, the incredible consumption and waste we perpetrate, we inflict, in america. not just our plastic bottles and catalogs, but our detainees and our prisoners. view our war budget displayed as $100 dollar bills. immense scale, immense impact, read the text, click the link...


delia derbyshire, mother of techno

>> Saturday, August 2, 2008

delia derbyshire (1937-2001).

most famous for her uncredited (though not by lack of trying by the credited composer) work on the doctor who theme was an early electronic experimenter and composer.

she worked with brian jones, hendrix and yoko ono, among others.

anyway, this recently discovered recording sounds a whole lot like techno... (early aphex twin, anyone?) but it was made in the 60's!

much more about delia on her site.
more articles here and here.

via absent narrative via metafilter


get your war on

>> Friday, August 1, 2008

this is the premier video of the new animated version of the classic clip-art comic "get your war on" (click here to read the series from the very beginning, 10/9/01) the series focuses on the stupidty and language of the bush administration's war machine.
this first comic pretty much sums up the tone...


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