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September 30, 2002

bravery, generosity and love defined

Laquetta Shepard, a diminutive 24-year-old black woman from Louisville with tears in her eyes, stepped into the middle of a group of about five Ku Klux Klan supporters yesterday.

She said nothing.

But the fact that Shepard, a senior at Western Kentucky University, was there with her arms crossed as she stood in silence, brought what was billed as a major Klan rally to a halt 40 minutes earlier than planned.

A KKK rally was disrupted in Louisville, KY today. via girlhacker

Beer Guts

Here are some intellectually stimulating shots of beer guts!

originally posted by Bill

Army iPods & terrorscreen lotion

How can hundreds or even thousands be transported without exposing health care workers to contagious or otherwise harmful agents? Perhaps with an inexpensive, disposable plastic pod that seals off the human body much like a giant Ziploc sandwich bag, although one outfitted with a battery powered blower that brings in fresh air and an exhaust fan that filters biochemical particles.
The New York Times: Plastic Pods for Biological Attacks. (The 'i' is for isolation.) Learn about the anti-terror skin cream that also fights poison ivy! Terr-ific!

September 28, 2002

bike to work!

According to the 2000 Census data, 0.44 percent of workers, or 567,042 individuals, commute by bike, compared with 76 percent, or 97.2 million, who drive alone. Cumulatively, if 10 percent of those solo commuters got out of their cars and biked to work -- assuming that a comparable proportion of driving commuters live within a biking range of their workplace -- we would be saving on the order of 2 1/2 billion gallons of gas every year.
Making the case for biking to work. Later, letter-writers chime in.

September 27, 2002

DC Protest Watch

September 26, 2002

cats and dogs living together! mass hysteria!

A major road collapse has closed a northbound stretch of Manhattan's Riverside Drive, possibly for weeks. A huge hole, about 30 feet in diameter and just as deep, has traffic shut down from 135th to 143rd streets, in Hamilton Heights, though southbound traffic is still getting by. A sewage line broke Wednesday around 4 p.m. and washed away the dirt supporting the road.

September 25, 2002

en (bay) guardian!

And so this new groove needs to come hard, come angry, and come sexy as hell. It needs to remind us that soul music is always grounded in a community, in a life, and in the spaces and places that that life takes place in, and that times are fucking insane right now. We need Wilson Pickett wailing, Millie Jackson growling, Dave Hollister snarling, Mary J. groaning, Jodeci moaning, Donnie Hathaway breaking our hearts, Aretha and Chaka lifting them up, and Prince getting nastier than he's ever been before. And it better be over a groove that shifts and changes, morphs and grows, never gets stuck in any one spot. Because we need to quit chilling and really start feeling the vibe — remember that music can move minds, move bodies, move hearts, move souls, and if soul music doesn't start moving real damn soon, we're all just gonna be sitting here, stoned and kicking it, while the world rushes by.
Sylvia W. Chan's tired-tired-TIRED! of neo-soul.

At home my housemates were saving newspaper pages for me, important stories about the downfall of the Backstreet Boys, reviews of Neil LaBute's dreaded Possession, and a piece in the New York Times Magazine by David Hajdu on the state of folk music, which apparently has been taken over, B-movie style, by lesbians. Even coming back from a zone somewhat dominated by the sound of folk music made by lesbians, I have trouble understanding. "Folk music has become the sound of lesbian culture," he says. The idea feels as far away as the Manistee National Forest, where the tents have now come down and the power lines will soon be buried under the earth for the winter. Here in San Francisco the lesbians I know are more likely to spend their time at drag king competitions and dance clubs where you get in free if you're wearing hot pants.

There's a visible women's folk scene. Spaces like Dolores Park Cafe offer song-cycle nights and other performances by local folksingers, mostly women, many queer. But a male singer-songwriter interviewed by Hajdu claims he's "working in a lesbian art form," as if O Brother, Where Art Thou? never came out to make the world of folk and bluegrass safe for lovers of Blood Simple. I also know boys who won't go to certain rock shows where the quotient of dykes is too high. So I'm wondering if a visible presence is being trend-spotted as world domination.

Lynn Rapaport's back from "No man's land."

playing poker with the world

Russia has watched the Bush administration closely as it prepares to make its case for invasion of Georgia.

Echoing those U.S. policy makers urging a sooner-than-later war on Iraq, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Ivanov yesterday said Russia had to strike before "terrorists" hiding in Georgia attacked Russian civilians.

"If we see that from Georgian territory, once again, they are attempting or preparing an attack, then nobody is going to wait until they get to the border, disperse and start blowing up houses," Mr. Ivanov said.


Many here hypothesize that Russia would be willing to drop its vocal opposition to a renewed Persian Gulf war if the United States would, in exchange, grant it a free hand in Georgia.

Bush's policy of regime change, war on terror and pre-emptive strike threaten to destabilize the world. This a price that the government has made all too clear that it is willing to pay if it means establishment of an American empire. Are we willing to stand by? Say no to war on Iraq.

originally posted by zagg

here comes the neighborhood

NY Water Taxi has opened up new ferry service between Brooklyn and Manhattan. It's free until October 1!

September 24, 2002

return of the curmudgeon

"I am not a well-read or a well-educated person," WNYC's Steve Post tells the New York Times. "But I have a deep voice, which makes me sound authoritative." Post is back on WNYC as host of The No Show.

Heroic architects must be stopped!

From Herbert Muschamp's masturbatory feature on Lower Manhattan in the New York Times Magazine:

Rem Koolhaas's project satirizes New York's nostalgic obsession with the Art Deco skyscraper by turning three of them on their heads. Peter Eisenman's three office towers can be viewed as a formalist exercise, for example, but they are also a critique of the Cartesian grid. The history of ideas is the context for architecture today.

Well, maybe that's why most "groundbreaking" architecture today is so bad. These guys are designing just to secure their place in the canon of Great Architects, with nary a thought for the only context that really matters to good architecture: how people use it. Maya Lin's memorial is the lone bright spot amongst all the rhetoric.

Say what you will about the uninspiring designs of the LMDC, I'd choose dull architecture over architecture run amok every time.

originally posted by Ben Fried

drive by body-pierce

Beck on Morning Becomes Eclectic today.

nun bun

Bongo Java became world famous in December 1996 for the discovery of a cinnamon bun that many believe looks like Mother Teresa. The Music City Miracle was featured in media outlets as diverse as Washington Post, CNN, BBC, Paul Harvey, David Letterman and (so we've been told) a Calcutta newspaper. The bun has been preserved and is on continuous display at Bongo Java.


To prove Mother Teresa's sense of humor and her enjoyment of the bun, her attorney told us the following story. He met with her and her replacement a week before she died. They all knew she was dying and they wanted to clear up a few urgent matters — one crazily enough was the NunBun. After he explained the agreement worked out with Bongo Java and asked for her approval, Mother Teresa looked at her replacement and said "You tell those guys to find a cinnamon bun that looks like her."

via iPalimpsest

The News Watch Diversity Style

The News Watch Diversity Style Guide advises journalists (and bloggers, and you, even?) on using language pertaining to religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation and the like. Looks like it needs updating ("recent" WTC attacks?), but still useful.

US might at an all time size - click quick, you might miss it!

Over at CNN, the foot of a US trooper is larger than some African countries!

Giulitweedi's Dome

A group of community leaders and elected officials asked the Bloomberg administration recently to consider opening the first two floors of the Tweed Courthouse, including its splendid rotunda, to the public. Miffed that the administration has yet to respond to their plan, a few dozen people gathered yesterday in front of the courthouse to call for access to the storied building, which was recently renovated at a cost to the public of $89 million.
Robert Moses, Boss Tweed and Rudolph Giuliani all sunk sick amounts of money into what is arguably New York's most beautiful building. But we're not allowed in!

prepare to die

Inigo Montoya

Which Princess Bride Character are You?
this quiz was made by mysti

We gave Sharon six weeks

We gave Sharon six weeks of quiet, during which time more than 79 Palestinians were killed. No one in the world cared.
UPI: Arafat aide: Situation is bad.

My view is that given

My view is that given all we have said as a leading world power about the necessity of regime change in Iraq means that our credibility would be badly damaged if that regime change did not take place.

Defense Policy Board member James Schlesinger.

09/02 DC IMC Calendar

September 2002 DC Mobilization Calendar of Events

September 23, 2002

On Coming Home Late

Note the megatextual references to Heaven, Superior Being-as-girl-child, snow-as-inviolable-purity, and time-as-irrelevancy. [via riley dog]

Not just another pretty face. . .

This guy is a triple threat in Hollywood. According to his Unofficial Fan Club filmography, in addition to actor, this hot young man is also a writer, director, and producer. That's actually four hats! Watch out Sly!

Things I especially like about him - the websites all say he's a non-identical twin AND the son of an astrologer! But, does he have an official website? Where can I find more profound information about L.A.'s latest twenty-million-dollar man? Where is restmyeyes.net when I need it most?

"I would get into fights with other bouncers when a guy was already on the floor and the other guys thought it was alright to jump up in the air and land on the guy's head."
Oh, and he grew up in NYC. That might be of interest to somebody.

originally posted by Greer

September 22, 2002

my new most favorite band, ever.

Pitchfork: Speaking of Poison, you head one of the few acts in which one hears as much metal as soul. What's the soundtrack in the tour van?

James: Oh man, everything. Danzig 2: Lucifuge has been in heavy rotation, as has Europe's The Final Countdown. Roy Orbison's Best Of. Strange mix CDs. And Erykah Badu live. Also we've been jamming to the new Swearing at Motorists, Bobby Bare Jr., and Ben Kweller. As well as the Scorpions' Love at First Sting and The Muppet Movie soundtrack.

Pitchfork: Did you get your ears on Willie Nelson's killer version of The Muppet Movie's "Rainbow Connection"? Whoooo.

James: I saw Willie do it in concert and nearly cried. The crickets were out and it was at the state fair. It was a beautiful night for a beautiful song. My mom was there too and that meant a lot, because that was a big song for us growing up. It was a magical moment.

This is actually not all that good an interview, but that's okay, because I'll read anything I can right now pertaining to My Morning Jacket. Buy At Dawn, see them live, listen to this appearance on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic. The singer's voice is like the fifth and heretofore unknown element.

As seen on television

I am a designer/builder living near San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and I love concrete.
I doubt the pictures in the concrete link could disappoint you. As seen on Extreme Homes on HGTV. I could watch Home & Garden Television for hours if it weren't for Law & Order on TNT. That's how I divide my time these days.

originally posted by Greer


If you want to get pregnant through donor artificial insemination, maybe I can help.

originally posted by Greer

a newer epidemic

The first outbreak of W135 meningitis was discovered in Burkina Faso in February. More than 12,000 people were infected, with almost 1,500 deaths.

originally posted by Greer

September 21, 2002


"Here's how the whole tabbed browsing thing happened..."

September 20, 2002

ginger in my collards, please

When the African-American elite dumps the fat-rich dishes of Southern tradition - collard greens suppurating with pork fat, pigs' feet with black-eyed peas - in favour of the raw vegetables of the "new soul food", a sacrifice of culture accompanies a loss of girth. The raw movement is not a solution, but part of the threat, dividing families by taste and diet.
Felipe Fernandez-Armesto means well, but he overreaches with the whole cuisine-is-social-destiny thing.

September 19, 2002

Medea for President!

Hey everyone, that was the inestimable Medea Benjamin back there heckling Rumsfeld today, and she did a helluva job. (She's the blonde, with the "INSPECTIONS" sign.) All morning long on NPR I kept hearing the administration flacks having to explain why they weren't, after all, interested in weapons inspectors, only in war. She framed the argument. She put them on the defensive. She put an issue in relief on the mainstream news.

Radicals everywhere, take heed.

originally posted by judlew

September 18, 2002

Holy Caziques, batman!Stefan Fatsis is

Holy Caziques, batman!

Stefan Fatsis is answering questions at Readerville!

the wool you've been waiting for

Rivendell Bicycles, seller of fine bike parts and host to an exceptional set of How-Tos entitled Bicycling 101, has created WoolyWarm clothes for cyclists. (thanks, avogadro)

Too bad Guy DeBord isn't around for this one.

New York, NY (September 10, 2002) - I the undersigned, in my authority as Director General of the Office of Homeland Security Cultural Bureau, after information has been presented to me, showing that the Art Gallery WHITE BOX constitutes a danger to state security, order that the above mentioned will be closed until further notice.

The White Box gallery's elaborate publicity stunt.

originally posted by judlew

yummy for your tummy

In New York City's Greenmarkets, Craig Colvin, far left, and Katie Booth are called the pesto people. With good reason. Mr. Colvin, who owns Sweet Pea Organics and Bear Pond Farm in Washington Depot, Conn., and Ms. Booth, who works with him at the Greenmarkets, sell pesto that he makes from the organic herbs he grows.

The pestos, dense with flavor, are made with ingredients including Sicilian oregano, cilantro and classic basil (but no nuts), and are $5 a half-pint. A lemon pesto made from basil and field greens is perfect for fish. Mr. Colvin also makes a tart-sweet heirloom tomato sauce for pasta ($5 a pint), and a rhubarb chutney called Rhubarbecue Sauce ($5 a half-pint), which doubles as a barbecue sauce or as a noteworthy foil for foie gras and pâtés.

The products are in the Greenmarkets at Bowling Green and St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery on Tuesdays, Dag Hammarskjold Plaza and TriBeCa on Wednesdays, West 97th Street on Fridays and Brooklyn Borough Hall and TriBeCa on Saturdays.
These sauces are delicious. You can also get them at the wonderful new Pumpkin Organic Market which doesn't have a web page yet, so you have to go visit it yourself.

blowin' up like we thought she would

I feel I do have a responsibility and I am not going to get up on stage and make songs I wouldn't appreciate my little sister listening to. I tell young girls to work hard and get an education, even though I thought school was a load of shit; and I hope they see me as an intelligent woman who doesn't have to get her tits out to be noticed.
Miss Dynamite, British rap artist and Mercury Prize winner.

September 17, 2002

a geek before geeks were cool

Reznor's tempestuous relationship with machines began in, of all places, a Howard Johnson's restaurant. This was the early 1980s and Reznor was a forlorn teenager washing dishes at a HoJo in Mercer, Pa.; his only reprieve was an Asteroids machine in the lobby.

One night as he was leaving the kitchen, he noticed the back panel of the Asteroids machine slightly ajar. Reznor instinctively pried it open. "I remember looking inside at all the points and settings," he recalls, "and thinking, whoa, I'm not allowed to see this thing!" It was the first glimpse of what would become the predominant theme of his music: the dark worlds that thrive behind life's curtains.
Pretty Hate Machine was the perfect album at the perfect time for High Schooler 'dj'. From salon: "Trent Reznor's pretty hate machines."

September 16, 2002


TrackBack is a system for connecting weblog posts across sites. If you've been reading weblogs for a while, you've probably seen how conversations can happen across several weblogs. TrackBack simply makes the connections more visible.

TrackBack was developed by Movable Type, and integrated into their weblog tool. It's rapidly becoming an open standard for connecting posts.

(from BlogRoots BlogPopuli How-To)

I've been trying to get my head around TrackBack since it was first announced, and only now that I've installed the standalone TrackBack tool on randomWalks have I begun to get what's going on.

hey spike jonze: junk yourself and your crappy movies

The disposability concept is promoted most ardently in the commercials, directed by the filmmaker Spike Jonze, who directed "Being John Malkovich." In one spot, poignant music swells as a woman buys a new lamp and leaves the old one on the street in a driving rain. Suddenly, a man appears on screen. "Many of you feel bad for this lamp," the man says in a Swedish accent. "That is because you're crazy. It has no feelings, and the new one is much better." He walks off and the spot abruptly ends as "Unböring" and the Ikea logo appear.
IKEA's new $50m add campaign is trying to convince people to "Junk It." This is funny, because I hate all my IKEA furniture.

O-Dubya v. Dubya

Oliver asks:

Where's Osama? Why all of a sudden Saddam? Why is there no real terror link?

September 15, 2002

"Have I experienced any changes

"Have I experienced any changes since I've been involved in the community? Yeah, I have. I no longer walk with my head down. That's something I'm very proud of. I look up to the sky now." ---Dexter Asido, YES participant and artist

if you're in nyc on fri oct 11th, come to this: I Look Up To The Sky Now, a screening of the documentary developed by 12 queer youth video artists.

originally posted by hcog

mo' rrisey, mo problems

'But they all ask me how much I'm prepared to compromise, and I say "Nothing." One company said, "Yes, we'll sign you, but we'd like you to make an album with Radiohead" - which doesn't mean anything to me. And several labels have said, "Yes, we'd like to sign you but we don't want to sign your musicians." There's always some absurd condition which makes absolutely no sense. And all the labels in America have said: "Will your music fit in with what is successful in the American charts?" To which I reply: "Bejaysus, I hope it doesn't!" And then I'm out on the street immediately. If you saw me at those meetings, you'd feel really pitifully sorry for me.'
"The man with the thorn in his side"

September 14, 2002

what, me sexist?

The question of the day at BlogRoots: is there sexism in blogging? For further reading see is MetaFilter a boyzone? and is randomWalks a fraternity?

September 13, 2002

the tallest new yorkers

More than five million trees share space with New York's skyscrapers, their roots reaching toward the subway. In every borough amazing trees flourish: Brooklyn has its Camperdown elms in Prospect Park and Green-Wood Cemetery, and of course the ailanthus, the tree that grows in Brooklyn. The Bronx has a rare blue ash at the New York Botanical Garden; Queens offers a tulip tree that may be the tallest in the city. Staten Island has the only natural stand of hackberries in the city, and there are hundreds of varied pine trees in the Arthur Ross Pinetum north of the Great Lawn at West 85th Street in Central Park.

fear of a free planet

The aftermath of the MTV Video Awards carries a ‘business as usual’ stench across the ever influenced cultural, uh, black planet. The new power elite in America…the selection board of MTV. If I closed my eyes and ears and went back in time it would’ve been an oily Rockefeller gathering in the 20s, or a scotch and politic driven Kennedy gathering in the 40s. The new power breed of selectors who govern images being fed to the world youth, invisibly anonymous to most, while being the choosers of who, what, when, why, and how. In the words of my friend Kyle Jason … we (black people on screen) have been reduced to comedy. All of my career, as an artist, I’ve been fighting in a genre that has been hijacked by ‘culture bandits.’ Simply, cats who’ve used rap music and hip hop as a personal whatever without putting anything back where they got it from in the first place. That’s the ongoing complaint by the figureheads that started this thing and I don’t blame them. The lack of image balance is killing us.
MTV is refusing to play the new Public Enemy video unless PE removes references to Mumia Abu-Jamal in their lyrics. Chuck D's response is "EMpTy V ; BLACKFACES REDUCED TO BLACKFACE … SILENTLY DESIGNING A DUMBED GENERATION IN AMERICA. (also on Davey D)

September 11, 2002

I think it's wonderful that

I think it's wonderful that women can start playing characters with more than a couple of sides, some of them not pleasant. Audiences are not used to seeing characters like Hannah or Sophie, who are not trying to get us to fall in love with them. But why do we always have to fall in love with our leading ladies? Why can't we be just intrigued or puzzled or horrified or amused?

Actress Katrin Cartlidge, who starred in the Mike Leigh movies Naked and College Girls, passed away Saturday, 41 years old. (login: rwalks, pwd: walks)

September 10, 2002

From the folks who brought you 'Kuwaiti Babies Ripped From Their Incubators' . . .

"This administration is capable of any lie ... in order to advance its war goal in Iraq," says a US government source in Washington with some two decades of experience in intelligence, who would not be further identified. "It is one of the reasons it doesn't want to have UN weapons inspectors go back in, because they might actually show that the probability of Iraq having [threatening illicit weapons] is much lower than they want us to believe."

I'm putting this whole story in my arsenal of facts I need to preach beyond the converted.

originally posted by judlew

did you wash your hands?

Syracuse New Times: Dirty Thoughts: A germ-laden childhood might be a good thing for a person's immune system.

The United States, like most other industrialized nations, has seen a rise in allergic reactions such as asthma, hay fever and eczema. Two British scientists believe this rise in allergic disorders may be the result of obsessive cleanliness, as well as the uses of antibiotics and vaccinations. They maintain that all of these elements deprive the immune system from learning to distinguish between harmful and non-harmful agents.

Among their findings are the discoveries that you are less likely to be allergic if you were not given antibiotics as a child; had older siblings, especially brothers; rarely washed your hands or face as a child; lived in a home with bacteria-laden dust; were brought up on a farm with animals; had a dog; had a childhood infection that was transmitted by fecal-to-oral contamination; and grew up in Communist, rather than Western, Europe.

September 9, 2002

Kerouac's On the Road is

Kerouac's On the Road is profiled as part of NPR's "Present at the Creation" series. Lots of multimedia goodies.

September 8, 2002

chasing that vibe

In sound reproduction, as in everything else, it seems you can't go home again. But I'm not giving up. This is not about nostalgia. The sound -- which, after all, is an agent of ecstasy -- exists.
Chicago Tribune: Hours of frustration -- all for the love of sound


can't remember that phone number, or what you were just about to say, or something that happened last month? don't worry, these übersmart folx at USC are building a neurochip that will help repair those lost connections.

Berger's team had developed a neurochip that could theoretically substitute for lost connections and dead cells. "But there's no way to get those neurochips to interact with the biological cells," Brinton says. "And that's where I came in. The interface."
yeah, so it's more about repair after toxic exposure or a traumatic brain injury than just enhancing your memory-capacity, and they are looking, yuk, at military applications, but still, even in it's infancy this has pretty deep implications, in the evolution department. via the continually enthralling nonharmful.

originally posted by elihu

"When you write about 11

"When you write about 11 September, you should write about the next 10 years," he tells me, "not just about the moment itself." He is quiet for a moment, then adds: "You cannot ignore rage. It just does not go away. It only goes away when the causes of that rage are addressed. You do not have to look outside America to see how that is the case."
The Observer's Sean O'Hagan thinks Walter Mosley's wish for peace for everyone is "Time for a new Black Power movement" ('Course, that could have just been the headline writer talking.)

September 7, 2002

You've read the story of Jesse James...

Lately, my roommate has been listening incessantly to Serge Gainsbourg and Bridgette Bardot's "Bonnie and Clyde." It's reached the iTunes Top 25 and, in general, spurred our interest in Gainsbourg. Neither one of us knows enough French to really understand what we're listening to, but it doesn't matter. We know the story of Bonnie and Clyde.

Nevertheless, a search for Gainsbourg's lyrics brought me to the English-version of the song. But something didn't seem right: it just didn't feel like a translation.

Those who saw the movie may remember:
Bonnie Parker was also a poet!

Here it is: the original "Bonnie and Clyde," penned by B.P. herself. It's the French that's the "version."

don't play that song anymore

"it could be hit by a plane."
opponents of the WTC ran this ad
to try and stop the towers from being built.
(from the New York Times)
  • Here is New York - a democracy of photgraphs:
    HERE IS NEW YORK is not a conventional gallery show. It is something new, a show tailored to the nature of the event, and to the response it has elicited. The exhibition is subtitled "A Democracy of Photographs" because anyone and everyone who has taken pictures relating to the tragedy is invited to bring or ftp their images to the gallery, where they will be digitally scanned, archivally printed and displayed on the walls alongside the work of top photojournalists and other professional photographers. All of the prints which HERE IS NEW YORK displays will be sold to the public for $25, regardless of their provenance. The net proceeds will go to the Children's Aid Society WTC Relief Fund, for the benefit of the thousands of children who are among the greatest victims of this catastrophe.

    The causes and effects of the events of 9/11/2001 are by no means clear, and will not be for a very long time. What is clear, though, is this: in order to restore our sense of equilibrium as a nation, as a city, and particularly as a community, we need to develop a new way of looking at and thinking about history, as well as a way of making sense of all of the images which continue to haunt us.

  • The Height of Ambition (Part 1)
    This is the history of the WTC I've been waiting to read - it collects all the strings that I haven't been able to tie together myself. If you only click one of my links, set aside a half hour and read this one.
    When the north tower, the first to go up, was finally topped out on Dec. 23, 1970, it was foggy, and no one could see the view. But James Endler, the West Point grad and construction contractor who oversaw the entire job for the Port Authority, made a point of showing up at a celebration for the workers held on one of the skeletal upper floors -- the first open-air party ever to take place 1,300 feet above the street. There was a band, soda and sandwiches. But when the band played the Mexican hat dance, the construction workers started stomping in unison, and Endler -- standing next to Jack Kyle, the Port Authority's chief engineer -- began to feel odd vibrations in the structure. The floor did not seem steady. After all the wind-tunnel tests, the computer calculations, the structural innovations, had something been missed? Had the thousands upon thousands of steel parts been fitted together incorrectly?

    "Jack, how do we stop that vibration?" Endler asked.

    Kyle turned to him, expressionless. "Don't play that song anymore," he advised.

  • Don't Rebuild. Reimagine.
    This article features a companion feature with by far the most compelling ideas and architecture I've seen for lower Manhattan. (especially the three pages of notes from Maya Lin!)
    Some of the West Street projects will appear bizarre or perhaps self-indulgent to those unfamiliar with contemporary architecture. But this is not a lineup of architectural beauty contestants. All are conceptually rooted, in step with the level of architectural ambition in Vienna, Tokyo, Rotterdam and many other cities overseas. You have to look beneath the skin, for example, to appreciate the extraordinary elegance with which Charles Gwathmey has manipulated a single duplex unit into a variety of apartment layouts, which then generate the modeled facades.

  • Maya Lin: Great Buildings
    "I saw the Vietnam Veterans Memorial not as an object placed into the earth but as a cut in the earth that has then been polished, like a geode. Interest in the land and concern about how we are polluting the air and water of the planet are what make me want to travel back in geologic time-to witness the shaping of the earth before man."

mothership connection

sudama has accomplished a great deal in the way of bringing an important, but sadly unusual, viewpoint to the community. I suspect that one of the reasons he posts far less frequently than I'd like is the sniping from clueless assholes that his posts so often draw.
posted by sennoma at 11:38 PM PST on September 6
Sudama's post, via full bleed?, of a list of ideas how men can take sexism on as their own struggle, has caused quite a fray over at the mothership.

September 6, 2002

Imagine libraries of TIFFs of

Imagine libraries of TIFFs of phono-records available through the Internet Archive, available for downloading and processing into Ogg or MP3 files. Keep the TIFFs handy and you can re-rip them into new formats as they emerge. Imagine bulk-feeding phono-scanners that automatically feed stacks of wax through and turn them into digital music, rescuing and restoring entire libraries of music... Gosh, this is cool stuff.

September 5, 2002

googlecooking! g-o-o-g-l-e-c-o-o-k-i-n-g

A few weeks ago I needlessly slandered megnut, so let me make amends by linking to her incredible post on googlecooking. After I get some breathing room from the work at my day job, I'll knock out mediarights, future 500, macfilter, rme, and THEN I'll put a PHPwiki (see flux) up at memorablemeals.net with a "google this" link. And then it's on!

For me, that there's something

For me, that there's something "out there" and that I'm here no longer meant anything, because every time I thought there was something out there, it turns into inevitably something opposed to me. Something I have to define myself against, whether that's God, or whether that's a Christian, or whether that's a Muslim, or whether that's a Buddhist. And that's not my experience.

My genuine experience of life is that there is nothing "out there." This is all there is. And when you see the seamlessness of it all, that's what I mean by "God." Every tradition has that. Every morning, three times a day since I'm five or six years old, I've been saying, "Hear O Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is One." Right? It's one of our few creedal statements, the Shema. Three times a day, since I'm six years old.

If you ask what 9/11 really did, it made me understand the truth of that. The truth of that, "Everything is one." Not that there's some guy hanging out there who has it all together, who we call "One," but that it is all one. We all know it deep down. We've all had those experiences. whether it's looking at our child in a crib or whether it's looking at our lover or looking at a mountaintop, or looking at a sunset. Right? We've all had those experiences. And we recognize, "Whoa. I'm much more connected here."

That's what those firemen had. They recognized; they didn't have time to think about it, right? Because actually, if you think about it, you begin to create separations. They didn't think about it. All they knew is we're absolutely connected. We're absolutely connected to the 86th floor. Well, that's where God is. That's not where God is. God isn't anywhere. That's what we mean when we say God.

Irwin Kula, a Conservative rabbi, discussed his religious beliefs and how they were affected by the events of Sept. 11, 2001, on Faith and Doubt at Ground Zero, a remarkable Frontline special that aired on PBS earlier this week.

September 4, 2002

Get drunk!

One should always be drunk. That's the one thing that matters. In order not to feel the horrible burden of Time, which breaks your shoulders, and crushes you to the ground, one should be drunk without ceasing.

But on what? On wine, on poetry or on virtue, as it suits you. But get drunk.

And if sometimes, on the steps of a palace, on the green grass of a ditch, in the lonely gloom of your room, you wake up, the drunkenness already abated or completely gone, ask the wind, the wave, the star, the bird, the clock, everything that flies or groans or rolls or sings or speaks, ask everything what time it is; and the wind, the wave, the star, the bird, the clock will answer: 'Time to get drunk. In order not to be the martyred slaves of Time, get drunk. Get drunk ceaselessly. On wine, on poetry, or on virtue, as it suits you.'

by Charles Baudelaire.


gobram: to shout in one's sleep
khanthi: to be wounded without bleeding
ur: to dig soil (as the swine do), to move curry (while cooking)
And there are nouns, too: "gansuthi, the first grown feather of a bird’s wing; zogno, the sound produced by a mixing of mud and water if you thrust your hand into a crab’s hole. How could anyone resist a language whose expression for ‘slightly humpbacked’ is gobdobdob?" From an essay on Boro, a language spoken in India.

September 3, 2002

project censored 2001

It's time once again for the Project Censored list of the top underreported, underplayed, and underanalyzed stories of 2001. Topping the list this year are radio and water, two things that have been increasingly on my mind. See also http://www.projectcensored.org/.

September 2, 2002


You wanted to hear Aloha? You're in luck: http://www.insomniaville.com/aloha/sounds/.

running at 575 MHz...

If my friend xowie

had dreams of electric sheep

this is how he'd blog

"Novelists to tell tale for

"Novelists to tell tale for Labour"

bach that thang up

... When children were asked to cite a classical performer strained concentration produced answers ranging from the French impressionist artist Claude Monet to the American pop star Britney Spears, the jazz musician Louis Armstrong, and Pop Idol's Will Young.

The tenor Luciano Pavarotti was the best-known classical performer. Next came Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the violinists Vanessa Mae and Nigel Kennedy, and the Salford-born singer Russell "The Voice" Watson.

Charlotte Church, the 16-year-old Welsh soprano who regularly appears at royal variety performances and on teen magazine style pages, failed to get a mention.

Faced with a set of common musical instruments, only 30% could recognise a cello and 23% a French horn. More than 60% went blank at the sight of a clarinet, 47% failed to recognise a cymbal and 7% called a violin a guitar. ...
*w00t!* 9 for 11 on the Guardian UK's "Do You Know Your Classical Composers?" (Lucky I didn't name Shakespeare or Da Vinci as composers!) How'd you score?

abuddhas memes

Before I steal a half-dozen links from one buddha, allow me to politely point you in his direction. Get your third eye open!

September 1, 2002

Burn the Constitution, We're at War.

The poll released Thursday found that 49 percent think the First Amendment goes too far, a total about 10 points higher than in 2001.

"Many Americans view these fundamental freedoms as possible obstacles in the war on terrorism," said Ken Paulson, executive director of the First Amendment Center, based in Arlington, Va., which commissioned the survey. Almost half also said the media has been too aggressive in asking the government questions about the war on terrorism.

Support For 1st Amendment Slipping (link via Letter Never Sent)