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March 30, 2005


I learned from Tony Pierce that Robert Creeley died.

unconfirmed rumors

That black vein in shrimp is poo!


March 29, 2005

What in the world is stopping you from doing it?

I really would like to stop working forever--never work again, never do anything like the kind of work I'm doing now--and do nothing but write poetry and have leisure to spend the day outdoors and go to museums and see friends. And I'd like to keep living with someone -- maybe even a man -- and explore relationships that way. And cultivate my perceptions, cultivate the visionary thing in me. Just a literary and quiet city-hermit existence.

Ginsberg in the 50s (a brief excerpt from David Burner's Making Peace with the Sixties).

visual programming

Processing is a programming language and environment built for the electronic arts and visual design communities. It is created to teach fundamentals of computer programming within a visual context and to serve as a software sketchbook. It is used by students, artists, designers, architects, and researchers for learning, prototyping, and production.”

March 28, 2005

an inspirational feeding tube of chicken soup

Get Your War On 45: "Poor Terri Schiavo—the unwitting personification of the Christian right. Except she's not a disgusting hypocrite." (Thanks, DruBlood!)

March 26, 2005

comics journalism

Columbia Journalism Review: "The Case for Comics Journalism".

March 25, 2005

my gosh, this is amazing

Octopuses walk.

March 24, 2005

Where you been?

Pitchfork: Daily Music News: "J. Mascis and Lou Barlow will perform together under the Dinosaur Jr. name for the first time in 15 years."

we were the first game to call them pot and coke and crack

A digital puff of marijuana, for example, temporarily slows the action of the game like a sports replay. Taking an Ecstasy tablet creates a mellow atmosphere that can pacify aggressive foes. The use of crack momentarily makes the player a marksman: a "crack" shot.

But using each drug also leads to addiction, which can lead to blackouts that cost the player inventory and to demotions or even expulsion from the police force, which halts progress in the game. In measured doses, the substances can make a tough challenge easier, but the makers of the game say it is possible to play without using the drugs at all.

The New York Times > Technology > Circuits > Where a Puff of Marijuana Is the Ultimate Power-Up

March 23, 2005

Lessig on Brazil

O'Reilly Network: Remixing Culture: An Interview with Lawrence Lessig

I was at the World Social Forum, but much of what was going on at the World Social Forum was related to Brazil's leadership in spreading free software and free culture. So the free software movement has exploded in Brazil, led in part by the government, which is increasingly using free software in its own work and requiring it for much of the government's coding work. The free culture movement is being pushed in Brazil largely because of the culture minister, Gilberto Gil, who envisions a future where an increasingly large proportion of the content in Brazil is made available to the world via Creative Commons licenses.

Now the strategy in both cases is to increase wealth in Brazil. The view of free software is that it's far better for Brazil if the technology industry is trained in the skills needed to build and modify and extend free software than if they're trained in the skills of how to implement a patch for the latest Windows virus. That's about technology self-sufficiency.

And in the free culture context, Brazil is eager to have their music spread broadly to increase the demand for Brazilian musicians. They have a project to create a huge archive of Brazilian music licensed under Creative Commons licenses, which will encourage people to get access to it and share it for noncommercial purposes and remix it.

It's perhaps the most exciting place in the world right now for these issues. They're extremely well-educated and committed people there. And the movement is fundamentally political. It's a mix of all kinds of people from Brazil--I mean, particularly young, but all sorts of young people. Men and women, people who have a technical background, people who don't--all of whom are demanding a cultural and technological future for Brazil that is not dependent on someone else. That's the essential feature in both the software and culture contexts. They want a future where they're not dependent on Microsoft and a future in which they're not dependent on rich copyright holders in the United States.

March 20, 2005

Brother Thây: A Radio Pilgrimage with Thich Nhat Hanh

Speaking of Faith | Brother Thây: A Radio Pilgrimage with Thich Nhat Hanh

Forcibly exiled from his native country, Thich Nhat Hanh is currently visiting Vietnam for the first time in nearly forty years. In 2003, Speaking of Faith took a radio pilgrimage with Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh at a Christian conference center in a lakeside setting of rural Wisconsin. Here, Nhat Hanh discusses the concepts of "engaged Buddhism," "being peace," and "mindfulness" with host Krista Tippett.

March 17, 2005

Counter Recruitment is Where it's At

After last year's debacle where the antiwar movement decided it made more sense to try and elect a pro-war candidate than it did to build an actual movement, things are beginning to turn. United for Peace and Justice is still on spinning pointlessly. But there are glimmers elsewhere. First off, there are large protests planned for this weekend in Fayetteville, N.C. and New York (and probably other places) to mark the two-year anniversary of the Iraq war.

But even more importantly, counter recruitment is on the rise across the country. This is extremely crucial, especially at a time when the military is having trouble meeting its goals. It's a concrete way to fight the war--by cutting them off at the source.

Update (3/18): The New York Times reported on counter recruitment today.

In Georgia, Sgt. Kevin Benderman, 40, whose family ties to military service stretch back to the American Revolution, filed for conscientious-objector status and learned that he will face a court-martial in May for failing to report to his unit when it left for a second stint in Iraq.

One by one, a trickle of soldiers and marines - some just back from duty in Iraq, others facing a trip there soon - are seeking ways out.

Soldiers, their advocates and lawyers who specialize in military law say they have watched a few service members try ever more unlikely and desperate routes: taking drugs in the hope that they will be kept home after positive urine tests, for example; or seeking psychological or medical reasons to be declared nondeployable, including last-minute pregnancies. Specialist Marquise J. Roberts is accused of asking a relative in Philadelphia to shoot him in the leg so he would not have to return to war.

A bullet to the leg, Specialist Roberts, of Hinesville, Ga., told the police, seemed his best chance. "I was scared," he said, according to a police report on the December shooting. "I didn't want to go back to Iraq and leave my family. I felt that my chain of command didn't care about the safety of the troops. I just know that I wasn't going to make it back."

Department of Defense officials say they have seen no increase in those counted as deserters since the war in Iraq began. Since October 2002, about 6,000 soldiers have abandoned their posts for at least 30 days and been counted as deserters. (A soldier who eventually returns to his unit is still counted as a deserter for the year.) The Marine Corps, which takes a snapshot of how many marines are missing at a given point in time, reported about 1,300 deserters in December, some of whom disappeared last year and others years earlier. The figures, Pentagon officials said, suggest that the deserter ranks have actually shrunk since the years just before Sept. 11, 2001. Of course, many things have changed since then, including the seriousness of deserting during a time of war.

originally posted by zagg

Of course this work has not been without its price. Several protestors at CCNY in New York were arrested for confronting recruiters and suspended (this after several episodes where recruiters were successfully forced off campus). Similarly. counter-recruiters at San Francisco State were expelled for challenging military recruiters. Here, an organizer from CCNY and San Francisco State collaborated on a joint article.

March 15, 2005

today's poem

"A True Account of Talking to the Sun at Fire Island" by Frank O'Hara

March 14, 2005

save tonic

Save Tonic

julia vorontsova

Listen to the beautiful singing of Julia Vorontsova.

March 9, 2005

Volcano eruption

Volcano eruption
Originally uploaded by ladwil.

March 8, 2005


Originally uploaded by david.

March 6, 2005


"He'd done his work," Winkel Thompson said, adding, in Hunter Thompson's own words, "He was a road man for the lords of karma."

Rocky Mountain News: Family says writer didn't kill himself out of desperation

March 3, 2005

vocabulary of torture

Manipulative self-injurious behaviour
The US government’s description of 21 attempted suicides at Guantanamo Bay.

Rumsfeld processing
Colloquial term for removing prisoners from army camps and holding them in CIA facilities, which the Red Cross is not permitted to visit.
Torture vocabulary at UK Channel 4's website accompanying its current series on torture.

paean to once-great radio

All Hail The Death Of Radio / Clear Channel suffers and rock radio is gasping its last and, more importantly, does anyone care?

Only a handful of major-station radio gems remain on the dial anywhere in the country, stations that still fly their flags of ragged independence like beacons in a wasteland of sameness and blandness and endless replays of Beyoncé and Eric Clapton and Sting, while the FCC stands behind them all like a psychotic nun with a giant ruler and a deep scowl and callused nipples.

Mark Morford is big on podcasting, too.

March 2, 2005


Animal/bird/fish/insect names. A pail of wasps? A murmuration of starlings? I think some of these are made up. Well, I guess they're all made up.

March 1, 2005

green thumb

The Duchess of Northumberland's controversial poison garden has been officially opened.