Saturday, May 31, 2008
Friday, May 30, 2008
There has been some work in collecting such snapshots and representing them together as art (see Tacita Dean's Floh, for example.) It would be interesting to have an entire exhibit devoted to such collections (not doubt that has been done) along with Hanson's works (that probably hasn't).
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Originally uploaded by Theorris
I witnessed Ghostland Observatory at At the Venue in SLC (sorry At the Venue is the place's name).
The Templar cape was well-chosen. The crowd went chaotic at the end and joined the pair on stage.
Great show. I have no idea how in the hell the singer sings the way he does, night after night and is still spot on. You have to listen to him to understand the energy he puts into it. It is like a super-amped falsetto with range. They certainly engaged the crowd.
I haven't been writing enough about my musical adventures lately. Perhaps a sea-change is in order for this old blog. The Justice thema has been quite effective, but now that summer is in the offing, I feel the need to be hedonistic: now maybe it is bump-and-groove time.
Six months might be the length that one (meaning I) can extend a blog thema, anyway.
Ok, I kind of have an excuse, I guess. My mother died that year too. The world lost a lot that year.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Saturday, May 24, 2008
I've checked my blog, and every year around the time of chestnut bloom, all I want to do is sleep. One year I went so far to take Claritin--big mistake. It just gave me insomnia. I also had other well-described drug reactions to Claritin, but I will spare you.
Of course, this all could be a reaction to Highschool Musicl 2 which has commandeered our abandoned neighborhood school's basketball courts too. Oh well, the way I'm feeling, I couldn't be assed to even throw a ball.
I made this
Originally uploaded by Theorris
My workplace now has a nearly fully-functioning publication lab. A component of that lab is a perfect binding system and an industrial-strenght paper cutter/trimmer. This blank book was the first product of that binding system. I think I'll use it to keep track of photo stuff.
Hightouchmegastore should be thanked for this, given that it was her effort to get the Publication Lab. Are you excited Hightouch?
Oh and it will be completely impossible for anyone to cut their own hand off in the paper cutter. The machine specifically prohibits use by two people as that can "result in loss of limb."
Friday, May 23, 2008
Now the relevance of this is that, apparently, they have been filming scenes of its sequel (Highschool Musical 2?) a street away from my house. So far over the last 3 nights, I've noted 2,417 white vans carrying cast and crew roving by my house and various prop school buses.
As I write boom lights loom high above the trees to the south. The light streaks white across the wood of my floor through the living room French doors. I confuse it with the full moon. The cat lolls in its bright reality.
This production is definitely much busier, but not as impressive as the Danny Glover movie that took place right next to my house up in the Avenues of SLC. (I'm too lazy and busy to look up the link to that extravaganza right now.)
So what's my point? Something in me really wants to disrupt their production. I have no idea why, but it just seems so, well, wrong. Why do people celebrate their reality by allowing the fiction to come into it, transform it, and then film it? Does it really make you famous? Why do people gather to watch them film? Is it really that much of a spectacle?
Perhaps it is that people feel close to the production of the thing that they watch and that they know many others watch. It is the proxy of being watched oneself: the center of attention.
I don't get why people really want that sort of fame. Can you explain it to me?
Still, spring is the mischief in me and I wonder, would I be shooed away if I walked over with my video camera?
"Paparazzi!" I can hear them cry.
Stone on stone.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
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Take action, please.
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
You might recognize from ads on TV. He was Svarnik in the "Svarnik and Byll Fight Against Tobacco" ad campaigns.Not quite as good as the dude who went for a hike with sleeping pills in tow, but very close.
What are the chances that Byll was a his cohort in crime?
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Sometimes I miss the 80s.
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Friday, May 09, 2008
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
Originally uploaded by Theorris
Sometimes I think I would be really cool if we lived in water, as opposed to air, like Mr. Teeth here (taken in New Orleans at the Aquarium there).
Now with that, the Jazz outplayed the Lakers tonight, despite the loss. Home cooking at its finest, as good old Hot Rod says. That's how the NBA works, after all, particularly when you are a big market team against a small market.
Can you name the time when a small market team won against a big market? Nope, you can't because it ain't happened. San Antonio might be the closest, but Texas is not exactly small market.
Mr. Teeth will always win out.
Tuesday, May 06, 2008
Saturday, May 03, 2008
Friday, May 02, 2008
Vaccine, however, has nothing to do with vacation, which I am now on.
(Nota bene: not all fascinating facts will be about bacteria, but bacteria have been occupying my mind lately due to what I thought was the return of a hated sinus infection.)
*(Funny I originally typed "small box" there. Funny, that.)
Thursday, May 01, 2008
Bronowski was a scientist and a fervent Darwinian. Along with the murder of his family in Nazi death camps, he also witnessed the aftermath of the nuclear attack on Hiroshima.
I tend to trust his thoughtful perspective over a Nixon speech writer, Ferris Bueller actor, and game show host.
Of course, it could be a sing of Cooler Climate May Hit N. America, Europe Next Decade, which I am sure Rush Limbaugh and his equally sedentary fans (both of mind and body) will blather about endlessly.