Man, how about this?It'll blow over, I'm sure. Just about every worm has eventually been brought down. Still, Microsoft legendarily always has hackers gunning for it. Often these are former employees and contractors. Maybe they shou
Monday, April 28, 2014
First is the presence of the song itself. When I was a lot younger and the world was a minuscule bit younger, I remember this song being something of a standby for oldies radio. Now oldies stations stay away from this kind of Eisenhower-era not-quite-rock 'n' roll material. It's familiar in that it's a bunch of white people taking cues from black music, but the particular mode doesn't have any purchanse in popular culture as it is now.
The pictures also show a relatively unpolished image that's very much of its time and not ours. Yes, the Skyliners do class it up in these pictures with rented suits and cocktail dresses. Still, besides being - educated guess here - quite short, they look rough, maybe just having clocked off from their day jobs. TV in all its mutating forms has changed the way music is packaged.
Saturday, April 26, 2014
1. Arcade Fire - Porno
2. Patsy Cline - Crazy
3. Dirty Projectors - Cannibal Resource
4. They Might Be Giants - The Lady and the Tiger
5. Chic - Rebels Are We
6. Brian Eno - Sky Saw
7. Amy Winehouse - Take the Box
8. Dinah Washington - Teach Me Tonight
9. Mose Allison - Just Like Livin'
10. Beck - Heart is a Drum
Thursday, April 24, 2014
My own opposition is rooted in the time I spent taking the preliminary classes for teacher education back in the nineties. While I didn't go on to the profession myself, I got to know a lot of other people who were preparing to become teachers. They were a varied group, some very inspiring, some very much not. But the best, it seemed to me, were the ones who best knew their own rhythms, and thus would be most resistant to rules set down by a far-away technocrat. I have friends who do teach now, and I think time has borne me out.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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That's what I got by running one of my old posts through the generator on this page. The entire results can be read here. So if you read that page and think it makes sense, it might be a good time to go to bed. Which I'm doing about now, but I'll be back.
Sunday, April 20, 2014
(And if a guy offers to make an elephant appear while reaching for his zipper, that's a good cue to leave.)
Friday, April 18, 2014
Couple more things to say (it's Saturday afternoon now) about the book. First, Mieville's left wing politics are fairly well known. A lot of authors - some would say all of them - mix their political viewpoints into their work. There are wide variations of skill in doing this. Mieville is working at a pretty high level. The book's concluding chapters, which reveal why his world is the way it is, do contain a sharp critique of rentier capitalism. It's not a reductive political book, though.
Also, Mieville references and has fun with a number of well-known maritime novels, including the work of Herman Melville, who it's easy to think Mieville is related to if you read both names in a hurry. Melville's Moby Dick has become recognized as a classic, but it was a commercial catastrophe when first published. MD was a very strange book, for our time or its own. So I'm happy to see that some authors like Mieville have been able to make their weirdness work for them in a career sense.
1. Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band - Beautiful Zelda
2. Laurie Anderson - Sweaters
3. Arcade Fire - It's Never Over (Oh Eurydice)
4. The Fiery Furnaces - Keep Me in the Dark
5. Reading Rainbow - Wasting Time
6. Beck - Turn Away
7. Lambert, Hendricks & Ross - Summertime
8. Elvis Costello & the Attractions - New Lace Sleeves
9. Jimmy Smith - Memories of You
10. Dirty Projectors - Useful Chamber
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Monday, April 14, 2014
On the bright side, the impossibility of getting anything done made me get up and leave, walkng downhill to wait for the bus at the tunnel. Which got me looking at the sky during and just after sunset. I'd consider that a silver lining.
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Leave everything. Leave Dada. Leave your wife. Leave your mistress. Leave your hopes and fears. Leave your children in the woods. Leave the substance for the shadow. Leave your easy life, leave what you are given for the future. Set off on the roads.
First of all, gotta love the supposition that the reader will have to leave both his wife and his mistress. Presenting France, where adultery is customary, much like tipping.
Also noted is how the further Breton goes on, the more he echoes Christ talking to his Apostles. Talk about stealing from the best!
Surrealist techniques are a mixed bag, but as such they command attention. If the point is to shut down the rational mind, that doesn't quite work for me, not in my own process. I work best when I get both halves of my brain in on the action. Still, in a group setting, this can be potent stuff. The exquisite corpse is a very interesting technique.
Friday, April 11, 2014
There was a baby shower for one of the girls at work today. A quite well-catered one too. Me and the guy I work with* were invited to stop by. Not too surprisingly there weren't a lot of guys there. One reason this isn't all that suprising is that it's a majority female workplace. Which is interesting to think about. Not many men worked in high-female environments fifty years ago, except in movie musicals.
1. The Cramps - The Crusher
2. R.E.M. - Kahoutek
3. Laurie Anderson - Big Science
4. Elvis Costello & the Attractions - Strict Time
5. Beck - Blue Moon
6. The Clash - Remote Control
7. Zapolski Quartet - Allegretto Pastorale (Nielsen)
8. Fiery Furnaces - Take Me Round Again
9. Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Powderfinger
10. Lambert, Hendricks & Ross - Bijou
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Also, there's apparently a comic out now where the Riverdale gang are zombies, or getting eaten by zombies, and it's actually published by Archie Comics. It's official. Reality is trolling me.
* Keeping a little anonymity here.
Saturday, April 5, 2014
So I think I rescued myself okay. I suspect her benefits aren't that great, though.
1. Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band - Death Cab for Cutie
2. Nellie McKay - Long and Lazy River
3. The Bird and the Bee - Diamond Dave
4. New Pornographers - If You Can't See My Mirror
5. Lambert, Hendricks and Ross - Farmer's Market
6. Pink Martini - Omide Zendegani
7. Elvis Costello & the Attractions - Pretty Words
8. Morphine - I'm Free Now
9. They Might Be Giants - Never Knew Love
10. Mose Allison - Fool's Paradise
Friday, April 4, 2014
Saturday Random Ten tomorrow.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
From the description on Vimeo, this is a student short. I'd say the student is doing really well. The names of the people involved with the project are all Greek, so I guess the narration is Greek, or at least that's the most likely thing per Occam's razor. All the zh sounds made me think it was Portuguese.The story and the art make a quantum leap when the witch shows up. That's the thing about her. She may be presented more or less sympathetically, but she's always a compelling character.