31 January 2009
30 January 2009
I can only imagine that all of the leftover "Country First" signs and bumper stickers must be crumpled up and rotting next to all those pretty little outfits in those garbage bags at RNC headquarters because, if the revered Rush has stopped putting it first, I'm willing to bet there's a fair amount of Republican sheep not far behind. Yes, that means you too, Gingrey--those 15 minutes with a backbone must have been the scariest time of your life.
In 8 years of riding around on my bicycle with the homemade "FUGWB" sticker across my grocery-getter baskets, I never hoped that W would fail because by my logic, the failure of the president = the failure of the country. That's just me, though, I'm not a syndicated radio douche looking for ratings.
Anyway, if you'd like to let Limbaugh know how you feel, stop over to the DCCC and get in on the petition they've started.
The folks at the AVO seem to think that an eruption is "possibly imminent, 'perhaps within hours to days'" which leaves us wondering about wind direction and ashfall.
29 January 2009
28 January 2009
Who the hell is the sucker that put up that kind of cash for a pair of pumps? I'm having images of the Wicked Witch of the West's feet curling up underneath the wreckage of a displaced Kansas home while Dorothy downloads photos of ruby reds on ebay for the auction.
Any guesses as to the winner? Is "winner" even the correct term to use here?
I can see Bill Kristol flicking his forked tongue in and out of the "peep-toe" hole as easily as i can see Meg Stapleton dry-humping them to sleep each night.
27 January 2009
And if, as they say, we're turning into France, can we christen the guillotines with the blood of these heads first?
Well I came across this killer vhs recording of Tom playing solo in Italy:
and this excerpt of Skeleton Crew playing an old Turkish song (note that these guys are playing the percussion with their feet):
and was inspired to share this, the opening track from Scrabbling at the Lock:
State of Shock -- The Ex & Tom Cora
26 January 2009
23 January 2009
Big Blood- Vitamin C (Can)
from Sew Your Wild Days Volume 1
For the uninitiated, Big Blood is Caleb Mulkerin & Colleen Kinsella (also of Fire on Fire and Cerberus Shoal). Not only were they part of 2 of my favorite releases last year (Fire on Fire's EP and full length The Orchard) but they have been putting out some pretty stellar CDR's over the last few years under the moniker Big Blood.
In addition to the great sounds they produce, the CDR's come beautifully packaged in Kinsella's artwork:
The runs are very limited so, unless you're a Mainer, you'd be hard pressed to gets your hands on most of the releases but Northeast Indie has copies of the highly recommended The Grove.
22 January 2009
Can we bring back the tar and feather? The ol' riding out on a rail?
What kind of person can spend $1,400 on a trash can while cutting the jobs that thousands of people depend on to pay the mortgage or to put food on their reasonably priced tables?
Certainly not a humane one.
Certainly not a man with any shred of empathy or compassion.
Definitely one that deserves to be punched really, really hard in the face. Really hard.
Text from the photo:
"A close brush with a distracted driver is enough to intimidate the most avid bikers from riding at night. The problem isn’t just about visibility, as safety lights are effective at capturing the attention of a driver. However, these lights are typically constrained to the bike frame, which highlights only a fraction of the bike’s envelope. Bike lanes have proven to be an effective method of protecting cyclists on congested roads. One key is that the lane establishes a well defined boundary beyond the envelope of the bicycle, providing a greater margin of safety between the car and the cyclist. Yet, only a small fraction of streets have dedicated bike lanes, and with an installation cost of $5,000 to $50,000 per mile, we shouldn’t expect to find them everywhere anytime soon. Instead of adapting cycling to established bike lanes, the bike lane should adapt to the cyclists. This is the idea behind the LightLane. Our system projects a crisply defined virtual bike lane onto pavement, using a laser, providing the driver with a familiar boundary to avoid. With a wider margin of safety, bikers will regain their confidence to ride at night, making the bike a more viable commuting alternative."
21 January 2009
20 January 2009
well, it happened to me again this morning. this time with a bagel that was already inside the small bag i put it in at the bakery section and after i asked for no bag prior to the transaction. there's just no winning i suppose.
anyway, i left the store with the below images by Chris Jordan flashing through my mind. i'm not sure when exactly i stumbled across Jordan's work but it has definitely left a lasting impression. it's one thing to read that, say, americans use 60,000 plastics bags every 5 seconds but it's another thing to see what 60,000 plastic bags looks like while you count to five.
maybe we all need to have a look at this stuff:
detail at actual size:
"Running the Numbers
An American Self-Portrait
Running the Numbers looks at contemporary American culture through the austere lens of statistics. Each image portrays a specific quantity of something: fifteen million sheets of office paper (five minutes of paper use); 106,000 aluminum cans (thirty seconds of can consumption) and so on. My hope is that images representing these quantities might have a different effect than the raw numbers alone, such as we find daily in articles and books. Statistics can feel abstract and anesthetizing, making it difficult to connect with and make meaning of 3.6 million SUV sales in one year, for example, or 2.3 million Americans in prison, or 32,000 breast augmentation surgeries in the U.S. every month.
This project visually examines these vast and bizarre measures of our society, in large intricately detailed prints assembled from thousands of smaller photographs. Employing themes such as the near versus the far, and the one versus the many, I hope to raise some questions about the roles and responsibililties of the individual in a society that is increasingly enormous, incomprehensible, and overwhelming."
~chris jordan, Seattle, 2008
mosey on over to his site and have a look at some of the other images. you won't soon forget them (plus, the pictures are bigger).
19 January 2009
check out one of Orion's tunes:
Life On Earth Ain't All It's Cracked Up To Be -- Orion Donicht
18 January 2009
17 January 2009
just recently got hip to the excellent work of Clare Rojas. her art is a beautiful amalgam of the geometry of quilting, pennsylvania dutch hex signs and invented mythical creatures and is yet another good reason to track down Beautiful Losers (see trailer below). in addition to the dope images, Rojas also makes some pretty great music under the guise of Peggy Honeywell.
Beautiful Losers film trailer from beautifullosersfilm on Vimeo.
16 January 2009
Suspension Bridge Solargraph by Justin Quinnell
"The six month long exposure compresses the time from December 17, 2007 to June 21, 2008 into a single point of view. Dubbed a solargraph, the remarkable image was recorded with a simple pinhole camera made from a drink can lined with a piece of photographic paper." (via APOD)