Archive for October 2008



Or, trying to.

Posted at 4pm on 10/30/08 | 6 comments | Filed Under: my photos | read on


{artist} chiharu shiota

Chiharu Shiota‘s spidery thread installations are not only amazing, but sufficiently Halloween-y.

Posted at 4pm on 10/29/08 | 4 comments | Filed Under: art & artists | read on



If the Presidential election has you on pins and needles, check out FiveThirtyEight, a site that analyzes aaaaall the polling & political data and fashions it into handy little graphs for easy consumption. At the very least, it’s worth checking out the electoral vote projection pie chart on the left hand corner of the site. (Full disclosure: the site is run by non-partisan, but left-leaning bloggers.)

Posted at 11pm on 10/15/08 | 3 comments | Filed Under: music | read on



Thanks to Pia, I was just reminded that today was Blog Action Day when thousands of bloggers unite to discuss a single issue – poverty. The goal is to make some noise in the blogosphere and raise awareness. Of course, I couldn’t seem to get my act together in time to join up with the effort officially, but over here in California the day is not over yet…

So, I’ll grab this opportunity to talk about FLOW, a film that investigates the world water crisis. You’ve may have heard the statistic that 1.1 billion people on the planet don’t have access to fresh, clean drinking water. Think about that. (That’s one in six people!) Arguably, this is THE most fundamental threat to impoverished people around the world. FLOW looks at the growing privatization of the world’s dwindling fresh water supply and the emergence of a world water cartel. This is scary shit of sci-fi proportions, a growing emergency we all need to understand. And fast. If you have an opportunity to see this film, see it!

The goal of Blog Action Day is to initiate action. So what can we do??? We can start by helping to fund water projects! I recently discovered a fantastic non-profit called Charity: Water on native kee. It’s an organization (founded by a NYC nightclub promoter who had a major come-to-Jesus) that funds and builds water projects like deep wells, water purification systems and water storage all over the world. Check it out, add it to your list of charities, and pass it along!

Posted at 8pm on 10/15/08 | 3 comments | Filed Under: do something!, the shift (of ages) | read on


walk softly and carry a big guitar

I just happened upon 7 Unexpected Moments of Guitar Awesomeness and skipped to the number one moment of unexpected awesomeness. The guitar player is Prince. And, what makes it awesome is how shamelessly Prince steals the all-star performance (Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne and Dhani Harrison) of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” during this George Harrison tribute at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Here’s a explanation of the moment:

You may not agree that Prince is THE greatest six string assassin walking the streets today, but if you know anything about the guitar, you at least know he deserves to have his name mentioned amongst the best. Top five, top twenty, top fifty, whatever. He gets a spot.

That’s how I feel anyway. Rolling Stone, apparently, does not. And they said so when they released their list of the top 100 guitar players of all time just weeks before both Prince and Rolling Stone Magazine founder Jann Wenner were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In their opinion, Prince wasn’t even in the top 100.

Is there any proof that Prince’s molten-hot solo on that hall of fame induction night’s all-star jam performance of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” had anything to do with him being snubbed from that list? No. But come on now, this is Prince. He doesn’t just show up for no reason. Until it came time to destroy the stage with that solo, most people didn’t even know Prince was onstage at all. On this night, Prince was on a mission.

Prince kicks in with his 3-minute guitar “solo” around 3:21. There are a couple awkward moments where Tom Petty tries to keep singing the song, but realizes he’s been waylaid by a very big ego in a very small package wearing a red felt fedora and heels.

Posted at 3pm on 10/14/08 | 7 comments | Filed Under: music | read on



I have a fantasy that future cities will be in danger of encroaching nature. That we’re going to have a reverse Industrial Revolution wherein massive eco-recovery conglomerations buy up swaths of land in the middle of urban areas to “build” fields, meadows, forests and wetlands. The result will be these incongruous, yet oddly beautiful urban/rural hybrid cityscapes as pictured above. (Thanks to sets of paragraphs for introducing me to Agnes Denes and her ecological art project, Wheatfield—A Confrontation.)

*These photos also reminded me of this little apartment on the prairie.

Posted at 7pm on 10/13/08 | no comments; | Filed Under: art & artists, environment | read on


{artist} ritsuko ozeki

I keep going back to look at these giant etchings by Ritsuko Ozeki (discovered on dear ada a couple weeks ago.)

Posted at 11am on 10/13/08 | no comments; | Filed Under: art & artists | read on


the green life

Flash from the future: me and the girls Saturday night at the commune (though, maybe not quite as fresh and lovely.)

Posted at 12pm on 10/10/08 | 4 comments | Filed Under: music | read on


music appreciation

Watch this Sheila E. drum solo and release some tension.

I’m spent.

Posted at 11am on 10/10/08 | 4 comments | Filed Under: music | read on



This old house belongs with these scary spaces posted over at Musings.

Posted at 11am on 10/9/08 | no comments; | Filed Under: photography | read on

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