Saturday, February 08, 2003
This guy Pepys is everywhere lately
A review by Philip Hensher that makes me want to read both Claire Tomalin's award-winning new biography of Samuel Pepys and his diary (at least this 300 page anthology -- The Shorter Pepys is nearly 1200 pages)
But I was dismayed at one of the etexts I found online -- it seems pretty tedious (not the best translation according to Hensher -- Latham/Matthews are his choice). Perhaps the bio would be best.
It often happens that I get taken in by a glowing, well-written review or article, only to get no satisfaction at all from the piece described -- book, movie, music. If it doesn't hit me immediately, it's no go.
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Friday, February 07, 2003
I'll be following American Samizdat's example on the 15th, barring some problem with implementation
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Thursday, February 06, 2003
Installation comprising: 8.54 x 2.44 m Inkjet Panels, 20 x CD Players, 20 x Headphones and 20 x 5 Minute Audio Loops
Sound Sculpture Specialist label fällt's Invisible Cities project
Available as mp3s, for now anyway. See each citypage.
Along similar lines, though perhaps less abstract: Scanner's Surface Noise bus tour of London.
Time to stack up Star Downloader. . .
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Tiger Style is releasing a 4 CD box retro of James Chance
Guess he's back in style. Saw him in um '79 I think, at Max's Kansas City. Scared the shit out of my friend Bill's date.
The Contortions were a seminal band at the time -- Adele Bertei, Pat Place and others were in the band at one point. They were tight/funky enough that the atonality was palatable. Well, for me anyway.
Mmmm. . . No New York, the Squat Theater, Defunkt, the original Lounge Lizards (with Arto Lindsay), Stranger Than Paradise (that was a bit later), Living Color, Laurie Anderson's United States, Frippertronics at the Kitchen, The Catherine Wheel.
Good times. The last time I was seriously into NYC music culture. By the mid-80s, nothing much was happening.
Different town now. I suspect.
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salon's review of Adam Haslett's You Are Not A Stranger Here collection of stories
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Canada & the US: eh? AWESOME!
I was born in Ontario (the province) and lived in the US from the age of 5 -- though we visited my grandparents in Thunder Bay most summers, and I have fond memories of the Sleeping Giant, swimming in (at the time) remote Surprise Lake and the funny differences between the two countries.
Nowadays I think seriously about moving to Vancouver, for many reasons.
Anyway, a pretty good little article, comments from Canadian ex-pats and the pros and cons on both sides.
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Wednesday, February 05, 2003
Opera releases version 7.01 with bug fixes for 5 security holes, 3 critical
Didn't install 7.0 yet, fortunately.
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New P2P model konspire2b seeks betatesters
I think I understand this, and it sounds pretty cool. Since I'm in dialup hell though, I can't trial-run it myself.
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New Metropolitan Museum da Vinci exhibit focuses on his drawings
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"Take away our playstations and we're a Third World nation"
Rob Breszny reviews the Not In Our Name benefit in the Bay area
About 3,000 poems disguised as people attended this Pep Rally for Pronoia. While there was plenty of creative anger expressed at the American government's dishonest and immoral rush towards war against Iraq, the predominant mood was embodied in the buoyant dance groove laid down by Michael Franti and Spearhead's celebratory song, "Power to the Peaceful." Three thousand of us leaped rhythmically into the air as we helped the band sing our new planet into existence.
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Tuesday, February 04, 2003
WTC replacement finalists
Uninspiring to say the least.
I just don't see either of these being built.
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The story of Google and the end of inconvenience -- and privacy [orlin grabbe]
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Jim Derogatis interviews Lou Reed about The Raven, a new tribute to Poe with many collaborators [Orlin Grabbe (not for work)]
I hope that people have fun listening to this. It should be fun. And some of it is a little scary, but straight through it's got great electronic music, it's got rock, so it should be this great experience and a lot better than being forced to read "The Raven" in high school.
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Stuart Maconie put together a jazzy little hour long bio of Brian Eno on BBC Radio2 recently
He talks to Eno and various collaborators like Phil Manzanera, Bowie, Bono, Robert Wyatt, etc. Nicely done, informative and accessible. Brings back memories: I used to annoy co-workers in the record store I worked in in the late 70s by playing stuff like Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy) over the stereo. Good Lord that's almost 30 years ago. Yikes.
Once you click on the link form the page linked above, it starts right up. I'm not sure what player is used.[Also from the Nerve Net list]
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the mosques of tanger
Another tidbit from the Nerve Net list: from a 3"CD assembled by Justin Bennett, 20 minutes of muezzins calling the faithful in Tangier compressed into a "binhexed stuffit file, high-quality mp3 (nine tracks)."
It's a 38.7MB file which unzips into a SIT file, whatever that is. Anyway, it's availble for download "for a limited time" here (direct link).
Very spacious, with ambient sounds. Susan got creeped out by it. I sense a strong energy. See what you think.
I got it to work on Winamp2, BTW. Not sure what else will play it, though I suppose it would play on most decent media players.
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Monday, February 03, 2003
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