29 December 2009
sorry 'tisn't embeddable. the Guardian UK wrote an article on the film back when it was shown at a festival in 2007. and many many thanks, once again, to one of the best finders of cool s*&^ on the internet: JeSha!!!
28 December 2009
21 December 2009
Watch CBS News Videos Online
other than the fact that i want to go to Providence, RI now, i was surprised to hear how familiar Mo is (and Officer Lapore too) with so many dance terms/names of dance movements...
14 December 2009
i should've/could've watched all personal info segments during the show, i suppose...but i learned more about DAVE BELOTE recently from Nellis Air Force Base's website. AlSto, our friend JaHe and i were wondering what rank he was, and it turns out he's a colonel. and also the 12th highest Jeopardy winner...?!
what a smart guy... and i can't wait to see him in the T o' C!
11 December 2009
10 December 2009
01 December 2009
Jennifer and Luke were getting very high water bills and could not figure out why. Despite all their attempts to conserve water, the bills continued to be very high. They figured they must have a leak somewhere in their house so they hired a plumbing specialist to investigate their entire system. He could find no problem whatsoever. One day, Luke was home sick and while in bed on the second floor, he heard water running continuously below him. He decided to find out the source of the running water and soon discovered the cause of their problems. He decided to videotape this for posterity… Please watch:
23 November 2009
18 November 2009
16 November 2009
dear architects: how much research goes into the testing/real-world application of designs?
this is a photo taken at the new College Avenue bridge in Appleton, WI:
11 November 2009
07 November 2009
27 October 2009
this week's VENTURE BROTHERS featured a quote from the Monarch, referencing the animated little top-hatted cool guy from ABC:
"...or whatever turns you on." i love that. if you use TiVO, the scene happens at about the :25 point.
20 October 2009
08 October 2009
28 September 2009
18 September 2009
16 September 2009
for the record, i don't really care for the bikini video but seeqpod is gone now so i can't easily post audio samples... :(
and here's the previous single, which is another dance monster, this time collaborating with ARMAND VAN HELDEN on a track called "Bonkers"!!!!
08 September 2009
03 September 2009
well, smaug is returning home after his exploratory surgery today (after much human fear and anxiety)! dr. took biopsies of intestinal wall and the masses, which have spread to other organs, but there's not much else a surgeon can do for him. an oncologist may be an option, but we'll have to wait and see for results... it seems chemotherapy isn't the best option for senior cats to undertake, and in this case radiation has a lot of side effects which could hurt smaug even more in the long run.
as of this morning, dr. said smaug is "really doing very well" recovering from the surgery. he did receive a blood plasma transfusion, because he was having trouble clotting yesterday...but otherwise he is eating and up and alert. :))
and in case you didn't see this video from the HuffPo today:
02 September 2009
31 August 2009
25 August 2009
although bloodwork showed normal liver and kidney function, and (i think) normal free T4 level so no hyperthyroidism...there was high WBC count, so now he's on antibiotics.
xray today showed 'a mass' in his intestine. going for an ultrasound tomorrow morning.
now hoping it isn't intestinal small cell lymphoma.
24 August 2009
UPDATE: this kid is wild! he's got a whole bunch of videos online...
23 August 2009
19 August 2009
MANY thanks to ArBa for the link to this!
14 August 2009
recently, AlSto and i found out that this little gentleman (i anthropomorphize everything as male, apparently...but how does one gender reptiles, anyway?) lives in our kitchen area. isn't he the awesomest!???
Kaze calls him an 'ambush predator'. how cool is that??!
13 August 2009
this girl reminds me of Emily the Strange.
i wish i spoke Ukrainian to get the full impact of the emotion of her drawings. according to Agnehka on Youtube, 'she writes at the end "You are with us always" (with the meaning, it doesn't matter how far you are - you are in our thoughts, so we are together).' along with the 1945 year, when the Nazis first attacked?
12 August 2009
This article tells us about a new educational toy for our youngsters. From Spain comes "a new era of dolls, a doll called Bebe Gloton, or Glutton Baby, that can be used for breastfeeding practice..."
06 August 2009
and this one is soooooooooo awesome!
My husband installed a medicine cabinet with a false top in our bathroom. Every time we have someone over to our house for the first time, we remove everything that's in the cabinet and fill it with ping pong balls. We know which of our friends are secret snoops when we hear all the ping pongs balls crashing all over!
oh and in case you have seen this most hideous of music videos! please, make it stop.
28 July 2009
(Decoded by Alex & Troy of the Post Secret Community)
24 July 2009
check this recording from the Live Lounge hour on BBC's Radio1! they sound like they have four live singers in the studio with them:
there's also a new song with Sam Sparro, called 'Feeling's Gone'; the audio is from Pete Tong's BBC show, i think...
22 July 2009
(BTW that was our friend BriKa #88 at the :30 point)
and NOW check the same section of the track using combustion engine bikes during MotoGP! (Gooooooooo Rossi!)
15 July 2009
the mix of electronic and organic instruments, many of them indigenous to Tuvan music, really work well together. i've been a fan of Huun Huur Tu ever since i first heard their album 60 Horses in My Herd on Shanachie Records (i believe), and even though i must admit i don't know each guy's name, i can tell you the voices are the same...except for possibly one. i recognised deep-rumbly-guy, high-voice-guy and pure-voiced-guy-who-sings-the-melodies right away.
14 July 2009
10 July 2009
and...my friend WaDi mentioned the recent fundamentalist crusade of Saturday Night Live's Victoria Jackson. and of course i forgot about it. until i read an entry today on William Lobdell's blog, that began like this:
"Obama legally kills babies and now he can legally kill Grandmas! "
08 July 2009
it's like being on acid but the stuff is actually moving on the building!
and THIS is indescribable:
but, as @shwood said, "Without the slightest trace of irony, this is the best thing Chriss Angel has ever done."
07 July 2009
there's a period of my life marked by brilliant and wonderful dance music records. even into the late 1990's, so many albums were life changing for me, cos the artists and producers of the dance music world were just hitting their stride. that's where the classic 'Toxygene' came in, off the Orblivion album.
pure beauty. in between all the MJ stuff, or even instead of, give it a listen. i swear that train whistle is from BANCO DE GAIA's 'Last Train to Lhasa'.
06 July 2009
02 July 2009
18 June 2009
11 June 2009
09 June 2009
Pete is Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, Kenneth is Scooter, Jack is Sam the Eagle, and so much more!!!!
btw just for timeline purposes: this past weekend was mellow for me (just wedding on Sat.), and crazy for the mister (Tesla rally, Lakers game). JaHe and DeRa were both in the house all weekend and we went to King's X Saturday night with PhiLe and DaLo.
03 June 2009
02 June 2009
29 May 2009
yeah, these cost $200. and i bet these guys are all kittens and therefore kitten-sized? i fear i will have to wait for the IKEA version.
22 May 2009
20 May 2009
In case you can't see the video below, here is a link to my blog:
15 May 2009
08 May 2009
07 May 2009
JaHe and i were there, in all the alcohol-poisoned, heat-exhausted, testosterone-drenched, microbe-laden, piss-soaked, vomit-splotched, alpha-female disorganized clusterf(*&^ of it all. in other words, this is NOT what we experienced, whatsoever:
UNBELIEVABLE. the Anthem Magazine Coachella Party was disgusting, and a hazard to one's health. anyone who disagrees, and believes this video is actually what went on, is either delusional or hallucinating, or was in the quiet air-conditioned comfourt of the ranch house itself...and not suffering with all of us idiots outside.
22 April 2009
21 April 2009
14 April 2009
release-wise, i am also really enjoying the following records, the latest:
FISCHERSPOONER: Entertainment on FS Studios - yeah, can't quite explain this one, but i like it for some reason.
NEKO CASE: Middle Cyclone on Anti - god have i talked about this one, already? i can't get it out of my head. this record is really, really good! and if you know me, you know i don't really like girl bands/singers...
NICO VEGA: Nico Vega on Myspace Records - yeah, i didn't think stuff on Myspace Records would be any good, but so far, most of their releases have been much better than average, at least in this old music snob's ears. And Nico Vega is pretty good. If the link above doesn't work, i dunno, check amazon.com.
TOSCA: No Hassle on G-Stone - i wish wish wish downtempo could just go back to those amazing K&D daze. Dorfmeister still remembers, though. lovely album. please listen.
so, we're seeing My Bloody Valentine tomorrow night at the El Rey. i feel too old to go to Coachella this year, but we've been EVERY year...so why stop now?!!
13 April 2009
lastly, i saw this video of Reverend "i've never been a supporter of Prop. 8" Rick Warren. i still can't tell whether the video was doctored or not, cos upon playback, there are quite a few glitches. you tell me if this video is authentic, or not:
07 April 2009
you know the 'hollow mask illusion'? it's what happens when you can't tell the outside from the inside of a mask, like those 'sculptures' in the Haunted Mansion. now i want to stick around at Disneyland and listen to the crowd to see who isn't fooled...and thus who has schizophrenia:
Not everyone struggles to correctly determine the mask's orientation. New research shows that people with schizophrenia are immune to the effect – a finding that means the illusion could provide a diagnostic test for the condition.
Via New Scientist via digg.com
05 April 2009
04 April 2009
26 March 2009
RÖYKSOPP performed the song from the caveman Geico commercial.
And they both came together on a Röyksopp track called This Must Be It . (hear it via the Hype Machine.)
25 March 2009
i know i suck but i can't tell, is that POLYPHONIC SPREE or ARCADE FIRE? (probably neither...)
24 March 2009
On this week's Wiretap called "Fishin' for Glory", we learn that Jonathan is a long-distance complainer and his friend Mike holds the record for the most number of complaints said in a minute. You can download and listen to the unofficial Wiretap podcast.
20 March 2009
a quick search has produced a little more information on a few of the sheep artists (although i noticed the dogs didn't get any credits at all!)
- BERNARD LLEWELLYN - "the General": and an agritourism entrepreneur
- GERRY LEWIS - "the Player": ha, i thought this was a pseudonym! or maybe Jerry Lewis got his name from Gerry... anyway, Gerry is indeed a Welsh national sheepherding champion!
- EMRIS WILLIAMS - "the electrician": i'm not sure, but there's a guy named EMRYS WILLIAMS who has written books on electronics.
- ROBERT JONES - "L.E.D master": there are a LOT of Robert Joneses.
- WYN GRIFFITHS
- RHYS FRANCIS
NOW maybe they'll bring back the interactive WTWTA area that used to be at the Metreon in San Francisco??! (psssst...Spike Jonze...how about a live-action Chicken Soup with Rice next??!)
19 March 2009
18 March 2009
that audience was way too mellow.
and that was merely a taste of what's yet to come. turns out, not only are they scheduled to play the ROOTS' PICNIC in June, in Philadelphia...but PE will be performing their epic It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back in its freaking entirety. oh yeah, and TVOTR will perform, too.
oh yeah, did u happen to catch BELL X1 on Letterman? this is the second album i've heard, and they are both great...but tell me this song (The Great Defector) doesn't sound like the Talking Heads 2009?! no video clips yet, but you can hear them on Myspace.
oh, and could someone PLEASE tell us what guitar he is using???!
12 March 2009
it looks like the bass player is the same guy from the Raconteurs. and you can hear the Dead Weather's version of it on their website or on iToons.
OK so here are posts from the TAG (The Animators' Guild) blog. i'm a little behind on reading.
the latter, i'm kinda bummed about...cos with the exception of the 'Peggy episodes', as AlSto and i call them, it is a really great show.
11 March 2009
wow, i can only imagine how long it took to do this...audio AND video! holy crap. but please give a listen, i know you'll enjoy it!
anyway, a huge thanks to JaHe for this.
this guy rocks. see KUTIMAN's other videos too.
07 March 2009
there were at least 200 cars, led by about two dozen rebuilt and restored classic 1950s era Chevrolet cars. by the time i figured out what was going on, and got my camera out to take a photo, the Chevys had all driven past...and then a pod of Harley Davidson motorcylists followed, with the entire procession for miles down the road. it required three sets of funeral escorts on motorcycles.
so, i tried for about half an hour to look for information about whose passing would have been memorialised and attracted such a large group on this day. i couldn't find anything. i tried everything, from your usual search terms, all their synonyms and the date. i tried looking up mortuaries and their schedules. i tried online maps, newspapers, blah blah. no dice. so i'm posting here so that maybe i'll remember to look again someday.
05 March 2009
02 March 2009
27 February 2009
25 February 2009
23 February 2009
i'm ashamed to say we watched like six straight hours of "Lockup" about the New Mexico penitentiary system. Myspace has banned all links to this blog cos i updated my Myspace blog with a link to THIS. i wish i had attended the Postsecret event at UCR last week...they choose weird venues to visit when they come to Southern CA. i think we're going dancing tonight(!!!) but i'm tired.
19 February 2009
17 February 2009
isn't the beauty of chess being able to play one side, or both sides, by oneself? i imagine a couple of different scenarios: 1) all skill/knowledge will be parceled out and weaken a person's game, kinda like what wikipedia has done to all of our generally brilliant friends; or 2) better players will have the pieces that can't see well and will screw up gameplay cos they couldn't see the big picture.
(hey, can someone check the source code to find out when the artist put this page up? i wanna know what how long ago he started this, especially since he mentions "finishing in a couple of weeks"...)
11 February 2009
An Owen Thomas article (on Valleywag ) about the WifeSwap contestant posted the wife's online apologies, in which this woman claimed her husband had only agreed to participate in the show to please her. So, i looked around online to see if this woman was for real.
Renee Stephens' active and poorly designed website is undoubtedly from back in the day when she couldn't afford to send her kids to a $40k a year private school.
She puts a lot of worth on one's education, and seems to insult people without advanced degrees. Although her current blog containing the apology was taken offline, there is a blog entry from 2007 on ourhypnospace.com in which she states "I'm entering a doctoral program in Psychology in the Fall at the California Institute of Integral Studies..." and she "holds an MBA from the London Business School, and BA with Distinction from the University of Virginia. She is a Certified Hypnotherapist, Certified Master Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming, Certified Life Coach and Certified Destination Coach".
This woman was only trained and qualified to sell things...which she did, by inventing her own weight-loss method.
So, WTF is 'neuro linguistic programming'?!!! (to find out, see Slate.com, Skeptic's Dictionary and this NLP website) Let alone, a 'certified destination coach'? i still have no idea, except it has something to do with controlling your own brain's function. Then, there's the part about hynotizing yourself and believing you can persuade others through your words. Sounds like a marketing class taken to the self-help level to me...but, maybe it worked on the poor man who fell under the spell and married her.
10 February 2009
politics, change and (cognitive) therapy...
i was listening to the press conference today, and thinking about the huge paradigm shift that has to occur in the 'usual way' things are/have been done in D.C. and how impossible it seems to accomplish in four years, let alone 100 days. i suck at understanding politics and history and 'seeing the big picture' and 'reading between the lines'. still, i am hopeful that my apparent novice outlook isn't simply naïve or idealistic...
all this led me to think about friends who have benefited from the cognitive-behavioural model of psychotherapy, and the reasons why it is considered a best practice in terms of length of treatment in relation to effectiveness, especially in this day and age of short-term non-preventative responses to acute illness.
according to the National Association of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapists:
"Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy... is a form of psychotherapy that emphasizes the important role of thinking in how we feel and what we do."
sounds pretty obvious...and i still only grasp its application to help individuals at the highest levels of functioning: e.g. people who need a little help in their day-to-day and NOT people who are severely psychotic and have difficulty with reality orientation. this being said, i don't think our political system is completely psychotic, just repairably dysfunctional...and so perhaps the two seemingly diametrically opposed governmental parties have to come to a realisation that they need to change their way of thinking before anything can change, assuming, they feel there is indeed a need for change.
like a person who goes into therapy.
i haven't been in school or in a clinical setting for some time, but i DO remember a few things i learned from working with clients in a mental health setting:
- things get worse before they get better
- practice makes perfect, or at least practice makes it easier to utilise skills in an attempt to move toward better
- practice has to take place in a safe, structured environment with trained professionals
- healing, rehabilitation, recovery or whatever you want to call it requires trust (trust in the doctor, yourself, pharma, therapy etc. etc. etc.)
- nothing is solved or cured overnight or even in a few days/hours
i guess i'm thinking that the country has been removed from its own enabling (i.e. being stuck in the status quo) or self-destructive situation, and thankfully there is a system in place to try and get it better. some approaches work and some approaches fail...but most of the time we have to rely on evidence-based interventions to supply education and tools needed to improve the way one reacts to stressful situations. an inductive method encourages us to look at our thoughts as being hypotheses or guesses that can be questioned and tested...and if the tests fail, we need to find a better solution. if the tests succeed, then it reinforces things for next time.
but in the words of Carl Branananalewski:
"It don't matter. None o' dis matters."
06 February 2009
Barack Obama is tired of your motherfucking shit
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03 February 2009
02 February 2009
There's a little too much gold décor, but i'd like to eat there, anyway...
30 January 2009
Photog DAVID BERGMAN "made this Gigapan image from the north press platform during President Obama's inaugural address at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC on January 20, 2009. It's made up of 220 images and the final image size is 59,783 X 24,658 pixels or 1,474 megapixels."
29 January 2009
28 January 2009
23 January 2009
22 January 2009
i never go on this site anymore cos once i do, i can never stop reading... here i go again.
21 January 2009
"An art installation at the European Council by David Cerny has caused an uproar. In what was supposed to be art that unites Europe, the piece appears to insult nations. Bulgaria was represented as a series of hole-in-the-floor toilets. And Italy was represented as a soccer field with soccer players engaged in questionable public behavior. " Romania, left, is depicted as a Dracula castle.
See the NY Times article.
14 January 2009
13 January 2009
08 January 2009
07 January 2009
01 January 2009
with my apologies (esp. to WaDi), i present to you (with further ado) in alphabetical order, by name of band/artist:
ALL THE SAINTS: Fire on Corridor X on Touch and Go - yeah. i really like this one. sounds like the Jesus and Marychain collided with a groove and then was possessed by a grunge band. can't really make out all the words, but the production sounds awesome and is everything i like about analogue recording...riffs + noise + distortion = good.
BLOC PARTY: Intimacy on Atlantic - with the exception of 'Mercury', Bloc Party put out an album with all the stuff you'd expect from a band that now has a little more time and cash to release records. hmm, that doesn't sound like the most glowing review, does it? they still sound like that familiar post-80s city-dwelling band you didn't listen to in high school.
CATZ 'N DOGZ: Stars of Zoo on Mothership - awwwwwyeeeeaaaah!!! tech-house music at its finest, from the Claude von Stroke-related (via Dirtybird) Mothership label. these guys are dance masters straight out of Poland, and they'll make you want to moooooove.
EAT STATIC: Back to Earth on Interchill - one of my dance music hero groups. they released a lot of b-sides and now have compiled them into this full-length record, which is a masterpiece...except for two songs. they tread everywhere from house to spacey sci-fi to ambient, with Eat Static precision and production.
ROY HARGROVE QUINTET: Earfood on Decca - i mean, seriously. this record is f*&^ing fantastic. Decca Records' offshoot EmArcy has truly released relevant, modern, cool jazz records all year. trumpeter Hargrove hasn't updated his MySpace since summer, but i don't care, if it was because he was working on this record. and, if you even remotely like jazz, you must hear this! every single song is strong, and it just may lure people from the outside in to the room, wherever you have this on.
JUNO REACTOR: Gods & Monsters on Metropolis - psytrance and then some, juno reactor's drum sounds are still like no one else's. there's a little less tribal stuff and a little more spacey stuff on this album, but it's a solid release that unfortunately didn't get much attention. they blew through L.A. with their live show at the start of November, which we missed for one reason or another...but i am SO glad they're making music still!
JAPANESE POPSTARS: We Just Are on Gung Ho! Recordings - i'm sick of asian-sounding record labels, like Dim Mak, Ace Fu, and now Gung Ho...but i'll overlook it for now. this album is part Prodigy, part Justice, part Chemical Brothers and part name-your-favourite-electronic-band-here. In the scene in Ireland, they've been around for a while now. Listen to Total Distorted Mayhem! and you'll see what i mean. jump in jump in, jump...jump in jump in, jump...
JOZI: Title Unknown on African Swim - there were some promos that ran for a brief while, during the commercial breaks on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim programmes, and they showcased some pretty incredible hip-hop/rap crews i've never seen or heard of before. once you find the AFRICAN SWIM section of the Adult Swim site, there are mp3s and videos of a group called Jozi who sound like Zulu music "mixed with the crunk". the result is something so much more exciting and original than any of that tired, homogenous crap rap out there.
KING KHAN & THE SHRINES: The Supreme Genius of King Khan & the Shrines on Vice Records - this is punk-soul mixed with a little psychobilly, featuring a full band complete with horn section and organ. It's like a gospel revival meeting coming out of a garage band.
LADY DOTTIE & THE DIAMONDS: self -titled on Hi-Speed Soul - many thanks to my friend and indie music radio promoter Liz Koch for this one! it's a young band with modern sounds, and not at all lacking the life/pain/experience/soul that goes into the blues. Lady Dottie has the energy and ferocity of only the best singers, and in person she is far-out, man!
JAMIE LIDELL: Jim on Warp Records - if you don't like R&B vocal sounds coming out of the mouth of a 30 year-old through a processor, or if you don't like the sounds of yesteryear coming through a 20th century filter, you might not like this...but, since i still have a lot to catch up on in terms of classic soul, i am excited about hearing a sound like this. Jamie Lidell is one my most favourite contemporary singers, for sure. this album didn't have the electronic quirkiness of the (Multiply) that made me fall in love with him, but that's ok, because this time, he was backed up with a very talented live band who also toured with him.
POP LEVI: Never Never Love on Counter/Ninja Tune - the first time i ever heard Pop Levi's 'Sugar Assault Me Now' i was completely annoyed and in love at the same time. that song's full album, last year's The Return to Form Black Magick's Party, was fantastic, as is this new album. this guy just has so many freaking melodies in his head! apparently, he used to be in Ladytron, but i won't hold that against him. how a person can be so prolific and catchy at the same time is beyond me. plus, he plays all the instruments on the album...and i love how it all sounds like a giant, freaky folk rock and pop music collision in a manic phase on helium. i'd love to see him live, but i don't want to be disappointed if he doesn't pull it off. i say listen to the first five songs on the album. and then listen to the rest of it.
THE RACONTEURS: Consolers of the Lonely on Warner Brothers - this came out in March, and i almost forgot how much i love it. there is nothing to not like about the record...unless you don't like Jack White's voice, i suppose... the songwriting is different; it sounds simple but has a lot going on, and nearly every song has a memorable riff or melody. the instrumentations and arrangements are clever and unusual. and, a true test of catchiness is that i still wake up in the morning with one of their songs stuck in my head.
TV ON THE RADIO: Dear Science on Interscope - this album made it onto a lot of people's favourite lists this year, so i probably don't need to write about it. all i can say, tho, after you've read everyone else's description of it, is: listen to the album all the way through.
an honourable mention goes to...
BRYN CHRISTOPHER: My World (on ? as an import) - here's a singer who didn't seem to get too much attention in the States, but he got quite a bit of chart recognition in the UK. this guy can sing! He has a powerful, soulful facility with his instrument that sounds feminine at times... the song 'Smilin' ' sounds like Gnarls Barkley 2.0 and is just as accessible as 'Crazy' and just might get stuck in your head on your first listen. i hope this guy gets the recognition he deserves.
and out last year, is an album i loved this year...
CHRISTIAN SCOTT: Anthem on Concord Records - remember that Miles Davis album, Doo-Bop? i fear it was too acid jazz/trip hop for the jazz purists, and too jazz for the electronica heads, but it was a great record, nonetheless. Anthem has all these great horn lines set solidly on a hella groovy rhythm foundation. good stuff.
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