Monthly Archives: August 2007

Light blogging ahead (no time to read, no time to blog)

Recommended reading while I’m not around much: Wood S Lot B12 Partners The Crone Speaks Go Crones! Or really anything on the sidebar (proceed at your own risk). See ya soonish.

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I want your attention, not your applause.

“Less than three months ago at platform hearings in Salt Lake City, I asked the Republican Party to lift the shroud of silence which has been draped over the issue of HIV and AIDS. I have come tonight to bring … Continue reading

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Things we should know about

Nancy Pelosi, and why I kind of feel depressed now.

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The National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) has joined an existing lawsuit accusing YouTube of copyright infringement.

“Lawsuits will not solve the problem, which is: there is no easy way to identify who owns which rights in and to most pieces of music and there is no easy way to get a quote and pay them. “If … Continue reading

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Middle-aged women in comics shops rock

“And I’ve finally figured out why – and it came from a conversation I had last Wednesday, where the clerk (a man about my own age) said he was lucky he remembered my name. And I countered with ‘How many … Continue reading

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Sorry, Fred

These guys make you look like a yard dog: “‘Mr. Beebe,’ this terpsichorean tribute to dapper dress, is from a 1944 Kay Kyser vehicle, ‘Carolina Moon.’ The clip stars a 23-year-old Harold Nicholas, the younger half of the legendary tap-dancing … Continue reading

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You might’ve been a headache, but you never were a bore

Ah, divorce.

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Bill Clinton was so cool, I’m getting frostbite just writing this post

“Dick Armey, the House Republican majority leader when Bush took office (and no more a shrinking violet than DeLay), told me a story that captures the exquisite pettiness of most members of Congress and the arrogance that made Bush and … Continue reading

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Mini-documentary on anti-abortion protests

“Buried among prairie dogs and amateur animation shorts on YouTube is a curious little mini-documentary shot in front of an abortion clinic in north suburban Libertyville. The man behind the camera is asking demonstrators who want abortion criminalized what the … Continue reading

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The time has come to stop making people pay to take public transit.

“Why do we have any barriers to using buses and urban trains? The threat of global warming is no longer in doubt. The hue and cry of the traffic-jammed driver grows louder every commute. And politicians are getting the message. … Continue reading

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Lady Kaede

…has the coolest samurai moves ever. Ran, Akira Kurosawa, 1985, music by Tôru Takemitsu, which is a reason all by itself to see it. This part is pretty good, too (and you get to hear some Takemitsu music). Y’know, I … Continue reading

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I had a feeling this was going to happen when Six Apart bought LJ

“So, I’ve left several comments over the course of Strikethrough, PolicyChange, and Boldthrough asking Livejournal for specific clarifications of their policies so that I know best how to moderate pornish_pixies. As this is the community that keeps getting hit by … Continue reading

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Barack Obama speech in Selma Alabama

Barack Obama speech in Selma Alabama “What happened in Selma, Alabama and Birmingham also stirred the conscience of the nation. It worried folks in the White House who said, ‘You know, we’re battling Communism. How are we going to win … Continue reading

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The securitization nightmare continues…

“In 2003, Dianne Brimmage refinanced the mortgage on her home in Alton, Ill., to consolidate her car and medical bills. Now, struggling with a much higher interest rate and in foreclosure, she wants to modify the terms of the loan. … Continue reading

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Murals on the blastwalls

“The photo was taken on July 20, 2007 by Associated Press photographer, Khalid Mohammed, and it shows an Iraqi artist painting a mural on the steel and cement blast walls erected by U.S. occupation troops in downtown Baghdad, fortifications meant … Continue reading

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Deadsy animation

I’m glad Deadsy is on YouTube. I saw it a long time ago at an animation festival or something and never forgot it. Sorry there’s no embed, I guess they want you to read this: “A graphic interpretation of novelist … Continue reading

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All I want is lovin’ you and Music! Music! Music! and brains.

“While music may soothe the savage breast, the brain thrills to the sound of silence. “That’s a new finding by a team of Stanford and McGill University scientists who watched brain images of 18 volunteers listening to a series of … Continue reading

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Whale herding

“After watching a young gray whale spend most of the day feeding in the channel of the Santa Cruz Small Craft Harbor, Leo Morelli, who owns a sport fishing business in the harbor, jumped on his jet ski and shepherded … Continue reading

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McCoy Tyner talks about John Coltrane

Last episode of The Traneumentary. Back in 1981 when I was struggling with “Body and Soul,” the John Coltrane version on “Coltrane Sound” figured it out for me. I could post an mp3, but I’m not going to. If you … Continue reading

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The LA Collage Show!

I’m in a collage show at the Acorn Annex in Highland Park. The work actually has Los Angeles-ness in it. This is from the introduction to the book that goes with the show: “Mayerson reads the city differently. In ‘Traveling … Continue reading

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Dump Dick Day

Hm, tough choices, here are my top three: See all the videos at Dump Dick Day (via Skippy) Memo to Nancy P: Impeachment is off the table because it’s on the front burner. Seriously, these guys have got to go … Continue reading

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Slow Bob in the Lower Dimensions

Can’t remember where I saw this other than at the Rialto in South Pasadena in the late 80s but I’m glad to find it again on YouTube. Am I going to doubt things ever existed if I can’t find them … Continue reading

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First there was DWB* in Los Angeles

Now we have SAEACWB** in Los Angeles: “The trials and tribulations of being a black man. “Had a wrestling show today. My car was acting up again, so Steph dropped me off. After the show I walked to a gas … Continue reading

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20 seconds over Arlington

“Some poor kid took a short camera clip of the Transformers movie, and was promptly hauled out and arrested. The theater (Regal Cinemas Ballston Common 12, in Arlington, Virginia) is pressing charges that could land this 19yo in prison for … Continue reading

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If I could get this for U.S. DVD players, I would

While I was in the UK, my pal Jane introduced me to the funniest show I’ve seen in a long, long time. I understand Alan Cummings has become very swanky since this aired in 1995. The High Life – Episode … Continue reading

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Get your Nixon on (YouTube, that is)

‘”‘august 9th is the 33rd anniversary of the historic day when president richard nixon resigned in the face of impeachment. please plan now to mark the day with ceremonies, solemn or fun. we need to remind america that the proper … Continue reading

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It’s like the Donner Party Community Theater production of Lord of the Flies.

“I can’t imagine what the Democrats could do to them that would damage them more in a general election than what they’re doing to each other.” woops, Sisyphus Shrugged, July 30, 2007 Julia has some thoughts on the Vanity Fair … Continue reading

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Apocolyptic science blogging: mule foals

“Colbran – When it reportedly happened in Morocco five years ago, locals feared it signaled the end of the world. In Albania in 1994, it was thought to have unleashed the spawn of the devil on a small village. “But … Continue reading

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That’s princess biz

“The people’s princess has been dead 10 years. Her sons have staged her memorial concert at Wembley, Tina Brown has written a memoir that is alternately gushing and malicious, and Prince Charles has married his mistress. Her sons are both … Continue reading

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Not just any kind of feminism

“Radical feminism is a philosophy emphasizing the patriarchal roots of inequality between men and women, or, more specifically, social dominance of women by men. Radical feminism views patriarchy as dividing rights, privileges and power primarily by gender, and as a … Continue reading

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