Tuesday, December 18, 2007

qu'appelle? {place names you remember}

So, as the plane descended, I saw white blanketing the ground as far as the eye could see. I thought of a friend with ties to the 'Peg and wondered if the snow covered all that way.

I thought about the last time I was in Manitoba. It was 1992 and I was on Trans-Can driving my corolla and making sure not to put in 85 octane fuel. I remember going through Qu'Appelle, which I thought was in Manitoba. Wrong. It's in Saskatchewan, but it got me thinking about place names I remember.

Humptulips, Washington {no thanks, I'm good}
Cool, California {had a place there for a few years}
Rough and Ready, CA {good friends live near there}
Coos Bay, OR {sounds vaguely dirty}
Weed, CA
Paw Paw, MI

Places I have my eye on:
Mianus, CT {the "Beavis" in me wants to go here after seeing 'poo diving' at the sewage treatment plant on Jackass}
Radium Hot Springs, BC {Just love that name}
Voltaire, ND {until I find a town called Sartre}
Kooskooskie, WA

Almost made it:
Boring, OR
Liberal, KS

Any place names stick in your mind?

Friday, August 03, 2007

Trainwreck Theatre:: Lohan Quotes

“Life is full of risks anyway, why not take them?”

"I am happy being able to play roles with people my age because once you do something really mature there is no turning back."

“How can you not like Britney Spears?”

"I'll probably pursue doing more movies, but not horror or movies with killers in them. I'll try to stick to happy movies. I want to act and direct like Jodie Foster. I admire her because she went to college and she's still doing the same thing."

“Beauty is grace and confidence. I've learned to accept and appreciate what nature gave me.”

"I'm not going to deny the fact that I've tried pot. I hated it."

"I haven't had a drink in seven days. Or anything. I'm not even legal to, so why would I? I don't drink when I go to clubs. I drink with my friends at home, but there's no need to. I feel better not drinking. It's more fun. I have Red Bull." (December 2006)

the quote that clinched her as the winner of the 2007 Susan "I-killed-my-kids-and-said-a-black-man-carjacked-me" Smith award:

  • "I wasn't driving. The black kid was driving."

photo::  "Lindsay Lohan's Brand Defamation" (2007) --14 from Gallery of the Absurd

Saturday, July 14, 2007

seventy-seven:: NYC blackout, where were you 30 years ago?

I'm fixated on the year 1977, as part of my personal nostalgia. I wish I was cool enough to be into Paul Weller back then or had stories of listening to Bowie's Heroes {see video below}. No, my friend and I were listening to his older brother's Queen album snickeringly trying to decipher "Get Down Make Love" and thinking Cheech and Chong was the funniest shit.

I think my parents didn't know what to think of me watching the news back then. That summer, news of the Son-of-Sam taunts and whack poetry were watched by 8 year-old me. I was getting a sense that outside of suburbia, times were bad (Carterian malaise?) and cities were places to fear. When the news broke the next day on the radio about the looting and how NYC was in "anarchy," I remember I was in the kitchen and being amazed that this was occurring. I'm sure my mom explained riots/civil unrest with a leftist, sociocultural bent. I don't recall a 24/7 TV blitz out in California. If there was, we didn't watch it but I wonder if it was on.

I only knew of one person who was in NYC that summer. She was 17, going to summer school, and scared shitless.

  • Was anyone in NYC during the blackout?
  • If not, do you recall it affecting you?

photo:: I think this was the only blackout that the Twin Towers were in.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

"A Connection Is Made"

Video link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtAwWQzJlUw

A connection has been made and recently I've thought of this song. It's hard to believe it's a dozen years old. Where were you in 1994? In late 1994, I was getting ready to move from Eugene, Oregon to Irvine, CA. {I guess I should say Irvine, California, since there's an Irvine, Alberta, but that's a snowy August story for another blog} I loved this video...I had a crush on Justine Frishmann {that sneer!} and was really getting into Britpop. The lo-fi sound, infectious hooks, and shortness were perfect for my increasingly ADD-mind. Speaking of connections, I also liked Blur:: Girls who are boys Who like boys to be girls Who do boys like theyre girls Who do girls like they're boys Always should be someone you really love.

Riding on any wave
There is the luck you crave
They don't believe it now,
They just think it's stupid
So got anything ?
Anyone could have done
Who would've cared at all, not you

Another heart has made the trade
Forget it, forget it, forget it
I don't understand how a heart is a spade
But somehow the vital connection is made

Riding on anything
Anything's good enough
Who would've thought it up someone like you
Just as they brought me round
Now that they brought you down
Roundabout and roundabout
Who wants a life anyway?

Another heart has made the grade
Forget it, forget it, forget it
I don't understand how the last card is played
But somehow the vital connection is made

Thursday, February 22, 2007

"If you go out in the woods today, you're sure of a big surprise"

Go to http://gamesfirst.c/articleassets/360adcompare/waterballoons_90.mov

Link replaced with embeded video {27 August 2009}::

Literalists hate this ad. "Where's the product?" "Where's the demo. of the gaming experience?" "How does this relate to Microsoft xBox 360?" "This doesn't make sense!" The twentysomething kids get it, but they don't always like it. I do, but more for the cinematic æsthetic than its capitalistic f{x}. I think it's quite clever in how it creates a simple message, which is quite evovative. The use of this version of The Teddy Bear's Picnic {1932} sets an interesting tone. "Jump in." Indeed. I really think I like this so much, since I think this is how I feel about the blogs here. So, yeah, "Jump in!"

If you go out in the woods today
You're sure of a big surprise.
If you go out in the woods today
You'd better go in disguise.

For every bear that ever there was
Will gather there for certain, because
Today's the day the teddy bears have their picnic.

Picnic time for teddy bears,
The little teddy bears are having a lovely time today.
Watch them, catch them unawares,
And see them picnic on their holiday.
See them gaily dance about.
They love to play and shout.
And never have any cares.
At six o'clock their mommies and daddies
Will take them home to bed
Because they're tired little teddy bears.

If you go out in the woods today,
You'd better not go alone.
It's lovely out in the woods today,
But safer to stay at home.

For every bear that ever there was
Will gather there for certain, because
Today's the day the teddy bears have their picnic


Every teddy bear, that's been good
Is sure of a treat today
There's lots of wonderful things to eat
And wonderful games to play

Beneath the trees, where nobody sees
They'll hide and seek as long as they please
Today's the day the teddy bears have their picnic


Monday, February 12, 2007

Old Grey Whistle Test-Aztec Camera "Walk Out to Winter"

An acquaintance in the UK recognized the set of The Old Grey Whistle Test, which is not documented with this video. The Old Grey Whistle Test was a low budget BBC show that was all about the music. The name is from the "old greys," which were from the first pressings of the vinyl records. The "whistle test" is whether or not the tune was catchy enough for the audience to whistle after hearing it. The show ran from 1971 to 1987. There is a "New Grey Whistle Test," an Internet enterprise with a concept is close to my heart.

A very young Roddy Frame of the Glasweigian band, Aztec Camera, plays a unique arrangement on the single version of "Walk Out to Winter" (April 1983 Rough Trade # RT 132), using synthesizers in their predominantly acoustic sound. This was the second single from the album, High Land, Hard Rain, the first of which was the MTV-friendly "Oblivious."

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High Land, Hard Rain is #12 on the "Top 100 Scottish albums" on the Scotsman website. The album was nosed out for the #11 spot by Lloyd Cole's Rattlesnakes. A pop record in the best sense, Frame's melancholy lyrics, guitar skills equal or greater to those of Johnny Marr, and the often sunny arrangements with Dave Mulholland (bass) and Campbell Owens (drums) make it shine.
We met in the summer and walked 'til the fall
And breathless we talked, it was tongues.
Despite what they'll say, it wasn't youth, we hit the truth

Faces of Strummer that fell from your wall
And was left were they hung
So sweet and bitter, they're what we found
So drink them down and

Walk out to winter, swear I'll be there.
Chill will wake you, high and dry
You'll wonder why.
Walk out to winter, swear I'll be there.
Chance is buried just below the blinding snow.

You burn in the breadline and ribbons and all
So walk to winter
You won't be late, you always wait
This generation, the walk to wall
But I'm not angry, get your gear
Get out of here and...