Archive for May, 2004

Return to Normalcy?

Return to Normalcy?

Well, it’s May 31st, which means that Klint is due back from Europe tomorrow. I’d just like to express my appreciation for him letting myself and Wes take control for the past two months. It’s been an excellent experience that has made me more blog-savvvvvvvvy (wanted to make sure I put enough v’s in there).

In addition to Klint, I’d like to thank Wes for a great deal of valuable input, and for having excellent timing when it came to posting during days when I was having blogger’s block.

I’d also like to thank my boss at my real job, for never being in the office to monitor my work productivity. Without his absence, I would have scarcely found enough time.

May 31, 2004 4 comments
Does KFC use mutant chickens?

Does KFC use mutant chickens?

I hear this rumor from far to many people who really should know better, so I thought I’d link to the Snopes page about the KFC rumor.

May 29, 2004 1 comment
Back in Heidelburg, plus quick blog-design question

Back in Heidelburg, plus quick blog-design question

I got back to Heidelburg a couple days ago and will be here a couple days more. Then it’s back to the United States and quite likely more traveling there.

Completely unrelated question: it’s old web usability design knowledge that links should go down the right hand side of the screen, so they’re close to the scroll bar. But on a blog, where should the blogroll go? In a link-heavy blog, it seems that perhaps the body of the blog itself should be on the right rather than the blogroll. But most popular blogs, including ones by usability professionals, have the blogroll on the right side. Is it best to keep the blogroll on the right side, to conform to standards? Keeping the blogroll on the right also follows another standard: reading left to right. The blogroll is supposed to be secondary to the main content.

And that bit about keeping the links close to the scroll bar seems a bit suspicious: couldn’t that cause people to accidently click links instead of the scroll bar?

Thoughts?

May 29, 2004 8 comments
Constantine

Constantine

Straight to Hell points out that the trailer is online, but not everyone likes K. Reeves as J.C.

(speaking of movie trailers, the one I can’t wait to see is casshern, even though I don’t understand anything they’re talking about in the trailer.)

May 26, 2004 9 comments
Leaving Paris tomorrow

Leaving Paris tomorrow

I’ve been in Paris for the past few days, but haven’t been online much. I’ll be heading back to Heidelburg tomorrow, and back to the states on the 1st of June.

I’m on a really spotty wifi connection right now, but I’ve managed to upload a few pictures from Budapest and Paris. I’ve got more from both cities, but my uploads keep getting interupted.

May 25, 2004 0 comments
Discordian Music

Discordian Music

this being 5/23 it seemed like a good day to kick back and listen to some discordian music (there’s plenty of catch-all discordian links here if you’ve yet to encounter discordian thought. or not thought. or thought that is both not & not not at the same time.)

So Madghoul’s contributions are in purple. Another friend(Lefty, aka ‘daughter of chaos’)'s comments are in salmon. (This turned out to be a bit more complex than I originally thought and I had to call in back-up)

l: so what is discordian music
l: whats one good example

w: I don’t know – anything that’s pro-discordia – like the KLF or Mr. Bungle
w: eris inspired stuff

l: skinny puppy?
l: atari teenage riot?
l: butthole surfers?

w: yeah they’re all good ones


m:What do think about throwing Skinny Puppy into the mix? They have that hard techo-industrial edge that seems Erisian inspired. I’ll leave that one up to you.

w: I’d say king missle & tism.. crash worship

l: tism for sure
l: what about uuhhh
l: you know who tism sounds like to me is ……
l: dread zepplin

What I found interesting is the first band both M & L thought of: Skinny Puppy.. Cevin Key and Nivek Ogre‘s upcoming album “The Greater Wrong of the Right” has the underground salivating.

KLF is only the tip of a discordian juggernaut that most recently has manifested as Blacksmoke, whose hard industrial sounds are a far cry from classics like “Doctorin’ the Tardis” and “3 A.M. Eternal.” As “The K Foundation” these timelords published The Manual on how to get a number one hit in England, which, although dated, makes for an interesting read. Along with Negativland, they pushed at the edges of copyright law. They also burned a million quid, and filmed it.

Alternating between rock, goth, and semi-industrial, the discordian inspired band Tapping the Vein presents a mythical epic that crawls through the skin in a subtle yet tranquilizing way, before ripping you to a new reality.

Rabbi Haywire plays let’s-have-fun-with-instruments while giving traditional musical conception the middle finger. Once compared to a harder Jack Off Jill, Haywire is more a spawn of the “anti-muzak” tradition of Throbbing Gristle. Her music disorients in a way to destroy your basic knowledge of auditory contentment.

A more refined version of discordian girl style can be found in the music of the Kidney Thieves. Their Zerospace cd was enough to give a friend of mine hallucinations while he was dosing off on our near cross-country trip last year. They recently released a recontruction/deconstruction of their first cd: Trickster.

Jack Off Jill, though now disbanded and often thought of as nothing more than angry chick rock, presented a meddley of Erisian, screw-the-norm, music with their cd Clear Hearts Grey Flowers, turning anger into flippant protestation against hierarchical society and a stagnant reality in true discordian fashion.

Going back a bit now, there’s the very strange sounds of Genesis P-orridge & Psychic TV, the discordian element coming through most clearly in works like “Towards Thee Infinite Beat” or the work he’s done with the industrial-tribal act Pigface. Another seriously tribal experience, certainly the most incredible concert I’ve personally attended, is Crash Worship.

Also check out the discordian hip-hop stylings of Noah 23 and the other releases out of plaguelanguage (and don’t miss the ginsberg sample in his track Magnesium Viper)

(As for me, I intend to spend the day downloading and listening to the 23 tracks of Latent Chaos , unless someone has another musical suggestion..)

May 23, 2004 12 comments
Neofiles #7

Neofiles #7

DPH alerts us that R.U. Sirius’ Neofiles #7 is now out.

“In the opening interview for Neo Files #7, Zack Lynch indicates that advances in brain science and technology has not yet produced the utterly brainwashed societies predicted in 1984 and Brave New World feared by so many. The smart-ass response, of course, is ? how would we know?”

May 20, 2004 1 comment
Physical Enhancement">Physical Enhancement

Physical Enhancement">Physical Enhancement

“We are our bodies, like it or not…

..it is likely that in a transhuman future the form of the trans- or post-human body will be extremely variable and individual, just as our clothing is today.”

Anders Sandburg

May 20, 2004 0 comments
Starbucks workers unionize

Starbucks workers unionize

New York Starbucks workers form union (it’s nice to be right every once in a while…)

May 20, 2004 0 comments
John Dee and the Book of Soyga

John Dee and the Book of Soyga

“The Book of Soyga is a medieval or early modern magical treatise, a copy of which is known to have been owned and (to some extent) studied by the mathematician and magician John Dee (1527 – 1608). The book itself was, to the frustration of generations of Dee scholars, not to be found. Quite recently, however, D. Harkness found copies in the Bodleian Library and in the British Library, filed under its alternate title, Aldaraia.”

Read Jim Reed’s full essay (via Tate’s Obscurantist).

May 17, 2004 0 comments