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|Wednesday, January 26th, 2011|
|Exit Through The King's Gift Shop Speech
Banksy, are you Andy Kaufman?
This is a fascinating film that is a brilliant indictment of media. How do we know something happened? Well we see it right before us, how can we doubt it? Selling a silkscreen of Mr. Spock with Marilyn Monroe hair for $24,000 seems less likely than a giant fire spitting metal dragon in the desert, and I have seen and touched that dragon. I can't doubt that Thierry is real, but is he a real crazy man or a real good actor? The footage of the great street artists of the day seemed too real to fake. I doubt that his art exhibition occurred, much less made a million dollars... however, Los Angeles embraces nothing original; being derivative is the only thing at all.
Banksy, are you indicting gallery culture? Thank you.
Also: I haven't seen The King's Speech yet, but I intend to. Here is Hitchens explaining how the film distorts both the royal family and Churchill in that movie. I found it fascinating, and I think it relates to my trouble with Banksy's film. History used to be "written by the victors." But now it appears that history is "recreated by savvy marketing departments working in film companies in order to create cohesive narratives that comply with the gestalt of the day." The story in history must be derived in order to cohere with market forces. Just as art must cohere to market forces in the gallery.http://www.slate.com/id/2282194/
|Saturday, June 19th, 2010|
Genius Geek Friends,
I am trying to save a few bucks by turning an old desktop into a streaming internet video server. I have a video card that can send a signal to my TV via SVGA. The image is clear and fits vertically. The problem is that it doesn't fit horizontally. It's as if the signal coming from the computer is 4 feet tall and I only get to see the top 2 feet. I have monkeyed with the resolution and aspect ratio but that doesn't seem to work. There are many many options on my video driver, but none of them are marked: "Shorten image" or "Just Work Dammit." So if someone has tackled a similar issue, I'd love the advice.
|Sunday, April 11th, 2010|
|Dumb stuff that I love
A couple of friends on LJ were looking for info on Dr. Who (Jan, Kat?). This is a good intro article that will spare them from attempting to watch 40 years of television. It hits the high points and recommends the best episodes... note that there are no recommendations between "Earthshock" and "Rose" which means that, according to this reviewer, you can skip three of the Doctors including Paul McGann (which is somehow considered canonical even though Cushing is not and I figure two features should beat one made for TV movie but- sorry, my geek is showing).http://www.avclub.com/articles/doctor-who,39924/
|Sunday, March 7th, 2010|
I have to make confession. When it comes to film, I love that which is bad. Another confession, a dirty secret about myself-don't snicker darling, we all have them- I read the bad reviews. I do, I relish snarky writing. It is not my best quality, I admit.
I found this:http://www.salon.com/entertainment/movies/film_salon/2010/03/05/the_oscar/index.html
This was on TCM tonight. (The night when they nominated 10, count them 10! Best Pictures, including the excremental Avatar.) It's not available on DVD. And it was just... awful. Truly rancid and disgusting.
This writer is right. You don't know the picture business till you've been down in this two-bit town where flim-flam is the pollen their passing around. Listen, you cats think you're dope, but that's just a hole you're driving in my head! Always with the demands, you don't know how this town rips through your guts! An Oscar? I want a whole damn legion of Oscars! And you know what I'll do, don't cha? I'll march that legion through every two-bit berg that spit on me as I was coming up! They'll remember me daddy! Oh yeah.
Harlan Ellison wrote it. If you know what that means, then you Know What I Mean.
Anyhow, the Asian detective from Barney Miller was in it. And Milton Berle is downright heroic. Borgnine is sort of the villain...Peter Lawford is in it. Not to mention a bevvy of round heeled broads. It's a swingin scene, forget about it.
(10!? Really? Maybe my Republican relatives are right about Hollywood.) Current Mood: bitchy
|Friday, January 29th, 2010|
|Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009|
The Ogre does what ogres can,
Deeds quite impossible for Man,
But one prize is beyond his reach:
The Ogre cannot master speech.
About a subjugated plain,
Among it's desperate and slain,
The Ogre stalks with hands on hips,
While drivel gushes from his lips.
|Thursday, June 11th, 2009|
|Monday, May 4th, 2009|
|Friday, May 1st, 2009|
|Oh My God
It's music time boys and girls!
Ida Maria is here with some sweet noisy blasphemy, to celebrate May Day, International Labor Day, Beltane, The 8 Hour Work Day, Legalizing Gay Marriage in Sweden and the anniversary of me becoming a father! Current Mood: bouncy
|Monday, April 20th, 2009|
|Tuesday, April 7th, 2009|
|Wednesday, April 1st, 2009|
|Saturday, March 21st, 2009|
|Monday, March 9th, 2009|
"whiteknot.org" is a website that is trying to bring visibility to the issue of marriage equality (think "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree"). Although this may seem like thin gruel in relation to the immensity of the cause (2000 years of homophobia vs. a lump of ribbon) here is a wonderful image of the people who informed my (and maybe your) childhood. Yes. Bob, Linda, Maria, Gordon and Luis all support marriage equality. (Bert, Ernie, Elmo and Big Bird were unavailable for comment, but I bet you can guess as to their sentiments).
|Wednesday, March 4th, 2009|
|Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009|
|Thursday, February 26th, 2009|
Jordan just called, Katrina has delivered a 7lb 8oz baby girl!!! Mom and baby are doing well. Jordan was understandably excited and exhausted, so our best estimate at the spelling of the baby's name is: Eleanor Jaina.
|Thursday, February 12th, 2009|
|In Honor of Darwin's Birthday
...and anyone who ever argued with their Creationist relatives:
"People who are incompetent not only have an inflated sense of their own competence, but are also incapable of even recognizing competence. Take for example this figure from the paper. It's pretty self-explanatory:
What's even more amazing is that when (the people who did the study) then shared the performance of other participants with the people who performed poorly (hoping that they would then adjust their self-perception downward) people who scored poorly failed to adjust their self-perception of their performance. In other words, they are completely unaware of their own competence, and can't detect competence in others.
Now, doesn't this explain a lot?"
|Wednesday, February 11th, 2009|
Isn't politics and economics fascinating? OK, maybe not. But this video will tell you everything you need to know about the Stimulus Package. Don't click this if you are at work.