Friday, January 21, 2005

One of the best photo galleries I've ever seen on the internet. Seriously, you've got to see this. It made me smile and feel a little bad about smiling.


http://www.southflorida.com/news/sfl-scaredsanta,0,3205438.photogallery?index=1




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Thursday, January 20, 2005

Momo was born in the ancient city of Novi Sad in Vojvodina, a multi-cultural province of the former Yugoslavia. The rich heritage of his upbringing instilled in him a love of Slavic and classical music. Momo studied music at the music school "Isidor Bajic" in Novi Sad. He is an extremely gifted musician, who plays many stringed instruments. Momo plays the Prim Tamburitza, and is known to be a master of this instrument. He was a member of the great Tamburitza orchestra of RTV-Novi Sad (1970-1990) as instrumental soloist. He is best known in performing with the legendary Janika Balaz Orchestra "8 Tamburitza of Petrovaradin." Momo recorded many audio and video tapes, LP records, CD's and also appeared in many TV shows and movies. Momo has performed as instrumental and vocal soloist throughout Europe, Canada, United States and Australia. He performed with the Janika Balaz Orchestra in Washington DC at the International Folk Festival in 1973, organized by the Smithsonian Institution, which inspires a new generation of Tamburitza musicians of this style in America. After immigrating to Canada, he continued his musical career playing concerts across North America. Through the American and Canadian Music Federation as an International Guest Artist, Momo performed at Epcot Center, Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Momo has dedicated his teaching and performing career to achieve his goal of preserving the Tamburitza and the old-town romantic music in their purest artistic forms. Mr. Momo Nikolic is internationally recognized as one of the finest Tamburitza players in the world.


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Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Golly, but the east coast seems to consistenly make me wish I lived there just for the awesome sounding shows they have. Here's a spoken word event that is being opened by Bitch from Bitch and Animal! If you're on the east coast, go and think about me when you're seeing the raddest thing you've ever seen on a stage.


http://www.inaugurate-this.org/




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Tuesday, January 18, 2005

I bought a lot of book today even by my standards. In fact I just finished cataloging them. I often find things in the books I buy and sometimes they're really cool. One of the books I got today was by Bill O'Reilly who, sadly, sells well (I'm happy to make money but to be honest if I had a ray gun that erased people from ever having existed, he's high on the list of people who would be in big trouble.) And when I brought it back and opened it I found photographs of some young lady out in nature hugging people. There are three pictures and she's hugging someone different and smiling in each of them. It made me laugh. I thought it's the kind of white magic that helps to negate the black magic that's in the actual text of that book (I assume. I don't read that trash.)So, I thought of a dadaist project you can all help me with. Take a picture of yourself hugging someone and go to a bookstore, preferably one that sells new books, and put one of the pictures in a copy of a book that was "written by" Bill O'Reilly. Wouldn't it be great if all over the world thousands of copies of his books started turning up with photos of people hugging in them. It'll be a great conspiracy. Pass it on. Send this to others and repost it where ever you can. This is how we turn the tides. This is how we defeat Greyface. Remember, if there's one thing the devil can't stand, it's mockery.
More culture jamming suggestions to come soon.


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Why does it seem like nine times out of ten it's my fellow Americans that make me slap my forehead? We should probably appoint a minister of apologies. They could travel the world and spread apologies to the world for the dumbness. Maybe all countries should have a minister of apologies. We could all just go around apologizing for how dumb, brutish, greedy and mean human kind can be. I'd either love to have that job or hate it. I'm not sure.

http://www.reuters.co.uk/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=655808





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Monday, January 17, 2005

And another thing! I put a lot of craft and care into my film and theater reviews. I don't get paid for them. I just have a love for the form and I want to hold it up to the highest standard. I've tried to get work doing it. It doesn't happen. Why? Because the cronyism of the retarded journalistic system in this country is so rotten and inbred at this point that they simply don't tolerate quality anymore. I'm not sure the consumer has really become stupid on his/her own. I think it's the sellers that have gone stupid and all they have to sell is a load of stupid.

Screw the media. This is why we need to take back language. Or destroy it.

Okay. I think I'm better now.
Thanks.



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Now someone's going to search my archives and find a place where I used a spoiler.



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First of all, do not click on the link if you care to preserve any of the element of surprise when going to see the upcoming new Star Wars film. Personally, I don't give a rat's ass about Star Wars anymore.
But I post this to rant a little about a really big pet peeve of mine. Spoilers. If you're trying to write a critique of a film or play and you indulge in spoilers, you are a poor critic and that's all there is to it. It's the hallmark of bad criticism. If you have to resort to revealing important surprises or plot points that the film depends on the audience's lack of foreknowledge to get the desired reaction, you should refrain from talking about it at all until you've acheived the intelligence and coherence of mind where you don't have to.
I've seen a lot of it in the past year with bloggers, which I understand. One of my favorite writers did it on her blog with The Peacekeeper Wars and I forgave her. She isn't a dramatic critc and it's on a blog. Blogs are the place to write a big sloppy pile of the inside of your head. You still shouldn't have to use spoilers. I don't do it on my blog (and I daresay she'd rip me a new one if I did it with one of her books.) But I'd say it's forgivable because a blog is a little like having some knuckleknob at your lunch break say, "Dude, you know that guy in The Crying Game? Well.."
It happens.
But it worries me when the mainstream writing establishment, news sources, journalists which is where dramatic criticism came from decides to hire a bunch of nitwits who indulge in spoilers to keep from having to actually think a review out. I know, I'm bemoaning the dumbing down of America, the MTV uber alles, and all which intellectuals have bemoaned for, well, centuries. I just hate to see people make Alexander Woollcott spin in his grave (even though he was cremated.)
Granted, this is a dumb actor talking in an interview. But the freakin' article, in italics, warns you of the spoiler in tiny type just above twice as big, bold type where the actual spoiler occurs! Good Christ, people! America's most trusted source for ruining things for people. That's what they should call it.
I'm not usually one who tells people what they should or shouldn't do. If you've read my stuff for any length you should know that. But I'll say this. Don't be a dumbass. Don't use spoilers.
Thanks.

http://www.cnn.com/2005/SHOWBIZ/Movies/01/17/people.jackson.ap/index.html




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Contrary to what I thought when I was 12 it turns out working for comic books is like the worst job you could get. I recommend going into field where you'll be more appreciated and paid, like science fiction.



http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/chronicle/a/2005/01/16/PKGT6AJH9A1.DTL&type=movies





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