Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Ah, the platypus.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Whitey Herzog Garden Gnome

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Tod Wodicka's new novel THE HOUSEHOLD SPIRIT

I rarely post about books - but Shumon Basar posted yesterday about Tod Wodicka's new book on the twitter: and I was also fortunate enough to get ahold of an advance copy so it is easy to confirm; yes: Tod Wodicka's new novel is pretty-much totally amazing - and it is actually also safe to say it is better than his first, All Shall Be Well, and All Shall Be Well, and All Manner of Things Shall Be Well - which was also met with a ton of critical acclaim. So: go Tod! (Must be that, uh, fantastic Berlin air? ;) Apparently the author will be on BBC Radio 3 on Monday to talk about one of the Household Spirit's themes: sleep paralysis - not sure if people outside the UK can listen to that... Tod Wodicka, Tod Wodicka's new novel, THE HOUSEHOLD SPIRIT, Tod, Wodicka, Wodika,

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Thursday, December 04, 2014

interview with platypus down author

In an interesting interview with "PLATYPUS DOWN" author (who currently remains unnamed) he said something that really resonated with me (as a Gen XY guy): "You know... when you are 5 years old and you see the NOTHING wipe out Fantasia... that is traumatic - a really devastatingly traumatic experience, and it sticks with you - so you go on a mission, almost automatically - to stave-off, to defeat this Nothing and all its servants." he said some other stuff about Jim Henson, George Lucas, and Steven SPielberg (also Tim Burton and Sam Shepard) whom I think he referred to as his "real cultural fathers" but the link is down, I'll repost the link IF i can fin it again... (Not even sure where it is from - Eastern Europe?) ;p
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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Dziga Vertov's Man With A Movie Camera aka Chelovek s kinoapparatom

found at ARCHIVE.ORG Director: Dziga Vertov Production Company: VUFKU (The Ukrainian Photo and Cinema Administration) Sponsor: www.k-otic.com Audio/Visual: silent, black & white Keywords: Silent; Documentary Contact Information: www.k-otic.com https://archive.org/details/ChelovekskinoapparatomManWithAMovieCamera
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Monday, September 29, 2014

sometimes i just really miss michael jackson and halloween is usually one of those times. found something I had never seen before: ghosts movie

thriller is an untouchable classic but this strange michael jackson short film is also out there - had never seen it until now - thanks, internet!
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Monday, July 21, 2014

The Jim Henson Hour

Everything I can find on youtube for The Jim Henson Hour for a few brief months in 1989 it blew our third-grade minds with its strangeness and has therefore always stuck with me. Unfortunately, a lot of them have been removed from YouTube but I will add and ajust as I find them. According to Wikipedia: The Jim Henson Hour is a short-lived television series that aired on NBC in 1989. It was developed as a showcase for The Jim Henson Company's various puppet creations, including the popular Muppet characters. First episode: April 14, 1989 Final episode: July 30, 1989: Inner Tube: The Jim Henson Hour Test Pilot: Episode ONE: "OUTER SPACE" aka "Science Fiction" Episode TWO: "OCEANS" aka "Water" Episode THREE: Episode THREE: "POWER" The Storyteller - the Soldier and Death Episode FOUR: "DOG CITY" Episode FIVE: "FIRST SHOW" Episode SIX: "MONSTER MAKER" Episode SEVEN: "FITNESS" Episode EIGHT: "VIDROTAPE" Episode NINE: "GARBAGE" Episode TEN: "Secrets Of The Muppets" Many of these were found via the YouTube User Muppetational: A place for rare Muppet and Jim Henson videos, never in parts, always high quality. Here is also a Jim Henson YouTube playlist: and another Episodes of The Storyteller: "The Luck Child [03]" "A Story Short [04]" "Hans, My Hedgehog [05]" "The Three Ravens [06]" COMMERCIAL BREAKS are also fascinating - the pascing, angle and content... ALSO there is also Apparently The StoryTeller Greek Myths series which I was not previously aware of The Storyteller Greek Myths (1990) S01 EP01 (Greek Sub) S01E02
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Bad guys shouldn't have the opportunity to be forgotten by Google

All the Google privacy stuff in Europe is all well and good 
BUT it is making me nervous- why?: 
Bad guys shouldn't have re opportunity
 to be forgotten by Google- 
And by bad guys I mean - for example - 
employers who exploit 
 their workers and/or flat-out don't pay them at all, crash the 
company and start again anew.... 
This happens, and people have the right to see what sorts of 
shady business practices their bosses might have been up to -
So I really hope the European population's nitpickey 
need for the illusion of privacy won't hide important information which NEEDS 
To see the light of day... We'll see.

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Friday, July 11, 2014

EXIT FESTIVAL 2014 thus far...

Last year EXIT festival was voted BEST MAJOR FESTIVAL in Europe which seems like some concocted, somewhat arbitrary designation except that after 2 days here now I can clearly see why HERE are a few of those reasons LOCATION is amazing although this years festival has not been spared Glastonbury?levels of rain and mud, it is located high on a hill above the Danube in an ancient fortress which is perhaps even larger than the one in Belgrade. The location alone is an extremely romantic element signaling a beak ' an EXIT from reality if you will' The daily pilgrimage from the campsite to the venue past the university, along the river and pas the rakija, jello-shot and glow stick- sellers to the entrance becomes a fun routine full of jokers and antics, an electric air of anticipation generates an automatic camaraderie - even with the police - as tens of thousands of alcohol-fueled visitors make their way to the gates. THURSDAY Highlights: Who knew that the "Best Major European Festival" would essentially close its first night with 4 Drum and Bass acts in a row. Well, they did, and it was amazing. absolutely did not want to miss the Disclosure set - which although it was a slow burn by the end the entire audience was completely entralled - the boys closed with "just one more song" which actually cnsisted of Chic's Le Freak followed by OUTKASTS' s Ms. Jackson - which ended a set which otherwise consisted of Disclosuere's own music and hypnotic cartoon visuals of animals, insects and tools in the style of their signature superimposed line-face drawing. Carl Craig vs. Green Velvet picked up where Disclosure left off and
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Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Belgrade Zoo, Serbia

Basically showed up to Serbia to hellish heat and humidity and general Eastern E
uropean chaos and - being overwhelmed and sleep-deprived - I did te exact same thing i did on my first visit to nYC: went to the zoo! The main differences of course are that instead of being surrounded by the scary Bronx and being full of families the Belgrade zoo shares a hill with an ancient fortress and there is hardly anyone there AND you are so close to the animals that you can literally reach out and touch them - I kept feeling like I was wandering into parts I wasn't supposed to be in- but no, it was all cool - despite the odd glances from the keeper... Who seemed ok with me filming her feeding the Kangaroos (will ha be to upload that) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5usktPVJeyI
And the giraffe: 
And this amazing owl couple: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3HZ151XirY
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Sunday, July 06, 2014

Hundred Waters "HOVER" Mix on Mixcloud is just really effing nice.


HOVER by Hundred Waters by Oki-Ni on Mixcloud

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STAR WARS ausstellung Wolfsburg http://www.space-expo.de/ star wars exhibit germany wolfsburg

proof that there is serious wierdness still out there EVEN in the first world: http://sploid.gizmodo.com/this-is-the-worst-star-wars-exhibition-ive-ever-seen-1600221857?utm_campaign=socialflow_gizmodo_facebook&utm_source=gizmodo_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow I translated the site as well as some of the commentary from the video: "Space Expo, the Family Experience Science Fiction Exhibit with XXL Star Wars Figures and Space Ships Kids animation and Show (deposits?)einlagen Informative Space-themed Event" In the video he describes one of the disadvantages being that the Police and Order Regulation officers (Ordnungsamt) shut the show down because it was Good Friday and they weren't allowed to be opened because of the Easter Holiday. Website is pretty schnazzy http://www.space-expo.de/ prices have dropped to 10 euro (8 for kids;) - clearly a total bargain. star wars exhibit germany wolfsburg


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Thursday, July 03, 2014

Death Grips BROKE UP?!?

death grips broke up with this note on a napkin last night. which is - like... I am ... like... yea, like... what Darth said. happy to at least have caught their show at Berghain in Berlin, though... will always have that...


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Monday, June 30, 2014

The Internet's Own Boy, Brian Knappenberger's documentary about Aaron Swartz

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what will inevitabley happen to all gmail users

my point is: if you look at the fine print in gmail eventually it will start charging you $ to use the service, and after 8-9n years of use I am at 50% of my allowed GB space which is being gobbled up at an exponential rate because of all the multimeia we send each other now - SO either I start deleting everything now and make a habit of it OR I become a slave to the google mail pay scheme in just a few years time... I have been using gmail for how many years now? since I was first available - I think 2005? the tagline at the time read something like "never have to delete another message ever." ok, - unnecessary, perhaps, but fine - sure. FAST FORWARD to the present and we all have MBs zipping in and out of our phones - NOT the case back in 2005 when the smartphone / data plan was yet-to-come and definitley before everyone and their dog was all over the internet on their mobile devices all the time. here is the gmail pricing plan: https://support.google.com/mail/answer/2375123?hl=en Google Drive storage plans Choose from the following monthly Google Drive storage plans to be shared between Google Drive, Gmail, and Google+ Photos. Storage Monthly Rate 100 GB $1.99 1 TB $9.99 10 TB $99.99 20 TB $199.99 30 TB $299.99 Learn more about managing your Google Drive storage plan. Taxes and fees Prices listed above don't include any applicable taxes or fees associated with your country of residence. You may be charged taxes or fees in addition to the prices listed above. Ready to buy? First, find out how refunds and renewals work.
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Friday, June 06, 2014

Outside the loop / the Circle by Dave Eggars

Decided to take a break on the way home during my 65-70 minute bike commute and finally stop at the English Bookshop* on the edge of town. I have been riding by for years - YEARS - and never done more than fish a few things out of their free bin- but the place is great- and although my tiny backpack was already stuffed and my bank account already in the negative I did see something on the shelf which caused me to grab it and buy it immediately- basically as if I were on consumer autopilot, and that item was the The Circle by Dave Eggers.
Had a nice chat with the shop owner and relocated nearly all the contents of the tiny backpack into my shorts pockets thus barely managing to get the book zippered-in for the rest of the ride through rush-hour traffic.
It wasn't until i got home that I noticed the book came out LAST YEAR - at least 18-6 months ago... and that is how out of the loop I realized I am- mind you this particular out-of-the-loopness is adjusted for the inflation of the Internet, but I still mainly get my information about upcoming concerts via paper posters plastered to walls and columns throughout the city with good old wheat paste - quite old school, but if you spend a lot of time out there then you simply absorb the info, (like tonight's Matmos show) - it catches the eye and sinks in...

Anyhow, yea... Bought the Eggers book and now I am afraid to read it. Because of Platypus Down I am afraid to read anything - afraid to watch anything - even FORBADE myself the I diligence of Game of thrones and the gazillion other shows old series or whatever everyone is talking about. 
A simple rule of self-denial: Work, then play...
But: Is it working?
Maaaayyybe. One thing that will steamroll all resistance and test all will and challenge the entire self-imposed system is, of course, the FIFA 2014 World Cup- which starts in 6 days and turns life in Europe (and I assume most of the rest of the world?) completely upside-down for a month...
So, yea, what I seem to be saying: if I ever want to indulge in any guilty-pleasure media again I need to keep on Truckin' and get things DONE.
Hard when you are compelled to re-write the opening chapters hundreds of times...

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Sunday, May 18, 2014

Daft Punk live at Coachella 2006 full set video

parodn the dork-out but I was poking around the internet and I found the Daft Punk's full Coachella set from 2006. I have probably (most certainly) written about this before, but I finally came across the full set (including the Close Encounters of the Third Kind intro) if in my life I will have ever attended a famous live performance then this was it:
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Sunday, May 11, 2014

the book platypus down

the book platypus down now has a website. https://sites.google.com/site/platypusdown/ youth lit phenemenon YLPH What is the next big thing? What next big thing? The Youth-Lit Phenomenon? YLPH. why not give it a dumb acronym. Like YOLO. or that onther one about Moms being hot...
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asocial media - look up video: well done plea to mankind to re-connect- Gary Turk vs. the zombies (aka US)!

asocial media post (a followup to THIS ONE) (s)lightly revisited: I skyped with a dear old friend 10,000 km away for hours yesterday morning, I think I'll do that more often. although we can't physically hang out- just emailing, texting an keeping track of FB and twitter posts pales in comparison to quatsching stundenlang. On that note: a former colleague recently moved in down the street - a nice coincidence - but although we have crossed paths 4 times we have only spoken / she has only seen me once because she is ALWAYS engrossed in her phone. saw this the other day - ironically - posted on FB- but it is a well done plea to mankind to re-connect- 34 million views and counting - good job Mr. Gary Turk! now I am going to go to Tempelhof and play some tennis... zombies.

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Saturday, May 03, 2014

Kevin Spacey in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

I know precious little about the state of gaming but this is just... disturbing 

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

future islands on letterman

so happy that a band as soulful, strange and wonderful as future islands has made a splash in the mainstream - they deserve every human eyeball and every splice of attention span they get.

the song that really made me fall in love with future islands was TIN MAN watch HERE when came across them in 2011 along with a few other bands (such as mutemath and their album ODD SOUL - actually, come to think of it, I'd alternate endlessly between ODD SOUL and Future Island's In Evening Air - the albums went so well together)

By the way, a slight detour ON the topic of 2011, my brain always comes back to: WHY was that such a great year for music??? were people trying to crank out their magnum opuses (opi?) before the then-pending apocalypse? keine ahnung. future islands' growly charm wasn't for everyone - in fact I tried recommending the album to several friends who said they 'couldn't get past the weird vocals' - their loss, really, - that was

now FF to the present: last week I came across future islands letterman performance (hard to avoid since a co-worker asked me if I knew who they were) I'd only ever seen still photos of the band but never video so was overjoyed when I finally watched it ( as usual, about 3 weeks after the rest of the internet)- it is a romantic, genuine triumph one is unlikely to see online or anywhere for that matter- something to both make you dance and/or bring you to tears...
Future Islands - Seasons (Waiting On You) [Live... BUT just in case that link disappears here is a link to the youtube video minus the Letterman intro FULL ALBUM 'SINGLES' IS STREAMING on the 4AD site HERE and how Kerouac-Brando is the singer, Samuel Herring? Besides the obvious comparisons, a commenter on the Letterman video calls him: the "love-child of Buster Poindexter and Robbie Williams" (hilarious for personal reasons because I ONLY know of Buster Poindexter from his appearance on the Jim Henson Hour when I was 9 years old), future islands on letterman; future islands discography, future islands singer, Samuel Herring

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